Dear Ellen: Two Mormon Women and Their Letters

Salt Lake City, UT: Tanner Trust Fund, 1974. First edition. Hardcover. 92 pp. Quarto. [25 cm]. Red cloth over boards with gilt title stamped on spine. Original dust jacket is in very good condition, with some subtle wear to extremities. Pages ever so slightly toned. Previous owner's small label on front paste down. Near fine. Item #62583

Limited to 1,250 copies. This copy is inscribed by Hampton C. Godbe, who was the grandson of William C. Godbe. William Godbe was the confidential secretary and son in law twice removed to Brigham Young, and is the namesake for the "Godbeite movement", encouraging LDS historians to document and record their ancestry. Hampton continued this tradition of faithful research.

Inscription on the front free endpaper by Godbe (friend of the author) reads,
"For _____ _____ Birthday, 1974. Dear ____, As you know, of course, Ellen Spencer Clawson was my grandmother and her story as it appears in her letters tells a great deal-- but most certainly not all! -about her trials as a plural wife in the Polygamy era. The truth is that plurality broke her heart and brought her deep unhappiness for the remainder of her life. Nevertheless, this book will be a "conversation piece" for a great many years to come. I hope you find it absorbing reading. Sincerely, Hampton."

Price: $25.00

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