In reference to the May 25 letter to the editor "Mormon polygamists forced to follow laws," and the claim that polygamy was not illegal in the United States before mormons practiced polygamy:
The Illinois anti-bigamy law enacted February 12, 1833 : "Sec 121. Bigamy consists in the having of two wives or two husbands at one and the same time, knowing that the former husband or wife is still alive. If any person or persons within this State,
being married, or who shall hereafter marry, do at any time marry any person or persons, the former husband or wife being alive, the person so offending shall, on conviction thereof, be punished by a fine, not exceeding one thousand dollars, and imprisoned in the penitentiary, not exceeding two years. It shall not be necessary to prove either of the said marriages by the register or certificate thereof, or other record evidence; but the same may be proved by such evidence as is admissible to prove a marriage in other cases, and when such second marriage shall have taken place without this state, cohabitation in this state after such second marriage shall be deemed the commission of the crime of bigamy, and the trial in such case may take
place in the county where such cohabitation shall have occurred." Revised Laws of Illinois, 1833, p.198-99.