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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 071
Description The Romance, and the Realities for me to break suddenly away from my responsibilities, & enter on a course of life as diametrically opposite to the one I now pursue as can be imagined. There are some things in my domestic life 1 could wish otherwise, but thousands have more to complain of than I have." She pointed to her mother's need for her, also Nellie had just married and needed her mother's help. "The two little motherless girls, are greatly attached to me." "1 could riot go & leave the church, to whose interests I feel under lasting obligation." She had begun (o work in the temple and wished to continue, and "T need some faithful man to help me." "You may think 1 do not regret our separation: I do; more than you can: . . . had [rash and impulsive moves] . . . been avoided, all might have been well with us today." She promised consideration in time: "I wish we could form a second acquaintance, ascertain how our views agree." She wished to be his "enduring friend." Death took Ellen's mother September 8, 1880. By 1881 it was apparent that difficulties were developing between Ellen and John, and on June 26, 1882, they were divorced. A reconciliation with William McGary soon took place. Aunt Caroline records in her journal, September 3 and 4, 1882, "Evening came Wm Macgary and wife staid over night with us. They came Frid night, and staid untill Mon ... I believe Wm is a tolerable good Mormon, or will grow to be." The remarriage of William and Ellen pleased family and friends. During the years of separation William had affiliated with the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, being baptized May 2, 1870. He spent several years at the mines in New Mexico as a carpenter. Ellen had insisted that Nellie keep contact by letters with her father. Just where in Beaver County William and Ellen lived the next year and a half is uncertain, but in October 1884 William purchased land near Minersvillc and from then until 1887, he and Ellen lived at Minersville, Milford, or Rocky Ford (now under Minersville Reservoir). On March 8, 1887, they sold their 71
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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 329127
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6p84b4x/329127