Hancock, Mosiah Lyman, Autobiography of Levi Ward Hancock, fd. 3, 98-100.
Ira drove that team when Levi was on duty[.] We heard that Father was at Platte Ferry[.] When we got there he was gone he had heard that we were not coming this summer. So he goes back to the Valley to make a fresh start his animals were there and he had made a little means which he took in[.] Brother Lewis Robinson was at the Ferry when we came up he was going in to the valley and I think that he in a jokeing manner invited Mother to go with him Saying we might catch bro Levi before he arrived in the Valley – Mother being of a persevering nature took the bait had her wagons rolled out for the journey[.] Captain Pulsipher told her to stop and asked her what She wanted to start out that way for saying the Indians would kill us before we got through[.] She said She would sooner risk that than to have her free hearted boy killed “you know <said she> that You have imposed on Mosiah[.] Besides his guarding day and night he has to run at the call of tom dick and harry untill he is nothing but skin and bones” – Said he “Your tongue is hung in the middle and works at both ends[.] the cussed thing out [ought] to be cut off[.]” Mother ordered out her little company[.] we came on. When we got to Cache Cave we stopped to noon[.] some of the Battallion Boys came along with their Pack animals going on to the States[.] They said President Levi W. Hancock and Brother Petigrew is comeing behind They are going to the States[.] Brother Hancocks Family are not comeing on this season[.] “ We bid them good “bye”[.] now Said Lewis Robi[n]son “ Mosiah you get on the off side of your team[.] Sister Clarissa you get in Mosiah’s Wagon [.] Ira get in the other wagon drive on[.]” every thing was done so quick—I held the dog diamond in my arms – we met the two Brethren[.] “How are you bro Levi[.] how are you Brother Petigrew and where are you going?” Oh! to the States Said Father[.] My wife and Children are not comeing on this season and I am going to bring them on next season good bye[.]” “good bye” was the answer as on they rode—“O Brother Levi[,] What would you now give if you could meet your Family now right here[?]” “O, I would give all I am worth[.]” But what would you give me this minit [minute] if I could Produce your Family now Your Wife and Children”? Father comes back looks at the Team sees Ira Reed’s wide chin under the Cloth of the Wagon he was driveing[.] sees the dog in my arms[.] Jumps from his horse and into my Wagon—I suppose we might as well let the curtain fall[.] Lewis’ had his fun our joy was full[.] Brother Petigrew went on alone leading his animal[.] We traviled towards the valley[.] it was the first time mother had rode[.] She hapened to get her foot between the harness and Box and hurt it conciderably so She rode the most of the way from there to the valley[.] when I had got to the mouth of emigration Kanyon [Canyon] my nigh hind wheel broke down it was the wagon sent to help us and it was old[.] the bottom of the Spokes was wrapped with rags to keep the wheels from wabling and groaning with their infirmities[.] But soon men and Brethren were on hand to cheer us, hearing how nobly mother had generaled the journey with out the loss of even one of fathers tools[.] we got in the 3rd of august 1848