1855 February 9 Letter to Brother Simmons

Title

1855 February 9 Letter to Brother Simmons

Description

Accounting should be recorded in a manner that clearly shows gains and losses and demonstrates that each enterprise can stand on its own merits.

Type

Correspondence

Sender

Daniel Mackintosh

Recipient

Brother Simmons

Date

1855 February 9

Location

[Great Salt Lake City]

Number of Pages

2

Subject

Business Matters
Finances

extracted text

February 9th 1855.
Bro. Simmons,
For the better arrangement of the Books under your charge, and <that> the interest of the different accounts, Departments,& enterprises be more clearly identified, so that each may present its gain or loss, with but little labor to arrive at it,
It would be well to be particular, and it is the only correct way to attain the object desired, viz, That each Department of the Public Works be <properly> charged & credited with is Receipts and disbursements.
For Example
The Machine Shop should be charged with the total time of the men each week, and the Material; and credited with the avails of that time & material.
The Carpenter shop the same, and all others in the same way manner throughout the entire works, Quarry, Sand Pile, &c &c included.
I do not know but this has been your former method of Keeping the books, if so all right, if not it should be adopted so that each enterprise, like personal worth, May stand on its own basis, and exhibit to whom it may concern, the gain or loss made by embarking in it.

It is true, that it wi ll take some time to effect the object desired, but it requires a commencement. President Young is particularly desirous, that order, plainness, correctness, & brevity should characterise all the branches, not only of the Public Works, in this city in the Bookskeeping Department but also where ever his jurisdiction extends.
I hope these few suggestions will meet with your co-operation as far as may be.
I Remain
Your Friend & Brother,

Daniel Mackintosh Clerk

Item sets

February 9th 1855.

Bro. Simmons,

For the better arrangement of the Books under your charge, and <that> the interest of the different accounts, Departments,& enterprises be more clearly identified, so that each may present its gain or loss, with but little labor to arrive at it,
It would be well to be particular, and it is the only correct way to attain the object desired, viz, That each Department of the Public Works be <properly> charged & credited with is Receipts and disbursements.

For Example
The Machine Shop should be charged with the total time of the men each week, and the Material; and credited with the avails of that time & material.

The Carpenter shop the same, and all others in the same way manner throughout the entire works, Quarry, Sand Pile, &c &c included.

I do not know but this has been your former method of Keeping the books, if so all right, if not it should be adopted so that each enterprise, like personal worth, May stand on its own basis, and exhibit to whom it may concern, the gain or loss made by embarking in it.

It is true, that it wi ll take some time to effect the object desired, but it requires a commencement. President Young is particularly desirous, that order, plainness, correctness, & brevity should characterise all the branches, not only of the Public Works, in this city in the Bookskeeping Department but also where ever his jurisdiction extends.

I hope these few suggestions will meet with your co-operation as far as may be.

I Remain
Your Friend & Brother,

Daniel Mackintosh Clerk