[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 22d Sunday I recieved A letter on my arival here from Br Cannon. I was quite unwell this morning. I found Elder Joseph Russell located upon An Island Called Beaubars Island situated at the Junktion of the two branches of the Miramichi River 7 miles Above Chatham. The Island is 1 1/4 miles in length half a mile wide. Brother Russels has owned the whole of the Island for Eleven years during which time He has built 23 Ships upon it with an averaged tonage of 650 tons each. His location land & improvements at a low rate would be worth $30,000 dollars besides 3 ships on hand. He is now Calculating to sell on the 5 Nov at some price or other settle his business & go to the valley & settle with the Saints. The Island is A vary beautiful & ples-ant situation. A good location for ship building in the centre of the river which abounds with Salmon Mackerell Harrau shad & other fish in the season thereof.
Br Russell was also A presiding Elder over A small branch of the Church of L.D.S on the Island. He had A Chapel in his own house. I met with him on this Sunday morning. I was much edifyed with his teachings & pleased with the order He had carried out in his meetings & family circle & also in all his temporal business. I met with them in the Afternoon & spoke to them from these words: Surly the Lord God will do nothing but Be revealeth his secrets to his servants the prophets. I was quite unwell.
[source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]