TWO HOURS WITH BRIGHAM YOUNG.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, July 13, 1859.
My friend Dr. Bernhisel, late delegate in Congress, took me this afternoon, by appointment, to meet Brigham Young, President of the Mormon Church, who had expressed a willingness to receive me at two P. M. We were very cordially welcomed at the door by the president, who led us into the second-story parlor of the largest of his houses (he has three), where I was introduced to Heber C. Kimball, General Wells, General Ferguson, Albert Carrington, Elias Smith, and several other leading men in the church, with two full-grown sons of the president. After some unimportant conversation on general topics, I stated that I had come in quest of fuller knowledge respecting the doctrines and polity of the Mormon Church, and would like to ask some questions bearing directly on these, if there were no objection. President Young avowing his willingness to respond to all pertinent inquiries, the conversation proceeded substantially as follows:
H. G.--Am I to regard Mormonism (so-called) as a new religion, or as simply a new development of Christianity?
B. Y.--We hold that there can be no true Christian Church without a priesthood directly commissioned by, and in immediate communication with the Son of God