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11 May 1872


Retrenchment Association; Fourteenth Ward Relief Society Hall, Salt Lake City, Utah Territory

Two-story, brick building surrounded by women, men and children and a sign above the entrance reading “Groceries & Provisions”

Salt Lake City Fourteenth Ward Relief Society Hall, circa 1892.

[. . .] Remarks by Coun Miss E. R. Snow.

I am pleased with the Minutes they are the products of cultivated minds. I say go on though the opposition is great do not be discouraged. The harder the struggle the greater the victory.

I hope the sisters will be free and cultivate the habit of speaking so that they can be heard. I do not think any one was more embarrassed when speaking than Demosthenes of Greese He had a great impidiment in his speech and the least noise confused him. He would speak by the sea when the waves lashed the shore and would also hold pebbles in his mouth to accustom himself to speak without so much hesitation He was styled the greatest orator of the World, but Cicero was his competitor. I do not know that we have any particular subject for today I wish the sisters to get the correct pattern for the temple suits. I am always ready to give the necessary instruction. I am happy to every time I meet with you, to see so much interest manifested.

Coun Mrs Zina Young said

Sister Snow has given us an excellent subject. The harder the struggle the greater the reward. It was a struggle to leave relatives and friends to come here It was a struggle to enter into polygamy and a struggle to maintain it. I am ever willing to assist the sisters to [illegible] correct temple suits [. . .] [n.p.]

[. . .] Coun. Miss E. R. Snow gave an account of donations received <for baptismal robes> which amounted to twelve ($12.) said the books were still open to receive the 10 cents. It would be better to have six suits than two

Mrs Whatmough [Mary A. Watmough] said

I feel that this is a great move to have baptismal suits I too have felt very much ashamed to see some of the sisters so poorly dressed when going to be baptised. [. . .] [n.p.]

[. . .] Coun Miss E. R. Snow said

I want to speak about praying in our temple suits. It should be in an upper room perfectly close where no human eye can see nor ear can hear. It has been expressed by some of the sisters that they would like to meet in prayer circles. the more we try to cultivate a spirit of union the sooner we will prepared to fill higher positions. [. . .]

Mrs [Elizabeth A.] Howard said

It is only through obedience that we can attain to what sister Snow has just spoken about. I think the subject of dress will have to come up again [. . .] [n.p.]

Source Note

Minutes of the Senior and Junior Co-operative Retrenchment Association (1870–1880), n.p., CHL (CR 100 904).