Transcript for Gibson, William, Autobiographical sketch, in Georgia Galbraith Sherrard, Gibson History: John-William M. , 151
We got ready all in good order and started on our two-thousand-mile trip. All went well for a time; but after about three weeks there came a change and our people began to sicken and die. There was a great deal of walking to be done. Those who could walk must walk. Only extreme sickness was an excuse for riding. Indians did not trouble us much, though we guarded against them very closely.
Such trips taught one to be very patient or very fretful. We had to do with three or four nationalities each having its own peculiar ways. Many days and nights together my clothing never was dry,—fording rivers and exposed to the rain. Yet my health improved. The trip did me good, both in health and experience. We reached Salt Lake at last, with much loss of life and of stock, which was usual with such long journeys.