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William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 1, Chapter 20: White Indians. (search)
utmost power of Brigham Young. Are plural families increasing in your Church? I ask Apostle Taylor, as we wander in and out among the Temple shafts and passages, noting how slow and solid is the lder no longer, is living with a single wife. Why should not plural families increase? asks Taylor, in a tone which begs the whole question of fact and theory, this increase is the will of heave law as it is given to us, and to enjoy the blessings offered by God to his obedient Saints. Taylor is no doubt right. The system of White polygamy, which droops and fades in presence of the Gentsence of the Snakes and Utes — a fact of facts: the full significance of which is hardly seen by Taylor and his brother Saints. No sooner was the railway built, the valley opened, and the stranger The same conclusion has been forced on many others. Do you wish me to infer, I ask Apostle Taylor, that the rich and educated Mormons are giving up polygamy, and that the poor and ignorant breth
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 1, Chapter 21: polygamy. (search)
other places, the Red aberrations of White people are in process of correction. White polygamy is perishing in Utah, like Red polygamy, of which it is a bastard offspring, not by force or violence, but by the operation of natural laws. It dies of contact with the higher fashions of domestic life. I gather, not from what you tell me only, but from every word I hear, and every man I see, that there is change of practice, if not change of doctrine, I remark to President Wells and Apostle Taylor. That is your impression? asks the Apostle. Yes, my strong impression; I might say my strong conviction. Pardon me for saying that the point is very serious. If you mean to dwell in the United States, you must abate the practice, even if you retain the principle, of plural wives. Nature, Law, and Accident are all against your theories of domestic life. Nature puts the male and female on the earth in pairs; and thereby sets her face against your theories. The Law of every Chri