Monday, March 23, 2009

Here's Brigham:

Description by his counselor in the presidency:

Salt Lake City, Utah Territory
To the New York Herald

Dear Sir:

I can’t undertake to explain Brigham Young to your Atlantic citizens, or expect you to put him at his value. Your great men Eastward are to me like your ivory and pearl handled table knives, balance[d] handles, more shiny than the inside of my watch case; but with only edge enough to slice bread and cheese...and all alike by the dozen, one with another.

Brigham is the article that sells out West with us--between a Roman cutlass and a beef butcher knife, the thing to cut up a deer or cut down an enemy every bit as well, though the handpiece is buck horn and the case a hogskin hanging in the breech of your pantaloons.

You, that judge men by the handle and the sheath, how can I make you know a good Blade?

--Jedediah M. Grant

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