Letters from Exile
Constance L. Lieber and John Sillito, editors

Elizabeth Rachel
Mattie thought her daughter, Elizabeth Rachel, was neither “pretty nor plain, a genuine little ‘happy between.'” (Courtesy Martha Hughes Porter Monti.)

Frederick A. E. Meyer


Mattie and Angus used the pseudonym “Fred Hull” when discussing polygamous husband Frederick A. E. Meyer in their letters.






Anna Schettler Meyer


Anna Schettler Meyer (“Sister Hull”) and her daughter Annie were frequent companions of Mattie and Elizabeth.







Daniel H. WellsMattie called Daniel H. Wells, who served as European mission president of the LDS church, a “Grand Old Man.” (Courtesy Utah State Historical Society.)

Emmeline B. Wells


But Mattie had harsh words for Wells’s wife, Emmeline B. Wells, writing to her son-in-law, Lewis M. Cannon, that she knew Emmeline better than any other woman in Utah. (Courtesy Utah State Historical Society.)




headquarters of the British Mission
The headquarters of the British Mission of the LDS church at 42 Islington, Liverpool. (Courtesy LDS photo archives.)

the Penroses
Mattie found Charles W. Penrose a “charmer” but confessed to an “internal antipathy” between herself and Penrose’s wife, Dr. Romania Pratt Penrose, which would erupt “when I begin to jostle in the medical field again.” (Courtesy LDS photo archives.)

Hiram B. Clawson


Mattie called Hiram B. Clawson, “when in distress,” “one of the best friends I had on earth.” (Courtesy Utah State Historical Society.)






Deseret Hospital
The Deseret Hospital in Salt Lake City, where Mattie was resident physician from 1882 to 1886. (Courtesy Utah State Historical Society.)

Lewis M. Cannon
Angus’s son Lewis M. Cannon traveled with Mattie in France and Switzerland while on a proselyting mission for the LDS church. Mattie believed that Lewis was a “good honest boy,” who would “do a great deal of good and be an honor to the cause in which we are engaged.”

A street scene in the Neuengasse (Bern). The Emmenthalerhof hotel, where Mattie stayed, is the second building from the right. (Courtesy Burgerbibliotheck, Bern, Switzerland.)

Eliza R. Snow
Mattie believed that Eliza R. Snow was Mormonism’s “grandest woman.” (Courtesy Utah State Historical Society.)