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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 057
Description Ike Romance and the Realities The year 1868 was a year of mounting personal problems for Ellen. A series of events occurred which no doubt worked to test her. On December 29, 1867, her youngest sister, Lucy, died in childbirth, just one year after her marriage to George W. Grant. The child survived; the mother was buried December 31, 1867. Four days later Hiram was sealed to his fourth wife, Emily Augusta Young. Six weeks later, Hiram left on an important trip to the East taking Alice with him; he was to do business for the store and manage the church emigration that year. Ellen was pregnant. Ellen's last two children had died in infancy. Florence Harriet, born August 5, 1864, while Hiram was on a trip East, died November 15, 1865, of an accident. Catharine wrote Ellen from Liverpool, England, December 21, 1865: "What a painful death it must have been, poor little thing, how she must have suffered. I think you are having your full share of affliction and sorrow, but as you say, the Lord knows what is best for us, altho it is very hard to bear, at times . . . ." Ellen's next child, Howard Wells, born November 2, 1866, lived ten months. When he died August 27, 1867, Hiram was East. And now when Hiram was off again, Ellen was most fearful. She suffered a great deal during this pregnancy, and her "blues" showed in her letters to Hiram. Through the long months of his absence, he tried to assure her and give her confidence, attributing her feelings to her condition. In addition to all this, Ellen had to contend with a troublemaker at work sowing discord in the family (Hiram to Ellen, April 24, 1868). She needed additional assurances from Hiram. Hiram's letters seem to offer little comfort for dear Ellen. From New York, April 6, 1868, Hiram wrote Ellen: I hope that you are enjoying yourself and feel contented and happy for I am sure if you do you will improve in health and appearanee. . . . and I think if my wives could appreciate the blessings with which they arc surrounded and feel to continually thank the Lord for his many blessings that he would continue his 57
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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 329113
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6p84b4x/329113