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Exposé of polygamy in Utah : a lady's life among the Mormons : a record of personal experience as one of the wives of a Mormon Elder, during a period of more than twenty years

Author: T B H Stenhouse, Mrs.; H L Stephens
Publisher: New York : American News Co., 1872.
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Stenhouse, T.B.H., Mrs., b. 1829.
Exposé of polygaymy in Utah.
New York : American News Co., 1872
(OCoLC)656707806
Named Person: T B H Stenhouse, Mrs.; T B H Stenhouse, Mrs.
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: T B H Stenhouse, Mrs.; H L Stephens
OCLC Number: 21602540
Description: 221 pages, [19] leaves of plates : illustrations ; 20 cm
Contents: I. Early life and experience of the authoress --
II. Seeking after truth --
First acquaintance with Mormonism --
Favourable impressions --
I become the wife of a Mormon elder --
III. My husband leaves for Italy --
Experience as the wife of a missionary --
Privations and struggles with poverty in England --
Suspicions of polygamy --
"privilege" of "washing the elders' feet" --
Cheering words in time of trouble --
IV. Our mission to Switzerland --
Introducing Mormonism --
Terrible trials of faith --
Geneva --
Days without food --
The new convert --
"The labourer worthy of his hire" --
Timely aid --
V. The "revelation" on polygamy --
How I received it --
Left without hope --
The doctrine of "plural marriage" first taught --
"Beauties" of the system --
My first convert to polygamy --
A scene --
Trials --
How work progressed --
Disaster to Swiss emigration. VI. We return to England --
How polygamy was taught there --
The girls happy --
The wives miserable --
General effects of the doctrine --
A runaway wife --
How she acted in haste and repented at leisure --
A mother leaves her babes --
A lady is "counselled" to emigrate without her husband --
Follies of certain elders --
Polygamic "poetry" --
VII. Mormon life in London --
"Counselled" to go to Salt Lake Valley --
Sickness and annoyances --
Doubts and fears --
Faith wavering --
Loneliness in the great city --
The "dear American brethren" --
Preparations for leaving England --
VIII. We emigrate to America --
New York --
The Mormon --
An "apostle," two "high priests," and a "seventy," and what they did --
Polygamy in New York --
The elders from Utah choose other wives --
Plans disarranged --
We set out for "Zion" --
Three months on the Plains --
First glimpse of "the city of the saints" --
IX. Life in Salt Lake City --
Polygamy in practice --
The first wife to be "destroyed" unless she consents --
Deceptive teaching about taking a second wife --
The Mormon plan --
"Labouring" with refractory wives --
Elderly ladies assisting in courtship --
A first wife's trials --
Anomalies of polygamic life. X. Shocking effects of polygamy --
Marrying a half-sister --
A mother and daughter married to one man --
Marrying three sisters on one day! --
"Covenants of marriage" --
Influence of elders --
A deluded "sister" and her persecutor --
Mistaken ideas of duty --
Another "sister" betrayed --
Men unhappy in polygamy --
XI. Illustrations of practical polygamy --
A "sister" in deep affliction --
A husband's cruelty --
A sad end --
Various and fearful results of polygamy --
Broken hearts and lunacy --
Men "sparking" in the ball-room --
Women sitting like wallflowers! --
Painful memories --
Introduced to five wives at once --
"Are these all you have got?" --
Matrimonial felicities --
XII. Going to the "endowment house" --
Wives cruel to other wives --
The story of a young second wife --
How she came to marry --
How she was treated --
Neglect of the husband --
Cruelty of the first wife --
Goes to the "bishop" --
How young girls in polygamy value to attentions of their husbands --
The ways of Mormon men --
XIII. Fears realized --
Meeting an old friend from Switzerland --
The vicissitudes of himself and family --
How he was "counselled" to take another wife --
Brigham sends for me --
My young charge --
"Not feeling well" --
My husband seeking a second wife --
A "painful" task! --
Striving to submit --
My attempts at friendship with his fiancee --
My heart not quite subdued. XIV. The sacrifice of my life --
I give another wife to my husband --
The scene in the "endowment house" --
My day of trial --
It was all over now --
Bitter miseries of polygamy --
Rebellious thoughts --
Retrospect of that time --
The first wife not alone unhappy --
Watchful eyes --
A ludicrous picture --
Want of sympathy --
Seeking another "jewel" for his "crown" --
ENlarging the "kingdom" --
"Stolen waters" --
Love-letters read in secret --
Reading the "revelation" a second time --
XV. Trouble with the church --
Implicit obedience demanded --
Confidence in the church authorities declining --
Clinging to faith --
Attempting to suppress doubts --
How inquiry was suggested --
Brigham angry --
"A prophet might be mistaken" --
Day dawning at last --
"Obeying counsel," and what it cost --
An article on "progress" --
A scene --
We withdraw from the church --
A brutal and scandalous outrage upon my husband and myself --
Strange police! --
Without redress --
Popular anger --
Private sympathy --
XVI. Recent conclusions on polygamy --
Faith in the doctrine declining --
How women in Utah feel --
False notions and statements --
Sophistries about want of faith --
Opinions of the young girls --
Better chances now --
Changes operating in Utah --
Brigham becomes fashionable --
He abandons his own teachings --
How a man with two wives cleverly escaped from Utah and polygamy --
Difficulties of husbands when they leave the Mormon faith --
Effects of the law of 1862 --
Domestic sympathies --
Evil effects of example upon boys. XVII. An interesting courtship --
Brigham Young seeks another wife --
Martha Brotherton tells her story of the wooing --
Abstract of her history --
Difficulties in creating faith in polygamy --
"Tricks that are vain" --
"Are you ready to take counsel?" --
Joseph Smith's little room --
"Positively no admittance" --
Joseph comes in --
He assists Brigham's courtship --
The prophet a "proxy" lover --
"A few questions" --
"Lawful and right" --
"The best man in the world but me" --
"I will have a kiss anyhow" --
"Don't you believe in me?" --
"If you accept Brigham, you shall be blessed" --
"If he turns you off, I will take you on" --
"Not exactly, sir" --
XVIII. Marriage --
The age for marrying --
Seventy and seventeen --
Women privileged to choose their own husbands --
Some women make a choice --
Joseph's widows --
"Serving for seven years" --
Celestial marriages --
Baptism and marriage for the dead --
Saving one's ancestors ad infinitum --
Marrying for "time and for eternity" --
The register at Salt Lake, from which the world shall be judged --
Difficulties of "proxy" marriages --
"Proxies" for the Empress Josephine and Napoleon I --
"The next best thing" --
Joseph's unproductive polygamy --
Divorce --
Women's solitary privilege --
Divorce for ten dollars! --
Re-marrying --
Shocking instance of self-fulfilling a "revelation" --
Perverted heroism --
"Affinity" --
Brother Hyde's argument --
The woman with seven husbands --
Statistical facts --
XIX. Domestic life in polygamy --
Management of families --
Separate homes --
Half-a-dozen wives under one roof --
Internal arrangements --
The "odd day" for the first wife --
"Generosity" --
How six wives are visited --
The misery of poor polygamists --
The greater misery in a wealthy house --
"The kingdom" --
The tale of the doors and windows --
Fruitless good intentions --
Illustrative instances of the effects of polygamy and monogamy --
An economical wife and her object --
Lost for want of a little good cooking --
Wives in various paces --
Utilizing the services of wives --
A husband's difficulties --
Brigham Young --
His "homes" --
Mrs. Young: Nineteen of her! --
Wives, and "proxy" wives --
The Bee-Hive House --
The Lion House --
Six other houses --
Domestic relations --
Brigham's favourite --
The prophet in the ball-room --
His proscenium box at the theatre --
Delusion of Utah women --
Can this be from God? XX. Gentiles in Utah --
Mormon women not allowed to mingle with them --
Restrictions and prejudices --
Women and men kept apart in the Tabernacle and in the theatre --
Keeps a Gentile boarding-house --
Times changed --
Mormon girls marrying Gentile husbands --
Why they prefer the Gentiles --
Reasons of jealousy --
The looks of the Mormon women --
False notions --
The railway working changes --
An appeal to Congress --
The wisest course to be adopted --
To the women of Utah --
Appendix: The "revelation" of Joseph Smith on polygamy.
Other Titles: Lady's life among the Mormons
Responsibility: by Mrs. T.B.H. Stenhouse ; illustrated by H.L. Stephens.

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