William Burton papers, circa 1837-1851, Journal, Volume 11, 1848 June-July.
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- Source Locations
- Church History Library, MS 1508
- Related Companies
- Heber C. Kimball Company (1848)
- Related Persons
- Caleb Baldwin
- Titus Billings
- Richard Brazier
- Louisa Maria Burton
- Louisa Mercy Burton
- Samuel Burton
- William Burton
- Samuel Clark
- William Clayton
- Peter Wilson Conover
- Lucretia Cox
- Howard Egan
- Joseph Fielding
- Mary Smith
- Ira Walter Gardner
- Walter Elias Gardner
- Martha Ann Gardner
- Henry Harriman
- Isaac Higbee Jr.
- William Stevens Hopper
- Heber Chase Kimball
- William Henry Kimball
- Eunice Corinthia Long
- Cornelius Peter Lott
- Francis McKown
- William McKown
- John Pack
- Joseph Augustine Peck
- Martin Horton Peck
- Albert Petty
- Joseph Henry Petty
- William Wines Phelps
- George Rhodes
- Robert Ricks
- Erastus Snow
- William McMillan Thompson
- Jasper Harrison Twitchell
- Joshua Twitchell
- Joshua Twitchell
- Sanford Lorenzo Twitchell
- Newel Kimball Whitney
Tuesday 6th June we were Camped on the west Bank of Elk horn, waiting for Sister Mary [Fielding] Smith and some others of the Saints[.] this day the Indians came into our herd of Cattle and succeeded in getting one ox which they killed immediately[.] when the alarm was made Numbers of the Brethren went in persuit of them and overtook them in a short time, the Indians not stoping when desired and appearing rather hostile, we fired upon them[.] the Indians returned the fire[.] the horse on which Wm. [William Henry] Kimball road was wounded. Bro Howard Egean [Egan] was shot through the
wrist arm. Robert Ricks was shot in the back with three buck shot[.] his wounds appeared almost fatal yet we persued our Journey and he continued to recover,
June 8th This day we continued our March, not any thing perticular transpired[.] we camped for the night on Platt[e] River[.] days travel 10 miles[.] the Company was called together by Capt J[ohn]. Pack for the purpose of Electing officers[.] the Capt of the hundred was present and addressed the Brethren upon the subject of a proper organization. The Officers were all accepted according to their previous appointment. Henry Heriman [Harriman], Capt of the Hundred, John Pack Capt of the fifty, Caleb Baldwin Capt of first Ten[.] Wm. Burton 2nd C.[orneilius] P[eter]. Lott 3rd. Francis McKown 4th, Jasper [Harrison] Twichel[l] 5th Wm. [Wiliam] McKown[,] Capt of the guard and Wm. [William] Burton[,] Clerk, various instructions were given to the Brethren[.] one thing was enjoined upon them to offer supplication to the Most High twice a day[,] the hand of God was manifest in our midst[.] peace and union prevailed in our Company. we had 64 wagons. 179 Souls. 21 horses. 16 Mules. 199 oxen. 93 Cows. Loose cattle 27. Sheep 74. Hogs 28, Hens 71, Dogs 22, Cats 5. Total 799
Saturday 10th we traveled about 11 miles and Camped on Platte, where the road Joins the River, here we continued until Monday Morning, on the Sabbath we had Meeting in the fore & after part of the day. Much good instruction was given to the Saints relative to their Salvation & Safety in traveling to the valley[.] Bro Kimbal in perticular spoke with great power.
Monday June 12th the wife of Bro. Albert Petty delivered of Son. this day we traveled about 20 miles and Camped near Platte on the Banks of the
Tuesday 13th This day we crossed the Beaver River[.] distant about ten miles from our former encampment.
14th this day we traveled about 14 miles, and Camped for the night, on the west Bank of Cedar Creek. We passed the ruins of the Pawnee's village. it appeared to have covered a large tract of land, but now a heap of ruins. thus far we discovered no more Indians since we left the horn.
Thursday 15th we traveled 11 miles and camped near the old Pawnee Village. a child [Lucretia Cox] about six years old fell out of the wagon and was killed instantly[.] it belonged to the first fifty.
Friday 16th we reached the upper ford of Loup fork, and saw the Coral [corral] of President Young about 4 O Clock. this evening we had a tremendous Storm of rain &wind, but no damage was done to our wagons
Saturday 17th. the
Sunday 18th the herd was sent out 4 O Clock. Pres Young appointed between the Corals at ten AM and he and Bro Kimball spoke to the Saints relative to their moving to the Valley this evening Bro Kimball called to gether the Capts of hundreds, fifties & ten, desiring to know their Minds about starting in the morning. the vote was unanimous and C.[ornelius] P[eter]. Lot was chosen Capt of the herd. another Motion was made & carried, that all those Capts who neglected their duty should be put out of office.
Monday 19th the herd was sent out at half past 3[.] we were to start 8 OClock this day we traveled about 13 miles over heavy sandy road, almost a wasted Prairie. Joseph Pack killed an Antelope 7 1/2 OClock we stoped to rest the Cattle, and afterwards concluded to stay until Morning, formed the Coral at 9 Oclock
5 Oclock; Tuesday 20th yoked the Cattle and Started, near Prairie Creek[.] Saw Pres Young's Camp, L.[orenzo] Snow's & Z[era]. Pulsipher. we stoped 2 or 3 hours and then began our March, we traveled this day 20 miles, and Camped on Platte. some Indians were discovered in our rear, crawling up to some wagons who were behind, the main body. no damage was done by them[.] and four fawns were killed by some others
Wednesday June 21st the herd was sent out at the usual hour, at 8 OClock the Brethren were Notified to Meet together. Elder Kimball addressed them relative to observing order in traveling[.] Each Ten were to keep there place according to Number and much instruction was given pertaining to our Safety &Salvation. Bishop [Isaac] Higbee was to take his Company and travel separately[.] the two Com[panies] having been together for some time. Bro Kimball was to designate those Tens that should Join Bro. Higbee[.] at 12 OClock. we took up our line of March, and traveled about 10 miles & Camped near the Platte timber
Thursday June 22nd the herd was sent out half past 3. & near 9 OClock we started. the roads were good but rather dusty. one thing that detained the Camp some cows strayed from us, men were sent after them but did not find them. Bro. Kimball with two or three tens remained until Noon
Friday June 23rd the herd was sent out as usual &we began our march about 8 Oclock, all things were prospering with us this day. We Camped on the banks of Platte about 5 OClock P.M. the weather was pleasant and the blessing of God the Eternal Father was with us.
Saturday June 24th this morning we Started about 5 OClock, & traveled about 8 miles, and Camped on the banks of a slough. there being some Willow we went to work immediately to cut and haul, to make Coal. which were ready by Monday Morning to put in sacks to carry with us.
On Sunday we had meeting at 11 OClock, which was opened by Bro. H.[enry] Herrimen [Harriman] who spoke to the Saints relative to their duty in all things pertaining to their Safety &Salvation Now, and hereafter. Capt [John] Pack made some remarks & some others spoke. Elder Kimball gave some general instruction in
Tuesday June 27th this Morning we began our March about 8 OClock and near 12 OClock We came up to Bro Brigham['s] encampment, and near by there were 4 other Corals, of the Saints, the Corals above Pres Youngs on Platte River[.] this day we traveled 8 Miles.
June 28th this morning we waited for Pres Youngs Camp to pass by before we started, which was after 9 OClock[.] traveled about 14 Miles &Camped[.] a child of Br. P[eter]. [Wilson] Conovers [Conover] fell out of the wagon and the wheels ran over her arm &leg, but wonderful to tell it broke neither
Thursday June 29th the camp began to move at 8 OClock, this day Bro [William Stevens] Hopper killed a Buffalo[.] the first one that was got by our camp[.] we traveled on verey well considering the roads being Sandy & the day warm.
it was also voted that we start by seven OClock the next morning the accident refered today should be Friday
Friday June 30th this morning, we began our march about half past eight. the weather was remarkable pleasant only dusty[.] this day a herd of Buffalo was drove towards the wagons, and five or six of them were killed. this was something new to us to see the chase[.] they ran between our wagons[.] we traveled 12 miles camped near Small lake
Saturday July 1st this morning we began our march about 9 OClock. all things were prosperous with us this day[.] we traveled 14 Miles &cr[r]aled near Pres Youngs camp[.] three Buffalo were killed and brought into camp
Sunday July 2nd today a meeting was held between the two Corals at half past 3 OClock. President Young spoke with power concerning the things of the kingdom[.] was followed in his remarks by Bro. Kimball[.] Judge [William Wines] Phelps & Several others spoke. this evening two persons were baptized, belonging to the Second fifty. there were a number of families going with us who did not belong to the Church. about dark the men were called to gether near Bro Kimballs wagon who addressed the congregation Relative to appointing some men for hunters[.] 6 persons were elected
Tuesday July 4th This morning we began our march about 9 OClock. today we had pass over some heavy sandy Bluff But we got a long verey well, one accident P[eter Wilson] Conover son had his foot ran over by a wagon which injured it considerable[.] all thing taken into consideration we were wonderfully blessed by the God of Isreal. the Indians appeared to be turned to the right &left. None of them made there appearence[.] Peace and union prevailed in our midst[.] 3 Buffalo were killed by our hunters. We Coraled near the River[.] traveled 14 Miles.
Thursday July 6 This morning we began to move at 8 OClock, the day was fine and cool. we passed over some heavy Sandy Bluffs, 2 Buffalo were killed[.] we Camped about 2 miles from Cedar Bluffs. days travel 13½ miles
Friday July 7th, This morning we began to Move about 8 OClock, pleasant day &generaly good roads. the blessing of God continued with us[.] 3 Buffalo were killed by our Hunters. only two were brought in, and those were reserved by the Hunters. we Camped on Camp Creek having traveled 13 Miles
Saturday July 8th. This Morning about 7 OClock, the Brethren were called to gether by the request of Bro Kimball who desired to know thier minds relative to stoping until Monday morning to rest the teams, and prepare for the Sabbath, the motion being made it was carried. also some men were selected from every Ten to go &hunt[.] 4 Buffalo were killed three deer & one calf
Sunday 9th July, A meeting was appointed to commence at 3 Oclock, in the afternoon. about 1 OClock P.M. Pres Young came to our Coral[.] his Camp was 17 Miles in advance of ours. after stoping here 3 hours he returned, The meeting was opened[.] Singing & Prayer by Bro [Joseph] Fielding. Father Morley gave a short address, Relating some news from the Valley, he was followed by several others. Bro Kimball spoke concerning our present situation, and the blessings that attended us so far on our Journey. he gave us much instruction, and One thing that had been neglected was attended to, that was to appoint Bro Kimball, Superintendent of the Camp, which was carried unanimously. Wm. [William] B. [M.] Thompson was elected Clerk, Bro. [William] Clayton not being able to act as Clerk, for the Camp. the meeting was closed by prayer by Bro Kimball[.] voted that we start by seven tomorrow morning. [T]he wife of W[alter Elias]. Gardner [Martha Ann Tuttle Gardner gave birth] to a son [Ira Walter Gardner].
Monday July 10th This morning we began to move near the time appointed. one of Br Kimballs wagon tongue was broken, we traveled 13 mile[.] this afternoon was excessively warm much warmer than any other day we had up to the present time
Tuesday July 11th This morning we started about the same time as the previous Morning. we got a long tolerably well[.] Stoped Somewhat earlier than usual, Caraled above Castle Bluff[.] soon after the Caral was formed the leader of our Camp, Bro Kimball had the Brethren called together in the centre of the Caral for the purpose of dispatching some men to go in search of two of the Brethren who had gone back after a horse[.] this was the second day since they left [.] fifteen horsemen were immediately sent back, they met the men about 12 miles from our encampment and returned with them all safe to our great Joy.
Thursday July 13th. This Morning we took up our line of March at 8 OClock, the day was very warm. and the roads dusty, about 4 OClock we Met Some teams that were sent by Pres Young, to help us over some heavy Sandy road near the Ancient Bluffs ruins[.] we Caraled above Pres Young, traveled about 13 Miles
Friday Morning July 14th A Sister by the name of Twichel[l] died with the consumption, and was buried at the foot of the Bluff ruins. to day a number of the Souix [Sioux] Indians with their Chief Tobacco came to our Camp. they were verey Friendly, we gave them some small presents which pleased them, They were Noble looking men being tall & strait[,] high foreheads Roman nose and of a Noble Mein. It was about 2 OClock when we started[.] traveled 10 Miles.
Sunday July 16th We remained here today[.] a meeting was held between the two Carals, at four in the afternoon[.] Pres Young spoke to the people[,] Eld[er] Kimball, & E[rastus] Snow[.] a motion was then made by Pres Young that his company be divided into four which was carried, a similar motion was made by Bro Kimball & carried in Eld[er] Kimballs Company, the following persons were appointed Captians H[enry]. Heriman [Harriman], John Pack, Titus Billings and Bishop [Isaac] Higbee, Some persons were sent with a mail to the valley to start tomorrow, the meeting closed by prayer by Eld[er] Kimball. The Captains of Ten, were called together in our caral to know their minds relative to the companies. and which Capt they would choose to travel with.
Monday July 17th This Morning we began our March about 9 OClock having to wait for Pres Young[.] the several Companies started out and caraled seperately after this. I with my Ten joined Bro John Pack who traveled in Company with Bro Kimball. we had 72 Wagons in our Company. we traveled about 10 Miles. crossed the River 4 Miles above Chimney Rock. We began to cross the River about 5 OClock, and before dark rising of 150 wagons were over[.] this evening it rained.
Wednesday July 19th This Morning we started before 5 OClock hoping to find grass and water soon. But we were disappointed[.] we did not obtain feed until we reached the River, about 14 miles where we remained here until the next day 12 OClock[.] Some of our hunters killed 2 deer & 1 Antelope
Thursday July 20th to day we started about 12 OClock and traveled 10 miles[.] last night we had two fine showers of rain[,] something uncommon for this country[.] the Lord blessed us in all things for our comfort and good
Saturday July 22nd This morning we began to move about seven O.C. and traveled 14 miles. Pres Young was 10 Miles a head of us[.] not any thing perticular transpired to day[.] in the evening the Brethren were all called together, to ascertain their Minds relative to going a head on the Sabbath, feed being scarce for the Cattle[.] it was unanimously carried that we travel tomorrow. It was motioned by Bro Kimball that all the Capt of Ten call their several companies together & pray with them & speak as the spirit should direct
Sunday 23rd This Morning we took up our line of March a little after Seven. to day we crossed the Lar[a]mie fork of Platte River, passed the Fort and Coraled about ½ mile west of it[.] traveled 11 miles
N.B The things of Saturday evening continued[.] Bro Kimball said that there were
Monday July 24th To day we did not start verey early feed being scarce, Bro Billings went first, Bro H[oward] Egan next[.] we then moved about 2 miles & turned our teams out & remained until 5 P.M. then traveled about 7 miles &craled
Tuesday July 25th This morning we began to move by 8 OClock[.] the day was cool &pleasant[.] the roads were good excepting Some hills[.] in the afternoon we had a thunder Shower attended with considerable wind[.] in the evening we got to Bitter Creek and passed several Small Companies belonging to Pres Young part of the camp of Israel[.] We Camped about 3 Miles from Bro Brigham[.] the Mountains began
Wednesday July 26th to day we moved about 2 Miles, to obtain feed for our Teams. our Company was divided into two parts in consequence of grass being Scarce[.] 2 Tens remained with Bro Kimball & I went with Capt [John] Pack. My Ten was with him[.] to night it rained considerable[.] Bro [Sanford Lorenzo] Twitchel[l] killed an antelope
Friday July 28th This morning we began to move out by 8 OClock[.] the day was cool &pleasent[.] the roads rough &hilly[.] in the afternoon we met some Volunteers from the Valley going to Winter Quarters[.] we Coraled near horse creek[.] traveled 14 Miles
Saturday July 29th This Morning we moved about 1½ Miles & Camped in order to get Some better feed for our Cattle. in the afternoon Bro Kimball arrived &crraled near by us[.] We remained here until Monday[.] Not any thing perticular took place either of those days. our hunters killed a Black tailed deer & Antelope on Saturday
Monday July 31st This Morning we started at 8 OClock[.] one of Bro Kimballs oxen died being poisoned by something that he eat. this was the first ox we lost on the Journey[.] it was verey difficult to get any grass for our teams. but the Lord Sent us frequent showers of rain which began to cause the grass to spring up. to day the roads were a succession of hills & holler & verey hard which hurt our Cattle's feet[.] we traveled 18 Miles & Camped on La Bonte River
Wednesday Aug 2nd This Morning we took up our line of March at 9 OClock, an Ox died, belonging to H Robinson which delayed us some time, Capt Pack let him have one to make out his team[.] to day we traveled 15 Miles, & Corraled on the La Prele[.] feed continued to be verey scarce for our Cattle
Thursday Aug 3rd To day we had Some difficulty in finding all of our Cattle[.] It being late when we got them, we concluded to remain until the 4th. we now began to see some Buffalo[.] again our hunters killed some but it being late in day we did not get them
Friday Aug 4th This Morning the Company started about 9 OClock I did not start for about 2 hours, one of my Oxen being gone. to day we only traveled about five miles[.] having found some grass for our Cattle we Corraled. our hunters killed a Mountain sheep a Black tailed deer & Some Buffalo but not much of the latter was brought in it being late in the day
Saturday Aug 5th This morning it was near 9 OClock before we began our march[.] the day was warm[.] the roads Considerable dusty. we Camped on deer Creek[.] traveled rising of 12 Miles to day[.] we came to the North fork of the Platte
Sunday Aug 6th To day we traveled about 5 Miles. the feed not being good w[h]ere we was, we Camped on the Platte & turned our [cattle] over the River[.] in the evening we had a meeting[.] a hymn was sung. I then opened the meeting by prayer. Capt Pack addressed the people Relative to our Journey, and the goodness of God that had attended us thus far and the necessity of being faithful in all things [-]. I then spoke a short time upon the Subject of Salvation and our intentions in going to the Valley to set up the kingdom of God & publish the gospel to the Nations, the meeting was dismissed by Bro Pack.
Monday Aug 7th This Morning we began to move out at 9 OClock. the Roads were verey dusty indeed, which made it bad traveling[.] in the afternoon we came in sight of Bro Kimballs Carrel & Some other Companies were close by him, we carreled a little above him here we remained until the 11th to get some Blacksmithing done & also to get some[thing to] eat[.] our hunters killed Several Buffalo but the Wolves eat them before they were able to get them. they got several deer & some Antelope
Saturday Aug 12th This morning we took up our line of March at 9 OClock, traveled over a barren Country affording nothing much but wild sage[.] we Camped near Mineral Lake[.] drove our Cattle 3 Miles to get grass[.] to day we traveled 12½ Miles[.] [illegible]
Sunday Aug 13th This morning the Company was called together by Capt Pack to know our minds relative to going a head to day[.] the Motion was made that we rest, the vote was unanimous to stop excepting one in the negative. there was some dissatisfaction in the Company because of the Cattle fearing that they would be poisoned with the alkali. a number of these persons did not belong to the Church[.] some said they would go at all hazerds[.] They brought up their cattle and some of them took sick, therefore they were willing to stop[.] 2 Buffalo came near to our camp. 2 men went out & killed them[.] they were good meat. the restlessness of the [-] prevented us from having meeting.
Monday Aug 14th This morning a cow belonging to Mrs. [Eunice Corinthia] Long was dead. the Wolves had tore her considerable[.] we started at 8 OClock, traveled 16¼ Miles[.] Camped at the Willow Springs.
Wednesday Aug 16th This Morning we began our March about 9 OClock[.] we passed Several Salaratus Lake's[.] those Lakes are something strange[.] on some of them Alkali & Salt Peterere from 4 to 6 inches thick, Some was dry & dusty and others covered with water[.] we traveled about 10 Miles & Camped on the Sweet Water
Thursday Aug 17th This morning we started about the usual hour, to day we passed the Independence Rock which is a great Cuirasity [curiosity] being immensely large, a number of names are written on it[.] we also passed the devils Gate, the River running through perpendicular Rocks about 400 feet high. we traveled about 12 miles see 1st bare [bear]
Friday Aug 18th This Morning we did not start until about 10 OC an Ox belonging to Bro J. Twichel[Twitchell] died in the night and a number of our Cattle was sick caused by eating Alkali, it being in great Quanties all over the Earth. the roads were dry and dusty, we passed over a heavy sand Bluf[f.] traveled about 12 miles[.] the road runs near the River
Sunday Aug 20th This Morning we found 3 of our Cattle dead 2 belonging to Bro A Petty &one to Bro Peck. in the afternoon an ox died belonging to my Father [Samuel Burton]. in the evening we had a meeting[.] a hymn was sung. Bro Pack opened by prayer. I then addressed the people upon first principles of the Gospel, there being a number of persons present who did not belong to the church[.] the Spirit of the Lord rested upon me[.] Bro Pack spoke a short time & Several others.
Monday Aug 21st a number of our Cattle still continued to be sick. 1 of my Oxen died in the afternoon and 1 belonging to Bro. S[amuel] Clark. we moved our Camp about 1½ M[iles.] it was hard work for several of us to move at all, something unexpected to loose so many of our Cattle but
Wednesday Aug 23rd the Camp was called together by Capt Pack to know what their minds was relative to going or stopping for 2 or 3 days to rest the sick cattle[.] the vote was unanimous to stop at the first good Camping place. Capt Pack went a head to find one[.] we traveled about 3 miles & then Carraled.
Saturday Aug 26th This morning we Started about 9 OClock, our teams were not sufficient to take our Wagons far. Shortly after we started we met a messenger from Bro Billings Company with a letter to inform us that some teams were coming to assist us[.]
Sunday Aug 27th to day we had a meeting at 3 P.M. which was opened by Capt Pack who then gave a short address. I followed & Spoke something on the history of his kingdom[.] about 5[,] 20 Yoke of Cattle came to help us to[o.] H[eber] C. Kimballs Camp 24 Miles distant
Monday Aug 28th This Morning some of our Cattle Strayed about Six miles which delayed us Sometime. We began to move at 10 O.C. Camped on the Sweet Water. traveled 16 Miles[.] This evening Bro Robert came to our Camp having brought teams to Bro Kimballs Camp to help us up to Pres Young's Camp
Wednesday Aug 30th This Morning at 8 O.C. we began to roll on[.] traveled over some verey rough Rocky roads[.] a little after 12 OC. P.M. Pres Young & Several other of the Brethren stoped & took dinner with us. We Camped on a branch of the Sweet Water. traveled about 16 Miles
[Sep 3rd] late in the afternoon we started having got 2 Yoke of oxen[,] one for Father &1 for me from Bro Kimball which enabled us to move on[.] Father lost 1 of his oxen while we was at this place. Camped on the Sweetwater[.] traveled 7 miles
Monday Sep 4th This morning we started about 8 O.C. traveled in Company with Bro Kimballs[.] to day we passed through the South Pass of the Rocky Mountains[.] we Camped about seven M[iles] from the Pacific Springs[.] traveled 16 miles
Tuesday Sep 5th This Morning we started about 6 O.C. having stoped behind Bro Kimballs Camp the night before. Some of the com[pany] sick, we overtook Bro Kimballs Camp on the little Sandy[.] traveled 17 Miles
Thursday Sep 7th this morning we started at 8 O.C. the day was warm and the Roads were good[.] a stear [steer] that was drove in Fathers team died verey sudden, we traveled about 21 miles[.] Camped on big Sandy
Saturday Sep 9th This Morning began to roll on about 8 O.C. the day was considerable warm and roads dusty one of father's ox gave out. So we Camped about 3 miles from Bro Kimballs having traveled 17 Miles.
Sunday Sep 10th To day we moved up to Bro Kimballs Camp 3 miles distant[.] about 4 in the afternoon there was meeting[.] opened by Bro. T[itus] Billings[.] Elder Kimball rose & Spoke some time upon the principles of receiving an exaltation in the Kingdom of God, showing that it was a progressive work in Eternity. before we attain to the fullness of the God head, & but few would gain that point, and as our faith increased so would our trials be great & many more things were said
Wednesday Sep 13th This Morning we began our march about 9 O.C. passed Fort Bridger, this part of the [road] was much better then any for Some distance[.] abundance of water & Some timber[.] we Camped 10 miles from the Fort
Thursday Sep 14th This morning it snowed some. we started about 9 O.C. the Country was hilly & broken, but the road were good, we traveled 13 miles[.] Thursday evening Sep 14th Step Mother [Louisa Chapin Burton] was delivered of a daughter[Louisa Marie Burton]
Saturday Sep 16th This Morning we [were] delayed by some of our Cattle Straying[.] Numbers of the Snake Indians came to our camp at this Place and appeared verey friendly. this day we traveled about 8 Miles[.] Camped on Yellow Creek
Sunday Sep 17th This Morning Several Companies Started on their teams being weak, the Company that traveled with Bro Kimball remained excepting some few wagons[.] in the afternoon we had a meeting which was opened by Caleb Baldwin[.] Bishop [Newell Kimball] Whitney made some remarks[.] then Bro Kimball rose & gave us much good instruction upon various matters pertaining to life & Salvation[.] the Spirit rested upon him So that he Prophesied concerning his posterity that he Should yet live to see them return to Zion, laden with many sheaves, even those that are yet unborn
Tuesday Sep 19th This Morning we started about 8. our road continued the Kanyon [canyon] to Weber River, the Scenery was romantic[.] high Mountains on each side of us. we Camped on the Weber[.] traveled about 15 miles[.] This day one [of] Bro Kimballs Wagons broke down
Friday Sep 22nd This Morning we started about 9 O.C. we began to asscend the highest Mountain we had pass over on the route[.] we got along without difficulty or injury to any one[.] we Camped near the Willow Spring in a pleasent valley. this day we traveled about 12 Miles
Saturday Sep 23rd This Morning the weather was beautiful we Started about 8 O.C. and passed over an other Mountain into a Kanyon
Sunday Sep 24th 1848 This Morning was pleasent[.] we started about 9 & passed into the Valley[.] we arrived at the Great Salt Lake City about 2 OClock P.M. and was Joyfully received[.] Bro Kimballs Com.[pany] was almost all together[.] we Carraled [corralled] on City Creek.