Hosea Stout journal and letters

Hosea Stout journal and letters

Dates: 1829-1915

Collection consists of typescripts of the journals and correspondence of Hosea Stout. This includes a photocopy of a typescript of one of Stout's journals, kept from October 4, 1844 and May 12, 1845. The bulk of the collection is typescripts of letters written to Stout. These letters span two hundred and seventy pages, greatly varying in subject matter and authorship. Amidst the letters are notes from Brigham Young, Willard Richards, the Smith family, and Abraham Lincoln, concerning a government calling Stout received in the 1860s. Furthermore, the papers contain a phonographic chart, references made to Hosea Stout in the Journal History of the Church, and a list of officers in the Nauvoo Legion.

  • Extent: 2 folders (0.2 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Stout, Hosea, 1810-1889
  • Call Number: MSS 7418
  • 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.
Languages and Scripts
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Hosea Stout journal and letters 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 7418; Hosea Stout journal and letters; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 7418, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Michael B. Thelin in 1998. The typescripts were held by Thelin until this time.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Michael B. Thelin; 1998.
Related Material
See also the Hosea Stout collection, 1847-1937 (MSS 2036).
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--History--19th century--Sources; Stout, Hosea, 1810-1889; Correspondence; Diaries; Material Types
Genre / Form
Letters; Typescripts
Processing Information
Processed; Lissa Chandler; 2009.
Appraisal Information
19th Century Western & Mormon Americana; 19th Century letters and journal.
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Stout (Hosea) journal and letters
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Lissa Chandler
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-08T09:32-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Hosea Stout (1810-1889) was an early convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He that fought in the Black Hawk War and served missions for the Church.

Hosea Stout was born September 18 in Kentucky to Joseph and Anna Smith Stout. He was separated from his family, due to poverty, for almost four years. For a period during this time, Stout was sent to enroll at a Shaker School since his family could not provide for him. After reuniting with his family, Stout readjusted himself to his family life until his mother died when he was fourteen years old. At that time, he went away to work, doing odd jobs for nearby farmers. From here he was called to join a volunteer company to fight in the Black Hawk War during which time he joined the Methodist Church. Then, in 1830, he became acquainted with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but was not baptized until 1838. Stout then followed the Church to Nauvoo, and when the Church deserted Nauvoo, Stout was assigned by Brigham Young to be in charge of the guard covering companies leaving Nauvoo. This responsibility continued through Winter Quarters, ending in 1847. In 1853, Stout was called on the first mission to China. Ten years later, Stout and his family were sent to the Cotton Mission, where they worked for four years. In 1877, Stout retired from public life, moving to Holladay, Utah with his wife Sarah Jones. He died in Holladay on March 2, 1889 at the age of seventy-eight.

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Curator - 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts