Letter from Samuel B. Reed to Wife and Family, December 9, 1869

In this December 9, 1869 letter, Samuel Reed writes to his wife and family describing the Company's continuing delay in settling his affairs. He announces an upcoming trip and gives a positive outlook on the Union Pacific's financial situation.

No meeting yet. I go to Hoosiac Tunnel this evening, shall go to Burlington from there and return here in three or four days. Mr. Ames gives me letters that will introduce me favorably to the men in charge of the tunnel.

I see no disposition on the part of the company to settle all just claims. They are feeling greatly encouraged about the prospect for business over the road and if they get through this winter without serious snow blockades, I am sure they can overcome all future financial troubles.

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: December 9, 1869