1860 June 28 Letter to William H Hooper


1860 June 28 Letter to William H Hooper


An inquiry into Congressional acts and what the Homestead Bill entails. Updates are given on the ox train and the preparations for the festivities in July.




Brigham Young


William H Hooper


1860 June 28


Great Salt Lake City
Washington D. C.

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Overland Travel

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G.S.L. City, June 28, 1860.

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

Dear Brother:-It is hardly probably that you will receive this letter ere your departure from Washington, but it may reach you at some point short of home, and cheer you by a weeks later news of the welfare of friends and prosperity of home.

The Express, arrived June 22, brought your welcome favor of June 11; and that on the 26th furnished the full proceedings of the Baltimore convention on the 18th and 19th of June, with a penciled postscript that the Delegates had a "big fight" on the 20th, but leaving us ignorant as to whether the "fight" was with words, fists, or some more potent weapons. I also learn from slips, by last Express, that the Homestead Bill had passed, but no particulars of its features.

I was pleased to learn that brothers Cannon and Moffitt were well, and that br. Horace was able to pass about so rapidly, as he has but a short time in which to transact quite an amount and variety of business. The capacity of the oxtrain to Florence will be furnished to br. Horace by br. Joseph W, Young more accurately than we can forward it from here, and doubtless in ample time for transactions to the extent funds and prudence will warrant.

From our latest dates I learn that Congress thinks of holding on until from the 1st to the middle of July, if so we are likely to be disappointed in our anticipations of your accompanying us in our excursion on the 24th prox., in which we anticipate much recreation, rest, and enjoyment, and had often hoped that we should be privileged with your participation.

The County authorities have taken the 4th of July in hand, and are making preparations to celebrate the day with much enthusiasm, judging from the programme which announces much fireing, many flags, and addresses, speeches, &c., without number.

No change to note in home affairs, except that the overland emigration is passing thorough with increasing numbers, and the nail factory is ready for operation.

Your family and friends are well, and are anxious to greet you with a warm and "well done" welcome at the earliest practicable date.

Your Brother in the Gospel,

Brigham Young