Reid L. Neilson and Nathan N. Waite have compiled these fourteen documents, most of which were originally published in the Deseret News, into one volume. Neilson is Assistant Church Historian for the LDS Church, and Waite is an associate editorial manager for the Joseph Smith Papers Project. Neilson and Waite succinctly state the purpose of their work: "to make these General Epistles more accessible to our twenty–first century audience" (xiv).
Settling the Valley, Proclaiming the Gospel will be helpful for anyone studying Brigham Young, mid–nineteenth–century Church leadership, and pioneer life in antebellum Utah Territory. Though the epistles can be found separately in archives and some are available online, having them all in one place, footnoted and indexed, will be a welcome resource to any researcher of the era.