PROCLAMATION BY PRESIDENT
Through the Department of State--Amnesty to Monogamie Mormons.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27.—Through the department of state to-day President Cleveland made a proclamation of am-nesty and pardon to all persons who have been convicted of polygamy under the teachings of the Mormon church. It is as follows:
By the President of the United States of Amer-ica, a Proclamation:
Whereas, congress, by a statute ap-proved March 22, 1882, and by statutes in furtherance and amendment hereof, defined the crimes of bigamy, polygamy and unlawful cohabitation in the terri-tories and other places within the ex-clusive jurisdiction of the United States, and prescribed a penalty for such crimes; and
Whereas, on or about the sixth day of October, 1890, the church of the Latter Day Saints, commonly known as the Mormon church, through its president, issued a manifesto proclaiming the pur-pose of said church no longer to sanction the practice of polygamous marriages and calling upon all members and ad-herents of said church to obey the laws of the United States in reference to said subject matter; and
Whereas, on the fourth day of Janu-aro, 1893, Benjamin Harrison, then president of the United States, did de-clare and grant a full pardon and am-nesty to certain offenders under con-dition of future obedience to their re-quirements as is fully set forth in said proclamation of amnesty and pardon; and
Whereas, upon the evidence now fur-nished me I am satisfied that the mem-bers and adherents of said church gen-erally abstain from plural marriages and polygamous cohabitation and are now living in obediencc to the laws, and that the time has now arrived when the interests of public justice and morality Will be promoted by the granting of am-nesty and pardon to all such offenders as have complied with the conditions of said proclamation, including snch of-fenders as have been convicted under the provisions of said acts;
Now, therefore, I, Grover Cleveland, president of the United States, by virtue of powers in me vested, do here-by declare and grant a full amnesty and pardon to all persons who have, in violation of said acts committed each of the offenses of polygamy, bigamy, adultery or unlawful cohabitation under color of polygamous or plural mar-riage, or who, having been convicted of violations of said acts, are now suffering deprivation of civil rights, having the same, excepting all persons who have not complied with the conditions noted in said executive proclamation of January the fourth, 1893.
Done at the city of Washington this 25th day of September, in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and ninety-four, and of the independence of the United States the one hundred and nineteenth.
By the president.
W. Q. GRESHAM, secretary of state.
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