May 7, 1847
Summary: Lost spyglass found.
Journal entry: FRIDAY: This morning the wind northwest and almost as cold as winter. The buffalo vastly numerous all around. About eight a. m. the camp was called together and measures taken to raise more teams to put to the canyon as some of the horses and even cattle have given out. The President chastised Elder Snow for not attending to the cows yesterday causing the President to lose his spy glass, it being Brother Snow's turn to drive the cows according to his own voluntary agreement.
At a little before eleven o'clock, Porter Rockwell, Thomas Brown and Joseph Mathews started back to hunt the spy glass. and soon after they left, the camp procceded onward. The day was cloudy and very cold. Our course about northwest. We traveled about seven miles and camped at two - thirty near several small islands, on the banks of the river.
About four p.m., Porter and the others returned, having found the spy glass which was a source of joy to all the brethren. At six - thirty the companies were called out to drill. I have been very sick all day with a complaint and have suffered much.
Source: William Clayton's Journal
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