165 years ago today - Nov 29, 1856

President Grant Had a vary sick night the worst that He has [had] since he had been sick. The Devil worked hard all night to kill his body. The brethren laid on hands upon him many times & rebuked the devel. The devel would lay upon him a strong hand from his feet to his head all through his limbs & stomach & a rib at a time & it seemed as though He would Crush his body. Brother Grant though vary weak would rebuke him for an hour at a time from Limb to Limb & rib to rib. It was a perfect warfare all night. He is easier this morning.

We get word this morning from the Hand Cart company that they will Camp to night at killions at the foot of the Little Mountain. Many of them are frozen. Their fingers & toes are droping off & flesh droping off their bones. It has been vary bad management in starting out Companies so late upon the plains. ... The Cattle are dying & also the people. There has never been so much suffering among any people as their is this season. It is truly deploriable. ...

[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

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