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Started for the West

On the 24th of April 1844 I left my mothers house at North New Salem Franklin Co. Mass. and started for the west. (Circa May 1844)

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The forty-seven diaries of Emmeline B. Wells provide a window into the life of one of the most influential Latter-day Saint women in the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In the diaries she is both historymaker, as she meets with presidents and works with national suffrage leaders, and historian, as she documents noteworthy events, daily interactions with her family and members of her community, and her adversities and faith.

This initial publication features annotated transcripts of Wells’s first six diaries, covering 1844 through 1879. All forty-seven of her diaries will eventually be published on this site.

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