Great Salt Lake City Jan: 5, 1852
Indian Agent, Utah Ter:
I am credibly informed that there are about fifty lodges of Indians on or near the Box Elder <in Weber County> who have in their possession, money, tools, implements, household furniture, and such things as Emigrants generally carry with them on going to California, and it is supposed they are the Indians who have been killing and robbing Emigrants on Mary's River the past week.
Those Indians are now trading [?] with the whites in the north part of said county. I wish [illegible] and Major Holeman, and assist in ferreting out this matter, and you will act as shall seem right and proper
If you ascertain the Indians who have been committing the depredations on Mary's river, it is absolutely necessary that you take them into custody or dispose of them in such a manner, as shall prevent them from continuing their depredations on Emigrants.
Respectfully, your friend
Ex Officio, Superintendent of Indian Affairs