1858 June 26 Letter to Nathan Davis


1858 June 26 Letter to Nathan Davis


Brigham sends money and supplies to encourage work in the pail factory. He believes the current crisis can be resolved diplomatically. The soldiers will remain for the winter but agree not to encamp near settlements or molest property or persons.




[Brigham Young]


Nathan Davis


1858 June 26



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Business Matters

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Provo June 26th. 1858.
Nathan Davis Esqr.
Dear Brother:--
I received a letter from S. A. Woolley per last mail making certain enquiries in relation to business matters connected with the pail Factory. I will answer them to you in this letter and you can give him the reading of it.
We enclose you $200.00 currency to encourage the work and wish you to let Bro. Samuel have a portion of it for his hands. We send two pair of shoes two shovels <& one side of sole leather>. Bro. Dame says that Bro Martin has about 75 lbs of iron which probably you can buy and perhaps some others may have some, if I can I may send you a little.
You can receive labor or property on emigration fund indebtedness and apply it on the works, you are also authorised to draw some supplies from Beaver if you do not receive sufficient from Parowan and cedar as before instructed -- we would be glad to have the pail factory in operation and wish you to aid Bro. Samuel by your counsel and general direction but he had better have the more immediate control of that department. The digging should be done by the yard, and it would be generally better to have such work as can be done by the job.
In regard to news we are all alive yet, and think that our present difficulties will be settled <by> the arts of diplomacy instead of an appeal to arms. This mail bring us the news that the reinforcements had received orders to halt ten days. Col Kane had arrived at Fort Leavonworth about the first of June, and it is supposed this order was given through his Telegraphic despatches from the frontiers to the central government.

The Army under Genl. Johnston is expected to be in or near the City to night. It has been preceded for a week or ten days past by the usual supply of gamblers hangers on and camp loafers who generally swarm around the "immaculate soldiery on our magnanimous country.
The Peace Commissioners are still here, and intend to see the army safely located in winter quarters before they return which we trust will be accomplished in a few days. It is not yet decided where they will make their station. It is agreed that they do not encamp in or near any of our cities, or dense settlements, and will not molest property or person in any of their rights, civil, religious or political. In a word it is a general amnesty for the past and guarantee for the future; only let us preserve our party honor and shirt collar dignity, let us have peace, and all shall be made right. They get the shadow rather at the expense of our feelings it is true but we get the substance. They will doubtless crow over us as having obtained a great victory, but we think we can afford to let them crow a little as that is all they get. The way we look at it they are badly whipped of course it will take some engineering and a little time to ease the things down, but they are exceedingly anxious to be eased down, and that you know makes it easier.
There is a speck of war as you will learn by the papers between the U. S. and England. We bid them Gods speed.

May the Lord bless you and help Israel to triumph
over all her foes.