Mormon Autograph Sales Total Almost $10,000 at NateDSanders.com Auctions
Mormon autograph items are highly collectible. We at NateDSanders.com Auctions in Los Angeles (located near the Mormon temple in West Los Angeles on Santa Monica Boulevard) have sold five Mormon autograph letters signed. Here they are:
Mormon Autograph Letter Signed Regarding the 1845 Mob War With the Mormons of Nauvoo, Illinois — “…yesterday the Mormons shot a respectable Anti-Mormon by name of Worrell. Some 50 houses have been burnt near the line of this county” — Very Scarce
Mormon autograph letter signed by F.C. Moore of Quincy, Illinois reporting a mob war with the Mormons in Nauvoo, Illinois. Dated 17 September 1845, Moore writes to John Pierce in New York. In part: “…We shall probably have a very serious war with the Mormons in Hancock County, which has commenced by burning the Mormon dwellings, and yesterday the Mormons shot a respectable Anti-Mormon by name of [Franklin] Worrell. Some 50 houses have been burnt near the line of this county…The fact is, the Mormons out vote the old citizens & have the contract of all the offices, and justice cannot be obtained in that county. The Eastern papers have no idea of the state of annarchy in that county. It is said that [Mormon supporter Jacob] Backenstos the Sheriff of Hancock shot Mr. Worrell…A number of Mormon families have fled to this city for safety, and so sure as they congregate here, we shall have fighting. The Mormons sent an express to Gov. [Thomas] Ford, calling on him for aid. It is said his reply was, ‘THEY MAY GO TO HELL.,’ pretty language for a Governor! Between Loco Foco’s rulers & Mormon neighbours we are in a poor situation…” Jacob Worrell had been captain of the Carthage militia who had guarded Joseph Smith’s cell and permitted the mob to storm it. He was most likely killed by one of the most feared Mormon enforcers, Orrin Porter Rockwell. The locofocos were a group of radical Democrats prominent in the 1830’s; by 1845 the name was used perjoratively when referring to Democrats in general. It would not be long before the Latter-day Saints in Nauvoo were compelled to move yet again from what had seemed to be their promised land. Fine condition. Sold for $2,363.
Mormon Autograph Letter Signed Regarding the Last Days of Joseph Smith Before His Murder — 1844 — “The Mormon camp is in dire confusion, a party having sprung up in its midst who are preaching a reformation from the abominations of Smith, whom they brand a ‘fallen Prophet'”
Mormon autograph letter signed regarding Joseph Smith by Reverend J.T. Tucker of Hannibal, Missouri. Composed on 20 June 1844, just one week before Smith’s murder, to Reverend M. Badger of the American Home Missionary Society in New York. In part, “…the world, the flesh & the devil are driving on their projects of sin and ruin. One grand device of Satan is just now being exploded in our neighborhood with a terrible noise and stench. The Mormon camp is in dire confusion, a party having sprung up in its midst who are preaching a reformation from the abominations of Smith, whom they brand a ‘fallen Prophet,’ fallen from his high estate, and now, as they say, ‘an incarnate fiend’. They have stripped the prophets cloak off most unceremoniously and the pollutions concealed beneath are too vile for repetition. Mob violence among themselves has followed this Exposure. And the prospect is that the scenes of Missouri will be repeated in the expulsion of this miserable sect from their present location…” Tucker refers to the publication by dissident Mormon elders of the Nauvoo Expositor, revealing Smith’s practice of polygamy, which was still an open secret. It also told of his questionable financial dealings, inquisitorial autocracy, and manipulation of the courts. Letter shows several ink spots, as some of the text (none of it regarding Smith) was used for the Missionary Society’s publications. Minor splits repaired with transparent paper. Overall, very good. Sold for $2,363.
Mormon Autograph Letter Signed — A Presbyterian Missionary Writes to Reverend Milton Badger, Secretary of the American Home Missionary Society of New York, Regarding the Destructive Influence of Mormonism 1842
Mormon autograph letter signed by a Presbyterian missionary regarding Nauvoo and Mormonism. Composed to Reverend Milton Badger, Secretary of the American Home Missionary Society in New York, by John C. Holbrook. Datelined Dubuque, Iowa Territory, 5 April 1842, Holbrook complains of the destructive influence of Mormonism. “…Every minister knows that whenever God’s people are revived, & put forth special efforts for the salvation of sinners, then the Devil stirs up his instruments to promote a revival of his work. Sometimes he uses Universalists; sometimes Infidels, & sometimes the Mormons…A Mormon had been interrupting the missionary’s prayer meetings, addressing the congregation to enlighten them in the mysteries of that system, & with the revelations said to have been vouchsafed to Joe Smith, the prophet of the latter day Saints. The man had come to the mission for enlightenment, but it seems that Holbrook’s doctrines could not attract him, for he would announce at the close of meetings that there will be preaching…by one of the Elders of Israel, commonly called Mormons. Holbrook especially despises the doctrine, signs shall follow them that believe, &c., they shall speak with new tongues – shall lay hands on the sick & they shall recover & that these are the evidences of real faith. They profess to perform these miracles.” He goes on to complain in less indignant terms about competition from Catholics. Letter measures 7.5″ x 12.5″. Bottom fourth cleanly detached, with partial splits at other folds. A fascinating letter in fragile, though good condition. Sold for $1,575.
Mormon Autograph Letter Signed — A Presbyterian Missionary Writes to Reverend Milton Badger, Secretary of the American Home Missionary Society of New York, Regarding Nauvoo & Mormonism — 1842
Mormon autograph letter signed by a Presbyterian missionary regarding Nauvoo and Mormonism. Composed to Reverend Milton Badger, Secretary of the American Home Missionary Society in New York. Letter, by J.A. Clark, Fort Madison, Iowa Territory, 6 December 1842, complains of the difficulty creating a lasting community on the frontier, but boasts that Clark’s church has doubled in size. However, he must make a very important point, “…I know of none in the territory more so & that presents more flattering prospects for ministerial success. The beast has already looked upon it with a covetous eye & Lieutenant Genral prophet Joe arrogantly claims it as his…” He explains that the spot is below the rapids, where steamboats can visit longer into the cold season than points further north (presumably including Nauvoo). Letter measures 7.5″ x 12.5″ and runs 4pp. Minor wear and separation at folds and overall light toning. Tape repair to margin of third page. A fascinating lot in overall very good condition. Sold for $1,969.
Very Scarce Mormon Autograph Letter Signed by an Early Settler in Quincy, Illinois — Discusses Mormons Moving Into Town — “…a set of imposters & fanatics called Mormons and nothing but imposition & violence can be expected from them, if it should come to that fate, their extermination must be the result.”
Mormon autograph letter signed by an early settler and store owner from Quincy, Illinois named J.B. Mathews. Dated 16 August 1843 and addressed to Col. John Mills of Marietta, Ohio, Mathews gives his very strong opinions about the Mormons moving into town: “…I am trying hard to wind up my business in Hancock and to sell my property there for I am determined to leave that county if I have to go a begging somewhere else — the control of the affairs of that county has passed from the hands of the old city into those of a set of imposters & fanatics called Mormons and nothing but imposition & violence can be expected from them until either they drive the old citizens out or they drive them as the people of Missouri did — in the meantime nothing but jealousy & violence can be hoped for — indeed I will not be surprised any moment to hear of fighting & bloodshed — they are a vile set and if it should come to that fate, their extermination must be the result. Respectfully yours, J.B. Mathews”. With the tensions of that time period and the death of Mormon founder Joseph Smith less than a year later in 1844, the writer of this letter, though clearly expressing his biases against the Mormons, was remarkably prescient with what laid ahead for them in the short term. Folded letter on three pages measures 7.75″ x 13″. Small portion separated along one fold and several very small holes, otherwise very good condition. Sold for $1,181.
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