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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
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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 004
Description Dear Ellen plurality of wives, saying, "If . . . your husband is a true Saint, I might possibly be obliged to send the comforting words of 'grin and bear it' to you." Ellen McGary never received those "comforting" words although Hiram (we learn from one letter } offered to save her "from the horrors of Old Maiddom" by taking her as a plural wife. Of the marriages of their friends, of "matrimonial squalls," of Salt Lake girls becoming familiar with Colonel Steptoe's troops, of parental opposition to marriages that seemed to turn out as badly as predicted, of babies, of the effect of the Mormon Reformation on plural marriages ("this is the greatest time for marrying I ever knew, even *Al' Huntingdon has taken two girls at once"), of "love in a cottage" versus the "inmate of 'guilded halls,'" of parties and dances and picnics, of May Days and pioneer celebrations on the Fourth and Twenty-fourth of July - all these find intimate expression (" 'Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh' and I forgot myself."). It is a century-old correspondence; its themes are universal and ever new. The letters reveal much of that day; they are prophetic, too. One can easily see Ellen Clawson's life cut out for her. Her husband was a man of standing and influence in the Mormon capital, a man who could provide the security and wherewithal to support his wives in a fashionable manner. While Ellen had economic security, social position, and numbers of affluent friends, she shared Hiram with three other wives, and notwithstanding her position of being the first, she may have come to hold a slightly lesser position in the entire family. There is a melancholy foreboding in Ellen Pratt's letters. She has seen enough to know that one waits "all in vain" for the "realization of those bright young hopes," "the fairy castles built in air." Yet she knows that she has not "had quite so deep an experience in the realities" as some of her friends "but I suppose it will all come along in time and plenty fast
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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 329062
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6p84b4x/329062