Letters from Exile
Constance L. Lieber and John Sillito, editors
Mattie and Angus used the pseudonym “Fred Hull” when discussing polygamous husband Frederick A. E. Meyer in their letters.
Anna Schettler Meyer (“Sister Hull”) and her daughter Annie were frequent companions of Mattie and Elizabeth.
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.)
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.)
Mattie called Hiram B. Clawson, “when in distress,” “one of the best friends I had on earth.” (Courtesy Utah State Historical Society.)
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.”