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John Brown letter

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Identifier: MSS 3174

Scope and Contents

One letter (3 pages), dated 17 April 1845, written from Nauvoo, Illinois, by John Brown to his wife, Elizabeth Crosby Brown, who was residing in Athens, Monroe County, Mississippi. The letter informs his wife that he is working on the Nauvoo temple and has been instructed by Brigham Young to stay there and work on it through the fall and winter as well. He says that Brigham Young has declared that a woman cannot perform work for deceased men in the temple but only for women. He wishes her to be with him as soon as possible and suggests she come in July rather than in the fall, even though he was counseled not to get her until then.


  • 1845 April 17


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

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 John Brown letter must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

John Brown was born 23 October 1820 in Tennessee. He married Elizabeth Crosby on 21 May 1844 in Nauvoo. He came to Utah with Brigham Young's pioneer company in July of 1847 and was a member of the expeditionary party that first saw the Salt Lake Valley. He did some of the initial planting and exploring of the valley; was captain of Parley P. Pratt's company that explored southern Utah in the winter of 1849; served as agent for the Perpetual Emigrating Fund; and spent two years at different gathering points of Utah-bound emigration, helping to outfit teams traveling west. In 1852 he was elected to the territorial legislature. He was a member of the settlement exploring expedition to Salmon River, Oregon, 1857, served a mission to England in 1860, and presided over the southern states mission for two years after the Civil War. He was also mayor of Pleasant Grove for ten years and bishop of Pleasant Grove for 29 years. He died on 4 November 1896 in Pleasant Grove.


1 folder (0.08|flinear ft.)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donation; John A. Taylor; 1998.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Register of John Brown letter
Garrett Schroath
2011 March 15
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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