165 years ago today - May 24, 1847

[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 24th It was A Cold morning. Yesterday morning the Thermometer stood at 52°, At noon 82, & this morning 38 accompanied with north wind. We travled 10 miles & nooned.

I dreamed this morning that some Indians came into camp in a friendly manner & stole 6 Horses before our eyes & rode off. We gave them chase on horsback & I awoke.

As soon as we camped this noon two Indians came to the Camp. They were Sioux. They were well dressed & clean. We gave them some dinner & showed them An Indian dog that had followed us several days but the dog would not follow them. They soon left the camp.

Chimney rock still grows plainer to our view. We drove in the Afternoon 6 1/2 miles & camped near the quick sand mountain that run in a ridge from the river back. This Apparently had been heaped up by the wind.

I rode About two miles forward to find grass And A Camping place And on my return I saw about 30 Sioux Indians Plunge their Horses Into the River on the opposite side & make towards us. I rode with several others to the river & met them as they came out. They shook hands with us, vary friendly. The Chief unfurled A large American Flag with the Eagle stars & strips & presented me A Letter. It was written in french. We however made it out. They were all well dressed. The Chief was dressed in A military Coat. The Brethren from Camp brought A white flag & stuck down by the side of theirs. They wanted to go into Camp. We proposed for 5 of them to go & the rest to remain in Camp but they all wiched to come so we let them. We gave them supper. They remained about camp all night, but were good & stole nothing. Distance of the day 16 1/2 m.

[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

1 comment:

  1. AnonymousMay 24, 2012

    A truly marvellous entry! Hopefully more like these to come from WW's Journal in the days ahead. I do wonder what the letter in French stated, and if perhaps it is in the Historical Archives of the LDS church.


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