[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 14th We Baptized 1, & I confirmed her. Then took cars with Br Sweat [and] Sister Pratt & rode to Worcester then to Boston.
I spent A little time in Boston. I Called upon Br Cannon. Saw Elder Thomas McKenzie Pack up a large Box of Books near 400 lbs which He has Collected in Boston for schools in the valley. He has been faithful in his mission in collecting Books during the past season to assist the Saints in es-stablishing schools in the valley of the Mountains. I went home & spent the night.
There has been A great Mob of late in New York. The papers have been full of it for several days. The Boston Daily times contained A long Article Headed Dreadful Riot and Bloodshead At the Astor Place Theatre. The Military Called out, fire-ing on the people. Awful sacrifice of Life, 21 Persons Killed, 33 wounded, & 53 of the rioters Arested. On Thursday night May 10th 1849 A mob of 20,000 Collected at the Above Theatre in consequence of the Appearance of Mr Macready An Englishman upon the Stage. The Military [was] called out & fired upon the people And killed 21 And wounded 33. The spirit of Mobing has been Manifest evry since in New York. And the spirit of Mobing war confusion And Anarchy is appearing all over the Earth. A mob of late arose in Canida of 7,000, surrounded the Parliament House broke in the windows. Stoned & Egged the Govornour Lord Elgin & all members of Parliament. Burnt the Parliament House to the ground & all the Canadian Records for 500 years. War is poured out upon all Europe at the present time.
On my return home I recieved two letters one from Wm Lowe And James L Curtis.
[source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]