1861 November 8 Letter to Dwight Eveleth


1861 November 8 Letter to Dwight Eveleth


Counsel for Brother Gibson to be conservative in his expenditures and encouragement for the California Saints to assist his missionary endeavors.




Brigham Young


Dwight Eveleth


1861 November 8


Great Salt Lake City
San Francisco, California

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G. S. L. City, Nov. 8, 1861,

Elder Dwight Eveleth,
San Francisco, Cal.,

Dear Brother: Your favors of Aug. 5, and Oct 10 and 24 came safe to hand. Your demand of $100 on br. Nye, as mentioned in yours of Aug. 5, was some <time> ago forwarded to Ogden City, with the request that it be arranged as speedily as consistent, but as yet there is no report as to the result.

Br. J. M. Ide paid the $50 forwarded by him, subject to Mr's Carlsen's order.

From Captain Gibson's letters, latest date Sep. 19, I am led to conclude that his labors are productive of much good on the Sandwich Islands, but in regarding to owning a vessel, at least for some time to come, I entirely agree with you in the opinion that, however convenient and gratifying it might be, it would be far from profitable, for which reason I am not aware how such an operation could at present be undertaken. Br. Gibson writes that the Saints in those Islands are very poor, and have few facilities for bettering their temporal condition. Under these circumstances, should the brethren and others in California feel able and willing to donate to his assistance where he is now laboring and to forward him toward his special field, when he is ready to proceed, it will be right. At the same time wisdom will dictate to Cap. Gibson the requirement to feel his way prudently on Lanai or elsewhere, and not take too enthusiastic or strong a hold where pecuniary liabilities are concerned, lest he meets disappointment and loss. Time we all
have; money we have not near to the amount we think we could use to advantage both at home and in immigrating the Saints from England and other places so important to remove them from.

I have neither seen nor heard anything of the person concerning whom Mr Hart wrote, as  you can inform him; should I obtain the desired information, I will at once advise you or Mr. Hart.

The weather continues very mild and pleasant, highly favorable to the prosecution of the various out-door labors incident to the season, and the people are busily occupied in completing improvements, sowing winter wheat, hauling wood and coal, &c. We expect soon to have the roof on our massive and commodious theatre, wh(en) we will proceed at once to so far complete and furnish the inside as to have it ready for use during the coming winter.

As you have doubtless ere this learned the telegraphic wire on the 18 and 24 ult., placed us in almost instantaneous communication with our farthest continental neighbors east and west, but the latest dates contain no news of any thrilling interest.

Your Brother in the Gospel

Brigham Young