Letter from Samuel B. Reed to Wife and Family, February 10, 1869

In this letter from February 10, 1869, a weary Samuel Reed writes to his wife and family describing the extent of his work. Reed has worked so hard for so long that he believes that it "is unfitting me for future usefulness."

It is a long time since I wrote you a line. It seems to me as we approach the end of our work business accumulates more and more each day. Your telegram makes me hope that you will come out with Mr. Boyle. Kennedy is here with his office nicely fixed. Kellogg arrived a few days since and is doing well. The track is laid to the tunnel below Echo, all clear to Ogden. I wish the last rail was laid; too much business is unfitting me for future usefulness. I know it is wearing me out. I must close and get a few hours rest.

About this Document

  • Source: Letter from Samuel B. Reed to Wife and Family
  • Citation: Nebraska State Historical Society, Samuel Reed Papers (Union Pacific Railroad Collection), MS 3761, Unit 1, Subgroup 14, Series 1, Box 2, Letters to Wife and Family
  • Date: February 10, 1869