"The Saints in Iowa," Deseret News [Weekly], 9 July 1856, 141.
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THE SAINTS IN IOWA.
[From Elder Wm. H. Kimball to Prest. H. C. Kimball.]
CAMP, near Iowa City,
May 21, 1856
Br. George D. Grant and I arrived here last night with some cattle and horses, and found brs. D. Spencer, James Ferguson, E. Ellsworth, J. D. T. McAllister, W. Walker, Joseph France, P. C. Merrill, J. A. Hart, and about 650 Saints, all well and in good spirits. Br. W. Walker has with him his brother Lorin and wife, from Nauvoo, on their way to the Valley.
I Was much pleased at the appearance of the large round tents, each prepared to accommodate twenty persons, and the hand carts rattling around camp; it makes one think that they are not likely to fail in carrying out the instructions and intentions of God's prophets.
Cattle are very dear everywhere this spring. We paid $75 a yoke in Missouri, and had to drive them above 300 miles. We could have sold the same oxen for $100 a yoke, a hundred and fifty miles from here. Young stock and cows are high in proportion. Yearling heifers will probably cost $10 a head on the Missouri river. Br. George and I will leave to-morrow morning to make further purchases of cattle for the emigration.
We are all coming home together. Bro. Ferguson is assisting br. Spencer in keeping the P. E. F. accounts.
God bless you all, and all the boys say amen.