By Helen Mar Whitney, Charles M. Hatch, Todd M. Compton
Quantity 6, existence Writings of Frontier girls sequence, ed. Maureen Ursenbach Beecher Mormon tradition has produced in the course of its heritage an strange variety of traditionally worthwhile own writings. Few such diaries, journals, and memoirs released have supplied as wealthy and good rounded a window into their authors' lives and worlds because the diary of Helen Mar Kimball Whitney. since it offers a unprecedented account of the commonly skilled occasions and difficulties confronted through widows, her checklist has relevance some distance past Mormon background even though. As Helen Kimball were a polygamous spouse of Mormon founder Joseph Smith. She for this reason married Horace Whitney. Her kids incorporated the famous Mormon writer, non secular authority, and flesh presser Orson F. Whitney. She herself was once a number one girl in her church and society and a author recognized specially for her safety of plural marriage. Upon Horace's loss of life, she begun conserving a diary. In it, she recorded her financial, actual, and mental struggles to fulfill the demanding situations of widowhood. Her writing was once introspective and revelatory. She additionally commented at the altering society round her, as Salt Lake urban within the final a long time of the 19th century underwent quick transformation, modernizing and commencing up from its pioneer beginnings. She remained a well-connected member of an elite workforce of major Latter-day Saint ladies, and in demand Utah and Mormon old figures seem often in her day-by-day entries. mainly, notwithstanding, her diary is an strange list of problems confronted in lots of occasions and areas by way of girls, of all periods, whose husbands died and left them with no enough capability to hold at the sorts of lives to which they'd been accustomed.
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Used by permission, Utah State Historical Society, all rights reserved. 36 A Widow’s Tale Mormonism: persecutions in Missouri, scenes with Joseph Smith, the sufferings and revelations of Winter Quarters. One of the earliest book-length autobiographies of a devout Mormon woman published in Utah, these memoirs helped deﬁne the early years of the Woman’s Exponent. The extent of the series’ inﬂuence is shown by entries in Helen’s diaries in which men, who were not the Woman’s Exponent target audience, compliment it (for example, May 5, 1888).
Once she called them “strokes” (April 13, 1893). ” That day, she visited the Woman’s Exponent ofﬁce, and while there, “I had an awful bad spell, they were frightened. Em [Wells] held camphire to my nose. As soon as I could I told her, I never used any thing. She was frightened, she said I looked so white. ” On the following day, she had two “faint” spells, but on the 29th, the spells returned in full strength. “Feel sad & sick from the same,” she wrote. 50 There is at least one example, July 1, 1890, of Helen waking up with a deathly spell after dreaming of Horace.
On October 20, 1886, Helen dreamed of seeing Brigham Young and John Taylor with a multitude in a house. ’” Another night, Helen envisioned a literal “underground railroad” for polygamists: “Last night dreamed of moving with a company—by an underground passage—deep down. ”58 The fear of betrayal is clearly a nightmarish reﬂection of the paranoia Mormons actually felt. In another vivid dream, enemies surround Helen’s house, ﬁring at it, and Helen’s “liberal” sister-in-law, Mary Kimball, tries to get Helen to desert her home and religion (December 27, 1884).
A Widow's Tale: The 1884-1896 Diary of Helen Mar Kimball Whitney (Life Writings of Frontier Women, Vol. 6) (Life Writings Frontier Women) by Helen Mar Whitney, Charles M. Hatch, Todd M. Compton