[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 30th It is still A rainy day. This past week has been almost one Universal scene of storm, wind, & rain. Rhoda Foss has lain at our House quite sick with A fever. Mrs Woodruff & myself prayed with her in the night & administered unto her and she began to recover. We also recieved A letter from Br Samuel Hardy saying that Br Josiah Hardy was vary sick & wished us to pray for him And we made his case A special subject of prayer.
There is A report in this days papers that Col Freemont lost 120 Mules in one night with the cold & snow on the Mountains, which left him on foot And All his party perished & eat each other up. All died but himself & he vary badly frost bitten.
This is the second party of Missourians who have died A miserable death & each eats [the] other up. What is the cause of this? The measure they meet is measured unto them again. They one put the prophets patriarchs & Apostles in Chains in prision & fed them on human flesh even the flesh of their brethren. That state with this Nation has some heavy bills to pay & serious things to Meet. So prepare for it.
It has since been ascertained that all of the Company did not perish but 120 Mules died in one night & all baggage was lost except one trunk. 11 men perished in trying to get to the settlements.
[source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]