[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] Feb 1st I arose early in the morning. Accompanied Elder Badlam to the ship Corsiar whare He takes passage to Panama And goes on to the Bay of San Francisco to visit his Brother in Law Samuel Brannan to try to get some gold to meet his liabilities & to remove his family to the gathering place of the Saints. He has Acted in concert with the Presidency of the Church for years past And has stretched out his hand so liberally to try to Assist in rolling on the general Cause of Zion Untill He became involvd several Hundred dollars in dept. And men of the world now stept fourth And offered to Advance money to pay his depts And support his family if he would accompany some of their sons young [sic] who were going to the Bay of San Francisco to try to get gold at the mines this being the ownly opening which He could see to pay his depts He considerd it an omin that the hand of the Lord was in therefore he Accepted it. This is the cause of his going.
It snowed hard to day And the ship did not go out. There were 104 passengers on board. They sent most of their provisions around cape Horn on board of the Pharsailia. Br Badlam Came home And spent the night. He And Br Wm Page spent the night at my house untill 10 oclok & went home. I recieved two letters one from Wm Low one from A. W. Babbitt. I wrote two letter one to Wm Low one to Eldridge.
[source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]