175 years ago today - Jul 18, 1847. Sunday.

[William Clayton (six days before the pioneer camp enters Salt Lake valley)]

This morning the Camp was called together and addressed by Elder Kimball. He reports President Young as being a very sick man. He proposed to the brethren that instead of their scattering off, some hunting, some fishing, and some climbing mountains &c. that they should meet together and pray and exhort each other, that the Lord may turn away sickness from our midst and from our president that we may proceed on our journey. ... Elder Kimball proposed to the brethren that all the camp, except President Young's and 8 or 10 other wagons with brethren enough to take care of him &c proceed on tomorrow and go through, find a good place, begin to plant potatoes &c as we have little time to spare. The proposition was acceeded to by unanimous vote... Elder Kimball again gave much good instruction and prophecied good things concerning the camp. The Bishops brake bread and the sacrament was administered.

[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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