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Identifier Dear_Ellen
Title Dear Ellen: Two Mormon Women and Their Letters
Creator Ellsworth, S. George
Subject Clawson, Ellen Spencer, 1832-1896; McGary, Ellen Pratt, 1832-1895
Subject Local Letters; Mormon Pioneers; Mormon History
Description The text of personal letters between Ellen Spencer Clawson and Ellen Pratt McGary written in 1856 through 1857. Publication of these letters also in "Western Humanities Review", volume 13, Spring 1959.
Publisher Tanner Trust Fund University of Utah Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Contributors Series Editors: Cooley, Everett L.; Madsen, Brigham D.; Tyler, S. Lyman; Ward, Margery W.
Date 1974
Type Text
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Source "Dear Ellen: two mormon women and their letters"
Language eng
Relation Is part of: Utah, The Mormons, and the West, no. 3
Coverage 1832-1896
Rights Management University of Utah, Copyright 2001
Holding Institution University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott Library
Source Physical Dimensions 14.5 cm x 22.75 cm
Source Characteristics Printed Hard Cover Book
Light Source Epson 860XL cold cathode tube
Scanning Device Epson 860XL flatbed scanner
Resolution 400dpi
Bit Depth 8 bit greyscale
Scanning Technician Clifton Brooks
Metadata Cataloger Jeff Jonsson; Jan Robertson
Call Number BX 8695 C29 E44
ARK ark:/87278/s6p84b4x
Topic Mormon pioneers; Letters
Setname uum_ttb
Date Created 2006-10-04
Date Modified 2011-04-07
ID 329271
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6p84b4x

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Title Dear Ellen, Page 003
Description HERE ARE LETTERS from the 18505 written by two girls named Ellen: Ellen Curtis Spencer (1832-96), who married Hiram B. Clawson of Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, and Ellen Sophronia Pratt (1832-95), who married William McGary of San Bernardino, California. Both were intelligent and talented daughters of prominent Mormons of their day. When the correspondence opens, the girls are twenty-four years old and have not seen one another for six years. They have been intimates since their days at Nauvoo, early Mormon gathering place on the Mississippi River. These letters vividly open up two years of their lifelong association and reveal interesting aspects of Mormon affairs in Salt Lake City and San Bernardino during the eventful years of 1856 and 1857. While the correspondence throws light on some contemporary affairs of general interest, the chief topic is the womanly absorption in love, marriage, and babies. During the first exchange, Ellen Pratt is married, quite to the disappointment of some who believed she had not "done as well as you aught, after waiting so long." And at the other end, Ellen Clawson has occasion to write: "Just ten days ago Hiram brought home a new wife, no more or less than Miss Alice Young, the governor's daughter. Our house is all in confusion . . . ." While the girls are of serious mind, devoutly religious, there is saving humor as they jest and smile at their situations. Ellen Clawson warns her friend in California of the system of
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Source Dear Ellen, two Mormon Women, and Their Letters
Setname uum_ttb
Date Created 2005-04-14
Date Modified 2005-04-14
ID 329061
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6p84b4x/329061