Great Salt Lake City & Fillmore City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1858. pp. followed by fifty-two issues (March 10, 1858 through March 2, 1859), approximately eight pages each. Folio. Contemporary three-quarter calf and marbled boards. Rubbed and scuffed. Occasional minute foxing and browning. Titlepage and preceding blank leaf detached. Very good. Item #WRCAM30718
An extremely rare complete volume of this important Mormon newspaper, covering the critical second year of the Utah War and the abandonment of Salt Lake City. With Col. Albert Johnston's Army of Utah camped on the outskirts of the city, Buchanan's special envoy, Thomas Kane, worked furiously with the Mormon leadership to negotiate terms for the occupation of Salt Lake City. Although he convinced the Mormons to accept Buchanan's newly appointed governor, Albert Cumming, the defiant Brigham Young declared a massive exodus southward with instructions that, should trouble with the Army develop, the Mormons were to burn all their settlements and abandon the territory. The press of THE DESERET NEWS joined what became known as "The Move," the largest of the many Mormon withdrawals. From May to September (numbers 9-26) THE DESERET NEWS was printed in Fillmore City, 148 miles south of Salt Lake. Articles from this troubled time include numerous editorials decrying the unfair treatment of Utah, especially in light of more grievous concerns in Kansas and the South. Of particular import is the June 16 issue, which reprints Buchanan's proclamation of April 6 declaring Utah to be in rebellion. It also includes word of the creation of the Department of the Platte, established specifically to protect communications with the Army of Utah from Indian and Mormon raids. On July 7 THE DESERET NEWS printed Cumming's June 14 proclamation of universal pardon for participants in the harassment of Johnston's army. With a governor in power proving friendly to Mormon concerns and freedom from federal prosecution ensured, the remaining summer passed peacefully. By September the "Mormon War" was considered over and THE DESERET NEWS resumed publication in Salt Lake City. A compelling chronicle of troubles in Utah, and quite rare. Flake locates only five copies of this volume. FLAKE 2822. McMURTRIE (UTAH), pp.21-33, 86.