Hosking, Philip W., "Pike's Peak," Deseret News [Weekly], 24 Sep. 1856, 232.
39 deg. N. lat., 106 E. long.,
Conceiving an outline of a 24th of July celebration, from this far-off uninhabited region, may be interesting, I forward you the following summary of our proceedings:
At 4 a. m. a discharge of fire arms, also at 6 and 8.
After breakfast, we assembled, sung the hymn beginning,
"The morning breaks, the shadows flee,
Lo! Zion's standard is unfurled."
At 11, we were mustered by our chaplain, and after singing and prayer, were marshaled into line by our Capt., Preston Thomas; the brethren and sisters bearing flags with the following devices:
1st. The young men's flag, "Holiness to the Lord."
2nd. United States flag.
3d. Bee-hive, "Deseret."
4th. Daughters of Zion, "Love, purity and truth;" after which came the children with their flags.
After going through a number of evolutions, marching and counter marching to the sound of music, we were seated at a sumptuous dinner, provided by the fair "Daughters of Zion."
Capt. Thomas delivered an address on the early pioneer saints.
The following toasts were read:
Our President Brigham Young—May the rays of divine and eternal truth, as revealed by the Father to him, spread from kingdom to kingdom and nation to nation, dispersing superstition, priestcraft and lies, and planting the standard of divine and immortal truth.—W. [William] Southwick.
The Twelve Apostles—May they be known and read of all men.—W. S.
The High Priests and Seventies.—May the great chain of the Royal Melchisedec Priesthood soon encircle the entire globe.—T. [T. John] Whitman.
The Constitution of the United States Revealed by the Holy Spirit to our fathers.—P. W. [Phillip W.] Hosking.
The flag of Deseret—a fountain with a shade in a parched and dreary land, where the famished and weary slake their thirst and rest.—J. [James Dillard] McCullough
Our captain, P. Thomas—May temperance, fortitude, prudence and justice be his pillars of honor.—P.W.H. [Phillip W. Hosking]
Zion—a bright fire in a dark land.—J. D. McC. [James Dillard McCullough]
PHILIP W. HOSKING
Clerk of Company.