Publication: House of Representatives, 1862, Washington
First edition. 37th Congress, 2d Session. House of Representatives. Ex. Doc No. 29. 9" x 5 3/4" in hardcover binder, title stamped in gold gilt on the front cover, 124 pp. This rare government report reviews in detail Brigham Young's accounts as Indian commissioner in Utah from 1856 to 1861. This includes the period of the Utah War, when Young was in the unusual position of being an agent of the U.S. government while at war with it. Document is an examination and report of the accounts of Brigham Young, for disbursements alleged to have been made by him on account of the Indian service in Utah Territory to determine whether the goods, wares and merchandise were necessary for the Indian; whether they were of the kind usually given to the Indians; whether they were really purchased for the Indians; whether the prices paid for items were in accordance with the then current rates of the country; whether the services charged had really been performed; whether the services rendered were really necessary; and whether prices paid for services were in accordance with the then usual rates of the country. The report concludes that the disbursements charged for were actually made for the Indians; that the goods, ware and merchandise were of the usual kind, quality and description generally given by the government to the Indians; that the services charged were actually performed; and that goods were in fact distributed among the Indians. Witness statements included by D.B. Huntington, Levi Stewart, Hunter, Patrick Lynch, A.N. Hill, W.C. Dunar, Benjamin F. Pendelton, S. DeWolfe, Abel Gilbert, William H. Rogers, J.F. Kinney, W.F. Dyer, David O. Calder, etc. Fine, bright copy.
Inventory Number: 40139