"Affairs in Utah," New York Times, 28 May 1864, 9.
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Emigration and Immigration—Miscellaneous Correspondence, &c.
GREAT SALT LAKE CITY, Friday, May 6, 1864.
Correspondence of the New-York Times
During the past week or two many ox-teams have arrived in the city, and started east on their way to the Missouri River for poor Mormon emigrants. Three hundred of these teams are about the number to be dispatched on this errand this year, three-fifths of the last year's number. However, twenty or thirty mule teams are to accompany them. Instead of sending flour hence on this expedition this year, the flour is bought on the Missouri for the use of the pilgrims through or nearly through the whole journey.
Traveling eastward, also, are several wagons with families of "Josephites," as the followers of young JOSEPH SMITH are termed. These are now pilgrims back across the wearisome plains, still with a faith of a haven desired. Having failed to find at Salt Lake the paradise they anticipated, they now turn their eyes to the State of Illinois, in hopes to find a happy land there under the new leadership of the son and namesake of the original Mormon prophet.
Notwithstanding the departure, as usual every Spring, of a number who fail to see in Salt Lake Mormonism everything that the heart can desire or hope for, houses and lots can scarcely be bought in this city. "A team," once upon a time not very remote, would insure the purchase of a house and lot any Spring, but things have changed of late. Any building to sell or to rent is now eagerly snapped up at advanced prices.
With the Mormon teams also went a number of Mormon missionaries on their way to enlighten the benighted denizens of the Old World, and to warn them to flee from the wrath to come.
The militia of the Territory has been moving of late. Lieut.-Gen. D. H. WELLS appoints four Adjutant-Generals, and issues General Orders No. 1, ordering organization of the forces, with brushing up of blunderbusses, drill, and all that sort of thing, that the "Legion" may be as "fully prepared as circumstances will admit to defend themselves against the reckless savage or other lawless foe." The Lieutenant-General thinks the present a good time to be watchful that the "disunion, secession, direful war and general discord," which are "filling the land with devastation, crime and misery," be not permitted to creep into Utah, and endanger the "principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." So you see the folks up in this Territory have no idea of themselves being drawn into the vortex of war, for they think of fighting to keep out.