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Parley P. PrattThe Apostle Paul of Mormonism$
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Terryl L. Givens and Matthew J. Grow

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195375732

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195375732.001.0001

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Prospecting for Souls in San Francisco

Prospecting for Souls in San Francisco

(p.339) 13 Prospecting for Souls in San Francisco
Parley P. Pratt

Terryl L. Givens

Matthew J. Grow

Oxford University Press

Pratt returned to San Francisco on a second mission between summer 1854 and summer 1855, during which he again supervised missionaries throughout the Pacific. Pratt also wrote the bulk of his lively autobiography while in California (though it was only published posthumously in 1874). He attracted notice through vigorous public debates and through public sparring with one of the city’s largest newspapers, which published many of his essays along with biting commentary. Finally, during this mission, Pratt became acquainted with Mormon convert Eleanor Jane McComb McLean, whose husband opposed her participation in Mormonism. Hector McLean, whom Eleanor depicted as abusive and alcoholic, sent her three children without Eleanor’s consent to live with her parents in New Orleans. After she failed to recover her children in Louisiana, Eleanor traveled to Salt Lake City, where she became Pratt’s twelfth wife.

Keywords:   autobiography, Gold Rush, San Francisco, print culture, Eleanor Jane McComb McLean, Hector McLean, Hawaii (Sandwich Islands)

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