Sunday, January 28, 2007

Meg's Book - Chapter XXV - Proxies

Trivia - I first realized the Nauvoo procedure for proxies while reading Compton's "Sacred Loneliness," although he never explicitly explains the procedure. I had previously wondered what the story was behind Mary Leamon Bell marrying Hezekiah Peck on 4 Feb 1846 (figuring there was a good story because I wanted there to be a good story). Based on the information from Compton, I formed a hypothesis which proved true when I was able to view the film of the original records in Salt Lake City.


daughterofheaven said...

I don't know that this particular interview happened, but the business of apostles taking personal responsibility for the wives of Joseph Smith is fact. Of the 26 women Compton believes were ceremonially linked to Joseph prior to his death (Sacred Loneliness) who were later sealed to Joseph in the temple, either Brigham Young or Heber C. Kimball served as Joseph's proxy for 14 (over half). I'd need to do a bit more reading to confirm, but I think Jonathan is the only one who was a regular guy. The others were important folks doing it for duty - and the women's lives were predictably, well, lonely as a result. At least on the marital front.

jl said...

top of p 4
Elvira closed her eyes and leaned back in the chair. She could see the scene now is if it were playing out in front of her. Emma despised Brigham. Surely she knew he was a Elvira closed her eyes and leaned back in the chair. She could see the scene now is [as] if it were playing out in front of her.

2nd to last paragraph

"And not your Jonathan. He needs to get you, Sarah, and this wee bairn [??] out and away." Is bairn correct?

Wow, what news. And after she had Jonathan's baby?!?! What a blessing for Elvira to have Jonathan. The other women, so lonely and seemingly stuck. I am already looking forward to the next chapter.

daughterofheaven said...

I don't know when Elvira would have been approached - it could have been soon after Joseph's death before she became pregnant. At any rate, she stood by Jonathan.

Pat said...

bairn is a typical Scottish word for baby. Well done except for some roughness in the first paragraph. The opening sentence seems disjointed from the rest. I think it might be better to have it second or third. You have brought forth some interesting details in the process of telling the story. It is far easier to see why Emma stayed in Nauvoo instead of going west with the main body of the church. There were also financial inducements in the form of property such as the Mansion House and the Nauvoo House. In any event, as the others left the area the mob no longer had much interest in widow Smith. She lived on in Nauvoo with her children, eventually marrying another man, but from the photos of her face in those later years, as well as the reports of visitors, Emma was never again very happy.
As I reviewed the roster of my pioneer ancestors I find that Jonathan Harriman Holmes was a man worth consideration. Joseph and Emma called him friend and trusted him with the most intimate duties. He was impressive enough that he was able to retain Elvira as his 'wife for life'. Contrasting his relatively obscure life after he arrived in Utah with that of John Taylor and Joseph Leland Heywood, both of whom were somewhat more prominent, leaves me with no doubt that Elvira was blessed with a good husband.

lh said...

Ok, you have Heber and Briggy pegged! Heber was such a sweetie and such a
bad speller if you have read any of his stuff....And his first wife, the
sweetest thing that side of the Mississippi LOL Bro Brigham was
definately the Man to lead the crowd to SLC. Not one to make too many
exceptions. I don't think I would have married him....I am too strongwilled
a gal....I would have given him grief. LOL

Meg, you have a cute little book here. Are you going on the trek with it?

ktb said...

Another excellent chapter with good depth of character! My comment from Chapter XXIV regarding the single paragraph mentioning growing violence in the surrounding are pertains here. I do not think the reader has been prepared sufficiently yet for the statement by Brigham that the city's evacuation is about to begin.

There is an excellent URL with many autobiographies from this period. It would seem that all was not very serene after Joseph and Hyram were murdered. If you have time take a look at , and the hypertext I pulled up was Sarah Leavitt (1798-1878) Autobiography covering the period 1798-1847. If any of that might be weaved in, the bridge between mob violence and evacuation might be clearer.

daughterofheaven said...

Oh my goodness. (How did you ever stumble across this particular story...) What a great story. And unbeknownst to you, there are a number of elements of her story that will play (faith healing by women, taking in orphans).

I definitely need to go back and insert more detail about John C. Bennett and Thomas Sharp, which will help flesh out the tension in the earlier part of the book.

The tiny bit I have mentioned about mob violence on the outskirts of Nauvoo prior to the temple being completed is from a church history text and from the story of another ancestor who was much like Sarah Leavitt, I expect. But she died, probably as a result of being poisoned by her neighbors, preceeded in death by her son, husband, and infant daughter. Her only recorded words were to her children, when she said, "Children, stay with the Church." Only one of her four surviving children made it to Utah.

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