[On First Presidency stationery]
CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST
P.O. Box B Salt Lake City, U.T. [Salt Lake City, Utah Territory]
June 25th, 1884 [Wednesday 25 Jun 1884]
Mrs. Elisabeth R. Snow [Elizabeth Rebecca Ashby Snow, b. 1831], St George [St. George, Utah]
My Dearly beloved wife, I this morning telegraphed my arrival- Have seen Josephine [Josephine Snow, b. 1859] & Martha [Martha Ellen Snow, b. 1865]. Also Jos. M. Taner [Joseph M. Tanner] who is down today with his wife and it is arranged to finish up matters tonight and start him on his Mission to Germany Monday 6th July [6 Jul 1884] - Just when the girls will be ready to start home is yet uncertain but Josephine [Josephine Snow, b. 1859] said today she would like to go early in July [Jul 1884] if oppertunity [opportunity] offers. Perhaps one of the boys and Buggy could come [to] Milford [Milford, Utah] for them with Doll [horse] & Mahonris [Mahonri Moriancumr Snow, b. 1847] little horse or Moroni’s [Moroni Snow, b. 1858] (That is if other horses should be busy- How are all at home? Is Ashby [Ashby Snow, b. 1867] in store? has Nelle [mare] a colt [?] - Did you see a dispatch for me after I left home or before announcing Lucy’s [Lucy Simmons Snow, b. 1855] accouchment [accouchement – confinement during childbirth] and a daughter? If so why did you not forward it to Cedar [Cedar City, Utah ?]? She is doing well, your folks all well. Jeddie Stringham is to Mary [marry] a girl by name of Hoagan [Hoggan ?] (Scotch girl) tomorrow [Thursday 26 Jun 1884] and is to keep the 11th ward store for Freeze [?]- Zilla [Barzilla ?] still with her Mothers Mother- Harriets [Harriet Orilla Peters Snow, b. 1857] big room is divided into Parlor bedroom, kitchen & pantry- quite cozy- did a manuscript of a sermon for my examination arrive at your house either before I got home or since? George Gibs [George Gibbs] says he sent one- If you or E. B. [Erastus Beman Snow, b. 1853] can find it remail it to me here [Salt Lake City] - Box B [First Presidency's mailbox]. where all my letters should be directed till further orders - Elders Lyman [Frances M. Lyman] & B. Young [Brigham Young Jr.] have returned from Arrizona [Arizona] and also has John W. [John W. Taylor] Tell Missia [Artimesia Snow Woolley Seegmiller, b. 1849] that John don’t expect Dan [Daniel Seegmiller, b. 1836] and will come home before July [Jul 1884] - Julia [Julia Josephine Spencer Snow, b. 1837] told me that Aunt Mary [Mary Minerva Snow, b. 1813] was quite poorly when she left. [You] Could get enough suitable to eat and hot weather go round with Bugy [buggy] and see what you can do for her- God help you and yours. Loveingly [Lovingly] yours &c [etc.]
E. Snow [Erastus Snow, b. 1818]
P.S. Josephine [Julia Josephine Spencer Snow, b. 1831] ordered a forty pound [40 lbs] box of codfish as well as a box of mackerel - I sight [?] July [Jul 1884] to have 2/5 of sugar salt &c and what fish she needs and you the ballance [balance] and if you both don’t need all the fish and salt sell or let others Libbie [Elizabeth Ashby Snow Ivins, b. 1854] & Mary [Mary Minerva Snow, b. 1846] have some.