Salt Lake City: 1872.
2 pages (front and back), 15.5 x 9.5 inches, Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, July 15, 1872. This document is a land grant issued to Henry W. Despain, in part: "I, Daniel H. Wells, Mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah Territory...in consideration of the sum of two dollars and five cents...the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, the said Henry W. Despain...to be the rightful owner and possessor of the following described piece or parcel of land: 2019 The East half of Lot five (5) in Block Eighteen (18)...One hundred (100) square rods...as plotted in plot B'. Do, by these presents, grant and convey unto the said Henry W. Despain...his heirs and assigns forever, the foregoing described land, with all rights and privileges thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining." Boldly signed by the following: Daniel H. Wells (1814-1891), an apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Lieutenant General of the Nauvoo Legion, and Mormon pioneer who helped settle the Salt Lake Valley and Counselor to Brigham Young in the First Presidency of the church; Edwin D. Woolley (1807-1881), Mormon pioneer, Latter-day Saint bishop of the Thirteenth Ward, Mormon missionary, and member of the high council -- one of the closest disciples of Brigham Young. Woolley has signed in full on the cover of this Deed Of Conveyance and has added three lines of text along with the date January 25, 1876. Also signed by James Jack (1829-1911), financial clerk of The Church of Latter-day Saints, territorial treasurer to First Presidency, and witness and signer of the marriage affidavit between Sarah Ann Whitney to the Prophet Joseph Smith. Cook has signed in full twice and has filled in the body of this document. The recipient of this deed, Henry W. Despain, is listed in the Latter-day Saints Biographical Encyclopedia as entry 2:614* (with photograph). He was a very influential Mormon missionary and pioneer who took part in the mission to Arizona in 1880. This document has the original embossed gold "Territory of Utah, City and County of Salt Lake City" seal still attached, as well as the embossed gold seal of James Jack. Natural horizontal folds and a vertical crease; light soiling and several small chips and tears. Very good(-) condition, but still an incredible piece with historical significance.