Murdock, Joseph Stacy, Diary and reminiscences 1889, 9-13.
After travling round some[,] it [was] very dark[,] I found some high grass and pulled and mad[e] my Bed for the night. I had a sheep skin around my s[h]oulders and no co[a]t or vest[.] I dremp of Buffalows robes for it was cold and the woolves howled and I tho[u]ght of Camp[,] my Mother wor[ri]ed[,] my wife tried to comfort her[.] When the stars came out [I] astarted for camp and got ther at sun up and now [no] oxen yet[.] We moved onto the sarpes point and camped for some daes [days.] I found that the oxen was Brother John Ta[y]lors. Brother g[e]orge Can[n]on and myself went Back and got them oxen and all was wright without mony and without prise [price]. I had A yoak of oxens ti[r]ed from over heat[.] we came to a camp of the Sues [Sioux] Indens [Indians]. they had taken from amongst the Buffalo a lot of oxen and the Brethren went over the plat[te] to B[u]y them[.] I set down on the ground and a man rode up to me and said Boy take this horse, and sadle and goo over the river and trade them for what you can get. I said maby you need that your self[.] he said that is non of your Bisnes [business.] I said all wright[.] I got up and mounted the horse and went over the river and Brother Charles Rich had charge of bying the cattle[.] I said I need a yoke of catle[.] he said all wright and when my turn Came I got up and puled of[f] the sadle and Bridle and asked an ind[i]an what he wold give for the hors. He gave me ox for the hors[.] I asked another what he would give for the bridle and sadleand he told me if [I] wold give my shirt and bridle sadle, he gave a ox[.] I puld of[f] my shirt then I asked that ingan [Indian who] o[w]ned the other ox they told me the indan was on a hunt[.] I told them I come Back to the river the next morning and would by the ox[.] we moved camp 4 miles that nite.
the next morning I took a Peck of Corn and Calico, dres patern and went Back to the river[.] the indan came acros with the ox and I got him for the corn and dres patern[.] I got one ox from the man and one from the inden so that maid my teem good[.] so you Can see that I was blest[.] the mans name was Jacob Houtz he lives at Springville[, Utah.]
we moved up the Plat[t] river on too the Devels [Devil's] gate and on to sandy[.] ther we met President Yo[u]ng returning from salt Lake in the year 1847[.] We traveled on to green river[.] there we forded and went on too Fort Brigder [Bridger] then too Bear river then to Ec[h]o Canion [Canyon.] then crosed the weber river then over the little mountain then to mouth of Emigration Canion [Canyon] and camped for a few dais then moved to the Old Fort on City Creak [Creek] . . .