Alas! Poor Brigham!
Brigham Young is reported to have expressed himself as follows in one of his recent "sermons in Salt Lake City:
I wish my women to understand that what I am going to say is for them as well as others, and I want those who are here to tell their sisters, yes, all the women in the community. I am going to give you from this time to the 6th of October next for reflection, that you may determine whether you wish to stay with your husbands or not, and then I am going to set every woman at liberty, and say to them "now, go your way." And my wives have got to do one of two things, either round their shoulders to endure the afflictions of this world, and live their religion-that is, polygamy-or they must leave; for I will not have them about me. I will go into heaven alone rather than to have scratching and fighting ab ut me. I will set all at liberty. What, first wife, too? Yes, liberate you all. I want to go somewhere or do something to get rid of the whiners. I do not want them to receive part of the truth and spurn the rest out of doors. Let every man thus treat his wives; keeping raiment enough to cover his body, and say to your wives, take all that I have and be set at liberty; but if you stay with me, you shall comply with the law of God in every respect, and that without any murmuring or whining. You must fulfil the law of God in every respect, and round up your shoulders to walk up to the mark without any grunting.
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