160 years ago today - Sep 9, 1860

... Some of the Brethren [newly called missionaries] Could not fit up & a Contribution was taken up to Fit them up. B Young $100 HCK $50 W Woodruff $25 John Taylor $60 F. D. Richards $30 D Spences $12 Fineas Young $10. ...

H. C. Kimball ... said that the Elders had been like blood suckers from Here to England and it is time for it to be stoped, and let the women alone & not be Corting them but let them alone. Many bring home women & want the president to soon seal a woman to him. This will soon kill him.

President Young then spoke to orson Pratt & said that the Book debt was the worst trouble the Saints had to Contend with for 6 years. Orson Pratt has done more to make that debt than any other man. So many Books are forced upon the people and they are forced to take them or they will not be fellowshiped. Now stop publishing & geting your portraits taken & fill the kingdom with them & make the people pay for them. This keeps the people poor and keeps them from Emigrating.

Brother Orson Pratt had made some remarks saying that he had used his own means and not any of the means of the Church. He had got it all by his publications. President Young said it all Come out of the poor Saints Just as much as tho he had begged it....

[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

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