1859 March 4 Letter to Horace S. Eldredge


1859 March 4 Letter to Horace S. Eldredge


Letter contains updates on transporting mules and machinery across the plains, the deseret alphabet and includes a message for Brother Coward.




Brigham Young


Horace S. Eldredge
Brother Coward


1859 March 4


Great Salt Lake City
[St. Louis, MO]

Number of Pages



Overland Travel

Item sets

Great Salt Lake City, Mar 4. 1859

Horace S. Eldredge Esq.

Dear brother,

It is getting somewhat late to begin writing to you by this mail, but I thought I would drop you a line & that you would like to hear from us as often as possible.  There is nothing of very great importance to write, the winter has been a long one & there is now more snow in the city than it has been this winter before; it has been snowing all afternoon to day.  We hope for a change before long or the cattle must suffer.  The mail arrives every week from the East but Congress has done so little we have not had much news.  Tell all who wish to emigrate hither and are able, to come on and the rest as far as they can, to Genoa or the Black Hills if a settlement be made there.

I wish to say to bro. Joseph W. or whoever takes charge of the Jacks & Jennies that I wish to have them carefully lead by the halter over the plains especially over the saleratus places & not to stop in those places at all but drive on rather than stay where there is any.

We think of having some one go east to get some printing done on the Des. Alphabet type, if it can be done cheaper in England than in the states perhaps we will have it done there.  We want a dictionery among the rest.

Bro. E. R. Young, Homer and Danl. Davis & some others will start soon for the States and we shall send some teams for that portion of the woolen machinery which is needed also a few mule teams for that portion of the woolen machinery which is needed also a few mule teams to aid in bringing up our goods.  Please say to bro Coward I received his letters for which he has my thanks; we like to hear often from the boys east:  also that the Howard farm is of sale but the notes he sent are not available to secure anything and if he desires to do anything in this matter he would do best to come himself.  He is at liberty to come home:  Bro Coward merits our thanks for his faithfulness.

Your friend & brother.

Brigham Young

(To Messrs Eldredge & Coward)