160 years ago today - Jan 20, 1862

[Wilford Woodruff]

Important Day. The Delegates Elected by the inhabitants of Utah met in Convention this day at the Court House in Great Salt Lake City at 10 oclok A.M. to Form a Constitution for a State Government. ...

President Young said I would like to have the members who Come here attend to the business for which they Came together and not name Either Mormon or Christian. I would like to see any Lawyier show me the Constitution or law that Gives the U.S. power to send any man to rule over us. I will Claim my rights and in the name of God we will maintain them. If any more men Come here Committing treason I will treat them as treasoners whether they be many or few. If I had been in the place of the Presidet of the United States and had possession of Mason & Slidell [Confederate officials arrested aboard a British Ship in international waters] I would have hung them or shot them for they were guilty of treason. We have the right to do all that we shall attempt to perform and we will have our right by the Help of God and if any man Comes here again to molest us they shall pay the penalty so help me God.

[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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