[ William Farrer, born January 26, 1821, in Westmoreland, England, accepted the Mormon faith in 1842 and migrated to America that year. After living in Nauvoo, he trekked with the Saints to Utah in 1847. For the journey to California in 1849 he was outfitted by Joseph Horne, who was to receive one-half the gold young Farrer obtained. Instead of returning to Utah from the mines, in November, 1850, he went on a Mormon mission to Hawaii. After four years there, he returned to Utah and settled at Provo. He married Elizabeth Ann Kerry in 1856. They reared eight children. Mr. Farrer died at Provo, February 17, 1906.
The diary published herewith was made available to us through the kindness of Mrs. Ramona Cottam of Provo, granddaughter of Mr. Farrer. Dr. Vasco M. Tanner of Brigham Young University generously provided us with a typed copy.]
THURSDAY. OCTR 11th 1849 There being a party got up on the west side of Jordon by Bro [ John] Taylor on account of his leaving to go on a mission to France. There were about 1 hundred persons invited. an universal spirit of hillarity prevailed. we five or six of us took our parting Dinner with them. the table was spread with a profusion of every thing eatable. Stopped there all night.
FRIDAY. OCT 12th 1849 Detained rather late this morning on account of Bro [ Joseph] Cain who had been taken sick on the road last night as soon as he got ready we started on and traveled about 4 miles South and crossed Jordon & camped on Willow Creek74 rained nearly all night but we slept comfortable considering the weather.
SATERDAY, OCT 13th '49 I morning started from Willow Creek after traveling five miles came to the ridge of mountains runing between the two Vallies Salt Lake & Utah we could not see much of the Vally____________________