Mormon History, 1849

(John M. Bernhisel) Selected by the Council of Fifty to pursue territorial status for Deseret, Bernhisel left for Washington on May 3, . But by July Brigham Young and his advisers decided to petition for statehood instead. As Colonel Thomas L. Kane put it, the Saints would be "better off without any government from the hands of Congress than with a territorial government." Almon Babbitt was dispatched with the statehood petition. 1849

[source: Van Wagoner, Richard and Walker, Steven C., A Book of Mormons,]

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