Transcript for James L. Newton journal, 1853 April-1869 November; 1886
Tuesday June 21 [1853.] We left Keokuk this morning about 10 a.m. with our waggons and team in good health and spirits. fine day.
Friday July 15th We arrived at Keansvile [Kanesville] in good health and Spirits
Monday July 18th[.] We left Keansvile for the farry [ferry] in good health and spirits
Thursday 20th[.] We crosst the river Mo. [Missouri River.] Eliza, and Mary Issabella, varry bad in health.
Sunday 17th August
trees ga Pawnee indains came to our camp and deman[d]ed some parvision [provisions], we give them some after which they was not content, we had to take up our arms after which, we give them some more parvision, they became some what quite [quiet]. they seeing our guns and our determition [determination] they some quit.
Friday 19th[.] Bro Richard Jones gone & bathed himself in the river Platt[e] and drowned himself near the Wolf Creek intured [interred] on the 20th
Thursday September 15th[.] We past Devils Gate
Sunday October 16th 1853[.] We arived in the Valley of Great Salt Lake in good health excepting Mary Issabella
[Edited version of this journal also published in Elvera Campbell Green, comp. and ed., Tartan, Sage and History: The Story of Robert William Rowe Campbell and Sarah Newton , 67,69.]