This amuses me for some reason. I trust by now that the editor has learned that much more than “the happiness and prosperity of the nation” was at stake in countless “paltry affairs” like the one referred to.
The Northern Star and Leeds General Advertiser (Leeds, England)
17 October 1840
A discussion between a Wesleyan Methodist, and one of the Elders of the Latter Day Saints, on the validity of the book of Mormon, took place in the Carpenters’ Hall, on Wednesday, the 7th inst. Mr. Berry, Wesleyan minister, engaged to prove that the book called the Book of Mormon was not true; and likewise that water baptism, or baptism by immersion, is not essential to salvation. The Elder, in reply, was to prove that the Book of Mormon is true; and that baptism in water is a gospel ordinance, and essential to salvation. We were rather amused to see what great interest was taken in this paltry affair, as though on the settling of such a frivolous point depended the happiness and prosperity of the nation. We hope the people of Manchester, and more especially those who have to procure a living by the sweat of their brows, will be on their guard, and not be again duped out of sixpence each for admittance to hear such senseless jargon, and likewise to make such bad use of their precious time.