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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
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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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Description Dear Ellen wagon to Sacramento, left San Francisco in August, and arrived in the islands October 21, 1850. Pratt had arrived in the islands five months earlier but had been restricted bv the j French from preaching. On this second mission to the Society Islands, missionary work was characterized by the ability to move easily from island to island, due to the shipbuilding skills of Pratt's companion, Benjamin F. Grouard. Brothers Pratt and Crosby, and others, were frequently on tours of the islands. In the meantime Mrs. Pratt and Mrs. Crosby lived a lonely existence on Tnbuai. Nevertheless, everyone entered into missionary service. Ellen was a favorite of the natives. She learned the language quickly, loved the sea, and often went with her father visiting the island Saints, teaching, singing, and playing the accordion. But a variety of problems emerged from different quarters to discourage the missionary families. Tahi-tianization of young Mormons could take place. (One hot night, Ellen and Frances innocently resorted to native costume and walked around the island only to be "propositioned" by a native chief.) French administrative policies, in Mormon eyes, led to much distress. In the early months of 1852 matters came to a head, and it was decided to withdraw from the islands and try again later. The Pratts left Tahiti, May 16, 1852. Addison Pratt's journal ends at this point. Ellen kept a journal of the return voyage. The family reached San Francisco June 30, 1852. The father went to work in the San Jose Valley, the mother went to tailoring in San Francisco, and Ellen worked as a milliner in the city. The Pratt family had been in America but two months when they heard the public announcement of plural marriage. Pratt had opposed polygamy among the Polynesians, and he did not change his attitude in coming to the States. Ellen wrote in her diary: "Oh! I wish I knew a great many things which I do not but I hope I shall ever feel willing to 12
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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 329070
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6p84b4x/329070