W. Hepworth Dixon tells us that the Mormons regard the Red Indians as a branch of the Hebrew race, who lost their priesthood, and with it their colour, intelligence, and physiognomy, through disobedience. In time the wild-olive branch will be restored, become white in colour, and will act as a nation of priests.
(New America, i. 15.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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