Elizabeth Claridge McCune addressed London conference

Elizabeth Claridge McCune spoke at a conference in London, impressing the British Mission presidency to write the First Presidency requesting women as missionaries.

(“London Conference,” Latter-day Saints’ Millennial Star 59, no. 43 [28 Oct. 1897]: 684; Susa Young Gates, “Biographical Sketches, Mrs. Elizabeth Claridge McCune,” Young Woman’s Journal 9, no. 8 [Aug. 1898]: 342–343; Rulon S. Wells, Joseph W. McMurrin, and Edwin F. Parry to Wilford Woodruff and Counselors, 10 Mar. 1898, First Presidency, Mission Administration Correspondence, 1877–1918, Church History Library, Salt Lake City [hereafter CHL].)

Inez Knight and Jennie Brimhall called to serve

Amanda Inez Knight and Lucy Jane “Jennie” Brimhall received calls to serve in the British Mission. They were set apart on 1 April and arrived in Liverpool on 22 April 1898.

(Edward Partridge and Joseph B. Keeler to Wilford Woodruff and Counsel, 29 Mar. 1898, First Presidency, Missionary Calls and Recommendations, 1877–1918, CHL; Inez Knight, Journal, 4, 12, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT; Lucy Jane Brimhall entry, no. 163, Missionary Department, Missionary Registers, 1860–1959, Book C, 67, CHL; “Lucy Jane Brimhall Knight,” in Orson F. Whitney, History of Utah, vol. 4 [Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons, 1904], 614.)

First Presidency authorized full-time women missionaries

The First Presidency approved the calling of women, married or single, as full-time proselytizing missionaries.

(Historical Department, Journal History of the Church, 11 Mar. 1898, CHL.)

Calling of women missionaries announced

George Q. Cannon announced the calling of women as missionaries.

(George Q. Cannon, in Sixty-Eighth Annual Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Held in the Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, April 6th, 7th, 8th and 10th, 1898, with a Full Report of the Discourses [Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1898], 7–8.)

Eliza Chipman called to serve

Eliza Chipman received a call to serve as a missionary in Great Britain.

(Wilford Woodruff to Eliza Chipman, 11 Aug. 1898, Scrapbook, 1872, 1894–1926, 1938–1951, Eliza C. Christensen, Papers, 1872–1986, bulk 1898–1910, CHL.)

Chipman departed for England

Chipman departed for England, arriving on 6 October 1898.

(Eliza Chipman, Journal, 17 Sept. and 6 Oct. 1898, Christensen Papers, CHL.)

Brimhall left Great Britain

Brimhall departed from Great Britain. She was released from her mission in October 1898.

(British Mission, Manuscript History and Historical Reports, 1841–1971, 17 Nov. 1898, CHL; “Lucy Jane Brimhall Knight,” in Whitney, History of Utah, 4:614–615; Knight, Journal, 100.)

Chipman assigned as companion to Knight

Chipman was assigned as companion to Knight.

(Chipman, Journal, 2 Dec. 1898; Knight, Journal, 104.)

Josephine Booth and Jean Clara Holbrook called to serve

Josephine Booth and Jean Clara Holbrook received calls and were set apart to serve as missionaries in Great Britain.

(Josephine Booth to Lorenzo Snow, 17 May 1899, First Presidency, Missionary Calls and Recommendations, CHL; Josephine D. Booth, Journal, 26 May 1899, Josephine D. Booth Woodruff, Journals, 1899–1901, CHL; Jean Clara Holbrook entry, no. 433, Missionary Department, Missionary Registers, Book C, 99, CHL.)

Booth departed for England

Booth departed for England.

(Booth, Journal, 26 May 1899.)

International Council of Women

Latter-day Saint women, including Booth, attended the International Council of Women in London.

(“Represent Utah at International Council,” Salt Lake Herald, 4 June 1899, 3; Booth, Journal, 26 June–circa 26 July 1899.)

Booth, Chipman, and Holbrook received new assignments

Booth was assigned to the Scottish Conference on 1 July; Chipman was reassigned to the Scottish Conference as her companion on 15 July. Holbrook was assigned to the London Conference on 18 July as companion to Knight.

(Platte D. Lyman, James L. McMurrin, and Henry W. Naisbitt to Josie Booth, Letter of Appointment, 1 July 1899, Woodruff Journals, CHL; Booth, Journal, 31 July 1899; Platte D. Lyman, James L. McMurrin, and Henry W. Naisbitt to Liza Chipman, Transfer letter, 15 July 1899, Scrapbook, Christensen Papers, CHL; Clara Holbrook to L. Holbrook, 19 July 1899, Jean Clara Holbrook Jarvis, Mission Correspondence, 1898–1904, CHL.)

Emily Penfold arrived in Scotland as companion to Booth

Emily Penfold arrived in Glasgow, Scotland, and was assigned as a companion to Booth.

(Booth, Journal, 21 Sept. 1900; Emily Isabel Penfold entry, no. 502, Missionary Department, Missionary Registers, Book C, 129, CHL.)

Chipman returned home

Chipman returned home from her mission.

(Liza Chipman entry, no. 642, Missionary Department, Missionary Registers, Book C, 79, CHL.)

Booth toured the missions of Europe

Booth joined President James L. McMurrin on a tour of the missions of Europe. Addressing church conference meetings in several countries as a representative Latter-day Saint woman, she shared her testimony in a series of well-received sermons.

(Booth, Journal, 28 Feb. 1901; 30 May 1901; 6 June 1901; Josephine D. Booth biography, Andrew Jenson, Collection, circa 1841–1942, CHL; James L. McMurrin to President Lyman, 4 Apr. 1901, in “Abstract of Correspondence,” Latter-day Saints’ Millennial Star 63, no. 16 [18 Apr. 1901]: 254.)

Booth departed for Utah

Booth departed from Liverpool on the SS New England to return to her home in Utah.

(Booth, Journal, 6 June 1901.)