No. 208.
Mr. Hoppin to Mr. Evarts.

No. 66.]

Sir: Referring to my dispatch No. 39, of the 4th of September last, I have the honor to inclose a copy of a note, which I received this morning from Lord Salisbury, in reply to the one I addressed to him on the 25th of August last, upon the subject of Mormon emigration from this country to the United States.

I have, &c.,

[Inclosure in Mr. Hoppin’s No. 66.]

Mr. Salisbury to Mr. Hoppin.

Sir: I referred to Her Majesty’s secretary of state for the home department your letter of the 25th of August, conveying to me the wish of your government that steps should be taken by Her Majesty’s Government to prevent the adoption of the doctrines of Mormonism by persons in this country, and the emigration to the United States of persons emigrating for the purpose of joining the Mormon community at Salt Lake, in the Territory of Utah; and I have the honor to acquaint you that a reply has been received, stating that Her Majesty’s Government have no authority to place any restraint on emigration or to interfere with regard to the opinions which may be held by British subjects on questions of religion or morality so long as no act is committed which is a breach of the law of England, and that they are therefore powerless to carry out the measures suggested by you.

I have to add, however, that Mr. Cross will cause a notice to be inserted in the newspapers, cautioning persons against being deceived by Mormonite emissaries, and making generally known the law of the United States affecting polygamy, as set forth in your letter, and the penalties attaching to infringement thereof.

I have, &c.,