Gone South

Elder P.P. Pratt started today on a tour through the southern portion of the Territory. He expects to visit the principal cities, towns and villages south of this City, in the interest of his father’s history.

Thus far Brother Pratt has been very successful in obtaining subscribers to the above work, and as he is now about to further introduce the subject to the notice of the people in the country, it is probably that he will have continued good success. Brother Pratt states that he is in possession of a fine life-like photograph of his father, from which he designs to have taken a steel plate engraving, with the author’s autograph, the same to be printed and published in the book. He will necessarily be at some additional expense in publishing the likeness with the history, but will make no additional charge on the advertised rates on that account.

[Journal History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, July 8, 1873, 1]
[Deseret News, July 8, 1873]

[transcribed and proofread by David Grow, May 2006]


Returned From the South

Elder P.P. Pratt returned, by Sunday evening’s train, from the south, where he has been traveling in the interest of his father’s “History,” having met with encouraging success. We learn from him that he extended his travels as far south as St. George, at which place he arrived Aug. 9, at which time the thermometer stood at 100 degrees in the shade. Refreshing showers occurred during his four days’ stay, which reduced the temperature about twenty degrees. At one time, in July, the thermometer rose to 119 in the shade and to 160 in the sun. The peaches, melons, grapes and figs in “Dixie” are most excellent.

Peace and good health prevailed among the people. Crops of grain and fruits were about average. During an absence of eight weeks Bro. Pratt visited fifty-one towns, cities and villages, traveling a distance of 886 miles, and has added to his subscription list 1079 names. Bro. Pratt has been well received everywhere, and desires, through the News, to thank the people for the courtesies extended to him by them.

[Journal History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Sept. 2, 1873, 2]
[Deseret News, Sept. 2, 1873]

[transcribed and proofread by David Grow, May 2006]


“Life and Travels of Parley P. Pratt”

From Parley P. Pratt, Esq., of this city, now in the East, we this morning received a copy of a work, in the publication of which he has been engaged for several months past, namely, the life, ministry and travels of his deceased father, the late Elder Parley P. Pratt.  The work presents quite a handsome appearance.  It is printed on fine stout paper, in bold, clear type, gilt edge, and bound in morocco.  The frontispiece is a very excellent portrait, engraved on steel, of the subject of the work, which also contains portraits of Joseph and Hyrum Smith, and Elder Orson Pratt, and other engravings, including the Kirtland, Nauvoo, and Salt Lake Temples.  The volume contains 503 pages, and an appendix.

In a note from Mr. Pratt, editor and proprietor of the book, he says:

“There has been some unavoidable delay in publishing the work, but I have now commenced shipping and shall continue to forward them as fast as they are bound, until my subscribers are all supplied.

“My agent in Salt Lake City, Isaac N. Bonnel, will supply my city subscribers—others will receive their books through their local agents.”

[Deseret News, Apr. 27, 1874]
[Journal History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Apr. 27, 1874, 3]

[transcribed and proofread by David Grow, Aug. 2006]


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