Houston, Isaac, to Brigham Young, 18 Aug. 1851, in Brigham Young, Office Files 1832-1878, reel 31, box 22, fd. 7.
Two hundred sixty one and a half miles
From Salt Lake City August 18th, 1851
President Brigham Young
I heard yours of the 1st Inst. read on the 10th, with much pleasure and satisfaction, and in answer to your request would say that on the 22nd Day of June last I left Bullocks Grove 8 miles south of Kanesville with my Family with my Soninlaw and Daughter Brother John Riggs & Family also Br. Edward Duckworth and Lady[.] we came to Platt[e]ville
Crossed the Mo. River on the 26th
left the River 27th and on the 29th lef[t] Council Grove, 12 miles this side of sd River. Our little Band consists of the above mentioned together with Isaac Sampson & Family[,] James Lemmon & Family[,] Wm Nelson & Family[,] (& Capt. Wm McPhirson & Family[,] also four men with him (viz) Perly Dickinson[,] Thomas McFarlin[,] Wm Reas & Adam--he has two thrashing Machines with him all from wisconsin)[.] we have all had good hea[l]th as usual and have been blessed of our Heavenly Father and prospered thus far on our way for which we have great re[a]son to be thankful[.] we have not been hindered from traveling but 3 hours by high waters since we crossed the Mo. River[.] we have heard of no sickness on the south Route this Season[.] the Roads have been Dry most of the way[.] Feed not Plenty since we were 100 mils below Fort Laramie. Capt. Mcp[h]erson went throug[h] to the Gold mines last year.