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

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1902–1905
Exile in Mexico

"The following is Mary Lois Morris's account in her memoir of accompanying her
daughter Kate, a polygamous wife, on the underground in Mexico from 1902 to
1905. This section has been included as an epilogue because it shows Mary Lois's
attitude toward polygamy in her later years and records an especially significant
time of growth and exploration in her life. This portion of Mary Lois's memoir also
provides a highly articulate account of the Mormon colonies in Mexico during this
period."


Exile

About this time I was advised, if able, to go into exile with my daughter. This I was willing to do and would have gone to prison also, rather than betray my brethren or bear witness against them. I left home in a hurry as most people do when taking flight. It was on a Saturday and my little grand-daughter Effie came and did my kitchen work while I packed, although the dear child did not know that I was thus engaged. I had many matters to attend to and it was 3 a.m. before I could retire to rest. Two hours later, I arose and it was still dark when I arrived at the depot to board the train. I did not know whether I should ever see my home or my children again. Anything rather than betray my brethren.

I reached my journey's end about 1 o'clock. My daughter was surprised to see me, knowing nothing of our intended trip for which we had only a day and a half to prepare. There was a great washing to be done and the weather was very severe. Everything had to be dried in the house, but I undertook to see to this part and soon had the clothes hanging upstairs, downstairs, and everywhere. When we came to start a lady friend was to carry our darling baby and I was to go with her and the mamma to follow after. There was a certain minister who boarded the train before it started and again when it started so as to see who was on board. A little later he came and stood square in the car door and actually talked to the man who had us in charge. There was a lady on board the train with whom I was acquainted, but whether she knew me or not she did not come and speak to me. My daughter was sitting opposite to me as a stranger might do, and wore a white fascinator, which perhaps disguised her. We were in misery, suffering almost mental agony with fear of detection. After a

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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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