Ezra C. Robinson journal

Ezra C. Robinson journal

Dates: 1897 November 15-1908 April

Diary begins while Robinson was serving on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Princeton, North Carolina. The diary covers November 15, 1897 to April 1908. At one point, while preaching to a congregation, Robinson feels inspired to joke. That pleases the audience and gave them kind feelings toward the Church. At another point, he preaches for a long time and records, [N]o matter how indifferent or cold they are at first, they are bound to be melted down if we preach long enough to get down into their hearts. Robinson writes about Spencer W. Kimball’s snake dream, and dreams an investigator named Mrs. Hales had. He writes about the fates of mob leaders who attacked missionaries in Florida. Special spiritual experiences occur, including the speaking of tongues and miraculous healings. Amazing success happens; in Robinson’s words About 90 Saints in Wayne Co, and the first person was baptized about two years ago. On July 4, 1898, Robinson has a farewell conference but tickets are delayed for several weeks. He returns to Utah and speaks at different cities; he is a great orator and receives many compliments. He researches English literature (friends tease him for not continuing to pursue law). He attends the University of Utah from 1894-5, then works in a brick yard. At some point, he serves a mission to Arizona. 197 pages in a 5 by 8 inch red book. Some pages cling together, some have ink leaks.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Robinson, Ezra C. (Ezra Clark)
  • Call Number: MSS 4138
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606; 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 the Ezra C. Robinson journal 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 4138; Ezra C. Robinson journal; 19th - 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 4138, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Evan Eastley in 1988.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Evan Eastley; 1988.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--North Carolina--History; Hale family; Kimball, Spencer W., 1895-1985; King, William Henry, 1863-1949; Robinson family; Religion; Missions and Missionaries; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Mormon Church--Missions--United States; Princeton (N.C.)
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Appraisal Information
LDS cultural, social, and religious history (Collection development policy of 19th - 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Robinson (Ezra C.) journal
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by H. Christine Swindler, Karen Glenn, student processors; John M. Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-07T15:45-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Ezra Clark Robinson was born on July 22, 1872 to Joseph C. Robinson and Mary E. Clark in Farmington, Davis County, Utah. He married Nellie May Hatch (or Maghatch) on November 12, 1899 (location unlisted). He passed away on September 26, 1950.

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