The Underwriter, Captain Robin containing 618 souls started out of the Waterloo Dock on Sunday morning, April 21st and after a short run was anchored in the River Mersey, Liverpool. The First Presidency, namely, Amasa Lyman, Charles C. Rich and George Q. Cannon came on board and appointed Milo Andrus president, & Homer Duncan and Charles W. Penrose as his councilors, thus forming the presidency over the ship.
22nd-We lay in the river all day. The doctor, government doctor visited the passengers & crew and the decks were (See note end of book) [p. 1] examined. All was satisfactory. The following little incident occurred. A man connected with the crew was taken off board because he had escaped from a man-of-war ship and sought an engagement on this vessel.
April 23rd, Tuesday. Sailed from Liverpool exactly at 5 o'clock p.m. Weather very fine, but wind unfavorable. The scenes of Liverpool Docks, the vessels laying in the river and the small watering places such as Birkenhead, New Brighton, &c with the lighthouse and fort near this latter place [p. 2] were severally attractive to the company on board. During the day we have been favored with the presence of Brothers [George Q.] Cannon, Kay, Lyman Jim, & others who took a farewell & went off by the tug. All seemed merry and amused themselves in singing and play of a varied nature. General good feeling prevailed for we were brightened up with hope of happy days to come when the good folks we had parted from would follow on to meet & live with us in Zion. Temporary arrangements were made for governing. [p. 3] The wards and men were elected to rule. Some were appointed to the watch under the direction of the Sergeant of the Guard, William Jibson. A marriage took place near the Bell Bong between William Alfred Garritt and Priscilla Jane Wilkins. (See note at end of book) [p. 4]
April 24th (Wednesday). Still very calm. A few were sick during the past night. Was favored with some dancing on board. The most up on deck walking about enjoying the fresh air & casting glances at the Welsh Coast. At 7 p.m. all assembles on board and heard some instructions from Brothers [Milo] Andrus and [Charles] Penrose. Andrus was very hoarse so that Penrose became principal speaker. All said had a bearing upon the way we ought to live in our new houses and if observed will add to the [p .5] comfort and blessing of the whole. The following brethren were voted to positions:
James Evans over No. 1 Ward
Henry Brown over No. 2 Ward
William Moss over No. 3 Ward
Joseph Foster over No. 4 Ward
D. Adkins over No. 5 Ward
Willet Harder over No. 6 Ward
Edward Samuels over No. 7 Ward
William Halls over No. 8 Ward
Henry Shaw over No. 9 Ward
Frederick W. Blake appointed clerk or recorder for the ship. William Jibson, sergeant of guard. [p. 6]
List of officers to the ship
John Roberts- captain
Cooper - 1st mate
Charles W. Penrose- councilors
John Cook- steward
Ephriam Mankle- cooks
William Jibson- sergeant of guard
Frederick W. Blake- clerk
Our position on the sea at noon was in latitude 53.14, longitude 5.00. Distance from bar 75 miles. [p. 7]
Thursday, April 25th. Calm fine morning. 155 miles from Liverpool, Coast of Ireland in sight. Arrangements for cooking made with the presidents of wards which are likely to result in good order and general good feeling. A social party held at night in which we had some good comic and sentimental songs and recitations, every person seemed well entertained. We made but little progress in sailing. At 8:30 the wards met to prayer; after which several walked on deck and looked with interest upon the effects produced by the rising of [p. 8] the moon. It's glistening rays played upon the wide expanse of waters, the sky was unclouded and spangled with the bright stars. A fine breeze began to fill the sails and our ship dashed along at a fine rate. The voices of the Saints has ceased to sing their nightly offering of praise to their heavenly protector and a pleasant calmness prevailed when the music of an accordion handled by the Captain's cook broke upon the ear. A group quickly surrounded him to listen to & be [p. 9] enlivened by his talented efforts. After this entertainment we started away to our sleeping cribs & made way for the watch. Latitude 5Âº45, longitude 6Âº40. Distance ran 108 miles west, 56Âºsouth.
Friday 26th, April. Sailing direct west. Saw the Coast of Ireland more distinctly. Pleasant weather, but little wind. Groups of Saints to be seen in all directions singing, dancing, reading, & playing. Cloudy night- position at noon latitude 51Âº10, longitude 9Âº00. Distance 94 miles west, 22Âº south. [p. 10]
Saturday, 27th April. Eight vessels in sight, they sail south of us. The sailors upon this ship are considered very poor and unfamiliar with their business. A stiffer breeze this morning. The sails fill out and the ship rocks & pitches causing many to complain of sick headaches and making many of the most healthy to vomit.
Position at noon latitude 50Âº14, longitude 10Âº43. Distance 85 miles west, 39Âº south.
Eight of the berths fell down during the night, a sister narrowly escaped having her head crushed, none were [p. 11] injured.
Sunday April, 28th. Going direct west. Much motion in the ship. A few sick. Position latitude 49Âº56, longitude 14Âº34. Distance 150 miles west, 8Âºsouth. Distance from New York 2600 miles. At 9 a.m. exchanged signals with the English ship "Laurel" bound westward. At 9:30 a.m. the wards met to prayer and sacrament and remarks were made by several brethren expressive of their joy in going to Zion and exhorting to practical regard of the truth & commands of the work. All seemed very happy and [p. 12] united. Meeting on deck at 3 p.m. The wards were emptied and turned out their companies to be favored with a sky roof. Many sat or squatted in Indian fashion upon the deck, the balance stood up. Brother [Thomas] Wallace engaged in prayer after which Brother Charles W. Penrose mounted the pulpit. He fixed himself up against a pillar of wood, slung his arm through a rope to prevent the motion of the ship from making him stagger. Thus braced up, he preached freely & interestingly about the gathering. Proved that [p. 13] Zion was in the Rocky Mountains of Utah by bringing before us the sayings of Isaiah, Micah, & David and describing the geographical position of the Zion of Jerusalem & of the Saints resort of the last days. Our reasons for gathering were ably represented. Brother Andrus spoke of the ineffectual attempts made by our enemies to produce our ruin, and the destiny awaiting us if we remain faithful. In speaking of the world's ignorance of our worth and of the probable generous offers likely to be made by ship owners in our favor as soon as [p. 14] they know us. Said that if the owners of this ship only knew our value in the world, they would give us all a free passage to New York. This and other humorous remarks full of truth, though perhaps only having a jocular bearing in some minds fare some spice & pleasure to the feelings of all present. The Sunday passed away very joyously. Thoughts and talk of friends who doubtless missed us much today from the various meeting places and fireside groups that our presence had dwelt with for years, principally [p. 15] occupied our time. Our vision seemed to eye them & to fancy their doings and then we would hear the cheering sounds push from the soul and mouth in the songs of Zion and her future from the companies of singers marching upon deck. Reluctantly we leave there scenes to go below to sleep.
Note- Monday, April 29th. Died James McLean, son of John & Harriet McLean, aged 15 months at 6:30 a.m. [p. 16]
Monday, April 29th. At noon latitude 49Âº26, longitude 18Âº03. Distance run 139 miles west, 13Âºsouth. Much motion in the ship and sickness with all it's horrid weakening power has seized a great number of the Saints.
Tuesday, April 30. At noon latitude 48Âº42, longitude 23Âº52. Distance run 233 miles west, 11Âºsouth. Many confined to their beds too weak to rise, but some rise & stagger feeling as though they were in the midst of a whirlpool and they were rapidly ascending and descending. Down they would fall upon a box or the first thing they could get to and hold [p. 17] themselves on. Suddenly you would see them seize hold of a tin bowl or slop pail and heave all the had within, out of them, & when that was done they did not appear satisfied with their feat, but must again heave, heave, heave, yielding nothing. Nobody had a taste for meats. When talked about by the hearty you could see the sense of disgust well pictured on the faces of the weak. The principal food cared about was gruel, baked potatoes, rice, & other dainties.[p. 18]
Wednesday, May 1st . At noon, latitude 47Âº53, longitude 29Âº30. Distance 231 miles west, 12Âºsouth. Many very sick today, the deck was crowded with the helpless. Fat and strong men & women had become weak and thin. Some bottled stout or porter was dealt out to the very weak and many were benefitted by this homely drink. The captain & doctor seemed very ready to oblige and comfort the suffering. The weather has been very fine and the ship has been going ahead at a good rate. [p. 19] The past two days we pray God to speed the ship and give us strength to bear the sickness.
Thursday, May 2nd. Latitude 47Âº32, longitude 33Âº00. Run distance 143 miles 9Âºsouth. The captain seems eager to get the decks cleansed and all the people on the upper deck. The healthy boys are engaged scraping and brushing up the floors. We have had a storm during the night. A good deal of rain fell and I hear that lightening was seen. The storm now comes [p. 20] forth with smiling favor and the sea seems far calmer. This will afford to many a chance of recruiting their strength, as complaints of sore ribs, headaches, and weakness are general. The captain permitted the people to seat themselves on the top of his cabin, aft of vessel. They were laying in all directions. No wind stirring. Within sight of the masts of 2 vessels, not near enough to descry them fully. [p. 21]
Friday, May 3rd. Very calm. Ship gliding almost imperceptibly through the glassy waters. This calm seems to come most opportune for the benefit and rest of the sick. The dull and head drooping are looking brighter and have become interested in games of play. Sickness is one of the best things in this world to make people shut up the gab box and make them reserved. It will soon stop the fast talking from expression. Those men who are constantly terrified with candle curtain lectures at night, or with a loose tongued plague, if they [p. 22] want to be members of the peace society for a few days should being the source of their dread for a sea voyage. If it does not produce a final cure, it certainly will a temporary one. When people are recovering the tongue wages again with freedom. We now begin to hear its din. May its exercise tend to the joy of the company. Another good sign of recovery is seen in the desire of some to finish up their portions of food on the plates, no leavings remain. In fact some would probably not object to be plate lickers [p. 23] to for gentlemen's families for a period. Position at noon latitude 47Âº13, longitude 33Âº28. Distance run 27 miles west, 45Âºsouth. The voyage seems to have a good effect upon some faces. Some look puffed out and browny - others look thin and as though they were longing for food and a residence in a cook shop would be a boon to them. Perhaps it would. Men are changed in appearance by another calamity. "Apostasy from razors!" Those who used to carry clean faces with chin new reaped every morning now seemed like [p. 24] hedgehogs armed to the teeth. It would, if we wanted to bring lip [-] into use, be a good time to give young ladies the chance of relishing the pleasure of a game of Kiss in the Ring. They would feel as though their ruby lips hung upon skewers or points and we could say nearly as the Lord said to Saul-"Tis hard for thee to 'kiss' against the pricks." We had a little dancing today, the young sisters of mercy, those who made themselves ministering angels to the [p. 25] weak were invited by Brother Andrus to prance to the tune of the fiddle. Some accepted the chance and gaily moved seemingly rewarded with the notice taken of their acts of kindness. Some were too modest to come forward, but the goodness of these sisters must ever be kept in the memory of those who had their attention. Last night about prayer time, sails all unfurled & pretty well filled, producing but slight motion of the vessel but taking us on leisurely. [p. 26]
Saturday, May 4th. Rather showery. Latitude 46Âº50, longitude 34Âº47. Distance run 59 miles west, 23Âºsouth. Sails well filled at night, traveling fast. She lays upon her side and cuts her way at a smart rate. The captain appears to take advantage of every wind, and does not appear timid at the use of the canvas. [p. 27]
Sunday, May 5th. A very fine morning. The Saints engaged at ward meetings. Sacrament, singing, & testimonies. Position at noon, latitude 45Âº11, longitude 38
Âº05. Distance run 140 miles west, 36Âºsouth. New York is distant 1600 miles west, 10Âºsouth. Liverpool is distant 1500 miles east 20Âºnorth. At 3 o'clock p.m. the Saints assembled on deck and listened to some excellent remarks from Elder
Milo Andrus. God's attributes in which his kind nature was particularly dwelt upon. The principle [p. 28] of liberty what it is in the world, in England, and what it should be, the progressive stages for the virtuous and active student of the truth, man's destiny; God's greatness; the triumph of the right over evil; their rule of the weak & ignorant, all was ably and clearly elucidated. The captain & mates acted very kindly in fixing up forms for our accommodation & showed much respectful feeling in keeping quiet and listening to the speaker. At night the winds filled the sails and we went along gaily. [p. 29]
Monday, May 6th. A very strong breeze and the roughest sea we have as yet seen. Several fell about very much and had to hold to fixings to prevent falling. A crowd huddled together on deck would often be favored to a good drenching. The waters would dash against the side and run over producing quite a deluge on deck. Then confusion would arise. The folks would scatter and in their hurry to escape another favor from the sea, tumble over each other. All seemed to bear these little scenes with merriment and good feelings, no serious [p. 30] accidents occurred. These baptismal favors soon cleared the deck of all except about a half dozen. This little group were watching the battle of the waves- their varied colors, ceaseless motion & sudden break of rolling masses of water into glittering foam. The wind howled & blew furiously causing all to cling to ropes. A small vessel passed today bound for Liverpool. She was tossed about very much. Our position at noon, latitude 44Âº05, longitude 42Âº43. Distance run 207 miles west, 18Âºsouth. [p. 31]
Tuesday, May 7th. Position at noon, latitude 43Âº42, longitude 45Âº03. Distance run 103 west, 13Âºsouth. Much calmer, one or two vessels in sight. The "Alberdeen" bound for New York came up alongside. She started from Lands End 15 days since. We quickly passed her. Captain Andrus sick & weak.
Wednesday, May 8th. Air rather cool, waters quick, calm. Making but slow progress. At about 6 a.m. an announcement was made that a ship was alongside. Several jumped out of bed, dressed and ran up to see this new object of [p. 32] motion. A small boat was launched from our ship and rowed rapidly through the water to the stranger which presented a noble appearance a short distance off. The boat soon returned bearing newspapers & stating the name of vessel. She was the "Henry Sheldon" from New York- 10 days out. The papers viz: New York Herald, World &c were dated 19th and 20th April. Every column seems teaming with excitement about the outbreak & warlike movement of the North & South. The troops passing through Baltimore on their route to Washington. [p. 33] were fired upon by the people & had also a storm of 'paving stones' hurled at them. The troops returned the fire & several were killed & wounded on either side. Position at noon, latitude 42Âº32, longitude 45Âº50. Distance run 70 miles west, 64Âºsouth.
Thursday, May 9th. A dense fog around us. The ship bell was tolled the whole of the day, sounding quite doleful but the object was to keep ships from approaching too near to us. This fog produces chilly feelings. It requires extra raiment to keep warmth within us. Hot food relishes [p. 34] well today. Not many on deck, most are seeking recreative games below. The clerk engaged today in drawing out a statement of passengers names, ages, birthplace, packages, & occupation for the captain's use. He having to give such information to the custom house authorities of New York. Position at noon, latitude 42Âº10, longitude 48Âº13. Distance run 108 miles west, 12Âºsouth.
Friday, May 10th. Still very foggy. Bell tolling yet. We are sailing along very calmly. Position at noon, [p. 35] latitude 43Âº44, longitude 50Âº24. Distance from 133 miles 45Âºnorth or a northwest course. In the evening we tacked for southwest. Brother Homer Duncan visited the Bachelor Ward & appeared free in giving good instruction. A ward merry meeting after prayers was held for about an hour in middle deck. Songs & recitations were given to the amusement of the group assembled. The sails were shifted this evening & we began a run in a southwesterly course. Instead of the tolling of the bell we were this evening favored with the blasts of [p. 36] a trumpet, the echos of which many of us heard during the silent watches of the night. I did not envy the poor fellow who in the midst of fog had to give trumpet flourishes to the roaring waves and their funny occupants.
Saturday, May 11th. The fog has nearly passed away this morning. Since yesterday evening we have been traveling southwest and we presume the farther we get away from the Banks of Newfoundland the brighter the weather will become. Position at noon, latitude 43Âº03, longitude 52Âº00. Distance run 77 miles west, 24Âºsouth. [p. 37]
Sunday, May 12th. Damp and cold weather, not many on deck, but those who are seem very blue about the noise. Some are walking about very quickly to keep up heat. Everything very damp. No prospect of meeting on deck this day. Sacrament administered and testimonies borne by the brethren in the various wards. Richard Poulton, son of William and Elizabeth Poulton was blessed by Elder Richard Alldridge. Position at noon, latitude 42Âº37, longitude 54Âº28. Distance run 111 miles west, 13Âºsouth. New York is distance 990 miles west [p. 38] and 8Âºsouth. We are moving very steadily along, direct west and about 5 miles an hour. A vessel in sight bound eastward. At 3 o'clock p.m. in consequence of the cold weather meetings were held below decks. The ship's company were divided into 2 crowds--one on the 1st & the other on the lower deck. In the first Brothers [Joseph] Silver, [Richard] Alldridge, [George] Teasdale, & [Thomas] Wallace occupied the time with short speeches principally upon the allowances of privileges & free exercise amongst all according to their sense of [p. 39] right, their age &c, Liberty & the growth of the work of God were spoken of to the pleasure of all. This meeting lasted 1 hour. Brother [Charles] Penrose addressed the other meeting upon the way to act during their journey to Zion. Good feelings generally prevails, but occasionally a little show of bad feeling prevails with the impatient at the cooking galley. All cook their dinners on alternate days, so that sufficient has to be cooked to last 2 days. [p. 40]
Monday, May 13th. Sailing at a good pace, if we continue as fast we shall see New York in a very few days. Died at 9 a.m. Janet Gillespie, daughter to Alexander & Mary Gillespie, aged 18 months. Latitude 41Âº27, longitude 59Âº00'. Distance run 214 miles west, 19Âºsouth. The cooking galley presents quite a busy appearance. The stock of plates & dishes covered with meats & puddings & cakes. The kettle & pans get quite attractive. Many have lost that dirty and sickly feeling, which seized them when they passed this spot a short time since. [p. 41] Many are only beginning to learn that the ship's food is very good and they eat it now with relish. The sisters are learning from each other to make up cakes from biscuit which is first ground to dust & then mixed with flour, pig fat, sugar & spice. It makes a very nice cake. This with biscuit puddings, pea soup &c, &c, is making us like mealtimes to approach for now they are times of enjoyment and feasting. [p. 42]
Tuesday, May 14th. Rushing through the waters very fast. The vessel leans upon her side & the sea presents a rougher appearance than I have hitherto noticed. Position at noon, latitude 40Âº57, longitude 62Âº00. Distance run 139 miles west, 12Âºsouth. New York is distant 540 miles west, 3Âºsouth. Brother [Milo] Andrews came from his berth for the first time since his attack of sickness, with mouth tied up. He bore a weak appearance & soon retired to his berth again. [p. 43]
Wednesday, May 15th. The wind has ceased, there is but a slight motion of the ship. Latitude 41Âº26, longitude 63Âº40. Distance run 81 miles west, 21Âºnorth. The sky presents a most lovely appearance. The clear atmosphere here exposes the surface of the sky to our view far more distinctly than in England.
Thursday, May 16th. A very calm & warm day. Latitude 40Âº53, longitude 64Âº34. Distance 47 miles west & 4Âºsouth. About 3 p.m. the Saints assembled on deck and [p. 44] were amused with a number of Scotch & English songs & recitations. This lasted about 2 hours & then a company engaged in dancing. At even many were gazing with delight & admiration at the magnificent scene which the setting sun presented & produced. A range of dark clouds looking like an extensive forest of trees ran in a long line on the border of the horizon. The declining sun was behind these clouds & shed a radiant golden hue upon their ridges. They appeared 'capped with gold' & the edges which came down to the waters were [p. 45] tinged with variegated colors of yellow, pink, purple, white & these of the brightest description. In the distance the shades of grotesque figures grand designs of castles, of snowy peaked mountains or immense icebergs could be distinguished in the volumes of cloud which ran in connection with the sunnier scenes, but which received the reflection of its rays. Brother Charles W. Penrose had a remarkable birth of a young rat in his shoe this morning. The announcement of the four legged beauty there made some fun. [p. 46]
Friday, May 17th. A heavy swell & a good wind. Many complaining of headache & some few casting out their inward store. Latitude 40Âº02, longitude 66Âº06. Distance run 87 miles west, 36Âºsouth. New York distant 362 miles west 4Âºnorth. This evening the presidents of the ward meetings met to hold a prayer meeting for favorable wind. Brother [Milo] Andrew was present & became petitioner for us, he also made some remarks about the influence of the elders, their power of intercession with Heaven, the existence of might in the hands when uplifted. [p. 47]
Saturday, May 18th. Have had plenty of rocking during the night, but we have sailed down south, rather too much to result in a speedy conveyance to New York. Latitude 38Âº47, longitude 68Âº05. Distance run 119 miles west, 39Âºsouth. New York bears west, northwest, 292 miles.
May 19th. Sunday morning dawned upon us again and the Saints are astir and in groups upon deck enjoying the fine pure breezes which comes refreshingly amid the warm sunshine. The old custom of wearing extra clean & gay dress is adopted & everybody seems in preparation for [p. 48] the sacred business of the day. The ship has had an extra clean up & bears as smart an appearance as the rest of us. At 9:30 a.m. a general rush below decks to meetings where the ordinary business of testimony & sacrament was attended to. Immediately after these meetings, the upper deck became the resort of members. Some were seated intently fixed at reading, some watching the fish as they occasionally darted up through the water & reveled in the sunshine. Then a few birds which by some were called "Mother Carey's chickens" became a source [p. 49] of attraction in conversation walking &c. The time rolled away and the 3 p.m. upper deck meeting was announced. All closely crowded up together to listen to the teaching of Brothers [Homer] Duncan & [Charles] Penrose, a good thoughtful & lively feeling prevailed & a warm zeal seemed to shine through the features of the Saints & a determination seemed set there to try to carry out the practical portion of the brethrens' teaching. Considering our circumstances the general good feeling tells forcibly the fact that Gods divine spirit lives amongst us, making us reconciled to our lot & warming up our [p. 50] hearts with friendship toward each other. Our position at noon, latitude 38Âº32, longitude 69Âº30. Distance run 71 miles west, 21Âºsouth. New York is distant 245 miles west, 31Âºnorth. In the evening at 8 o'clock another important (and fascinating to youth) meeting was held in No. 1 Ward to celebrate the nuptials of a young couple. John Nock Hinton and Emma Spendlove. Brother Milo Andrus, at their request officiated in the ceremony and pronounced them man and wife. This marriage was food for fun & anticipations [p
. 51] with the young & merry recollections among those who had passed through the ordeal before. The beautiful heavens, the warm air, & the pleasant events of the day induced many to stay up to perambulate & talk.
Monday, May 26th. The rain coming down in torrents causing us to keep below decks, the hatchways all closed down, producing an unpleasant close warmth. Many complaining of headaches through the absence of pure air. Latitude 39Âº07, longitude 41Âº24. Distance run 100 miles west, 27Âºnorth. Distance to New York 145 miles west, 34Âºnorth. Sea very rough. [p. 52] Tins flying about and slops upset, liquid streams running along the floors below deck.
May 21st, Tuesday. The ship moving along at a good rate in a northwest course. Many standing at the front part of her noticing distant steamers from which the smoke issued. It was amusing to hear them pronounce the smoke as land, mountains, &c. Their speculations only ended in smoke. While looking out a pilot boat came darting over the water. The pilot came on board & began to give his orders about the rigging &c. The people look smart & joyful as the prospect [p. 53] of soon landing. One of the sailors fell from a topsail & was evidently much shook, no bones broken.
Wednesday, 22nd May. Before 5 o'clock reports of trees, fine view &c. All berths soon emptied & their late occupants on deck noting with admiring eyes the forts, gardens, shipping &c. Fine prospects all round & acknowledged to be one of the most magnificent sights ever seen by all on board. The "Great Eastern" in view. She seemed to surpass in size the largest vessels in the river, yet many are leviathan structures & surpass in size the general English steamers. Batteries of stone mounted with [p. 54] cannon are in view, some are in course of erection. All seems full of life and bustle, the dull monotony of the past fades away into scenes of active life. The doctor came on board this morning and all passed his inspection. He praised our general appearance & management and added that he never saw a company bearing such signs of good health. Captain & lady with doctor & son started away by steamboat without any sign of praise from us. The hour arrived for the Saints & their luggage to be removed from the ship. While the conveyance was drawn to shore handkerchiefs & hats were waving [p. 55] & loud hurrahs were heard sounding over the waters, competing with those engaged in the National War cause who were conducted on steamboats down the river. The Saints landed at Castle Garden. [p. 56]
Thursday, May 23rd. About 9 a.m. we all got on the luggage car which was attended with a tug. Traveled to New Jersey & had our luggage weighted. Some paid heavily for extra weight. After this process had been gone through & another of a similar nature also, namely, the selection of 31 persons who had short & some no means at all to go to Florence; started away to the railway station, about the hour of 10 p.m. Train started from New York. The majority of the Saints who came on the Underwriter booked to Florence. [p. 57]
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Journal of Company No. 5 Milo Andrus commanding. From Florence, Nebraska Territory to Great Salt Lake City, Utah, A.D. 1861.
Monday, July 1st. Company No. 5 organized by electing Elder John D. T. McAllister, captain. John Taylor, captain of 1st 10. Daniel [-] of 2nd 10, N. W. Birdns 3rd 10, Jacob Hoffman 4th 10, Robert Shelton 5th 10, & James Evans 6th 10. George M Ottinger clerk. 337 men, women, & children, 72 wagons, 237 oxen, 93 cows, 14 horses & 6 mules in the train. Evening Brothers Snow & Gates in wisdom, appointed Brother Milo Andrus, captain of company and Brother [-] sergeant of guard. [p. 59] Brothers McAllister being [-]. Much to the regret of most of the company as he had been the leader in Philadelphia for over one year during which time he had won the love & esteem of all who were so fortunate as to make his acquaintance. Day warm though at times a pleasant breeze.
Tuesday, June 2nd. Afternoon at 2 o'clock rolled out of camp. . . . [p. 60] [NO INFORMATION IN JOURNAL OF DATE OF ARRIVAL. THE CHURCH ALMANAC 1997-1998 P. 174 GIVES THE DATE OF SEPT. 12, 1861 FOR MILO ANDRUS COMPANY.]
BIB: Milo Andrus Emigrating Company. pp.1-60. Journal (Ms 260). (CHL)