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Dialogue: Vol 33 No 4
Edward Tullidge and the Women of Mormondom
Edward W. Tullidge and The Women ofMormondom Claudia L. Bushman In this paper, I sing the virtues of Edward W. Tullidge, English convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, cultural enthusiast, and serious journalist and author. Tullidge, who was mercurial, changeable, and emotionally and perhaps mentally unstable, wrote despite his difficulties, turning out five long books, editing several periodicals and contributing significant essays to others. Diligent and optimistic, he was a victim of his broad aspirations, falling short of what he might have done. Able, hard-working, and articulate, he was also a heavy drinker given to emotional outbursts. Much of his work has been dismissed or ignored, valued primarily for the large chunks of undigested biographical material he included. I want to take him seriously. Tullidge wore his heart on his sleeve, serving his current grand ideal, whatever it was. He had troubled relationships with the LDS church, the RLDS church, and the Godbeite movement. He yearned to be a devoted follower and to promote the virtues of an institution, but could not stick; disillusioned, he moved on to more promising venues. He wanted the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to be part of something grand, to shine in a universal context. Historians label him a "rebel historian." Ronald Walker explains Tullidge as one who saw Mornomism as a "distinctive form of American culture."1 Tullidge was born in England in 1829 into a cultured, middle-class, Methodist family, then apprenticed to his cousin as a coach builder and painter. At the age of seventeen, he joined the Latter-day Saints. In 1848, at age twenty, he began twelve years of missionary activity in Great 1. William Frank Lye, "Edward Wheelock Tullidge, the Mormons' Rebel Historian," Utah Historical Quarterly 28, no. 1 (January 1960): 56-75. Ronald W. Walker, "Edward Tullidge: Historian of the Mormon Commonwealth/' Journal of Mormon History 3 (1976): 55.