Friend of the Mormons: The Private Papers and Diary of Thomas Leiper Kane.
Place Published: San Francisco
Publisher: Gelber-Lilienthal, Inc. [Grabhorn]
Date Published: 1937
Book Id: 13983
78pp. Small quarto [26 cm] 1/4 rust colored cloth over tan boards. Paper label on backstrip. Very good. Subtle rubbing to corners. Small faint stamp at for edge that bleeds through several leaves. Minor staining and discoloration to rear board near fore edge. Introduction and edited by Oscar Osburn Winther.
'Friend of the Mormons', Thomas Kane was an outspoken advocate for the Mormons. Kane first came into contact with followers of the LDS faith at a conference in Philadelphia in 1846. Kane helped the Mormons with the westward migration requesting aide from the Federal Government, and helping to secure permission to occupy Pottawattamie and Omaha Indian lands along the Missouri. He also helped to establish the Mormon Battalion with Captain James Little.After the Saints arrival in the Utah wilderness, Kane continued to push the LDS faithful l's interest and was asked by President Fillmore to be the territorial governor, Kane refused and nominated Brigham Young. He helped to broker peace between the Federal Government and the Mormons in the 'Utah War'. Throughout the latter nineteenth century Kane pushed for Utah statehood, even visiting several times. On one of these trips with his family his wife penned a series of letters that was later published as 'Twelve Mormon homes'.