135 years ago today - Jul 4, 1885

[James E. Talmage]

Talmage arrives in Salt Lake City en route home after a trip to Idaho and discovers that a clash between the People's Party and the Liberal Party had occurred earlier in the day. In his journal Talmage writes the following:

We learned on inquiry that the United States' flag had been raised on several buildings at half mast [ordered by John Taylor], our people not feeling to rejoice on this the birthday of Independence, but rather to mourn for the death of Liberty in our midst. I feel sincerely to say "Amen" to the sentiment so expressed. We have true cause to regard Liberty as dead or dying in Utah; the oppressions and persecutions of late are exceedingly severe. The self-professed loyal citizens of the city chose to regard this act as an insult to the flag, and they tried with their usual feeling vindictiveness to incite a riot.

[MSS 229, Journal; Chronology of the Life and Work of James E. Talmage, J. Trevor Antley, https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MJsHY83JZL_n6CjWq11y1trT_CVXMMXAx2uYOWAwn0c/edit#heading=h.2zfdaoa]

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