Strictures, on Dr. I. Galland's Pamphlet, Entitled "Villainy Exposed," With Some Account of His Transactions In Lands Of The Sac
by Kilbourne, David W.
Fort Madison, IA:
The Statesman Office (?)
24pp. Sewn. Minor foxing, else unopened and near fine, laid in a quarter leather hard cover folder. In 1824 the U.S. Government designated a tract of land around the Mississippi and the Des Moines Rivers for the "half breed" members of the Sac and Fox tribes. When the region was opened for white settlement following the Black Hawk War land speculators followed. Among them were David Kilbourne and Isaac Galland who cheerfully set about forging quit claim deeds and promoting the land to emigrants. Galland conveniently converted to Mormonism and was specifically designated as a business agent by Joseph Smith, thus gaining an inside track on marketing to the Saints as they gradually moved west. Inevitably, the two speculators had a falling out, and this diatribe by Kilbourne is one side of a pamphlet war between them. In it he accuses Galland of selling $200,000 of Iowa land to which he could not give title. Not surprisingly, Kilbourne was loathed by the Mormons and came to be regarded as an enemy. A rare Mormon item. Streeter 1895, Howes K131, Flake 4610.
Book Id: 20565