"Emigration," Frontier Guardian, 12 June 1850, 2.
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We have attended the organization of 350 wagons of Salt Lake Emigrants up to Saturday 8th inst. Capt Milo Andrews is ahead with fifty wagons. Next follows, Capt. Benjamin Hawkins with one hundred; Thos S. Johnson, Capt. of 1st Division, and--Capt. of Second Division. We left them at Council Grove 12 miles from Bethlehem west of the Missouri river, on the morning of the 7th inst. Next in succession is Bishop Aaron Johnson with a train of one hundred wagons. Elisha Everett, Captain of 1st Division, and Matthew Caldwell, Captain of 2d Division. Next in order is Capt. James Pace with one hundred. Richard Session, Captain of 1st Division, and David Bennett, Captain of Second Division. The Emigrants are generally well fitted out with wagons and teams, provisions, &c., &c.
There are some wagons quite too heavy. Those brought from St. Louis are good, but too heavy. A heavy wagon with a stiff tongue is unsuitable for the journey. Let no person hereafter buy a wagon for this trip unless its tongue has a joint in the [h?] forward of the axletree. Light wagons that will bear from sixteen to twenty hundred pounds, are the most suitable for this service. These heavy lumber concerns should be left here, and not used by our people, neither by anybody else, unless they choose.
The number of California wagons that have crossed at this point, is about 4,500, averaging 3 men to the wagon, making 13,500 men, and about 22,000 head of horses, mules, oxen and cows.
Our own Emigration to Salt Lake Valley will amount to about 700 wagons as nearly as we, at present, can determine. They take two new carding machines in addition to one sent last year, besides much other valuable machinery. They also take about 4000 sheep and 5000 head of cattle, horses and mules.
With the facilities for improvement that are already in the Valley, and those that are now going, we may expect to see that hitherto, desolate region growing rapidly into importance, and consideration. Success to the West, and to Western enterprize, to Western men and measures! "Let the Wilderness and the solitary place be glad for them, and the desert rejoice and blossom as the rose."