Brigham Young letter to William L. Marcy
Scope and Contents
Contains photocopies of two handwritten and signed letters dated December 17, 1845 and addressed to William L. Marcy, Secretary of War for the United States. The two items are identical in content, but one appears to be a rough draft of the other. Young petitions the federal government for funds to aid in the westward migration of Mormons from Nauvoo, Illinois, with Vancouver Island as a possible destination. Young requests money to build block houses and stockades on the Oregon Trail and also asks for the establishment of a mail route from Nauvoo to Oregon.
- 1845 December 17
- Marcy, William L. (William Learned), 1786-1857 (correspondent, Person)
- Young, Brigham, 1801-1877 (author, Person)
Language of Materials
Materials are in English.
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Brigham Young (1801-1877) was a Mormon ecclesiastical leader and politician in Utah.
Brigham Young was born on June 1, 1801 in Witingham, Vermont. He joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1832, and moved to Kirtland, Ohio. He followed the migration of the church from Ohio to Missouri to Nauvoo, Illinois. In February 1846 he led the Mormon exodus to the West, and was sustained as the second president of the Church on December 27, 1847. Arriving in Utah he settled in Salt Lake City, and in 1849 was appointed as governor of Utah Territory. Young passed away on August 29, 1877 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
William L. Marcy (1786-1857) was an American politician, lawyer, and judge. He served as the governor of New York from 1833 to 1839, as the United States Secretary of War from 1845 to 1849, and as Secretary of State from 1853 to 1857.
2 items (2 pages)
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscript.
- Register of Brigham Young letter to William L. Marcy
- Rose Frank
- 20 April 2011
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- Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
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