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Orson Pratt letter to Nathaniel H. Felt

 Item — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 213

Scope and Contents

Handwritten and signed letter, dated December 11, 1866, and addressed to Nathaniel H. Felt from Orson Pratt. Pratt writes concerning the mission for the Church in Great Britain.


  • 1866 December 11


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Biographical / Historical

Orson Pratt was born in New York in 1811. He was introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by his brother, Parley P. Pratt. Orson was baptized in 1830 and became a member of the first Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He served two missions in the British Isles and also aided in establishing missionary work in Austria. He was excommunicated for a brief period in 1842 due to a disagreement with the prophet Joseph Smith about polygamy, but he was re-baptized soon after and again joined the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He migrated west with Brigham Young and the rest of the members of the Church after Joseph Smith's death.

Biographical History

Nathaniel H. Felt was born in Salem, Massachuetts, on February 6, 1816. He became an apprentice in Lynn, Massachusetts, then moved back to Salem where he owned a mercantile business. He joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1843. He moved to Nauvoo, Illinois in 1845, St. Louis, Missouri in 1847, and Salt Lake City in 1850. In Utah, Felt became a member of the Utah Territorial Legislature in 1851 and worked as an alderman in Salt Lake City. He served as chaplain of the Nauvoo Legion in 1851. From 1865 to 1867 Felt served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Great Britain, serving as president of the London District for a portion of that time. From 1869 to 1870 he also served a mission in New England. Felt died January 27, 1887.


2 folders (0.02 linear ft.)




19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

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Transcription available in folder 2.



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Processed; Megan Hall; April 2, 2021; Transcription added.

Processing Information

Processed; Rose Frank; October 2011.


Register of Orson Pratt letter to Nathaniel H. Felt
Rose Frank
2011 October 5
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Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

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Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States