Author: Smith, Joseph
Title: The Voice of Truth, Containing General Joseph Smith's Correspondence with Gen. James Arlington Bennett; Appeal to the Green Mountain Boys; Correspondence with John C. Calhoun, Esq.; Views of the Powers and Policy of the Government of the United States; Pacific Innuendo, and Gov. Ford's Letter; a Friendly Hint to Missouri, and a Few Words of Consolation for the "Globe;" also, Correspondence with the Hon. Henry Clay.
Place Published: Nauvoo, Ill.
Publisher:Printed by John Taylor
Date Published: 1844
64 pp. Woodcut portrait of Joseph Smith in text. (8vo) approximately 23.5x16.5 cm (9½x6½") untrimmed, original printed yellow wrappers. First Edition.
Front wrapper, dated 1845, with shortened title: The Voice of Truth, Containing the Public Writings, Portrait, and Last Sermon of President Joseph Smith." Smith's final sermon, the King Follett discourse, was delivered in Nauvoo April 7, 1844, less than three months before his death while attempting an escape from prison in Carthage, Illinois. The speech was delivered before a congregation of perhaps 20,000 followers and is notable in its controversial suggestion that God was once a mortal and that mortals could become gods. The speech is not noted on the title page and according to Crawley "was not originally intended to be included in the pamphlet, but it is noted on the printed wrapper." Crawley locates 9 copies, OCLC adds two additional copies. No copy appears in recent auction records. Byrd 899; Crawley 271; Flake 8000; Graff 3858; Howes S629; Sabin 83288. Exceedingly rare.