Rec'd June 16/68
Salt Lake June 9th 1868
We have been pretty industrious and at last it appears as though we may get help from President Young without waiting until he can man the work he has undertaken for the U Pacific.
His contract is from the mouth of [Weber?] to Echo Canon and thirty miles from mouth of [?] north or south to the Lake as the line may be located.
His contract is to complete the work by the 1st of November.
From Echo eastward (the exact distance I do not know) about 31 miles the contract is let to another firm. Brigham has not got his men as yet, only a small part of them. The price he pays is not satisfactory. But of this I have become satisfied he will get what he wants and that his followers will not work for any one else while he wants [?] without his sanction
I have got his consent to engage
his son - who is now up in [Weber?] Canon. I start tomorrow morning to see him and with Mr Gray to examine the canon.
To make the arrangement will cost big money or a big contract. I am included to make an arrangement by which Brighams son shall undertake to furnish the men and to help push the work as we want it and receive so much, conditional upon the grading being accomplished as we want it
It is no use to undertake by letter to tell you the whole story of affairs here. Col Seymore & Mrs Reed are here.
When I arrived they thought they had it all their own way, Brigham was cold and close but I have I think got pretty near to him. He and every body here was dead set for the southern rout. How to meet this bothered me a good deal but this afternoon being pressed I was able to find good reasons why they would be most benefitted
by the northern work. There does not seem any of them to be aware of the location from Humboldt wells to the north end of the Lake. I have not thought it advisable to enlighten them.
Col Seymour told me they expected to be at the mouth of Weberly the first of January. They lay track night and day.
Have Charley double his energy and do what is necessary to secure what labor is required to push the road to its utmost. Any thing less than the utmost that can be done will very likely end in defeat and forewared as we are any thing less than the utmost that can be done will merrit it.
I received your letter to day and feel very much strengthened by it. With tthe knowledge that we can get the iron I know better what to do here. But it has been pretty difficult navigating here and it requires care now to avoid getting on to the breakers, which are devilish close, but I think I see the way out. It is late and we start to morrow at 3 am
This letter will serve to give you my impressions of the prospect. I think that work in Weber will go slow in the [?] of the U Pacific fellows