Duncan, Homer, to Brigham Young, 27 Aug. 1861, in Brigham Young, Office Files 1832-1878, reel 38, box 28, fd. 4.
August 27th 1861
I am directed by Captain Duncan to forward you an account of the progress of the Company crossing the Plains under his charge. Since my last letter, from Deer Creek, dated August 5, I am pleased to report to you that this Company has enjoyed the blessings of the Almighty in a marked manner—that health peace and happiness has attended the camp. We have had but one death which occurred on the 20th August to Anne Jane John aged 8 months daughter of David and Mary John from South Wales. The child died from inflammation of the bowels. The following morning the body was placed in a coffin and buried at the foot of the Bluff about 20 miles East of the second crossing of the Sweetwater. A few accidents have occurred to the wagons, but such only that could be repaired with but little delay to our travelling and none have had to be left behind. Our cattle are at present in very good condition, though many have had to be shod. we have lost two head (an ox by death and a cow left behind). Should the remainder of the journey be attended with similar success as the first I shall be in Salt Lake City on the 14th September
I remain yours truly
PRS HOMER DUNCAN