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John Van Cott papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 1743
Scope and Contents Correspondence, diaries, and a family history. The correspondence is between Van Cott and family members. Also included are handwritten and signed letters from Brigham Young, second president of the Mormon Church, to Van Cott. The diaries cover the time when Van Cott served as a missionary for the Mormon Church from 1852 to 1856 and from 1859 to 1862. He was in Iowa City, Iowa, when the first handcart companies left for Utah.
Dates: 1838-1913

Brigham Young letter to John R. Young

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 780
Scope and Contents Material contains a handwritten and signed letter dated March 1, 1857, addressed to John R. Young in Honolulu, Hawaii. The item was composed in Salt Lake City, Utah. Brigham Young encourages John, his nephew, and his fellow missionaries for the Mormon Church in Hawaii by making comparisons between the "quiet and purity that prevail in Utah" and the "gross darkness" that covers the other people of the Earth. He comments on the missionary work of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in...
Dates: 1857 March 1

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