In 1829 Andrew Jackson was U. S. President. All good people were worried about the rise of Mormonism. Manhattan Island had streets as far uptown as Fourteenth. New York elected its first mayor by popular vote. Frances Wright, "that bold blasphemer and voluptuous preacher of licentiousness" stirred audiences with her free talk, caused the defeat of a Tammany candidate for the legislature. Washington Square had just been changed from Potter's Field to a public park. Imprisonment for debt was abolished that year.

That year at Pompton Plains, N....

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