I herd early this morning that an express had Come in from the Hand Carts company. I went to the Presidents office with all the Presi dency. The following is a synopsis of what I learned in the morning:
... David Kimball & others went ahead picked out Camp grounds made up fires shoveled off snow. When the Camp Came up they would take the old men & women & Children that Could not walk & carry them to the fire & help them get supper & then would dance around their fires & sing & Shout to keep up the spirits of the people & while Journeying during the day & would wade over all the streams & [-] the Hand Carts over & carry over all the lame women men & Children. ...
Elder G. D. Grant ... says that not more than one third of the Hand Cart Company wer able to walk & many were barefoot & freezeing ther toes.
The Conversation turned to Brother Vancott & Claudious Spencer & Elder Kimball said Brother Young has got much better Eyes than I have for I never Could see Brother Spencer He is so small & President Young said that Brother Vancott took after Orson Pratt in Philosophy. If he had the spirit of God with him he would not have turned that Company back but I am not agoing to blame them.
Among other things the subject of miracles came up & President Young said I have had a $5 gold piece put into my pocket now two days in succession. I do not know from what source it came from. Brother Kimball said it was an Angel. Broth Young then related a circumstance that when He & Broth Kimball was travelling East to gether they had $13.50 ownly & they travelled untill they paid out $87 out of it & had sixpence left & they received no addition by any known hand. Brother Kimball said that an Angel had taken that money out of some body pocket & put it into our trunk.
[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]