125 years ago today - Apr 1, 1895

[Brigham Young Jr.]
Spent evening visiting had a talk with Bro[ther]. B H. Roberts in front of Constitution Buildings. I said 'The Gover[nmen]t. of US. has forced me, with many other polygamists to put away our wives; we have given them their property, they now stand at the head of their families; pay their taxes, and are, to all intents and purposes, pillars of the body politic, Bro[ther]. Roberts what argument can I bring which will satisfy these much enduring women, that we are right in withholding the franchise from them? I cannot do it for their votes would be in the interest of morality and good order, and would therby thwart a class who enjoyed, but ought never to have had the franchise.'

Knowing Bro[ther] Roberts had appointed to make his closing speech on or against woman suffrage I had expressed a wish to see him today & give him my ideas on the question.

[Brigham Young Jr. Diary, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1910-1951, Privately Published, Salt Lake City, Utah 2010]

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