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“[I]n October 1843, six months after [William] Clayton’s plural marriage to Margaret Moon, Margaret became pregnant. On the road to the western Illinois town of Macedonia, after consulting Emma, Joseph offered their collective advice to resolve Clayton’s predicament: ‘Just keep her at home and brook it [lay low] and if they raise trouble about it and bring you before me I will give you an awful scourging and probably cut you off from the church and then I will baptise you and set you ahead as good as ever.’”

George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle: The Journals of William Clayton (Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books, 1991), 284/Kindle location.