"The Immigration," Semi-Weekly Telegraph, 24 September 1868, 2.
THE IMMIGRATION.—We have been favored with a copy of the following letter to President B. Young:
After being detained nearly nine weeks at Benton, the last of this year’s immigration arrived, when I organized my company by appointing Elder James Smith, President of the Saints, Elder Francis A. Brown, Chaplin, and Elder Samuel Southwick, Secretary of the Company, and on the 1st of September I started homeward. During my stay at Benton I lost five animals, four horses and one mule, including my riding horse, supposed to be stolen by white men.
There has occurred in the company four deaths—Sister Mary Rollinson, aged 72, of fatigue from the journey; Brother John Williams, 75 years of age, of old age; and two infants by premature birth. The health of the company is generally good.
We expect to camp on the Pacific Creek to-night. We encounter much head wind, but our animals are in good heart and the feed is excellent. The nights are cold, but we make ourselves comfortable by keeping large fires and using extra clothing. I have not seen any signs of Indians as yet, and I hope to escape any dangers from them.
[The names of members of the company have been already published in the TELEGRAPH, as they embarked on the ocean.]