[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 23d Was nearly sick with A Cold. I met with the saints & preached one hour from Jer 30 ch 21 vers "And there Nobles shall be of themselves And their Governor shall procede out of the midst of them." After speaking of the fulfillment of Prophecy in connexion with the progress of the Church & Kingdom in the present dispensation I read to them the following Paragraph from the Epistle of the Twelve recorded in the XI vol. No. 16 Page 247 of the Millennial Star as follows: "Monday March 12th The Election Came off to day and resulted in the unanimous choice of Brigham Young as Governor, Willard Richards Secretary, N. K. Whitney Treasurer, H C Kimball Chief Justice, John Tailor and N. K. Whitney Associate Judges, Daniel H. Wells Attorney General Horace Eldridge Marshall, Albert Carrington Assessor and Collector Joseph L Heywood surveyor of Highways And the Bishops of the several wards as magistrates."
In one sens of the word I had the fulfillment of my text before me. It is highly interesting to see the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Progressing And Continually fulfilling the Ancient Prophecies As recorded in the Bible & Book of Mormon. The late news from the valley informs us that 15,000 of the emigration after gold have passed through the valley and 3,000 have stoped to winter in the valley and many have Joined the Church. An Iron foundery is about to be esstablished in the valley & workman in that Branch of business are loudly Called for from abroad. Crops and health are both good in the place.
Addison Pratt is about to return to the Islands & take several with him. Amasa Lyman has gone to the valley of the Sacramento. P. P. Pratt is expecting to go to South America.
The revolutions of the Nations of the Earth during the past season have been interesting. The following is a synopsis of the movements during the summer of 49: The Romans arose in mass drove the Pope from his Throne & kingdom & he Had to seek protection in foreign Countries. The President of France Louis Napolian sent An army to Rome to subdue the people & reinstate the Pope And after much hard fighting, they entered Rome & took Command of the City. The Hungarians arose & Proclaimed there Inde-pendance raised large Armies & would have subdued Austria Had not Russia sent out her Mighty Armies Against her. And After many thousands of the Allied Armies of Austria & Russia were slain by the Brave Hungarians they the Hungarians were overpowerd or Gen Georgey Surrendered his Armies & Louis Kossuth the President And main spring of Hungary left the Nation & went to Turkey. Jermany has Also been in an unsettelled state And within a few days past the French Minister at washington has been dismissed & his Passports offered him & He is invited to return home. Also High words have passed between the American & British Ministers And what the result of these things will be time must determine.
But one thing is certain. Wars & dreadful Judgments Await the Nations of the Earth. The destroying Angel in the form of the Cholera has slain its tens of thousands during the past seasons both in Europe & America.
[source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]