[Apostle Willard Richards Journal] Winter Quarters. Cloudy, warm. Dr. [Richards] rose about 1 p.m., having slept some during the a.m. [morning], but none during the night, but read in the Bible. President Young called about 1 p.m., said there would be a council at 2 in the office. Brother E. T. Benson and Erastus Snow arrived home about 10 a.m., and Bishop Miller and family soon after.
About 2 p.m., President Young, Kimball, Benson, Lyman, George A. Smith, Erastus Snow, and Richards were at the office, [also?] Bullock and Campbell. Benson reported that he had been to Punca, read the revelation, which was received with joy, organized the whole company, and returned a list of 98-396 souls in wagons, 13 horses, 5 mu1es, 192 yoke of oxen, 172 cows, 90 sheep, 17,743 pounds of flour, 3,505 pounds [of] meal, 121 bushels [of] wheat, 350 bushels [of] corn, 2,980 pounds [of] meat, 1,025 bb[?] groceries, $387.87 cash, buckwheat, oats, beans, garden seed, ploughs, farming tools, etc. Joseph Holbrook, clerk, Punca, February 8, 1847.
About 4, Elder Woodruff came in. Conversation continued about the organization of companies, emigration, etc. Elders Benson and Snow said the camp at Punca had about 70 pounds of breadstuff per head. Benson brought a mail of five letters. Council approved the doings of Benson and Snow at Punca and O. Pratt at Mt. Pisgah, etc., and left about 7 minutes past 5. President Young, Woodruff, Richards, and about 50 others attended dancing school in the council house from 6:30 to 9. Dr. [Richards] wrote [a] letter to Colonel Kane and closed about 3:30 a.m.
February, 16th 1847. Patty Sessions delivered Mary, wife of John Oakley, of a daughter named Mary Elizabeth, 3 oÂ'clock a.m.
[source: Apostle Willard Richards Journal]