Spencer's Letters. Letters Exhibiting the most Prominent Doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.; in Reply to the Rev. William Crowel, A.M.

Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Co., 1891. Sixth edition. Leather. viii, 232pp. Flake-Draper 8332. Full black leather. Gilt line along borders of front and rear covers; gilt title and double lines along spine; gilt along top and bottom edges; beautiful blue with gold designs endsheets, a.e.g., very tight and clean copy.
Inscribed on first blank endsheet: "To Alvin F.[ielding] Smith from A W[ill] Lund." These two both served in the historian's office together at one time.
From Descriptive Bibliography, vol. 2 - Crowell’s letter and the first twelve of Spencer’s letters are those of the second pamphlet series (item 335). Letters adds two new letters: Letter XIII. Miscellaneous Remarks on Restitution, dated at Liverpool, November 30, 1847, and Letter XIV. Summary and Final Appeal, dated at Liverpool, December 13, 1847. And here in this “third reprint” Spencer finally employs the correct spelling of William Crowell’s name (see items 334–35).

Letter XIII begins with an expression of Spencer’s opinion that children will be resurrected with children’s bodies and will mature after their resurrection. It then discusses the concept of baptism for the dead and argues that the “union of families” will be the fundamental governing unit in the hereafter. The Saints, it continues, “will need houses for their persons, and for their families, as much in their resurrected condition as in their present state; they will be as sensible of the works of art, taste, beauty and grandeur there as now, and far more so”—echoing Parley Pratt’s essay “Immortality of the Body” (item 202). Letter XIV opens with a discussion of the diversity of religious belief in the world and then defends the character of the Latter-day Saints, arguing that they alone adhere to the religion of the Bible—“the faith of visions, miracles, angels, revelations, and prophets.” It expostulates on the “bloody character of modern christianity” and charges that “Free Republican Christianity” was responsible for the violence against the Saints.
In 1853 Orson Spencer published a fifteenth letter in tract form, Patriarchal Order, or Plurality of Wives! This was added to the 1874 edition of Letters and maintained in the subsequent editions. Condition: Near fine. Item #35137

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