"This diary of Thales H. Haskell covers the second trip made by Mormon missionaries to the Hopi Indians of northern Arizona. The Mormons called these natives Moquitches or Oribes [Oraibi], referring to lesser tribes of the Hopi race. The first mission was made in the fall of 1858, when twelve men went presumably in search of a surviving child from the Mountain Meadows Massacre. Of that trip, Jacob Hamblin gives a detailed account in his autobiography, while the second venture he dismisses very briefly. For that reason, this day-by-day chronicle is interesting, while its vivid, racy style gives the venture color and life.
At the time of this journey, Thales Haskell was twenty-five years old and had lived among the Indians of southern Utah and Nevada for five years. He had come, an unmarried youth of twenty, with the first group of Indian missionaries who were called south in 1854. He married Maria Woodbury on October 4, 1855, but she was accidentally shot and killed by an Indian boy in June 1857. Late in the fall of the same year Thales married Margaret J. Edwards, an emigrant girl from Wales" [Author]