Utah and its Delegate— A Defence of Brig-ham Young.
The Hon. John M. Bemheisel, delegate in Con- gress from the Territory of Utah, has ventured upon a defence of Brigham Young. He denies threaten-ed opposition to the General Government, or vio-lence to his successor; and he affirms still further, that the people of the Territory have never failed to respect the federal laws. Mr. B. thus endeav-ors to explain the recent address of Brigham:
"The language which has been perverted was the exposition of his confidence in the government of God, and the. expression of his devout submission to the Providence which rules all created things. He believes that if it is God's good plea- sure that he shall retire to a private life or continue Governor of the Territory of Utah, distinguished station in the General Government and political pre-eminence among men will be powerless to change the design's of Omnipotence, and hence he has said how futile it is for man to be solicitous about that which man cannot control. Will it be questioned that God rules in the armies of Heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth? Why then should it be deemed presumptuous in Gover-nor Young, to give utterance to unquestioned truth?
The Hon. H. L. Reed, late Chief Justice of Utah, is quoted as having spoken in the highest terms of Governor Young, and it is denied that there are thirty thousand men in arms, or seven thousand disciplined troops in Utah. The Delegate con-cludes with the following language:
That there are arms in Utah to keep the Indians in check no one will deny. What frontier settle-ment has them not? That there may be volunteer; companies of militia is also true, and in this respect Utah is not unlike every village in the land. But Governor Young is like the Governor of every State and Territory in the Union in his means of defence. He has no military power that is not possessed by all men in his station. An army is not in Utah. That Col. Steptoe will dissent from the testimo-ny of: the late Chief Justice Read is not anticipat-ed. He has had the means of observation, and is enabled to know that the inhabitants of Utah have been maligned by men who, to secure the reputation of writing Con. Spirito, sacrifice truth and decency; as a people, they are hospitable to strangers, respectful to authority, and loyal to the Government. To prove themselves good members to civil society, they can point to the labor they have performed, and the thriving villages and fer-tile farms into which they have converted a distant wilderness. They desire to enjoy in peace the fruit for which they have toiled.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant.
JOHN M. BERNHEISEE,
Delegate from Utah.
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