The Last Company. - Elder C. J. Arthur, in a letter from Salt Lake City, dated Nov. 12, 1885, sends us the following particulars of the journey from New York and arrival in Utah, of our last company of emigrants.
"We reached New York harbor at 2 p.m., on the 4th of November. The doctor and custom house officers came on board and went through the general routine of examination. A boy, about five years old, belonging to Jennette Byrom, was discovered to have the measles, which delayed our going into dock until the chief doctor came on board the following morning and released us from quarantine, permitting us to go into dock and sending the family to the hospital. We, however, were permitted to bring the mother's sister and one child with us to Salt Lake City, their destination, the other two children and the mother remained to follow in a few days. Having gone through the necessary examination at the custom house, we took boat for Castle Garden, where our luggage was weighed. The Saints got their supplies, and by 8 p.m. we were all nicely ensconced in our several cars, and, twenty minutes after, the train left the station, speeding on her way with her precious burden. Brother [James] Hart was at Guion's dock to meet us, and rendered us all the assistance in his power for our comfort.
We arrived at Ogden at 3 p.m., on Tuesday, the 10th, and tarried there three hours, and arrived in this city at 8 p.m., where we met crowds of people who came to meet friends and relatives. Some were disappointed, but the hearts of many were made glad. We met with every courtesy and kindness at the hand of the several officials on the steamer and at the several exchange railway station, and also on the train. Everything worked well, no jar nor contention, all was peace and contentment. All parties engaged in our transit are deserving of our praise and continued patronage. President Lund is a true conservative, and enjoyed the confidence of the elders and people in his care. The most of the company have left, a few only remain, and they will soon find some friends who will provide them labor and a home for the time being. At present they remain in the Emigrants' Home, in the Tithing Yard. The health of all that left New York appears to be good with few exceptions; some who are aged have been a little poorly. Sister [Louisa F.] Wells stood the journey well and is, I think, much improved in health." [p.778]
BIB: Arthur, C. J. [Letter] Latter-day Saints' Millennial Star 47:49, (December 7, 1885), p. 778 (CHL)