Orton, Joseph, Autobiography, in Library of Congress, Collection of Mormon diaries [1935-1938], reel 13, item 4, vol. 1, 11-12.
Now, with a sturdy riding horse, especially chosen for its through adaption or suitableness for the journey, I was well fitted for the plains. Throughout the trip which was accomplished in 35 days, my animal was a great blessing to me and by the way, to other weary brethern. It might be added that the first night camping on the “Big Pampoose” was the most uncomfortable one of my life, now 78 years of age, occuring on this wise; I had travelled with a part of the company five or six miles ahead of the wagon containing my bedding etc., and did not discover it until too late to return alone. On improvised bed of wagon cover and underneath a conveyance when tired I lay down to rest, but the heavy thunder and wind, terrific lightning flashes and drenching rain flooding all around me made it positively impossible. Was however thankful to be on the way to Zion, the home of the saints and many times during that fearfully stormy night did my prayers ascend for protection from its inclemance, and in gratitude to our Father. As we approached the land of the setting sun and the end of our prospe[r]ous journey, which to me was as a delightful pleasure trip, my eye in which I had broken apiece of sunflower stalk or other weed began to give me pain and continued and continued until about three weeks after my landing in Salt Lake City, when I took out of it a piece of aforesaid substance five-eights of an inch long. In a few days afterwards my eye was as well as ever. Landed in Salt Lake City about 2 o’clock P.M. Sunday 10 July 1858.