There is a method in all their madness. Call it fanaticism or what you will. They keep their feet on the ground & their souls well fixed & settled in their bodies, while they utter the most extraord extravagances concerning angels & god & heavens. Their heaven is on the world. Salt Lake. Never so excited as to forget their cows & crops their children’s bread No swooning, contortions, screaming such as occurs in camp meetings there appeared in their first converts [but] were severely frowned & commanded down by the authorities. [There time they sing] goes sweetly & swiftly away so Parley Pratt
Thickets of [sunny] [savory] children who [fear] no one never [ ] though [vigilant] [supervision] kept over [this] & solemnly admonished by the [priesthood] for any serious misdeeds
[ ] all their multiplication of wives and babies [necessarily] of seasons crop grasshoppers [ ] & all [conventionist]
Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 14 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
John Muir, journals, drawings, writings, travel, journaling, naturalist