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Wedding Wishes from Brigham Young

Brigham Young sent a congratulatory letter when Thomas L. Kane, a non-Mormon lawyer and philanthropist who had provided crucial help and advocacy for the Latter-day Saints, married Elizabeth Wood in 1853. Looking forward beyond the wedding to many years of marriage, President Young included a prayer “that you may long live upon the earth to enjoy the sweet society of wife, children, and friends” and that “your numerous progeny, the fruit of your own loins, [may] be your faithful Representatives upon the earth, and rejoice your heart in undying affection, ever cherishing the proud reflection of worthy ancestry.”

Brigham Young letter to Thomas L. Kane, Jan. 31, 1854, Brigham Young Office Files, Church History Library, Salt Lake City