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“I am as much opposed to the principle of slavery as any man in the present acceptation or usage of the term, it is abused. I am opposed to abuseing that which God has decreed, to take a blessing, and make a curse of it. It is a great blessing for to the seed of Adam to have the seed of Cain for servants…

“Let this Church which is called the Kingdom of God on the earth; we will sommons the first presidency, the twelve, the high counsel, the Bishoprick, and all the elders of Isreal suppose we summons them to apear here, and here declare that it is right to mingle our seed with the black race of Cain, that they shall come in with with us and be pertakers with us of all the blessings God has given to us. On that very day, and hour we should do so, the priesthood is taken from this Church and the Kingdom of God leaves us to our fate.”

~Brigham Young, Brigham Young Address to Legislature (Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – History Library, 5 February 1852), 5-6.