In Company with G. A. Smith I called upon President Brigham Young and asked Council about publishing the Endowments or an outline of it telling the time when the Twelve Received their 2d Anointing & also the organization of the Council of 50. He gave his Concent for us to publish an account of it so that the Saints might understand it <but not the world>. He gave into our hands all the records of the council of 50 and all of his own private Letters Notes, Receipt, Pocket Books, &c which I took to the Historians Office & spent the day and Evening in examining & fileing. All that was not for Historical purposes I done up carefully on file to return to him.
While with President Young Ben Simons a Cherikee Called into President Youngs office. Had been two days in the Camp of the Enemy [U.S. troops]. He related his travels there. Said they wanted salt vary much. Their Animals were dying vary Fast. They were Cutting timber & diging holes in the Earth. That looks a little like their going into winter Quarters. The Merchants were Suffering for the want of food. They ought to suffer for they have been the means of Bringing on this war in a great measure.
[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]