[Apostle Wilford Woodruff]
President Young said a Letter was received by Musser by the last Mail from Brother Gibson who was on his mission to England saying while travelling on a rail road they had a Collission with another train and mashed up the engine and care that he was in & yet not a soul was hurt. As they walked out of the ruins one man said there must be some man of God on that Care by which they were saved. Brother Gibson remarked it was in fulfillment of prophecy for Brigham Young said when He Blessed me that I should go in safety by rail road & steemboat and this is in fulfillment of his Blessing.
The question was asked Presidet Young if he did not think the Nations were inspired to go North as Columbus was to find this Continent. President Young said they have had vary bad luck at it. No they are not inspired ownly by there own desire to open a North west passage to China. Some think it is to open the way for the 10 tribes but it is not so. The Nations will have Nothing to do with preparing the way for there return. But when the time has Come for there return the Lord will do the work. They are on a portion of Earth seperated from this globe in the North which Cannot be seen from this Earth and when the time Comes the Lord will unite their land with ours & prepare the way for there return.
President Young said there was an exertion made to separate the union without war but it Cannot be done. The union Cannot hold together but a few years. It must soon part. The southern people have more fears of there own servants than anybody els. Many other remarks were made.
[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]