Before the Manifesto: The Life Writings of Mary Lois Walker Morris

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1879
"Had a Host of Callers"

First Day Book
Of Mary Lois Morris
Jan. 1st 1879.
to Nov 21st-27th 79

January 1879

1st Spent the day at home qiuetly. Cousin Wm. C. Morris called in the morning had a pleasnt chat. Albert Unger in the afternoon. the children went to a party held in the Court School house. In the evening Addie accompanied Mr. David "Joseph" Williams1 to a party in the Ward Hall.

Thursday 2nd attended fast meeting a.m. In the afternoon called on Grandmothers Williams; they blessed me and I them. then also called on Hannah and Nancy. Nancy being much pleased with the verces I had composed for her.

F 3rd Sister Electa "Mott" Barlow was found almost dead in bed this morning at four o clock. I received a letter from my Brother2

Saturday 4th attended Stake conference in the Theater.

Sunday 5th attended the furenal of Sister Electa Barlow in the morning Sister "Jane" Millers in the afternoon, who was poisined by inhaleing arsnical fumes from coal sinders used to warm her room.

Monday 6th washed and made some percheses for my daughter Effie.3

Tuesday 7th finished a vest and went up town.

1. Marian Adelaide (Addie) Morris (1861–1933) was Mary Lois Walker and Elias Morris's second child. She was seventeen years old at this time.

2. Mary Lois reportedly saw her older brother, Charles Lowell Walker (1832–1904), only five times after arriving in Utah because the latter lived in St. George from 1862 until his death. The two corresponded throughout their lives by letter and shared a love of reading and poetry. CWD, vii—xviii.

3. Effie Walker Morris Ashton (1859–1929) was the oldest daughter of Mary Lois Walker and Elias Morris. She married Edward Treharne Ashton on April 4, 1878, at the age of nineteen. Effie and her husband, Edward Ashton, lived on the southeast corner of First South and Sixth West.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Illustrations vi
  • Preface vii
  • Introduction 1
  • Memoir 51
  • 1835–1887 Sketch of the Life of Mary L. Morris 53
  • Diary 203
  • 1879- Had a Host of Callers 204
  • 1880- I Can Earn a Triful 241
  • 1881- Conclude to Trust in God 289
  • 1882- Felt Most Acutely My Baby Was Gone 327
  • 1883- Arose from My Pillow to Behold a Great Fire 358
  • 1884- To Take Charge of the Primary Department of the Ward 385
  • 1885- My Husband Has Thought It Wisdom to Absent Himself 420
  • 1886- Going South in the Morning 457
  • 1887- Went to Court to Testify in Favor of My Husband] 496
  • Epilogue 533
  • 1902–1905 Exile in Mexico 534
  • Abbreviations 575
  • Bibliography 576
  • Biographical Register of Names 585
  • Index 629
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