"Meeting of Capt. Rowley's Hand-cart Company," Deseret News, 16 November 1859, 293.
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G. S. L. CITY, Nov. 12, 1859.
SIR—You will oblige the undersigned and confer a favor upon many other individuals by inserting the following note in the NEWS.
It will be remembered that, on Sabbath, the 6th, a notice was read in the Tabernacle, that a meeting of the Hand-cart company which crossed the Plains under the direction of Capt. Geo. Rowley, would be held on the 8th inst. (Tuesday) at early candlelight, in the 13th Ward School house, for the purpose of inquiring into certain grievances said to exist in the company, against Capt. Rowley.
Accordingly, at the appointed time, the meeting convened, Elders Joseph W. Young and Robert F. Neslin, by appointment, presiding, and ,after singing and prayer, the brethren and sisters had full liberty granted them to speak their minds freely; and it was impressed upon them that, inasmuch as many reports were in circulation throughout this city, derogatory to the character and management of Capt. Rowley, while crossing the plains, if they knew of anything worthy of blame, they should there and then tell of it.
They were told that, if Capt. Rowley had been know to sell or otherwise dispose of provisions belonging to the company, to be at any time drunk and thereby neglect this duties to have taken their luggage from the carts into the company wagons and charged freight thereon, appropriating the proceeds thereof to his individual use, it was due the Hand-cart company that these things should be known in the right place, and be properly and severely dealt with.
The Saints occupied about three hours in speaking of the journey and the conduct of Capt. Rowley towards them, and the unanimous testimony of every one present was, that br. Rowley had done this duty as captain of the company, to the best of his ability.
There seemed to be some little dissatisfaction in regard to the supplies of bacon, sugar and tea, but, after some explanations from those who saved out the provisions and from br. Neslin in regard to the amount furnished at Florence all seemed satisfied.
Br. Rowley spoke of the reports that were in general circulation; he acknowledged that he had been somewhat remiss in keeping his accounts and stated that he had never had experience in such matters, especially where so many parties were concerned.
He said his greatest fault had been in not being strict enough with the company; to all of which those present bore testimony.
At the close of the meeting, a unanimous vote of the company expressed the following sentiments—"That this company hereby acknowledge its entire satisfaction in regard to the conduct of Capt. Geo. Rowley, while crossing the plains, and we wish the sense of this meeting published in the Deseret News."
JOS. W. YOUNG,
ROBT. F. NESLIN,