[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 22d It was cold this morning. There was a meeting of the Presidency & Captains of companys & resolved to stockade the city of winter quarters & for the Twelve to go foreward to pick out a resting place for the Saints.
In the evening I attended A Council of the Bishops & Twelve. Remarks were made upon a variety of subjects. Brother B. Young spoke upon the subject of Patriarchal Blessings & the Blessing of Children. Said that any father who held the Priesthood was A Patriarch to his own family & when He blessed his children it was a patriarchal Blessing. If a man wrote the Blessing of his Children & Could get the Historian to write it it was well enough but the Historian could not write all the Children Blessings in the Church.
[source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]