Philip T. Blair family papers, 1836-1968

Overview of the Collection

Blair family
Philip T. Blair family papers
1836-1968 (inclusive)
4.5 linear feet
Collection Number
MS 0120
The Philip T. Blair family papers (1836-1968) contain pertinent information concerning the early development of the Mormon Church as well as covering an important epoch in early Utah history. It describes the social, religious, economic, and political development of the state through correspondence, documents, and memorabilia. Boxes 1-9 have been digitized and are available online.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT

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Historical NoteReturn to Top

Philip T. Blair was born to George Elias Blair and Nellie May Thatcher in 1896. He was the great-grandson of Brigham Young, second president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and territorial governor of Utah.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Philip T. Blair family papers (1836-1968) contain pertinent information concerning the early development of the Mormon church as well as covering an important epoch in early Utah history. It describes the social, religious, economic, and political development of the state through correspondence, documents, and memorabilia. Spanning a period of four generations of a family, it commences in 1836 with some of the earliest known personal correspondence of Brigham Young and his wife Mary Ann Angell Young. Traveling throughout the mid-eastern states, Young performs missionary work for the newly organized Mormon church and writes loving letters home, expressing his concern for the welfare of Mary Ann and their small family. This correspondence gives an insight to the personal love and feeling Brigham had for his family as well as being informative about the early turbulent years of the Mormon church. In January 1838, a letter from Mary Ann in Kirtland, Ohio, to Brigham Young in Dublin, Indiana, tells of the hardships and financial problems she is enduring, and she warns him not to return home at this time for his life is in danger. She quotes from a revelation prophesying of the dreadful times to come. Brigham Young later writes from England (1840) where he labors for twenty-two months proselyting and printing Mormon publications, including the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, the Millennial Star, and a hymn book. These long letters home tell of his great faith and describe his work, his dreams, and the sorrow he feels at being deprived of the comfort of his family.

After a lapse of several years, personal letters between members of Brigham Young's large family in Utah tell of family relationships and describe life in Salt Lake City. As president of the church, governor of the territory for a seven-year period (1851-1858), and superintendent of Indian affairs, Brigham Young's business correspondence, appointments, invitations, land deeds, and documents shed light on the affairs of church and state. One very descriptive letter from Delegate John M. Bernhisel, April 23, 1850, from Washington, D. C., informs Young of the happenings in the United States Senate. He tells of a long, animated debate that ended in violence between senators when a revolver was drawn on the senate floor.

Correspondence between Brigham Young and his sons attending schools in the East describe early college life at Ann Arbor, Michigan; the military school at West Point; and also the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis in Maryland, as well as showing the relationships between father and sons.

The second generation in the collection begins when Luna Young, daughter of Mary Ann Angell and Brigham, marries George W. Thatcher, son of Hezekiah and Alena Kitchen Thatcher of Logan. Their married life sees many periods of separation while George pursues employment as superintendent in the building of the Utah and Northern Railroad, while on a mission for the Mormon church in England, and as he travels away from home. They correspond frequently on these occasions and one learns of their love and devotion for each other and family, their living conditions and finances, social life around the Lion House and the Bee Hive House, and of their attitudes and feelings. It tells of the heartbreak Luna feels when George takes another wife in polygamy, her half-sister Fanny Young. Luna is never reconciled to a shared love and husband. George and Luna later move to Logan, Utah, where they raise a family of ten children; are active in church, civic, and political affairs; and George becomes mayor of Logan (1888), president of Brigham Young College Board in Logan for twenty years, and is appointed a member of the Utah Commission (1894). He is a prominent and successful businessman. His children are given the advantages of education and training in music and the arts and develop talents in these areas. At one time Logan contained the Thatcher Opera House, a Thatcher Bank, and the Thatcher Milling and Elevator Company.

A daughter of George and Luna Thatcher, Nellie May, is courted and marries George Elias Blair, son of Seth Millington and Sarah Jane Foster Blair, also of Logan, and thus begins the third generation of the collection. As early as 1881 there are invitations, notes, and letters between George and Nellie as they develop a courtship that lasted seven years. During most of this time George is in Salt Lake or "on the road" with different work, trying to become financially able to ask Nellie to marry him. He was a great lover of the arts, writing poetry and plays. He writes about the Salt Lake Theater where he is a constant patron and tells of productions and actors playing there. These love letters to Nellie are personal, but they contain stories of the early social and economic life in Salt Lake and Logan. George works in real estate and as an agent for Luna Y. Thatcher, his mother-in-law, collecting rentals for her, noting on June 8, 1888, that she owns the schoolhouse. George and Nellie built a home at 183 Canyon Road, Salt Lake City, on property given Nellie by her parents. The house still stands. Here their five children are born: Virginia, Millington, Philip, Kathryn, and George. George and Nellie's subsequent correspondence is carried on while Nellie spends months at a time with her children in Logan at the home of her parents, or from George as he travels, working on mining and oil developments or other employment. Blair studied law for a period in his youth and he held a variety of positions at different times: clerk of the Utah Commission in territorial days, deputy county clerk of Salt Lake, manager of the Salt Lake Herald, insurance agent, and he had interests in the Esmeralda, Gold-field, and Bullfrog gold mines in Nevada. He writes about the Twenty-eighth Session of the Utah Legislature in 1888 and is elected justice of the peace, Fourth Precinct, Salt Lake City, in 1890. Blair becomes intensely interested in a play titled Corianton which, it is said, he helped write. He makes several trips to New York and becomes the producer of the show, having costumes and scenery made and shipped to Utah. Extravagant plans are made as he hires famous actors and books engagements in several cities. Although he had high hopes for the success of the play, it proves to be a miserable failure and a financial fiasco from which he never fully recovers. George Blair passed away at an early age in 1905.

The fourth generation of the collection begins with Virginia Blair (1890-1973). Some years after George's death, Nellie and her family move to Hollywood, California, to be with Virginia who is trying to make "the big time" in the movie industry. Virginia evidently inherited her father's love for the theater, and is gifted in writing, music, and art. She fails to become the Hollywood starlet she dreamed of, but has bit parts and extra work and apparently is acquainted with many of the "movie people." Her health is never the strongest and she suffers periods of serious illness. She and her mother later become the closest of friends and companions and when Nellie passes away on October 23, 1941, Virginia is left desolate. Virginia is never successful enough to support herself fully, and she lives most of her adult life with her brother, Millington, who, with her other brothers, support her. Neither Virginia nor Millington ever marry. Virginia writes her intimate thoughts, poetry, and events of the day in a collection of thirteen notebooks--writing sporadically from 1918-1962. They tell of life in California during this time, especially through the years of the second world war. In the latter years she and Millington move back to Logan, Utah, where their remaining days are spent in a trouble some relationship. Virginia is responsible for saving and assembling most of this collection. The family genealogy is recorded in her "Book of Remembrance," and there is other genealogical material in the papers.

Included in the collection is a very beautiful group of greeting cards for different occasions, wedding announcements, invitations, and "at home" cards dating from 1882 to 1907.

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Preferred Citation

Collection Name, Collection Number, Box Number, Folder Number. Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah.

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Separated Materials

Photographs were transferred to the Multimedia Division of Special Collections (P0120).

Processing Note

Processed by Della L. Dye and Dorothy Rasmussen in 1979.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

I:  Brigham Young FamilyReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Correspondence--Young Family and Relatives
Box Folder
1 1
  • May 11, 1868 - Omaha, Nebraska, to (Salt Lake City, Utah); Clawson, Alice Young, to Dear Mother (Mary Ann Angell Young)
  • Letter accompanies a little gift Alice is sending her mother; the gift consists of two handkerchiefs, one cap, and a little lace and ribbon. Alice is with Hiram Clawson, her husband, in New York and talks about looking for gifts for those at home. Would like to send more, but is limited because of money. Has selected a few lemons for her father. Sends love to all at home, including Briggie who has added one full-grown woman to his family. Comments on the new additions to the families and says children are the greatest comfort a woman can have.
1 2
  • May 8, 1877 - St. George, Utah, to (Salt Lake City, Utah); Dunford, Susa Young, to Dearest Father (Brigham Young)
  • Short letter to Young as she is waiting to commence her journey, presumably to Salt Lake City with Brother Alger and company. Alma is coming the following day with Brother McDonald. Had delayed a few days in starting and wanted her father to know. Is coming to see her father to hear his wise counsel. Susa's mother sends her love and a wish for his good health. Although she sends love to all the relatives, her "highest esteem and love I can feel for man is engraven on my heart for my honored and revered father."
1 3
  • April 15, 1878 - Springfield, Illinois, to Salt Lake City; Tobin, John, to Mrs. President, Mary Ann Young
  • Expresses his great appreciation for Mrs. Young's noble life. Tells of being cruelly robbed and swindled by Apostle Rich, whom he often aided by lending money. When the storms of adversity enveloped him, Mary Ann proved to be a mother. If she is ever in need, he would be happy to show his gratitude. Mrs. Tobin added a p.s. sending her best wishes also.
1 4
  • October 2, 1876 - Ann Arbor, Michigan, to (Salt Lake City); Young, Alfales, to My Dear Father (Brigham Young)
  • Short note in which he acknowledges his father's letter and is following his instructions. Happy his father finds his handwriting improved. Sends love to his folks and to the brethren. Notes that Junius F. Wells has stayed with him.
  • May 19, 1902 - Salt Lake City to (Logan, Utah); Young, Alfales, to My Dear Sister Luna (Young Thatcher)
  • Short letter sending deep regrets for the illness of Luna's husband George and hopes for his convalescence.
1 5
  • March 28, 1876 - Nottingham, England, to (Salt Lake City); Young, Arta D., to My Dear Father (Brigham Young)
  • Writing to tell his father of progress in his missionary work and of the welfare of the Saints. President and Mrs. George L. Farrell have been very kind to him. Baptisms are good, but he hopes for more. Tells of plans for a continental tour with Brother Carrington and family and thanks his father for this privilege. Tells of the faithfulness and sacrifice of the Saints there. Has urged all Saints to go to Utah. Hopes his father's plans to immigrate the poor will be successful. Tells of the health and welfare of the missionaries there.
  • August 6, 1876 - Liverpool, England, to (Salt Lake City); Young, Arta D., to Dear Father, President Brigham Young
  • In answer to his father's letter where problems had been discussed. Assures his father that Brother Carrington does not drink any strong drinks and keeps only the best of company. His father's letter has made him feel blue and he feels it would be best if he were now transferred. Acknowledges the fact that he has smoked and drank tea and coffee, but he alone is to blame. Will try to do better as he knows the gospel is true and will try to live it. Hopes his father gets over that dreadful affliction rheumatism.
1 6
  • June 3, 1836 - Pawlet, Vermont, to Kirtland, Ohio; Young, Brigham, to Mary A. Young, "My wife, my companion in Tribulation and the kingdom Patchants"
  • Describes his journey after leaving Kirtland, taking a steamboat to Buffalo and canal boat to Albania. Sunday, Joseph and he preached on board. Tells of preaching to a man named Rice and his hopes for converts. He is now going East. Asks her to tell Brother P. H. Young to be faithful so that when he comes East he will be "Like a flaming torch." Sends his blessings and prayers to comfort her and the children, instructs the children to be good and mind their mother, and study their books. Does not know when he will return. Asks her to tell the brethren they are doing fine and he will send another letter home when Brother Barker leaves for home.
  • July 21, 1836 - Providence, Rhode Island, to Kirtland, Ohio;
  • Young, Brigham, to Mary A. Young (Envelope is addressed to Elder Brigham Young, Kirtland, Ohio. Return to B. Young, R. I.)
  • This is the fourth letter he has sent to her and has not as yet heard from her, but hopes to when he gets to Boston. Discusses the Vallentine family. Sends regards from Father Angell's brother and sisters and says they are well. He and Joseph had preached in the Washington Hall and want to get the hall for the next Sabbath. Is thinking of returning home after the first of September so he can pay for their house and also repair it. Asks Mary to have Brother A. Barney get some lumber or stone and anything for building. Asks that she answer this as soon as possible to West Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Remembers her continually in his prayers and sends love to all the children.
  • March 24, 1837 - Richmond (Virginia ?), to Kirtland, Ohio; Young, Brigham, to Mary A. Young (Envelope is addressed to Elder Brigham Young, Kirtland, Ohio. Return to B. Young, Richmond.)
  • He and Brother Willard are now at Brother Willard's father's home. Tomorrow they start for New York. Was greatly fatigued riding day and night in the stage. Wishes to return to his family as soon as duty will permit. Assures his wife and children that he remembers them in his prayers and hopes they will do likewise. Also remembers Brother Wittmer in his prayers. Brother Willard sends love to cousin Mary. Sends his love to wife and to his household. A p.s. asks her to keep this to herself and not expose his "poore righting and speling."
  • June 2, 1840 - Liverpool, England, to Commerce, Illinois, Hancock County; Young, Brigham, to Mary A. Young
  • Letter contains a little key which will unlock a little wooden box, where she will find two letters and a gift. She is to read Number 1 first and then Number 2 and then look at the presents. No more time to write. Sister and Brother Moon will deliver the present to her. Brother Kimball sends a little "Smeling" bottle to let her know he thinks of her and the family.
  • June 12, 1840 - Manchester, England, to Commerce, Hancock County, Illinois; Young, Brigham, to Mary A. Young, My Dearest Mary
  • Letter written home as he labors in his missionary work in England. Is desirous of hearing from her, although he has heard about her in some of the brethrens' letters from their wives. Relates a vision or dream that he has had where he visited this country (America) and saw her and Elizabeth. He had shaken her hand heartily and kissed her two or three times. He had seen more concerning the church, which he relates later in the letter. Tells her again that Brother and Sister Moon are bringing her presents and that they had bought her and Natalie Kimball beautiful French patterns, thread, and materials (9 1/2 yards each), and how he is looking forward to seeing her in this frock. They are printing 3,000 copies of a hymn book and 5,000 copies of the Book of Mormon. Relates more of his vision in which he saw a company from the South who were the wicked mobs and the company from the North who were the Saints or Israelites and the great contention between the two. Also dreamed of seeing Brother Rigdon. He next tells her of a great Roman Catholic parade he saw on the street, as long as two miles. The females were dressed in white, many carrying flags and banners. They also had printing presses on carts so they could print handbills as they marched along. He wants to get 5,000 copies of the Book of Mormon spread through Europe, and also have Brother Pratt's family come from the United States so that Pratt's can stay and run the press--then he will be satisfied to come home. He is with Brother Pratt and Brother Taylor, and they have labored hard to print their books. Their health has not been good at times because of the foul air caused from so much smoke. Will be glad when the Lord says, "Go Home," but the time is not yet. Brother Taylor has heard from home and notes the church had 3,000 baptisms at conference. Has also heard that Brother O. Hyde had a vision in which he and J. E. Page were instructed to go to Jerusalem. Joseph had told the apostles that if they would leave their families and go on this mission, the Lord would take care of their families while gone, and he had a good feeling about his family and been content. Instructs her to stay where she is and have her house built, and he will send assistance as soon as he can. Sends his love to Brother Joseph Smith and Emma and family, to Father and Mother Smith, Brother Rigdon, and others. He has seen in the papers of the destruction of "Naches" and of two steamboats. Sends his love to her and to Elizabeth and Vilate.
  • November 12, 1840 - Manchester, England, to Nauvoo, Illinois; Young, Brigham, to Mary A. Young (Envelope addressed to Mr. George W. Robinson)
  • Hopes she has received his letters, although he had forgotten to send the last one addressed to G. W. Robinson, but had put her name on it. Hopes she was able to get it out of the office. This letter is being sent by the Rigbys, a very good family he has been living with. Mr. Rigby had lost his job because of his affiliation with the church. Different sects are trying to turn people against them by telling many lies. Some were joining just to get free passage to America, but refused to go when they found they would have to refund their passage when financially able to do so. Complains of a cold affecting his lungs. Brother Levi Richard is ill with lung fever and Brother Taylor is thinking about coming home. Brother Woodruff is in London, G. A. Smith in Birmingham, and Brother Kimball is with him. Brother P. P. Pratt's family is there now. Tells of discussion with Brother Pratt and one of the town missionaries. Relates experience of healings, of preachings and conversions, and of a "dubble" harp being played by one of the members. Is pleased there is so much musical talent in the members. Has heard from others how hard Mary Ann has worked to get things for her family. Expresses his tenderness to her for the sacrifice she makes living in poverty so he can go and do what the Lord requires of him. Sends his blessings. Has heard that Brother Joseph is disturbed because they had not written to him on the subject of printing the hymn book and Book of Mormon. Felt he had done all he could do to promote the cause and that all would be straightened out later. Asks her to ask Brother Joseph to let him know what he should do now. Sends regards to her relatives and friends.
  • January 15, 1841 - Liverpool, England, to Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois; Young, Brigham, to Mary A. Young (Envelope indicates by steam packet ship to Halifax and Boston)
  • Loving letter informing Mary Ann of his health and expressing his regret for the hard work she must endure. Feels that after the Council of the Twelve have met, April 6, 1841, he can make arrangements to leave for home and should arrive in June. Has heard Governor Boggs is taking the brethren back to Missouri from custody of Governor Carlin. Comments on the health of Sister Greene who has been ill and wishes Mary to take her a gift of a "Frock patent" if she could spare it. Says the printing of the Book of Mormon is going slow and he must see it completed before he leaves the country. Yearns for home and family and Brother Joseph Smith, Brother Rigdon, and Hyrum Smith, but feels they are all in the hands of the Lord God of Israel. His work keeps him busy and he does not allow himself to think of what he is missing at home or it would destroy him. Time has elapsed since writing the above and he has been touring the mission. Received a letter from her which was a "prescouis morsel." Special little tender notes of love and instruction for his children are included. Brother Turley is bringing her thirty dollars and he hopes to send more. Wants her to buy a first-rate cow so they can feed the poor when he gets home. Hopes she can get the house finished by the time he arrives. Sends his love and concern to all the brethren.
  • No Date - No Address; Young, Brigham, to Mary A. Young
  • Short letter about business matters concerning their home. Has sold two cows to George Roberson for forty copies of the Book of Mormon. Has seen Brother William Kimball about the land and he will let her have five or ten acres. Lists are sent of those he owes money and those who owe him. Wants Brother Ripley to pay those debts for him, which will almost rob her, but that is all he can do. Brother Smith has pledged that the wives of the Twelve should have what they wanted. Instead of going to Chicago, they shall go to Jacksonville and Springfield. He feels the Lord will provide for them and asks her to make her own bargains, as he has not bargained with anyone.
1 7
  • August 31, 1874 - Organ, Schuler County, New York, to (Salt Lake City); Morrison, Daniel E., to Dear Uncle Brigham (Young)
  • Morrison, writing to establish his relationship to Brigham Young, discusses their many relatives in common with a hope that he will answer.
  • September 7, 1874 - Columbus, Wisconsin, to (Salt Lake City); Williams, Orlando, to Dear Cousin (Brigham Young)
  • Short letter explains his relationship to Brigham Young, and tells how hard times are and asks him to write soon.
  • December 23, 1875 - Grantsville, Utah, to (Salt Lake City); Harris, John W., to President B. Young, Dear Uncle
  • Letter of request for financial assistance. Would like a team and some seed grain so he can go to Grouse Creek and take up some land. He is the son of Martin Harris and Caroline Young.
  • January 25, 1876 - Alliance, Ohio, to (Salt Lake City); Gray, Charles W., to Dear Cousin (Brigham Young)
  • Friendly letter talking about the weather, health, etc. Says there is a narrow gauge railroad being built through their town and called Lake Erie, Alliance and Wheeling. This will make three railroads they have.
1 8
  • August 16, 1862 - London, England, to (Salt Lake City); Young, Brigham, Jr., to Dear Mother (Mary Ann Angell Young)
  • Missionary letter to his mother at home, informing her of his arrival at his mission in London, England, his health, etc. Describes the poverty of the Saints in England. Expresses his great desire to do his missionary work in a pleasing manner. Hopes for the good health of his family and sends love to all--asks her to kiss his children for him.
  • October 14, 1864 - Liverpool, England, to Salt Lake City; Young, Brigham, Jr., to Dear Mother (Mary Ann Angell Young)
  • Missionary letter to his mother expressing his great love and appreciation for her and his father and also his great love and faith in the gospel. A poem to her is included: "Lines To My Mother." Katie is with him and sends her love, and to all at home.
  • January 7, 1865 - Liverpool, England, to (Salt Lake City); Young, Brigham, Jr., to Dear Brother Joseph A. (Young)
  • Brigham, Jr., thanks his brother for his letter sent and for the news around the city. Inquires about the horses at home and about family and friends and discusses business matters. Tells him that Katie gave birth to a fine girl, but had a very difficult time with the birth but is improving. Is going to attend conference in various places in England. Sends love to all the family.
  • February 27, 1868 - Provo City, Utah, to (Salt Lake City); Young, Brigham, Jr., to Dear Mother (Mary Ann Angell Young)
  • He and his father had arrived and are getting settled in a house his father bought. Shall not return for about a week. They are well and he hopes his mother is recovering.
  • January 28, 1874 - Salt Lake City, Utah, to St. George, Utah;
  • Young, Brigham, Jr., to Dear Father (Brigham Young)
  • Letter informing Brigham Young about some actions of the Utah Legislature. The legislature had appropriated $1,000 toward completing Mr. Froiseth's map, although Froiseth was one who spent time in the territory try to "jump our citizen's land." Young does not feel right about this, although Froiseth has promised one hundred maps which will be distributed among the county officers. Another bill introduced makes registration necessary and to some extent introduces cumulative voting. Young hopes these will not pass. Is going to visit Cache Valley this week.
  • March 20, 1876 - Logan, Utah, to Salt Lake City, Utah; Young, Brigham, Jr., to President B. Young, Dear Father
  • It occurred to him that Brother L. G. Farrill, who is on a mission in England, is needed here and would be pleased if he could be released and come with some of the first companies to cross the ocean this spring.
  • August 2, 1876 - Logan, Utah, to (Salt Lake City); Young, Brigham, Jr., to Dear Father (Brigham Young)
  • Enclosing a letter from Brother O. N. Lillenquist, who is in Denmark. Asks what answer to send him.
  • August 12, 1876 - Logan, Cache County, Utah, to (Salt Lake City);
  • Young, Brigham, Jr., to President B. Young, Dear Father
  • Note enclosing a bill incurred at Brother Hammonds, according to his directions.
  • August 22, 1876 - Logan to Salt Lake City, Utah Young; Brigham, Jr., to President B. Young, Dear Father
  • Asks to have Brothers Musser and Jesse Fox come to finish arranging the fractions of land on Young's farm. Wants this business put in better shape.
  • January 2, 1880 - Holbrook, Arizona, to (Salt Lake City); Young, Brigham, Jr., to My Dear Mother (Mary Ann Angell Young)
  • His health is good, but he is far away from his family. Is looking for John W. to join him. His sons are well, except Jodie who is on crutches because of rheumatism. Will soon go to San Francisco Mountain where men are working in timber getting out spikes and ties. Hopes she will continue in good health.
  • September 15, 1880 - John W. Young Camp, Atlantic Pacific Railroad, Valencia County, New Mexico, to (Salt Lake City); Young, Brigham, Jr., to My Dear Mother (Mary Ann Angell Young)
  • He and company had arrived at John W.'s railroad camp. John W. was in Kansas City on business concerning the contract for grading the railroad. Brigham Jr.'s camp is 24 miles from this camp. Tells of going to his camp and then on to St. John's and later returns to John W.'s camp where he is now writing. John W. is now at Albuquerque, 130 miles away, but he expects him soon. Describes the camp, which is situated two miles east of the main divide between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Here the waters run east and empty into the Atlantic Ocean and two miles west the waters run west to the Pacific.
  • September 22, 1880 - Springerville, Round Valley, Apache County, Arizona Territory, to (Salt Lake City); Young, Brigham, Jr., to My Dear Mother (Mary Ann Angell Young)
  • Asks her to show this letter to his folks, as he cannot write them at present. He is still at John W.'s camp. John W. arrived by stage at sunrise. Later he and John rode toward Fort Wingate to overtake Brother Snow and party. Describes the journey where he sees elk, deer, bear, wild turkey, and a few panthers. They accompany Brother Snow to Bust Valley where there are a few familes. This place was raided by Indians in June and their horses were taken. Tells of attending church meetings. John W. is back visiting with him now. Is going to Snowflake, Arizona, to attend conference. Sends his love to his dear wives and children and to his dear mother.
  • No Date - No Address; Young, Brigham, Jr., to My Dear Mother (Mary Ann Angell Young)
  • Writing her a note on his birthday. Grieved to learn of her health, which has not been good. Expresses his great love and appreciation for her.
1 9
  • November 19, 1880 - Albuquerque, New Mexico, to (Salt Lake City);
  • Young, B. S., to Mary Ann Young, My Dear Grandmother (Letterh Stover & Company, General Merchandise, Wool, hides, pelts, wagons, carriages)
  • Writing at the request of Uncle Johnny (her son), who is with him at his camp. Tells her of Uncle John's constant prayer and earnest desire to serve God in all things temporal and spiritual. Feels that Uncle John should have a position of "trust in the kingdom, which we who know him feel he should justly occupy."
1 10
  • August 3, 1876 - Gunnison, Utah, to (Salt Lake City); Madsen, C. A., to President Brigham Young
  • Instructions of Brigham Young have been acted upon and construction on the Gunnison house is underway. Gives a progress report and hopes it will be completed in a short time.
  • August 8, 1876 - Manti City, Utah, to (Salt Lake City); Young, B. T., to President B. Young, Dear Grandfather
  • Tells of his progress in construction on the Gunnison house. If work keeps up he feels he will have the house ready for the family next week. Hopes his labors will suit him.
1 11
  • January 9, 1876 - Troy, New York, to (Salt Lake City); Young, Carlos, to President Brigham Young, Dear Father
  • Letter describes his trip to New York with Willard. They met with friends and relatives, attended meeting at Williamsburg where Brother Cannon and "Briggie" had delivered the discourses, and returned to Troy, where he is in school. Informs him of his progress in his studies. His expenses are more than the $500 a year planned for; he needs at least $200 more.
  • April 2, 1876 - Troy, New York, to (Salt Lake City); Young, Carlos, to President Brigham Young, Dear Father
  • Comments on his brother Arta in England on a mission, and brother Lorenzo who will be going on a mission in the spring. Tells of a woman revivalist, Van Cott, who preaches and calls people to repentance and has a powerful way of converting young men.
1 12
  • February 25, 1867 - Liverpool, England, to (Salt Lake City); C. S. Y. (Young, Catherine Spencer, wife of Brigham Young, Jr.), to Dear Jane and Children
  • Family letter of Catherine's concern for the mission field. She has two of her children with her, and her other children are in Salt Lake City. Her husband is also at home at this time, but she expects him to come back in about two weeks. Is anxiously awaiting his return when she will be released from her mission and is planning to return home soon.
1 13
  • May 9, 1874 - Clintonville, Wanpace County, Wisconsin, to (Salt Lake City); Young, E., to President B. Young, Dear Brother
  • Has written before but not received an answer and he wishes Brigham Young's advice on selling his timber land located by the line of the Wisconsin Central Railroad. Wishes to come West and wants to know if their brother Lorenzo still keeps his place in "Tuilla" (Tooele) and if there is water sufficent to irrigate a farm there. He is a farmer and not a speculator and therefore needs advice.
  • September 17, 1876 - Clintonville, Wanpace County, Wisconsin, to (Salt Lake City); Young, Edward, to Dear Brother (Brigham Young) Has not had his letters answered that he sent with John W. Supposes they never reached him. Is selling his place at a big sacrifice, but is bound to come to live by his family and friends. Asks costs of fare from Chicago to Salt Lake and fare in the sleeping car, as his wife is in ill health.
1 14
  • September 24, 1874 - Annapolis, Maryland, to (Salt Lake City);
  • Young, Feramorz L., to Dear Father (Brigham Young)
  • Informs his father that he has passed the entrance examinations at the naval academy--passed the physical examination well. Will not describe his voyage or the country, as his father has probably read the letter written to his mother.
  • October 26, 1875 - United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, to Salt Lake City; Kenny, A. S., to Honorable Brigham Young
  • Acknowledges receipt of $100 in draft sent to Farmers National Bank of Annapolis for his son.
  • October 8, 1876 - Annapolis, Maryland, to (Salt Lake City); Young, F. L., to Dear Father (Brigham Young)
  • Would write oftener, only the scarcity of news and being constantly in the same environment restricts the interest in his letters. Tells of some of the privileges of being a second classman. His studies are calculus, French, astronomy, infantry tactics, seamanship, and theme writing. However, he is not too interested in his studies, as he does not think they will do him any practical good. Tells of his trip East and visiting with his brother Alfales at college in Ann Arbor, Michigan. At Troy he stayed a day with Carlos and tells of friends and relatives he met while in New York. His health is good, but his feelings are not, as he would like to resign, but knows his sense of duty will make him stay.
  • October 27, 1875; January 22, 1876; April 29, 1876 -United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland
  • Three cards giving Feramorz Young's marks and relative standing at the academy.
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  • February 8, 1872 Salt Lake City to (Salt Lake City); Young, John W., to President Brigham Young, Dear Father
  • Business letter concerning John W. getting control of Brigham Young's shares of stock in a certain company not named.
  • May 19, 1876 - Birmingham, Connecticut, to Salt Lake City; Young, John W., to George W. Thatcher
  • Letter of introduction of Charles H. Bassett, who is going to Salt Lake to do cement work on his suggestion. Young is advancing him money to come West with the provision that he will take Thatcher in as a special partner. Thatcher will furnish him his first $1,000 worth of work after which profits will be divided equally between the two of them (Thatcher and Bassett). If Thatcher cannot accept this offer, he lists other parties who are to be given this opportunity.
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  • March 2, 1871 - America's House, Boston, Massachusetts, to (Salt Lake City); Young, John W., to My Darling Mother (Mary Ann Young)
  • Letter expresses his love and appreciation for his mother. Is happy his business has at last been successful and that he has now done something to help his father, although he feels he will get no credit for it. Has done his best. Sends his love to all at home.
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  • June 17, 1868 - Salt Lake City to ?; Thatcher, George W., to Joseph A. Young
  • Business letter concerning purchase of mules, wagons, carts, etc.
  • June 18, 1868 - Hanging Rock station, Echo, Utah, to Salt Lake City; Young, Joseph, to George Thatcher
  • Received Thatcher's letter of the seventeenth in which he was misunderstood. It was a heavy stone wagon he wanted--no carts. Wants him to arrange for teams and get good terms.
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  • June 25, 1870 - Islington, London, England, to (Salt Lake City); Young, Joseph, Sr., to Dear Brother Brigham (Young)
  • Gives description of London. Tells of the brethren who are there and of the Saints they visit in Liverpool, Manchester, and Birmingham. People not too impressed that he is President Young's brother. Finances are low and will have to call on Brother Horrace for means to assist them home. Sends love and regards.
  • August 9, 1870 - New York to (Salt Lake City); Young, Joseph, Sr., to Dear Brother (Brigham Young)
  • Happy to again be on the "Land of Joseph." Was going to return home, but since they had received instructions and funds from Brigham, they would endeavor to carry them out. They will visit old friends and make new ones through New York State and finally travel to Detroit, Michigan. If Brigham has any other suggestions he can write to him.
  • October 10, 1870 - Salt Lake City to (Salt Lake City); Young, Joseph, Sr., to Brother Brigham (Young)
  • Letter concerns his son John C. being called to the Soda Springs Mission.
  • November 7, 1870 - Salt Lake City, Utah, to (Salt Lake City); Young, Joseph, Sr., to Brother Brigham (Young)
  • Business letter concerning injunction Brigham Young has on Joseph wherein he cannot transfer any of his property without first advising Brigham. Offers property he has to sell to Brigham Young.
  • November 7, 1870 - No Address; Young, Joseph, Sr., to Brother Brigham (Young)
  • Business note concerning a due bill in reference to above letter.
  • November 18, 1870 - Salt Lake City, Utah, to (Salt Lake City); Young, Joseph, Sr., to Brother Brigham (Young)
  • Asks Brigham to give enclosed bill thought before leaving town and to let him know the outcome.
  • March 25, 1872 - Salt Lake City, Utah, to (Salt Lake City); Young, Joseph, Sr., to Brother (Brigham Young)
  • Note asking for the loan of $100.
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  • January 2, 1874 - University at Ann Arbor, Michigan, to (St. George, Utah); Young, LeGrand, to President (Brigham) Young, Dear Uncle
  • Inquires as to health and relationships. Comments on what is going on in Washington. Feels those in Washington have joined with the "Methodist Ring" to see that laws are executed in Utah pointed toward breaking up Mormonism. Feels they are only concerned with the remote Territory of Utah instead of the rest of the country. Does not fear, as he quotes, "The Lord and one man are a majority." People at the university have decided Mormonism is a religion and a law against it might be unconstitutional. Lawyers and other students have been very kind to him, including Judge Campbell, chief justice of Michigan.
  • February 16, 1874 - Ann Arbor, Michigan, to St. George, Utah; Young, LeGrand, to President (Brigham) Young, Dear Uncle
  • Describes the quiet town of Ann Arbor of 7,000 to 8,000 inhabitants, including students. There are 1,100 students at the university, coming from the states and territories and Japan. Notes the elections in Utah for the first time are a contested election--Mormons opposing Mormons. Feels unity would suit them better. Congress has not been able to unite enough to do the Mormons harm, although there are enemies working toward this. Newspapers there receive "mean and dirty telegrams" from Salt Lake City and not knowing better, believe them.
  • March 13, 1874 - Ann Arbor, Michigan, to St. George, Utah; Young, LeGrand, to President Brigham Young
  • Sees by the papers that the construction on the temple in St. George is progressing. Congress still presenting bills about once a week for "aiding in execution of laws in Utah." These bills cannot be defended by constitutional right. Feels they are an outgrowth of doctrine of religious centralization brought on by the Civil War. Believes this is the worst Congress they have ever had. Feels Congress has not the right of local legislation. Has studied hard and will be home next month. Judge Campbell still very helpful and also Thomas M. Cooley, a fine lawyer, judge, professor in this school, and author of Sends regards to all.
  • June 10, 1876 - Salt Lake City, Utah, to ?; Young, LeGrand, to President (Brigham) Young, Dear Uncle
  • They have done all in their power to get "The divorce case" disposed of without success. v. will be tried sometime next week. Hopes the judges they get will improve. Thinks that good pay will induce men of learning and good character and that their appointment should be dependent on good behavior. Grand Jury that has been called views the Mormons as a most corrupt people. A group of wealthy men here in Salt Lake have been looking at the railroad interests and are pleased with prospects of the "U.W.R. John W. Road as they call it" and intend to purchase bonds. Is forwarding briefs of the v. case. Has purchased F. A. Mitchell property for amount due him and also gained possession of the Reese block on Young land.
  • No Date - No Address; Young, LeGrand, to (Brigham Young ?)
  • Note on legal matters.
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  • January 11, circa 1876 - St. George, Utah, to Salt Lake City; Young, Luella, to Mrs. Mary A. Young, My Dear Mother Young
  • Writing for her husband Johnnie, who wanted to write his mother, but could not find the time. Trip down from Salt Lake took two weeks and two days. John has gone on with a group of men to Arizona. Hopes Mother Young's health improves. Tells how good and noble John W. (Young) is. Says people do not appreciate him.
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  • August 23, 1876 - Salt Lake City to Logan, Utah; Young, M. M., to President B. Young, Dear Father
  • Writes concerning he and Myra going to the Centennial with Bishop Sharp. Asks to borrow $600 for twelve months from that date at twelve per cent per annum. Asks it as a great favor for he feels this is a great opportunity to see the wonders and improvements of the world and to compare the people of the world to those here at home at small cost. Says he will pay the interest as it comes due and Brigham will have a year before having to pay the principle. Does not want to give up the factory, but intends to make the woolen business his study. If they have any extra money above expenses, he will turn it over to Brigham upon their return. Wants an immediate reply.
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  • January 10, 1836 - Kirtland, Ohio, to Doublin, Indiana; Hepzibah (Richards) to Dear Brother (Levi Richards ?)
  • Letter contains a wealth of information concerning family members and conditions of the people of this period. Has received his letters from New Portage and rejoiced at the good news. Mother and father have a great desire to see him before he goes West. Tells him of all the news at home concerning family members--their health, etc. Cousin Mary desires her to write an account of things. Elders Marks, John Smith, and Reynolds Cahoon have been elected to preside over the place. Tells of conditions in Kirtland since he left. "Old Newell" has had the printing office attached for a judgment he holds against the president for money. No more printing this winter. Mummies and records were also attached. The devil's agents are busy. Elder Packard's things were all sold at auction. Engine from the steam will was. attached. Some think the truly faithful will soon have to flee for safety of their lives. Musket ball was fired through a window of Mr. Short's daughter. The daughter was the one "who sees in a stone." Two men were seen running away. Wonders if she should buy some land in Missouri. Letter received from P. Young directed to Cousin Brigham, informing them of abundant supplies of honey and other good things in Missouri.
  • January 12, 1838 - Kirtland, Ohio, to Doublin, Indiana; Young, Mary A., to My Dear Companion (Brigham Young)
  • (This letter is written on the opposite page of the above letter, probably because of a shortage of paper.) Prays that he will be directed and kept by the spirit of the Lord, as she realizes the great danger he is in. Tells him not to come to this place as his life is in danger and many others feel he should not return. A place (property) has been bargained to be sold to Brother Clark on Brother Joseph Smith's account, as he has instructed her to do. Brother Freeman says Brigham Young owes him $250 of Kirtland money and she wants to know what to do about it. Old Mr. J. has a $200 note Young has signed and he intends to get a judgment against him. Brother P. H. Young also owes money. Closes quoting a recent revelation concerning the dreadful times that are to come.
  • January 15, 1873 - Salt Lake City to (St. George, Utah); (Young), Mary (A.), to President B. Young, My Dear Husband
  • Short note sent with their son Joseph who was leaving on the train that morning. Thanks him for the nice Christmas present, hopes his health is improving, and says she is feeling much better. Sends her love to him, all her friends, and to Amelia.
  • April 25, No Year - Salt Lake City to (Logan, Utah); Young, Mary Ann Angell, to Mrs. Luna Thatcher, My Dear Daughter
  • Sends this short note with Genia who is leaving that morning for Logan. Sends her love to all.
  • No Date - No Address; Young, M. A., to Dear Genia
  • Short note; on the back is a note signed "Gene."
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  • March 16, 1843 - Kirtland, Ohio, to Nauvoo, Illinois; Young, P. H., to Beloved Brother (Brigham Young)
  • Has just returned from a tour of the West. Found his family all well and is leaving tomorrow to spend the summer in the East preaching the world of life. Feels he is a good preacher, but only through the power of the Holy Ghost. Will return when Brigham sends for him and not before. Can send property to pay for his debts, but has no money.
  • January 22, 1876 - Camas (Kamas, Utah), to (Salt Lake City); Young, P. H., to Mr. John Haslem
  • Letter expresses sympathy to Haslem at the loss of his son. Goes on to state that his health is very poor and his wife Phebe is very feeble, keeping to her bed most of the time. Is destitute--his children almost maked and barefoot, and they will be out of bread in three or four weeks. His brothers have already helped him in the years before by giving him clothing for his children and cattle. The favor he asks of Haslem is to check a certain place on the state road where Brigham, Jr., once lived. Brigham, Sr., told him last year that he could have the place, but he was unable to move until this spring, and he wants to know if the place is still avilable.
  • February 10, 1876 - Camas (Kamas, Utah), to (Salt Lake City); Young, P. H., to President Brigham Young, Dear Brother
  • Tells Brigham he has been unwell and his wife Phebe is also ill. Asks if he can still have the place on the state road by spring if it is still available.
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  • October 10, No Year - Brigham Young's Office, Salt Lake City; Young, Richard W., to George Reynolds
  • Request from Young to Reynolds, asking him to intercede and ask Young's grandfather (Brigham Young) to give him permission to go south to Sevier and to remain a week or so.
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  • February 5, 1874 - Cedar City, Utah, to (Salt Lake City); Young, Rhoda Mable, to Dear Father (Brigham Young)
  • Young child's short letter to her father telling about a trip to Cedar and their arrival.
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  • May 18, 1876 - Salt Lake City to (St. George); Young, Mira (Sheremora), to my Dear Father (Brigham Young)
  • Tells her father they have all missed him since he left three weeks ago. Informs him of the health of all the family members. still handles everyone's name without any regard or respect--it gets more filthy every day. Everything fine at the Lion House.
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  • January 20, 1874 - West Point, New York, to (Salt Lake City); Young, Willard, to President Brigham Young, Dear Father
  • Tells his father his standing in his class--making him number three in general merit. Wants to represent Brigham Young and his people well. Expresses his love and devotion to his father and also for the gospel, which he now appreciates so much. Realizes the greatness of it now he is away.
  • August 19, 1874 - West Point, New York, to Salt Lake City, Utah; Young, Willard, to President Brigham Young, Dear Father
  • Was pleased to hear from his father. Describes his duties while at camp, which will soon come to a close and studies begin again. Wonders what to do on graduating. If he resigns, a howl will be set up by their "enemies" and further prejudice people against them. Condemns the lying statements in the newspapers, feeling the devil has worthy assistants in the newspapermen. People believe the lies they read about the Mormons and feelings are high against them. If he does resign he wishes to come home and help his father and be near him to learn more of his religion. Asks him to send money for some of his necessary expenditures, i.e., tents, photographs, etc. Sends his great love to all.
  • January 4, 1874 (1875 ?) - Willets Point, New York Harbor, to Salt Lake City; Young, Willard, to President B. Young, Dear Father
  • Briggie will no doubt be home by the time he receives this letter and he will tell him the news of all the folks there and especially the boys in school. Is able to get to the city more easily now he is at the harbor. Yearns for home and the society of his loved ones. Has many chances there to improve himself. Tells about his rooming accommodations. Has read one of Brother Staines's letters from Brigham Young and he was so happy to hear of the expansion and settling of missions and growth of the Latter-day Saints work. Will counteract the statement so freely circulated of the "Downfall of Mormonism."
  • October 30, 1875 - West Point, New York, to Salt Lake City; Kendrick, H. L., to Honorable Brigham Young
  • Acknowledges receipt of mineral and geological specimens, illustrative of the natural history of Utah and adjacent regions.
  • March 16, 1876 - Willets Point, New York Harbor, to Salt Lake City; Young, Willard, to President B. Young, Dear Father
  • Spencer and Nabbie arrived feeling happy and enjoying being married. Asked them a thousand questions about home. Had gone down to city with them. He will soon be resuming summer duties, mostly military drills and duties. Engineers Corps located there, so he does not get to perform engineering work as much as he had expected. His work is not quite what he wants. Has a lot of time to himself but does not study as he should. Can have a furlough for thirty days at any time, but has no idea of going home this year. Does not feel he will be stationed near home.
  • October 12, 1876 - Willets Point, New York Harbor, to Salt Lake City; Young, Willard, to President B. Young, Dear Father
  • Sends his love and best wishes to his father and regrets he has not written sooner. His greatest pleasure was visiting the Centennial. Does not like his situation and feels he is doing nothing to help establish God's kingdom on the earth with his inactivity. Maybe the army is his place to do good. Is willing to do as his father counsels. Though anxious to get home he feels a preaching mission would be welcome. Does not want to acquire the careless laziness of army life. Could resign now as well as in four years if his father wants him to. Wishes to get married, settle down, and use the building lot his father has given him. Asks his father if he should bring home an eastern girl or if he should reserve his affection for a Salt Lake City girl.
  • September 1, 1920 - Salt Lake City to Logan, Utah; Young, Willard, to Mrs. Luna Y. Thatcher
  • Desires to get the signatures of all Brigham Young's eighteen children still living on the enclosed statement. Wishes her to read the statement and sign it as soon as possible as he is desirous of having it published.
Correspondence--Business, Railroad, Personal
Box Folder
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  • March 1, 1866 - Beaver County, Utah, to (Salt Lake City); Ashworth, John; Cartwright, Thomas; Gillies, Ebenezer; to Brigham Young
  • Business letter concerning a wool carding machine being sent by Brigham Young.
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  • April 23, 1850 - Washington City (D. C), to Great Salt Lake City, Deseret; Bernhisel, John M., to President Brigham Young
  • Letter informs Young of events in the capital. Tells of the death and burial of Honorable John C. Calhoun, senator from South Carolina, who died March 31, and of his activities in the Senate. He has been identified with all the great events in the political history of the country. Bernhisel describes a long animated debate that took place on the first of April that terminated when Senator Benton rose from his seat and threw his chair on the floor, rapidly approaching Senator Foote. Senator Foote then ran to the vice president's chair, drew a revolver, and pointed it at Benton, who shouted he was unarmed and for the "Cowardly assassin to fire." After things calmed down, Senator Clay asked them both to pledge that nothing further would take place between them. Colonel Benton said he had done nothing wrong and would rot in jail before he would take any such pledge. Bernhisel tells of bills introduced to establish territorial governments in California, Utah, and New Mexico. Is sending Young a copy of these bills. Senate has also appointed a committee of which Clay is chairman, for compromising and adjusting the slavery, California, and territorial questions that have been topics of discussion in both wings of the capital this session. There has been much noise, confusion, frequent threats of dissolution of the Union, and attempts at personal violence, where usually there is decorum and mutual respect. Colonel Benton said these were merely skirmishes, when the California bill came up for discussion, the war would commence. Bernhisel feels there will be a territorial government for Utah by the end of the session. Bernhisel will be looking for a letter from Young by fall. Has made proposals at the United States Post Office Department for Phineas Young to carry the mail twice a year between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Oregon City for an annual sum of $17,000. Will know the outcome by the fourteenth of May.
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  • September 7, 1869 - Salt Lake City to?; Birch, Joseph, to President B. Young
  • Business letter concerning the sale of yarn in the cooperative institution. H. B. Clawson suggests giving Birch exclusive sale of yarn at $3.25 per bunch. Birch says this is not enough for it will give him $12.00 per day for the use of his factory and nothing for his services. If a higher price can not be given for the yarn, it is better to let the people work on shares and do with their portion as they choose. Birch shows costs and expenses.
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  • September 27, 1841 - Utica, New York, to Nauvoo, Illinois; Blakeslee, James, to Mr. B. Young, "Beloved Brother In the Kingdom and Patience of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, B. Young, and to All Whom It May Concern"
  • Gives a report of his mission while laboring in different counties of New York. Assists those who are moving West. Preaching the gospel, he gives out handbills that state he will preach at the burial grounds. This he does standing on a tombstone. Preaches to a large congregation. Preaches later in a court house, baptizes twelve, instructs them in the gospel, and sells the Book of Mormon. There are now twenty-eight members of the church in this town. Tells of an encounter with a Methodist priest and an abolitionist while he was preaching about the difference in the priesthood as spoken in the Book of Mormon and Has converted many and is sending money for subscriptions to the and lists names and addresses.
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  • July 10, 1869 - Ogden City, Utah, to Salt Lake City; Canfield McGaw & Co., by Brown, F. A., to President Brigham Young
  • Letter explains that extra work has been done to prepare for the laying of track for the Union Pacific Railroad because of winter and the ground being frozen. Asks for the extra days work not previously reported and $200 in addition. Requests payment at the earliest convenience so employees can be reimbursed.
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  • No Date - No Address; Cahoon, Andrew, to President B. Young
  • Note asking what action should be taken of the boys who do not respond to the military calls for the Sanpete Indian Expedition.
2 7
  • July 16, 1869 - Uintah to Salt Lake City; Calder & Co., D. O., to President Brigham Young
  • Short business letter concerning pipe and pipe casting.
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  • February 22, 1869 - Camp Carlisle, Weber Canyon, Morgan City, to Salt Lake City; Carlisle, T. F., to President Brigham Young
  • Wishes to draw money on his estimate for paying his men for work on railway. Morgan City switch for the railroad company has been built and he inquires as to payment for building the county road.
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  • January 23, 1841 - Stanley Hill (England), to Liverpool, England; Cheese, John, to Brigham Young
  • Desires information as to all costs of passage for his family and probably three other families in his neighborhood on a vessel that will leave the following month for America. Wants to know railroad fares to Liverpool from Birmingham and also from New Orleans to Nauvoo. Asks if they should send deposit and how much. Inquires as to the name of the vessel, the captain, and all other information. Asks Young to send a letter he can show his parish clergyman, hoping to get his help to leave the country.
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  • August 1, 1869 - Brussels to Salt Lake City; Chetlain, A. L., to Honorable Brigham Young
  • Friendly letter enclosed in his wife's letter to Mrs. Amelia Young. Reminiscences about good friends they have left in Salt Lake. Sees important people are visiting Salt Lake from the East. Receives the and is able to keep up with news and happenings. They like the country in Belgium, but often yearn for the Salt Lake Valley and the people who treated them with so much consideration. Feels General Grant has made a mistake by replacing government officials in Utah with those not friendly to the Mormons. Sometimes wishes he had stayed in Salt Lake and continued in office. Sends best wishes to members of the Young family and to his friends in Salt Lake.
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  • January 21, 1867 - Great Salt Lake City to (Salt Lake City); Clawson, H. B., and Caine, John T., to President Brigham Young
  • Contains a proposition to rent the Salt Lake Theater for $15,000 a year, payable in cash monthly. This is for the building and scenery, stage machinery, properties, furniture, lamps, costumes, books, manuscripts, music, musical instruments, etc. They wish to purchase all raw materials on hand, i.e., coal oil, paints, and materials for scenery and costumes. Will gratefully receive his suggestions, counsel, and advice.
  • June 7, 1867 - (Salt Lake City); Caine, John T., to Elder George Q. Cannon
  • Asks Cannon to inform President Brigham Young that Pauncefort's engagement will terminate should Young inquire about him in the office.
  • January 1, 1869 - Bryan (Wyoming ?), to (Salt Lake City); Clawson, H. B., to President Brigham Young
  • Letter concerns shipment of wagons--six carloads are are on the way. As soon as they arrive at Evanston, Mr. McGrath will telegraph him. Box of bobbins and lubricating oil will reach Salt Lake soon.
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  • August 1867 - (Salt Lake City) to (Salt Lake City); Cobb, Augusta, to B. Young
  • Requests foodstuff and medicine. Wishes to see her new grandson who arrived yesterday, making "eight souls of my blood" that she has gathered to Zion. Asks him to send a carriage for her. Her health is poor.
  • April 11, 1868 - Great Salt Lake to (Salt Lake City); Cobb, Augusta, to President B. Young
  • Request in behalf of her son James that he be allowed to teach in Young's schoolhouse this summer. It is a plea to help save her son spiritually and not let him go East until he gets over bad feelings. Relationships are discussed.
2 13
  • April 9, 1844 - Beaver Falls to Nauvoo (Envelope); Gray, James, "To the 1st Presidency the Church of Jesus Christ Lattar Day Saints"
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  • July 19, 1875 - Washington City to (Salt Lake City); Holladay, Ben, to My Dear Old Friend (Brigham Young)
  • It has been a long time since they met, but he has never failed to put in a good word for him and his people when he has the opportunity. Many have passed away since they met in 1850. Through the press he has learned Young will soon be exonerated from all knowledge or blame of the Mountain Meadows Massacre. Urges Young to keep his son Willard in the army until he has had a chance to distinguish himself. Is coming West concerning the sale of his Oregon railroad and hopes to see him.
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  • September 11, 1845 - New York to Nauvoo, Illinois; Hyde, Orson, to Dear Brother (Brigham) Young
  • Has purchased $1,040 of Imperial Russia Duck (canvas material for wagon tops) paid for out of tithing and is having it shipped. Has labored day and night baptizing many and has completed his mission in the East. Will hurry on to Pittsburg to meet the canvas there and sail with it by boat for Nauvoo. Sees by accounts that things go well in Nauvoo so he will stay and visit a little and get a new suit of clothes first. Discusses Brother William Smith and hopes he will stay in Nauvoo where he can be sustained by the brethren instead of coming East. Feels he will cause havoc in the church if sent away from Nauvoo without counsel. Hopes William will not follow the path of Rigdon, Adams, etc. If he ever starts to fall away from the church he hopes every stumbling block will be placed in his path. Sends love and regards to the quorum in Nauvoo. Asks Young to please take a "peep" at his house and tell them God bless them for him.
  • July 9, 1875 - Spring City to Salt Lake City; Hyde, Orson, to President B. Young
  • Is sending his carriage to York Station. Wants him to give him credit on church books for the carriage. Entire cost of carriage and delivery in the city will be $450.00.
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  • April 3, 1874 - Salt Lake City to St. George (Utah); Jennings, William, to Brigham Young
  • Business letter informing Young of the results of inventory and closing books at ZCMI. Gives a financial picture of conditions at the store.
  • April 3, 1874 - St. George (Utah), to Salt Lake City; Young, Brigham, to William Jennings
  • Jubilant reply--"Glory Halilugh God be praised and the brethren thanked."
  • April 3, 1874 - Salt Lake City to St. George (Utah); Jennings, William, to Brigham Young
  • Asks for further instructions.
  • April 3, 1874 - St. George (Utah), to Salt Lake City; Young, Brigham, to William Jennings
  • Answer is "no."
  • April 3, 1874 - Salt Lake City to St. George (Utah); Jennings, William, to Brigham Young
  • "Peace be with you and good night."
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  • July 29, 1861 - Great Salt Lake City to?; Street, James, to Feramorz Little
  • Request for Little to come to town at once to close the bargain concerning telegraph pole business.
  • July 29, 1861 - Fairfield, Utah Territory, to?; Jennings, William, and Cooley, John W., to Messrs. Little and Decker
  • Concerning arrangements for furnishing telegraph poles.
  • July 29, 1861; Street, James, and Little, Feramorz
  • Agreement between Street and Little concerning furnishing telegraph poles from Fort Crittenden in Cedar County, Utah. Notation on side dated October 31, 1861, states sum of $11,567 has been received in full for 3,556 telegraph poles, signed by David O. Calder
  • October 24, 1861 - No Address; Street, James, to Brigham Young
  • Telegraph line now working through to California and invites Young to send first message.
  • May 23, 1867 - San Francisco, California, to Salt Lake City; Ladd, George S., to Brigham Young
  • California State Telegraph Company has leased their lines to Western Union and wishes to close the old company accounts.
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  • January 29, 1875 - Kanab, Utah, to Salt Lake City; Little, James A., to President Brigham Young
  • Arrangements agreed for Little and Cutler to take a flock of merino sheep. This is a new unacclimated breed of sheep, terms are discussed, and the route for driving the sheep to Kanab.
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  • January 18, 1876 - Salt Lake City to (Salt Lake City); Margetts, Philip, et al., to Brigham Young
  • Petition and statement for means to get the members of the Salt Lake Dramatic Combination out of debt.
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  • February 12, 1874 - Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, to ?; McKenzie, David, to President Brigham Young
  • Letter informs Young on the state of the Sarah Cook case. Other lawyers imply Young's attorneys "by negligence had crucified you in the case" by not getting it before the Supreme Court of the Territory. Suit had been entered to recover past rent amounting to $2,890.75, etc. A detailed account of the circumstances follows.
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  • No Month 26, 1841 - Lawrence County, Mississippi, to Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois; McOlney, D., and Rogers, Amos P., to Mr. B. Young, Dear Brother
  • Reporting their labors on a mission where they have organized a branch of the church consisting of nineteen members in Lawrence County, Mississippi. All wish to gather with the Saints and move to Nauvoo by March. They have met with negative opposition, i.e., priests, drunkards, newspaper "Spaldwin" stories, money digging, Kirtland Bank, water walking, treason, etc.
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  • February 10, 1869 - No Address; Childs, William
  • Account pertaining to Gunnison Railroad Company.
  • November 16, 1869 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to (Salt Lake City); Chase, Pliny E., Pennsylvania Steel Company, to Brigham Young
  • Offer to sell steel rails.
  • December 23, 1869 - Terminus Block, Utah Central Railroad to (Salt Lake City); Croll, Alex, to President B. Young
  • Inquiry about back pay due him.
  • January 30, 1869 - River Dale to (Salt Lake City); Child, Warren G., to President Brigham Young
  • Request for payment of his estimate to pay his employees.
  • May 29, 1869 - Ogden City to (Salt Lake City); Child, W. G., to President Brigham Young
  • Request for settlement of railroad work.
  • July 28, 1869 - Springville, Utah, to Salt Lake City; Cook & Company, J. W., to President B. Young
  • Inquiry as to when they could expect payment.
  • July 3, 1874 - Ogden, Utah, to (Salt Lake City); Dillon, Sydney, Union Pacific Railroad Company, Agent's Office, to President Brigham Young
  • The Union Pacific Railroad will continue to transfer freight and passengers to the Central Pacific Railroad at Ogden provided the land shall be donated for the benefit of the railroad ending at Ogden.
  • August 8, 1876 - Logan City to (Salt Lake City); Merrill, M. W., to President B. Young
  • In reply to Young's letter, informing him that the Utah Northern Railroad is barely earning enough for expenses and cannot pay the amount due him.
2 23
  • September 24, 1875 - Salt Lake City to Provo, Utah; Reynolds, George, to President Brigham Young
  • Asks for information pertaining to a letter he has to write for Brigham Young. Encloses letter from Don Carlos.
  • June 3, 1876 - Salt Lake City to St. George, Utah; Reynolds, George, to President B. Young
  • Letter informing Young of most important business items occurring in Salt Lake. Discusses the penitentiary land business, the effect the prolonged cold weather has had on fruit, grain, grass, and lucerne. The carpenter is putting on the glass roof in the office of the co-op. Tells of damage done by high water in streams, construction progress of his barn, business at savings bank, total amount of rent collected last month ($2,374.05), etc.
  • November 12, 1876 - St. George, Utah, to Salt Lake City; Rossiter, W. A., to George Reynolds
  • Pertaining to rents he had collected and other business matters concerning property in St. George.
2 24
  • August 13, 1875 - Coalville, Utah, to (Salt Lake City); Riter, W. W., to President Brigham Young
  • Business letter concerning the purchase of a locomotive at $7,000 from Baldwin Locomotive Works. Informs Young of business being done by the railroad.
2 25
  • January 7, 1874 - Salt Lake City to St. George, Utah; Sharp, John, to President Brigham Young
  • They have borrowed $50,000 for the Utah Southern Railroad at 2 1/2 percent per month. States gross earnings for Utah Central and Utah Southern railroads. Informs Young of the business being done and conditions of road beds. Rock for the temple has been coming in larger amounts and stone cutters have been kept employed. No trouble with snow blockades on railroad yet. Sends best regards.
  • January 17, 1876 - Chicago, Illinois, to (Salt Lake City); Sharp, John, to President Brigham Young
  • Business letter discussing prices of elevator, engine, and boiler. Will write later from New York.
  • January 23, 1876 - Troy, New York, to Salt Lake City; Sharp, John, to President Brigham Young
  • Thinks he has successfully obtained $80,000 for the Summit County road. Mr. Dillon said they wanted to have a voice in the direction of the Utah Southern Railroad and wanted it run to the best advantage of the stockholders. A private note at the end is a refusal to accept an "honorable position" (church ?) Young had hinted to him about. He felt he did not have time to devote to it.
2 26
  • February 6, 1841 - Greets Green (England), to Liverpool, England; Snow, Lorenzo, to Elder (Brigham) Young, Dear Brother
  • In compliance to request of brethren he will go to London by the end of the week. Has become so closely knit with the Saints where he now is, this move will be a great sacrifice for him. Tells of great sorrow at leaving his home and aged parents to come to England and serve God. Will follow Brigham through the grace of God in all matters, no matter what the expense. Is willing to submit to authority of the brethren.
  • February 23, 1841 - London, England, to Liverpool, England; Snow, Lorenzo, to President (Brigham) Young
  • Brother Woodruff has been ill, but now recovered. Has received his letters concerning gathering of the Saints to America and wishes his advice on what to present to the Herefordshire churches and also on emigration of official members. Wants a speedy reply as to any information he can furnish. Work here prospers and is encouraging.
  • January 12, 1876 - Council Chambers, City Hall, Salt Lake City to (Salt Lake City); Snow, Lorenzo, to "His Excellency Brigham Young, Ex-Governor of Utah Territory"
  • "The Legislative Council tender you the freedom of their Chamber during their present session."
2 27
  • November 9, 1876 - Alta City, Little Cottonwood, to (Salt Lake City); Thomas, Thomas C, to His Excellency President (Brigham) Young, Sr.
  • Informs Young of an important improvement in the spinning of wool yarn. The improvement he has invented is a "Spinning appartus fixed directly where the thread is coming out of the card and doing away entirely with spinning Jack's Mules and C." Explains his need to get it patented. Asks for Young's help, financial and other, to help him make a model in order to market it. Trusts Young and would rather ask him than anyone.
2 28
  • July 25, 1876 - Richfield, Utah, to (Salt Lake City); Thurber, Albert K., and Segmiller, William C., to President Brigham Young
  • Brigham Young's grandson, Brigham T., had called on them (United Order committee) with a request for $1,000 and $2,000 by spring. He also wants them to finish the Gunnisoh house, fence the lots, build a barn, and support his mother and family. They feel to support a family who is not in the United Order or settlement would be unsatisfactory. They have not been able to declare a dividend and do not have money on hand. Joseph (A. Young, father of Brigham T.) had made over to the Order in the past his sheep, cattle horses, and property, and had received shares of stock in the United Order. An explanation follows as to why no dividend has been possible up to now. They wish Brigham Young to put the request in writing, as they do not have confidence in Brigham T.
2 29
  • September 16, 1841 - Pendleburg, ?, to ?; Wallwork, James and Francis, to Brigham Young, "Beloved Brother & Sister"
  • Letter of love and admiration to Young with requests to send their love to other brethren who are with Brigham.
2 30
  • July 25, 1876 - B. Y. Lower Mills to (St. George); Wilcken, C. H., to President B. Young
  • After hearing Young's address, Wilcken felt pangs of conscience and writes to confess that the $1,000 Young loaned him has slipped through his hands. Half has gone to his creditors and the other half has gone into the farm. He is tortured for fear of losing Young's good will. He has only spent money to make Young's farm look respectable and has not spent it foolishly. If his crops are good he can pay the money back by fall. Asks Young to reply and thereby soothe his mental torture and anguish.
2 31
  • June 20, 1876 - Kanab, Utah, to Little Colorado, Arizona; Young, Brigham, et al., to George Lake
  • It has come to their attention that some members in the mission are not obedient or faithful to the endeavor of the mission. Brother Munson from Hiram, Cache County, is to be suspended from the church until he repents as are any others who do not obey counsel.
  • June 20, 1876 - Kanab, Utah, to ?; Brothers (in the Gospel) to Ammon M. Tunney
  • On the back of the above letter is a penciled, rough draft of a letter instructing Tunney to proceed to the Zuni villages and labor among these people preaching and teaching them the gospel and cleanliness in their habits. Contact Brothers Lot Smith, J. S. Brown, and others for information.
2 32
  • June 3, 1876 - St. George, Utah, to (St. George ?); Young, Brigham, to Elder Thomas Allman
  • Instructions to Allman concerning his labor on the temple. Young wishes him to saw up all the lumber on the temple grounds in sizes best for finishing the building, store for seasoning, and not allow it to be carried off. Young wishes him to telegraph every few days as to the progress on his work. Warns him not to allow any lumber to be sold or used for any other purpose nor permit a man to leave the temple work until it is finished.
  • December 11, 1876 - St. George, Utah, to Salt Lake City; Young, Brigham, to George Reynolds
  • Business letter requesting Reynolds to send him a copy of the ordinances of Salt Lake City. Young tells him to go ahead and sketch "a portion of the History of the Church for the 'Historical Magazine,' New York." Warns him to make no errors and have Brother Hyde examine it. Wishes his speech to the bishops on the order of the priesthood printed in the Asks him to be sure to collect the rents on his land and gives further instructions.
2 33
  • June 15, 1863-February 1874; Business Notes and Brief Correspondence from Many People to Brigham Young
  • Includes requests for loans and payments. Many are letters of introduction, some written by Aaron Stein who was an agent for the Overland Mail Company. There are requests for Young to speak, for autographs, thank you notes for gifts, a request to bring gas works into Salt Lake City, and a request to send lucerne seed to Michigan. One letter from a Mr. Cox complains of being discharged by Brother Pyper for taking the name of the "Diety in vain," which he says is a false charge. There are pleas for justice in cases of unfair pay. Some of the important visitors passing through Salt Lake City who sent letters of introduction are Count Erback from Austria; Charles Henry Robarts of London; Monsieur le Baron Gouldree' Boilleau, minister of France to Peru; Arthur F. Wheeler of England; Dr. S. S. Wood of England; Jacob Russel, esq., cashier of the Gold Exchange Bank of New York; etc. There is an invitation to attend the Beethoven Centennial Musical Festival in New York and a report on Young's stock kept at Logan. An amusing letter dated December 22, 1869, was for collection of a note made by Brigham Young in 1830. The original amount of the note was $18.50 but the sum of $16.75 had been paid, leaving a balance of $1.75--with compounded annual interest added, this amount was now $27.06, which he would be obliged if Young would forward.
2 34
  • 1875-1876; Business Notes and Brief Correspondence from Many People to Brigham Young (Continuation of Folder 33)
  • Requests for information about relatives who have come to the territory; requests for solutions of personal problems; lines of verse composed by J. L. Sinclair from New Zealand; an offer to take over the Warm Springs Bath House for $3,000 a year; letters of introduction; a lady from Kansas wants to know more about the Mormon faith; request for a pass on the railroad coming to Salt Lake City from the East; requests for payments on old accounts; information on buying and selling property; requests to lower rents on Young's properties; invitation for Young to go on a lecture tour; information about certain lines of work in Utah; and requests for loans of money.
Documents--Brigham Young and Others
Box Folder
3 1
  • April 29, 1859 - Parowan, Iron County, Utah; Dame, William H., et al., to Lieutenant General D. H. Wells
  • Document concerning the testing of gunpowder produced by Eliezar Edwards. Also a statement signed by several men who swore they assisted Edwards in the manufacture of gunpowder and listing the materials used.
3 2
  • December 19, 1836 - New York; Gregory, Holly, to John W. Fellows
  • Bond for money borrowed.
3 3
  • June 27, 1842 - Fayette County, Illinois; Hickerson, George W.
  • List of property and goods.
3 4
  • January 22, 1869 - Provo City, Utah; Lewis, Jesse W.
  • Release of bond at payment of mortgage.
  • June 15, 1869 - Salt Lake City; Clay, Peter
  • Deed of Trust.
  • May 23, 1873; Goddard, Stephen H., to Ira S. Mills
  • Copy of Recorder's Certificate (land deed).
  • May 31, 1884 - Salt Lake City; Kimball, D. H., and Kimball, H. H., to William E. Jenkins
  • Special Power of Attorney.
3 5
  • October 16, 1897 - State of Utah, Salt Lake County; Merrill, Ferdinand
  • Publication of estate.
3 6
  • December 19, 1866 - Territory of Utah, Great Salt Lake County; Rockwell, Orren Porter, to Wells Fargo and Company
  • Land deed.
3 7
  • January 2, 1844 - February 26, 1844 - Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania; Swackhammer, Elija R.
  • Materials concerning his church trial.
3 8
  • February 1, 1902 - State of Utah, Cache County; Thatcher, George W.
  • Will and Testament.
3 9
  • July 1892; Thatcher, Luna
  • World's Fair Commission Certificate.
3 10
  • June 5, 1871; Utah Southern Railway Company
  • Resolution to issue series of bonds (fragment).
3 11
  • April 26, 1836 - Albany, New York; Young, Brigham
  • Bill of transfer of goods.
3 12
  • September 14, 1874 - Ogden, Utah; Douglas, Richards, et al. to President B. Young
  • Claim made concerning lands in Ogden.
3 13
  • December 1, 1859; Tannery, B. K. (Feramorz Little, Brigham Young, J. R. Winder)
  • Investment accounts of partners.
  • April 23, 1863 - Salt Lake City; Salt Lake Theater
  • Bill for poles and lumber.
  • February 11, 1869 - Echo City to Salt Lake City; Vauschoonhoven, G. H., to President (Brigham) Young
  • Inquiry as to what Young wants done with box of carriages that have arrived (telegram).
  • April 29, 1872 - Salt Lake City, Utah; Zion's Co-operative Mercantile Institution to President Brigham Young
  • Bill for merchandise purchased by Young and family.
3 14
  • February 15, 1875 - Leeds, Washington County, Utah, to Salt Lake City; Houghen, Goudy, to President Brigham Young
  • Terms listed for use of Young's land in Leeds, Washington County, for three years.
  • March 16, 1875 - Salt Lake City to Leeds, Utah; Young, Brigham, to Goudy Houghen
  • Reply to above offer to farm land in Leeds and the terms listed.
3 15
  • December 26, 1844 - Hancock County, Illinois; Johnson, Joseph W. and Elizabeth, to Mary Ann Young Warranty deed.
  • June 7, 1864 - Heber; Murdock, John M., to Brigham Young
  • Land deed.
  • February 4, 1865 - Salt Lake City; Smith, George A., to Brigham Young
  • Land deed.
  • February 23, 1875 - Payson City, Utah County, Utah; Crandall, Susan and Jacob, to Brigham Young
  • Land deed.
  • March 31, 1875 - Ogden, Utah; Richards, F. D., to Brigham Young
  • Correspondence concerning record of property belonging to Willard Richards's estate.
  • January 22, 1876 - Salt Lake City; Hardie, John L. and Sarah Ann W., to Brigham Young.
  • Land deed.
  • May 3, 1877 - Salt Lake City; Ferguson, Louisa W. Y. and James L., to Brigham Young
  • Land deed.
3 16
  • March 15, 1837 - Kirtland, Ohio; Bump, Jacob and Abigail, to Brigham Young
  • Land deed.
  • October 15, 1853 - Salt Lake City; Young, Brigham, to William Howard
  • Land deed.
  • March 6, 1865 - Salt Lake City; Mikesall, John H., to Brigham Young
  • Land deed.
  • June 27, 1865-66 - Brighton; Young, Brigham
  • Land certificates.
  • February 27, 1868 - Provo, Utah; Miller, William, to Brigham Young
  • Land deed.
  • November 12, 1872 - Salt Lake City; Pratt, Orson, to Brigham Young
  • Land deed.
  • November 28, 1863 - Supreme Court of Utah; Young, Brigham, and Sarah M. Pratt
  • Appellates brief: In the matter of application of Young and Pratt for deeds in fee simple from the mayor of Salt Lake City for the south half of lot 5, block 76, plot A, Salt Lake Survey.
3 17
  • Young, Brigham
  • Miscellaneous notes and receipts, etc.
3 18
  • 1858-1859; Young, Brigham
  • Orders on Brigham Young mill.
3 19
  • May 8, 1895; Young Family Association
  • Invitation to family reunion.
3 20
  • District Court in Third Judicial District to Young Family
  • Summons concerning settling claims on property.
3 21
  • December 20, 1879
  • Statement on division of crockery in Guardo House.
  • March 18, 1882
  • Request to attend meeting for incorporation of members of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Eighteenth Ward.

II:  George W. Thatcher FamilyReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Correspondence--George W. Thatcher Family
Box Folder
4 1
  • May 6, 1862-May 29, 1870; Thatcher, George W., to Luna Young Thatcher
  • This folder contains eighteen letters of George W. Thatcher to his wife Luna Young Thatcher while he was working away from home or on frequent trips. They are personal, loving letters, inquiring as to her health and that of the children, their living conditions, concerned about her moving and getting settled, etc. In November and December 1868 he is at head of Echo, working in a camp to fill a contract for ties for the railroad. The weather is cold and severe snowstorms hamper their efforts, and many men quit and leave, making it difficult for him to complete his contract. On July 10, 1869, he writes Luna from Salt Lake City, hoping that this trip she is on will be a rest and the change she needs. He also mentions that "There is great excitement over the gold mines on the Green River. People are leaving the city and county by hundreds--Mormons, Gentiles, and Jews--they seem to be crazy or mad."
4 2
  • January 4, 1871 - Salt Lake City to (Logan); Thatcher, George, to Luna Young Thatcher
  • Brief letter telling her he will be detained longer in Salt Lake City than he had anticipated because the goods he wanted to purchase had not yet arrived at ZCMI from the East.
  • April 10, 1871 - Salt Lake City to (Logan); Thatcher, George W., to Luna (Young Thatcher)
  • Explains to her that he has been "booked for Europe" (mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) which was very unexpected. Knew nothing of it until his name was called and thought this very strange her father (Brigham Young) had not mentioned it to him before hand, as he had seen him every day. Wonders if it was done for spite. Will soon be back to Logan with her before he leaves for England.
  • September 20, 1871 - New York City, New York, to Logan, Utah; Thatcher, George W., to Luna (Young Thatcher)
  • Arrived in New York ill with dysentery. Sails that day for Europe. Brother Staines had gotten him a free pass to Liverpool. Sends his great love to her and the children and the people in Cache Valley.
  • October 2, 1871 - Liverpool, England, to (Logan); Thatcher, George W., to Luna (Young Thatcher)
  • Describes his trip on the boat and tells her of instances where he was treated kindly because he is Brigham Young's son-in-law. Later tells of the verbal attack of a man who feels Brigham is a brute and should be exterminated. After discussions with this man he becomes his friend. Trip was eleven days from New York. Expresses his great love and concern for her health, fearing she will overwork with their five little children now she is alone.
  • October 4, 1871 - Liverpool, England, to (Logan); Thatcher, George W., to Luna (Young Thatcher)
  • Has seen by the Liverpool papers that President Young was arrested. Expresses his great concern.
  • October 12, 1871 - London, England, to ?; Thatcher, George W., to Luna (Young Thatcher)
  • Letter is from the mission field and describes the sights he has seen in London--Crystal Palace, House of Parliament, St. Paul's Cathedral, Hyde Park, etc. Feels he cannot redeem himself with her father unless he fills this mission with honor.
  • October 14, 1871 - London, England, to (Salt Lake City); Thatcher, George W., to Luna (Young Thatcher)
  • Has heard their little girl is ill, which causes him much grief. The papers in London were full of accounts of President Young's arrest. Also read in paper of terrible fire in Chicago. Feels it is judgment of the Lord upon the nation, which has done such harm to the Mormons.
  • December 7, 1871 - Islington, Liverpool, England, to (Salt Lake City); Thatcher, George W., to Luna (Young Thatcher)
  • Has been very ill with pleurisy, cough, and other ailments for most of the three months he has been in England. May be released because of his health. The damp, cold weather is bad for his condition. Happy she has moved home with her mother. Has read in the papers of the arrest of Hiram Clawson and that the soldiers have gone south in pursuit of President Young. They say that United States President Grant will put polygamy down. Sees epidemic of smallpox in England and Ireland as the judgment of the Lord. Tells her if any emergency arrives she should telegraph him which would cost $20.80.
  • December 17, 1871 - Birmingham, England, to (Salt Lake City); Thatcher, George W., to Luna (Young Thatcher)
  • Has recovered and is living in a place where he is well taken care of. Turned down the offer of a release and will stay and finish his mission if possible. People here feel that Mormonism is doomed and will be gone by next spring. Told them God would take care of His own and all the sicknesses and calamities were God's judgment on the people.
  • December 28, 1871 - Birmingham, England, to (Salt Lake City); Thatcher, George W., to Luna (Young Thatcher)
  • Letter of love trying to persuade her not to worry over his health, but not to think it was just homesickness, for he was more of a "man" than that.
  • January 13, 1872 - Birmingham, England, to (Salt Lake City ?); Thatcher, George W., to Luna (Young Thatcher)
  • Has been ill again with rheumatism and smallpox vaccination, which was done in three places on his arm. Asks her to pray the smallpox will pass the elders by because of the epidemic here. Six hundred cases in the city--many dying. Again says it is the judgment of God on those wicked nations. Asks about his other wife Fanny. Has heard her eyes are very bad and she may go blind. In the papers he sees that President Young is a prisoner in his own home, after he had given himself up of his own free will. It is disturbing to him--wishes they could live in peace.
  • February 6, 1872 - Birmingham, England, to (Salt Lake City ?); Thatcher, George W., to Luna (Young Thatcher)
  • Tells of his poor health and thoughts about getting a release from his mission, but feels it can only come from President Young or President Carrington. Is determined to try to stay. Tells Luna she will have a monthly income of $119.00 with the rent of their home. Pays his own way and buys his own clothing, which most elders do not.
  • February 20, 1872 - Birmingham, England, to (Salt Lake City ?); Thatcher, George W., to Luna (Young Thatcher)
  • Because of the dampness of the weather and the heavy pollution of coal smoke, his health is very poor. Send his love.
  • April 11, 1872 - Birmingham, England, to (Salt Lake City ?); Thatcher, George W., to Luna (Young Thatcher)
  • Letter of love explaining his many illnesses since leaving home. Has lost twenty-five pounds. Is thinking of being released.
  • April 1872 - Birmingham, England, to (Salt Lake City ?); Thatcher, George W., to Luna (Young Thatcher)
  • Has just learned of his release from his mission and can leave as soon as he sees proper. Expresses his great joy and also includes a note for Luna to give Fanny, so Luna will know she was the first to receive the joyous news.
  • May 13, 1872 - Liverpool, England, to (Salt Lake City ?); Thatcher, George W., to Luna (Young Thatcher)
  • Is on his way home and will probably sail around the twenty-third of the month. Is waiting for Brother Carrington.
  • May 22, 1872 - Liverpool, England, to (Salt Lake City ?); Thatcher, George W., to Luna (Young Thatcher)
  • Sails for home on the twenty-third on the steamship
  • February 7, 1873 - Logan, Utah, to Salt Lake City; Thatcher, George W., to Luna (Young Thatcher)
  • Telegram saying he will arrive home in the a.m. Road still blocked.
  • April 22, 1873 - Logan, Utah, to Salt Lake City; Thatcher, George W., to Luna (Young Thatcher)
  • Note sent with Moses Thatcher asking Luna to leave the children and come back with Moses to Logan.
  • February 7, 1877 - (Salt Lake City) to Logan, Utah; Thatcher, George W., to Luna (Young Thatcher)
  • "Have arranged for house - you can move any time."
  • May 22, 1885 - Logan, Utah, to Salt Lake City; Thatcher, George W., to Luna (Young Thatcher)
  • Loving letter sent while Luna is in Salt Lake taking care of Genie who is ill.
4 3
  • 1862-1869; Thatcher, Luna Young, to George W. Thatcher
  • This correspondence consists of loving and concerned letters from Luna Young Thatcher to her husband George W. Thatcher. They were written while George is working in a railroad camp at the "Head of Echo." Luna is lonely and writes often as this is a substitute for his presence. The health of the babies is discussed, and her economic situation. She tells him about money she has had to spend and hopes he will not think her extravagent, for she feels he is so generous. Her activities revolve around her home and family, however, she tells him of attending the Salt Lake Theater with John W. Young and family and at one time heard a concert by Madame Parepa Rosa that she enjoyed. She tells him of an addition to their family when Fanny, George's second wife, is delivered of a girl and keeps him informed of their welfare and health. His comfort and health are of grave concern to her and she sends him good boots and woolen socks and pleads with him to send his dirty laundry home. Luna looks for him to be home at Christmas, but the holidays pass without his "ever dear presence." It worries her when George returns home and then leaves for camp again carrying money to pay his men. Her letters are full of expressions of her great love for him and the painful void in her life created by his absence.
4 4
  • 1869; Thatcher, Luna Young, to George W. Thatcher
  • This folder is a continuation of Luna Young Thatcher's letters written to her husband George, who is still working at the "Head of Echo." They contain daily family news and information. Again she tells of moving and yearns for a home of their own. Hopes his work at Echo will soon be completed and looks for that day as she says, "I miss you more every time you leave home." She pleads with him not to criticize her letters constantly for she realizes her letters have faults, as the writer does, "but it bares you as true and tender a love as a wife ever gave to her husband." He is informed of the death of her sister Alice's baby and of her efforts to help Alice in her time of sorrow. Longs for the time when he can return home and stay, noting that it will be like the days gone by, except that now he will have to divide his time, but that will be better than seeing him only once a month.
  • Later letters are written to George in Logan where his parents are located. He is evidently preparing a place for them to live. She feels more secure in his love for her, as he has reassured her that his tenderness and love are as great as hers. Explaining her finances to him she prays he will not think her too extravagent when a heavy silk sacque is purchased for $15.00. On May 10, 1869, she notes a holiday in Salt Lake City, as the flags are hung and the cannons fired--a day of rejoicing. She lives by her mother Mary Ann Angell Young and tells of being out of wood to burn and having to borrow from her mother. When he had been gone a week and she had not received a letter she was worried because "there are so many rough, wicked characters on the way to Logan." The greatest portion of her letters is devoted to telling him of her great love for him and the longing she has to be with him as a family again. July 10, 1869, finds Luna in Logan writing to George, who is probably in Salt Lake, inviting him to visit her and bring Fanny, as she would enjoy the trip. She also asks him to purchase a dress, paper and envelopes, cocaine, and preserves for her in the city. May 10, 1870, she writes to him in New York where he has traveled with his parents, again expressing her love and her misery at his absence. The children are often ill. At one time she mentions being invited to her father's (Brigham Young) birthday party at the Lion House. All his wives and his oldest children were invited and she felt rather honored to be included. She is concerned about George's poor health and wonders if he will be gone longer than two months. There are little jealousies that creep into her writing concerning Fanny, as she wants to be assured she is first in his affections. At one time she notes she had not received a letter, but Fanny did.
4 5
  • June 24, 1870-February 14, 1872; Thatcher, Luna Young, to George W. Thatcher
  • The correspondence continues while George is still in the East with his parents. Luna's letters are a continued avowal of her love and affection and of missing him. She wishes she could be with him and "be presented as his wife, that any of them could not refuse to accept as such." July 29, 1870, finds her writing again to her husband who has returned from the East and departed (probably to Salt Lake City) on business. She tells him that someone had passed through Ogden and saw white flags on residences, noting that the occupants were suffering from smallpox. Luna sends her love to her mother and also to Fanny and she worries because George has to work so hard and that she can not help him with expenses. On October 12, 1871, Luna is once again in Salt Lake City. George has been gone four weeks (he has gone to England on a mission for the church) and she says it seems like six months. She has decided to rent their home and is moving on the hill with her mother. Her expenses and the business of selling their cows are discussed. She hints at some disagreement between her father Brigham Young and her husband George and tells him that she has not said anything to her father yet as he has been ill and she did not want to vex him with the matter and advised George to forgive and forget. Although she is happy to be by her mother she now has to be housekeeper for her mother, Alice and her boys, and her own family. This is more work, but she feels the income from their home will help. She constantly worries over George's ill health and hopes he will come back home if the weather proves to be too damp. A writ was served on her father, Brigham Young, and he has been to court a number of times and paid $5,000 bail. Brother Wells has been arrested, but was out on bail, and William Kimball, Hosea Stout, and H. B. Clawson have been detained at camp. Their sister and brother-in-law Harriet and Preston had come to the city so Preston could marry another wife, Bertie Anderson, which she feels is strange inasmuch as he can hardly support the family he already has. She informs George that her father's charge and trial were not for polygamy, but for murder. Wonders if Brigham Young will return from St. George to attend the trial, but he does attend of his own free will. However, all criminal proceedings were suspended until March. He is permitted to remain at home with a deputy marshal to watch him. The marshal behaved in a very gentlemanly manner, leaving her father quite free.
  • Most of Luna's letters entreat George to take care of himself and ask him to come home if his illness becomes any worse. Describes the Christmas they had at the Lion House--a tree trimmed with red, white, and blue ribbons and all the presents hanging from it. It was a beautiful sight. Many balls are being held and other amusements, but she has only gone to the theater. Longs for him to come home and that is the only "ball" she is looking forward to. Sometimes she wonders if he has found an interest in any of England's fair daughters, but hastily adds, "I have too much confidence in your integrity to accuse you of filling your Mission with winning a girl." Luna informs George of the birth of a ten pound boy of his "step-mother" Jane. It was rather hard for Luna to rejoice over this when she knew the trial this caused his mother in the "evening" of her life. Judging by her own feelings, this would be a "bitter dose" for his mother. Prays that Jane will not separate his father and mother.
  • Luna often writes George of dreams she has about him--one is when he has returned home and was cold and indifferent to her, his affections going "elsewhere." She was so glad it was only a dream, but ponders if it could ever really happen. Luna and Alice are invited to be guests at Amelia's (Young), and decide it would give offense to refuse, so accepted the invitation.
  • Reassures him that she has not spent any of his principle, but has lived on the interest as she could not bear to have him return home to any debt. "Deary, my thoughts by day and dreams at night are of you, darling, and both are filled with longing for your return." The roads are blocked with snow and the mail does not come through, and it is four weeks since she received a letter from him. She gets "almost sick for the want of one." At one time she notes members of the Japanese embassy were in town and not able to continue their journey because of the blockage of the roads with snow.
  • The last letter, written February 14, 1872, says it was the most appropriate valentine she could send him. She tells of a fire burning down the Sherman Building (Logan). There were books and papers belonging to the Utah Northern Railroad burned, and also twenty-five kegs of blasting powder in the building were carried out while fire dropped over them and they were obliged to brush it from the tops of the kegs.
4 6
  • 1872-1878l; Thatcher, Luna Young, to George W. Thatcher
  • Her correspondence continues while George is serving his mission in England. His health does not improve and they discuss his being released soon, which becomes a reality, as he is to be released about the first of May. She assures him that she no longer fears he will find an English girl as she states, "Deary, I have perfect confidence in you and trust in your love for me to guard you from female fascination. You will not betray my trust, my darling, I feel sure and therefore I am content." She has pictures taken of herself and of the children at Mr. Savage's photographic shop and sends them. Jealousy again surfaces when she asks if Fanny has sent pictures of her and her baby. She says, "I suppose it is not right to feel as I do about it, but it hurts me so much to think that another woman should have the right to pass as your wife, be spoken of as such. Do not think unkindly of me darling. I cannot help feeling this way. If it is wrong, I am sorry."
  • Her expenses are discussed at length, noting that if he needs more money before he returns they will need to draw from the co-op. Her expenses have been great living where she does for there is always a house full of company. Her activities include going to the Salt Lake Theater--three times she has been in the parquet and sometimes in the box. Alice has taken her riding, but she has not attended parties, only those by invitation like Amelia's and in the Bee Hive House. George is to sail from England with the first company of emigrants. The thought of his return makes her "faint with happiness," and feels it will be almost more than she can bear. Discusses sending him money, moving back into the house, and fixing it up so it will be all in order when he returns. Wonders if he will be changed by his mission as some men who have returned domineering and overbearing. Again she has the recurring dream that he has returned and not come to Luna, but "to her" (Fanny) and treated Luna coldly, scarcely speaking or noticing her, and she is haunted by it. There is a report that Fanny intends to meet him in New York. It is impossible for her to think of someone else passing among strangers as his wife. If this report is true she is tempted to go there herself, regardless of the expense. Fanny is also moving back to her own home and Luna wonders why she does not stay with her mother where she is so carefree.
  • She discusses the problems of polygamy as she tells about the sorrow of his sister since her husband has taken a young wife and has a baby. Says that it seems harder for Harriet to bear all the time, although Preston is kind and considerate.
  • Brigham Young has written George and said for him to come home as soon as possible if need be. If he can not travel alone, have someone accompany him on the voyage. Luna feels this is proof of her father's interest in George. Luna asks George to bring a looking glass from the East. One about forty inches or larger as he can afford. George arrives home in late May or early June and by September 20 Luna is again corresponding with George in Logan where she sends her love to his parents. By November Luna is still in Salt Lake City wishing for his presence and sorrowful she must spend most of the winter away from him. December 30 and January 2, 1877-78, Luna is writing to George from Logan, still feeling lost without him. "Home is not home without you. It is anything but pleasant to be a widow, even for three weeks." New Year's Day had attended a family gathering at the home of her parents.
4 7
  • January 1880 - Logan, Utah, to Salt Lake City; Thatcher, Luna Young, to Mary Ann Angell Young
  • A loving, concerned letter from a daughter to her aged and ill mother. She asks her mother to secure the help of a good faithful woman to live there and take care of her. She would be happy to help or wholly pay for her.
4 8
  • June 8, 1860; Thatcher, Luna Young, to Alice Young Clawson (sister)
  • Short note.
  • December 26, ? - Salt Lake City to (Logan, Utah); Clawson, Alice Young, to Luna Young Thatcher
  • Good description of a family Christmas party at the Lion House. Luna's family was the only one missing. Joseph and Briggie were not there, but their wives and children were present. There were tables of candies, nuts, and other sweetmeats to eat. Two Christmas trees hung with a toy for each child, but, she added, nothing for the grown folks. Brigham Young had provided most of the presents, but Alice's husband, Hiram Clawson, had provided presents and supper for his children. Alice had only received a fifty-cent candy heart from one of the children and her second and last present was a bottle of pickles from Clara. Father (Brigham Young) is not very well--has a bad foot.
  • January 7, 1871 - Logan, Utah, to Salt Lake City; Thatcher, Luna Young, to Alice Young Clawson
  • This is in answer to the previous letter. Family news is exchanged.
  • April 28, 1871 - Logan, Utah, to Salt Lake City; Thatcher, Luna Young, to Alice Young Clawson
  • Family letter informing Alice how all the family were feeling. She tells of getting ready to move, taking stock in the store, etc.
4 9
  • 1880-July 4, 1903; Thatcher, Luna Young, to Nellie Thatcher Blair
  • Luna writes often and lovingly to her daughter Nellie Thatcher Blair. At first, 1880, Nellie is a young girl staying in Salt Lake City, probably with her grandmother Mary Ann Angell Young, and going to school. Luna is often concerned about her mother's illness and wonders why the Lord permits her to suffer so. She sends her love and best wishes to her mother through Nell's letters. They discuss all the "mother-daughter" subjects, i.e., carpeting, wall paper, lace curtains, health, and all things important to Nell's welfare. In 1889 Luna expresses her appreciation for the goodness of George Blair, whom Nellie has married. She often sends them boxes of fruit from Logan, sometimes it is bottled fruit, butter, and chickens when they are butchered. Hired girls are discussed as well as mortgage payments, getting teeth extracted, and having babies. Nell is warned to always be faithful and keep all her covenants.
  • One time Luna writes from San Francisco, Occidental Hotel, where "she and Pa" have gone to consult a doctor at a sanitarium concerning his health. On May 22, 1903, Luna writes from New York City where they are living. Nettie and the girls are attending the National Conservatory studying music. She expresses her sorrow at not being with Nell at the time of the delivery of her baby, but urges her to get a good nurse.
4 10
  • March 16, 1896-January 16, 1905; Thatcher, Luna Young, to George Blair
  • These are family letters, as Luna, concerned about her daughter's health and welfare, informs her sonin-law about the importance of having a good hired girl to help with the work. She cautions him to take care of Nell, for although her baby is ten days old, Nellie may catch cold if she sits up.
4 11
  • Sunday, No Date - ? to (Logan, Utah ?); Em (Niece) to Dearest Aunt Luna (Young Thatcher)
  • Concerning the purchase of cut glass.
  • April 28, 1902 - San Francisco, California, to ?; Clawson, J. W., to Mrs. Luna Y. Thatcher
  • Concerning sending photographs and sketches.
4 12
  • March 5, 1869 - Salt Lake City to ?; Thatcher, Fannie Caroline Young (second wife of George W. Thatcher), to George W. Thatcher
  • Letter written while George was working in the railroad camp at Echo. Fannie is lonesome and misses him, hoping he will soon return to Salt Lake City. Informs him as to the health of Luna and her family and writes about the bad colds she and her baby have had. It is signed your affectionate , Fannie Thatcher.
4 13
  • The following correspondence is from the Thatcher family--children of George and Luna Thatcher and other relatives.
  • January 15, 1891 - No Address; Thatcher, Luna Angell, to Dearest Nell (Sister)
  • Reminisces about Genie, their sister, as this day would have been her thirtieth birthday. Talks of how patient she had been in her illness and Luna feels sad.
  • September 17, 1894 - Logan, Utah, to (Salt Lake City); Thatcher, Luna Angell, to Dear Ilky (Nellie, a Sister)
  • Loving letter exchanging family news.
  • June 22, 1897 - Logan, Utah, to (Salt Lake City); Thatcher, Luna Angell, to Dearest Ilky (Nellie, a Sister)
  • Family letter telling about plans to come to Salt Lake City for the "Jubilee." Also tells of her forthcoming marriage the first part of August and feels that Ilky will come to Logan for the event.
4 14
  • November 2, 1880 - Frisco, Beaver County, Utah, to Salt Lake City; Hopkins, Alice Young Thatcher, to Dear Grandma (Mary Ann Angell Young)
  • Praises her grandmother for her goodness and her exemplary life. She loves her husband, but misses her childhood home and family.
  • December 22, 1881 - Frisco, Beaver County, Utah, to Salt Lake City; Hopkins, Alice Y., to Dear Grandmother, Mary Ann Angell Young
  • Wishes her grandmother a Merry Christmas and hopes her health will improve. Hopes to come home and visit her and her mother in the spring.
4 15
  • May 3, 1905 - Salt Lake City; Sloan, R., to George E. Blair
  • Tells of death and date of funeral of Connie (Constance Thatcher Nibley).
4 16
  • November 7, No Year - Salt Lake City to Logan, Utah; Thatcher, Virginia Mary (Gene, or Genie), to Dearest Mother (Luna Young Thatcher)
  • Is in Salt Lake living with her grandmother Mary Ann Angell Young, who is ill. Tells of disagreements she has had with others that have made her feel very sad. Is taking music lessons, discusses financing of her schooling, and is lonesome for her brother and sisters.
  • August 14, 1880 - Salt Lake City to (Logan, Utah); Gene (Virginia Mary Thatcher) to Dear Nell
  • Sisterly letter discussing acquaintances and activities.
  • Three remnants of letters that are undated, signed Gene (Virginia Mary Thatcher), probably written to her sisters.
  • January 13, 1881; Nell to Darling Genie (Virginia Mary)
  • Birthday note.
  • January 20, 1881 - Salt Lake City to (Logan, Utah); Thatcher, Gene (Virginia), to Dear Ma (Luna Young Thatcher)
  • Informs her mother of her health and how she is doing with her music. Aunt Fanny had proposed her name to the Eighteenth Ward Association (Mutual Improvement) and she was voted in and asked to give a song next Wednesday night.
  • November 8, 1883 - Salt Lake City, 105 Creek Road, to (Logan, Utah); Gene (Virginia) to Darling Ma (Luna Young Thatcher) "Daughter-mother" letter discussing health, clothing, gifts, friends, etc. She mentions seeing Mrs. Godbe, whose "Hair was the color of Pa's brown blankets and her face from the root of hair to chin was gorgeous with Indian war paint." Burke said all she needed was a couple of feathers stuck in her crown. She adds that Aunt Fanny is in her new home.
4 17
  • January 2, 1898 - Rotterdam, Holland, to (Salt Lake City); Thatcher, Brigham Guy and Flody (Florence Beatie), to Dear George and Nell (Thatcher Blair)
  • They are in Holland on a mission for the LDS church. Thank Nell and George for their gifts, as this is their first missionary Christmas away from home. Discuss the difference in the Christmas celebration in Holland--celebrated on December 5 and 6, the birthday of St. Nicholas an ancient Catholic priest--different customs--such as a great amount of hand shaking--uniforms worn by maids, and the sights of the city.
  • December 29, 1898 - Rotterdam, Holland, to (Salt Lake City); Thatcher, Guy and Flody, to George and Nell (Thatcher Blair)
  • An answer to a letter and thank you for Christmas remembrances. Philosophizes by saying that no one makes progress when they are in a rut, for all the energy is spent trying to get out or in fear of falling, etc.
  • September 8, 1899 - Salt Lake City to (Rotterdam, Holland); (Blair), Nell, to Dear Guy (Thatcher)
  • Family letter congratulating him in his birthday and on their great missionary effort.
  • October 31, 1909 - Rotterdam, Holland, to (Salt Lake City); (Thatcher), Guy, to Dear Ilka (Nellie Thatcher Blair)
  • After ten years, they are once again in the mission field. Warns her to be sure to have her boys attend their priesthood meetings and be faithful in all things. Sends his blessings to her.
4 18
  • March 30, No Year - No Address; Thatcher, George W., to Dear Gene (Virginia) (Sister)
  • Short note.
  • July 8, 1883 - Logan to (Salt Lake City); Thatcher, George W., to Dear Nellie
  • Loving letter concerning family affairs.
  • January 25, 1884 - Salt Lake City to (Logan, Utah); Thatcher, G. W., to Dearest Sister Nellie (Thatcher Blair)
  • Writes about their parties and dances. Says he would have taken her to the dance even if he could not dance, had he been there. Is going to the University of Utah.
  • March 9, 1884 - Salt Lake City to (Logan, Utah); Thatcher, G. W., to Dear Nell (Thatcher Blair)
  • Tells her about enjoying the opera. On Sunday he went to Sunday school, studied, and attended meeting at the Eighteenth Ward, which he always enjoys. Is having exams at the university. Looking for Lettie to come down and has purchased theater tickets for them. Sends love to all.
  • April 21, 1884 - Salt Lake City to ?; Thatcher, George W., Jr., to Dear George (Blair)
  • Discusses ball games, fishing, skating, and attending a play where he sees Kate Castleton who is as pretty as ever, but still as giddy.
  • March 8, 1885 - Salt Lake City to ?; Thatcher, George W., to George Blair
  • Advises Blair that he should be a literary man and start a country paper in Newton or Clarkston. George could be editor and he manager. Discusses the feasibility of the Patience Opera Company playing in Ogden, Brigham, and Logan. Tells of attending a masquerade party for the members of the Patience Opera Company. Was dressed as a French count and Nett was the countess. "Danced till the cows came home."
  • June 13, 1888 - Boston, Massachusetts, to ?; Thatcher, George W., Jr., to Dear Brother and Sister (George and Nellie Blair)
  • Letter of congratulations on their marriage.
  • June 23, 1888 - Logan to ?; Thatcher, George W., Jr., to Dear Brother (?)
  • Request that he go to Aunt Fanny's and find the fishing reel left when he occupied a room there, and send it to him.
  • November 29, 1893 - Boston, Massachusetts, to ?; (Thatcher), George W., Jr., to Dear George (Blair)
  • Acknowledges letter received. Still likes Logan much better than Boston. Studying voice in the Conservatory of Music.
  • July 26, 1896 - Boston, Massachusetts, to ?; (Thatcher), Jean and George W., Jr., to Dearest Mimmy
  • Finances are discussed, health, weather, etc. Enjoyed a picnic with a friend, Miss Warren. The "silver question" and religion are discussed. Describes the tenements and poverty there, but also the great libraries and learning facilities.
  • August 3, 1896 - Boston, Massachusetts, to ?; (Thatcher), George W., Jr., to Dear George (Blair)
  • Discusses the heat wave and politics--especially the fight of "Free Silver" versus sound money believers led by George Fred Williams. Has noticed mining business picking up in Utah, hopes it will bring a revival to business, especially in the West. Hopes Uncle Moses's health improves and the "difficulties" may be adjusted properly.
4 19
  • March 10, 1861 - Logan, Utah, to ?; Preston, Harriet (Sister of George W. Thatcher, Jr.), to Dear Luna (Young Thatcher)
  • Discusses Cache Valley--its cold climate and the distance it is from Salt Lake City. Is happy as long as she is surrounded by those she loves.
  • September 25, 1867 - Logan, Utah, to ?; Preston, Harriet, to Dear Brother (George W. Thatcher)
  • Talks about disposing of a stove and getting a better one. Moses Thatcher has been ill (on mission) and Brigham Young has written for him to come home immediately. Enjoyed Fannie's visit.
  • March 11, 1872 - Logan, Utah, to ?; Preston, H. A., to Dear Sister (Luna Young Thatcher)
  • Enjoyed her visit with them in Salt Lake, but was glad to be home again. Tells of the unhappiness of their mother (Mrs. Hezikiah Thatcher), as their father so worships his new baby by a younger wife, and this was so hard on their mother, saying she was "too good a woman to be injured thus." Fears it will lead to a break between their father and mother.
  • May 24, 1872 - Logan, Utah, to ?; Preston, H. A., to Dear Sister (Luna Young Thatcher)
  • Tells of illness and death of Sister Ballif. Is glad George is returning from his mission because of his poor health and hopes he may soon regain it. She feels better in spirits sometimes, but other times it's bad because of the addition of a new wife by her husband.
  • February 20, 1876 - Logan, Utah, to Salt Lake City; Preston, Harriet A., to Dear Sister (Luna Young Thatcher)
  • Comments on cold snowy winter and yearns to go back to the delightful country where she spent so many happy hours. Speaks of life as a "dark river to cross" and sometimes she yearns for the other side where she will find a silver lining to her many "clouds." Comments on birth of Luna and George's darling child and hopes they name her Luna Angell.
  • May 8, 1905 - Riverside, California, to ?; Preston, Harriet A., to My Beloved Sister (Luna Young Thatcher)
  • Letter of sympathy at the loss of their daughter Connie.
4 20
  • No Date - Salt Lake City to ?; Gilmer, Mary E., to Mrs. Thatcher
  • Letter of thanks for her $50 check, which enabled her old friend Lilly to enter the Sara Daft home.
  • No Date - No Address; Patterson, A. H., to Mrs. L. Y. Thatcher
  • Thank you letter for kindness she had given.

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Correspondence--George E. Blair to Nellie Thatcher Blair
Box Folder
5 1
  • 1881-1885; Blair, George E., to Nellie Thatcher
  • This correspondence commences while George Blair is in Logan and Nellie Thatcher is in Salt Lake City attending school. They are letters and notes of a young man very much attracted to a young lady and there are invitations to parties, dances, the circus, etc. They reflect the social life of young people of this period.
5 2
  • 1886; Blair, George E., to Nellie Thatcher
  • Love letters, invitations, and notes accompanying gifts are found in this folder. George often encourages his "Ilkie" to continue practicing her music noting, "Each day lost is gone forever .... The preparation we make in this world, sweetheart, enables us to progress more in the future or Spiritual World." One of the many invitations is to attend the theater where is playing. While working on a ranch at "Poverty Flat, Starvation Valley, Idaho" he writes often describing the country around Franklin, Idaho. There are "log houses with only 2 rooms--sometimes a dirt roof--nearby some corralls and stacks--dirty children & pigs running around promiscuosly." He notes the ground is covered with grasshoppers which the residents call "hay jumpers." His writing is often poetic, i.e., "As far as this world happiness is concerned it is but the chaff left by the wind of Destiny. A few kernels of the grain are to be found along our path, imbedded in the Soil of Kindness - Ready to burst forth & bear the sweetest fruits when loving words and gentle hands do act as gardeners." At night by moonlight he plays his guitar and sings and thinks of her. Quotes Longfellow, Plato, and Grey, helping to express his deep feelings for her.
5 3
  • 1887; Blair, George E., to Nellie Thatcher
  • These love letters are a continuation of the above correspondence. Blair is working in Salt Lake and Nellie is in Logan. He travels to some of the northern towns--Kaysville, Bountiful, etc. One day while he is riding the train to Salt Lake to attend the theater where Lewis Morrison is playing, he noted that "poor Charley Frank and five other brethern were on their way to the Pen" for polygamy, and says how bad they felt. Letters are postmarked from Soda Springs and Paris, Idaho, and some come from Sandy, Draper, Nephi, Payson, Provo, etc. Warns her to take care of her health and constantly reminds her to improve herself. Misses her and sometimes thinks he will return to Logan and work for $40.00 per month just so they can be together. They are planning to be married by next June and build a home in Salt Lake City with financial arrangements being worked out with her parents. He shops for Nellie in Salt Lake and they write of the approaching Christmas when they will be together.
5 4
  • January-February 1888; Blair, George E., to Nellie Thatcher
  • After the Christmas holidays George is at work in Ogden and invites Nellie to come down for a very good opera by a first-class troupe led by Compinini. Tells of seeing Juch in and was delighted with his singing and acting. In the cold, snowy days of winter the pipes often freeze and he is days without water. The roads are blocked with snow. Attends the Twenty-eighth Session of the Utah Legislature. Much discussion about a home either to be rented from or built by her parents. Begs her to draw the plans and expects to start on the building in three weeks.
5 5
  • March-April 1888; Blair, George E., to Nellie Thatcher
  • March finds Blair still busy in the Council Chambers of the Utah Legislature. Tells of plans to go into the real estate business with George Thatcher and George W. Thatcher, Jr., but to stay in the insurance business also, so he can make money for their future. They are planning to build their new home with money given to Nellie by her father and mother. Becomes upset when she does not reciprocate with letters as lengthy and the same quantity as his. Scolds her for not sending house plans so they can get started building. The House of Representatives is still in session due to the governor who is blocking all measures of importance. Gets only a few hours of sleep out of sixty-eight, and everyone is worn out.
5 6
  • May-September 1888; Blair, George E., to Nellie Thatcher Blair
  • More plans for marriage and home building. Went to a play to see Bandmann in --marvelous acting. Very fond of the theater and mentions different performances and the actors in many letters. By August he is writing to his wife Nellie, who has gone home to Logan to recuperate from an illness. Still discuss whether to rent or build a home.
5 7
  • 1889-1890; Blair, George E., to Nellie Thatcher Blair
  • George is writing to Nellie who has gone to Logan to keep house while her mother is in Salt Lake City. George does not like this arrangement. Later Nellie has again gone to her home in Logan to visit, taking her new baby girl. One letter is written from Yellowstone Park and he describes the wonders of the geysers of Fire Hole Basin, Yellowstone Lake, the Falls, Mammoth Hot Springs, and the Great Geyser. This correspondence gives a good picture of social life in Salt Lake City at this period as he goes to the theater, sleighing, bathing at Saltair, etc.
5 8
  • 1891; Blair, George E., to Nellie Thatcher Blair
  • Nellie and their new baby girl, Virginia, have both been ill and Nellie is staying with her parents in Logan. George is busy with church work, talks of going into the soap business, and campaigns for the Democrats.
5 9
  • 1892-1895; Blair, George E., to Nellie Thatcher Blair
  • This correspondence is again necessitated when Nellie is in Logan at her home. By 1894 another baby has been born and she spends much time in Logan. George tells of going up to Granite in a cart to speak in church, where he had dinner with Bishop Butler who lives at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon. Was on a state mission and spoke as a missionary.
5 10
  • 1896; Blair, George E., to Nellie Thatcher Blair
  • George writes on their eighth wedding anniversary, saying how he would like to be with her and the dear children. Nellie stays in Logan from June through October, where she is trying to regain her health. His business takes him to Ogden frequently. He can not send very much money and must default on their loan because of lack of funds. Notes their mine venture, in which her father had participated, is a failure. Active in politics and campaigning. Writes as he travels on business to Provo, Price, and Huntington, where he rides by wagon or coach.
5 11
  • 1898-1900; Blair, George E., to Nellie Thatcher Blair
  • Writes from Hailey, Idaho, where he traveled on business, but enjoys hunting and fishing. Has ridden two hundred miles in a wagon. January of 1900 finds Blair en route to New York on a train, describing the scenery through Wyoming, Nebraska, and Iowa. Stays at the Waldorf Astoria in New York and tells of having dinner with Jacob Bamberger and son. Working on a business deal he hopes to consummate soon. In June and July of 1900, Nellie is again in Logan recuperating with their children. Discuss getting a girl to help with the work as soon as she returns to Salt Lake City.
5 12
  • 1901-1902; Blair, George E., to Nellie Thatcher Blair
  • Blair is working for the White Star Oil Company and tells of going to Nevada to the wells. Nellie and family are again in Logan. In March of 1902 he is in New York and Boston on oil business, and at the same time trying to get a play, , produced and sent to Utah. Says it is considered a big thing among theatrical and newspaper people. Hopes to interest theater backers in New York. Has had a Mr. Haworth, a powerful actor and genius, read the play. From Salt Lake City in May, George writes to Nellie in Logan where she has gone because of the illness of her father. Says to get in touch with a Brother Kingston, living in Coalville, who has the gift of healing. Again travels East, trying to get his play in production, concerned about the leading lady, Miss Lane, who thinks she is the "whole show."
5 13
  • June-September 1902; Blair, George E., to Nellie Thatcher Blair
  • Blair, still in New York City, is arranging for scenery, costumes, etc., for the play Writes on June 8, their wedding anniversary, concerned over Nellie's poor health and his father-in-law's illness. Feels the play and scenery are great. Says he has received no aid or financial backing from Utah people and they expect him to raise all the funds, etc. "The Elders here [New York] think it will be the means of bringing thousands to the light, and removing of prejudice." Actors, scenery, and costumes are leaving for Utah. Has signed a ballet master. "The atmosphere of the entire play will be Aztec so thoroughly that people will wonder where it came from." Feels the Lord is opening up the way. Returns home and writes to Nellie in Logan while he works on the play. Their children are to be in one scene.
5 14
  • October-November 1902; Blair, George E., to Nellie Thatcher Blair
  • October 9, Blair has sent Nellie and the children home and the play is disbanded. Finances are discussed. Still has hopes the play will go well in New York. Trying to pay off actors and is in debt and without work. October 14 Blair is in Kansas City where he is disbanding the actors--paying them off and sending them home. Hopes to revive the play in Chicago in November. Talks of managing another play while waiting for to take hold. Decides to take out a play for a Mr. Hadley, , with a salary of $30.00 per week and expenses. Hopes to interest Mr. Hadley in Corianton. A lady in Denver mentioned to him that Corianton was the best of the season in Denver. Tells Nellie he still has hopes to get more financial aid and go with it in the future. Attends church. This is a very depressing time for Blair and he writes of his failure. Nellie's father is still very ill and this is often discussed. Attends several football games. Is saddened because he can not be home with his family on Thanksgiving, but is planning to see them again soon.
5 15
  • 1905; Blair, George E., to Nellie Thatcher Blair
  • The first letter, January 19, 1905, finds George in Blackfoot and Rexburg, Idaho, on business. Is ill and bothered with rheumatism. Wants to stop using coffee as he feels this contributes to his ill health. In February and March he writes Nellie from the gold fields of Nevada. Tells of the cold weather and the bleakness of Nevada and about the mining camps. Is anxious about home and the children. Mentions seeing the property from which they have had good reports and hopes it will make "us easy after while." May 1, 1905, he reports going to the mines in Goldfield, Nevada. Discovered rich ore in the "Red Dog" and notes it was fairly plastered with gold and washed nice little nuggets out of the placer. Is going to San Francisco to list "Red Dog" on the exchange. Has prospects of making lots of money, so things will be easier. Letters from San Francisco tell of the sights of the city, such as the Cliff House, etc. Sends his love and instructions to the children. Has heard the mine will be producing soon. Last item is a telegram from San Francisco, saying he will arrived home on Sunday.
Correspondence--George E. Blair and Relatives
Box Folder
6 1
  • October-November 1902; Blair, George E., to Children
  • This correspondence is loving fatherly letters sent home to his children while he is in Kansas City. Instructs them to be good, helpful, study hard, etc.
6 2
  • 1883-1901; Blair, George E., to George Washington Thatcher, Jr.
  • George Blair and George Thatcher are good friends and correspond concerning George Thatcher's sisters, skating parties, and balls. Tells of the bad weather and of a man and his son being killed in a snowslide in the canyon. Included is a letter of condolence to "Wash" at the loss of his wife February 3, 1901.
6 3
  • 1888-1903; Blair, George E., to Luna Young Thatcher, known as Mimi (Mother-in-law)
  • These letters show a loving relationship and a business association between George and his mother-in-law, Luna Young Thatcher, "Mimi." In 1888 he discusses financial matters pertaining to a home George is leasing from the Thatchers. Sends rent money and collects rentals and helps rent some of the Thatcher property in Salt Lake City. Keeps her informed of entertainments coming into the city--plays, operas, etc. Accepts and extends invitations to visit in their home in Salt Lake City and Logan. Discusses Nellie's poor health. Writes to Luna while Nell is convalescing after the birth of their children. Discusses the hiring of girls to help Nellie with the housework. Often thanks her for butter, mincemeat, garden produce, and other gifts sent to them. Comments at one time of commencing work on the White Star Oil well and hopes her stock will be of some value soon. Takes care of other business matters concerning properties she owns in Salt Lake City. Tells of keeping their children out of school for a month when contagious diseases are prevalent. Writes to Luna while she and George Thatcher are in San Prancisco at a sanitarium, where Thatcher is trying to regain his health.
6 4
  • No Dates; Blair, Sarah Jane Foster, to George E. Blair (Son)
  • Short letters containing motherly advice and love. Sends him a homemade prescription for "summer's complaint." "Boil 3-4 flour balls for 4 hours. Make flour ball with 1/2 c. flour folded in piece of muslin. Open them up and remove skin and grate flour ball. Make a thickened milk of it." Also cautions him to stay away from ice water.
6 5
  • 1887-1902; Hansen, Mattie Blair (Sister), to George E. Blair
  • Family exchange of news. Tells of it being thirty-four degrees below zero on January 12, 1888, in Logan, and everything in the house froze solid. Exchange letters and holiday greets at Christmas.
Correspondence--Nellie Thatcher Blair to George E. Blair and Relative
Box Folder
7 1
  • 1884-1887; Blair, Nellie Thatcher, to George E. Blair
  • Replying to invitations and extending invitations for balls, parties, and the the theater, and love notes. Talks about housecleaning and working for the family while Mimi (her mother) is in Salt Lake City. Attends the opera to hear Adelaide Randall present , etc.
7 2
  • 1887; Blair, Nellie Thatcher, to George E. Blair
  • Nellie corresponds with George while he is working in different locations. Their courtship is carried on primarily through correspondence. Religion is often discussed in their letters as Nellie tells of attending church often and cautions George to do likewise and be careful of the company he keeps. Encourages him and cheers him. Marriage plans are discussed and they try to decide whether to build a home or rent one.
7 3
  • 1888; Blair, Nellie Thatcher, to George E. Blair
  • Describes the cold, cold winter--forty degrees below zero. Drawing up a house plan and they discuss whether to rent or build a home. Finally completes and sends the house plans. They are often despondent at being apart. Her health is rather poor at times and she has trouble with her eyes. They are planning a wedding in June.
7 4
  • 1888-1889; Blair, Nellie Thatcher, to George E. Blair
  • Correspondence continues as they make plans for their marriage in June. Lectures him, urging him to try harder in the real estate business. Tries to cheer him up. He suffers constant depression. Decide to cancel building a home as it will cost too much. Questions him about his business ventures and debts, saying she worries so much about it that it "haunts" her. (There is a lapse in the correspondence from May 25 to August 2, and during this time they were married.) August 26, 1888, finds Nellie at home once again in Logan, missing her new husband while she is visiting her folks. Again, they write of building a home--two rooms to live in.
7 5
  • 1890-1899; Blair, Nellie Thatcher, to George E. Blair
  • On January 13, 1890, Nellie writes to George from Logan, noting the cold weather. The water has been turned out of the canal which has caused closing of the mills and the loss of electricity. By April 4, 1891, she mentions her baby daughter Virginia, who is with her in Logan. Instructs him to send the rent of her mother's property, the schoolhouse, to her mother. He is acting as business agent for Mimi. Tells him of the big interest at this time in politics. Democrats had a big rally. She marched in the parade. All ladies were in white dresses with red, white, and blue badges and white caps with blue and red rosettes on the side. Pleads with George not to go into business on borrowed capital, and checks with him to see if he has paid the bills. Correspondence is from her mother's home in Logan from April 14 through August 28. By July 11, 1894, a letter to George mentions another child, a son Millington. She is again in Logan, complaining about how much she has to be alone. Her health is not too good, as she has many colds and says she weighs only ninety-eight pounds. Cautions him if he goes to Saltair not to drink any strong drinks, not even beer. By June 2, 1896, another baby is mentioned, Philip, and by 1899 another daughter Kathryn has been added to the family. Writes to George who is on a hunting and fishing trip.
7 6
  • 1900-1902; Blair, Nellie Thatcher, to George E. Blair
  • January 18, 1900, Nellie is writing to George concerning illnesses of the children. The scare of the spread of smallpox concerns her and she has spread chloride of lime all around and is burning sulpher as a precaution. George is again in New York on a business trip and she is in Logan where she spends part of the summer with her family. Pleads with him to be sure to pay the bills and often writes for money. In March 1902 she writes again to New York where he is working on getting produced. She has spent their fourteenth wedding anniversary alone in Logan with the children. Her father, George Thatcher, is very ill. Nellie's sister Connie is married in the Logan Temple to Alex Nibley. She urges George to use caution in his business dealings with the play and not to make promises that he cannot fill. After had evidently failed, she writes from Logan while George is traveling with the play Tries to encourage him and strengthen him with her love and promises to send him some money if he is out of cash. Tells him to return home for the holidays if nothing else turns up. Worries about her home and belongings in Salt Lake City, having been away for so long. The last letter is dated May 17, 1905, from Salt Lake City to George who is in San Francisco.
7 7
  • 1883-1894; Blair, Nellie Thatcher, to George W. Thatcher (Father)
  • In 1883 Nellie writes from Salt Lake City, requesting to attend the University of Utah when it commences. Included are also Happy Birthday letters.
7 8
  • 1883-1889; Blair, Nellie Thatcher, to "Mimi," Luna Young Thatcher (Mother)
  • Loving letters written while Nellie is staying in Salt Lake City and later from Logan while she is tending her brothers and sisters while her mother is in Salt Lake. After her marriage she often corresponds lovingly with her mother thanking her for produce, butter, flour, etc., she has sent from Logan to them. This correspondence is concerned with family matters, raising children, household matters, their health, etc., and shows a very strong and loving mother-daughter relationship.
7 9
  • 1891-1922; Blair, Nellie Thatcher, to "Mimi," Luna Young Thatcher (Mother)
  • Continuation of mother-daughter correspondence. November 10, 1893, Nellie congratulates her pa, who was elected mayor of Logan. Many thank you letters for gifts, i.e., turkeys, chickens, etc. From 1894 to 1898 there is an interval in the correspondence, and then it continues. Nellie says she would like to telephone her mother but hates to have her mother go to the bank to answer the phone. Discusses hired girls. Thanks her many times for coming to stay with the children. Nellie sends her sewing to Logan with a description of what she wants done and a Sister Christiansen does the sewing. September 2, 1902, Nellie writes from Denver where she and George have gone with their family to be in the play , which is booked to run one week, and are going on to Lincoln, Council Bluffs, and Omaha by the middle of the month. Business has been poor and they are staying in hotels and eating in restaurants. Notes they came on the trip quite shabby and were going to replenish in Denver, but they are just getting shabbier. Lapse in correspondence from 1905-1920. September 21, 1920, Nellie writes from Hollywood, California, where she is living in an apartment with her sons Phillip, George, and Millington, and her daughter, Virginia. They are trying to find a house. The boys are not in "pictures," but working outdoors and in a store. Birthday letters are sent to "Mimi" on her seventy-ninth and eightieth birthdays.
7 10
  • 1906-1918; Blair, Nellie Thatcher, to Virginia Blair (Daughter)
  • Correspondence begins as Nellie writes to Virginia who is tending the other children while she is in Salt Lake City. She sends instructions, etc. February 20, 1917, Nellie writes to Virginia who is working away from home, possibly in Hollywood in the movies. Nellie worries about her being there alone, and cautions her to be very careful. Concerned over the possibility of the boys being drafted for service to their country. Cautions her not to touch wine or liquor and wants to know if she knows any nice boys. Often sends her money and advice.
7 11
  • Relatives to Nellie Thatcher Blair
  • Correspondence from a cousin Sel, who is visiting in St. George telling Nellie how grandpa (Brigham Young) named St. George after George Albert Smith when he was passing through on his way to Price City. Brigham Young said, "Brethern we will yet see a city there with domes and spires." The prophecy had come to pass as noted that the tabernacle, temple, and court house all had domes or spires. A nephew, Edmund, writes from his mission in Germany. Other family correspondence.
7 12
  • September 21, 1878-December 23, 1919; Blair, Nellie (Ilky) Thatcher, and Sisters Nettie, Genie, Katherine, Luna, Phyllis, and Connie
  • Family letters of love and information about their lives.
7 13
  • January 3, 1924 - Hollywood, California, to ?; Blair, George, Jr., to Dearest little Mother (Nellie Thatcher Blair)
  • A loving letter pledging his intention to live the principles of the church.
7 14
  • Blair, Philip, to Brothers and Sisters
  • Writes while working in Montpelier, Idaho, to his brothers and sisters. His wife, Verda, later writes a thank you letter for their wedding gift.
7 15
  • August 2, 1922 - Los Angeles, California, to Logan, Utah; Blair, Philip, to Grandmother (Luna Y. Thatcher)
  • Family letter.
7 16
  • August 7, 1916-March 11, 1923; Blair, Virginia, to Mother (Nellie Thatcher Blair
  • Loving letters telling her mother of her work, aspirations, and plans while in Hollywood.

IV:  MiscellaneousReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
8 1
  • March 13, 1885-May 24, 1905
  • Collection of letters and notes to George E. Blair from friends and business associates. Some letters are from people involved in the play --J. S. Haworth, the star actor, and Agnes Rose Lane, actress. One letter from the Nevada Brokerage Company concerns a mining venture.
8 2
  • October 6, 1880 - Corinth (Vermont ?); Brooks, Ebenezer and George, to My Dear beloved nece, and Dear Cosen Angela
  • Ebenezer writes on his eighty-eighth birthday to tell of his conversion to Mormonism. George, his son, adds a note. Short genealogical list of Brookses.
8 3
  • September 5, 1876 - Bridgeport, Connecticut, to Salt Lake City; Clawson, Rudger, to George W. Thatcher
  • Correspondence sent by Clawson for "Bro. Young," asks Thatcher to put Young's stock in good condition for the fair to compete for prizes. Tells him to let Brigham, Jr., have the colt called "Cromwell" at the terms he offered.
8 4
  • December 6, 1889-December 13, 1899
  • Business letters, mostly from J. J. Cusick to George E. Blair, concerning a development planned for, in, or by American Falls, Idaho. Cusick writes informing Blair of progress and also of the troubles in the form of attachments and legal suits. They are involved in diverting the dam at American Falls for their project. Finances, stock issues, etc., are discussed. "The Bondance Power and Land Company" is the letterhead used from American Falls, Idaho.
8 5
  • February 15, 1858 - Road to St. Joseph to Winter Quarters; Peart, Jacob, to (Wife Angela ?)
  • Lines of verse, expressing his love for his wife and narrating the plight of the Mormons as they were driven from their homes and start on the trek West.
  • November 13, 1856 - "Loss Vagus, T. U.," to (Logan, Utah ?); Peart, Jacob, to Dear Wife, Angela Peart
  • Loving letter concerned about his wife's illness. Discusses name for the new baby. On the reverse side of the letter he writes "An Acrostic," expressing his feelings for their new child, each line starting with a letter of the proposed name Brigham Lehi Loss Peart.
8 6
  • May 28, 1862 - Great Salt Lake City to (Logan, Utah ?); Smith, George A., to General Seth M. Blair
  • Acknowledging and thanking Blair for a photograph of himself. Note the wires are down eastward, hence no recent war news.
  • February 7, 1863 - Great Salt Lake City to (Logan, Utah ?); Smith, George A., to Brother S. M. Blair
  • Requests an accurate account of Colonel Conner's expedition against the Indians in "your valley," something reliable for history. Notes that gold closed firm last evening at New York at fifty-eight premium. Financial matters in city unsettled.
  • September 1, 1863 - Great Salt Lake City to (Logan, Utah ?); Smith, George A., to Brother S. M. Blair
  • Letter of appreciation to Blair and his wives, who were compelled to make their home into a hospital for him. Pronounces a blessing on Blair and his wives and sends his thanks.
8 7
  • January 18, 1888 - Salt Lake City, Utah, to Chicago, Illinois; Woodruff, Wilford, and Cannon, George Q., to R. W. Sloan
  • They have seen papers with interviews by Sloan, and assure him they can see nothing objectionable in his statements considering the duties he has assumed. If he had not accepted the position they feel someone else would have made broader statements "without giving information that would mitigate the bad effect, so far as our people are concerned." The letters of introduction Sloan has received should do much towards "disabusing minds on some points."

V:  Virginia BlairReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Diaries, Correspondence, Book of Remembrance, Biographical Sketch of George Washington Thatcher
Box Folder
9 1-12
  • The notebook diaries of Virginia Blair contain the day-to-day entries of a very lonely and unfulfilled woman, who was never quite successful in realizing her dreams of creative achievement. She was born at 183 Canyon Road, Salt Lake City, Utah, where her early years were spent. She later moved to Logan with her family. As soon as Virginia was old enough to leave home, she went to Hollywood, California, and did freelance work in the movie industry for fourteen years. Some very early diary entries are found on sheets of paper in her notebooks. She started to record consistently in 1934, when she was forty-four years of age. Virginia, living with her mother and brothers (Philip, George, and Millington) in California, has been ill and unable to work. The lack of steady income causes Virginia grief for the rest of her life, as she is barely able to get by, many times not having enough money for food, or a doctor, or for some of the necessities of life. She states that many times she goes to bed hungry.
  • The love and close companionship of her mother Nellie Thatcher Blair is her main comfort in life. She also has a great love for dogs, calling them by special names as if they were her dearest friends. The death of the little dog "Sis" causes her great despair. By the beginning of Diary 2 (1942), Virginia's mother has died, leaving her emotionally devastated. At this time she is sharing the home of her brother Millington, "out in the Valley" (California) where she is isolated and without a telephone, washing machine, or any other conveniences. She has to walk on a unpaved road a mile to the nearest grocery store or to any transportation. Her "Philco" is her constant companion and she listens to Lanny Ross sing, to the program "The Voice of Experience," and follows the war news daily, always listening with great admiration to her beloved President Franklin D. Roosevelt give his "Fireside Chats." She has a good relationship with her brother George, but feels very unkindly toward his wife Greta, stating that this marriage "hastened her mother to her grave."
  • During World War II she at last finds employment in defense plants, working in Burbank at Timms Aircraft and at other plants--one time rivoting airplane parts working nine to ten hours a day. After the war she is again out of work, still dependent on Millington. He resents the burden of her care, and although at times he is good and kind, he normally is angry and abusive toward her. She states several times that "My life with Millington has been hell on earth."
  • Virginia yearns for a place of her own where she can be free to sing, play the piano, write, paint, or dance as she feels, but she lacks the finances. Once she participates on a program "Jack of All Trades," on a local radio station and wins $10.00 and a Parker pen. She writes poetry, stories, and plays and submits them for publication, but is never very successful. She also tries selling greeting cards and tending children.
  • The obituaries of important people are noted, especially those in the movie world--Carole Lombard, who was killed in an airplane crash; Wallace Berry; and Theda Bara. She always remembered Berry for his kindness. He would greet her at the studio with "Hello little flower, I could put you in my pocket, just as this rosy apple," and he would take an apple out of his pocket and make funny faces at her. She stated that the death of Theda Bara brought back many memories as she had worked in many of her pictures.
  • In 1951 Virginia is called as a home missionary for the LDS church, which gives her a new interest and great comfort as the church is very important to her.
  • It grieves her that Millington will not attend to his church duties and this causes animosity between them. She feels that "his spirit is so evil that the spirit of God cannot dwell in this house." She tells of tracting and converting people to her church.
  • Short visits are made to relatives in Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, and Logan. One time George and Greta Blair take her to Salt Lake City to attend annual conference and they revisit their old family home at 183 Canyon Road. She also calls on Mrs. Rex Williams on L Street and gives her a blue shawl and a silver comb that belonged to her great-grandmother Mary Ann Angell Young, to be put in the Lion House.
  • On March 17, 1955, at 5:22 a.m., at Sherman Oaks, California, she notes seeing a flash of light that lighted up her room. The light was from an atomic bomb detonated in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the testing grounds.
  • Sometime in 1957 Virginia and Millington move back to Logan, Utah. Although she must still share Millington's home, Virginia's life is much happier as she visits relatives and friends, goes to the movies, and works in the temple, her ward, and relief society.
  • In 1959 Gwen Wilcox, working for the Bee Hive House Restoration, visits Virginia, asking for any things that belonged to Brigham or Mary Ann Angell Young. She feels this would be a good place to put some of her keepsakes.
  • In the last diaries, Millington has had a mental breakdown, destroying many of Virginia's personal things and refusing to let her have any of her possessions she has saved so long to get. At last she moves to a place of her own and can use some furniture and other items that have been stored in Logan for years. She prays for her brother's recovery and it saddens her to see him so ill.
  • Dreams play a significant part in the life of Virginia Blair. They are very real to her and she records them in vivid detail, noting that she always dreams in color. They are so clear that she draws pictures, illustrating them. Her frame of mind is influenced by them, sometimes for days. It was made known to her in a dream that she would die in April.
  • All her life Virginia loved to write. Her poetry is evident in every diary, as she composes verse for many occasions. The notebook diaries provide an outlet for her personal experiences, frustrations, and feelings about life. She suffers deep disappointment that she was never given the opportunity to develop the many "God given talents" with which she was blessed.
9 13
Book of Remembrance--Virginia Blair
Life stories of George Elias Blair (incomplete) and some of his poetry; life story of Nellie Thatcher Blair; short story of John Young, father of Brigham Young; life story of Virginia Blair and poetry; family genealogy.
9 14
Documents--Virginia Blair
Missionary Call, Patriarchal Blessing; genealogy documents, Missionary Certificate, Mission Release.
9 15
Miscellaneous Correspondence
Correspondence commences in 1902 when Virginia Blair, age twelve, writes to her papa. Other correspondence in 1916-1918 are letters from boy friends and letters from Virginia to Millington who was in France during World War I. Other letters are from, or to, family members. One letter is from President David O. McKay at the time of eighty-eighth birthday.
9 16
Miscellaneous Writings, LDS Church Related Materials, and Miscellaneous Newspaper Clippings
Church programs from the Sherman Oaks Ward; Temple Recommend; copy of short sermon given by Brigham Young at Cache Valley, Logan, Sunday, August 15, 1876; poetry--writings of Virginia Blair and of others; family genealogy dates: a story entitled "Janies' Happy Birthday," by Virginia Blair; and a short history of silver tankard belonging to Mary Ann Angell Young and given to the Lion House.
9 17
"Tragedy," by Virginia Blair.
9 18
Articles Loaned to the Lion House Taken by Gwen Wilcox

VI:  Writings--Nellie Thatcher Blair and George Elias BlairReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
10 1
Blair, George Elias
Plays written by George E. Blair.
10 2
Blair, George Elias
Stories, essays, etc.
10 3
Blair, George Elias
Story (rough draft and typed copy), incomplete.
10 4
Blair, Nellie Thatcher
Notebook of poetry composed by Nellie Blair.
10 5
Corianton , by O. U. Bean
Announcement program, play program, contract (with actor W. S. St. Clair), correspondence--Robert S. Spence (attorney to George Blair).
10 6
Script (incomplete).
10 7
George E. Blair and others.
10 8
Writings--Essay Type

VII:  Subject FilesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
11 1
Bryan Presidential Campaign
Campaign materials (receipts, etc.).
11 2-7
Blair, George E.
Telegrams and receipts relating to the death of George Blair; certification of election of justice of the peace, 1890, Fourth Precinct in Salt Lake City, Utah; mining business records; miscellaneous documents--receipts concerned with railroads and mining; Patriarchal Blessing; diary entries for 1899, 1900, 1905, 1924.
11 8
Blair, George and Nellie
Land deeds.
11 9
Blair, Millington
Funeral program, obituary, and hospital and mortuary bills.
11 10-11
Blair, Nellie May Thatcher
Diary entries and album containing pressed flowers; Patriarchal Blessing.
11 12-14
Blair, Seth Millington
Diary (1 page), 1865-1866; dissolution of partnership with Thomas Box, 1861; mining property agreement, 1872.
11 15
Medicine Recipes
11 16
Newspaper Clippings and Obituaries
11 17
Pamphlets on Mormon Subjects
11 18
Political Badges and Ribbons
11 19
Thatcher and Blair Genealogy
11 20-21
Thatcher, George W.
Blessing for mission, 1871, given by Brigham Young; business papers.
11 22
Thatcher, George W. and Luna Young
Poem for her wedding day, 1861, by L. A. Cooke.
11 23
Pictures and Biographies of Brigham Young and His Wives . . . and. Brief Biographies of His Twenty Six Wives, and Names and Number of Children Born to Them (Salt Lake City)
Greeting Cards, Invitations, Programs
Box Folder
12 1
Book of Verse
12 2
Greeting Cards
Valentine, Christmas and New Year, and birthday cards.
12 3
Theater and musicals.
12 4
Invitations, Name Cards, Wedding Receptions and Announcements, and "At Home" Cards

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Personal Names

  • Bean, Orestes U. Corianton
  • Blair, George Elias--Correspondence
  • Blair, Nellie Thatcher--Correspondence
  • Blair, Virginia--Correspondence
  • Thatcher, Fanny Young
  • Thatcher, George W.--Correspondence
  • Thatcher, Luna Young--Correspondence
  • Young, Brigham,1801-1877--Correspondence
  • Young, Mary Ann Angell