Thomas Bullock letter in Historical Department journal history of the Church, 1896-2001 July, 1848 July-December, 21 July 1848, 1-2.
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Under this day Thos. Bullock wrote to Willard Richards and Amasa M. Lyman as follows:
July 21, 1848.
Dear brethren: We wrote you on 14th of July a short distance this side of Ancient Ruins Bluffs by the hands of Daniel S. Thomas, at the same/time sending a copy of the Epistle from the Council in the Great Salt Lake City, which I trust you received, and on Sunday evening following Pres. Young's company was divided into 4 companies led by Isaac Morley and his counselors Daniel Garn, Chancey [Chauncey] G. Webb, and Brigham Young. Pres. [Heber C.] Kimball's camp was also divided into 4 companies led by Titus Billings, Isaac Higbee, John Pack and Heber C. Kimball. At the same meeting it was decided to send on a mail to the saints in the Valley by John Y. Greene, Benjamin Rolfe [Benjamin W. Rolfe] and Cyrenius Taylor [Cyrenus Henry Taylor], whom I wrote a long Epistle which wax approved and signed by the president. The mail was also delivered to him and on Monday the brethren started for the Valley. We continued ourr journey until yesterday when we met Orrin P. Rockwell and Quinson Scovil from the Valley with a letter from the council by which we learn that the crickets have done considerable damage to the crops; the frost has also killed many of the vines, beans, etc., but what is spared, is in two words first rate. They expect, if they are proponed, and the Lord continues to bless them, to reap about 8,000 bushels of wheat. John Van Cott believes he shall gather about 60 bushels of corn to the acre. Some of the ears of wheat are from 6 to 8 inches long, the California barley and rye is great, the beans and peas (that are spared) were never beaten any where; and altogether the news is very cheering.
We crossed to the south side of the river, about one mile east of the
Raw Hyde <Rawhide> creek, several camps have previously crossed in different places before arriving thus far.
It is the intention of Pres. Young to go about 8 miles beyond Fort Laramie, and stay over Sabbath. I purpose leaving No 6 at Deer Creek, I remain your most obedient servant,