170 years ago today - Nov 4, 1852. Thursday.

[William Clayton]

The doctrine of Baneemyism appear to have a many advocates here. The system has Charles B. Thompson as its leader. They are bitterly opposed to President Young and call him the beast. They say Joseph lived and died a Prophet of God, and that all the Revelations which came through him to the day of his martyrdom are true, and binding upon this generation. They preach much against the plurality doctrine, and teach that it is got up by the Twelve to gratify their lusts. How will they get along with the Revelation of July 12, 1843[?] I saw [Libeus] T. Coons, Joseph W. Coolidge, Luke Johnson, Dustin Amy and others of the old Saints, but could find none who were willing to offer the least assistance for our mission. There is a great difference between the Spirit of the Saints here, and those at Salt Lake City.

[George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1995, http://bit.ly/WilliamClayton]

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