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H. B. Colton letter

 Item — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 4205
Image of H. B. Colton letter
Image of H. B. Colton letter

Scope and Contents note

Amusing letter from a bored and overworked railroad office worker describing Indianapolis society and longing for the company of old friends in Lockport. Reflecting, undoubtedly, on the Utah War, Colton Muses on page 5: "By the by . . . I should have said, 'Empassant,' what have you poor weak-kneed, brokenbacked sham Republicans in N. Y. been doing this autumn. I am ashamed of you all, and out of pure disgust I have a good mind to turn Mormon. I would, too, If I could only choose the Queen of the Harem, who should sit up in state, do just as she chose, and never to be touched with any thing rougher than the tenderest of kisses, and for whom all the rest (mere wives in name, but servants in fact) should do all menial offices, wash, cook, mend, sew, run of errands, do up the scolding, which is needful in all households and whip the – Never mind. They wouldn't need whipping. There's a picture for you, drawn by the hand of an artist—a charcoal artist on a shingle!" He also refers to Buchanan's Blunder, 1857-1858. About 5 by 8 inches. 8 pages.


  • 1857


Conditions Governing Access note

Original restricted. Digital copy available online for public use. Transcription also available for public use.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the H.B. Colton letter must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

H.B. Colton was a 19th century railroad worker in Indianapolis.


2 folders (0.02 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Amusing letter from a bored and overworked railroad office worker.

Custodial History note

Purchased in 1991.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Purchased; 1991.

Appraisal note

19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital copy available online. Transcription available in Folder 2.

Processing Information note

Processed; H. Christine Swindler; July 2007.

Register of the H. B. Colton letter
H. Christine Swindler and Karen Glenn, student processors and John M. Murphy, curator
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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