1858 June 9 Letter to Isaac C. Haight


1858 June 9 Letter to Isaac C. Haight


Brigham gives an update on the evacuation of Salt Lake City. He proposes that he and others meet with the peace commissioners to learn the intentions of the Government and gives an update on recovered animals and Indian affairs.




Brigham Young


Isaac C. Haight


1858 June 9



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Provo, June 9. 1858.

Pres. Isaac C. Haight,

Dear Brother:-- Late reports from Bros. Dames & Bean are highly satisfactory, demonstrating that there are places undesirable to all who value earthly comfort and riches above the blessings flowing from obedience to the gospel. Families, grain &c. are nearly all moved from north of this county, and nearly every man, woman, and child rejoices in the movement thus far, recognizing the hand of the Lord therein.

Gov. Cumming returned to G. S. L. City on the 8th inst. and it is stated that Peace Commissioners from Prest. Buchanan arrived in the City on the 7th. In company with Prests. Kimball and Wells, those of the Twelve now here, and some others of the brethren, I purpose visiting G. S. L. City, to-morrow, when it is probable we may receive some information which will have more or less influence on our next movements.

On the 4th inst. some Indians killed Brothers Terkelson and Caruff and Brother James Yonkerson and wife while they were peacefully travelling unarmed, through Salt Creek Kanyon, on their way to San Pete Valley.

Bp. Warren S. Snow and a small party operating from information derived from a friendly Indian intercepted a thieving band of Indians on the way to Camp Scott with a band of horses and mules stolen from Beaver, and succeeded in recovering 43 of the stolen animals; the thieves had started from Beaver with 76 animals, horses, and mules and 6 oxen, some of which they had killed, and others they succeeded in scattering beyond the reach of Bro. Snow and company.

Some 140 lodges of Utahs and Yampah Utahs lately arrived here from starving through the winter around Camp Scott; they are now encamped near the mouth of Spanish Fork Kanyon, and notwithstanding they came in nearly starved, and I have furnished them several beeves and several thousand pounds of flour, still many of them are disposed to be a little saucy, and incapable of appreciating true kindness.

Please counsel with the bishops in regard to furnishing Bro. Nathan Davis and the other public hands at work in your Presidency such provision and other articles customarily furnished them as they may need.
All is well.

Your brother in the gospel,

(Signed) Brigham Young

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