From Evangelical Christendom 12 (1870), 27.
Evangelical Christendom, published out of London, was the official journal of the World Evangelical Alliance, organized in Britain in 1846 to coordinate and promote evangelical mission work around the globe. (An American affiliate was organized in New York City in 1847.) The journal was annual, but also comprehensive; routinely hundreds of pages long, containing book reviews, conference reports, missionary dispatches from around the globe, and a section entitled “Foreign Intelligencer,” made up of dispatches from countries around the world on the state of evangelical religion. “Mormonism in New York and Utah” is one of these.
MORMONISM IN NEW YORK AND UTAH
It is announced in the New York that a Mormon temple is to be erected that city. It is to be a house of reception for the multitudes of Mormon emigrants who must pass through New York on their way to Salt Lake City. The entire cost of the building will be about half a million dollars, and a committee is already on the ground drafting plans. The proportions of this enterprise indicate the extent of the missionary operations of the Mormons. Their efforts to proselyte the poor and ignorant are indefatigable and are supported by necessary funds from the overflowing treasury in Salt Lake City. It is said that Brigham Young is sending out 2,000 missionaries or agents this year and that the immigration into Utah territory will be unprecedented. The number of Mormons in New York and Brooklyn is increasing, says the New York Observer. In order to escape the penalty of the laws against polygamy they do not legally marry their wives but “live in a state of concubinage amenable to no law.” But they all look forward eagerly to removing to the Mormon capital in Utah.