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My Day-Star Is Rising

The evening mail brought me a letter from Washington from Mrs. [Sara Andrews] Spencer concerning our petitions for Suffrage: it was written in a friendly tone and expressed sincere friendship for me and for our people. I consider this one of the events of my life. Surely my day-star is rising. (15 February 1878)

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The diaries of Emmeline B. Wells provide a window into the life of one of the most influential Latter-day Saint women in the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In the diaries she is both historymaker, as she meets with presidents and works with national suffrage leaders, and historian, as she documents noteworthy events, daily interactions with her family and members of her community, and her adversities and faith. The diaries are a record of her perceptions and philosophies, and they are valuable not only to historians but also to those simply curious about this remarkable woman and the time in which she lived.

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