Woodruff, Wilford, to Brigham Young, 5 Oct. 1850, in Brigham Young, Office Files 1832-1878, reel 56, box 43, fd. 26.
16 miles East of Webber River Oct 5th 1850
We send unto you our Brethren Miner Atwood & W[illia]m Branch with a request to you that you use your influence to assist those Brothern to obtain Some oxen to assist us the last 30 miles or so to get into the Vally. we cannot cross those two last ridges without some assistance[.] Our teams Have failed us much faster since we left Bridger than Before. our oxen & cows are daily failing & dying in the yoke as it were. we Have 25 waggons in our Division[.] We are the Last Company except Brother Hunters[.] we stand in Need of a yoke of Oxen to each waggon if we can get them but if we can get half tha Number it will be a great Help to us[.] Elder L Hardy with 24 waggons is a few miles ahead of us they are also weak in teams whether they will be able to get in without Help I do not know.
We are all in good Health[.] Elder Hyde & compny passed us to but did not Stop ownly [only] to Say How do you do all were well, If the Brothn come with any oxen I would like them to bring one waggon & a bushel of potateos