"Arrival of the Mail from the Valley," Frontier Guardian, 10 July 1850, 2.
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On Friday the 5th inst., the mail arrived at this point from the Valley of the Great Salt Lake, in charge of Elder Robert Campbell who is on his way as a missionary to his native land, Scotland, accompanied by Elder John O. Angus.
The following named brethren, have also arrived and destined for England on missions: Isaac C. Haight, Captain of the Company, Wm. Burton, Appleton M. Harmon, Jesse[e] W. Crosby, James Works, Claudius V. Spencer, and Moses Clawson. Br. Clawson left the company at the Upper Platte Ferry, and came in two days ahead of the mail. He states that on the 16th ult., 10 miles below the Lower Ford of the South Fork of Platte, Captain Daniel C. Davis, was seized with the cholera at 2 o'clock, A.M., and died at 1 o'clock, P.M., same day, after suffering considerable agony; although the greatest care and attention was paid him during his sickness.
From letters which we have received from our emigrating companies, who left this spring for the Valley, and from the news brought by the mail the tidings from the plains assume rather a dreary aspect. Sixty-two is reported to have died out of out emigrating camps. The following is a list of all those we were able to learn the names of:
Aaron Johnson's wife and son, (Willis K.;) David Evan's daughter, Amanda Herrick, John Smith, Perry Kyes [Keyes], John Carns, Elizabeth Malery [Mallory], Mary Dana, (wife C. R. Dana,) Zenos [Zenas] Keyes, J Leaney, Dilley's [Dille's] wife, Luther Warner, five of the Spafford family, R. Griffith's wife, David Lameraux's [Lamoreaux] daughter, Howell Rust, son of Dr. Rust, Kemp's child, John Campbell, Wm. Fox, Joseph King, Elmeda Catlin, two of Mr. Brown's children, John Swett [Sweat], Dr. J. [Jesse]C. Braley, Widow Norris and her daughter Mary, Mary Campbell, Rosannah Bragg, Thomas Green's wife and two children, Able M. Sargeant, Margaret McDugall, wife of Charles Jameson, John Shipley, Thos Kirk, Charlotte Thornton, one of Harlow Redfield's children.
About 500 of those destined for the gold regions, prior to the 28th ult., had died of the cholera. They met the first sickness at Scott's Bluffs, about sixty miles this side of Fort Laramie, and they say that the graves along the road were too near to serve for mile-posts, besides many who were buried at Camping places a little off from the road. Most of those who died, belonging to this section are said to be children. Notwithstanding the fatality of this dreadful disease this season on the Plains, we have received very cheering accounts from some of the companies of Saints as to health, unity and good spirits.
The news from the California emigrants going the North side of the Platte, is good; there has scarcely any sickness or deaths occurred that we can learn. Those who started from this place had nearly passed those going on the South side of the Platte. The teams were in good condition. The first teams have fared the best. When the mail passed the junction of the two roads, the trains from the North and South side were mixing.
The first emigrants were met on the 15th day of May about twenty miles beyond the South Pass and were somewhat short of provisions. It cannot be expected that our friends in Salt Lake can supply them with a great amount of provisions; but they will do the best they can. Nevertheless many of the emigrants must suffer for want of breadstuffs.