[Apostle Willard Richards Journal] Gentle northeast wind, but severe frost in the night. Dr. [Richards] arose about noon and came in the office. E. T. Benson called and chatted a while. Dr. visited Sister Callahan yet sick, and Margaret Rushton with Dr. Levi Richards and prayed and prescribed for her. Called at President YoungÂ's and read Â"Mormon DoingsÂ" to Sister Young. Called on Brother Wallace and borrowed a set of instruments. Council of all the Twelve at Winter Quarters, and Father I. Morley at post office from 7 to 10 conversing on the several items of instructions to be left for the benefit of the camp. Hosea Stout and Alanson Eldridge came in. Heard the Â"Mormon Doings,Â" a sheet published at Voree [Vorhee].
At 7 p.m., Presidents Kimball, Richards, G. A. Smith, O. Pratt, E. T. Benson, A. Lyman, B. Young, and W. Woodruff of the Twelve, Isaac Morley, met in the office to counsel about their journey west. President Young stated he had seen Father Neff, who said he would do just as President Young told him. He wanted salvation, and B. Y. [Young] told him what the Lord required.
Dr. [Richards] read the Â"Hedge Hog Doggrel,Â" written by W. W. Phelps. A conversation took place about putting the cannon in good order and fixing the cannon ready for action. President Young wants the whole company organized into a military capacity by C. C. Rich, with the presidents of the companies under the captains of hundreds, fifties, tens. B. Y. [Young]. Brother Major to stay, his two wagons to go and take the carding machine and mill stones. Can set and axle tree into a spindle for the mill by Brother Tanner.
Father Neff said if he was counseled to go heÂ'd go, and if counseled to stay would stay. Wants Father Morley and his company, and Father Cutler and his company, to meet in council with the Twelve. Uncle John Smith suggested that the Saints go no further from here to make farms than is absolutely necessary. E. T. Benson would rather go up to the fort and farm than stay here. B.Y. [Young] would rather raise 1,000 bushels there than 200 here. There are rushes also a mile square and another patch a little below. Again they will be protected from the winter there, and plenty of rail stuff to fence it in. There is a pretty shelf of land for a farm and you can look over the land five miles. Build the houses [in] a perfect square, like a fort, and let no Indians inside it. Let a dozen families go up there, plow this hazel rough and make a garden. H. C. K. [Kimball] is far better there than here. B.Y. [Young], we want a host of tobacco that will want to be given to the Indians, also a little calico, and hire the Indians to kill buffalo. Dispersed about 10.
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[source: Apostle Willard Richards Journal]