[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 7th It appeared like a Cold storm gathering this morning but it sprinkled a little & cleared off.
We met in the fore part of the day Capt Joseph Walker (Capt Freemont guide through Calafornia) also Mr Pappan the main Proprieter of Fort Laramie. He was quite displeased because Burdeau did not send an interperter & get our Horses. They informed us the Mexican war was still Continued & that 500 troops would be stationed near Winter quarters untill spring. They would then go to the Head of Grand Island & build A fort. Also one at Laramie, And one on Green River. The Pretention for Building these forts is said to be for the purpose of protecting the oregon Emegrants.
We sent letters by Capt Walker to the valley via fort Bridger. He informed us that 100 miles south of the Utah lake was an excellent country for farming Purposes.
We continued our Journey & camped near a creek on the Platt & obtained A letter from Wm. Clayton one week ahead of us & still going ahead. 13.
[source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]