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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
Scanning Device Epson 860XL flatbed scanner
Resolution 400dpi
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 061
Description The Romance and the Realities That there are problems in any or every marriage most will agree. Monogamous marriages are not without problems of communication and personal stress, Mormon plural families knew these problems too, perhaps in a more acute way. The Hiram Clawson family papers reveal manv features of life in that remarkable family. There is nothing to indicate the existence of any of the base notions connected with polygamous living attributed to it by many writers. Certainly these were great people living through difficult times and circumstances. One gains an appreciation for the remarkable qualities in Hiram B. Clawson, for his management of his household, holding the love and respect of his wives and children. Through all is shown a nobility of character, mutual devotion, and the observance of religious duty by all. NoUvith-standiug Ellen's personal problems, understood todav as most natural, one must conclude that she loved her husband and he loved her. That they lived a difficult life in the plural arrangement cannot be denied. In the Ellen Clawson letters printed here one sees a capacity for light humor, yet one cannot help but believe she was usually serious, dedicated, more likely to have the blues and be melancholy than habitually cheerful. The family papers give the impression of a routine personal life, with many social events, including theatricals. Ellen Clawson always had a house, the creature comforts, and even luxuries. She enjoyed a large family and a prominent place in the highest circles of Mormon society. She shared her husband with three other wives. In many ways her life was in remarkable contrast to that of her friend in Beaver. Ellen Pratt McGary Ellen McGary was to know a good deal of tragedy and disappointment. She did not always have a home of her own, and while her life was centered at Beaver, Utah, there were disruptive moves. Though she lived in monogamy, as con- 61
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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 329117
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6p84b4x/329117