Nathaniel H. Felt: An Essex County Man
Mormon Studies, Nathaniel H. Felt, Salem
By the end of the eighteenth century, Salem, Massachusetts, was America’s sixth largest city and the richest per capita.1 This treasure city had obtained a large portion of its wealth through maritime merchants who arranged for ships to ply the seas and obtain a portion of the wealth of the Far East. In 1836, Joseph Smith and a few of his companions (Sidney Rigdon, Hyrum Smith, and Oliver Cowdery) had been lured to this Beverly Hills of the East by reports of a Brother Burgess, who had claimed that a large sum of money was hidden in a house in Salem. Burgess informed Joseph that he was the only one who knew of this treasure, located in a certain Salem cellar.2
Original Publication Citation
Fred E. Woods, “Nathaniel H. Felt: An Essex County Man” Regional Studies in Church History: New England, vol. 5, Donald Q. Cannon, Arnold K. Garr, Bruce A. Van Orden eds., (Provo, UT: BYU Religious Studies Center, 2004), 219–36.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Woods, Fred, "Nathaniel H. Felt: An Essex County Man" (2004). Faculty Publications. 5629.
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