Journals of Forty-Niners : Salt Lake to Los Angles|The Far West and the Rockies Historical Series, V. 2
Arthur H. Clark Company
2 October 1849 to 22 December 1849. Pratt and several other missionaries leave Salt Lake City to go on a mission to the Pacific Islands. They travel with a wagon company under Jefferson Hunt including 125 wagons and many non-Mormon gold diggers going to California. Traveling through Utah Valley, he remarks on the possibilities of mills and his wagon company hunts rabbits until growing sick of them. The wagon train splits and Captain Hunt requests Pratt to stay with him, as a group of emigrants had threatened to kill him if their cattle die on the trail. The train votes, after much discussion, to take an unknown cut off. Pratt meets Spanish speaking Pavances Indians who had run away from Spanish missions. At Las Vegas, Nevada he sees furniture and things left by previous emigrant companies. Pratt finds gold among quartz deposits near Salt Springs, California. They come across a train of a dozen stranded wagons, including the families of two Methodist preachers named Grewell, and give what assistance they can. After reuniting the Grewells with their families, the Grewells get drunk and threaten the Mormons. The diary ends as Pratt reaches the Williams Ranch in California.