1859 August 18 Letter to George Q. Cannon


1859 August 18 Letter to George Q. Cannon


Updates are given on Indian matters, the military and the progress of the emigration. Cannon is to remain in his position.




Brigham Young


George Q. Cannon


1859 August 18


Great Salt Lake City
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Indian Affairs

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G. S. L. City. Aug. 18. 1859.

Elder George Q. Cannon,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dear Brother:--
Not in answer to letter from you, for I have not received one in a long time, but because I am aware that it will be very acceptable I now write. The mails are no more reliable than heretofore, yet a letter occasionally reaches its destination, though still rather too uncertain to intrust <it> with matters of much moment.

The general news and court proceedings you will learn considerably in detail in the 'News'. How the present difficulty between the troops and Northern Indians will terminate, is yet in the future. It is quite probable that the Indians will endeavor to keep out of reach, in accordance with their common practice.

Several camp followers, &c. at Camp Floyd are becoming somewhat restive under the disappointment attending the non-accomplishment of their cherished plans, and it is highly probable that Genl Johnston is kept pretty well occupied in efforts to preserve a proper regime within and around the Camp.

Bros. H. S. Eldredge, J. W. Young and J. W. Coward arrived here on the 15 inst. and report the different emigrating companies making good progress and enjoying good health and spirits.

The hand cart company will be met on or near Green River, with a supply of provisions, and will probably arrive in about two weeks.

So many goods have arrived, are arriving, and are to arrive, that our market has taken quite a change in favor of buyers. Goods are being freely offered at cost and 20 cents per pound for freight, but there is little money for purchases, and there is every prospect that they will yet be much lower. Sugar is now retailing at from 35 to 37(1/2) cents per pound, and wholesaling at 30, with most other articles selling at like rates.

Our wheat crop has generally turned out well, and corn has never looked so promising.

Your family and friends are well, and it is deemed best for you to remain a little longer in your present field of labor

Man proposes, but God disposes. Man appoints, but God disappoints. and though the heathen rage and the people imagine vain things, He who ruleth in the heavens will laugh to scorn the power and devices of those who oppose his work in the latter days

Please give my best regards to special Friends whom, with yourself and all friends of truth, I pray the Lord to bless.

Your Brother in the Gospel

Brigham Young

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