J. Reuben Clark advocates segregation in blood banks "to protect the purity of the blood streams of the people of this Church."

Apr 12, 1948
J. Reuben Clark

Letter of J. Reuben Clark to G. Albin Matson, 12 April 1948, MSS 303, Box 378, Folder 1, accessed November 14, 2022

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Brother Wonnacott, J. Reuben Clark, G. Albin Matson, LeGrand Richards
G. Albin Matson

April 12, 1948

Dear Dr. Madsen:

Thank you for your letter of the seventh. I have called the matter of the News editorial to the attention of Brother Mark E. Petersen, who will look into the matter, and have also asked him to get in touch with you and with Brother Wonnacott.

It seems to me that it is essential that all of you brethren get together and decide on a policy and on one that we can all stand behind and know where we are going.

I talked with Bishop Richards, who tells me that you sent to him a copy of your letter to me, and that you are making arrangements by which you will begin the holding of meetings and decide upon a plan. We assume that when the plan is made the matter will be taken up with us so that a decision can be recached by the First Presidency.

This letter is merely an expression of my own feelings and you should so understand it. I may add that I feel now just as I felt when I talked with you, that we want to protect the purity of the blood streams of the people of this Church.

Faithfully yours,

JRC:RJM J. Reuben Clark, Jr.

Dr. G. Albin Matson,

Blood Grouping Laboratory,

Department of Bacteriology,

103 Medical Building,

University of Utah,

City 1.

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