advent of Brigham Young
, older than the revela tion of Joseph Smith
Apart from the devotional spirit, the sense of order, and the love of work, which are the virtues of New England
and of Old England, never yet divorced from men of Anglo-Saxon
breed, the Mormons seem to have derived their chief ideas, and adopted their chief practices from the Indian
Glance, for a moment, at the main ideas on which Red men differ from White
— from all White
men except Latter-day Saints.
1. Red men have a physical god, who can be seen and heard, not only in the cloud and wind, but with the form and voice of man.
2. They have a class of seers and chiefs, endowed with a supernal faculty of seeing this god, of listening to his counsels, and of learning his will.
3. When they meet in counsel, every Red man is supposed to be possessed by the Great Spirit, and divinely guided in his choice of seer and chief.
4. A chief thus chosen by the common inspiration of his people, rules them in the name of heaven, by a divine and patriarchal right, and exercises his authority on body and on soul alike.