165 years ago today - Jul 4, 1857

[Brigham Young]

George Q. Cannon, -- The public works are progressing rapidly, there are between 3 (300) and 400 hands employed working upon the Temple and 30 heavy teams rolling in the stone for that building: Many fine buildings are contemplated, Some are in course of creation. Hands in gangs are improving our Streets and Side walks, The trees about the city are increasing in size, and taking our circumstances into consideration, we can in almost every thing (rottenness excepted) defy the whole world to produce an equal for this people. The Territory this season, has taken an emetic, and the way Lawyers, Loafers, Special pleaders, Apostates, Officials, and filth have been cast out, is a caution to all sinners, that here they would be in the wrong place.

[Letters of Brigham Young--Excerpts, 1856-1866, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

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