Brigham tells Jefferson Davis that Kenosh not guilty in Gunnison Massacre.

Sep 8, 1855
Brigham Young

Brigham Young, Letter to Jefferson Davis, September 8, 1855, Church History Library

Brigham Young, Jefferson Davis
Jefferson Davis

It is a difficult matter for an Indian to restrain his natural propensity; slaughter when the breath of war is on the breeze. It kindles a flame in his bosom, which is only quenched by the flow of blood. . .Kenosh, having been sent for, came in and succeeded in measurably quieting the excitement, although Kenosh & Quent said, they would not fight, but they stated at the same time, that some of the "Pauvan Boys," as they called them were mad, and might fight. . . I learned by the Express that Kenosh the Pauvan Chief was not at the massacre, and probably knew nothing of it until it was accomplished. . . It was my opinion, that inasmuch as the massacre took place during war, that no court acting in accordance with Law, and Justice, could convict those Indians before any Court, where the Laws of either the Territory or the United States were fairly administered. If it were desirable to bring them before the Courts, it was decidedly my opinion that they could be obtained much cheaper and easier, in an amicable and peaceful manner by presents to Kanosh, and others than by making any hostile demonstration against them.

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