[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] July 1st After travling A few miles we re-cieved A visit from Elder P. P. Pratt who was direct from council Bluffs And Bad A message to All the camp of Israel.
I formed A circle of Some 50 waggons And the substance of his errand was that He wanted A company of men raised immediately to go to the mountains without there families to pick out A location And put in spring & fall Crops. The quorum of the Twelve volunteered to go. After we got our Message I drove A head as fast as possible with my teams. We drove 20 miles with our ox waggons And camped for the night about 10 oclok both man And beast wearied out. We crossed the 18 mile prairie.
[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]