If you haven’t yet read this morning’s post, read that before proceeding.
Here’s Brigham Young’s answer to the question posed by the immigration agent:
In reply to your enquiries with regard to some few of the Saints coming from the Missouri river to this City by hand carts, we will say that from our present information we do not perceive that any advantages would be gained financially or otherwise by this step. If we take the first cost of the hand carts, the value of the provisions consumed, the wear and tear of clothing &c and place them beside the thirty-five dollars emigrant railroad fare from Omaha here, it seems to us that the emigrants would be considerably the loosers by the arrangement, neither do we think they would be as safe. But possibly you may be able to afford some data on these points that would modify our present views, if so, we shall be pleased to receive them.
So how’d you do?