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Lot 124: CLEVELAND, GROVER. Autograph Letter Signed, as President, to Governor of the Utah Territory Eli Houston Murray, in pencil,
November 1, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: "DO ALL IN YOUR POWER TO PRESERVE THE PEACE OF THE TERRITORY" CLEVELAND, GROVER. Autograph Letter Signed, as President, to Governor of the Utah Territory Eli Houston Murray, in pencil, reprimanding him by stating that his duty is to act to preserve the peace in his territory, not merely to report the state of affairs. 2 pages, oblong 8vo, written on two sheets; pin holes at upper left. (MRS) Washington, 2 December 1885
"It is your duty to discover for yourself the true condition of affairs and do all in your power to preserve the peace of the territory and the lives and property of its citizens. You are not merely to observe and report but to act and any appeal for federal assistance should be made upon such a condition of things as actually make it necessary and upon your official responsibility and in the manner provided by the Constitution and Laws.
"You will report to me promptly any change in the condition of affairs."
Enforcement of the Edmunds Anti-Polygamy Act of 1882 had caused growing unrest in Salt Lake City, reaching its peak when, in December of 1885, a Mormon was shot by a United States Marshal, prompting rumors of a Mormon uprising.