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THE PITTSBURG DISPATCHf' rSURD'&Z, 6'NOVEMBETVl7, l&W
?l I 16
I'fHow the Original of the Latter Day
Saints' Scriptures Was
WEITTEN BY EEY. S. SPAULDING
la an Obscure Tillage in Western
nranTEf fob tux dispatch.1
The village of Amity, Washington county,
it an insignificant and altogether unattract
ive place. No tradition of a thrilling or
romantic character cling to the little town,
but still like most other small places, its
Mstorj containsoac fact, which distinguishes
it from other villages and which at the
same time has served to make it widely
known. This one fact is that Bev. Solomon
Bpaulding, the reputed author of the Mor
mon Bible lived, died and was buried there
78 years ago.
Amity is most conveniently reached over
the Waynesburg and "Washington Bail
road, a narrow gauge line, which extends
from Washington to Waynesburg, Greene
county. This is a clever little road whose
trains creep noisilv up and down the sides
of the hills of Washington and Greene
counties and haul passengers and freight
from Greene into the world, and carry car
loads ot the same sort back into Greene.
The only passenger train on the road will
deposit the traveler who seeks the tomb of
Spanlding at Hackney's station, two miles
distant irom the village of Amity, and then
he can walk or take chances in getting to
ride there on a farm wagon.
Amity lies ten miles south of Washing
ton, in the center ot a rich agricultural dis
trict, and the people who make ud the com
munity contiguous to the village are intel
ligent and thrifty farmers, and hold quite
different views from the village folt witn
respect to work.
A great many people go to Amity to see
the last resting'place of Solomon Spauldinp,
and about the lirst question which suggests
itself to them is, wnv should a man of
Bpaulding's talents seek such a forlorn and
desolate place in which to live. It
is one of the oldest towns in Wash
ington county, and it still tenaciously
cling to its primitive customs and usages.
It seems never to have caught the spirit of
improvement so noticeable in other small
towns in Washington county. Perhaps the
town is satisfied with the reputation it has
gained because Solomon Spaulding was
buried there, and will continne to hibernate
, during the remainder of its existence.
The location of the place is picturesque,
but that is about all that can be said in its
favor. It lies in a depression in a high
ridge, and its dwe lings all told only number
twice a baker's dozen. The houses are old
frame structures, some of them log, which.
weather beaten and paintless look as if they!
had, lor 100 years, been the prey ol the
violent winter winds which sweep across
the high hills. Its only street is the town
ship road, which, an old resident informed
jne, in the spring of the year, becomes so
deep in clay mud that it is impassable, and
the citizens' of the place can only visit the
neighbors on that side of the street on which
they happen to live.
The people, with a few exceptions, consist
ot the shiftless class, who make up the resi
dents of most small places, where there are
do industries save those carried on by the
blacksmith, shoemaker and the merchant,
who keeps a small store in a small way.
The men lounge about in the single store,
blacksmith shop or shoemaker shop, in the
winter; and in warm weather they loaf
upon the mounting block or empty store
boxes, and whittle them with jack knives
while they talk about the trivial affairs of
the neig borhood. Tne women of the vil
lage scrub snuff as their mothers did, and
gossip about each other just as all women
If a stranger appears in the village every
body runs to the frontdoor or window to see
him. If he stops in the place a half hour
without making known his business some
one will be sent to interview bim as to his
mission there. A gentleman with whom I
talked about the Eev. Spaulding said that
be passed through Amity once, and he be
lieved that every man, woman and child in
the place came ont to see him. He said he
inquired ot an old fellow why the people
stared at bim so, and the native replied that
be was the first man who had appeared in
the town for two months, and that the peo
ple were awful glad to see him.
BASIS OF THE MOBMOIT 6CEIPIUEES.
This Tillage was the home of Solomon
Spaulding, the author cf a romance, en
titled the "Manuscript round," upon which
the "Book of Mormon" is said to be founded;
and the little burying ground which sur
rounds the old low eaved church, contains
the moldering bones of the romancer and
preacher, who, it is alleged, was the unin
tentional creator of one ot the most remark
able delusions the world has ever witnessed.
The grave of Spaulding is almost in the
center of the church yard and is marked by
a plain headstone of white marble. The
Etone was originally four feet high and
18 inches wide, but it has been chipped
and chinped by souvenir hunters, until
it is more than half gone, and a ragged
edged, round-topped stump of a stone is all
that remains. A portion of the last two
lines of the inscription on the tombstone is
all that is visible. The entire inscription
which was copied by Bev. Abler Jackson,
is as follows:
Uf MEJIOBT OF
Solomon Spaulding. who departed this life,
October 20, A D..1816L Aged 55 years.
"Kind cherubs, guard the sleeping clay
Until the great decision day,
And saints complete in glory rise
To snare the triumphs of the skies."
Solomon Spaulding was of a vacillating
disposition, and, although a man of talent,
his life is a good illustration of the adage
that a rolling stone gathers no moss, fie
was born in Ashford, Conn., in 1761; was
educated at Dartmouth College, New
Hampshire, and graduated from that insti
tution in 1785. Three years later he en
tered the ministry of the Congregational
Church, and preached three or four years.
On account of failing health he gave up his
sacred calling, removed to Cherry Valley,
New York, and engaged in the mercantile
business in a small way. He succeeded no
better as a merchant than as a preacher, and
after a few years' trial at storekeeping, in
which be lost considerable money, he again
removed, in 1809, to Conneaut, "Ashtabula
county, O. Here he became an iron manu
facturer, and built a large blast furnace.
In this business, as in his former ones, he
failed, and as a consequence became largely
involved in debt.
He continued to reside at Conneaut for
three years, and while there his attention
was drawn to the great nnmber ot Indian
mounds and remains of fortifications in that
vicinity. Being a man of literary tastes,
and particularly fond of history, he con
ceived the project of writing a romance
which would purport to account for the exist
ence of the mound builders on this continent,
and at the same time relate their history.
This employment beguiled the tedions hours
of his enforced leisure, and when he had
completed the romance, the idea suggested
Itself that by the publication of the book
Eufncient profit -would arise from the sales
to enable him to discharge his indebtedness.
PEEPAKXNG HIS EOIIANCE.
The time of Spaulding's residence at Con
beaut was chiefly spent in the preparation
of this historical romance. As the work
progressed and the pages grew into chap
ters and chapters into a book, the author
was accustomed to invite the neighbors to
his house, where they would gladly assem
ble to hear each new installment read.
In this small frontier settlement, where
books were few, newspapers rare visitors,
and mail facilities limited, each additional
Tartofthe story was awaited with the same
interest that the reader of the modern maga
zine looks for the number containing a fresh
installment of the .popular .serial. The char-.
acters and incidents of the romance became
subjects of general discussion, the outlines
of the narrative were deeply impressed on
the minds ol the listeners, and the names of
the prominent personages grew familiar to
At last, in 1812, with the fond hope
that his dreams might be converted
into something substantial, he removed to
Pittsburg and carrried the manuscript
of his romance to the printing house
of Mr. Patterson, father of .Eobert Patter
son, of Pittsburg, to make some arrange
ment for its publication. For some un
known reason, perhaps want ot funds on the
part of the author, or want of faith in its
success on the part of the publisher, the
book was never printed.
These continual reverses crushed out all
hope of success in the heart of Mr. Spauld
ing. and weary of the hard struggle against
adverse fate he removed to Amity in 1814
and concealed himself and his disappoint
ment irom the world in that obscure Tillage.
Two years later, October 20, 1816, he died
All the accounts of the life of Solomon
Spaulding agree in essential points; but
what became of his manuscript is still some
what of a mystery and probably always will
be. The great regret is that it was not pub
lished by Mr. Patterson. If the reasonably
well founded supposition that Spaulding's
romance is the source of Joe Smith's alleged
inspired revelations, there is a possibility
that its publication might have been the
means of preventing the organization, or of
exposing the fanciful origin, of the great
Irsud of Mormonism. A great deal has
been said and written by those anxious to
prove that the "Book of Mormon" and
Solomon Spanlding's "Manuscript Found"
are one and the same, bnt the chain of testi
mony by which it is sought to connect the
two books is weak in certain links, and the
identity remain undetermined.
Patents to Pennsylvanlans.
Hicdon & Higdon, patent lawyers, 95
Fifth ave., Pittsburg, and St, Cloud build
ing, opp. TJ. S. Patent Office, "Washington,
D. C, report the following patents granted
during the week ending November 12, 1889:
Pittsburg Dunlap, clamp for holding ar
ticles to be electro-plated; Thayer, sandreel;
Wilcox, hobnail; Smith, tableware. Alle
gheny Daellenbach, airbrake; Swindell et
al, regenerative furnace.
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. Only MatArioo Saturday.-a
ENGAGEMENT OF THE
McCAULL OPERA COMPANY,
And Original Prodnctlon in this city of Von Suppe's Masterpiece,
Adolph Wotttak, Musical Director.
November 25-J. K. EMMET. IN HI8
Monday Evening, Nov. 18.
Matinees, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
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The .Dashing Burlesque,
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Little Faust on a lark.
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DAY. " nol7-21
WEEK NOVEMBER 18,
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November 21 Geary's World's Circus.
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Augmented Orchestra of 25.
-TN AID OF THE
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OLD CITY HALL,
Tuesday Evening, Nov. 19.
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A few seats remaining at H. Eleber A Ero's.,
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EDITH CBASKE in TransforaaM DanciS
Greatest Living' Pierrot.
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uw in atam tvj.-jxaa.
0iCour$8 You Know Him-
. He trays l&dly enough to bcomoJ
a common nnianA m vnnin nTa,'.s
it ' be thought that he Is
arch" In the clothinz world.
on airs and avows he has the lanrest n.
of business, does the lanrest trade. So
ha3,sohedo!s,inhIsiain(L These Idiosya
crasies oi nis are narmiess enougn, tor, a
ever he may strive to hide it, he shows
form too clearly through his skin for
identity to raaaU concealed.