Letter from Samuel B. Reed to Wife and Family, August 28, 1869

In this letter from August 28, 1869, Samuel Reed writes to his wife and family noting that troubles are on the horizon for the Union Pacific. He describes the Railroad's worsening financial position and again expresses his wish to return home.

I have watched carefully all developments since I have been here and have no doubt that your views in regard to trouble are correct. Every indication and new development indicates a determination to make all the trouble possible. On the other side the parties are doing all in their power to close all and ride safely the impending storm which is threatening to overwhelm all interested. Everything so far is all right and all obligations have been met promptly.

Yesterday I tried to have the company let me off and close all connection with the company, but the matter was put off as all others are to some future time.

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: August 28, 1869