Transcript for England, James, Reminiscences, in Pioneer Pathways [1998- ], 9:198-99
I have two vivid recollections of my stay at Winter Quarters. The first is of the worst storm I have ever seen. It destroyed many crops and considerable property, adding to the hardships of the Saints.
My second recollection was of a hotheaded Englishman who knocked an Indian down. Captain Homer C. Duncan, who was armed, arrived on the scene, and sensing the seriousness of the situation, he pulled out his gun and told the Englishman to get down on his knees and apologize to the Indian. The Englishman not only apologized, but also made the Indian a present of beads. As a result of the foresight and the honesty of Captain Duncan, we were not molested by the Indians throughout our long trek across the plains. Many times Indians camped beside us, but they were never troublesome and through little things, showed their great friendship.
Our company, led by Captain Duncan, arrived in Salt Lake City just before the October conference in 1862.