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Benjamin Riter letters

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Identifier: MSS 3140

Scope and Contents

Two letters, written by Benjamin Riter in 1849 and 1850, describing the conditions in Nauvoo, Ill. following the exodus of the Saints. Letters are addressed to a Morgan J. Thomas of Philadelphia, Pa. The first letter describes the future prospects of the city, including information on land purchases and some of the recent settlers. It also describes Riter's involvement in mob activities against the Latter-day Saints. The second seeks additional information about some of the individuals described in the previous letter.


  • 1849-1850


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Open for public research.

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

Biographical / Historical

Benjamin Riter was born on 27 July 1801 in Chester County, Pa. He moved to the Nauvoo, Ill. region sometime before mob persecutions forced members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints out of that city. He participated in the mob violence against the Saints, purchased land from them at a devalued price as they were fleeing, and then took up residence in Nauvoo.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition



19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Register of Benjamin Riter letters
Rose Frank
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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