We publish with great pleasure in our columns this week the letters received by the last mail from New York, announcing the safe arrival of the companies of Saints who left these shores for the land of Joseph on the ships "Manchester" and Underwriter. On the voyage of the "Manchester," we know but little more than that the Saints who embarked on her, arrived in safety on the 14th of May, having had a very pleasant trip. The details of the voyage we have not received. The Saints lost no time in New York; they pushed on west the evening of the same day on which they landed.
The voyage of the Underwriter is described as being a happy one, and characterized by a good spirit and feeling among the Saints. They landed on the 22nd of May, having been one day longer on the passage than the "Manchester." Both, however, made the trip in much quicker than average time. Respecting the Saints upon the Underwriter, Brother N. V. Jones writes from New York under date of May 24th:--
"This company were landed at Castle Garden on the 22nd instant, and proceeded for the West last evening. I have succeeded in forwarding, besides the missionaries, about thirty-five adult passengers who were deficient of means to proceed further than New York, which gave much joy to them and their fellow-travellers. I was enabled to do so by donations received. Brothers Orson Pratt, Erastus Snow, and Hooper were here on the arrival of the Saints, which has proved a great blessing to the Saints."
We sincerely trust that the remainder of the journey to Zion may prove as prosperous and speedy as the passage between this port and New York has been safe and pleasant. [p.394]
BIB: "Arrival of Saints at New York [Letter Excerpt]," Latter-day Saints' Millennial Star 23:23 (June 22, 1861) p. 394. (CHL)