Now available: Proclamation of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, an 1845 pamphlet declaring the doctrine of the Gospel in the spirit of D&C 124:2-3. Those verses state: “Your prayers are acceptable before me; and in answer to them I say unto you, that you are now called immediately to make a solemn proclamation of my gospel, and of this stake which I have planted to be a cornerstone of Zion, which shall be polished with the refinement which is after the similitude of a palace. This proclamation shall be made to all the kings of the world, to the four corners thereof, to the honorable president-elect, and the high-minded governors of the nation in which you live, and to all the nations of the earth scattered abroad.” It’s one of only a handful of formal Proclamations issued by the Twelve. Recently (by MTP standards) President Benson discussed it in this talk.
James S. Brown (born 1828) was a pioneer captain, member of the Mormon Battalion, settlement founder, serial missionary (to the American Indians, the South Pacific, England, and the eastern U.S.), and all-around interesting guy. His 1900 book Life of a Pioneer: Being the Autobiography of James S. Brown is now available free on Project Gutenberg. Enjoy.