1853 Letter to John C. S. Smith

Title

1853 Letter to John C. S. Smith

Description

An update on various news items from the Utah Territory. Concerns a discovery of a coal bed at Coal Creek, progress on the building of the temple, the wheat harvest, politics and emigration.

Type

Correspondence

Sender

Brigham Young

Recipient

John C.S. Smith

Date

1853

Location

Great Salt Lake City

Subject

Personal
Industry
Building and Construction

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Great Salt Lake City

Bro. John C. S. Smith
As we hearing news from you of country, presuming that you would like to hear from us occasionally I improve a few moments in writing to you.
I have received specimens of coal from a newly discovered bed on Coal Creek, said to be 9 feet thick and to have a good floor & roof and it has every appearance of being an excelent quality of bituminous coal, and I understand that much labor has been spent on the road to it, all of which is exceedingly gratifying to us and will tend to increase our stock of fuel & facilitate the manufacturing iron, in which we are all so much interested in common with you.
On our part we are urging on the wall around the Temple block at a rapid rate, & nearly one half of it is ready for laying the adobies. & the ground is nearly excavated for the foundation of the Temple.
Our wheat harvest began on the 27th of last month, & promises to be abundant, and all our crops look finely.
My wheat was ground at my flouring mill, just South of this City on the 5th inst. & old wheat flour begin to appear quite plentifully, showing that the scarcity has been more <in> imagination than reality, which I was aware of all the while.
We shall vote for Doctor John M. Bernhisel for our Delegate to Congress at the next general election, on the lst Monday of August next, which I presume will be generally satisfactory to the people of Utah, as the Doctor has hitherto pursued quite a gentlemanly & judicious course in that capacity , doing the best that he could, & persons will
Numerous emigrants city, & trading
Our immigration this year now they are getting along and they are blessed abund families, their homes, lands, & so long as they walk in the light
Hearing nothing to in peace and prosperity.
I thank our heavenly father to his Saints, & pray that he will that your counsels may continue to

Truly & Sincerely
Your Brother in the Gospel

Brigham Young

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Great Salt Lake City 

 
Bro. John C. S. Smith 

As we [ ] hearing news from you [ ] of country, presuming that you would like to hear from us occasionally I improve a few moments in writing to you. 

I have received specimens of coal from a newly discovered bed on Coal Creek, said to be 9 feet thick and to have a good floor & roof and it has every appearance of being an excelent quality of bituminous coal, and I understand that much labor has been spent on the road to it, all of which is exceedingly gratifying to us and will tend to increase our stock of fuel & facilitate [] the manufacturing iron, in which we are all so much interested in common with you. 

On our part we are urging on the wall around the Temple block at a rapid rate, & nearly one half of it is ready for laying the adobies.  & the ground is nearly excavated for the foundation of the Temple. 

Our wheat harvest began on the 27th of [?] last month, & promises to be abundant, and all our crops look finely. 

My wheat was ground at my flouring mill, just South of [? ] this City on the 5th inst. & old wheat flour begin to appear quite plentifully, showing that the scarcity has been [?] more <in> imagination than reality, which I was aware of all the while. 

We shall vote for Doctor John M. Bernhisel for our Delegate to Congress at the next general election, on the lst Monday of August next, which I presume will be generally satisfactory to the people of Utah, as the Doctor has hitherto pursued quite [?] a gentlemanly & judicious course in that capacity , doing the best that [?] he could, & persons will 

Numerous emigrants city, [?] & trading 

Our immigration this year now they are getting along and they are blessed abund families, their homes, lands, & so long as they walk in the light 

Hearing nothing to in peace and prosperity. 

I thank our heavenly father to his Saints, & pray that he will that your counsels may continue to 

 

Truly & Sincerely 

Your Brother in the Gospel 

Brigham Young