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E. H. Parsons letter to C. K. Brewster

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8271

Scope and Contents

Handwritten letter from E. H. Parsons, Salt Lake City, Utah ranch properties salesman and former U.S. Marshall in Utah, to C. K. Brewster. The purpose of the letter appears to be requesting purchase of items from Brewster and to share news with an apparent friend from Parsons' birthplace of Massachusetts. However, much of the letter also contains politically based statements regarding the Democratic presidential administration, the devaluation of silver, and endorsement of William McKinley, who would become the next U.S. president in 1897. Dated March 23, 1894.


  • 1894 March 23


Biographical History

E. H. Parsons (1841-1920) was a U.S. Marshal in Utah from 1889 until he resigned in 1892. He was a cattle dealer and owned and operated a ranch properties dealership out of Salt Lake City, Utah. Parsons was a Civil War veteran and was also involved in the Spanish and Philippine Wars.

Elias Howard Parsons, known as E. H., was born in Worthington, Massachusetts on December 9, 1841 to Maurice Parsons and Amanda Clark. He married Mary Augusta Giesy at Lancaster, Ohio on September 5, 1865. In early life he worked in several businesses in Massachusetts and New York before going to the Cazenovia Academy in Cazenovia, New York. In April 1865 he joined the Union Army and was decorated Civil War veteran, being commissioned as Captain of his regiment, and later First Lieutenant in the regular army by General Grant because of meritorious service. In 1871 he left the army and engaged in mining and livestock raising in Utah. He assisted in organizing the First Presbyterian Church in Salt Lake City, in which he was the first ordained Elder. He resided in Salt Lake City thirty years, and for nearly four years (1889-1892) served as U. S. Marshal when Utah was under territorial government. In this position, Parsons was a strong supporter of Republican politics, even endorsing and writing letters of introduction for John Henry Smith, a Mormon Republican leader and member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles who was instrumental in helping Utah become a state. He would later be called again to assist in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Spanish-American and Philippines Wars, moving from Utah to Washington, D.C., and later California. Parsons died in Pasadena, California on January 24, 1920.

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Biographical History

C. K. Brewster (1843-1908) was a businessman in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Charles Kingman Brewster, or C.K., was born June 11, 1843 in Worthington, Massachusetts to Elisha Huntington Brewster and Sophronia M. Kingman. He made a career as a businessman in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Brewster died on September 30, 1908 in Worthington, Massachusetts.


1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)

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Custodial History

Item purchased from Gallery BFA, a rare books and documents dealer in Prospect, Pennsylvania, in 2013.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Gallery BFA; October 24, 2013.


Utah politics (Archives of Utah and the American West.)


Holograph, signed.


Located in Box 593.

Processing Information

Processed; Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2013.

Register of E. H. Parsons letter to C. K. Brewster
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Ryan K. Lee
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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