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May 1877

2 May 1877 • Wednesday

Received package of Woman’s Words.1

3 May 1877 • Thursday

Mailed to C. F. Bennett Esq. one letter and one pamphlet on Mormonism

To Horatio [C.] King Christian Union2 a letter concerning articles of Gail Hamilton3 [p. 65] {p. 43}

7 May 1877 • Monday

Mrs. Frank Cole [Fannie McBride Cole]

Mrs. M. McAllister

Rec’d from a regular correspondent

8 May 1877 • Tuesday

High Council rendered decision of a case in which we are interested.4 [p. 67] {p. 44}

10 May 1877 • Thursday

Eli Perkins correspondent the New York Sun. M. D. Langdon visited Salt Lake City.5 [p. 68] {p. 45}

13 May 1877 • Sunday

talked of the doctrine of proxy6 [p. 69] {p. 46}

16 May 1877 • Wednesday

7and that the Father kept record and in this day Joseph had said write and that there should be more records than one.

18 May 1877 • Friday

Rec’d note from Mr. Layson [John H. Leyson] Mailed letter to Mrs. Juan Levis [Lewis] Editor Womans Words mailed to Editors Christian Union [p. 70] {p. 47}

19 May 1877 • Saturday

poetry June roses

20 May 1877 • Sunday

Joseph Smith version of the baptism of the dead spoke of the records which were kept and that the Lord had commanded his people to witness and that they should have witnesses [p. 71] {p. 48} baptism, the reason for not baptizing infants faith fruitful or unfruitful baptism for the dead Christ preaching to the spirits in prison The Work before the women of Utah Saving Grain Silk culture etc. [p. 72] {p. 49} redemption of <Jesus> of Adam and the[n] spoke of the sin Erastus [F.] Snow 2d in the afternoon

meeting opened ten Presidnt [Daniel H.] Wells spoke first John W. [Willard] Young President John Taylor.

Afternoon Orson Pratt spoke of the new organization [p. 73] {p. 50}

<paid 2,00 R. A.>

Brigham, go into the royal families and a few had preserved the royal blood some have preserved it see our lamanites8 unholy and unwholsome not send the [p. 75] {p. 51} Came &c. keep them out of the sight and [p. 77] {p. 52}


  1. [1]Woman’s Words was a monthly suffrage journal begun in Philadelphia on 1 April 1877. EBW announced its first issue in the Woman’s Exponent. (“Home Affairs,” Woman’s Exponent, 1 May 1877, 5:181; Okker, Our Sister Editors, 197.)

  2. [2]The Christian Union (1870–1893) promoted social reform. It was one of a number of journals published on the East Coast with which the Woman’s Exponent exchanged issues. (See EBW, Diary, 18 May 1877.)

  3. [3]Gail Hamilton was the pen name for Mary Abigail Dodge (1833–1896), who wrote on current events, politics, and women’s issues. She traveled in the American South and West and lived in Washington, DC. (Margaret Wyman Langworthy, “Dodge, Mary Abigail,” in James et al., Notable American Women, 1:493–495.)

  4. [4]In 1876, Hanmer Wells, son of Daniel H. Wells, fell behind on rent for a property owned by Mayor Feramorz Little. To offset the lost income, Little seized property from Hanmer. But Daniel Wells claimed that the seized property was his, and he brought suit in the Utah Third District Court to recover his losses. The court awarded Daniel damages of $750. Little then took the matter to a church court consisting of Brigham Young and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; there Daniel was awarded an even larger settlement of $1,000. (“Red Hot Times,” Salt Lake Daily Tribune, 9 May 1877, 1; Wells, Defender, 356.)

  5. [5]Melville De Lancy Landon (1839–1910) was a well-known journalist and humorist in his day. Under the pen name “Eli Perkins,” he wrote commentaries on public life and lectured throughout the country. (Clemens, Famous Funny Fellows, 69–73.)

  6. [6]The “doctrine of proxy” enables living persons to perform vicarious ordinances, such as baptisms, for deceased persons; this vicarious work is done in Latter-day Saint temples.

  7. [7]text: This entry appears to consist of more notetaking, as do many entries hereafter.

  8. [8]The early Latter-day Saints often used the term Lamanites, a name found in the Book of Mormon, in referring to Native Americans. The Saints believed Native Americans were descendants of one of the family groups chronicled in the Book of Mormon.