140 years ago today - Mar 19, 1881

It is recorded in the American Cyclopaedia and the Encyclopaedia Britannica, that I, David Whitmer, have denied my testimony as one of the three witnesses to the divinity of the Book of Mormon; ... I have never at any time, denied that testimony or any part thereof, which has so long since been published with that book as one of the three witnesses... . And that no one may be deceived or misled by this Statement, I wish here to state that I do not indorse Polygamy or Spiritual wifeism. It is a great Evil, Shocking to the moral Sense; and the more so because practiced in the name of religion. ...

[David Whitmer, Proclamation, 19 March 1881, LDS Church Archives, Salt Lake City, Utah. Published in "A Proclamation," Richmond (Missouri) Conservator, 24 March 1881; reprinted in the Hamiltonian (Hamilton, Missouri), 8 April 1881; Saints' Herald 28 (1 June 1881): 168; and David Whitmer, Address to All Believers in Christ (Richmond, Missouri: D. Whitmer, 1887), 8-10; also published as a leaflet, "A Proclamation" (n.p., n.d.)., as cited in Dan Vogel, Early Mormon Documents: David Whitmer Proclamation]

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