President George Teasdale:
Dear Brother,--According to promise, I send you a missive to apprize you of our welfare. We left the Mersey at 6:30 p.m. last evening, and steamed toward the open sea. I saw that the few Saints on board were properly located for the night, and then retired rather early. This morning the sun shines brightly, and the billows being somewhat calm, the Arizona glides along smoothly, and all hearts are light and everyone feeling well. We have much enjoyed the invigorating breeze: We are enabled to get a pretty view of the Irish Coast on the right and behold the broad expanse of water to the left.
The employees of the Arizona are all very genial and treat us well. We soon expect to reach Queenstown.
With kind regards to all at "42," [42 ISLINGTON WAS THE ADDRESS FOR THE BRITISH MISSION IN LIVERPOOL.] and best wishes for yourself, I pray Israel's God to bless and assist you, and that you may have an abundance of the Holy Spirit to direct you in your high calling; and trusting that the righteous purposes of the Almighty may speedily be consummated, that Zion may be built up and her glory be seen from afar.
Brother Spencer joins me, as do the Saints, in best respects to all.
I remain your brother in the covenant,
John V. Long.
N. B.--Off Queenstown at 10:30 a.m. We have just reached here safely, and are embarking mails and passengers. We proceed for New York immediately.
J. V. L.[p.716]
BIB: Long, John V., [Letter], Latter-day Saints' Millennial Star 49:45 (November 7, 1887) p. 716. (CHL)