Dickens and the Mormons

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Dickens and the Mormons

Author Richard J. Dunn

In "Bound for the Great Salt Lake," The Uncommercial Traveller essay for July 4, 1863, Charles Dickens admitted that "to the rout and overthrow of all [his] expectations" Mormon emigrants merited praise instead of the censure he had been prepared to give them. To the study of mid-Victorian religious and social attitudes and particularly to the study of Dickens' increasing religious toleration, this largely neglected essay presents fresh insights. It also gives a colorful account of the sailing of the Amazon from London in June, 1863—an important event in the history of Mormon emigration.

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