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“A family (whose name I wish to withhold) came into the county over 60 years ago and settled a few miles from the sacred city, and gave tithes with a liberal hand towards erecting the temple and were counted good Saints; always went to religious services, and fully believed in the seer, Joseph. The prophet of the Lord wanted one of the daughters of the family to wife (he then had his wife Emma and several children). So he took into his confidence one of the faithful and proceeded to the family domicile and no one being present except the mother and daughter—then a prepossessing lass of 17 and very beautiful—he made known his errand and called on God as witness to manifest his revelation. The mother, in scathing terms denounced the prophet and his elder; and, on being remonstrated with for her folly in resisting the revelations of the Lord. She sailed in on the Lord’s prophet, smashing his plug hat and breaking a broomstick (the only weapon at hand) over his head, and he, with the elder, got out. The church lost two members; but the family had their farm wrecked—even the rail fencing was hauled off by the prophet’s orders to Nauvoo.”

Foster Walker, Dallas City Review, “The Mormons in Hancock County” (Dallas, TX: 29 May 1902), 2.