[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 27th I recieved the New York Herald weekly of 27th. It is full of the Calafornia gold fever. It seems as though All the world was running stark mad to go to the gold mines of Calafornia on the Sacramento. Hundreds of ships And tens of thousand of men are preparing to go there. Elder Allexander Badlam has purchased goods & necessaries And is now Preparing to go there also on Board of the Corsiar via Panama As his brother in Law Samuel Brannan is out there He thinks He will do well.
[source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]