160 years ago today - Aug 27, 1861

A meeting was Held at the Historians Office to select a Company to go to Uinta valley. ... Presidet Young said ... I want a settlement there [Uinta valley] and I wish to pick my Company. The Gentiles will take possession of that valley if we do not & I do not wish them to have it. Anterro the Cheil of the Pampa Utes wish me to make a settlement there.

And I want to say a word to you Brother Bradley. I do not wish to Excuse you. I want you to go so that you Can neither make whiskey or get it. For any man that makes whiskey or Beer is quilty of putting the Cup to his Neighbors Lips and any man that will make whiskey to Sell here would sell the kingdom of God for a pickeyune.

I have shown by my acts what I think of whiskey making. I have the best still in the Territory and as soon as the Gentiles brought whiskey to this Territory I laid up my Still & I have not used it and I wish that all the whiskey that the Gentiles brought had been so filled with poison as to have killed all who drank it.

I despise the whiskey maker more than I do the Thieves. I have no fellowship for Either. If I had the power I would blow out the Brains of Evry thief in the Territory.... I would not kill a man who would make & sell whiskey & destroy the souls of men for dimes for I would co[nsider?] myself disgraced for I would want to kill a more [descent?] man if I killed any body.... Cursed be the man that puteth the Cup to his Neighbors Lips.

[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

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