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Deseret News
September 19, 1855

From Elder S. F. ATwood to Elder E. T. Benson
Harmony, August 1, 185

I enjoyed very good health after my return from G.S.L. City in the spring, until the warm weather commenced; since then I have felt a general debility, yet I have been able to labor the most of the time.

Soon after my return, several of the brethren got permission to go home; and some of the rest were on the Santa Clara, and four went to Las Vegas. So many have been absent that I have been obliged to remain at Harmony attending to the crops of those that were absent, and see to the Indians in their farming operation.

The Indians got frightened about the grasshoppers, or for some other cause, they left soon after their crops were in, for the mountain to hunt deer, and have just returned

The brethren on the Santa Clara are doing well. The prospects bid fair for a good crop there. The wheat crop at Harmony will average from seven to ten bushels to the acre; the season has been extremely dry, and no prospects for rain soon; the corn and potatoes are suffering for the want of water, and unless we soon have rain, much of those crops will fail.

Peace and union exist among the brethren at present, as it has ever since we have been here; and all are endeavoring to do the best they can; but the labors at Harmony in raising provisions and building the fort, field fence, &c., has kept us very busy.

The Indians here seem to be possessed with the spirit of burning, for there is scarcely a day but what we can see fires both on the mountains and in the valleys. We have talked to them about burning up the grass, and they seem willing to spare it, and do set their fires among the sage brush, but it often gets into the grass, and they have already burned much of it, but they try to clear themselves by saying that it will be very good when the rains come in the Fall.