. . . Was acting Bishop of Big Cottonwood Ward in 1858 and in the fall of 1859 was appointed to another mission to England. The first six months I was appointed to travel from conference. The last nine months I presided over the Birmingham District, embracing Birmingham, Warwickshire, and Staffordshire Conferences.
In the summer of 1861 I started for home with 700 Saints on board the ship Underwriter. I was appointed president of the company. Had a good passage to New York. No deaths. I was then appointed to take charge of 900 to Florence, Nebraska on the cars. Stayed at Florence five weeks and was then appointed captain to take a company of 66 wagons across the plains and arrived in Salt Lake City in the fall of 1870. . . [p.7]
BIB: Andrus, Milo. Autobiography (Ms 8620 reel 8 #26), p. 7. (CHL).