165 years ago today - Jan 3, 1858

[Wilford Woodruff]
The subject arose about the burning up of our City [Salt Lake -- if federal troops entered]. President Young said that I think we shall use this room yet for a few Years to come yet I mean to be ready.

Brother Rich said their is snakes on the desert that have Hornes. It was said that their is also snakes that have Joints and when struck will fly to peaces then come to gether again. ...

The subject of the Death of P[arley] P. Pratt Came up. Erastus Snow said there is some m[e/a?]n in this City that thirst for my Blood. He felt this strongly in spirit. ... Brother Pratt made Brother Pollard promise that he would protect him untill his return before he would leave for the meeting. At this vary time Mr MCClain [husband of Pratt's new wife] had taken lodgings Joining Parley's Room and was attending his meetings with loaded weapons seeking an opportunity to kill him. G[eorge] A. Smith advised P. P. Pratt not to go to Arkansaw but to go diret to Salt Lake & take care of himself. He told Parly if he went to try to protet Eleanor [married to both Pratt and MCClain] & her Children He would loose his life. But He did not take Care of himself or take G. A. Smith Council But went to Arkansas & was murdered by Mr MCLain.

[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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