The blog is ahead of the story. Ever since the Articles of Agreement were discovered, December 17, 2012, I have been blogging about them instead of posting the next Stephen Sherwood letter. "An Early Christmas Gift," "Name Dropping," and "From Rags to Riches," have been posted about finding the Articles of Agreement and summarizing their contents. But from the last published letter (April 6, 1863) to when the Articles of Agreement were signed (October 26, 1867) over 4 1/2 years need to be covered. Stephen was far from claiming any reward from his mining ventures in February of 1864 when this letter was sent to his son, Henry, in Illinois from Salt Lake City. I should have posted this letter yesterday, to celebrate 149 years since it was written. I did the best I could to "translate" it, but you will get an idea of what is happening in Stephen's life at that time.
|Salt Lake City|
in Salt Lake City. Thomas Box had purchased land there in 1860. Stephen Sherwood
was boarding at the Box home in February of 1864. (see note below)
Great Salt Lake Citty, Utah Territory
from your affectionate Father S. Sherwood
H.S. = Henry Sherwood
S.M.= Sarah Sherwood
In February of 1864 Stephen Sherwood was boarding at the home of Thomas Box in Salt Lake City, Utah. At this time he encountered an old mining friend, Jacob N. Vandermark. Stephen said in the letter: "I am a going to start out in a Day or two a prospecting." He must have left about February 20, 1864. Stephen travelled with Thomas Box, Thomas Box Jr., Peter Shirts, and Jacob Vandermark. They arrived in Southern Utah in March. Source: Making Space on the Western Frontier, Page 23-24, by W. Paul Reeve.
According to the blog, "clmroots," The "Salt Lake City Directory" lists Thomas Box living on the corner of 1st North and 1st West in 1869. He had purchased the property in 1860, and could have been living there in 1864 as well when Stephen Sherwood was boarding with him.
In 1860, Thomas Box was in the 13th Ward, but by 1861, he was in the 17th Ward in Salt Lake City. He probably moved to 1st North and 1st West during that time period.
For more on Thomas Box go to the blog "clmroots" The information on where he lived was obtained there. Click here to go there.