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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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Metadata Cataloger Jeff Jonsson; Jan Robertson
Call Number BX 8695 C29 E44
ARK ark:/87278/s6p84b4x
Topic Mormon pioneers; Letters
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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 liam who has a very bad cold also a cough it has lasted him two or three weeks but I think he will get well, when the cool weather abates little. It seems to rnc we have had more cold disagreeable weather this winter than I have ever known before in this place I suppose you are having a very cold time there from all accounts Oh! how it makes my heart ache to hear of the sufferings of the poor handcart companies that eame through this eold weather so late in the season; poor things they found that faith alone was not proof against cold and snow.23 I hope they all found good homes that did arrive There is quite {a] reformation"1 going on here at present, all the true hearted Mormons are being bapti/ed over again, those who are not, are not considered members of the church. I think it is doing great good the meetings are more fully attended than before and they are more lively 23Between 1836 and 1.860 ten companies of immigrants came to Utah by hand-carl - a two-wheeled carl supporting a box containing the traveler's belongings. In 1856 five companies made their wav west; the first three made a successful journey, but the last Iwo companies met disaster as handcarts made of green wood required constant repair, and the companies met an early winter in the plains and mountains. One hundred and twentv-two person;, died (if starvation and exposure, a far greater number lost than in the famed Donner Party disaster, but not known for the excessive tragedy of the Donner Party. A brier summary is "Handcart Travel" in Andrew Jenson, Encyclopedic History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Salt Lake City: Deseret News Publishing Company, 194]), 312-16. A longer account is LeRoy R. Ilafen and Ann W. Hafen, Handrails lo '/Aon: The, Story of a Unique Western -Migration, 1856-1860 . . . (Clendale, California: 'Hie Arthur H. Clark Company, I960). "4The Mormon lieforrnation, which began September 13, 1856', Kaysville, Da vis County, Utah, with Jedediah M. Grant as the leading spirit, was an effort on the part of Mormon leaders to "get the fire of the Almighty kindled" among the Saints who had "measurably gone to sleep" and wore not living their religion. The Reformation spread rapidly through the Mormon settlements in western America, and lasted until the spring of 1857. Included in the exhortations to righteousness, according to Mormon patterns, was the call to take more wives. Howard Claire Scarle, "The Mormon Reformation of 1856-1857" (master's thesis, Brigham Young University, 1956). Stanley S. Ivins, "Notes on Mormon Polygamy," Western Humanities'Review, 10 (Summer 1956), 229-39, and reprinted in Utah Historical Quarterly, 35 (Fall 1967), 309-21, points out that during thii period "plural marriages skyrocketed to a height not before appro ache d and never again to be reached. If our tabulation is a true index, there were sixty-five per cent more of sueh marriages during 185(3 and 1857 than in any other two years of this experiment." 36
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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
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Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6p84b4x/329093