HE purpose in publishing the Book of the Pioneers in two volumes, will be apparent at a glance; one volume, unless of unwieldy size, being inade-
quate to contain all the forms filled out and forwarded to the compilers by the surviving Pioneers of 1847.
The original Pioneer Band, as already shown, numbered 148 souls; but those who planned and conducted the Jubilee held�and their view, grounded in justice and consistency, was sustained by public sentiment�that all who came into Salt Lake Valley during the year 1847 were equally worthy of recognition, and their survivors should be honored as Pioneers in all the proceedings and privileges of the celebration. Consequently all were invited to attend it as guests of the State, and those who did so were given free transportation from and to their homes. In all, 727 responses were received, though less than half that number were able to attend the Jubilee. Some of the claimants for recognition were minors in 1847� a few of them children born on the way to, or soon after the arrival of the Pioneers in the Valley�and hence were not recognized in the emigration lists of that period. These 727 survivors filled out and signed, at the request of the Commission, the forms comprising the bulk of matter contained in these volumes.
It was a happy thought, and a purely original one on the part of the Commission, to thus create a public record at once unique and invaluable. The task of creating it was in no way connected with or suggested by the instructions under which they acted, and grew out of a pure desire to preserve for the public benefit names and data worthy of perpetuation, but which, save for this timely intervention, must inevitably have perished. This has special reference to the autographs and personal memoranda of the signers, some of whom have passed from earth since placing their signatures upon these documents.
It will be seen from the returns that twenty-eight of the original Pioneers were living at the time of the Jubilee, and it is a no less interesting fact that twenty-six of them were present at the celebration.