Friend of the Mormons: The Private Papers and Diary of Thomas Leiper Kane.
by Kane, Thomas Leiper
San Francisco: Gelber-Lilienthal, Inc. [Grabhorn], 1937. Limited Edition. Hardcover. 78pp. Small quarto [26 cm] 1/4 rust colored cloth with tan paper covered boards, and a paper title label on the spine. Fine condition. Introduction by Oscar Osburn Winther. One of 500 copies. A 'Friend of the Mormons', Thomas Kane was an outspoken advocate for the Mormons. Kane first came into contact with followers of the LDS faith at a conference in Philadelphia in 1846. Kane helped the Mormons with the westward migration requesting aide from the Federal Government, and helping to secure permission to occupy Pottawattamie and Omaha Indian lands along the Missouri. He also helped to establish the Mormon Battalion with Captain James Little.After the Saints arrival in the Utah wilderness, Kane continued to push the LDS faithful l's interest and was asked by President Fillmore to be the territorial governor, Kane refused and nominated Brigham Young. He helped to broker peace between the Federal Government and the Mormons in the 'Utah War'. Throughout the latter nineteenth century Kane pushed for Utah statehood, even visiting several times. On one of these trips with his family his wife penned a series of letters that was later published as 'Twelve Mormon homes'. (Inventory #: 47499)
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