Mormon History, Thursday, August 21st, 1845

[Apostle John Taylor diary] This day had been appointed for the hands belonging to the office, to go out on the prairie to my farm, to eat dinner and have a melon feast to celebrate Bro. Elias Smith's marriage. In the morning there was a general assemblage of carriages at the office, in number about twelve, containing between forty or fifty persons. About 9 o'clock there was a general movement; we drove out on Mulholland St., and after a pleasant ride we arrived there about half past ten. There was an ample provision of melons and other eatables. All seemed to enjoy themselves, and after strolling round the farm, we prepared to start again; we tendered our thanks to Bro. Alex. Wright, (the person who has charge of the farm,) for his hospitality and attention, and started.'--We drove over to Bro. Benbow's, where we stopped to rest and refresh ourselves; after which we started home and arrived there about six o'clock, after an excursion of nearly twenty miles, where we partoo
k of some wine and cakes. After which we escorted the bride and bridegroom home.

[source: 'The John Taylor Nauvoo journal, January 1845-September 1845,' BYU Studies 23:3 (1983) edited by Dean C. Jessee]

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