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Title [Letter to the Governor of Ohio]
Author Taylor, John
Date 1845
Document Type Correspondence
Names Taylor, John; Young, Brigham; Richards, Willard; Whitney, N. K.; Miller, George
Region Illinois
Places Nauvoo
Keywords Mormons, exodus
Theme Mormons and Missionaries
Additional Information From the Colton Storm catalogue: "An extremely interesting letter composed by John Taylor for the "committee, in behalf of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at Nauvoo, Ill". The letter was designed to be sent to the governor of each state except Illinois and Missouri and the President of the United States, James K Polk. Only one governor replied, Thomas S Drew of Arkansas. The letter is a plea for refuge and asylum for the Saints immediately after the fact became obvious that they were to be forced out of Illinois. It is a cleverly written letter suggesting that the Far West might be a suitable place for the Saints and, while it may not have achieved the publicity for which it seems to have been designed ,it may have more subtly influenced the satisfaction of the rest of the country with the projected move toward Oregon. The letter is postmarked Cincinnati, a curious feature which is explained by the postscript, in which the statement is made that the letter will be taken by special messenger to a distant post office to ensure delivery."
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection Everett D. Graff Collection of Western Americana
Reference Graff 4081
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue