Journal of the Senate of the Fourteenth General Assembly of the State of Illinois, At Their Regular Session, Begun and Held At Springfield, December 2, 1844 (Containing the Message of the Governor..in Relation to the Disturbances in Hancock County)
Springfield, IL: Walters & Weber. Very Good. 1844. First Edition. Hardcover. This exceedingly rare Senate Journal contains the original report of Governor Thomas Ford on the events surrounding the murder of Joseph Smith at the Carthage, Illinois jail. Tan cloth boards with red and gilt title label, light soil and rubbed and bumped edges and corners. Hinges reinforced with cloth tape, soil on edges, and light foxing of pages. Joseph Smith surrendered on June 25, 1844 for the charges of destroying the press of an anti-Mormon publication put out by ex-communicated Mormons. Pages 91-110 in this volume are the report of Govern Ford on his visits to Carthage and Nauvoo in the month preceding and on the day of the murders by the mob that killed Smith and his brother Hyrum at the jail on June 27, 1844. Ford recounts the speech he gave that day at Nauvoo. He explains his actions and gives opinions on what had led to such tensions surrounding the Mormon colony of Nauvoo, along with providing his recommendations on the still standing Nauvoo militia. Ford was critcized by both sides for not doing more in the events before and after Smith's death but defended his actions citing the state's limited power in the situation. The report is dated December 23, 1844. The governor's message is rare even in its more common pamphlet edition, and no copies of this Senate Journal are found in auction records or on OCLC. Flake 4195. ; 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall; 469 pp . (Inventory #: 011809)
You can be confident that when you make a purchase through ABAA.org, the item is sold by an ABAA member in full compliance with our Code of Ethics. Our sellers guarantee your order will be shipped promptly and that all items are as described. Buy with confidence through ABAA.org.