Transcript for Scovil, Lucious N. to Brother Dunn, July 19, 1848, in Latter-day Saints' Millennial Star 10, no. 19 (Oct. 1, 1848): 300

There has left here for the Valley nearly eight hundred wagons, in two companies. The first was conducted by Presidents B. Young and H. C. Kimball: they left about the 10th of June. The second company, led by Presidents W. Richards and Amasa Lyman: they left the 5th of July. We have had no intelligence from them since they left the Elk Horn (a distance of 28 miles). I went as far as there to see them off, and all was well; and truly it was a majestic scene to see five hundred wagons at their encampment, with their thousands of head of horses, mules, oxen, cows, young cattle, sheep, and goats; and still more pleasing to see my brethren and sisters, and their little ones, all happy as larks, singing the songs of Zion as they were hastening to the place where the pure in heart will see eye to eye, where the house of God will be erected in the tops of the mountains, where the servants of God will receive the ordinances for the living and the dead, where they can worship God according to the dictates of their own consciences, and none to molest them or make them afraid.