PROGRESS OF THE MORMONS AT SALT LAKE.
GOVERNOR BRIGHAM YOUNG, of the Territory of Utah, communicates to the Mormon editor of the Frontier Guardian, the subjoined particulars concerning the improvements in the Valley of Salt Lake. The Governor's letter is dated at the City of Salt Lake on the 26th of November last.
Since you left this place, myself, in company with Brothers Kimball, Professor Pratt and Carrington, Geo. A. Smith, Judge Snow, and several others, accompanied the committee to Parowan Valley, who were appointed to locate the seat of government for this Territory. We found a beautiful site on a creek, heretofore known as Chalk creek, the Indian name of which is Nuquin.
The times are continuing rather dull for the merchants and traders, but we find plenty to do. The tabernacle is progressing, and will, if the present time weather continues, soon be secured and ready for use, although we do not expect to fully finish it before spring. Our other buildings are principally covered, and all the works seem to be progressing as well as could be expected at this inclement season of the year.
The Indians are generally peaceably inclined at the present time, and in fact all seems quiet and peaceful throughout all the settlements in the valleys of the mountains.
The settlements are now becoming quite extended. The two settlements made this fall in Juab, on Salt Creek, and Millard County, on Nuque, render it quite safe to travel with but a small escort from here to Parowan, in Iron county. There is also an extension of that settlement south about twenty-five miles, on what has been known as the Big Muddy, now called Coal Creek; being the creek in the canon of which coal is found. Dr. Caruthers has been appointed to preside at that place, and about seventy men have located there. Br. Bladen and others, who understood the manufacturing of iron, are in the company, and we indulge the hope of soon having the pleasure of announcing the iron manufactory in successful operation. We can now travel to that place by making about thirty-five miles a day, without camping away from settlements more than two or three nights, a distance of two hundred and eighty-five miles. We have made arrangements with the brethren of San Pete to furnish on the ground early in the spring, in Fillmore city, all the joiner work, ready prepared for the State House, one wing of which we contemplate having in readiness for the next winter's Legislature.
Passing through Utah and Suab valleys by the lower ford of the Sevier, and across Lake Valley in one hundred and fifty-one miles, they reached Chalk Creek, in Pauvan Valley, October 28th. October 29th the site for the seat of government was determined, about one mile east of the ford at the west slope of the table lands lying on each side of Chalk Creek, and the survey thereof began; this city is called Fillmore, and the county Millard. The few Indians who appeared at the city professed very great friendship, and promised good behavior to Bishop Call and company, who were on the ground ready to build a fort forthwith—a work preparatory to fencing fields and building up the city.
The Governor and company returned by way of San Pete Valley, where Judge Snow organized the court of the second judicial district at the city of Manti, the county of San, and reached Great Salt Lake city on the 7th inst.
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