The New York Sun carries a description of Joseph Smith. "This Joe Smith must be set down as an extraordinary character, a prophet-hero, as Carlyle might call him. He is one of the great men of this age, and in future history will rank with those who, in one way or another, have stamped their impress strongly on society." The article ends by stating, "That his followers are deceived, we all believe. . . . A great military despotism is growing up in the fertile West, increasing faster in proportion, than the surrounding population, spreading its influence around, and marshalling multitudes under its banners, causing serious alarm to every patriot."
[Source: Conkling, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology]