I found this a very interesting list. SLC, as the world headquarters of
Mormonism, was likely a welcome rest stop for the famous who may have been
traveling to the west coast. A tour of the tabernacle would likely have been
something of interest to them as it is to so many today. Thanks for preparing
William Seward, Lincoln's Secretary of State visited the Tabernacle in 1870
on the newly opened Transcontintal Raidroad. He recorded his impressions of
B.Y., B.Y's Weekly Sunday Discourse in the Tabernacle and the Mormon Church
in his Book "William Seward travels around the world". I would call his
impressions accurate capturing a tuned in Washington Government offical's
point of view and from someone outside the LDS Church. At this period of the
time the two big issues of the Day were Slavery (resconstruction really) and
Polygamy. Slavery was more or less dead buried and the Government was then
organizing it's legal might against the practice of Polygamy in Utah.
Read a little more carefully. The article states that a son of Charles Dickens
visited temple square. Dickens himself is recorded as visiting a Mormon
Loud Loiterer is correct. It looks like Charles Dickens made two journeys to
America, but he didn't go further west than St. Louis. And he certainly
didn't travel there 18 years after he died.
Charles Dickens died in 1870. So I'm not sure how he was able to make his
visit in 1888...
Oscar Wilde's visit to Salt Lake City. Should this be April 10?
William Tecumseh Sherman (1820-1891.2.14) visits Temple Square, Salt Lake City,
Utah, with President Rutherford B. Hayes (1822-1893.1.17).You appear
to give conflicting dates. Is 1880 Sept 6 correct?