James Palmer reminiscences, circa 1884-1898, 177, 183-85.
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. . . a company was organized and then a second one, and in the month of april 1858, I settled up my acounts, and prepared to leave for home[.] I purchased myself a horse two buggey harnesses, a new double gun, a colts revolver, a sword, and a bowe knife, two poinards for my Wives, and every thing that was needed for the trip, I took Passage on board the steam boat Florilda in company with Jacob Gibson, & Thomas Chamberlain, we shipped our horses on board the boat and arived at Florence Nebraska teritory in eleven days[.] we Continued there fiting out and waiting for Hector C, Height [Haight] and Company who ware fiting out in the upper country, thay arived however within two weaks, when we united, and are now readey to make our exit, on the first day of June,all things being acomplished preparitory for the start we make the best of our way toGenoa, over the new Milateny road we incountered heavey storms of raine acompanied by lightening and heavey thunder, the creeks become swolen and traveling become disagreable, however we made genoa all right within six days; when after resting a day the rear part of our company came up[.] we now proceeded to cross the north fork of the Platt[e] river, we caused our horses to swim the stream, thay came out all right on the opasite shore; we now ferreyed our waggons across on a small boat built for that purpose, when all ware landed safely on the bank of the stream our horses ware feeding, hapily we here met a company of mormon boys from Salt Lake City, escorting Col, Kane to the front[i]er[.] he had been to Utah on offical buisness relative to the troubles now pending, he was seated on an amount of luggage when a group of returning mishonaries gathered around him all ancious to learn something of interest from home and friends, I, stood in suspence for a while when no one took the liberty to introduce themselves for conversation for we ware all straingers to that worthy Janteelman, and knowing as I, did the great anciety that pervaded the hearts of all present as well as my own, I readily spoke out, saying [-], Colonol, we are a company of returning mishonaries from various parts of the earth, our families are in utah, and any information that you can give us relative to the conditions of things there will be thankfully received,” when all suddenly brightened up, and the Colonol replyed oh, are you ready;
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