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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 067
Description The Romance and the Realities an's Office Journal, November 20, 1869, reads: "A daughter of Elder Addison Pratt, accompanied by Mrs. Ellen Clawson, called at the Historians Office and took away her father's journal." The next spring, Ellen Pratt (as she signed her name since her divorce) reported to Ellen Clawson her return trip to Beaver. The letter is one more of Ellen Pratt's letters in the Ellen Clawson papers and is given here in full. The opening paragraph introduces us to spiritualism in Utah, an interesting feature of the times. No doubt, the subject was a matter of conversation between the two Ellens in Salt Lake City. Hiram, as head of the ZCMT, was undoubtedly the target of much criticism from those who opposed the policies of that institution, particularly the Godbeites. The Godbeite movement flourished from about 1868 into the 18705, founded by William S. Godbe in close association with E. L. T. Ilarrison, Edward W. Tullidgc, Eli B. Kelsey (Ellen Clawson's teacher at Winter Quarters, it will be remembered), and others. The Godbeites opposed Brigham Young's economic policies of the time, polygamy, and the political unity of the Mormons. In Tullidge's essay on "The Godbeite Movement," in Tullidge's Quarterly Magazine, October 1880, frequent mention is made of the "spiritual part of the movement," of the "Revelation of spiritual power" in the early Mormon church, and of the need for spiritual gifts. Godbeite support of spiritualism appears certain. The reference in Ellen Pratt's letter to planchette and table tipping suggests an interest in spiritualism not altogether local to Salt Lake City. Members of the Pratt family knew something of spiritualism from other associations. Friend Benjamin F. Grouard, who left the church in San Bernardino before the break-up of the colony, turned to spiritualism. In January 1873 he wrote Mrs. Pratt of his convictions. No mention of spiritualism beyond that letter and the following has been found in the Pratt family papers. 67
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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 329123
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6p84b4x/329123