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Erastus Fairbanks Snow letter to James McGaw

 Item — Folder: 1, Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 9138

Content Description

Handwritten letter sent by Erastus Snow to James McGaw. Letter is signed for Erastus Snow by James M. Brown and sent from St. Louis, Missouri. This letter discusses the passage of Latter-day Saint member James Mather and his family from Liverpool, England to Salt Lake City, Utah in 1855. Elder James M. Brown, writing for Apostle Erastus Snow, sent this receipt and order to Elder James McGaw in Atchison, Kansas Territory to supply Mather with wagons and oxen for the overland trip to Utah. Dated May 21, 1855.


  • 1855 May 21


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Biographical History

Erastus Fairbanks Snow (1818-1888) was an apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a prominent settler of Southern Utah.

Erastus Snow was born on November 19, 1818 in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Snow joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1833 when he was 15 years old. He served several missions for the Church, including one to Denmark. Because of his time in Europe, he was responsible for the translation of the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and other Church publications into Danish. He, with Orson Pratt, was one of the first Mormon pioneers to enter the Salt Lake Valley. He was later called to be an Apostle in 1849. In 1861 he was asked to settle southern Utah and played a crucial role in the settlement of St. George. He married Artimesia Beman on December 3, 1838, and they had eleven children together. He is known to have had multiple wives. Erastus Snow died on May 27, 1888 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Biographical History

James R. McGaw (1824-1872) was a Mormon missionary, agent for the Perpetual Emigration Fund, and settler of Ogden, Utah.

James McGaw was born on August 27, 1824 in Ontario, Canada to parents Charles and Susanna Taylor McGaw. He was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 11, 1841 at age 15. McGraw later married Mary Matilda Bassett on May 15, 1852. He served a number of missions for the Church and became an immigration officer for new saints traveling to the United States. He led the James McGaw Wagon Company in 1852 across the plains to Salt Lake City and returned for more companies in later years. James McGaw died on January 15, 1872 in Ogden, Utah.


1 folder (0.05 linear ft.) : (1 page) ; 25 x 20 cm

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Custodial History

Purchased from University Archives Auction House in 2018.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; University Archives Auction House; 2018.


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

Processing Information

Processed; Shaelyn Stohl, student manuscript processor, and Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2018.

Register of Erastus Fairbanks Snow letter to James McGaw
Shaelyn Stohl
2018 April 16
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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