170 years ago today - Feb 24, 1849

President Young remarked that I could not counsel them to go. Most of those who had been to the gold mines, had made use of the gold to oppress their brethren, and they certainly would do nothing for their benefit, nor anybody else, but would spend most of their time in idleness, drunkenness, or riding horses to death, instead of laboring to prepare to raise grain, etc. If the people knew how to make a good use gold, he could told them where was plenty of it. But they did not know how to use it. I recommend Brother Crow to stay in the valley and raise grain and it would be better for him than to go off after gold. -- Salt Lake City

[Journal History of the Church, Selected Collections from the Archives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints DVD 2 (2002); 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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