In the Spring of 1848 we left for Winter Quarters, the general gathering place of the Saints, then started for Salt Lake in President Brigham Young's company, a large one. He had most of his family in it. I had a very pleasant time. I was young with no cares. Father [Deacon John Haven] had a team of 2 yoke of oxen and two cows in the sling, so we had milk all the way. It was on the plains that I first met your father. He drove part of President Erastus Snow's teams across the plains. The first time he saw me I had one of Father's oxen by the horn leading him up under the yoke. Once on the Platte River the whole company had to stop to let a large herd of Buffalo pass. There were hundreds on the lope going to the river to drink.