Sep 28, 2017 - Sale 2455

Sale 2455 - Lot 169

Price Realized: $ 3,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 300 - $ 400
(MORMONS.) Foster, Robert D. Criminal summons signed by a notable early Mormon dissenter. Autograph Document Signed as Justice of the Peace for Hancock County, IL, docketed on verso; folds, minor wear. Nauvoo, IL, 28 February 1843

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Robert D. Foster (1811-1878) was a physician who came to Nauvoo circa 1839, was soon baptized into the Latter Day Saints, and became a leader in the community. He came into conflict with Joseph Smith and was excommunicated in 1844. He then published the Nauvoo Expositor, which accused Smith of keeping plural wives. The present document, signed by Foster as a justice before his excommunication, orders that Horace Burgess be brought to Foster's office to answer charges of "keeping a common gaming house . . . for the purpose of playing cards and other games for his benefit." Provenance: sold by Rick Grunder to collector Milton R. Slater, November 1994.