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Jennetta Richards letters

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 781

Scope and Contents

Five holograph letters plus typescripts of each. All of the letters were written to the family of Jennetta Richards (d. 1845) in England. Three are by Jennetta and were composed in Nauvoo, Illinois. They are largely concerned with family matters. One dated 8 July 1844 tells of the assassination of the Mormon Prophet, Joseph Smith (1805-1844).

Scope and Contents

One item is by Thomas Bullock and tells of the death of Jennetta in the summer of 1845. Another letter is by Willard Richards written from Winter Quarters, Nebraska, 24 April 1848. It is an attempt by Willard to keep in contact with his deceased wife's family while he emigrates to the West.


  • 1841-1848


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 Jennetta Richards letters must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Convert to the Mormon Church and wife of Willard Richards (1804-1854); Mormon Apostle, politician, postmaster, clerk, and historian. Thomas Bullock (1816-1885) was a Mormon newspaper publisher, clerk, and historian.


3 folders (0.3 linear ft.) : handwritten typewritten

Language of Materials



19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.


Acquisition; Deposited; Geneve W. Pingree.

Register of Jennetta Richards letters
Leslie Evens
2011 November 28
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