I wrote to Johnson the Ferryman. <We made an appropriation> of $12,000 <[in part payment?]>. I pitched quoits for Exercise. [The angled brackets indicate portions written in code (shorthand). This is probably paymemts to eastern presses to do favorable coverage about Utah's bid for statehood].
[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]