Plano, Ill. Church of J.C. of L.D. Saints, 1869. 12mo. Original printed orange wrappers [bit of spine and corner chipping], stitched. Text clean. 48pp. Very Good plus.
Briggs and Attwood argue that polygamy violates scripture and church law. It has "ever gone hand in hand with idolatry, murder, and every other secret abomination followed in its train." It is "an institution of lust, devised by Satan to overthrow purity, and legalize whoredom and abomination." The second part of the tract undermines, with much learned argument, Brigham Young's claim to the presidency of the Church.
"Elder Briggs was one of the prime movers in the most successful of the recusant Mormon sects, the Josephites. He had the hardihood to question Brigham's assumption of the role and mantel of the murdered Prophet, Joseph Smith, and proclaimed his heretical doctrine not only throughout the West, but also within the gates of the Mormon stronghold" [Eberstadt]. This is the first edition under this title; OCLC locates, under a different title, a predecessor published in London in 1866 [facsimiles only], and in San Francisco in 1864 [two copies, OCLC 77616989].
Flake & Draper 817. 107 Eberstadt 277. Not in Decker or Soliday. Item #25716