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Hosea Stout journal and letters

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7418

Scope and Contents note

Collection consists of typescripts of the journals and correspondence of Hosea Stout. This includes a photocopy of a typescript of one of Stout's journals, kept from October 4, 1844 and May 12, 1845. The bulk of the collection is typescripts of letters written to Stout. These letters span two hundred and seventy pages, greatly varying in subject matter and authorship. Amidst the letters are notes from Brigham Young, Willard Richards, the Smith family, and Abraham Lincoln, concerning a government calling Stout received in the 1860s. Furthermore, the papers contain a phonographic chart, references made to Hosea Stout in the Journal History of the Church, and a list of officers in the Nauvoo Legion.


  • 1829-1915


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

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

Biographical History

Hosea Stout (1810-1889) was an early convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He that fought in the Black Hawk War and served missions for the Church.

Hosea Stout was born September 18 in Kentucky to Joseph and Anna Smith Stout. He was separated from his family, due to poverty, for almost four years. For a period during this time, Stout was sent to enroll at a Shaker School since his family could not provide for him. After reuniting with his family, Stout readjusted himself to his family life until his mother died when he was fourteen years old. At that time, he went away to work, doing odd jobs for nearby farmers. From here he was called to join a volunteer company to fight in the Black Hawk War during which time he joined the Methodist Church. Then, in 1830, he became acquainted with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but was not baptized until 1838. Stout then followed the Church to Nauvoo, and when the Church deserted Nauvoo, Stout was assigned by Brigham Young to be in charge of the guard covering companies leaving Nauvoo. This responsibility continued through Winter Quarters, ending in 1847. In 1853, Stout was called on the first mission to China. Ten years later, Stout and his family were sent to the Cotton Mission, where they worked for four years. In 1877, Stout retired from public life, moving to Holladay, Utah with his wife Sarah Jones. He died in Holladay on March 2, 1889 at the age of seventy-eight.


2 folders (0.2 linear ft.)




Collection includes typescripts of a journal kept by Stout from 1844 until 1845 and over two hundred pages of letters addressed to Stout. The letters are also typescripts.

Custodial History note

Donated by Michael B. Thelin in 1998. The typescripts were held by Thelin until this time.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Michael B. Thelin; 1998.

Appraisal note

19th Century Western & Mormon Americana; 19th Century letters and journal.

Related Archival Materials note

See also the Hosea Stout collection, 1847-1937 (MSS 2036).

Processing Information note

Processed; Lissa Chandler; 2009.

Register of Hosea Stout journal and letters
Lissa Chandler
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
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