[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 5 I left Bradford in Company with Leonard Hardy & rode to Boston. I returned home & hoed my Garden over in the Afternoon And found my vegitable had grown half their size in 3 days.
I perused several papers to day And found the Missippi River had flooded more then half the City of New Orleans. The river had broak through the levies & was Almost destroying that City. All the burying grounds were under water. The Court Houses floodlied so that men had to float about on Hen coops pig trough Crockery Crates & any thing they Could get onto in order to go from House to House. Alli-gaters & serpants of all kinds take up their residency in the city & enter into the Houses. Their is great destruction At the present time of life & property by flood fire plague pestilence & war in all the Earth. War is begining to be poured out upon the Whore of all the Earth in fulfillment of the word of God. The Cholera is raging in the western world to A great degree And A number of the Saints have fallen with the rest. A letter from Jefferson Mo says that there had been 52 deaths out of 150 on the [Mo river?]. Br Appleby was on that boat. Br Hardy spent the night with [me]. 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]