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    John Taylor Letter Signed Transmitting a Brigham Young Signature. Letter signed "John Taylor". One page, on President's Office/LDS letterhead, 5.5" x 8.25". With slip of paper removed from a document and affixed to the bottom left signed "Brigham Young", "John W. Young", and "Daniel H. Wells". Salt Lake City; January 7, 1882. To Edward W. Bok, Esq., regarding Bok's request to Taylor for signatures, in full: "Your letter of Dec. 27th has been duly received, and in reply I respectfully enclose herewith the autographs of the late President Brigham Young, his son John W. Young and Hon. Daniel H. Wells; the two last named were the Counselors to Prest. Young. Trusting this will be satisfactory, I subscribe myself, Yours truly". With usual mail folds and notes on verso likely made by Bok.

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    John Taylor (1808-1887) served as the third President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from 1880-1887, succeeding Brigham Young. He received and transcribed the "1886 Revelation" in which he claims God insists that true believers follow the doctrine [of plural marriage] as delivered by Joseph Smith, in violation of the 1882 Edmunds Act which made polygamy a felony. It is estimated that Taylor had nine wives and over thirty children, and the last two years of his Presidency, and life, were spent in exile. His association with the Latter Day Saints began in 1836 in Toronto, and was ordained an apostle in Missouri in 1838, where he helped arrange safe passage for Mormons from an increasingly hostile environment in Missouri to Commerce, Illinois (later renamed Nauvoo). He served his mission to the UK in 1839, and upon his return immersed himself in Nauvoo's infrastructure, serving as the editor of the town's papers, as judge advocate for the Nauvoo Legion, as a colonel, chaplain, and a city councilman. As a member of the Nauvoo city council, he surrendered himself to Illinois Governor Thomas Ford, and was incarcerated at the Carthage jail with Joseph and Hyrum Smith.

    Edward W. Bok (1863-1930) was a Dutch-born American editor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. For three decades Bok edited Ladies Home Journal where he coined the term, "Living Room" - updating the Victorian parlor for the twentieth century. Bok began collecting autographs in his early teens, impressing presidents, generals, and celebrities in numerous fields with his engaging questions.

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