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Robert Holmes letter

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 3959

Scope and Contents

Includes one handwritten letter (with typescript) written by Robert Holmes to his cousin Francis Holmes. At the time the letter was written, Robert was living in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, while his cousin Francis was living in Iowa. The letter mentions the disastrous summer of 1855, when the "Mormon Crickets" virtually destroyed the Mormon crops. The letter also mentions other Mormons including John Benbow, Thomas Benbow, John Cole, William and Mary Jenkins, and Benjamin and Mary Taylor.


  • 1855


Language of Materials note

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

Biographical / Historical

Robert Holmes was born January 19, 1816, in Herefordshire, England, to Robert Holmes and Margaret Deery. He married Elizabeth Cole on June 26, 1838 in England. Robert and Elizabeth traveled to Utah in 1847 where they lived until their deaths. Elizabeth died on March 28, 1882 in Willard, Utah, and Robert died on December 27, 1908, also in Willard, Utah. Francis Holmes was born on July 2, 1815 in Herefordshire, England, to Francis Holmes and Elizabeth Deery. Robert Holmes and Francis Holmes appear to be first cousins on their mothers' side.


1 folder ; (0.08 linear ft.)

Custodial History

These items were purchased by Special Collections in 1989.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; 1989.


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

Related Materials

This item is part of the 19th Century Western and Mormon

Register of the Robert Holmes letter
Rose Frank
2011 June 16
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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