President Young said the people of the United States had sought our destruction and they had used every Exertion to perfet it. They have worked through the masonic institution to perfect it. Joseph & Hyrum Smith were Master Masons and they were put to death by masons or through there instigation and he gave the sign of distress & he was shot by masons while in the act. And there were delegates from the various lodges in the Union to see that he was put to death <and [-] them>. I hope to live to see the day when I can have power to make them do right. They have got the blood of the prophets upon their heads & they have got to meet it.
When President Buchannan & the U.S. Government sent Col Johnson & the U.S. Army to Utah it was with the Express purpose to destroy the Church & kingdom from off the Earth to put to death this people. But the Lord sustained us & put them to shame & Confusion & to his name be the honor & glory.
There are other Masons sent to this territory for the same purpose to Esstablish a lodge here & try to get an influence with some here to lay a plan to try to murder me 7 the leaders of the Church But they will not accomplish it.
... /Presidet Young said in speaking g[et?] a grand lodge Esstablished in Utah that if we accomplished it It would have a tendency to bring down all hell upon us as far as they had the power.
[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]