THE MORMONS.—The editor of the Hancock Eagle, at Nauvoo, says, in his paper of the 10th ult., that he had an in-terview with Mr. S. Chamberlain, who has recently arrived at that point from the Mormon camp at Council Bluffs.
The company in advance, in which are the Twelve, have a train of about one thousand wagons, and were encamped on the east bank of the Missouri river, in the neighborhood of Council Bluffs.—The carpenters were busily in construct-ing flat boats to be used for ferrying over the emigrants, and it was expected that this party would cross in about ten days.
The second company had encamped temporarily at station No. 2, which has been christened Mount Pisgah. They mustered about three thousand strong, and were recruiting their cattle prepara-tory to a fresh start. A third company had halted for a similar purpose at Gar-den Grove, on the head waters of Grand river, where they have put in about two thousand acres of corn for the benefit of the people in general. Between Garden Grove and the Mississippi river, Mr. Chamberlain counted over one thousand wagons en route to join the main bodies in advance.
The whole number of teams attached to the Mormon expedition is about three thousand seven hundred, and it is estima-ted that each team will average at least three persons, and perhaps four. The whole number of souls now on the road may be set down in round numbers at twelve thousand. From two to three thousand have disappeared from Nauvoo in various directions. Many have left for Council Bluffs by the way of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers; others have dispersed to parts unknown, and about eight hundred or less still remain in Illinois. This comprises the entire Mormon population that once flourished in Hancock county. In their palmy days they probably numbered between fifteen and sixteen thousand souls, most of whom are now scattered upon the prairies, bound for the Pacific slope of the Ameri-can continent.
Mr. Chamberlain reports that previous to his leaving, four United States milita-ry officers had arrived at the Mount Pis-gah camp, for the purpose of enlisting five hundred Mormons for the Santa Fe campaign. They were referred to head-quaiter at Council Bluffs, for which place they immediately set out. It was sup-posed that the force would be enrolled without delay. If so, it will furnish Col. Kearney with a regiment of well discip-lined soldiers, who are already prepared to march.
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