1858 June 7 Letter to Arrowpeen [Arrowpin]


1858 June 7 Letter to Arrowpeen [Arrowpin]


Brigham congratulates the Chief on a good crop and praises him for retrieving stolen horses. He urges the Chief to return some of the horses to their owners.


Indian Affairs


Brigham Young


Chief Arrowpeen


1858 June 7



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Provo City June 7th. 1858.
Arrow Peen Chief of the Utahs:-

We learn by Bro Snow of your continued good feeling and good acts. It was a good act to go and get those horses. You have universally manifested a good Spirit, of this we feel glad, for we have always sought to do you and your people good. We are sorry when we hear of depredations being committed and our people killed as is frequently the case. We regret to learn that some of our people have been killed at Salt Creek. We do not know yet what Indians it is that has done this foul murder, but we shall soon know, and trust that you will endeavour to bring them to justice we are not made with any of the Indians except those who are guilty, and we are sorry that any Indians should be blind to their true interests and thus seek to destroy their best friends. Those Indians could not possibly have had any thing against those whom they killed. We feel a great desire to have you do well and to have a good influence over your tribe and cause them to be good.

We are glad that your crops look so well. This grain will if properly taken care of be a great advantage to you. In regard to the horses that you and Bro Snow got back from those Indians who stole them from the Beaver Valley we think you should be willing to share equally with those who went out with you, Bro Snow had 32 men and you had 8 you see that this would take all the horses that you obtained and the Brethren who lost their horses would get none. We are very much pleased with the way you have done and are willing that you should be reasonably satisfied for your trouble and Bro Snow will make it all right with you hoping that you will be willing to do right, and let the Brethren have as many of their horses as possible.

Continue to live on your farm cultivate the earth and raise stock for your subsistence and influence as many of the Utahs to do the same as you can. If you can succeed in leading your tribe to do this you will have accomplished more good for your people than any other chief in all the mountains and your people will be more quiet better fed and supplied than any others. If you feel as though you ought to keep 12 horses please to let the Brethren have those horses and mule which belong to their teams and which they work and make up the number from the others.

I am as ever your Brother and
the Brother of all good men

Brigham Young