Letter from Lyman Wight and Others, 15 February 1844–B
, , , , and , Letter, Black River Falls, Wisconsin Territory, to the First Presidency (including JS) and Quorum of the Twelve, , Hancock Co., IL, 15 Feb. 1844; handwriting of Otis Hobart; docket in handwriting of Jonathan Grimshaw; four pages; JS Collection, CHL.
To the first Presidency and the quorum of the Twelve of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints
Through the goodness and mercy of God the eternalFather, and grace of our Lord and saviourJesusChrist, we are permitted to write and send by a Special messenger, a concise account of our lumbering opperations, together with the apparent prospects of the introduction & spred of the Gospel among the Chippewa & Menomonie Indians, and also the projects of our hearts in regard to future operations in spreading the Gospel South in all the extent of and the consequences growing out of the same. All of which we beg leave to submit to your consideration, that we may have your concurrence or such views as shall be in accordance with the mind & will of the Lord, and govern ourselves in accordance thereto.
Since we have been here lumbering we have had many difficulties to encounter, but the main hindrance to our Successful opperations was the feeding, clothing and transporting a great many lazy, idle men who have not produced any thing by their pretended labor, and thus eating up all that the diligent and honest could produce by their unceasing application to labor & we have not yet got entirely clear of such like persons. But under all these mighty clogs and hindrances we have been able to accomplish and have in progress, so that we can deliver in about one million feet of lumber by the last of July next, which will be a great deal more than what is necessary to build the and , besides all this we have made valuable improvements here, all the result of much labor done under trying circumstances.
We have recently ascertained that the land from the falls of to its Sources is the property of the Menomanee Indians, And the Genrl. government having [p. ]