Joseph hesitated, but the blood of old Isaac Hale was up in the veins of the prophet's wife. At all events, he was by no means interesting in company.
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In other words, Ryan's campaign was closer to his norm, and we shouldn't be counting on a big bounce-back to level production. Louis, he used to complain about business: Whenever Joseph had prayed with Mrs. Ford, she used to give him all the money in the till, to the last cent. Since that time I do ask myself sometimes, whether Joseph was really the right kind of a prophet. He was prophet, seer and revelator, lieutenant general, mayor; he was not only the Lord's mouthpiece, but might be President of the United States.
Is it any wonder that those poor souls should feel greatly elated whenever the anointed of the Lord deigned to accept their all? He was sealed there secretly to Fanny Alger. Emma was furious, and drove the girl, who was unable to conceal the consequences of her celestial relation with the prophet, out of her house.
Granger proved a very reliable and useful friend to the prophet. He was once at her house, in bed, and not alone. The bed had old-fashioned curtains. All at once Sister Emma, the prophet's wife, came in, and said excitedly to Mrs. Granger, 'he has jusr been in, but went out again,' getting Sister Emma out of the house as hurriedly as possible.
Joseph used to tell his intimate friends how dreadfully he had felt in that bed, expecting every moment that his wife might look behind the curtains. Once, while Joseph was absent, Emma got to fighting with Eliza and threw her down the stairs. This house might be called the humble birthplace of the revelation on celestial marriage. But the eight 'daughters' had to leave the house. Snow, one of the most curious figures in the history of Mormondom, played an important part in the events relating to celestial hymenology.
She is the great poetess and such a poetess! She used to anoint the sisters in the Endowment house and to play the part of Eve in the celestial drama enacted there. She is now over eighty years old, yet doing the same thing in the Logan temple in Utah. Sister Eliza became the church's "elect lady" when "the Lord" became thoroughly incensed with Sister Emma for her contumacy.
She is the very prototype of what is called "female roosters" in Zion, always ready to enslave and drag men and women into polygamy. She was one of the first willing victims of Joseph in Nauvoo. She used to be much at the prophet's house and "Sister Emma" treated her as a confidential friend. Very much interested about Joseph's errands, Emma used to send Eliza after him as a spy. Joseph found it out and, to win over the gifted!
There is scarcely a Mormon unacquainted with the fact that Sister Emma, on the other side, soon found out the little compromise arranged between Joseph and Eliza. Feeling outraged as a wife and betrayed as a friend, Emma is currently reported as having had recourse to a vulgar broomstick as an instrument of revenge; and the harsh treatment received at Emma's hands is said to have destroyed Eliza's hopes of becoming the mother of a prophet's son.
So far one of my best informed witnesses. Her story becomes corroborated by another reliable source. Elder Bullock, who was church historian at that time, used to tell the following little tale: But I and some other intimate friends of the prophet knew very well that he was proud of another thing, not of a parade, but of a conquest, the conquest of Eliza.
They turned the house of the Lord into a house of prostitution. Those dances were performed in Adamic costume; and a fiddler was 'ordained and set apart' for the purpose. I know this to be an absolute fact; it has been confirmed to me by other well-informed persons. Elder Thomas Margetts, while in England, established, in Southampton, a "mock endowment house," whose walls were ornamented by the most obscene of pictures, and where orgies were performed at least the equals in brutality to those celebrated in Nauvoo.
I know this to be a positive fact. It was attested to me by two former elders of the church who held positions of influence in the "conferences. Margetts was later killed on the plains by Elder Porter Rockwell, whose sacramental duty consisted in blowing out the brains of all suspected or guilty persons.
The reason of this is very simple. Abortion was practiced on a large scale in Nauvoo. Bennett, the evil genius of Joseph, brought this abomination into a scientific system.
He showed to my husband and me the instruments with which he used to 'operate for Joseph. They sent the women there, when they showed signs of celestial consequences. Abortion was practiced regularly in this house. May 21, , I had a fresh interview with Mrs. Pratt, who had the kindness to give me the following testimony additional to the information given by her in our interviews in the spring of White, a very pretty and attractive woman, once confessed to me that she made a business of it to be hospitable to the captains of the Mississippi steamboats.
She told me that Joseph had made her acquaintance very soon after his arrival in Nauvoo, and that he had visited her dozens of times. My husband Orson Pratt could not be induced to believe such things of his prophet. Seeing his obstinate incredulity, Mrs. White proposed to Mr. Pratt and myself to put us in a position where we could observe what was going on between herself and Joseph the prophet.
We, however, declined this proposition. You have made a mistake in the table of contents of your book in calling this woman "Mrs. When Joseph had made his dastardly attempt on me, I went to Mrs. Harris to unbosom my grief to her. To my utter astonishment, she said, laughing heartily: I don't see anything so horrible in it. One single woman lived there, not very attractive. She used to be visited by people from Carthage whenever they came to Nauvoo.
Joseph used to come on horseback, ride up to the house and tie his horse to a tree, many of which stood before the house. Then he would enter the house of the woman from the back. I have seen him do this repeatedly. Why don't you ask the Lord to tell you what kind of a man your father really was? Bennett was always on hand, when anything happened. When my husband went to England as a missionary, he got the promise from Joseph that I should receive provisions from the tithing-house.
Shortly afterward Joseph made his propositions to me and they enraged me so that I refused to accept any help from the tithing-house or from the bishop. Having been always very clever and very busy with my needle, I began to take in sewing for the support of myself and children, and succeeded soon in making myself independent.
When Bennett came to Nauvoo, Joseph brought him to my house, stating that Bennett wanted some sewing done, and that I should do it for the doctor. I assented and Bennett gave me a great deal of work to do. He knew that Joseph had his plans set on me; Joseph made no secret of them before Bennett, and went so far in his impudence as to make propositions to me in the presence of Bennett, his bosom friend.
Bennett, who was of a sarcastic turn of mind, used to come and tell me about Joseph to tease and irritate me. One day they came both, Joseph and Bennett, on horseback to my house. Bennett dismounted, Joseph remained outside. Bennett wanted me to return to him a book I had borrowed from him. It was a so-called doctor-book. I had a rapidly growing little family and wanted to inform myself about certain matters in regard to babies, etc. While giving Bennett his book, I observed that he held something in the left sleeve of his coat.
Bennett smiled and said: It was a pretty long instrument of a kind I had never seen before. It seemed to be of steel and was crooked at one end. He boarded with the prophet. He told me once that Joseph had been talking with him about his troubles with Emma, his wife. This is explained by the fact that they were the servants in the hotel kept by the prophet. But when Emma found out that Joseph went to their room, they had to leave the house.
I begged her to buy for me a piece of black silk there. He used to state to his intended victims, as he did to me: I think Louisa Beeman was the first case of this kind. If any woman, like me, opposed his wishes, he used to say: My character must be sustained in the interests of the church. I sent back that I would talk as much as I pleased and as much as I knew to be the truth, and as to my salvation, I would try and take care of that myself.
When this sheet was brought to me I discovered to my astonishment the names of two people on it, man and wife, with whom I had boarded for a certain time. So I went to their house; the man left the house hurridly when he saw me coming.
I found the wife and said to her rather excitedly: We saw that resistance was useless, they would have ruined us; so we signed the papers. She is well known in Salt Lake City and all over Utah as possessing all the virtues of an excellent wife and mother; but outsiders may wish to know of Mrs.
Pratt's standing in this community, and I take pleasure in giving a testimonial Salt Lake City, May We, the undersigned, cordially bear witness to the excellent reputation of Mrs. We feel well assured that Mrs. Pratt is a lady whose statements are absolutely to be depended upon. Entire frankness and a high sense of honor and truth are regarded in this community, where she has dwelt since , as her ruling characteristics.
Zane, Chief Justice Utah Territory. I could very readily augment this testimonial with many others were it deemed worth while. The way of the transgressor is, as a rule, not only hard, but pretty rapid, too.
Look at the celebrated ancestors of our prophet, the emperors Caligula and Nero; look at his very prototype, John of Leyden, and other crowned debauchees, rushing from passion to frenzy, from frenzy to raving madness. The gods blind whom they want to destroy.
Let it be remembered forever that the men who know all the facts published by me, and more, deny them daily as "infamous slanders," and that these same men are the leaders of this abomination called a "church" by its illiterate dupes only and by the over-cultivated ladies and gentlemen of the East. Joseph Smith was shrewd enough to have a few honest men around him whom he placed in responsible positions, who filled them with fidelity and self-sacrifice, being at the same time in a great measure ignorant of the duplicity and wickedness of the impostor.
They would have broken us up, doubtless, worse than they did but we shall come to a point where we shall have all the wives and they will have none. Rushton was a good, honest man of fine instincts, and had served faithfully for some years holding that position when the bodies and Hyrum of Joseph were brought to Nauvoo, and he received them It was his duty to lock up, every night, most of the rooms, especially the pantry, storeroom, larder etc.
About 4 o'clock every morning Brother Rushton would tap at the bedroom door in order to receive the keys and open the hotel. Emma on hearing the raps would say, "Come in, Brother Rushton," and would hand him the keys from the pocket and give such orders as were needed.
It so "came to pass" once upon a time, that the groceries and other provisions necessary for the use of the hotel were nearly exhausted, and a famine seemed pending in the larder. Fortunately, however, Joseph sold a fine, black horse which had been presented to him, for three hundred and fifty dollars or so, and also a city lot or two for about four hundred dollars. With the sales of the horse and land, and a little cash on hand, he mustered up about nine hundred dollars, which he cheerfully placed in Emma's hands, saying: Louis, and buy what is needed.
Dan Jones will fire up the 'Maid of Iowa' a little steamboat always ready for church use and take you down. The going, purchasing and return occupied about a week. At night, after the departure of the "elect lady," the steward gave the keys to the prophet, and in the morning he as usual stepped lightly and rapped at the door of the bed-room.
A voice strange to his ear, yet of feminine softness, rather startled him in response with the words "Come in. With a pair of laughing, glistening eyes and with a smile of happy sweetness, she spoke in soft and pleading accents: I suppose, Brother Rushton, I shall have to be Sister Emma to you this morning," as she gracefully handed the keys to him.
Astonished and blushing, the faithful steward left the room to resume his duties, leaving the adulterous prophet and his charmer to themselves. The same thing was repeated each morning during the week Emma was away purchasing supplies for the prophet's hotel.
In relating this occurrence to another of my most precise and valuable witnesses, Brother Rushton, though no seeker after effect, added the following picturesque details: When Joseph saw how dumbfounded I was he sat up in his red flannel night robe and said in a hasty, commanding tone: The prophet's gesture and tone gave me to understand that I was to go and keep my mouth shut.
Rushton, the steward, "after the hurry of the dinner work was over, I was sitting in my little office, when looking through my window, I saw the Prophet Joseph, followed by the two Partridge girls, coming from the back part of the lot and enter, all three, the little log cabin which had been the first home, in Nauvoo, of the prophet before the "Mansion" was built.
A minute or so afterwards Sister Emma came to my office door and asked me: Rushton didn't like to split on the prophet, and yet didn't like to tell a lie; and at last he replied hesitatingly: She then dropped fainting on a chair, weeping and uttering words of despair. A few minutes afterward Joseph entered and going up to Emma, said in a meek, repentant manner, "Oh, my dear Emma, I am so sorry I struck you. I did it in a passion; you must forgive me.
I did it without a thought, or I wouldn't have done it. But you shouldn't be running after me, watching me, and prying at my actions.
I insert it here, because it shows what kind of a woman-eater this prophet had been in early days already. A large, influential "branch of the church" existed in Philadelphia, over which Ben Winchester successfully presided.
Joe visited that church occasionally and enjoyed the associations much. On one occasion, it having been announced that the prophet was to preach, he sat on the platform by the side of his faithful presiding elder while awaiting the time to open services. Now and then as some handsome young woman came up the aisle and took a seat, Joe would turn to Elder Winchester and ask, "Who is that beautiful lady?
So-and-so," or, "Sister So-and-so," he did not at all disguise his wishes; he made no "bones" of it; but would say in reply, "I'd just like talk to her alone for a while," or, "I would like her for a companion for a night," and other expressions too plain and vulgar for me to write. I can give names if needed. Joe had formulated no plan, and did not, as yet, have any rules whereby to direct his intimate friends, much less the common saints who were not in the ring. Hence, having no "law," every man and woman was a law to himself or herself, and they went on their own course.
In a small house in Nauvoo, consisting only of two rooms, dwelt two men and their wives. Each man and wife occupied one room. These couples having got some inkling of the new order of things, came to the conclusion that they might as well live up to their privileges.
They accordingly exchanged partners, and lived in this condition for several weeks, when former relations were resumed. Such incidents, with variations, were by no means uncommon. My friend Webb says there was a great deal of swapping and exchanging done in Nauvoo as to wives. Old Cooks sold his wife for a load of catfish, and from that time on he was always called "Catfish Cooks. Brother Rushton and his wife were at last reluctantly compelled to know what was going on among the saints in Nauvoo, but they repelled all attempts of either male or female to draw them into the new practices.
Brother Blossom, a high priest and member of the high council of that stake of Zion, had his eyes upon and coveted Mrs. Rushton, his neighbor's wife; the high priest's wife had her own upon Brother Rushton, and this nice pair sought an exchange with Rushton and wife.
Sister Blossom approached Brother R. The mission was in vain; the good lady refused to accede to their vile proposal. On a future occasion the high priest sent his wife to Mrs. The good lady became indignant at the persistency of the pair, and ordered her to take out of her the basket sight "Does he think," she said "he can bribe me with a basket of potatoes?
There was in Nauvoo, when Joseph was in his glory as "the greatest prophet that ever lived," a young merchant and his wife whom he dearly loved.
She bore to him several children, but became fascinated with Joe and with his claims to "exalt" any woman who would yield to his wishes and become his "wife.
After Joe's "martyrdom," she became the wife of Brigham, as a proxy wife for Joe, that any posterity which might ensue should be Joe's in heaven. One child, a daughter, was the result of this relation, but the young lady was always known by the name of Young, never by the name of Smith, robbing Brother Joseph of his earthly glory, at least. This same wife of three men is often sent as a representative of the women of Utah to the women's conventions abroad in America, and to the lobbies of Congress.
If she truly represents Utah women, the reader may guess the character of those represented; and if these are not such as she represents, then Uah women are not represented -- yet she is their choice. Lee says in his "Confession," of this lady: Jacobs accompanied me as a fellow companion. Jacobs was bragging about his wife and two children -- what a true, virtuous, lovely woman she was.
He almost worshiped her; but little did he think that in his absence she was sealed to the prophet Joseph, and was his wife. Joseph Smith finally demanded the wives of all the twelve apostles that were at home then in Nauvoo. Were the "apostles" not his slaves, his property, including all they had? Woman in Mormondom has been, from the beginning a chattel, and man, a slave.
That Joseph did demand and obtain the wives of the twelve, is proved beyond doubt by irrefutable testimony. But there is further proof from a very high authority. Jedediah Grant, Brigham's counselor, and soul of the horrible "Reformation" which culminated in the Mountain Meadows Massacre, said in one of his harangues which were as bloody as they were filthy: No; he did it to try the brethren.
But if President Young wants my wives, or any of them, he can have them," etc. He didn't consult his "wives" -- oh, no; they are only like cattle, to be given away if desired.
Is the Mormon woman equal to the man, according to that? That was said publicly before thousands of hearers, men and women. Mormonism has produced the most abject slavery ever witnessed in the history of the world. Hear "Jeddy" Grant again: There are plenty more. They are the Lord's id est.
He has only lent them to us. Leonora Taylor, first and legal wife of the present head of the church, and aunt of George Q. Cannon, told ladies who still reside in this city, that all the wives of the twelve were, in fact, consecrated to the Lord, that is, to his servant, Joseph; and that Joseph's demands, and her husband's soft compliance so exasperated her as to cause her 'the loss of a finger and of a baby. Her honor was saved from the attack of Don Juan.
Taylor was mistaken, however, in her general statement, which is just a little too sweeping. She, no doubt, was lied to by John Taylor himself, or by some one else 'in authority,' for the purpose of overcoming her wifely scruples. Besides herself, there were two others, who were exceptions in this atrocious case. Vilate Kimball, the first wife of Heber C. Kimball, later the right-hand-man and clown of King Brigham, and one of the most disgusting types of Mormon history -- Vilate was a good, pure woman, she was better than her 'religion,' though a slave to it in a manner.
She loved her husband, and he, not yet developed as the brute he later became, loved her, hence a reluctance to comply with the Lord's demand that Vilate should be consecrated like the moveable property of the other 'Apostles. They thought the command of the Lord must be obeyed in some way, and a 'proxy' way suggested itself to their minds. They had a young daughter only getting out of girlhood, and the father apologizing to the prophet for his wife's reluctance to comply with his desires, stating, however, that the act must be right or it would not be counselled -- the abject slave of a father asked Joe if his daughter wouldn't do as well as his wife.
The half-ripe bud of womanhood was delivered over to the prophet. Helen Mar Whitney -- this is her name now -- still lives and belongs to that undefinable class of wrinkled old women, only to be found in Mormonism, who pride themselves in their shame, in speeches and in print.
She writes pamphlets on the divinity of polygamy! Other 'plurals' do the same. It is the saddest, the most disheartening kind of literature I have ever seen in any country. It makes me do desperate things. It makes me prefer the worst of mother-in-laws to such 'ladies,' and gives me a wonderfully favorable idea of the odalisques of those old bearded Turks -- they are pretty and they don't write, you see.
The other intended victim, who escaped the prophet's clutches was high-spirited Mrs. She stoutly repelled his repeated approaches, though she had to pay the penalty for refusing to 'consecrate' her honor. She has been ever since hated and slandered by the Mormon leaders. Joe threatened her, if she divulged to her husband or anyone else what he had proposed; adding "if you do, I will ruin your character. I will deny everything, and the Church will believe me and not you. My standing in the Church must be upheld at any cost and sacrifice.
He tried to starve her and her children; he used all his influence against her; even leading mob demonstrations for that purpose, and abusing her from the pulpit. He caused evil reports to be circulated about het and tried to make her an object of detestation as an apostate.
Brigham Young took up Joseph's course in this, as he did in everything else, and tried to rob her of her modest property in Salt Lake City, the support of herself and a family of small children, mostly sons, whom she has reared to man's estate and who would do honor to any community. Her husband, Orson Pratt, who became, under the influence of polygamy, as coarsely selfish as any other "polyg," went so far in his abject slavery, as to join Prophet Brigham in his attempt to defraud the victim, his own wife and the mother of his children.
It was my earliest interview with Mrs. Yes, don't doubt it a moment, I have looked out for a bright point in Joseph's life and would have been very happy in finding it. I am naturally given to admiration of all that is good and noble in human nature. I have learnt, besides -- I am on the wrong side of forty -- that man is a curious composite of good and bad, and that a little good goes far in making up for a great amount of bad. Each of us has his "skeleton in the closet.
But the case of our prophet is different. There is nothing but skeletons. His house is full of them, and so is his city. Rattling becomes a public duty.
The proprietor of this vast anatomical museu, claims to be the founder of a new religion, the best religion of all, the restorer of truth and moral purity all over the wide world.
Don't you think I am justified in rattling? No, I could not find a bright point, an extenuating circumstance, in the whole life of the great impostor. It is lie and crime all through. Just think of the multitude of excellent people, virtuous, devout women and good men. Joe would have been the captain of a pirate-ship or a slave-dealer as soon as a prophet.
There is not even a beam of light in those days that are such happy ones for purer minds -- the days of wooing and early wedlock. He likes old Hale's daughter, but the first thing he does is to pervert the moral sense of the honest farmer's darling, and make her an accomplice of his fraud.
The proud, intelligent young wife becomes likewise an impostor; he crushes her conscience, and it appears a crushed one even on her death bed, when she declared that Joseph had never been in polygamy.
She had learned from him to lie to further her ends. But what he could not crush in her were the wife and mother. He tried hard to make an Eliza R. Snow of her, a harem-queen. He did not succeed. He had to cow before this firm wife and proud mother. In this she remained old Hale's child, even when threatened with destruction by that climax of silly impudence and impious balderdash, the "revelation on celestial marriage.
Though tainted with her husband's fraud, the prophet's wife shines out from Mormon History as a great, sympathetic figure. Emma was the bright, handsome, black-eyed daughter of a sturdy, honest, humbug-hating Pennsylvania farmer, Isaac Hale.
His character may be fairly judged by a letter which he wrote in about his son-in-law and the Gold Bible; the reader finds this remarkable document, among others, at the end of Part I, of this volume. When Emma fell in love with young Joe, he was a shiftless vagabond, swindling money-digger and fortune-teller.
He would have liked a steady-going, hardworking farmer, with or at least acres of good land, fine horses, cows, good house, barn and stables, a family Bible and good fences.
But Emma fell in love with the money-digger all the same. How do you explain it? Why, Emma was a country girl after all. Joe must have had a certain mysterious charm for her, with his secret "looking" powers, his wonderful stone and that old white hat filled with dark secrets. She didn't believe in it altogether, but still there was something out-of-the-way in it, it was more interesting than that absurd talk about cows and bulls, corn and barley, oxen and sheep.
Father wouldn't hear of her taking "that sliuching, shiftless fellow from New York State," so she ran away with him. A near relative of hers, a Mr. Hiel Lewis, says about that elopement and its effect in old Isaac's Hale's house: Emma was or had been the idol or favorite of the family, and they all still felt a strong attachment for her, and the permission to return and reconciliation was effected and accomplished by her and perhaps her sister, Mrs.
Wasson, who lived near Bainbridge, N. The permission for Smith to return all came from the other side, not from Mr. Isaac Hale or his familt in Harmony, Pa. But what could she do, even if the blood of honest old Hale did rebel in her veins against the continual negation of all honor and truth in her husband's life and actions? Was she not his wife, the mother of his children?
And then, "don't you forget it" there was a good deal of womanly satisfaction in this part, too. Joseph was a daring brigand, and woman has always admired and loved and will always admire and love a daring brigand. The letter is dated Amboy, Lee Co. All that other men have to toil for was showered upon him, fat living, landed property, money, jewelry, good houses, fine horses, titles, honors, the admiration and submission of thousands. Yes, he was a king, that blue-eyed, wandering "peeper" and money-digger of yore, the only king in America, forsooth!
A king and a pope in one! Was it not nice to ride out with him, the prophet and general, in a fine carriage, or dash with him on horseback over the prairie, or shine on a charger at the parade of the Nauvoo Legion? Was it not fine to be the focus of general admiration, to be the first lady of the kingdom, yea, the queen, to have everybody greet and bow to the "elect lady" of the church?
And Emma played her part well. Let our witnesses take the stand; "She was tall, dark, dignified and very ladylike," says one of them who knew her intimately; "she was rather above the average for talent and would have passed for a lady anywhere. Her education had not been a careful one; she had attended very indifferent schools, but she had any amount of good, sound sense, and knew how to use everything to the best advantage.
She loved Joseph very much, and felt most wretched over his oft-recurring trespasses see revelation of July 12, and others , but she was too proud to talk about her grief.
She gave me to understand that she would like to know whether Joseph had any relations with other women, and I saw how unhappy she felt through her well-founded jealousy; but she struggled hard to conceal the real state of her feelings, and never showed it to her children. She was capable of talking," says another contemporary of the "elect lady. But this last I prefer not to believe. Such things are never true.
She had been too much worried by Joseph's conduct with the sisters. It was not long after the martyrdom of her liege lord that the elect lady and Attorney Woods the last legal counselor of the Lord's anointed prophet laid their heads together to reveal the exact truth about the Mormon leaders and the Mormon humbug in general.
For some reason this most laudable design was never executed. Probably because Sister Emma saw that she could not possibly make such a crushing disclosure without seriously incriminating herself.
At any rate, I am positively informed that old lawyer Woods still holds in his possession the material then compiled for their joint exposure of Mormonism. The Times and Seasons, the church organ, denied at the time any such design existed, but denials of this kind have about the same value as those of my lamented friend Napoleon III, that is, they prove the exact contrary of what they assert.
I am now going to introduce a document of the very greatest importance, which will enable the reader to see Joseph, Emma and the Gold Bible humbug in a kind of family picture, not brillantly drawn, but full of the color of life. It is a letter from the brothers Hiel and Joseph Lewis, sons of the Rev. It is dated Amboy, Lee County, Ill. The original belongs to Mr. Cobb, the above-named pathfinder in early Mormon history. The document concerns what two gentlemen "saw and heard of the sayings and doings of the Prophet Joseph Smith while he was engaged in peeping for money and hidden treasures and translating his Gold Bible in our neighborhood, township of Harmony, Susquehannah County, Pa.
Hale, a distant relative of uncle Isaac Hale, came to Isaac Hale and said that he had been informed by a woman named Odle, who claimed to possess the power of seeing under ground, such persons were then called peepers , that there were great treasures concealed in the hill northeast from Isaac Hale's house, and by her directions Wm.
But being too lazy to work, and too poor to hire, he obtained a partner by the name of Oliver Harper, of York state, who had the means to hire help.
But after a short time operations were suspended for a time; during which Wm. She confesses in it, unwittingly, to all the money-digging part of the prophet, and this was one of the reasons that made Brigham put her gossipy little book on the Mormon Index liborum prohibitorum. He came for Joseph on account of having heard that he possessed certain keys by which he could discern things invisible to the natural eye.
The account given in the history of Susquehanna County, p. Their digging in several places was in compliance with 'Peeper' Smith's revelations, who would attend with his peep-stone in his hat, and his hat drawn over his face, and would tell them how deep they would have to go; and when they found no trace of the chest of money, he would peep again, and weep like a child, and tell them the enchantment had removed it on account of some sin or thoughtless word, and finally the enchantment became so strong that he could not see, and so the business was abandoned.
Smith could weep and shed tears at any time, if he chose to. Hale's daughter, and after the abandonment of the money-digging speculation, he consummated the elopement and marriage to the said Emma Hale, and she became his accomplice in his humbug Golden Bible and Mormon religion.
He said that by a D REAM he was informed that at such a place in a certain hill, in an iron box, were some gold plates with curious engravings, which he must get and translate, and write a book; that the plates were to be kept concealed from every human being for a certain time, some two or three years; that he went to the place and dug till he came to the stone that covered the box, when he was knocked down; that he again attempted to remove the stone, and was again knocked down.
This attempt was made the third time, and the third time he was knocked down. Then he exclaimed, 'Why can't I git it? Accordingly,Joseph and several others returned with him and commenced digging. After laboring for the old gentleman about a month, without success, Joseph prevailed upon him to cease his operations, and it was from this circumstance of having worked by the month, at digging for a silver mine, that the very prevalent story arose of Joseph's being a money-digger.
The heavenly visions and messages of angels, etc. While Smith, was in Harmony, he made the above statements, in our presence to Rev. It was here, also, that he joined the Methodist Episcopal Church. He presented himself in a very serious and humble manner, and the minister, not suspecting evil, put his name on the class-book, in the absence of some of the official members, among whom was the undersigned Joseph Lewis, who, when he learned what was done, took with him Joshua McKune and had a talk with Smith.
We told him plainly that such a character as he was a disgrace to the church; that he could not be a member of it unless he broke off his sins by repentance, made public confession, renounced his fraudulent and hypocritical practices, and gave some evidence that he intended to reform and conduct himself somewhat nearer like a Christian than he had done.
We gave him his choice, to go before the class, and publicly ask to have his name stricken from the class-book, or stand a disciplinary investigation; he chose the former, and immediately withdrew his name.
So his name as a member of the class was on the book only three days. It was the general opinion that his only object in joining the church was to bolster up his reputation and gain the sympathy and help of Christians; that is, putting on the cloak of religion to serve the Devil in. One can "catch on" nicely here: Spaniards having buried treasures, whether of gold or golden plates, the ghost of a Spaniard would naturally have to stand guard over them, whatever the state of his windpipe.
And this, too, after the Lord's both the Father and the Son telling him that all existing religions are false and corrupt and on no account to join any of them, he being the favored instrument elected by Them in founding the true one!!
I think the great jury, called public opinion, Mormons included, might give their verdict in the impostor's case without leaving their seats. Our letter goes on: One of the neighbors, whom Smith was owing, had a piece of corn on a rather wet and backward piece of ground, and as Smith was owing him, he wanted Smith to help hoe the corn.
Smith came on, but to get clear of the work and the debt, said: But the corn was a failure in growth and killed by the frost. This sample of the prophetic power was related to us by those present, and no one questioned its truth.
It permits us to "peep" into the peeper's household. We see how he tries to overcome the desperate resistance of the strong wife against -- let me use the exactly significant term -- religious whoredom. What scenes must there have been enacted in that prophetic household! He begs and flatters, thunders and threatens -- all in vain. I, Everett E, Chase, a Justice of the Peace in and for the County of Lee, State aforesaid, do hereby certify that the above named Joseph Lewis and Hiel Lewis, personally known to me to be respectable, truthful and honorable men, came before me and in my presence signed the above statement, and each of them before me made affidavit to such and all of the allegations therein set forth according to their best memory.
He tells Emma, it is "all spiritual, my dear. It means marriage for the other world, and it is necessary that you should dispel, through a fearless act of yours, the ugly rumors spread everywhere. I may have sinned now and then, dearest, but from now on -- you will see -- everything will be strictly spiritual. The Partridge girls are to be sealed to her husband in her presence.
It was in May or June, , before the revelation was dictated to the "pard. His name was George J. Adams, and he was a strolling player and great libertine besides.
He performed the sealing ceremony and all went well for two or three hours. Emma found out what the word "spiritual" really meant with that chaste husband of hers. She demanded imperiously the immediate annulment of the ceremony. Joseph hesitated, but the blood of old Isaac Hale was up in the veins of the prophet's wife. During the 12 weeks of treatment, each local skin reaction peaked at Week 2 and gradually reduced thereafter. Veltin Gel should not be used in combination with erythromycin-containing products due to possible antagonism to the clindamycin component.
In vitrostudies have shown antagonism between these 2 antimicrobials. The clinical significance of this in vitroantagonism is not known. Clindamycin has been shown to have neuromuscular blocking properties that may enhance the action of other neuromuscular blocking agents.
Therefore, Veltin Gel should be used with caution in patients receiving such agents. There are no well-controlled studies in pregnant women treated with Veltin Gel. Veltin Gel should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. A limit teratology study performed in Sprague Dawley rats treated topically with Veltin Gel or 0. Although no systemic levels of tretinoin were detected, craniofacial and heart abnormalities were described in drug-treated groups.
For purposes of comparison of the animal exposure to human exposure, the recommended clinical dose is defined as 1 g of Veltin Gel applied daily to a kg person. With widespread use of any drug, a small number of birth defect reports associated temporally with the administration of the drug would be expected by chance alone.
Thirty cases of temporally associated congenital malformations have been reported during 2 decades of clinical use of another formulation of topical tretinoin. Although no definite pattern of teratogenicity and no causal association have been established from these cases, 5 of the reports describe the rare birth defect category, holoprosencephaly defects associated with incomplete midline development of the forebrain.
The significance of these spontaneous reports in terms of risk to fetus is not known. It is not known whether clindamycin is excreted in human milk following use of Veltin Gel. However, orally and parenterally administered clindamycin has been reported to appear in breast milk. Because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants, a decision should be made whether to discontinue nursing or to discontinue the drug, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother.
It is not known whether tretinoin is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when Veltin Gel is administered to a nursing woman. Safety and effectiveness of Veltin Gel in pediatric patients younger than 12 years have not been established. Clinical trials of Veltin Gel included 2, subjects aged 12 through 17 years with acne vulgaris. Clinical trials of Veltin Gel did not include sufficient numbers of subjects aged 65 and older to determine whether they respond differently from younger subjects.
Clindamycin phosphate is a water soluble ester of the semi-synthetic antibiotic produced by a 7 S -chloro-substitution of the 7 R -hydroxyl group of the parent antibiotic lincomycin. The structural formula for clindamycin phosphate is represented below:. The chemical name for tretinoin is all- trans 3,7-dimethyl 2,6,6-trimethylcyclohexenyl -2,4,6,8-nonatetraenoic acid. It is a member of the retinoid family of compounds. Veltin Gel contains the following inactive ingredients: In an open-label trial of 17 subjects with moderate-to-severe acne vulgaris, topical administration of approximately 3 grams of Veltin Gel once daily for 5 days, clindamycin concentrations were quantifiable in all 17 subjects starting from 1 hour post-dose.
There was no appreciable increase in systemic exposure to tretinoin, as compared with the baseline value. The average tretinoin concentration across all sampling times on Day 5 ranged from 1. Long-term animal studies have not been performed to evaluate the carcinogenic potential of Veltin Gel or the effect of Veltin Gel on fertility. Veltin Gel was negative for mutagenic potential when evaluated in an in vitroAmes Salmonella reversion assay. Veltin Gel was equivocal for clastogenic potential in the absence of metabolic activation when tested in an in vitrochromosomal aberration assay.
Topical application of tretinoin prior to each application of promoting agent resulted in a reduction in the number of papillomas per mouse. However, papillomas resistant to topical tretinoin suppression were at higher risk for pre-malignant progression.
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