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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 010
Description Dear Ellen Pratt and daughters moved into the Old Fort, constructed the year before. One week later Addison Pratt, with a group of returning soldiers of the Mormon Battalion coming from California, reached the valley. Pratt dared not hope to find his family safe and well after five years and four months' absence. He had little or no word of their well-being or location. When Pratt reached the cabin door, Ellen was on her knees scrubbing the floor. Pratt recorded: "She jumped up, as I stepped in ... and caught hold of my hand, with an expression that was as wild as a hawk, and exclaimed, 'Why' pa Pratt!! have you come?" The children had grown out of his recollection. Mrs. Pratt had changed some: "At Winter Quarters she, with the rest of the family, all but the youngest, suffered under severe fits of sickness, and the scurvy deprived her of her upper front teeth, and when she spoke, her voice was unnatural; except that, I could discover no change in her." The Spencer children occupied a room in the Old Fort put up for them by their uncle, Daniel Spencer, who had come to the valley in 1847. There was no floor, a six-lighted window, and a stove in the corner of the room. Few traces remain to record the lives of the Spencer children that first winter of 1848-49 in the Old Fort. Ellen created a Memory Book which she dated December 1848. Sheets of writing paper were bound in a wrapper, each sheet divided into quarters, each quarter containing a braided lock of the hair of a friend whose name appeared neatly printed beneath, the whole given a lovely title page and a table of contents. Included among her friends were church leaders, relatives, and friends. Ellen Pratt's lock was included. That winter, Aurelia recorded that "Ellen and I also attended writing school two evenings a week, which was taught by Hiram B. Clawson." Addison Pratt's presence in the small pioneer community of the second winter in the valley stirred great interest in the Polynesian mission. The family's quarters in the Old Fort 10
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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 329068
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6p84b4x/329068