I went to the Historians Office with O. Pratt to attend a Blessing meeting but no one Came & I returned home took my teams & went to the farm.
Felt all right when I left home but when I arived at the farm a vary Strange feeling Came over me. I turned out my Horses & went to bed & I vary soon felt as though I was Struck with death & Could not live. It seemed to be Paralysis & Death. I felt that I Could not live an hour. All my Blood, spirit, & life seemed to be leaving my limbs & Closing around my heart & vitals & I felt as though I would soon die. I sent for My wife Phebe & Br G. Q. Cannon. I also sent for my Neighbor Br Wm. Wagstaff to Come & lay hands upon me. A minute seemed an hour to me. Brother Wagstaff finally Came when I felt as though I was about to Give up the Ghost. He laid Hands upon me & I was liberated instaneously. Soon Mrs Woodruff G. Q. Cannon & B Young Jr arived. They also laid hands upom me then returned home.
[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]