"Letters from Elders," Deseret News, 26 Sep. 1855, 229.
By letter, from Elder David Grant, written at 28 Bradford St., Wakefield Road, Bradford, England, we learn that his health was good, and he was laboring successfully under the Presidency of Elder Joseph A. Young.
Br. Grant left this city on a mission to England Sept. 15, 1852, and we wish him much success in his labors as an upright Saint.
—Elder Edwin Whiting writes from Hiram, Ohio, June 11, that he and br. Edwards had baptized 4 persons, and re-baptized one, and nine had promised to come forward. They met with much opposition, but were strong in the determination to search out the honest in heart, so far as they might be blessed with ability therefor.
—Br. Daniel Caveen writes that the P. E. Fund saints, under the Presidency of Elder Richard Ballantyne, celebrated the 24th of July on the Platte river, about 20 miles above Fort Karney, amid feasting, dancing, music, and the floating of flags and banners painted and mottoed for the occasion. Elder William Pitt, returning from a mission, entertained and instructed the assembly with an appropriate and happy oration, Elder George Mayer, returning missionary, responded to a call upon him for an address.
In the evening Elder Wm. Glover contributed to the enjoyment with a song, and Dr. George Bell aided with a comic anecdote.
If the P. E. Fund saints can thus enjoy themselves on the dreary plains, how vain the expectation of the world to crush by mobocracy, villification, oppression, and artillery, the faith and spirit that are the sense of a happiness which they cannot comprehend.
—Elder Milo Andrus writes from Mormon Grove, (4 1/2 miles west of Atchison) July 1, as follows:—"We have now enclosed 160 acres with a substantial ditch and sod fence, and plowed and planted 40 acres. The corn looks well, and the potatoes and other vegetables bid fair to make a good crop. It is really a delightful place, well watered and has an abundance of stock range. The banks of the streams are not miry, as is often the case with the [illegible] to the Missouri river.
All true saints who have arrived here thank the Lord for so goodly a point of outfitting for the Valley." The particulars of organizing companies, &c, are superceded by news previously furnished by Elders Blair and Snow.