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Published: Thursday, Jan. 20 2011 10:00 p.m. MST

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Kearns, UT

So is this illegal or something? Is the church laying claim to the documents and seeking to confiscate them? If its all legal and upfront they what makes this a story anyone cares about?

More nonsense news thats not news.

Granny Barton
Woods Cross, Utah

If you did'nt care about the subject matter of this article, why did you read it? Articles like this hold a great amount of interest to me and I'm sure to other members of the Church. Although I could never afford to buy something like this, it always amazes me how some people and families can see the value of preserving things such as this down through their families for generations. With all the things that the early Saints went through it is amazing they were able to preserve anything.

Pocatello, ID

Boy.......... someone got up on the wrong side of the bed!!

I found this story interesting. Thank you for printing it.

Taylorsville, UT

Donate these things to the Church History library!

Taylorsville, UT

My 2cents: This means nothing to you but does to members of the church. If you go to Rome you will see many things that the Catholic Church has kept through the centuries.

I don't read the Deseret News for national or world news (The Washington Post is better) but for the LDS news. You can certainly read the Trib and avoid the LDS news if it offends you.

Tom Smith
Sandy, UT

It is obvious that the Church is not interested at this price or they would have purchased the items and the article would not have been written. It appears that the article is written to either assist the seller in locating a buyer, OR to notify all potential buyers that the price is too high in an attempt to drive the price down.
It is interesting that the Church run newspaper would feel that either of these reasons is an appropriate area of interest in a private transaction.

Somewhere in Time, UT

Good grief!

Look, it's just news. It has nothing to do with driving the price down or finding buyers. It's just an interesting little news tidbit. That's all. I personally found it quite interesting.


Salt Lake City, UT

It is WRONG to sell these Church documents on ebay; these documents belong in the Church History Library here in Salt Lake City.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

I'm actually a little surprised John is selling these items. He has competed for years for documents like this almost to the point of obsession. He's a nice guy though and has helped me find historical documents for research purposes. I hope things are going well for him and that this auction isn't because he has had financial reversals.

Kearns, UT

Donate them and take the tax writeoff.

The 5th Element
The High Plains of, Texas

@ noneck62. Just because these are rare Mormon-related documents does not mean that they belong to the LDS Church. These were family documents, handed down over generations, that relate to a time period in the church. If the church thought they were significant enough to purchase them, I'm sure they would put in an offer. While rare, they don't really add or take away anything to church doctrine, etc.

Provo, UT

The sad thing about this whole picture is the sense that the value of documents like these is monetary.

As Indiana Jones said, "This should be in a museum."

Better yet, why not the library at the U or at Utah State?

Put them somewhere they can be studied.

Perhaps someone will purchase and then donate them.

Provo, Ut

Naturally if someone buy's something of Mormon historical value, it rightly then belongs to the Church, right noneck62?

The Church just spent an estimated 2-3 billion on a shopping center, so I'm sure they could buy the documents if they wanted them.

Michael De Groote

I recommend to anybody interested in these documents (not from a buying aspect, but historical interest) to look at the pdf file Hajicek has on the eBay page. There are photos and quotes on just about everything.

I wrote the article because this is a fascinating collection. Cahoon knew all the early leaders and members of the LDS Church right from the beginning. He saw the whole history -- except to him it wasn't history, it was just his life. My guess is that very few people knew about this collection and about Cahoon.

The Maudsley drawing of Joseph in the other auction is also fascinating. Hajicek thinks it is was the drawing made from life upon which Maudsley based all his other drawings of Joseph. I wish the photo showed the detail better, but it is a very nice piece.

I have to admit that I laughed out loud when I saw the Maudsley auction selling for $999,000 and eBay added "Free Shipping."

Idaho Falls, ID

Hajicek is not LDS and is not likely to donate it to the church. He has made a lot of money off old LDS documents and has an amazing collection. He is very good at what he does. He owns more BofM 1st Ed's than anyone else in the world. I don't think selling these documents on EBay is wrong or immoral. There are a number of very wealthy people who have a passion for this kind of stuff where Ebay is an avenue by which they can obtain these kind of documents.

What is immoral is the selling of a B of M 1st Ed page by page on Ebay, which some people are doing.

Wasilla, AK

It's easy to suggest someone else should give somthing that they own to the church or to a museum. Everyone is very generous with the other guy's stuff!

Wasilla, AK

Something not somthing...bad typing not bad spelling!

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

What is the 'worth' of anything?

Joseph Smith was cautioned about thinking about the dollar value of the 'gold plates'. He was reminded that the 'value' of those plates was found in their contents, not in their minerals.

The 'owner' of the documents reported in this article has every right to dispose of them in any way that he wishes. He may see the dollar value while others see other value.

The greater question is within each of us. What do we 'value'? Are we willing to 'sell' ourselves on EBay to the highest bidder or do we hold to eternal values regardless of offers to buy our soul?

Salt Lake City, UT

I wonder if these are more Mark Hoffman Originals!

Oklahoma City, OK

I don't agree that these documents belong to the Church. If someone has the money to buy them, then more power to them.

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