Mormon History, Oct 19, 1847

[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 19th + Early this morning we prepared ourselves to return to camp. The company of Hunters started A little before the waggons We had got about A mile on the way when we discoverd 7 men about 2 miles from us coming from some scattering timber. We at first took them to be Indians on foot. We saw they were approaching us. We soon found However they were mounted white men. We then thought they were troops. They soon Charged upon us with all speed. We stood ready with our arms in hand to meet them. But when they came up to our great surprise & Joy we found them to be the Policee of winter Quarters led by Brother Hosea Stout. They informed us that 16 of them had Come from Winter Quarters to meet our camp thinking we might need some help. The remainder of the party stoped at our main camp. We stoped our teams & returned with them to our camp ground & got the Brethren some Breakfast out of the fat Buffaio, while this was going on we were busy in asking many questions about our wives & Children & friends & affairs at Winter Quarters & they were truly welcome messengers & like Angels unto us.
It was truly like good news from a far country to Hear from our families & friends once more. We travled together through the day And arived in camp at 8 oclok in the evening & had an interview with the rest of the Brethren from Winter Quarters. It was truly a happy meeting.
I spent the evening at Dr Richards waggon reading the papers concerning the Mexican War, the Ship fever making devastation through the land, & other Affairs through the United States. It was truly interesting day to me. Distance 25.

[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993,]

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