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“There is no despotic monarchy in the world where the word of the sovereign is so absolute as in Utah. And never, in the whole history of Mormonism, has the despotic rule been so arbitrary as it was during the period of, and for a short time after, the Reformation [Brigham Young’s reign].”

Ann Eliza Young/wife of Brigham Young, Wife No. 19 (Chicago, IL: Dustin, Gilman & Co., 1876), 308.