Gardner, Robert, Diaries and reminiscences, 1857-1887, item 4, 88-92.
we was then advised as the armey had not left fort Bridger yet. for us to take the Sweet cut of[f] crosing bare river on that trale leveing the armey on our left, which we did
X when we came to the river deep and wide could not be fordid So we took a wagon bed and corked the crackes for a ferybot [ferry boat.] Some of the men Swam over to the other Side and we fasened rop[e]s to the bot from both Sid[e]s of the river So as to draw it over and back. So we landed it out the men pooling [pulling] on the rop on the other Side making the rop fast at ful lenth on the Side the bot Started from, but both rops got tight about the middle of the river and the curent Striking on the uper end Sank the hole thing under water[.] James Andrews was on the bot and could not Sweem. when the bot went down he floted of[f] and caled for Sone of the sweemers to come and help him[.] 3 or 4 jumped in but was quite a way from him[.] one of our men name [Levi] Grage [Greg] Meitcuf [Metcalf] from Springfield being on the other Side of the river and an other man with him ran down to a bend where he thaught James would Strik the bank. but he had gon down three times[.] Matcuf [Metcalf] through him Self down on the bank and had the other man throw himself a cros his legs So he could reach out into the river and reach down til his face tutched the water[.] as he dun this Andrews was pasing and he grabed him by the hare and braught him out prity dead. but he Soon revived <X> and we used one rop in place of two, and all gat over Safe. this was what I refered to on a prevous page[.] it was the only accident we had on the trip[.] X we then Started for the forks of Aco [Echo] Kanyon [Canyon] through the hils without aney ro[a]d. when we came to the forks where the rod was there was a coumpaney of Solders there fixing the rod[.] we came right on to them out of the hils and they ware worse Scared then us. but we did nat Stop to trade jack Knives but turned down the Kanyon asking no questions nor asking any. We huried down to the mouth of the Kanyon at the wever [Weber] river[.] here we Stoped and nooned and prepared a repart to the Presidentcy and dispatched my Self and Angus M Cannon a head with it. we traveled to wilowcreek [Willow Creek] east of the big mountain and camped in the night. after we laft camp on the wever Burnet [Bernard] Snow[,] Enock [Enoch] Rece [Reese] and John L[ymn] Smith Started on foot and pased us in the night and got into Salt lake before us. we got in to they in good time next day. but when we got in to the City there was not a dog to bark at us[.] every window was naled up and every dore was closed and no one to Say welcom home. this was So uncomon from what it used to be.