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  • 1855 February 16 Letter to Reuben Mud

    Brigham desires all tithing wheat forwarded to the Tithing Office.
  • 1855 February 12 Letter to Elijah Averett

    Brigham approves the appointment of Averett to the presidency of Fort Ephraim and asks Averett to watch over his property.
  • 1855 February 16 Letter to David P. Hoyt

    Due to difficulty obtaining lumber for the State House, Brigham advises they go to Parowan and the Lumber can be credited toward tithing and church subscriptions.
  • 1855 February 10 Letter to Amos Whitcomb

    Brigham counsels Whitcomb that we must all expect our share of trials but we can confidently seek a blessing if we are pure and faithful. The endowment house is nearly complete and could also be a source of healing. If Whitcomb receives his health he should sanctify himself and serve his brethren.
  • 1855 February 10 Letter to Henry S. James

    Brigham requests to purchase items for Tithing project at the same price as items purchased by individuals with cash. If that is not possible he will look elsewhere.
  • 1855 February 9 Letter to E. F. Steptoe

    Brigham gives his opinion that a forceful attempt to take the Pauvan Indians guilty of massacre would result in more lives lost and would be economically costly. He suggests Mr. Bean go among the Indians and gain their cooperation.
  • 1855 February 9 Letter to Brother Simmons

    Accounting should be recorded in a manner that clearly shows gains and losses and demonstrates that each enterprise can stand on its own merits.
  • 1855 February 7 Letter to Franklin D. Richards

    Brigham is grateful for the success of Richard's missionary labors and publications. He affirms that he has not encouraged any Elder to take a wife while on their missions. Brigham givens permission for Elders to return home after two years if they wish and provides update on the Iron company and the death of Chief Walker.
  • 1855 February 7 Letter to John M. Bernhisel

    Expenses for all departments are sent through Bernhisel and Congress should continue appropriations as claims are processed. Brigham counsels Bernhisel not to feel troubled if Col. Steptoe declines an appointment as governor. Brigham is excited about the publication of the Luminary and other publications to come and gives an update on Indian affairs.
  • 1855 February 7 Letter to Julia Ann Wells

    Since Joseph Smith's death few Elders have been sent to the Sates, but Brigham gives Wells the names of a few Elders she can locate for answers.
  • 1855 February 7 Letter to Messrs. Dill, Parsons & Banks

    All who profess faith in Christ and Godly sorrow that leads to repentance are fit for baptism and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. For further information Brigham refers the inquirers to the missionaries.
  • 1855 February 7 Letter to James Pace

    Brigham rejoices in the prosperity of the missionary work and gives an update on the progress of the Temple foundation.
  • 1855 February 6 Letter to John Taylor

    Brigham rejoices in the success of the work. He gives updates on the California mission, local government matters, the death of Indian Walker and the sugar manufactory. He urges Taylor to exert his influence in favor of the Railway going through Salt Lake. There are rumors that the the federal government intends to send forces to exterminate the Pawnees and Sioux Indians and Brigham sincerely hopes this is not the case.
  • 1855 February 7 Letter to Milo Andrus

    Brigham gives details on the type of Engine to purchase and a request to seek safe passage to Utah. Chief Walker died of lung inflammation and a new Indian Agent was assigned to Utah.
  • 1855 February 7 Message

    Dimick B. Huntington is deputized and sent to pacify the Indians.
  • 1855 February 6 Letter to Erastus Snow

    Brigham rejoices over the success of the missionary work and applauds the publication of the "Luminary". He sends instructions about the ordered Steam engine and cards for the woolen factory.
  • 1855 February 6 Letter to William P. Hyer

    In answer to an inquiry Brigham responds that he does not know of any openings for clerks in Utah and although Utah is open to all people, potential emigrants should understand that the citizens are peculiar and willing to sacrifice and endure all for their religious beliefs.
  • 1855 February 6 Letter to Gutelius Snyder

    In response to a request for newspapers Snyder is directed to apply to editors Erastus Snow or John Taylor and Brigham will pass the letter on to Albert Carrington, editor.
  • 1854 August 26 Letter to Bishop E. Lee

    A request for aid and supplies to assist an emigrating wagon train. Includes instructions and a list of needed supplies.
  • 1854 August 27 Penitentiary Progress Report

    An itemized progress report for the building of the penitentiary.
  • 1855 February 6 Letter to Orson Spencer

    Brigham is not discouraged about the currently dim prospects in Ohio. The Lord is in control. He agrees that a conference would have a positive effect. Tears of sympathy may be shed for the consequences of wickedness now transpiring but he counsels to seek the humble and virtuous and look forward to a day when the earth will be purified. Due to the influence of the Spirit there has been peace with the Indians unequaled in all the nation.
  • 1855 February 6 Letter to Curtis Williams

    The qualifications for baptism are honesty and obedience. Williams is counseled to seek out one of the Elders back East for further guidance.
  • 1855 February 7 Letter to J. F. Kinney

    Brigham can meet at 3:00 pm in the Tithing Office.
  • 1854 September 29 Penitentiary Progress Report

    A signed and notarized financial progress report for the building of the Penitentiary on Big Kanyon Creek.
  • 1855 February 3 Letter to Arrowpin [Arrowpeen] and the Utahs

    Brigham sends condolences over the death of Chief Walker and urges no further violence. He teaches that no one has the right to take the life of another and points out that no one took Walkers life but the Great Spirit.