Andrus, Milo "News Correspondence," Deseret News, 18 July 1855, 15.
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MORMON GROVE, Kansas Ter.,
May 23d, 1855.
EDITOR OF THE "DESERET NEWS."
DEAR BROTHER:—I have been engaged since the 17th of February, in purchasing and bringing down oxen and cows for this Spring's Emigration, and also in searching out this place as a point of outfit. I arrived here on the 12th inst. in charge of 550 head of cattle, and found the Saints generally in good health and spirits. There is but little sickness at Mormon Grove, but at the Atchison camp, 4 1/2 miles from this place, some have died with the cholera, though all are now getting better, and the Lord is smiling upon us, and we feel to praise his high and holy name, and try to sanctify our hearts and the whole Camp of Israel.
At times I almost begrudge my Utah brethren and sisters the great privilege they enjoy, when I contrast the inspiration that flows from the living oracles in their midst, with the blasphemy and corruptions of world fast ripening for the perdition of ungodly men; but I will try; by the help of the Lord and the prayers of my brethren, which I feel that I have constantly, to discharge the duties now laid upon me, acceptably to God and those who sent me.
We have established a P. E. Fund Farm at this place and are ditching in 1-2 mile square. We make it binding on each adult male member to make 5 rods of sod and ditch fence, and now have about 1 mile of the fence completed.
The farm will be enclosed within ten days from this date. Five or six acres are plowed and planted with corn, potatoes, and various other seeds. A small cabin is built which serves for a storehouse.
Brother P. O. Hanson, arrived yesterday from Leavenworth with a camp of the Danes; he is in good spirits though pretty well worn down for the want of experienced men to help him. The Danes have suffered considerably with the cholera, 16 of Br. Hanson's company have died, but he says that they all feel much better when they get in sight of our encampment, and that all are now in a fair way of getting well.
I have been looking for Elder E. Snow for some days, but if he does not come within 4 days, and the Holy Spirit does not dictate otherwise, I shall organize the first Fifty, bless them in the name of the Lord God of Israel, deliver to them such counsel as the Holy Spirit may suggest, and start them for the valley.
I will close with the request that, when my brethren, into whose hands this letter may fall have read it, they will remember me, and the rest of the servants of the Lord who are in the various portions of the earth, in their prayers.
I remain, your Brother in the Gospel.