Excerpt from The Mormon Point of View, Vol. 1: A Quarterly Magazine; Jan. 1, 1904
Before me lies a volume admirably de scribed ih the lines above-quoted and yet it is quite unlike the widely circulated crop of its predecessors. These sensational Expos ures always made an appeal, more or less, to maudlin sentimentality; picturing the Mormons in colors quite lurid enough to satisfy the atavistic desires for the old time Presbyterian sermon concerning hell and its inhabitants. This, on the contrary, assumes the judicial tone. No chapter in American history, says the preface, has remained so long unwritten as that which tells the story of the Mormons. The object of the present work is to present a consecutive history from the day of their origin to the present writing, and as a secular, not as a religious, narrative. The search has been for facts, not for moral deductions, except as these present themselves in the course of the story.
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