175 years ago today - Jul 13, 1847. Tuesday.

[William Clayton]

[Eleven days before the main company of pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley] ... Elder Kimball proposed that a company start from the camp with Elder [Orson] Pratt to proceed on to the Weber River Canyon and ascertain if we can pass through safely if not to try and find a pass over the mountains. He reported that President Young is a little better this morning, but last evening was insensible and raving. Col. [Albert] Rockwood is also very sick and quite deranged. A company of 22 wagons, mostly Ox teams started on soon after dinner in company with Elder Pratt ...

[George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1995, http://bit.ly/WilliamClayton]

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