"Departure of Missionaries and Others," Deseret News [Weekly], 3 Oct. 1860, 244.
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The Elders destined for various parts of the Old and New world on missions, with many others going to the States on business, commenced leaving on Wednesday evening and continued to depart on Thursday and Friday, and some few did not get started till Saturday. Their place of rendezvous was at Kimball's ranch, from whence, when all were ready, they were to take up their line of march across the plains to the Missouri river.
We have not been favored with a report of their exact number, but they are sufficiently strong and well armed and prepared for any emergency that may arise.
Among their numbers are Elders O. Pratt, E. Snow and G. Q Cannon—the two former going to the States and the latter to England to take the editorial conduct of the Millennial Star. Elder J. McKnight-long the foreman, and Elder Joseph Bull, who for years has been employed in the News office, were also of the number.