1858 March 24 Letter to Tarlton Lewis


1858 March 24 Letter to Tarlton Lewis


A request for wagon teams and supplies for the upcoming emigration of many families out of Great Salt Lake City. Includes brief directions regarding lumber and mill maintenance, as well as an inquiry about water power and available land for planting sugar.




[Brigham Young]


Tarlton Lewis


1858 March 24


Great Salt Lake City


Utah War

G. S. L. City, March 24, 1858.

Bishop Tarleton Lewis,

Dear Brother:   You will learn by the Circular, 2 copies of which are now forwarded to you, that the present policy has varied somewhat from the past.  Please loan no one the Circulars, except those who will faithfully return them.  You will understand that we shall need many teams for the present movement, and we expect you to assist us as much as you can consistently, and to furnish covers and bows to the wagons you send to our aid, so far as you have them.  You can begin to send teams here for families, &c. as soon as the weather and roads are sufficiently settled.  As <we shall> not sow nor plant any more north of Utah county this season, you will see the propriety of raising all the flax, sugar cane, California barley, potatoes and other vegetables, &c. you may be able to.  Can I get water power in your place to attach a carding machine to, without the trouble of building a dam, digging a race, &c.  please inform and also whether I can have an acre or two of ground upon which to raise sugar cane.  Be kind enough to see that the saw mill at Parowan is kept in reasonably good order, well stocked with logs, and kept cutting all the lumber that the water and mill will allow, that lumber may be on hand for those who may stop at your place for this season, and perhaps longer, as at present it is intended to make headquarters at Parowan.

Your Brother in the Gospel,

[Brigham Young]