Brigham Young letter to William L. Marcy

Brigham Young letter to William L. Marcy

Dates: 1845

Contains photocopies of two handwritten and signed letters dated December 17, 1845 and addressed to William L. Marcy, Secretary of War for the United States. The two items are identical in content, but one appears to be a rough draft of the other. Young petitions the federal government for funds to aid in the westward migration of Mormons from Nauvoo, Illinois, with Vancouver Island as a possible destination. Young requests money to build block houses and stockades on the Oregon Trail and also asks for the establishment of a mail route from Nauvoo to Oregon.

  • Extent: 2 items (2 pages)
  • Creator: Marcy, William L. (William Learned), 1786-1857. -- Young, Brigham, 1801-1877
  • Call Number: MSS 815
  • 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
Materials are in English.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Brigham Young letter to William L. Marcy 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 815; Brigham Young letter to William L. Marcy; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 815, LTPSC.
Subject Terms
Immigration and American Expansion; Mormon Church--Presidents; Mormon pioneers--History--Sources; Mormons--Correspondence; Oregon National Historic Trail--History--Sources; Pioneers
Genre / Form
Letters; Photocopies
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
UPB_MSS815
Finding Aid Title
Young (Brigham) letter to William L. Marcy
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Rose Frank
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-03-23T13:08-0600
Finding Aid Language
English
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Brigham Young (1801-1877) was a Mormon ecclesiastical leader and politician in Utah.

Brigham Young was born on June 1, 1801 in Witingham, Vermont. He joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1832, and moved to Kirtland, Ohio. He followed the migration of the church from Ohio to Missouri to Nauvoo, Illinois. In February 1846 he led the Mormon exodus to the West, and was sustained as the second president of the Church on December 27, 1847. Arriving in Utah he settled in Salt Lake City, and in 1849 was appointed as governor of Utah Territory. Young passed away on August 29, 1877 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Biographical History

William L. Marcy (1786-1857) was an American politician, lawyer, and judge. He served as the governor of New York from 1833 to 1839, as the United States Secretary of War from 1845 to 1849, and as Secretary of State from 1853 to 1857.



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