John William Coward letter

John William Coward letter

Dates: 1854 June 5

Letter from John William Coward, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in England, to an unnamed acquaintance in New Jersey. The majority of the letter is Coward sharing his beliefs in what is taught by the LDS Church, including his testimony and defense of Joseph Smith. Dated June 5, 1854.

  • Extent: 1 folded sheet (4 pages) ; 25 x 42 cm folded to 25 x 21 cm
  • Creator: Coward, John William
  • Call Number: MSS 8618
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • 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 John William Coward 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 8618; John William Coward letter; 19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8618, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Purchased from Lois Apfelbaum, a document dealer in New York City, in November 2014.
Acquisition Information
Purchased; Lois Apfelbaum; November 2014.
Subject Terms
Material Types; Correspondence; England; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Religion; Witness bearing (Christianity); Coward, John William; Smith, Joseph, Jr., 1805-1844; Coward, John William--Correspondence
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Processing Information
Processed; Nate Burroughs, intern manuscript processor, and Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2014.
Appraisal Information
LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy 1.V, November 2013.)
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Finding Aid Title
Coward (John William) letter
Finding Aid Author
Nate Burroughs
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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-12-11 16:13:11 -0700.
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Biographical History

John William Coward (b. 1815) was a salt dealer and missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in England in the 1850's.

John William Coward was born 4 December 1815 in England. He joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in England and traveled to the Salt Lake Valley with the William Morgan Company in 1852 as the Captain of 3rd Ten. Coward was rebaptized in Salt Lake City on 25 October 1852 in the Fifteenth Ward. His wife, Johanna Whitaker Coward (born 25 June 1827), was rebaptized on the same day.

At the end of a mission, he traveled home with the John Hindley Company in 1855 as a Captain of Ten.

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