160 years ago today - Nov 30, 1860

The President [Brigham Young] observed is it not remarkable that the Government should follow us with a mob still; it is damnable of them. They came here but could not harm us. They grumbled at us burning up their wagons. What the Devil was their wagons here for. Perhaps they did not think of it, but we could have whipped all before us even in Missouri if our retreat had been as good as it was here. The President Continued his remarks, and gave an account of the mobbings and drivings this people had received from the United States. He then quoted the prophecy of Joseph Smith against the United States and remarked his prophecies are now in part being fulfilled. He then Spoke of the downfall of Senator Steven A. Douglass. ... The Pres[ident] remarked we shall have a western Empire formed. When the Conversation closed the Judge respectfully left the Office after he left the Pres[ident] remarked the poor fool, ought to have known better than to have Called upon me. -- Salt Lake City

[Brigham Young Office Journals, quoted in The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]

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