Traitors in Utah—Resignation of the Acting Governor—Who shall be Governor?
Correspondence of The N.Y. Tribune.
GREAT SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, June 14,1861.
Secession is now so commonplace a subject as hardly to attract any attention, but there are those among us who are playing at mimic patriotism, and amuse them-selves with spouting bombast. It would be hard to tell who are not going to be Major-Generals and Brigadier-Generals on Jeff's staff. Every nincompoop that ever thumped a "nigger" for the dullness of his boot-black-ing, thinks himself a thorough master of the science of war, and man enough to teach the Winfield Scotts and all such small and insignificant Northern Generals, something they have never yet dreamed of, when one they got there.
To tell who has gone, who is going, and who has yet to go, would give to these men a notoriety they would be glad of, but in which I shall not gratify them. It is enough they are all going, and when they get there I hope they may be put to hard work, for a more incor-rigible set of loafers than these same "nigger drivers" are hard to find. If Jeff, has to depend upon such ma-terial as that which floats away from this place, he may-well be sick from anxiety.
Mr. Francis H. Wootton of Maryland, Secretary of the Territory of Utah, and Acting Governor protem., has just immortalized his name by the publication of the following letter, addressed to Mr. Lincoln:
EXECUTIVE OFFICE, GREAT SALT LAKE CITY.
June 5, 1861.
To His Excellency ABRAHAM LINCOLN, President of the United States:
SIR: Having been appointed by President Buchanam Secretary of the Territory of Utah, I accepted the trust, and have endeavored to discharge my duty. Since then Gov. Alfred Cumming, under leave obtained, has left for the States. In accordance with the provision contained in the third section of an act of Congress, entitled "An Act to establish a Territorial Government; for the Territory of Utah," I am now the acting Gov-ernor of Utah. The recent course of your Administra-tion makes it inconsistent with my sense of duty to longer hold office under you, and I accordingly tender you my resignation.
As I am the only Executive officer in the Territory, I will remain until relieved by my successor, whose-arrival I hope will occur speedily.
I am, Sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
FRANCIS H. WOOTTON, Acting Governor of Utah.
In any place else than Utah, such a document would have excited interest; but beyond filling up a local column it has none. The Church organ does not ever deign to notice it. It is to be hoped that Mr. Lincoln will be careful as to his appointments to Utah. The people here have had enough of bad ones, not that they complain—no, not they; they are pleased, immensely so, and why should not they be? The office-holders and in general in the Territory are never failing objects of their scorn and the butt of their ridicule. I know nothing that contributes so largely to the influence of the Mormon leaders as the imbecility and absurd fol-lies of men who have heretofore prated about Uncle Sam, and their intimate relationship with Mr. Bu-chanan. That dreaded little finger of Brigham's is now no longer looked for; but if he only consented to hold up names, his devoted followers would find a fund of merriment even on a Sunday and at the Tabernacle, and the ridiculed could do nothing but bear it. Let Mr. Lincoln give us men of his own stamp and charac-ter if he gives any; I mean men who won't roll in the gutter, wriggle, splutter and play such fantastic tricks as these have done. It is threatened that Brigham will be Governor dejure soon, by appointment, or else by the will of the people.
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