||194 Utah Historical Quarterly citizens, I shall most readily acquiesce therein, being within the range of my constitutional duties. Friends, I feel it a privilege, which I believe I appreciate, in having the opportunity I now enjoy, of addressing you upon Governmental affairs. There are many, very many causes, conspiring together, which make it a subject of deep fraught interest, to behold as I do this day, in this mountainous and desert land, (where three years since, were only found the wild, ferocious beast and roving savage,) senators and representatives congregated in a comfortable public building, which would do credit to any state of a free, enlightened, and happy people. It is a subject of congratulation to me, to you my friends, and to the world, that the all-wise disposer of human events has so decreed in His providence that the desert and the solitary place shall be made glad, that the area of human freedom shall be extended, and civilization shall rear her habitations amid the silence of the eternal hills, the mighty forests, and lonely islands of the sea. It is this that has peopled the Atlantic slope of our mountains, furnishing the world with this vast republic of nations, and is now gathering in her fist a few more, to throw over to the Pacific slope, as a counterpoise to trim her otherwise unequally balanced ship of state. DESERET is not yet three years old, and yet such has been the rapidity of her growth, the extent of her improvements, and the development of her resources, as to command the admiration, and the respect of all whose lot has been cast within her bounds, and those afar off, hearing the glad tidings, are stretching forth their itching palms towards another of those free states where the oppressed go free, and the poor, through ordinary industry, find ample provision. Forgive a single allusion to the past. The oppressed became the oppressor, and the oppressed again go forth to form new communities, new settlements, and new governments. Hence are we here, amid these vast mountains and solitary plains; hence are we here, assembled in solemn council to frame laws for the organization and rule of communities; and, what gives zest to the picture, devise such laws and regulations as shall perpetuate, guarantee, and sustain, in time to come, our free and glorious institutions to the latest generation. Friends, in all your deliberations, I shall be happy to participate, so far as it shall be my privilege, and hoping that unanimity and zeal, wisdom and intelligence, may characterize your exertions for the public good the ensuing session, that when you return, you may be enabled to carry with you the proud conviction of having faithfully discharged your duty to your country and yourselves, is the prayer of -,r , , r Your co-laborer, BRIGHAM YOUNG.