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May 23, 1847

Journal Entry

May 23, 1847 ~ Sunday

23rd ^Sunday^ In company with B Young & the Twelve we visited the
top of two of the Highest Bluff ruins that lie opposite our
encampment which were truly a curiosity. O. Pratt took a
Barometrical observation on the ownly tree which was red ceder
on the top of the ruins or Bluff which we visited we had
A fair view of chimney rock from whare we were. I
carried A Bleached Buffalo Bulls head on to the top &
wrote upon it with a pencil our names & distances from
several places for the Benefit of the next camp while
Br Fairbanks [blank] was on one of these Bluffs He
was bit with A rattlesnake & became vary painful before
He reached camp the Brethren commenced giving
him such things as they thought best. And he soon was
better. The camp met at half past 11 ooclok. E. Snow Addressed
the Meeting & spoke well. President Young then addressed the
camp in an Interesting manner, said He was satisfyed that
the Lord was with us & Leading us had never seen a company
of people more united than the camp had been thus far on the
journey, that we should pluck the fruits of this mission to all
Eternity that He had many things to teach us but could not
do it ownly in a stake of Zion. But He was well satisfyed
with Himself, his brethren the Twelve & the camp at large one
thing He would say to the praise of all, that was not one
had refused to obey his council on the road. His peace with
God was continually like a river & He felt that the spirit of
peace rested upon the whole camp. many good things were
said. Several other brethren followed him After which
meeting was dismissed. we intended to have rode out in the
evening, but we saw that a storm was gathering, & it soon
began to Blow vary hard About as much as we could do to
save our waggons Bows & covers from being smashed

the hard wind continued for about an hour then it commenced
raining &which lasted about one hour accompanied with some hail
it turned vary cold I had fears that some of our horses would
perish with the cold As such changes were freequent in this
region Mr Sarpee related a circumstance that transpired sev
eral years since at about this place on the 22nd of May one
day earlier than this while travling down this fork of the platt
it was warm weather the grass 10 inch high it began to rain
some in the Afternoon & turned cold in the evening & before
morning 16 of his best Horses were frozen to death by the side
of the waggons & his boates boats froze into the Ice in the river
the changes are vary great in this country & when I see it
turning so cold I coverd all my horses with Blankets that
I coudld I got up several times in the night to see to then
It rained occasionally in the night. the Horses shook with
cold but morning came & all was Alive as soon as they were
let loose they run to warm themselves.

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Young, Brigham
1 Jun 1801 - 29 Aug 1877
3314 mentions
Apostle, Family
Snow, Erastus
9 Nov 1818 - 27 May 1888
645 mentions
Apostle
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1 mention
Pratt, Orson
19 Sep 1811 - 3 Oct 1881
1038 mentions
Apostle

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President Young then addressed the camp in an Interesting manner, said he was satisfyed that the Lord was with us & Leading us had never seen a company of people more united than the camp had been thus far on the journey, that we should pluck the fruits of this mission to all Eternity
~ Brigham Young

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Autobiography Volume 2 circa 1865
Next day was Sunday the rd. In company with Brigham Young and the Twelve I visited the top of the highest bluff ruins that lie opposite our encampment which was truly a curiosity. We had a fair view of Chimney Rock from where we were. I carried a bleached Buffalo's head on the top and we wrote upon it our names and distance from several places. O. Pratt took a Barometrical observation on the solitary cedar tree on the top of the bluff ruins The camp met at half past elleven in the morning for Sababath services. Erastus Snow addressed the meeting followed by President Young who said he was satisfied that the Lord was with us and leading us. He had never seen a company of people more united than the camp had been thus far on the journey; that we should pluck the fruit of this mission to all eternity; that he had many things to teach us but could not do it only in a stake of Zion; but he was well satisfied with himself his brethren the Twelve and the camp at large. One thing he would say to the praise of all and that was that not one had refused to obey his council on the road. His peace with God was continually like a river and he felt that the Spirit of peace rested upon the whole camp. Several others spoke and the meeting was then dismissed. We intended to have rode out in the evening but saw that a storm was gathering. It began to blow very hard and it was as much as we could do to save our waggon bows and covers from being smashed. It continued for about an hour and then rained for another hour accompanied by hail. I covered all my horses with all the blankets I could get and got up several times in the night to see them. It rained occasionly and the horses shook with cold but

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May 23, 1847