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We are sorry to see the marked disrespect lately exhibited by the Emperor of Utah to his royal brother at Washington. His Majesty, Brigham the First, is said to have lately denounced "the Gentiles" in his dominions in unmeasured terms, and declared that "in nine months Utah would be as free of Gentiles as the President's (Abraham First) message is of reference to Utah." It was certainly an unpardonable discourtesy to omit in that document all allusion to Utah. The two Powers have been hitherto on the most friendly terms. The domestic institutions of Utah have been regarded in a tolerant, not to say admiring spirit, by the same people who have visited the domestic institutions of the South with fire and sword. Even at a time when Utah, a mere territory, openly unfurled the flag of rebellion, the United States sent peace commissioners with its army — an act of grace which it never extended to the wicked rebellion in the Southern States. Bishop Talbot, who recently traveled through Utah, states, in his report, that he was not permitted to preach there, and that no house would be rented for the purpose of preaching by any Christian minister. Polygamy flourished luxuriantly. The Bishop mentions instances where several sisters were the wives of one man. In one case, a mother and two daughters enjoyed that honor. Under these circumstances, the Mormons have no reason to complain of the United States people, who have no hide-bound notions in religion or morals, and are more tolerant to unbelievers and polygamists than to men of their own faith who have only one wife, but many bales of cotton. Possibly Mr. Lincoln meant no offence in failing to give expression in his last message to the national sentiment of respect and esteem for Utah. He is too much occupied in putting to the sword his fellow-Christians of the South to bestow the proper civilities upon that imperium imperio near the Salt Lake, where concubinage has become a part of the organic law, and no slaves are permitted save the female victims of Mormon lords. Abraham the first, unlike his patriarchal namesake, devotes his destructive energies only to the extermination of men of his own race and religion, and permits the Sodom of the New World to send up its stench under his nostrils without once putting his hands to his nose. Brigham should be indulgent to the oversight of the message, and refrain from throwing another firebrand into the immaculate and glorious Union.
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