Circular, of the High Council. To the members of the Church of Jesus Christ op [sic] Latter Day Saints, and to all whom it may concern
Place Published: [Nauvoo]
Date Published: 
Book Id: 45042
Broadside [30.5 cm x 25 cm]. Fifty-two lines in three columns, within a decorative floral border and printed on cream paper. Near fine. Horizontal fold near the center
This is the Mormon Church's official announcement that they intended to leave the Midwest and America, and make their home "in some good valley in the neighborhood of the Rocky Mountain." This announcement marks the beginning of the Mormon colonization of the west. This work also restates the Saints patriotism in the face of great injustices.According to Crawley: "By the end of 1845 the Mormons had familiarized themselves with the reports of Benjamin Bonneville, John C. Fremont, Charles Wilkes, and Landsford W. Hastings. During November and December the 'Times & Seasons' spoke of the Pacific coast as the destination of the Saints, California, Oregon or Vancouver. But uncertainty persisted as late as December 26, when Brigham Young wrote to Sam Brannan that 'we have not determined to what place we shall go.' Circular of the High Council shows that by mid-January the Great Basin was being focused upon, at least as a temporary location." Uncommon. Flake/Draper 1338. Crawley 296.