Joseph Herring was here all day. He was entirely dissatisfied with the Twelve and swore he would take Br. Willford Woodruffs life neither would he go on with us in the Spring but intended to take the team, which was now being raised for him to go after his people with, and leave us and never come back[.] He said also that his brother George was of the same mind that he was. He was about half drunk & spoke what was in his heart. So it appears that all the trouble & expense laid out in them will prove futile because they have not integrity and stability enough be done well by when it is entirely gratis on our part.
[Source: Diaries of Hosea Stout]