It is cheering to hear of the press getting into active operation; in the various parts of the globe, for the publication of the principles of righteousness and eternal life.  With Elder P.P. Pratt’s Mormon Herald in California there are now issuing four periodicals of the Church in the western world, and seven in the eastern.  May their number continue to increase from henceforth, until the spiritual horizon of the whole world is lighted up with one respondent blaze of celestial light, which shall brighten the path of the pure and compel the vile to seek refuge in the remote dens and caves of the Earth, as noxious insects flee in all directions, when a ray of daylight penetrates their dark abodes.

F.D. Richards

[History of Brigham Young, 1855:43]

[Journal History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, May 4, 1855, 3]

[transcribed and proofread by David Grow, Aug. 2006]


News from Elders.

By letters to President Brigham Young, per last Cal. mail, we learn that Elder P.P. Pratt was in San Francisco, and enjoying excellent health.  By the Prospectus for the “Mormon Herald,” and the notice of the “Mormon Book Depot,” both printed in this “News,” it will be perceived that Elder Pratt is wide awake, and energetic in the duties of his mission, and will soon be widely disseminating the principles of light, truth, and eternal salvation from another press owned and controlled by the Latter-day Saints.

[Deseret News, June 6, 1855]

[transcribed and proofread by David Grow, Sept. 2006]


Prospectus for the Mormon Herald:

A Monthly Periodical, devoted to the dissemination of Light and Life.

Parley P. Pratt proposes to publish, to subscribers, 16 pages large octavo, double columns, monthly, under the above title.  The first number will be issued in May next.  Office at the “Mormon Book Depot,” near the corner of Dupont and Sacramento Streets, San Francisco.

Terms,–Five Dollars per annum, in advance.  No subscriptions will be taken for less than one year.

Elders abroad are requested to act as Agents.  The Name and Address of each Subscriber should be forwarded in a plain and legible manner.

An as Historical, Prophetic, Doctrinal and Philosophical Journal, we shall endeavor to render this Periodical worthy of the distinguished title it bears.

San Francisco, March 1st, 1855.

[Deseret News, June 6, 1855]

[transcribed and proofread by David Grow, Sept. 2006]

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