160 years ago today - May 30, 1861

At 4 P.M. he [Pres. Young] preached 120 minutes in my family hall. Said this was the best fort that had ever been built in this territory. Reproved the Bishops for using tithing [for personal ends], Bishop R. D. Covington in particular. ... Pres. Young said that the company that was used [killed] up at the Mountain Meadows were the fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters and connections of those that murdered the Prophets; they merited their fate, and the only thing that ever troubled him was the lives of the women and children, but that under circumstances could not be avoided. Although there had been [some] that wanted to betray the brethren into the hands of their enemies, for that thing [they] will be damned and go down to hell. I would be glad to see one of those traitors, though I [don't] suppose that there is any here now. They have ran away, and when he came to the monument that contained their bones, he made this remark: '"Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord, and I have taken a little of it.'" -- Fort Harmony, Utah

[A Mormon Chronicle: The Diaries of John D. Lee. 1848-1876. Robert Glass Cleland and Juanita Brooks, eds. San Marino, California: Huntington Library Press, 2003 ed. 313-314, 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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