The Mormons, or, Latter-Day Saints, in the Valley of the Great Salt Lake: A History of Their Rise and Progress, Peculiar Doctrines, Present Condition, and Prospects, Derived From Personal Observation, During A Residence Among Them
Place Published: Philadelphia
Publisher: J.B. Lippincott & Company
Date Published: 1860
Edition: Fifth edition
Book Id: 45507
168pp. Duodecimo [18 cm] Brown cloth with decorative blind stamping to boards and title gilt stamped on backstrip. Good. Corners rubbed. Minor discoloring to boards (more so at foot of rear board). Minor damp staining to foot od textblook. Remnants of bookplate on front pastedown. This edition includes a narrative of the death of Captain Gunnison by W.W. Drummond.
John Gunnison was assigned as second-in-command of the Stansbury Expedition. The winter of 1849 was particularly harsh and the expedition was put on hold until the spring. Gunnison made use of the time to befriend and study the culture of the Mormon inhabitants of the Salt Lake Valley. A remarkably fair and unbiased account (for the time). Gunnison's account of life in early Salt Lake Valley, along with Stansbury and Fremont, form a trilogy of early and seminal accounts of what life was like in Utah, prior to the coming of the Mormons (Fremont) and early firsthand accounts of life in the valley during the first few years of Mormon inhabitation (Stansbury & Gunnison). Gunnison was later killed on the 26th of October 1853, near Delta, Utah, purportedly by Indians in what is known as the Gunnison Massacre. Flake/Draper 3752