170 years ago today - Aug 20, 1843

William Clayton records aspects of the polygamous dating scene in Nauvoo: "M[argaret] came up stairs to me -P.M. I went to Sister Booths and had some conversation about S[ara]h A[nn] at Sister B's request. I have evidence that S[arah] A[nn] is true to me and desire to receive her. I also had talk with M[ary] Aspen who is in trouble. P[arley] P. P[ratt] has through his wife made proposals to her but she is dissatisfied. Sister P[ratt] is obstinate. When P[arley] went away Sister P. cautioned A. against me and said the Twelve would have more glory than me &c. I tried to comfort her and told her what her privilege was."

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  1. [Source: George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1995, p.118]

    'A' may be Alice Hardman, who became Clayton's plural wife on Sep.13, 1844. Who 'B' may have been is uncertain.

    This date was a SUNDAY.

  2. Oops. Sister 'B' was obviously Sister Booth.

  3. From the context and WC's method of abbreviation (1st letter of last name), 'A' could also have been and probably was Mary Aspen.


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