April 23, 1856 - Breeze freshens & we are going on first rate but they are some sick all day and night, going about 10 knots an hour. [p. 54]
April 24, 1856 - The wind still blowing and all in bed & at night the time rolling to and fro. Ship going about 12 knots.
April 25, 1856 - A fine breeze. All rolling about the decks & we saw 2 ships & a sea running high but we are not afraid for we know the Lord is with us. We have singing & music aboard.
April 26, 1856 - We still had a fine breeze & most of them began to revive. Judith was sick on the 23 to the 26. All our people have been sick but me some bad. We went along with a strong breeze & we saw 2 ships. They was running with sails reefed while we was going with royals set.
April 27, 1856 - A fine morning with a gentle breeze. Judith is better. In the afternoon stormy & the tins jump about.
April 28, 1856 - Strong breeze & saw a ship. A child died & a fine night. The 20th day we were organized into wards 11 and we have prayers every night and preaching on deck on Sunday. We know that we have been blessed of the Lord. We are pretty thick in the ship, about 625 adults. Child buried. A very stormy night.
April 29, 1856 - Day stormy. West wind. A child died but the Lord's mercy is great toward us always. We have some noble men aboard & the Lord hears our prayers. At this time we are about one part of the way. Head wind and very stormy.
April 30, 1856 - Stormy with a head wind. I have the ague and Judith is sick. The sea is breaking over & to see the pots turning over & the stink. They are not all Saints with us.
May 1, 1856 - Favorable wind going about ten knots an hour. A stormy night.
May 2, 1856 - Rainy morning. Fair wind. Afternoon head wind. Sea very rough & a stormy night.
May 3, 1856 - Storm carried away main topsail. Tins and boxes jump about. Preaching the afternoon for the priesthood.
May 4, 1856 - Was a pleasant day. Pleasant sailing. Preaching on deck & taking sacrament. We are happy on the sea, but some begin to be impatient. The Lord is merciful to us as well on the sea as on the land.
May 5, 1856 - Head wind and sea rough.
May 6, 1856 - The wind more favorable. At night saw brig. I was ill all day. Stormy at night.
May 7, 1856 - Fair wind. Saw some little fishes & rainy morning. Day clear with a good wind.
May 8, 1856 - Fine morning & sea rough & saw ships & sea rolling a height but you see we are not afraid for the Lord is with us on the Samuel Curling. We get on pretty well considering being so many of us. 3 deaths and 2 births. About 725 in all.
May 9, 1856 - A fine day. Got all our bedding up on deck. You would like to been with us. Sometimes we are apt to get angry but we try to keep well. We are now on the Banks of Newfoundland. I think all were on deck it was so fine.
May 10, 1856 - Fine with a fair wind, going about 5 miles an hour. Began to make tent cloth covers. [p. 55]
May 11, 1856 - Day fine. Morning with a fair wind. Going along about 4 or 5 miles an hour. Breeze freshens about 12 knots.
May 12, 1856 - Stormy. Saw a ship & a brig. Still on the bank.
May 13, 1856 - Head wind. All glee. I thought on you 800 miles from Boston. The breeze freshen. Fair wind.
May 14, 1856 - Fair wind. Saw some ships & some fish. It was a fine day. Judith better. Children bad. We thought on you.
May 15, 1856 - Fair wind. Going ahead.
May 16, 1856 - Fine breeze. Washing. Dead calm.
May 17, 1856 - West wind and washing. Ship was hung all over from one end to the other & also a fine night.
May 18, 1856 - Fine day with a fair wind. Preaching on deck. We have some good courses. President [Daniel] Jones & Elders [John] Oakley and [David] Grant, they are all good men.
May 19, 1856 - Fair wind.
May 20, 1856 - Fair wind going on first rate.
May 21, 1856 - Day foggy, can see nothing.
May 22, 1856 - Cleared up. Making land.
May 23, 1856 - Fine morning. Steamer come to meet us & tow us into Boston and we went ashore & posted letters. Looked about.
May 24, 1856 - Got most of our boxes out & took them to the station.
May 25, 1856 - Went into town again & saw some fine houses. Boston is a grand place, different to your Boston, a great place for trade all over.
May 26, 1856 - Got the remainder of our things away and went to the train to see the beautiful splendor. We was in a fine bustle to get started.
May 27, 1856 - At past 12 arrived at Albany. Next morning at 7 change train. Fine and busy. Started at 4.
May 28, 1856 - Went by Syracuse at 10. Got to Rochester at 5. Started at 7 o'clock. Got to Buffalo at 12. Left at 4 and went on our way again.
May 29, 1856 - Arrived at Cleveland at 7. Started again at 9. Rainy morning. Arrived at Chicago. Started at 8 at night. Went all night & about 9 next morning breakfast past Elkie.
May 30, 1856 - We passed many stations but not knowing what they call them. We paused at Sheffield at 11 at night.
May 31, 1856 - Began to prepare for our journey. Change luggage. Start again at 2 at Rock Island. Cross the Mississippi for Davenport then for Iowa City then for camp ground.
June 2, 1856 - Stopped one week. . . . [p. 56]
. . . September 26, 1856 - Brothers from city sent wagon with provisions. We were very short. 10:30 a.m. 13 miles. 8 miles from City met Governor [Brigham] Young and counselors. Nauvoo Band, lancers and many others. We were first rate received in City. Provisions of all kinds came rolling in. Brothers of City manifested great interest to us as a company which cause our hearts to rejoice. . . . [p.62]
Edmund Ellsworth, Captain A. Calloway, Secretary
BIB: Kettle, John, [Diary], in Jesse Lenard Warner, The Protecting Warrior (Book 1) (Murray, Utah: Jesse Lenard Warner, 1972, pp. 54-56, 62. (CHL)