[St. Louis]: [Daily Missouri Republican], . 8pp. Single uncut sheet [48 cm x 30.5 cm] printed on both sides. Folds to octavo. Near fine. Item #5519
This is the rare account by Brigham Young on his initial trip to the Great Basin. This is the Herbert Auerbach copy and an image of this work appears on page  in the Parke-Bernet auction catalog for the legendary Auerbach sale.
General Epistle from the Council of the Twelve Apostles marks the beginning of Mormonism's Utah period. Issued fifty-three days after Brigham Young and most of the Twelve returned to Winter Quarters following their trek to the Great Salt Lake Valley, it opens with an account of the evacuation of Nauvoo, the settling of the Iowa camps, the call of the Mormon Battalion, and the overland journey of the pioneer company. It announces the establishment of a new home for the Latter-day Saints, describes the Salt Lake Valley, and calls upon the Saints to gather "on the east side of the Missouri River, and, if possible, be ready to start from hence by the first of May next, or as soon as grass is sufficiently grown, and go to the Great Salt Lake City." It counsels those unable to move to the Valley the following summer to settle for a time near Council Bluffs, urges the European Saints to immigrate speedily, by way of New Orleans to the Bluffs, and asks all those coming west to bring whatever seeds, plants, livestock, tools, machinery, books, maps, charts, and scientific instruments they can to the Valley. - Crawley 346. Flake/Draper 1507. Wagner/Camp 160:1. Graff 715. Streeter 2284. Auerbach 1506. Scallawagiana 34. Mormon 50: 30.