Diaries, correspondence, and other papers that record Richards's British Mission experience and activities in Nauvoo, Illinois.
Diaries for 1840-1843 describe first missionary labors in Herefordshire, Monmouthshire, and Gloucestershire, England; 1842 ocean voyage in company with English immigrants, including George D. Watt, David Candland, and George Cannon family; activities in Alton, Illinois, and experiences in Nauvoo, April-September 1843, where he recorded church and civic meetings, Nauvoo Legion events, and care of patients, including Joseph Smith. Diaries for 1848-1853 record second mission to England and include information about Deseret Iron Company.
Papers include letters received in England describing missionary work in Wales, Scotland, Isle of Man, and London; missionary William Burton's death in 1851; and also document events in Nauvoo, westward emigration, Salt Lake Valley settlement, and California gold rush. Correspondents include Brigham Young, Willard Richards, Parley P. Pratt, Orson Pratt, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Samuel W. Richards, Thomas Bullock, Joseph Fielding, Thomas Ward, William Kay, Theodore Curtis, John Needham, J. W. Cummings, J. H. Flanigan, John S. Davis, C. H. Wheelock, William Willes, Robert L. Campbell, Joseph W. Young, Isaac C. Haight, A. M. Harmon, Job Smith, Richard Benson, Eli B. Kelsey, sisters Rhoda Richards and Nancy Peirson, niece Susan Peirson, and plural wife Persis G. Young.
Collection also includes letters and diary entries of wife Sarah Griffith Richards. Letters and diary entries for June 1844 record events in Nauvoo prior to Joseph Smith's death, and those for May-August 1846 record travel west. Other papers include Kirtland land deeds involving William Smith, Truman O. Angell, William Miller, Joseph Young, Brigham Young, John Johnson, and William Marks; deed for land in Caldwell County, Missouri, sold by Lucy Calkins; lists of English immigrants in 1842; missionary certificates; power of attorney from Philo Dibble to collect donations for museum in Salt Lake City; minutes of council meetings in England; and blessings given by patriarch Isaac Morley.
For a transcription of a sermon given by Richards in England, written in Pitman shorthand, and transcribed by LaJean Carruth, see CR 100 665.
Richards practiced Thompsonian medicine and was surgeon general of Nauvoo Legion, member of Nauvoo city council, and brother of Willard Richards.
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