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Letter from N.D. Pendleton to Bishop William F. Pendleton, 1908-07-15

Identifier: RG.004.01

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Handwritten letter from N.D. Pendleton to Bishop William F. Pendleton. Pendleton has spoken with Harvey Lechner regarding the Church’s legal standing in the Kramph Will case. Lechner has examined the relevant laws and is concerned that the Church and the Academy are legally vulnerable. Any form of fornication and adultery is against the law, as is the teaching of these ideas. As Pendleton understands from Lechner, “Any institution which holds and teaches things against public policy is liable, not only to have its charter taken away, but that institution may be closed, and all objectionable printed matter condemned- i.e. not be carried through the mail. Even our public gatherings could be disbursed on the same grounds. . . His opinion then in brief is that if the Academy desires to hold property, carry on its uses under the law and avoid the possibility of being closed entirely, it must eliminate from its teachings in the schools and public print the matters of fornication and concubinage.” Lechner believes the Church is in need of a “far seeing and well defined policy.” Pendleton suggests calling together the leading men of the Church, as well as the best lawyers, to determine such a policy. Names mentioned: Harvey Lechner, (Frederick J.) Kramph, Emanuel Swedenborg, Charley Doering


  • 1908-07-15


From the Collection: 368.00 Linear Feet

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