Transcript for Levi Jackman letter, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1850
Accordingly in April, 1847, the Presidency with a company of <75> wagons and
146 <148> men and provisions to last a few months started for the mountains, not knowing where, and without any guide excepting Israel’s God, who was with us by night and by day and by the voice of His Spirit pointed out the way wherein we should go. We traveled many hundred miles where a team had never gone before. We had many streams to cross, some of which were dangerous. We were frequently annoyed by the Indians who would steal our horses or anything that they could get hold of. But to let the fatigues and dangers of the journey pass, suffice it to say that on the 22nd and 24th of July we found ourselves in this valley, which is about 80 30 miles wide and perhaps 100 long, bounded on the northwest by the Salt Lake.