THE MORMONS OF SALT LAKE.
TO THE EDITORS OF THE NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER.
GENTLEMEN: I read the other day a remark of yours that you supposed the late news by the way of Oregon, that the Mormons had declared themselves absolved from and independent of the United States, originated perhaps in the departure of the United States civil authorities from Salt Lake. In this supposition you are in error. I left California on the 16th of December last, and we knew of the rupture of the civil authorities with the Mor- mons at least eight weeks before that. The trip between Salt Lake and Sacramento is often made in less than two weeks. There is a monthly mail between Portland, Ore- gon, and Salt Lake; also between Sacramento and Los Angeles and Salt Lake. The communication between the Mormon settlement in Los Angeles and Salt Lake is kept open the whole year round.
Although the Delegate from the Territory of Utah dis- believes the statement brought by the last steamer from California, yet I am satisfied that he is in error. I be- lieve every word of it. In fact it does not surprise the people of Oregon and California. We had all been looking for news of open defiance on the part of the Mormons to the authority of the United States. The great body of these people are English chartists, and the rest are made up of fanatics and enthusiasts of our own country and other parts of the world. I have no hesitation in saying that the statement brought by the last mail will be con- firmed, and that the Government will have to take some very decided means to subdue and restrain these people, or they will do immense damage to life and pro- perty. Besides their control over a large number of war- like tribes of Indians, their numbers will be greatly aug- mented by emigration during the ensuing year.
To show that the Mormons are not idle, and that they are already encroaching upon their neighbors, I ask that you will publish the following letter which I find in the Sacramento Times.
Very respectfully, A CALIFORNIAN.
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