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Nauvoo Observed

William Mulder

In the 1840s, Mormons and non-Mormons were attracted to Nauvoo by its buildings, notably the Nauvoo Temple and the Nauvoo House, twin symbols of the city's sacred and secular nature; by its Mormon people, who were usually less peculiar than expected; and by the famed Prophet Joseph Smith. In this article, Mulder draws on the descriptions of Nauvoo preserved in letters and diaries to tell the story of the "City of the Mormons" in its prime. W. Aiken from Ashton-under-Lyne, England; Josiah Quincy from Boston, Massachusetts; and Charlotte Haven from Portsmouth, New Hampshire; and many others describe the city, the people, and the Prophet in candid, opinionated detail.

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