Cochise County

St. David, A.Y. [St. David, Arizona Territory]

Dec 10th 1885 [Thursday 10 Dec 1885]

Dear Elisabeth [Elizabeth Rebecca Ashby Snow, b. 1831], We are now within fifty miles [50 miles] of Sonora line [Sonora, Mexico border] at the place where David Kimball died Came first to Snowflake [Snowflake, Arizona] & St. John [St. John, Arizona] thence overland with Teams, through the mountains via Round Valley Nutrioso [Nutrioso, Arizona - http://nutrioso.com/blog/about], B. Noble Bishop, Bush Valley, Ed Noble Bish [Bishop], Lumus Valley, William Valley, N.M. [New Mexico] to Safford [Safford, Arizona] on the Ghili [Gila River] where C. Leayton [C. Layton ?] Presides and visited all the settlements of his Stake on that river. found lots of old friend from St. George [St. George, Utah] and elsewhere. Indian depredations before and behind us, and two sons of the Late Hon Johnathan C. Wright killed during our stay there, but we passed unharmed & although We traveled over 500 miles with teams to reach this place and M [Minerva White Snow, b. 1822] & myself have both had a poor spell resulting from cold and exposure, we are now all well and cosily fixed among our friends. We start tomorrow [Friday 11 Dec 1885] by rail for Measer [?] to visit Marracopa Stake [Maricopa Stake, Arizona] and attend their conference [Quarterly Stake Conference] on the 22nd Tuesday 22 Dec 1885] and proceed on to Pueblo Col [Pueblo, Colorado] and thence to Manassa Conejos Co. Colorado [Manassa, Conejos, Colorado] to hold meetings in San Luis Stake 25th & 26th [Friday 25 Dec 1885 and Saturday 26 Dec 1885] after which proceed to Provo [Provo, Utah] & Salt Lake [Salt Lake City, Utah] if can reach there quietly & safely and home early in January [Jan 1886] but just know you will learn hereafter as it is now more necessary than ever to be watchfull [watchful]. I have nothing from any of you since leaving Utah. wrote hastily from Nutrioso [Nutrioso, Arizona - http://nutrioso.com/blog/about] to Willard [Willard Snow, b. 1853] requesting him to send it to St George [St. George, Utah] and asking answers at this place, but as yet received nothing except last night a few lines from Willie [William Spencer Snow, b. 1867].

Know not what has been the fate of Libbie [Elizabeth Ashby Snow Ivins, b. 1854] since parting with here [her] I telegraph today to Bro Dougall enquireing [inquiring] about here [her]. Have letter & papers from Presidency [First Presidency] and others from Salt Lake [Salt Lake City, Utah] posting us of stiring [stirring] events there. but nothing from St. George [St. George, Utah]. and unless something comes by tonights [tonight's] mail may not hear till we return from Measer or until we reach Manassa where we shall certinaly [certainly] look to find letters addressed E. Fairbanks [Erastus Snow] awaiting us. God bless you all with health peace & safety. Love to all the Girls, Boys not forgetting Marti [Martha Ellen Snow, b. 1865 ?] when you write here [her]. we visit with Dan [Daniel Seegmiller. b. 1836] & Missia [Artimesia Snow Woolley Seegmiller, b. 1849] at Snowflake conference [Snowflake Arizona Quarterly Stake Conference]. Looked & felt well. She thinks of returning to Utah soon. Effectionately [affectionately] yours etc Erastus Snow