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over 6000 feet is reached. One pair of horses and scraper moves about 60 yds in ordinary work. To create this scraper force I would use horses mules & oxen as they can be had. The scraper made by Soule and sent out here as a sample is a good one better than the eastern scrapers. I hope this matter of scraper force will receive immediate attention.
I think the earth work on the Mormon contract will be completed by the 1st Dec
I have agreed with another party and expect to make the contract to morrow morning for the grading of so much work as they can do until they meet us from the west. They commencing at the west end of the Mormon contract and working west. I think they will be able to do a good deal of work. It appears as though we can get all the force we may require at this end, but men are reluctant to go so far
from the base of supplies as is the work west of the Mormon Contract. Barley here is scarce and worth 12 cts. I think Sissons should move supplies out to Humboldt wells. They can be put there so as to supply contractors for 75 miles east of that point much cheaper and more certain than from here. I wish you would also give this matter immediate consideration.
On arrival here I found your letters of the inst. I am glad to find you view the accepted line of the C P R R as the true one, it is my own conclusion. In coming out and thinking the thing over I came to that conclusion and had resolved to act on it. I have told Montague to organize a force here at once to have the line ready at as early a day as possible for the grader to commence at Weber and work west, at this time it appears to me that I would
prefer that the Union people should commence and occupy their line before we commence work on ours. Then they certainly will not be on our line and consequently not on the Pacific RR line. But to morrow I shall try and get posted and things may appear differently. This is Sunday and though I have been pretty busy and picked up several items I cannot see Brigham and until he is seen but little is sure here Charley.
But now as always the great point is to push the track. The grading though must first be done that is not to be lost sight of. Cold weather is close at hand. I felt its breath camping out.
The Mormon men will not go west of their contract this winter but will work east unless Brigham Young should go object.
If scrapers are used between the Cannon and Humboldt wells, then carts can go at an early day on to to the rolling country east of the wells.
Yours truly Leland Stanford
Ogden Utah Nov 3d 1868
Received at Sac Nov 3 720 pm
To Crocker or Mark Hopkins
Send special message to Phelps to move forward to north pass of Roans Mountains relieve Ives and have him come Salt Lake soon as possible must have Ives here some one take his place Montague says Slade can complete location to Humboldt in time much here have to wait Ives arrival