Ship Sidney, New Orleans, Nov. 13, 1842.
Dear Brother, --We have had a passage of fifty-six days--fine weather, with a kind captain and crew, who allowed us every reasonable privilege. There have been five deaths out of the company, and one sailor who fell from the yard-arm and was killedâ€”Brother Yates's eldest child, Sister Cannon, Brother Brown's child, and two children belonging to a man not in the church. We stuck upon the bar at the mouth of the river thirty-four hours; about two hours after we got off, the "Medford" came on the bar, where she stuck thirty-hours. We landed here on the 11th inst., and the "Medford" arrived to-day, 13th; she lies about ten yards from us. They have had two deaths; upon the whole a good passage.--We have taken one of the largest and best steam boats in this port; we pay 2 dollars per head, and 25 cents. per cwt. above the weight allowed each person, which is 100 lbs. We are all going up together.
G.D. WATT [p.160]
BIB: G[eorge] D. Watt., [Letter] Latter-Day Saints' Millennial Star 3:9 (January, 1883, p 160). (CHL)