Letter From Hon. Geo. A. Smith
…Found seventeen men busily plying their hammers and chisels in the stone cutters shop, forming the coping for the north wall of the Temple block; also blocks in various shapes for different public buildings now in progress, a grave stone for Rodney Badger, another for the child [Marian Agnes Ross Pratt] of Elder O. Pratt, and one for Brother Patterson who was killed at the stone quarry; all of which are the workmanship of Bro. Wm. Ward, who sculptured our block for the Washington Monument….
[Journal History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, May 31, 1855, 9]
[St. Louis Luminary, July 7, 1855, 2]
[transcribed and proofread by David Grow, Apr. 2006]