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Mary Ann Weston Maughan

Journal Entry: Platte River

We were called to bury 2 of our company who died of cholera this morning, a man named Brown and a child. There are more sick in camp. Have been in sight of the Platte river all day. Traveled 15 miles, camped on Salt Creek. Soon some of our company came up with another child dead. They buried it at twilight on the bank of the creek. There are more sick. It makes us feel sad thus to bury our friends by the way. Weather very hot (Mary Ann Weston Maughan Journal, 3 vols., 21 June 1850, typescript, Family and Church History Department Archives, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2:1; spelling and punctuation modernized).

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