Letter from Brigham Young and Willard Richards, 5 September 1840

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of the people of , which we had seen before we left , is liable to meet with some disappointments, at least, when he comes to make his introduction amongst them. This may in part be owing to the historian & traveler, for it is generally the case that what we find in history relates more particularly to the higher classes, in the nations, for , unlike , is divided into classes; many indeed, but they may all be comprised, in three, so far as we need designate at this time, (viz) Lords, Tradesmen, & Mechanics or laborers, or, in other words, the highest, middle, & lowest classes, each of which have their particuler customs, & manners but the histories, which we refer to, have more generally treated of those of the higher order, or, at least, we find an acquaintence that those histories are now more applicable to the higher <& middle> classes than any other. But, perhaps a part may be owing to the great changes which have taken place in the nation, within a few years, with regard to money matters, which has caused a mighty revolution, in the affairs of the common people.
A few years since, and almost every family had their garden with their house, their cow. on the common & their pig in the stye, which added greatly to the comforts of the household; but now we [p. 3]
of the people of , which we had seen before we left , is liable to meet with some disappointments, at least, when he comes to make his introduction amongst them. This may in part be owing to the historian , for it is generally the case that what we find in history relates more particularly to the higher classes, in the nations, for , unlike , is divided into classes; many indeed, but they may all be comprised, in three, so far as we need designate at this time, (viz) Lords, Tradesmen, & Mechanics or laborers, or, in other words, the highest, middle, & lowest classes, each of which have their particuler customs, & manners but the histories, we refer to, have more generally treated of those of the higher order, or, at least, we find an acquaintence that those histories are now more applicable to the higher & middle classes than any other. But, perhaps a part may be owing to the great changes which have taken place in the nation, within a few years, with regard to money matters, which has caused a mighty revolution, in the affairs of the common people.
A few years since, and almost every family had their garden , their cow. on the common & their pig in the stye, which added greatly to the comforts of the household; but now we [p. 3]
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