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Books by Brian C. Hales dealing with "Mormon fundamentalist" polygamy:

Fanny Alger Historical Source:



“Sketches from the History of Polygamy: Joseph Smith’s [indecipherable] Revelations,” Anti-Polygamy Standard, April, 1881, Salt Lake City, vol. 2 no. 1, p. 1.


“Emma Smith, Joseph’s Wife, had a young girl in her employment by the name of Fanny Olger or Alger.  It was the time the present Joseph Smith was an infant, (he was born in November 1832) and in consequence of the free-loveism of the prophet, Emma’s recovery and very much retarded, and for several months she was in a very low condition.  She discovered that Joseph had been celesitalizing with this maiden, Fanny, who acknowledged the truth, but Joseph denied it in toto and stigmatized the statement of the girl as a base fabrication.  Emma, of course, believed the girl, as she was very well aware that no confidence could be placed in her husband, and she became terrible worked up about it.  She was like a mad woman, and acted so violently that Oliver Cowdery and some of the elders were called in to minister to her and ‘cast the devil out of sister Emma.’  Whatever may have been sister Emma’s other faults, she certainly must have had a very forbearing and forgiving disposition, for she condoned this offense as well as innumerable other similar ones.”


The identity of "Historicus" and the primary source of information are unknown although William McLellin, who died in 1883, may have been involved.  The writer also repeats allegations found in Ann Eliza Webb Young's 1875 Wife No. 19 exposé. This is the first published mention of Fanny Alger by her full name.