An Epistle of the First Presidency to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in General Conference Assembled

Taylor, John; George Q. Cannon

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Place Published: Salt Lake City, UT
Publisher: The Deseret News Company, Printers
Date Published: 1887
Edition: Early edition
Binding: Paperback
Book Id: 16959


15pp. Small octavo [22 cm] Tan printed wrappers. Very good. There is a tiny closed tear in the bottom edge of the front wrap. The fore edge of the back cover is subtly darkened.


Read April 6th, 1886 at the Fifty-Sixth General Conference held at Provo, Utah. A fascinating speech written by John Taylor and George Q. Cannon while in hiding during the federal polygamist raids of the 1880s and prior to their incarceration in the old territorial prison in Sugarhouse. A vitriolic polemic railing against the federal government, the Edmunds-Tucker Act and more. From page 16..."There are now in the city some 6 brothels, 40 tap rooms, a number of gambling houses, pool tables and other disreputable concerns, all run by non-Mormons". The authors go on to cite statistics indicating some 26,000 population in the city of which slightly more than 20,000 are Mormons, and 5,000 non-Mormons. According to the authors, the non-Mormon element is responsible for almost 1200 crimes, versus under 100 offences by the Saints. An early "conference" report prior to the formal establishment of same. Flake #1664.