Excerpt from The Emigrants' Guide to Oregon and California: Containing Scenes and Incidents of a Party of Oregon Emigrants, a Description of Oregon, Scenes and Incidents of a Party of California Emigrants, and a Description of California; With a Description of the Different Routes to Those Countries
The company having left our unfortunate encampment, on Sweet-wa ter, early in the morning, soon passed Independence rock, which will be described, in the description of the routes. A Mr. Lovejoy and myself stopped at this rock, with a view of Spending a few hours, in examining its peculiar structure, as well as to observe the various names, there to be seen, of individuals who have passed that way; and at the same time, to inscribe our own names, with the number of our company, the date of our passing; and whatever else might occur to us, as being serviceable to those who might subsequently pass that way. Having provided ourselves with materials for lettering, we tied our horses at the foot of this extraor dinary rock, where we also left our guns, and commenced our toilsome assent up the rocky declivity. The company had, in the mean time, gone on, supposing that we would find noﬂdifficulty in overtaking them, whenever we had accomplished our purpose.
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