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Brigham Young letter to John R. Young

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 780

Scope and Contents

Material contains a handwritten and signed letter dated March 1, 1857 addressed to John R. Young in Honolulu, Hawaii. The item was composed in Salt Lake City, Utah. Brigham Young encourages John, his nephew, and his fellow missionaries for the Mormon Church in Hawaii by making comparisons between the "quiet and purity that prevail in Utah" and the "gross darkness" that covers the other people of the Earth. He comments on the missionary work of the Mormon Church in China and shares news of that faith and of the Young family.

Dates

  • 1857 March 1

Creator

Conditions Governing Use

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 Brigham Young letter to John R. Young must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical / Historical

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.

Biographical / Historical

John R. Young (1837-1931) was a Mormon pioneer in Utah.

John Ray Young was born on April 30, 1837 in Kirtland, Ohio to Lorenzo Dow Young and Persis Goodall. He was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and emigrated to Utah in 1857. The following year he was called to serve a mission to the Hawaiian Islands. After his return to Utah he married Albina Terry (1836-1913) on January 1, 1859 in Salt Lake City, and they had seven children. He later entered polygamy, marrying Lydia Knight in 1861 (seven children), Tamar Jane Black in 1870 (seven children), and Catherine Coles in 1878 (one child). He worked variously as a teamster, missionary, guide, Postmaster, stock man, and County Assessor. Young died on September 15, 1931 in Provo, Utah.

Extent

2 folders (0.10 linear ft.)

Language

English

Custodial History

Unknown.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Unknown.

Appraisal

LDS cultural, family, social, intellectual, mission, and religious history (19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, V, b, v, 1; March 2020)

Existence and Location of Copies

Transcription of original letter located in folder 2.

Related Materials

Removed from the Levi Edgar Young papers (MSS 561).

Processing Information

Processed; Meghan Hoesch, student manuscript processor, and Ryan Lee, curator; 2020.

Creator

Title
Register of Brigham Young letter to John R. Young
Status
In Progress
Author
Leslie Evens
Date
2011 November 28
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States