Bell, Stella Jaques, Burton, Robert Taylor, 1821-1907
Life History and Writings of John Jaques
Ricks College Press
Burton's diary (290-293): October 7, 1856 to 30 November 1856. Burton begins his journal as he leaves Salt Lake City in George D. Grant's relief party. The group was sent by Brigham Young to rescue the snowbound Willie and Martin handcart companies. Burton gives a daily account of camp life and vivid descriptions of severe weather conditions. John Jacque's diary (83-87, 95-144, 202-225): May 25, 1856 to October 19, 1856, January 24, 1860 to December 1868. Excerpts from the journal begin on the day Jaques leaves Liverpool on board the Horizon. Jaques describes daily life on the ship, including births, marriages, deaths, and sickness. He describes ecclesiastical organization on board as well as religious practices among the Latter-day Saints. He provides a daily record of the weather. He arrives in Boston on June 30, 1856. On July 2, he takes the railroad from Boston. Jaques describes the journey, including a death along the way. He arrives in Iowa City on July 10. The president of the camp assigns Jaques to leave his family and travel to St. Louis to preach the gospel. Jaques leaves on July 18 and describes his trip down the Mississippi on the steamboat J. M'Kee. He writes of seeing the Nauvoo Temple ruins, and overhearing a political conversation about the Mormons. He arrives in St. Louis on July 20, 1856. Jaques returns to Iowa City where he and his family join the Edward Martin handcart company. They leave Iowa City on July 28. Jaques provides a detailed account of daily life on the trail, including camp life, religious life and hunting. He and his family arrive in Florence, Nebraska on August 22, 1856. By August 26, the handcart pioneers are leaving Florence for Salt Lake City. Jaques describes daily life on the trail between Florence and Salt Lake City until he stops writing on October 19, 1856. Excerpts from Jaques journal begin again on January 24, 1860. Jaques is living in Salt Lake City and working in the Historian's Office. Jaques describes daily life and cultural life in Salt Lake City and often mentions the activities of Church leaders. Diary excerpts end with entries for December 1868. This publication fills in the gaps with many letters by John Jaques, including letters describing his mission to England from August 1869 to August 1871.