Letters Exhibiting the Most Prominent Doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Place Published: Liverpool
Publisher: William Budge
Date Published: 1879
Edition: Sixth Edition
Book Id: 20104
232pp. Duodecimo [18.5 cm] Black cloth covered flexible boards. Good only. The covers are lightly rubbed. The front outer hinge is split almost along its entrie length. The end sheets are cracked along the hinges. A poem has been mounted to the top edge of the front free endsheet. The free endsheets are slightly darkened. There is very occasional underlining in pencil.
Flake 8330. Orson Spencer served twelve years in the Baptist ministry before converting to Mormonism in 1841. The following year William Crowell, an acquaintance and the editor of the Baptist Christian Watchman, wrote to him, asking about his new religion. Crowell's letter and Spencer's response were published in the Times and Seasons of January 2, 1843, and in the Millennial Star that June and July. In May, he began a series of eleven additional letters to Crowell, which he printed in the Star and simultaneously issued in individual tracts. The following January, he published the twelve letters with two others in hardback under the title Letters Exhibiting the Most Prominent Doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints -the first of the major works, which unifies Mormon theology and hence is one of Mormonism's most important books. Before the end of the century, Spencer's Letter's went through six more editions. Flake/Draper 8332