[Saint Louis]: [Printed by the Daily Missouri Republican], . 8pp. Octavo [22 cm] No covers with eleven stab holes at the left margin from being previously bound with other material. The first leaf has been printed off center with a few words of text cut at the foot of the first page near the right margin. Otherwise a clean copy of this rare work. Housed in a custom linen clamshell. Item #45866
This epistle marks the beginning of Mormonism in Utah. The epistle recounts the troubles in Nauvoo, and the subsequent evacuation. It also announces the establishment of the LDS headquarters in the Great Salt Lake Valley. The epistle also urges Saints converging upon the Great Basin to bring whatever they may to help the settlement flourish.
According to Crawley: "General Epistle from the Council of the Twelve Apostles marks the beginning of Mormonism's Utah period. Issued fifty-three days after Brigham Young and most of the Twelve returned to Winter Quarters following their trek to the Great Salt Lake Valley, it opens with an account of the evacuation of Nauvoo, the settling of the Iowa camps, the call of the Mormon Battalion, and the overland journey of the pioneer company. It announces the establishment of a new home for the Latter-day Saints, describes the Salt Lake Valley, and calls upon the Saints to gather 'on the east side of the Missouri River, and, if possible, be ready to start from hence by the first of May next, or as soon as grass is sufficiently grown, and go to the Great Salt Lake City.' It counsels those unable to move to the Valley the following summer to settle for a time near Council Bluffs, urges the European Saints to immigrate speedily, by way of New Orleans to the Bluffs, and ask all those coming west to bring whatever seeds, plants, livestock, tools, machinery, books, maps, charts and scientific instruments they can to the Valley." Flake/Draper 1507. Crawley 346. Wagner/ Camp 160. Auerbach 1506.