1868 March 31 Letter to Dwight Eveleth


1868 March 31 Letter to Dwight Eveleth


Eveleth's brother-in-law dies. The wise and prudent do not always win the financial race. Brigham offers Eveleth employment. Despite money being scarce, $50,000 has been donated to the emigration.




Brigham Young


Dwight Eveleth


1868 March 31


Great Salt Lake City
San Francisco, California

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Business Matters
Financial Matters

Salt Lake City,
March 31, 1868.

Elder Dwight Eveleth;
San Francisco, California

Dear Brother:-

Your welcome favor of the 10th inst., with inclosed bill, is safely to hand, for which please accept my thanks.

I was <much pleased> to learn of the comfortable health of yourself and family, and sympathize with you in the decease of your Brother-in-law.

In relation to your worldly prosperity and the condition of your Brother-in-law's estate, both of you having labored faithfully and lived prudently and economically, I presume you have experienced that the race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither riches to men of wisdom. Should circumstances so transpire that you at any time need assistance, please do me the favor to inform me, that I may have the gratification of rendering you such aid as I may have in my power.

I have factories, mills, farms and much property and business that require looking after, now, how will it suit you to come here, with your family and your Brother-in-law's family, and cast in your lot with me and help me and let me, in return, help you? I am considerably of the opinion that your so doing would result beneficially to both our interests. Please give the subject your candid reflection.

Money continues very scarce here and business, as a consequence, still dull. Spring is opening favorably for putting in crops, and if the harvests are good they will tend to make operations livelier. But even amid the great scarcity of money the zeal and liberality of the brethren is such that $50,000 in money has already been donated for the gathering of the poor, besides large numbers of Cattle which we may have a chance to exchange for money in time for this seasons operations. The people are also busily preparing to send 500 four-yoke teams to the terminus of the railroad, with flour, dried fruit, meat, &c., exhibiting marvelous liberality and efforts for the deliverance of their brethren in foreign lands. My health, and that of the people generally, is good. May God bless you and yours is the prayer of, Your Borther in the Gospel,

Brigham Young