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John William Coward letter

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8618

Content Description

Letter from John William Coward, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in England, to an unnamed acquaintance in New Jersey. The majority of the letter is Coward sharing his beliefs in what is taught by the LDS Church, including his testimony and defense of Joseph Smith. Dated June 5, 1854.


  • 1854 June 5


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from John William Coward letter must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

John William Coward (b. 1815) was a salt dealer and missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in England in the 1850's.

John William Coward was born 4 December 1815 in England. He joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in England and traveled to the Salt Lake Valley with the William Morgan Company in 1852 as the Captain of 3rd Ten. Coward was rebaptized in Salt Lake City on 25 October 1852 in the Fifteenth Ward. His wife, Johanna Whitaker Coward (born 25 June 1827), was rebaptized on the same day.

At the end of a mission, he traveled home with the John Hindley Company in 1855 as a Captain of Ten.


1 folded sheet (4 pages) ; 25 x 42 cm folded to 25 x 21 cm

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Custodial History

Purchased from Lois Apfelbaum, a document dealer in New York City, in November 2014.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Lois Apfelbaum; November 2014.


LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy 1.V, November 2013.)

Processing Information

Processed; Nate Burroughs, intern manuscript processor, and Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2014.

Register of John William Coward letter
Nate Burroughs
2014 December 10
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Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States