[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 20 This Morning I make my first trial of taking A stage passage in New Brunswick. We Crossed the river in a ferry & prepared the Stage for a start which was as follows: One pair of Horses was put onto an open two Horse waggon with the Mail, driver, & two passengers. A progection run out back of the wagon 4 feet. Upon this stood A large carpenters Chest And trunks. A second waggon was brought up & the tongue made fast to the reach of the first waggon. This was loaded with wool & boxes both loaded waggons to be drawn by one pair of Horses. In this way we started to go 100 miles through A Hilly rough country to travel day & night.
I did not see what way one pair of Horses was going to travel with any speed with such a train of Lumber behind them but I soon found out. For as soon as we come to the top of A Hill the Horses could not Hold the waggons And of Course they went down the Hill upon A keen run as fast as there legs Could carry them & continued to run untill they got part of the way up the next Hill. In this way we got along vary fast. We Changed Horses evry 20 miles. We travelled in this way the whole rout.
[source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]