AFFAIRS IN UTAH. The latest accounts from Utah present the affairs of that Territory in rather a queer light. All the correspondents of the newspapers who write from Camp Scott most zealously contend that Governor Cumming, in representing the Mormons as having submitted to his authority, has either been grossly deceived himself, or else is seeking to deceive the Government and the country. Possibly as to this matter the good people at Camp Scott, civil and military, judge the Mormons a little too much by themselves. If the disposition to obey the Gov-ernor, and to second and sustain him in the exer-cise of his office, is not greater within the Valley [?] seems to be at Camp Scott and Fort Brid-[?] the Governor's authority is cer-[?] Whether or not Brigham [?] have combined together, […..?.......] nor, in fact to set aside and override his authority, at least it is very certain that such a combination exists in full force at Camp Scott, with Mr. Chief Justice Eckels at its head. Perhaps there is some-thing in the air of Utah that stimulates to treason, rebellion and resistance to authority. Whether that be so or not, the authority of Cum-ming as Governor seems just now quite as much in danger from the Chief Justice, the civil officers and the army sent to Utah at such an expense to place him and sus-tain him in the Governor's chair, as from those whose anticipated opposition to his authority led to such costly preparations to uphold it. In fact, it would seem that on the question of due respect to Cumming's Gubernatorial authority the people inside the Valley and those out of it had completely changed ground. The resistance to Gov. Cum-ming is not now on the part of Brigham Young and the Mormons generally, but on the part of Chief Justice Eckels, Marshal Dotson, Gen. Johnston, the camp and the camp-followers.
In this resistance to the authority of Gov. Cum-ming and combination to reduce him, if possible, to a cipher, the recently-arrived Peace Commissioners, according to all accounts, have joined, actuated possibly by a feeling of jealousy that they should have been anticipated by Gov. Cumming and the work of pacification taken out of their hands. Nor, if we are to believe the letters from the camp, do these gentlemen confine themselves merely to thwarting the policy of Gov. Cumming and nullifying his authority as Governor. They go, indeed, much farther than that. The President's proclamation, of which they are the bearers, does not meet their approbation, or ap-pear to them adapted to the exigencies of the case. They harmonize completely, we are told, with Judge Eckels and Gen. Johnston, and, not content with upsetting and overriding the Governor, are resolved to upset and override the President too. The proclamation is, therefore, to be con-trued—by the help, we suppose, of that profound jurist, Judge Eckels—in conformity to their ideas. In other words, it is to be nullifed and set aside.
We have heard a great deal heretofore about the danger of personal violence and loss of property to which the Gentiles in the Territory of Utah have been exposed on the part of the Mormons. At present, the danger seems to be entirely the other way. Nothing can exceed the rancorous and even ferocious feelings against the Mormons with which the army at camp Scott appears to be penetrated. They regard themselves as engaged not so much in a public service as in the prosecution of a private quarrel. They regard the Mormons as having sub-jected them to all the hard service of this cam-paign—as having kept them encamped all Winter on short rations amid the mountains—as having derided, maligned and insulted them; and even the very common soldiers are represented as having put on an air of offended dignity at the idea that the Peace Commissioners had arrived to snatch these hated victims from their revengeful grasp. This state of feeling on the part of the soldiers affords an abundant justification for Gov. Cumming’s objections to their entry into the Valley, and for the dead and horror with which the Mormons regard their presence there. If it be deemed proper or necessary to station troops in Utah, they ought to be some fresh corps, and not a body of men filled with such hatred and prejudice. Let some of the troops now on their march across the plains be employed in this service, and the force now collected under Gen. Johnston be sent in some other direction. That officer, however, would seem bent upon entering the Valley in spite of the remonstrances of Gov. Cumming, whose authority over the troops he denies, with the very object, it would seem, of driving the Mormons to destroy their houses, and to prevent them from gathering their crops, thus subjecting thousands of women and children to the danger of starvation.
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