A Widow's Tale: The 1884-1896 Diary of Helen Mar Kimball by Helen Mar Whitney, Charles M. Hatch, Todd M. Compton

By Helen Mar Whitney, Charles M. Hatch, Todd M. Compton

Quantity 6, existence Writings of Frontier ladies sequence, ed. Maureen Ursenbach Beecher Mormon tradition has produced in the course of its historical past an strange variety of traditionally important own writings. Few such diaries, journals, and memoirs released have supplied as wealthy and good rounded a window into their authors' lives and worlds because the diary of Helen Mar Kimball Whitney. since it presents an extraordinary account of the commonly skilled occasions and difficulties confronted through widows, her list has relevance a ways past Mormon historical past even though. As Helen Kimball were a polygamous spouse of Mormon founder Joseph Smith. She in this case married Horace Whitney. Her young ones integrated the famous Mormon writer, spiritual authority, and flesh presser Orson F. Whitney. She herself was once a number one girl in her church and society and a author recognized specifically for her protection of plural marriage. Upon Horace's loss of life, she started holding a diary. In it, she recorded her monetary, actual, and mental struggles to satisfy the demanding situations of widowhood. Her writing used to be introspective and revelatory. She additionally commented at the altering society round her, as Salt Lake urban within the final many years of the 19th century underwent fast transformation, modernizing and establishing up from its pioneer beginnings. She remained a well-connected member of an elite staff of prime Latter-day Saint ladies, and in demand Utah and Mormon historic figures look often in her day-by-day entries. especially, although, her diary is an strange checklist of problems confronted in lots of occasions and areas by way of girls, of all periods, whose husbands died and left them with no enough capability to hold at the forms of lives to which that they had been accustomed.

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But her diaries show that for many plural widows, there was not enough to go around, and prestige often did not insulate them from economic hardship. Widowhood and Depression The causes for Helen’s painful experiences as a widow are complex, involving a mixture of outward (historical, social, religious) and inward (psychological, physical, personal) factors. A striking element of her diaries is her frequent recording of melancholy and depression. These entries raise many questions that cannot be answered definitively, since it is impossible to obtain an accurate diagnosis of a historical figure without a modern physical Introduction 21 or psychological examination.

The head was Horace. “The severing of the limbs from the body is the separating of myself and children ^and^ which I refused to have a hand in. ” The headless baby is a powerful image of familial loss after her husband’s death. The dreams preserved in Helen Mar’s journals are varied and plentiful. On some days, they are more important to her than her waking life. 52 Whatever modern interpretation we may have of a dream, it is useful to have hers also. Important dreams, “true” dreams, had a numinous aspect for her: they came from God; they gave warnings, and foretold the future, though sometimes obliquely, to be understood only in retrospect.

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