Reprimand by President Brigham Young to author and president the Women's Exponent -- Eliza R. Snow and editor Louisa L. Greene Richards. (Eliza R. Snow accepted the reprimand).
EDITOR, WOMAN'S EXPONENT:
SALT LAKE CITY, 8th Sept., 1875. EDITOR WOMAN'S EXPONENT:
In your issue of Sept. first, I notice an article written by Miss E. R. Snow, entitled "Mortal and Immortal Elements of the Human Body," republished from No. 13, Vol. 2, of your Journal. The cause assigned for its reproduction in your paper is, that "Saints and strangers were so interested" in its statements, and it had been so often called for that republication was decided upon.
I sincerely regret that this demand should have arisen. I had hoped that after its first publication it would have slept and never been awakened; but the fact of its having been so repeatedly called for, places me under obligations to correct the minds of the Latter-day Saints in relation to the doctrine contained therein.
On some future occasion when I have time I may possibly take up the article in detail, but at present shall simply say, as the prophet Joseph Smith once told an Elder who asked his opinion of a so-called revelation he had written,-"It has just one fault and that one fault is, it is not true." BRIGHAM YOUNG, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
[1875-September 8-Woman's Exponent, Sept. 15, 1875, quoted in Clark, James R., Messages of the First Presidency (6 volumes)]