[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] Jan 1st Monday This is the first day of 1849. We have traversed in our minds And recorded some things which has transpired during the Past year. What the present year will bring to pass time must determin But I have no doubt but the present year will Chronicle events of equal importance with the past. As the Crices has Commenced with the past it will progress with the future untill all nations will be constrained to Acknowledg their is A God in Heaven whose hand is stretched out to perform A great and marvellous work in the Earth in the last days.
The News this morning is in the Boston Daily times is that the Steemer Europa had arived Bringing News that Prince Louis Napoleon was Elected President of France. The Emperor of Austria had Abdicated his Throne in favor of his young Nephew. Dredful starvation in Ireland. Raging of the cholera in Europe And Esspecially in the south of America. It is raging at New Orleans in such a manner that the inhabitants are fleeing out all that Can get out. All business is stoping. Captains Mates Clerks & Hands Are dying of the Steem boats so that they have to stop running. I shall watch the movements of the signs of the times & record them daily.
+ I recieved A letter from Br Josiah G Hardy brought by the Hand of Wm Goodridge [who] wished me to visit a sister who was possesed with An evil spirit. So I Accompanied Him to West Newbury to see her. I spent the night with them. I found her in A low state. She was controled by An Evil spirit Altogether. I Administered to her by the laying on of hands. She was better for A time but she Afterwards gave way to the same spirit again. 40 m.
[source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]