THE LATTER-DAY SAINTS.
extract from the “london despatch.”
On Wednesday an investigation was gone into before Mr. Baker, the coroner, at the Royal Oak, Galway-street, St. Luke’s, on the body of Elizabeth Morgan, aged 55 years, whose death was alleged to have been caused through improper treatment by unqualified persons. Maria Watkins, of 31, Cross-street, Islington, said she had known the deceased abont 12 months. For some time past she had suffered from a spasmodic affection, and on Tuesday week last witness was sent for to attend her. Witness found her very ill, but no medical gentleman was called in, it being against the religious tenets of the sect to which the deceased belonged to do so. The sect to which she belonged styled themselves “The Church of Jesus Christ, and Latter-Day Saints,” tneir place of meeting being in Castle-street, Cow-cross. They dated their origin from the Apostles, and treat ed their sick according to the following text, taken from the last chapter of the Epistle of St. James: “If there be any illness amongst you ye shall call for the elders of he Church, and annoint your selves with oil in the name of the Lord.” She (witness) had known cases of heal ing under such circumstances, but the deceased sank and died on Saturday last. Mary Ann Albin, Spencer-place, Gos well-road, wife of one of the elders of this foolish sect, said she was called to see the deceased on Tuesday morning, and from her appearance thought she was suffering from inflammation of the bowels. No surgeon was sent for. Wit ness administered some “sage tea with Cayenne pepper” in it; leeches and oth er remedies were also applied. Every thing was prayed over before it was giv en. The Coroner said the remedy ap peared to him to be worse than the dis ease, and he hardly knew how to deal with the case, as he had his doubts wheth er it was not one of manslaughter. In his opinion the case was not strong enough to warrant a verdict of manslaughter be ing returned, but he trusted the publica tion of it in the papers would act as a caution to the members of this strange sect, and that they would see the neces sity of calling in
medical aid. The jury, after some deliberation returned a ver dict of “Natural death,” with a hope that the present inquiry would act as a caution to that body how they acted in such cases for the future.
If we were not somewhat conversant with the follies and absurdity of men who profess to regulate religious affairs, and to give tone and energy to the multifarious creeds that are now extant, we could scarcely have believed that any men professing any degree of intelli gence, or holding any office of importance, could be found to give birth unto, be con nected with, or bear witness of such a bundle of nonsense; snch sheer ignorance, and profound folly, as is manifested in the above article. But as it is published by the ‘London Despatch,’ a journal that professes to rank among the fore most of the British Empire, and in other papers of importance in the professed metropolis of the world, as it has emanated from the emporium of learning, science, and divinity; the professed fountain of all true intelligence, the seat of bi ble societies, missionary societies, and tract societies; the place where nobles are instructed and kings learn wisdom, we of course must no tice it. What then is the important thing that has attracted the attention of nearly all editors in the city of London? that has excited the deep interest, and careful investigation of a learned London jury, and a more profoundly learned coroner? something solemn, deep, and awful, something that must be published in the public journals of the day, and be heralded to all the world. Therefore listen ye nations and give ear ye kings of the earth, let all the world attend with respectful deference, for be it known unto all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people, that “ELIZABETH MORGAN, AGED 55 YEARS,” IS DEAD. Oh, Tempore!!! Oh Mores!!!! Yes the solemn fact is announced by the “London Despatch”—she is dead—but what gives deep interest to the fact and adds solemnity to the scene is that she died a “natu ral death!!!!! she was not murdered in cold blood; she was not poisoned, nor drowned, nor burned to death, she did not die in a mad-house, nor cut her throat; neither had she the privilege of being killed throught the administration of the learned medical faculty, not through the nos trums of the more learned, but less popular Thompson; it was her fate to die a natural death! and therefore the learned coroner “trus ted the publication of it in the papers would act as a caution to the members of this strange sect, and that they would see the necessity of calling in medical aid.” Therefore ye Latter- Day Saints pay attention and live forever; for it would seem by this that the inhabitants of the city of London never die, because they have abundance of “medical aid” or if they do die [p. 711]