Mormon History, May 31, 1849

[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 31st { } I recieved Another letter to Day from Elder Jacob Gibson from Philadelphia saying they had recieved further word Concerning the death of Elder Appleby And his Company. He says Br Hammer writes from Jefferson City Mo to his Brother in Phil. saying the following persons had died of the Cholera: W.I. Appleby, Adams & Wife & 2 Children, Malin, Mrs Hammer & Child, & Hand, wife & Child, Hall, & Sister Granger And A number of the Venners & more not named. /June 13 Elder Appleby is alive the rest named are dead.
/Also the Boston Daily times Has the following Concerning the companies going to the gold Digings: "Letters from Independance Mo say that the Cholera is sweeping evry thing before [it]. Among those who have Died there is Lieut Schenck of the Navy. Gloom reigns on evry side. Business is at a complete stand. All the Calafornians have putty much left in a fright. The Cholera rages so extensively among some of the Emigrating parties that they do not even stop to bury their Dead. Corpses Are found wraped in their winding sheets lying along the road in heeps of five & six together. The seene on evry side is painful & Horrible in the extreme.
I held A meeting at My house. An Infidel of the worst Class opposed After I Got through preaching. His conversation was nonsenes folly & Blaguardism against God, Jesus Christ, and All their revelations given for the benefit of man.

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

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