By Helen Mar Whitney, Charles M. Hatch, Todd M. Compton
Quantity 6, lifestyles Writings of Frontier girls sequence, ed. Maureen Ursenbach Beecher Mormon tradition has produced in the course of its heritage an strange variety of traditionally worthy 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 events and difficulties confronted through widows, her checklist has relevance a ways past Mormon heritage although. As Helen Kimball were a polygamous spouse of Mormon founder Joseph Smith. She thus married Horace Whitney. Her young children integrated the famous Mormon writer, spiritual authority, and flesh presser Orson F. Whitney. She herself used to be a number one girl in her church and society and a author recognized in particular for her safety of plural marriage. Upon Horace's dying, she begun retaining a diary. In it, she recorded her monetary, actual, and mental struggles to fulfill the demanding situations of widowhood. Her writing used to be 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 fast transformation, modernizing and starting up from its pioneer beginnings. She remained a well-connected member of an elite workforce of top Latter-day Saint ladies, and trendy Utah and Mormon ancient figures look usually in her day-by-day entries. peculiarly, notwithstanding, her diary is an strange list of problems confronted in lots of instances and areas by means of girls, of all periods, whose husbands died and left them with out enough capacity to hold at the kinds of lives to which that they had been accustomed.
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She had an active dream life, in which she faced the anxieties of her life in sometimes terrifying ways. On the other hand, a clinical psychologist felt the best avenue to explore for a diagnosis would be physical causation: a circulatory problem (in which case, Helen’s death, after a stroke, might be supporting evidence); diabetes; a mild case of epilepsy, with seizures; a muscular disorder (note the description of them as spasms); angina, constriction of blood vessels (Helen makes frequent references to palpitation of the heart).
Scholars have debated which goal was primary, but they were connected. Antipolygamy legislation and judicial prosecution were primary political tools of non-Mormons. Helen, who had played a role in the early stages of Mormon plural marriage, now was witnessing the painful, dramatic death struggles of “the principle” in Utah. Her diary paints a lively picture of arrests for polygamy after the Edmunds law passed in 1882. The ﬁrst conviction under Edmunds was that of Rudger Clawson in November 1884, and thereafter some 880 men served time for polygamy.
32. Mary Ann Shefﬂin (Kimball Walton), 1815–1869 (Feb. 4, 1846, time only); 1 child. Separated from HCK in 1850. 33. Abigail Buchanan, 1802–? (Feb. 7, 1846). 34. Elizabeth Hereford, 1789–? (Feb. 7, 1846). Separated from HCK in 1852. 35. Sarah Schuler (Buckwalter), 1801–1879 (Feb. 7, 1846). 36. Rebecca Swain (Williams), 1798–1861 (Feb. 7, 1846). 37. Ruth Wellington, 1809–? (Feb. 7, 1846, or Jul. 23, 1844). 38. Margaret McMinn, 1829–? (Feb. 1846). 39. ), 1807–? (May 21, 1848). 40. Dorothy Moon, 1804–1870 (Mar.
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