Friday, April 8, 2016

It Might have been because of Him

Martin Van Buren
Who might be responsible for the fact that Martin Van Buren was never elected as the U.S. president again, even though he ran two more times?
a.                  Porter Rockwell
b.                  Joseph Smith
c.                   Brigham Young
d.                  Elias Higbee
Yesterday’s answer:
(C)   They took Asafetida
On November 12, 1852, William Clayton mentions that a number of people came down with the mumps. What’s interesting is that he refers to mumps as a disease and that these people “took each a pile of asafoetide (Asafetida is a resin of strong odor that is used in folk medicine to repel disease), to prevent their taking the disease.”  What’s equally interesting is that they knew enough about mumps to know that if you had them once, then you could not get them a second time as Clayton states, “I felt no alarm as I have had them.”

An Intimate Chronicle: The Journal of William Clayton, George D. Smith, ed. (Salt Lake City, Signature Books, 1995)

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