Letter from Samuel B. Reed to Thomas C. Durant, November 29, 1866

In this letter from November 29, 1866, Samuel Reed writes to Thomas C. Durant, Vice President of the Union Pacific Railroad, informing him that he has recovered from his severe illness and will be departing for his home in Joliet, Illinois soon. He expresses regret that he was unable to devote his personal attention to the construction of the bridge at North Platte, Nebraska, noting that it could have been completed in time and not delayed the laying of track. Reed also states that "the Indian scene and severe storms" have driven most of the men off the line and delayed the grading work, but assures Durant he is doing everything he can to push the work forward as quickly as possible.

Union Pacific Railroad,
Office of the Genl. Supt.

Ths. C. Durant V.P. U.P.R.R.
20 Nassau St. NY

Dear Sir

I am so far recovered from my severe illness that I think of starting for home next Tuesday. I have been out over the road to the North Platt [sic] bridge and regret my inability to give my personal attention to the work during its construction. The bridge could have been built in time not to delay the track. The track was laid over the bridge on the 24th inst. Since that time very little has been done on act of the severe storm. Yesterday and to day [sic] are pleasant and the work is being pushed ahead with usual energy. Hope to reach end of 3d hundred by Tuesday or Wednesday next with the track.

The truss bridge over Loup Fork is completed. The grading on the 4th hundred is not as

well advanced as it should be. The Indian scene and severe storms has drove most of the men off the line, since I have been able to do anything I have used every effort to get as much grading done as posable [sic] .

We send you a trial bal of acts of money paid out in this office to Nov 1st and will soon have the books written up to Dec 1st. Shal [sic] we close the old books to the 100th meridean [sic] and open a new set of books for the work west of that point. I shal [sic] be able to go to N.Y. in a few days and if you want me soon please let me know. I shal [sic] be in Joliet after Wednesday of next week.

Yours Very respectfully
Saml. B. Reed

About this Document

  • Source: Letter from Samuel B. Reed to Thomas C. Durant
  • Extent: 2 pages
  • Citation: Special Collections, University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa, Papers of Levi O. Leonard, Box 26, Samuel Benedict Reed Correspondence: 1866
  • Date: November 29, 1866