[Original in possession of the family of the late Arthur A. Denny.]
Washington D.C. Apr 18, 1853
To A.A. Denny, Esq.
Herewith you will find a Printed Copy of my Instructions from the Secretary of
War, by which you will see an exploration and survey of a Railroad from the Headwaters
of the Mississippi to Puget Sound is entrusted to me. To avoid the delay such expedition
might occasion in the organization of the Territory, Col. Anderson, the Marshall will take
a Census preliminary to an election for members of the Legislature. He will be found to
be a very worthy gentleman, will consult with his fellow citizens on all subjects of
interest to the Territory and for him and his Brother officers I bespeak your good offices.
A military Road is to be built from Fort Walla Walla to Puget Sound. Capt.
McClellan, an officer distinguished for his gallantry in Mexico, has command of the
party who will make the exploration of the Caseade Range and the construction of the
Military Road. His undertaking of the task is a near guaranty of its accomplishment. I
expect to find the Rocky Mountains and this Road is to be done in time for the Fall's
Emigration, so that an open line of communication between the States and the Sound will
be made this year.
Desiring to know your views on these and kindred topics, inviting your
consideration of the question of a proper location of the Territorial Capital,
I am truly yours,
Isaac I. Stevens
Transcribed by Christopher A. Baker, University of Florida, 2008.