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Collection Reference Number GLC03888
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1854 
Title Brigham Young to Thomas L. Kane on a legal case, slavery, a railroad and native Americans
Date 29 June 1854
Author Young, Brigham (1801-1877)  
Recipient Kane, Thomas Leiper  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Young writes to Colonel Kane, an abolitionist and friend. Praises his acquaintance with Kane, and Kane's knowledge of the Mormon people. Thanks Kane for his assistance in a legal case, the "May case," noting " is no remedy at all, to put a man to death unjustly, and then punish his executioners, but actually makes matters worse." Remarks that President Franklin Pierce has not acted regarding the case, but Young doesn't think the prisoner will be hanged. Thinks Congress should spend more time developing the railroad than deliberating the slavery question: "Whether the principle [of slavery] be right or wrong it seems a very inappropriate time and wholly unnecessary to introduce it at the present, for it is bound to disturb... the quiet of the community, or country." Discusses local Native Americans: "... if we do not have compassion upon the poor Indians who will? We have ever pursued this policy towards them, to feed and cloth them, and then if they presumed upon our forbearance to become ugly, saucy, and hostile beyond endurance, we have been compelled to chastise them, yet we have never lost sight of this policy to conciliate them as soon as possible, and act strictly on the defensive."
Subjects Railroad  Mormon  Science and Technology  Religion  Death  Death Penalty  Law  Prisoner  President  Congress  Crime  Criminals and Outlaws  Slavery  African American History  Government and Civics  American Indian History  Charity and Philanthropy  Diplomacy  Military History  American West  Westward Expansion  Frontiers and Exploration  
People Young, Brigham (1801-1877)  Kane, Thomas Leiper (1822-1883)  Pierce, Franklin (1804-1869)  
Place written Salt Lake City, Utah
Theme Government & Politics; Law; Slavery & Abolition; Native Americans; Religion; Industry; Westward Expansion
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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