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
[ 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