Youth's Magazine, 3rd ser. 6 (1833), 169–74.
A Visit to a Distant Planet. (A Vision)
Extra-Terrestrial Life, Christianity
In a reverie, the narrator imagines himself carried to a distant planet. It is another terraqueous globe with vegetation which is similar, if grander, to that on earth. There are, however, 'neither thorns, nor thistles, nor noxious weeds' (169). The narrator encounters humans, living in tents, who live perfectly in accordance with divine law, and explains to one the fallen state of humankind on earth and the Christian plan of salvation. In turn he learns about the pristine state of the extra-terrestrial humans. The whole narrative is replete with biblical quotations and allusions.
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