before moving we met a remarkably intelligent & respectable Mormon an officer in the Church who in speaking on this point said, There is no obligation or self denial with me I like the [ ] in every way enjoy the getting of [chl] enjoy them when gotten & take pleasure in providing for [things]. Here said he is a little boy. One of my [lost] who is [worth] more [than] all Your mtns [mountains] & val [valleys] & gls [glaciers] wh I had [been] [ ] I have 3 [more] & [ ] [ ] in that little [cottage] with the [blinds] [low] is a widow I [love] What saw I are [your] still [courting]. Yes I want her to [court] [me] I asked one of his wives what she thought of polygamy she [husband] in it of course [ ] [control] said she would [rather] her husband had wives openly than hidden [mistresses] said her husband could love several wives as She her several children could love all though the last perhaps little [the best], as she her youngest child
Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 14 cm.
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