[Apostle Willard Richards Journal] Winter Quarters. Cold northeast wind and some snow falling. Levi Stewart started for St. Louis. Dr. [Richards] rose about 12 noon. Went to President Young, found him not so well but setting up undressed with H. C. Kimball, O. Pratt, George A. Smith, A. Lyman, E. T. Benson. President Young said he wanted to consider the propriety of sending a messenger to Colonel Kane, Philadelphia, and getting our papers from government. He also expected, as soon as boats run, that some government officer would be here making some demands, such as 300 more men during the war or something of the kind.
President Young advised that we start as quick as possible, send on 100 pioneers from each company and have our wagons ready, watch the signs of the times and if occasion requires put out, or the Twelve can go and leave their families and let them come on. Voted to send a messenger to Philadelphia immediately, visit Colonel Kane and Washington if necessary. Voted by ballot unanimously that Haidedej M. Tnarg [Jedediah M. Grant] be the messenger to go to Philadelphia. [Jedediah M. Grant] was called in and he agreed to go. The council dined with President Young on pudding, butter and molasses, all of which was very nice, and adjourned about sunset, two hours high. Brother Kimball and Richards and Grant went to the Silver GreyÂ's picnic a short time and returned home. But few present. The snow continued to fall very fast and the drifts were three or four feet deep at 9 oÂ'clock.
[source: Apostle Willard Richards Journal]