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Transcript for Linforth, J., [Letter], Latter-day Saints' Millennial Star, 10 January 1857, 27-28

We have just received a letter from Elder James Linforth, five miles west of Fort Laramie, Captain Hunt's company, the contents of which have in the main been published in former correspondence: we however extract the following items—

Captain Hunt's, the rear company of this season's emigration, had passed the portion of the route infested by hostile Indians unmolested, and on the 11th of October was encamped five miles west of Fort Laramie, all in good health and spirits, with one exception—brother W. Paul was in delicate health.

"The following-named individuals of the company have died.
Elias Davis, September 21st, aged 44 years, from Kent Conference.
Susannah Bruner, October 4th, aged 64 years, from Swiss and Italian Mission.
Marinda L. Pay, October 5th aged 11 weeks, from Kent Conference.
John Turner, October 6th aged 42 years, also from Kent Conference.
Esther Walters, October 7th aged 39 years, from Wales.
John J. Wiseman, October 9th aged 5 years, from Kent Conference.

These deaths were all from natural causes except Sister Walters', which was occasioned by a stampede of the rear teams. She was knocked down by the oxen and kicked so that death was almost instantaneous. We learn that Thomas Tennant, of Captain Hodgett's company, died on the 4th instant, and is buried in the cemetery at Fort Laramie. His death will be much regretted in England, as it is here, for all must have wished that a man who had been so liberal with his fortune, in gathering the Saints, should have lived to reach the Valley in safety, and to enjoy all the blessings of which he was worth. Died in Captain Martin's company, Brother Loader, and Sister Wynn, from Liverpool. . . .

"On the day we crossed the Platte we met a company of emigrants from Utah, among them we regretted to find Mr. Jonathan Grimshaw, formerly a railway goods manager at Nottingham. He informed me that he did not like the religion, nor Utah, but refused to say on what points his mind had undergone a change, and had nothing to say concerning the authorities of the Church, except as men he respected them. The Company numbered some forty or fifty. The chief fault expressed by all except Mr. Grimshaw was "no work and no provisions" though they said the wheat crop for this season would be good. . . .

The Mission in Europe and the Elders in charge are continually prayed for by the Saints of this company, who do not forget their brethren yet left in the old countries, but wish they were on the way to Zion. I desire a kind remembrance to Elders Benson, Little, Calkin, and all in the Office.

I remain, yours faithfully,
J. Linforth."

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