President Woodruff's Manifesto. Proceedings at the Semi-Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Monday Forenoon, October 6, 1890

Woodruff, Wilford

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Place Published: [Salt Lake City, UT]
Publisher: [The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints]
Date Published: [1890]
Book Id: 46905


10pp. Octavo [20.5 cm] Original tan printed front wrapper. Rear blank wrapper in facsimile. Very good. Ex-library with few marks (blind stamp to front panel and final leaf - ink number on front panel and rear leaf). Handwritten in ink at the bottom of page 10: "Correct Copy, John Nicholson Clerk of Conference." Internally very good.


This is the Manifesto issued by President Woodruff "officially" banning the practice of polygamy. It wasn't until several years later that the practice actually ceased. This major work was Woodruff's response to more than three decades of pressure from the United States government on the Mormon Church that began officially with the passage of the Morrill Anti-Bigamy Act, and the ensuing laws and court cases (Poland Act, Reynolds vs. U.S., the Edmunds-Tucker act, etc.), that led to the "Polygamy Raids" by the federal government. Woodruff saw this work as a last resort measure that would ease some of the tensions with the Mormon people and the government, and would also help to gain Utah statehood."Press dispatches having been sent for political purposes, from Salt Lake City, which have been widely published, to the effect that the Utah Commission, in their recent report to the Secretary of the Interior, allege that plural marriages are still being solemnized and that forty or more such marriages have been contracted in Utah since last June or during the past year; also that in public discourses the leaders of the Church have taught, encouraged and urged the continuance of the practice of polygamy. I, therefore, as President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, do hereby, in the most solemn manner, declare that these charges are false. We are not teaching polygamy, or plural marriage, nor permitting any person to enter into its practice, and I deny that either forty or any other number of plural marriages have during that period been solemnized in our temples or in any place in the territory." - Wilford Woodruff. Flake/Draper 9998.