165 years ago today - Oct 26, 1856

President Kimball ... Called for all the Horse teams in the City & Country to go into the Mountains & pick up the companies who were coming with hand Carts & bring them into the City. 115 Teams were raised in a few moments. All were to be prepared to start in the morning. They were to take grain to feed them with. This is a great exp[ense] to this Territory to send out so many teams to bring in the companies in consequence of their starting so late. This was in Consequence of some who were in Authority not obeying Council but rather blocked up the way....

The subject came up concerning the Emigration starting so late [IE Willie and Martin handcart companies] that it had Cost this Territory more than it would to have bought oxen & brought them through for we have had to send some 250 teams out to meet the Emigration & send some 20 Tons of flour & many thousands of Dollars worth of Shoes & clothing.

President Young asked why they were so late. Brother Richards said that Elder Taylor wanted to Controll the Emigration & means & would not take hold & assist in the work without it. President Young said Brother Taylor was a good man in many things but he was not fit to handle means no more than a Child. I am going to inform all Churches people & agents next season who do not take my Council that they shall be suspended from the Church. Elder Taylor said that they could not be forwarded short of £12 $58 which would not do at all. President Young said you had your positive instructions what to do but John Taylor stood in your way & you did not do as you were told & thee people were sent so late that it has cost us many thousands of Dollars to get them in. Now what did you think of such things? ...

[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

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