Apr 14, 2015 - Sale 2380

Sale 2380 - Lot 176

Price Realized: $ 7,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 8,000 - $ 12,000
THE FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE EMIGRATION WEST OF THE ROCKIES (MORMONS.) Bent, Samuel, et al. A Circular of the High Council to the Members of the Church of Jesus Christ Op (sic) Latter Day Saints. Letterpress broadside, 11 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches; horizontal fold, minimal wear and a spot of dampstaining along the lower edge. (MRS) [Nauvoo, IL, 1846]

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first edition. This broadside announced the Mormon leadership's intention to abandon Nauvoo and emigrate to the Rockies, launching the Utah settlement: "We intend to send out into the Western country from this place, some time in the early part of the month of March, a company of pioneers, consisting mostly of young, hardy men, with some families. . . . in some good valley in the neighborhood of the Rocky Mountains, where they will infringe upon no one, and be not likely to be infringed upon." The broadside also emphasizes the settlers' continued loyalty to the United States: "Our patriotism has not been overcome by fire--by sword--by daylight, nor by midnight assassinations, which we have endured."
The proclamation was dated 20 January. Nine days later, federal troops began to move on Nauvoo, and the planned evacuation was expedited to begin on 4 February. Crawley 296; Flake 1338. Provenance: M&S Rare Books to the consignor circa 1978.