[ Charles C. Rich, one of the Twelve Apostles of the Mormon Church and a prominent leader of the sect, was going to California to help manage Mormon affairs there. His biography by John Henry Evans , is published as Charles Coulson Rich, Pioneer Builder of the West ( New York, 1936). He was forty years old in 1849.
The original of this diary is in the Historical Library of the Mormon Church in Salt Lake City. The Church Historian's office kindly supplied us a typed copy of the journal as published here. Some punctuation has been added for clarification.]
OCTOBER the 8th 1849 2 o'clock p.m. left my home and the city of the great Salt Lake on a mission to Upper California having been appointed to assist Amasa Lyman in the presidency of that country by the conference held on the 6th. Staid at G. M. Flake on cottonwood 12 miles.63
TUESDAY 9th Took breakfast at John Bills then went to Utau [Provo] accompanied by James Brown. Staid at Alexander Williams, found some excitement with regard to the Indians some of them having fired on some of our people. 39 mi.
WEDNESDAY 10th Early this morning the Indians came down in considerable numbers to attack the fort as was supposed all had called out after some consultation they wished peace. I mad a speech to the brethren and organized them, gave the Indians some council and left about 10 o'clock, passing Hobble Creek, Spanish Fork, Petete Creek and camped on a small clear stream. 21 miles.
THURSDAY 11th We passed the Springs, Willow Creek, Salt Creek, Toola, camped on a sage plain without watter, traveled about 50 miles.____________________