strange in adobe [houses] & gardens & orchards well these are English in character expression [stress] thrift & economy ever wheat & barley sown at times beneath the trees but it is the people themselves that are [find] the greatest subject of wonder. They are mostly English & [Norwegian] [drawn from the poorer] classes but not only so but the [ ] doctrines have been the means of culling out all sorts of idiosyncrasies producing [these ] new ones & finding & attracting all that [were] already eccentric in any way You can hardly walk a block in any part of the city without meeting people that attract your attention by some physical or mental defect or [peculiarity] However the “peculiar doctrine” & “peculiar practices” of the Mormon[ism] have affected the bodies & the minds & gestures& physiognomy of the old saints, the juvenile saints little saints boys & girls are as happy & natural loving as possible running free & wild playing & fighting & gathering flrs in delightful freedom & innocence
Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 14 cm.
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