23 June 1879

Anniversary Celebration; Seventeenth Ward Meetinghouse, Salt Lake City, Utah Territory


to bishop edward hunter.

Bishop of Bishops!

We would humbly now,

A wreath of honor twine around your brow.

Let honor be to him whom honor’s due—

This, worthy veteran, we concede to you.

Long have you served, and served in righteousness—

Long have you labored, and in faithfulness.

Like a tall sturdy forest oak you’ve stood,

Confronting evil and promoting good.

When persecution, scathing vollies sent,

You braved the storms, unshaken and unbent.

One of God’s nobles, you have truly proved,

An honest man in every sphere you’ve moved;

Honest and true to every sacred trust,

Truthful in word, and in your dealings just.

The generations yet to come will tell,

You made your record and you made it well.

The path of duty carefully you’ve trod—

True to yourself, the Priesthood and to God.

We record bear—in many a trying hour

Your cheering words have added strength and power:

To woman’s efforts when our duties led,

O’er human needs, benificence to shed.

To cloth the naked, and the hungry feed,

And in broad fields of usefulness to lead.

You’ve marked our labors and have understood

Our work is arduous and our motives good.

Your kind, appreciative influence

To us has been a standing recompense.

In Zion’s cause you’ve labored long and hard;

By faith and works have earned a rich reward,

And hold, by legal claim, a Deed of Trust

Due in the resurrection of the just.

Though ripe in years and ripe in usefulness,

God grant you length en’d life and happiness

And health and strength by day, and nightly rest—

Live, and in blessing others, be thou blest.

When in the flesh your work is fully done—

Your battles fought and all your vict’ries won,

In cloudless glory may your setting sun

Go down in peace.

E. R. Snow

[. . .] [p. 17]

[. . .] [pp. 18–21]


in honor of bishop hunter

[. . .]

The entertaiument opened by singing, “O ye mountains high.” [. . .] Miss E. R. Snow then read a poem written for the occasion, and addressed to the Bishop, which we publish on the first page.

[. . .] [p. 22] [. . .]

Sister E. R. Snow said she regretted that there had been a misunderstanding about its being a mutual surprise to both Bishop Hunter and Dr. [John M.] Bernhisel; said it was owing to this that the honors had not been equally divided.

[. . .]

The party was a complete success, and the sisters deserve great credit for the nice manner in which all the arrangements were conducted. Pres. E. R. Snow presided. Sister Mercy R. Thompson was the first mover in the affair, bnt she met with the most enthusiastic co-operation from the sisters, one and all. [. . .] [p. 23]

Source Note

Eliza R. Snow, “Address,” Woman’s Exponent 8, no. 3 (1 July 1879): 17; and “Demonstration: In Honor of Bishop Hunter,” Woman’s Exponent 8, no. 3 (1 July 1879): 22–23.

See also “A Surprise,” Salt Lake Daily Herald 10, no. 17 (24 June 1879): [3].

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