Camp at Great Salt Lake City

Sept. 30th 1854


My dear Hal,

The mail yesterday brought your letters announcing Kate’s marriage as well as the card of Mr. & Mrs. Landis (directed inside to Mr. & Mrs. __ Reynolds).  I regret to hear of Kate’s sickness & hope by this she is fully established in health as well as in her new home.  I rec’d her letter announcing her engagement the day we reached this place, the 3rd of Augt. & wrote a few lines by the mail which returned immediately.  We have since been moving about the valley looking for a place to water the large amt of stock we have with us, & _____ here in the hopes of getting into quarters for the winter but the buildings selected are not ready for us yet & we are obliged to wait for them.  The next mail I hope to have a long letter ready giving you a full account of our march, &c., &c.

We have heard bad news from Ft. Laramie.  Since we left there the Indians have very unfortunately been successful in cutting off the entire party of men with one officer, sent to them on some business affair.  We cannot yet learn the true account of the cause of the disaster & you doubtless will have all sorts of rumors in the States, in reference to it—& probably a more authentic & reliable account than we have.  I have not time to write more, & only scrawl this so that the mail will not go out without taking something for you.  Give my love to Aunt, Janie, Sam, & Elly & [the next?] when you write, send me some papers, old or new they will be acceptable, & believe me,

Ever your affectionate Brother

John F. Reynolds