Joseph Williams, 1843

Joseph Williams, 1843

“July 27th. We started from Rubedeau’s Fort, over the Wintey River, and next crossed Green and White Rivers. Next night we lay on Sugar Creek, the water of which was so bitter we could scarcely drink. Here two of Rubedeau’s squaws ran away, and we had to wait two days till he could send back to the Fort for another squaw, for company for him.

“August 1st. We camped under a large rock, by a small stream, where we could get but very little grass for our animals. Next night we lay under the Pictured Rock, and being sheltered from the rain, slept very comfortably. Next day we traveled over rough roads and rocks, and crossed the Grand River, a branch of the Colorado, which runs into the Gulf of California, at the head thereof. Next day crossed another fork of Grand River, and came to Fort Compogera, below the mouth of the Compogera river.

“August 14th (Sunday). I preached to a company of French, Spaniards, Indians, half breeds, and americans, from Proverbs xiv, 32: ‘The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death.’ I felt the power of the word, and I believe some of the people felt also. I spoke plainly and pointedly to them, and felt as though I would be clear of their blood in the day of eternity.

“Next day we started to go through New Mexico, which is a long distance out of our route, to shun the range of the Apahoc Indians; and at night we camped on a small creek….”

Williams, Joseph: Narrative of a Tour From the State of Indiana to the Oregon Terriroty in the Years 1841-2. Cincinnati, 1843. pg 81-81