Eliza Lyon Palmer diary

Eliza Lyon Palmer diary

Dates: 1827

Eliza Lyon Palmer’s religious diary expresses concern for her future state. She reflects on sermons and on her daily religious activities. The record centers on Eliza’s dissatisfaction with her spiritual condition, centering on an uncertainty of her relationship with God both in this life and for the life to come. Such records are invaluable in conveying a clear picture of the setting in which the Book of Mormon came forth and the spiritual cravings of the people in that setting. Written in the southern part of Cayuga County, about 45 miles southeast of Palmyra and 25 miles from where the Book of Mormon was partly translated in Fayette, near T. Town, East Genoa and Groton, New York. 4 by 6 inches. 27 ½ pages and blanks in two homemade gatherings of plain paper stitched or pinned together. Never bound, 1827.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Palmer, Eliza Lyon
  • Call Number: MSS 4127
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Eliza Lyon Palmer diary must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 4127; Eliza Lyon Palmer diary; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 4127, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Purchased from Rick Grunder in 1987.
Acquisition Information
Purchased; Rick Grunder; 1987.
Related Material
MSS 4108 McGinley, William Anderson, 1831-1896. William Anderson McGinley Journal, 1852. Another document illustrating the spiritual environment surrounding early days of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--History--19th century; Diaries; Material Types; Vermont--History--19th century
Processing Information
Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 16 July 2007.
Appraisal Information
LDS cultural, social, and religious history (Collection development policy of 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Palmer (Eliza Lyon) diary
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Finding aid prepared by Karen Glenn and H. Christine Swindler, student processors and John Murphy, curator
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-07-08T12:06-0600
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Biography History

Eliza Lyon Palmer was a daughter of Caleb Lyon, Jr. and Amy Peck. She was born October 17, 1798, and married H. Palmer on April 5, 1814. Her five children, at the time she wrote this diary, were Ann Augusta, Aaron Lyon, Amy Rundel, Rachel Mead and Esther Bates.

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