[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 24th I wrote A letter to Mrs Woodruff. Also finished the Letter to O Pratt & Mailed them. I recieved the European Times giving an account of the wars of Europe. Also A Collision between the Steemer Europe & A ship from Boston. The Boston Ship sunk in 4 minutes 134 lives lost. Br Russell got a letter from Capt McFerson saying that 200 of the welsh saints & 100 of the English died of Cholera on the way to the bluffs but I think it is exagerated from the Accounts I get from the west I do not think one half that No is dead.
[source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]