"Last Immigrant Company," Deseret News, 2 October 1861, 180.
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On Friday evening, the 27th ult., Captain Sextus E. Johnston arrived in this city with his company of immigrating Saints, the last expected this fall, although there are one or two small freight trains yet expected to arrive. There were in the company between fifty and sixty wagons, but how many persons no one, of whom inquiries have been made, could state definitely.
We have met with several who were in the company with whom we had an acquaintance years ago, and among the number J. E. Johnson, late editor of the Huntsman's Echo, published at Wood River Center, Buffalo County, Nebraska Territory, who has ventured to come up into the mountains at last, as well as many others who have been on the frontiers for years. We are of the opinion that the war movements in the east had some agency in the matter in more than one instance.
It is estimated that between four and five thousand persons have come across the plains this season, intending to remain permanently in the Territory, and if they came here to live their religion and fully carry out their intentions they will, of course, enjoy themselves better and be more satisfied with their condition and circumstances than while they have been living in Babylon, professing Mormonism without being the recipients of the many blessing bestowed upon the Saints in this their mountain retreat.
The opportunities for new comers to obtain the necessary things to make them comfortable during the following winter were never as good as they are this fall. They have all arrived in good season. There is an abundance of provisions and plenty of labor to be obtained by all who wish to eat bread by the sweat of their face. Those who came here with any other expectation will, of course, be disappointed and, sooner or latter, will return to the land from whence they came, or proceed onward and seek, for them, a more congenial clime in Nevada or on the Pacific coast.