1860 June 21 Letter to William H Hooper


1860 June 21 Letter to William H Hooper


General Stambaugh will take charge of Government property until the investigation of Dr. Forney concludes. Indians molest mail stations but not the emigration.


Indian Affairs


Brigham Young


William H Hooper


1860 June 21


Great Salt Lake City
Washington D. C.


Indian Affairs

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G.S.L. City, June 21, 1860.

Hon. W.H. Hooper, M.C.,
Washington, D.C.

Dear Brother:-

We have no word from you since since May 21, perhaps owing to your having no information which you deemed of sufficient interest to communicate. Such is more or less the case in regard to home affairs, owing to the even, placid current of Utah events, still, as you are already advised, I purpose writing to you by each mail, until I learn that you are en-route for home, which I could gladly hope is even now the case.

The Express, on the 15th inst., brought a letter to Gen'l. Stambaugh requiring him to take in charge all Gov. property in Dr. Forney's possession, he being suspended until the investigation of his official conduct is determined. The Doctor purposes leaving for Washington in tomorrow's mail coach. Covode and other investigating committees and commissions are rather an expensive and rediculous farce, even to those who are only slightly familiar with the mode in which public business is very frequently if not generally transacted. The Express of the 20th, the first of the semi-weekly (brought the) news to us.

Several days ago the advance companies for California began passing through this City, but in so quiet a manner, so [-], that you are not aware of their presence only as you [--] to see or hear of them. Judge Smith informed me last evening, that this season's emigration had not been molested by Indians on the central route. If the companies organize tolerably strong and conduct with reasonable prudence, I do not apprehend they will be interfered with to any serious extent, if at all. I understand that the Indians continue to occasionally molest some of the mail stations on the above named route, and that two Express riders are still missing.

In addition to labors in gardens and fields, many are busily occupied in making adobies, putting up more sightly and durable fences, erecting buildings, lumbering, &c., insomuch that a loafer, even on whiskey Street is again an unusual sight.

We have fine growing weather, and crops are looking remarkably well.

Money continues scare and goods trade dull, otherwise affairs steadily progress in the direction desired by all who are laboring for the welfare of the human family.

Your family and friends are well, and fondly anticipate soon again enjoying the privilege of rejoicing with you in your mountain home.

Your Brother in the Gospel,

Brigham Young