[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 18th + This was the day set Apart by the Bradford branch of the Church to have there Annual plum Island ride. I had been invited with my family to Join them on this occasion. It proved to be A pleasant day. We Assembled in the Morning at 1/2 8 oclok at Mr Burbanks whare we formed our procession consisting of 18 Carriages Containing 78 persons. Mr Burbank being the oldest Man He led the company. Was followed by Wilford Woodruff. While on the way they were overtaken by 25 persons drawn in the Bonny Boat by 6 cream Coloured Horses who headed our Company as we went into Newburyport. We spent 15 minutes there then proceded on to plum Island being 15 miles from Mr Burbanks.
On our Arival at the Island we went into A romantic valley surrounded by hills of sand And plum bushes. A spot of half an Acre in the centre of the valley was well coverd with nice grass. Around this spot we formed our Carell of Carriges, upon the green grass the females spread there table cloths And loaded them with evry dainty of meats, pies, cakes, fruits & vegitables that heart could wish.
The ground Having been previously dedicated by the Saints, Elder W. Woodruff was seated at the head of the table And Asked a Blessing upon the food & bounties of the Earth which were spread before us. After which All feasted with glad hearts & Cheerful countenanes. We then all walked to sea shore & spent An hour.
We then returned Home via Newburyport & Georgetown Co[....] whare each man returned to their homes. It was indeed A vary plesant ride & visit. All past off without Accident & in love & good order. I spent the night with my family at Samuel Hardys. Distance 30 m.
[source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]