James S. Brown
The winter of 1848-49 was quite cold. Many people had their feet quite badly frozen. For one the writer suffered so severely from this cause that he lost every nail from the toes of both feet. In February and March there began to be some uneasiness over the prospects, and as the days grew warmer the gold fever attacked many so that they prepared to go to California. Some said they would go only to have a place for the rest of us; for they thought Brigham Young too smart a man to try to establish a civilized colony in such a "God-for-gotten country" as they called the valley.

They said that California was the natural country for the Saints; some had brought choice fruit pips and seed, but said they would not waste them planting in a country like the Great Salt Lake Valley: others stated that they would not build a home in the valley, but would remain in their wagons, for certainly our leaders know better than to attempt to make a stand in such a dry, worthless locality, and would be going on to California, Oregon or Vancouver's Island; still others said they would wait awhile before planting choice fruits, as it would not be long before they would return to Jackson County, Missouri.
Brown, Giant of the Lord, p. 130-31.