Springfield: Walters & Weber, public printers, 1845.
384, lx pp. 8vo. Lacking wrappers, stitched as issued, remnants of original wrapper on spine. Bookplate on front flyleaf. Later ownership inscription on page three. Minor foxing and soiling, very good. In a blue half morocco and cloth slipcase, spine gilt. Byrd 967; Flake 4204. Item #248006
Acts of the state of Illinois, including several pertaining to the Church of Latter Day Saints at Nauvoo. Joseph Smith was killed by hostile locals at Nauvoo in 1844, after introducing polygamy to the sect by marrying several of his followers' wives. Smith raised a militia in order to suppress his followers, declared martial law in Nauvoo, and was in turn arrested by the governor for treason against the state of Illinois. Two of the acts relevant to the Mormon church are "An Act to legalize the sale of property made by Joseph Smith," indicating that all his land transactions were legal, despite his having been charged with treason against the state. The other is an Act that repeals the incorporation of the city of Nauvoo, incorporated in 1840. The second half of the act appoints a receiver to collect and dispose of any property held by the town.
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