[Apostle Willard Richards Journal] Wind northwest. Sleet about 9, keen. About 10, President Young called with Sister Daley, wrote a letter to her husband (on file). Pliny Fisher wished to be adopted in his (B.Y.Â's [Brigham Young's]) family. Dr. came in office while they were in. B. Young, W. Richards, etc., went to the bridge. Visited Brother James Guyman, then B. Young, H. C. Kimball, E. T. Benson, etc., visited Daniel Carn at his house.
[At] 20 minutes past 3, Presidents B. Young, H. C. Kimball, W. Richards, W. Woodruff, G. A. Smith, A. Lyman, E. T. Benson, O. Pratt, and John Young, Alpheus Cutler, Reynolds Cahoon, Edward Hunter, N. K. Whitney, D. Spencer, W. Farr, D. Russell, Isaac Morley met in office. Afterwards, J. D. Lee, James W. Cummings, T. Bullock, W. Snow, S. Roundy, J. Sloan, when the following questions were asked, and answers given:
First: Shall there be a council left here? Yes. Presidents and captains of companies, and when they leave appoint others.
Second: Shall the houses be put on a line, and this place picketed in? Let the people decide.
Third: Shall they pay one-tenth of their labor for the poor? Yes.
Fourth: How much ground shall each family have for a garden? Let the council control this matter.
Fifth: How much bread stuff to each person that follows after the pioneers? Not less than 200 pounds.
Sixth: Shall the brethren labor unitedly, or every man for himself? Unitedly, and every captain of ten oversee his own company.
Seventh: Shall a record be kept how every man occupies his time? A record shall be kept.
Eighth: What plan will be the most beneficial to preserve crops and other property from Omaha aggressions? Take care of them.
Ninth: May not every family have a garden of their own, independent of public fields? Yes.
Tenth: Shall a guard be kept up at Winter Quarters after first emigration? Counsel that a guard be kept up, and the people pay them.
Eleventh: Shall we take all the widows, or only women whose husbands are ahead? Take the women whose husbands are in the army, and as many more as can fit themselves out.
Twelfth: Shall Thomas Bullock be the historian of first emigration company? Yes, fit him out and take him along.
Thirteenth: Shall C. C. Rich be the military commander? Yes.
Fourteenth: Shall John Scott have charge of the artillery? Yes.
Fifteenth: Shall Hosea Stout be captain of the guard on journey? Yes.
Sixteenth: Shall Horace S. Eldridge be marshall? Yes.
Seventeenth: The temple bell to be rung every morning to wake all up, then have prayers, breakfast, prepare teams. At the second ringing of the bell, in 15 minutes afterwards, start for their day's journey.
Eighteenth: Whenever there is a company of 75 men, with 18 months' provisions, may they come on with or without their families? Yes, until the 1st of September, but they must now expect assistance from those who are ahead.
Nineteenth: What instructions shall be left for the herdsmen? Voted that the herdsmen be instructed to let the poor people who want to emigrate to the West have their cattle, still holding them in security for the payment of their herding.
Twentieth: Shall there be any farms made on the Pottawatomie [Pottawatamie] lands? Discretionary with the people.
Presidents Young and Benson went to William FoulsburyÂ's and CarterÂ's, and had a dance. Dr. [Richards] went at half past 6 with G. A. Smith, found three of his family sick in bed, his wifeÂ's mother dangerously and others of his family unwell, a very unflattering prospect for his pioneering journey. Father John Smith remains feeble. Returned about 8. From 9 to 11 had an interview with [?]. Wrote an epistle to the brethren at Winter Quarters, etc., closing about 4:30 next morning.
[source: Apostle Willard Richards Journal]