Journals of Forty-Niners: Salt Lake to Los Angeles: with Diaries and Contemporary Records of Sheldon Young, James S. Brown, Jacob Y. Stover, Charles C. Rich, Addison Pratt, Howard Egan, Henry W. Bigler, and Others

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21st This day followed down the Beaver. Had a hard road,--went twelve miles.32 Plenty of hare here but poor camping place. Plenty of trout in this stream.

22nd This day had good roads. Went twelve miles and camped without any water and not much grass.33

23rd We lay in camp all day.34


B: ADDISON PRATT'S DIARY

[ Addison Pratt was born in Winchester, New Hampshire, February 21, 1802. At the age of twenty he went to sea, sailing around the Horn and to Hawaii. He was on the sea for several years, returning home only for short visits. On one of these, in 1828, he met Louisa Barnes, whom he married on April 3, 1831. After a few more trips he gave up the sea and bought a farm in New York state.

He and his wife were converted to Mormonism in 1837. They moved toward Jackson County, Missouri, and finally settled in Nauvoo, Illinois. Called to go on a Mormon mission to the Society Islands, he left his wife and four children and set sail on a whaler in October, 1843. He was one of the first Mormon missionaries to the Samoan Islands.

Returning from his mission in 1847, he arrived at San Francisco in June. He joined the Mormons who had come to California by ship with Samuel Brannan. Pratt went to the gold diggings in May, 1848, but remained only four days, as scouts eager to return to their families, reported a journey over the Sierras possible. He traveled east to Salt Lake City with members of the Mormon Battalion. Enroute he caught fish for the party. "They gave it as a general opinion," he wrote, "that I could catch a mess of fish if I could only find rain water standing in a cow track."

Upon reaching Salt Lake City on September 28, 1848, he found that his family had just arrived there the week before. After spending

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Camp was just below the canyon, at the site of Minersville.
33
This was the limit of their drive into the Escalante Desert, on the supposed short cut. When Hunt failed to find water ahead, the train turned back to Beaver creek and continued on the known trail.
34
Here is a break in the diary; some leaves are missing. The journal is not resumed until November 10, when Young is with the Jayhawkers on the route towards Death Valley, and hence beyond the scope of this study.

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Table of contents

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  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 7
  • Illustrations 9
  • Acknowledgments 11
  • Historical Background and Summary 15
  • Part I - Packers: First Over the Trail in 1849 47
  • Part II - The Gruwell-Derr Wagon Train 51
  • C: Notes of Benjamin Hayes 53
  • Part III - The Jefferson Hunt Wagon Train 59
  • C: James S. Brown's Account 66
  • D: the Sidney P. Waite Sketch 112
  • Part IV - The Rynierson Company 131
  • Part V - The Flake-Rich Company of Packers 141
  • B: Charles C. Rich Diary 181
  • C: William Farrer Diary 193
  • E: James H. Rollins Recollection 218
  • F: Sheldon Stoddard Sketch 271
  • Part VI - The Stover Party of Packers 273
  • Part VII - The Pomeroy Wagon Train 293
  • C: Extract from Goudy Hogan Journal 296
  • D: the Walter Van Dyke Account 298
  • Part VIII - The Howard Egan Wagon Train 307
  • Appendix 321
  • Index 329
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