Count up all these features for a watering-place; and where will you find a Newport, a Saratoga or a Sharon that has the half of them?
So, ye votaries of fashion, ye rheumatic cripples, ye victims of scrofula and ennui, prepare to pack your trunks at the sound of the first whistle of the train for the Rocky Mountains, for a season at Salt Lake City. The result of the whole experience has been to increase my appreciation of the value of [the Mormons'] material progress and development to the nation; to evoke congratulations to them and to the country for the wealth they have created and the order, frugality, morality and industry that have been organized in this remote spot in our Continent; to excite wonder at the perfection and power of their church system, the extent of its ramifications, the sweep of its influence; and to enlarge my respect for the personal sincerity and character of many of the leaders in the organization; -- also, and on the other hand, to deepen my disgust at their polygamy, and strengthen my convictions of its barbaric and degrading influences.
They have tried it and practised it under the most favorable circumstances, perhaps under the mildest form possible; but, now as before, here as elsewehre, it tends to and means only the degradation of woman. By it and under it, she becomes simply the servant and serf, not the companion and equal of man; and the inevitable influence of this upon all society need not be depicted.
But I find that Mormonism is not necessarily polygamy; that the one began and existed for many years without the other; that not all the Mormons accept the doctrine, and not one-fourth, perhaps not one-eighth practise it; and that the Nation and its government may oppose it and punish it, without at all interfering with the existence of the Mormon church, or justly being held as interfering with the religious liberty that is the basis of all our institutions. This distinction has not been sufficienty understood heretofore, and it has not been consistently acted upon by either the government or the public of the East.
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Here, by the people, who are coming in to enjoy the opportunities of the country for trade and mining, and there, by our rulers at Washington and by the great public, this single issue of polygamy should be pressed home upon the Mormon church, -- discreetly and with tact, with law and with argument and appeal, but with firmness and power. Times 19th century , Classifications Dewey Decimal Class Number of pages Check nearby libraries Library. Buy this book Better World Books Amazon. Share this book Facebook. You might also like.
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