[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 28th I took cars for New Ark Del. The cars which I was in contained many Noted members of Congress who were on their way to washington. The following were said to be among the number: Hon Henry Clay, Gen Cass, Gov Seward Hon Mr Wilmot Truman Smith Mr Wheeler, & others.
I walked to Turkeytown Maryland and Preached at night to the big Elk branch of the Saints 20 in No. I spent the night with Br Loyd Fellen & Stephen Mahony After travelling in three states preaching 2 hours I went to rest at 11 oclok. 45 mile.
Dr John M Bernhisel remarks on health. 1st keep A Clear Conscience A Happy Contented mind. 2d Always night or Day keep a free exercise of air. 3d Drink water instead of tea, coffee Ail or any other drink. Dont use tobaco. Be temperate in Eating. Use plain food & not high seasoned meets. 5th The skin of the stomach being vary thin & Containing Juices for digestion we should not take Cayane Black Pepper, Alkahal, pickles or any thing that will inflame the stomach or destroy the Juices for it will inflame the whole system & injure health. To Prevent Habitual Costiveness grown persons & Children should be learned & practice going to the Stool about the same hour each day & the Bowels will Harmonize with that practice & be in a healthy Condition.
The principle of Cultivating the memory and Concentrating our powers of thought to one focus in conversation upon any important point which we may wish to remember is of great Consequence. We ought not to suffer anything els to occupy our thoughts or attention when we wish to be correct in remembering any thing. And we ought to teach our children to read a peace & see how much they can remember or hear preaching [and] see how much they can repeat. One man practiced in this way untill He could read and repeat a whole News paper Advertisements & all.
[source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]