By Fanny Stenhouse, Linda DeSimone
After the 1872 e-book of Expose', Fanny Stenhouse turned a star within the cultural wars among Mormons and lots more and plenty of the US. An English convert, she had grown disappointed with the Mormon Church and polygamy, which her husband practiced sooner than associating with a circle of dissident Utah intellectuals and retailers. Stenhouse’s critique of plural marriage, Brigham younger, and Mormonism was once additionally a sympathetic examine Utah’s humans and sincere recounting of her lifestyles. prior to lengthy, she created a brand new variation, titled "Tell It All," which ensured her notoriety in Utah and recognition somewhere else yet grew to become her considerate memoir right into a extra polemical, actual reveal' of Polygamy. due to the fact that 1874, it has stayed in print, in a number of, various variants. the unique booklet, in the meantime, is much less recognized, notwithstanding extra readable. Tracing the literary background of Stenhouse’s vital piece of Americana, Linda DeSimone rescues a tremendous autobiographical and ancient list from the luggage notoriety dropped at it.
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CHAPTER III. My Husband leaves for Italy—Experiences as the Wife of a Missionary—Privations and Struggles with Poverty in England— Suspicions of Polygamy—The “Privilege” of “Washing the Elders’ Feet”—Cheerful Words in Time of Trouble. I had been married about four months when my husband was called to go on a mission to Italy. What terrible news this was to me, for I was to be left behind! In my grief I exclaimed, “Ah! ” Then I remembered how that, in my first joy and gratitude after being baptized into the church, I had said that I would do any thing that the Lord required of me; and now I felt that He was going to put me to the test.
As I knew my parents, particularly my mother, to be sincere and devoted Christians, I began to think that Mormonism must be something different from what he represented it to be, or they never would have accepted it. I therefore determined to investigate this religion, for the purpose of exposing its errors to my parents, for whom I entertained the deepest affection. I attended my first Mormon meeting at St. Helier’s, Jersey. With what I heard that afternoon I could find no fault, although I was very much prejudiced against the new religion.
This I mean literally. There was nothing symbolical about 42 Exposé of Polygamy it, and many of our silly girls liked nothing better. I saw even then that this was not right, and it annoyed me greatly. ” He supplied her with money, and otherwise acted in a way which appeared to me almost scandalous. 2 In these days the elders would take young girls to the theatres and other places of amusement, while their own wives remained at home. I sincerely believe now that many of these men taught Polygamy to the girls, while they denied it to the public.
Expose' of Polygamy: A Lady's Life Among the Mormons (Life Writings Frontier Women) by Fanny Stenhouse, Linda DeSimone