1868 January 2 Letter to Erastus Snow


1868 January 2 Letter to Erastus Snow


Settlements should not be built on Indian land. Brigham asks for a report on the Muddy settlements. The missions in Europe and the Southern States are successful.


Indian Affairs


Brigham Young


Erastus Snow


1868 January 2


Great Salt Lake City
St George, Washington County


Indian Affairs
Missionary Work


Presidents Office,
G. S. L. City
Jan. 2nd 1868.

Erastus Snow
St George, Washington Co.

Dear Brother:-Your welcome favor dated 8th ult. has been duly received and the contents perused with much pleasure. The good work is we feel assured, progressing favorably under your administration and may God continue to inspire the hearts of the Saints that situations may be well chosen for cities and farming land. And while upon this subject I will mention a rumour which has reached me. It is said the Indians are willing our settlements should be formed on land lying below the old California road or on the west of that road, I think this applies to Settlements on and near the Muddy. But I would like you to see that no Settlements are made which will infringe upon the rights of the Indians, or land occupied by our people which would irritate them for well we know it is to our interests to maintain peaceful relations with the aborigines of the Country.

Brother Orson Arnold brings a very flattering report of the muddy country, and I have no doubt that it will prove the granery of our southern settlements, if the brethren are permitted to dwell there in peace

On your return from locating settlements on the Muddy I would like a sketch of your labors, and as near as may be the situation of the brethren and their feelings who are settling there.

Reports from England and the Scandinavian Missions are very flattering, and many are being added to the Church, and the Saints are rejoicing in anticipation of deliverance

We also have late advices from bro John Brown who is laboring in the Southern States, he and brother Dusenbery are making converts where ever they preach, and if they way continues open numbers will be gathered out from the States another Season. The people of the South are wonderfully humbled and their minds tolerably well prepared to receive the gospel, and they are glad to be released from the dominations of negroes and negro worshippers.

The kingdom of God is onward and upward, and we pray that the blessings of God may be upon you.

I remain Your Brother in the Gospel.
Brigham Young.