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James E. Talmage letter to Joseph Langhorn

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 3835

Scope and Contents

File contains a letter from James E. Talmage which was written in his capacity as president of the European Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on February 4, 1925. He writes to thank Joseph Langhorn for his public defense of the church and missionaries in Northampton, England.


  • 1925 February 4


Conditions Governing Access

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 James E. Talmage letter to Joseph Langhorn must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Joseph Langhorn (1855-1943) was a Presbyterian from Northampton, England who immigrated to Brigham City, Utah in 1910.

Biographical history

James Edward Talmage (1862-1933) was president of the University of Utah, the European Mission President, and apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is still remembered for authoring Jesus the Christ and Articles of Faith.

James Edward Talmage was born to Gabriel James Joyce Talmage and Susanna Preator Talmage on September 21, 1862 in Hungerford, England. In 1876 the family moved to Provo, Utah where Talmage later attended Brigham Young Academy. He also attended Lehigh University, Johns Hopkins University, and Illinois Wesleyan University, primarily studying geology and chemistry. Talmage returned to Brigham Young Academy as a professor of geology and chemistry in the late 1880s. He left Brigham Young Academy in 1893 to serve as president of the University of Utah until 1897.

On June 14, 1888 he married Merry May Booth, with whom he had four sons and four daughters. Talmage served in numerous church capacities, most notably in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles beginning December 7, 1911. During his tenure as an apostle, he also served as the European Mission President. Perhaps his greatest legacy in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was as author of the still popular works, Jesus the Christ and Articles of Faith. Following years of church service, he died July 27, 1933 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)

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Custodial History

Donated in 2007 by Richard Ericson.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Richard Ericson; 2007.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Separated Materials

Also included was a copy of the Articles of Faith by Talmage, which has been separately cataloged.

Processing Information

Processed; Lindsay Larson, processor, John Murphy, curator; 2007.

Register of James E. Talmage letter to Joseph Langhorn
John M. Murphy and Lindsay Larson
2007 April
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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