H. B. Colton letter

H. B. Colton letter

Dates: 1857

Amusing letter from a bored and overworked railroad office worker describing Indianapolis society and longing for the company of old friends in Lockport. Reflecting, undoubtedly, on the Utah War, Colton Muses on page 5: "By the by . . . I should have said, 'Empassant,' what have you poor weak-kneed, brokenbacked sham Republicans in N. Y. been doing this autumn. I am ashamed of you all, and out of pure disgust I have a good mind to turn Mormon. I would, too, If I could only choose the Queen of the Harem, who should sit up in state, do just as she chose, and never to be touched with any thing rougher than the tenderest of kisses, and for whom all the rest (mere wives in name, but servants in fact) should do all menial offices, wash, cook, mend, sew, run of errands, do up the scolding, which is needful in all households and whip the – Never mind. They wouldn't need whipping. There's a picture for you, drawn by the hand of an artist—a charcoal artist on a shingle!" He also refers to Buchanan's Blunder, 1857-1858. About 5 by 8 inches. 8 pages.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Colton, H. B.
  • Call Number: MSS 4205
  • 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.
  • Images: http://cdm15999.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15999coll20/id/22576
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the H.B. Colton letter 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 4205; H.B. Colton letter; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 4205, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Purchased in 1991.
Acquisition Information
Purchased; 1991.
Subject Terms
Correspondence; Utah--Polygamy--Humor; Railroads--United States--History--19th century; Railroads--Employees--Correspondence; Material Types; Mormon Church--Controversial literature; Colton, H. B.
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Processing Information
Processed; H. Christine Swindler; July 2007.
Appraisal Information
19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.
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Finding Aid Title
Colton (H. B.) letter
Finding Aid Author
H. Christine Swindler and Karen Glenn, student processors and John M. Murphy, curator
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Biographical History

H.B. Colton was a 19th century railroad worker in Indianapolis.

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