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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
ities so offensive to non-Mormons, merged with the broader stream
of American protestantism. Mormonism then left behind most of
those causes which had forced so many of its adherents to seek a
Jerusalem in the wilderness. Memory of the epic-like ordeal required
to transport and settle Mormon polygamists on Mexican soil lived
on, however. It is a prominent feature in the recollections of any yet
alive who made that long journey. And, it is etched in the letters
and testaments of many who live no more. The trek south is a strenu-
ous, moving chapter in the narrative of Mormonism's struggle with
the gentile and the desert.
Utah Library, Salt Lake City), X, November, 1900oo. There was, for example, an exploring
expedition made by Anthony W. Ivins into Tamaulipas in 1903 for the purpose of scout-
ing out suitable colonization sites. "Journal of Anthony W. Ivins," February 13-16, 1903.
Another expedition extended even into South America in 19o6. Ray L. Pratt, "History
of the Mexican Mission," Improvement Era, XV (April, 1912), 497. And there seems
to have been an abortive church-encouraged attempt to colonize on Topolobampo Bay
in Sinaloa about 19o8-191o by Edmond Z. Carbine and other Mormons. Ivan L. Carbine
to B.C.H., January 18, 1963. Perhaps church authorities could not, themselves, determine
if and when they should curb the colonizing program. There were always men anxious
to pioneer new settlements. "Journal of Anthony W. Ivins," April 8, 1907. The apostles
and leadership of the church seem not to have finally undertaken an official policy of
retrenchment with regard to colonization until 1912. Ibid., July 2, 1912.
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