Letter from Samuel B. Reed to Wife and Family, September 1, 1869

In this letter from September 1, 1869, Samuel Reed writes to his wife and family describing more Union Pacific meetings. Reed expects to receive payment of $12,000 per year for his service, and he plans to go to New York "as soon as possible" to "settle all my accounts."

The trustees met yesterday and had a warm time over the Davis claim, wound up by ordering the material inspected. I made the same statement before the board that I made to the individual members some days since. Doctor made his statement confirming mine, and a full statement about the materials up the various rivers. The result is all the material will be estimated and then it remains with Davis to get his pay.

Doctor Durant called my matter before the board to be acted on this morning. I claim $12,000 per year from the time I took charge of construction. The arrangements are to have me come to New York with all books and papers as soon as possible after the Noman suit and settle all my accounts.

On September 1st, having completed his work at Boston, he left for Echo where he remained settling up his affairs and getting his books and papers together until Nov. 18th, when he returned with his family to Joliet.

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: September 1, 1869