As we were under the necessity of returning soon [from Salt Lake valley to Winter Quarters] & wanted some place to unload our goods that we had with us & those that were coming up we thought it best to go into the mountain & draw out logs & build us some Cabins as the doby [adobe] houses might not be ready./... I some dreaded the job, for it was a [hard?] one And I do not exercise the prudence that I ought when I taken hold of hard labour but do more than is good for me. I however commenced choping down trees & done much more work during the day than any other man on the ground.
We choped drew out more logs than to build one house  feet square & drew home to the fort 25 of them. I blisterd Up my hands & was vary weary at night.
[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]