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The Daily Union Vedette
Great Salt Lake City, U.T., Monday Morning, July 9, 1866. Volume 6, Number 8. [4pp] Large single sheet [74 cm x 56 cm] folded in half. Very good. The Union Vedette (1863-1867) was the first daily newspaper in the Utah Territory. Started by Patrick Connor and others at Camp Douglas (Fort Douglas today) as an alternative to the Deseret News. Issues are rare. This issue contains an article titled 'Duties of Citizenship' which is a scathing attack on the hierarchy of the LDS Church. "Now as to this polygamous knight of the quill and scissors, to whose do-as-they-dern-please sentiments we alluded in the beginning of this article, we hold that he and those of his ilk should be cured of all such unwholesomeness ideas at once and effectually. Especially is it necessary here, where the behests of the Pacha of Deseret have been so long obeyed as the supreme law of the land, congressional enactment's to the contrary notwithstanding, that many are apt to forget the existence of any other authority to which obedience is ever due." "We are dwelling in the heart of an organized Territory of the U.S. boasting a population of 80,000 souls who possess but one general newspaper from which to gather news...This fact...has no parallel within the boundaries of the U.S. Secondly, the Gentile (so called) portion of the community - including the military within this district - has no medium of publicity, setting forth its opinions, or communicating its thoughts, correcting misapprehension or rebutting misrepresntation...The want of a press for these and similar purposes has been sorely felt, since the troops arrived in these valleys, and we propose to supply the want, so far as our ability and limited space will permit." - first issue
      [Bookseller: Ken Sanders Rare Books, ABAA]
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