Gt Salt Lake City,
June 16th, 1866.
Elder John T. Caine
Box 3957 Post Office New York City
I am desirous of purchasing a Loom of Messrs Branson Brothers' Manufacture, 131 West Fifth Street, Cincinnati Ohio, and having it freighted to me this season. It will weigh about 400 lbs. and they have written to me profering me one at $110 (the selling price being $150). It will be necessary to obtain a book containing drawings and the directions needed to put it up.
I wish you to purchase also about one thousand dollars ($1000 00/100) worth of goods for the Theatre, about which you have written to Bro. D. O. Calder, and have them brought along.
We are having peaceful times in the City, and the prospects for crops are very good. We have very high water, Jordan is particularly high, higher than it has been at any time since our arrival here. We have had a very wet and cool season until within a few days. The weather now is very warm and pleasant. The Indians have been troublesome of late. Black Hawk has collected a considerable number of renegades from the various bands and tribes, and has been bold in his depredations. Directions have been given to the Saints in San Pete, Sevier and the other new Counties, to concentrate into large settlements and build forts. President Wells started for San Pete Co. on Monday, the 11th instant, with a company of twenty-five men. He will push forward as energetically as possible the fortifying of the settlements, that the people may be able to dwell secure from Indian depredations and attacks. On Sunday last, the 10th, the Indians made a raid on Round Valley, Millard Co. and drove off 150 head of cattle and 75 horses, and killed Father Ivie and another man. They moved Eastward with the stock. At the crossing of the Sevier Gen. W. B. Pace, who was out with a scouting party of 25 men, fell in with them on Monday, the 11, and a fight ensued. Though the brethren were outnumbered three to one, without counting the Indians who were guarding the stock, the succeeded in inflicting severe loss on the Indians; and, what is worthy of notice, though compelled to fight on the open ground, and part of the time under a heavy cross fire, they lost neither a man nor a horse, one of the brethren only being shot in the leg, but not so seriously as to disable him from active service. The Indians were too numerous for the brethren to recover the stock.
Colonel Heber P. Kimball's command came up that evening, and on the morning of the 12th a command of about 86 men started for Grass Valley, the rendezvous of the Indians. We are expecting intelligence from them every hour. Since bro. wells started upwards of 80 men have started from this City to San Pete Co. accept my love and remember me to Bro. Thomas Taylor and all the Elders who may be with you, in which Bro. Geo. Q. and the other brethren join.
Praying the Lord to bless you,
I remain Your Brother,