"DEPARTURE. -- The ship Westmoreland, Captain R. R. Deoan, bound for Philadelphia, cleared on the 24th of April, and sailed on the 25th, having on board 540 souls of the Saints from the Scandinavian Mission.
The following returning missionaries form England, were also on board -- Matthias Cowley, Henry Lunt, Lorenzo D. Rudd, and George W. Thurston, making 544 souls in all.
These brethren have done a good work as missionaries in England, and return to their families, and the bosom of the Church, with the blessings of God, and of their brethren, upon their heads.
Elder Matthias Cowley was appointed president of the company, with Elders Henry Lunt and Olaf N. Liljenquist as his counselors.
May the blessings of heaven attend these Saints, deliver them from the dangers of the sea, and give them a safe arrival at their place of destination."
MS, 19:20 (May 16, 1857), pp.313-14
"ONE HUNDREDTH COMPANY. -- Westmoreland, 544 souls. The ship Westmorland, Captain Robert R. Decan, sailed from Liverpool April 25th, 1857, with five hundred and forty-four Saints on board, of whom five hundred and forty were from the Scandinavian Mission the other four were Mathias Cowley, Lorenzo D. Judd, Henry Lunt, and George W. Thurston, returning missionaries from Great Britain. Mathias Cowley was appointed president of the company with Henry Lunt and O. N. Liljenquist as his counselors. The emigrants had sailed from Copenhagen, Denmark, on the steamer L. Hvidt, on the eighteenth of April, in charge of Hector C. Haight, then presiding over the Scandinavian Mission, who accompanied the Saints to England. Arriving at Grimsby on the twenty-first, they continued the journey by rail the following day to Liverpool. The voyage across the Atlantic Ocean lasted thirty-six days, during which time the usual good feelings, harmony and union characteristic of Latter-day Saint emigrants prevailed. An old man and two small children died on ship board and five couples were married; one child, named Decan Westmoreland for the captain and the ship, was born. On the thirty
-first of May the company arrived at Philadelphia, when the emigrants were received by Elder Angus M. Cannon who, in the absence of John Taylor acted as emigration agent at that port. The necessary arrangements for the continuation of the journey were quickly made, and on the second of June the company left Philadelphia for the West. Traveling by rail via Baltimore and Wheeling they arrived in Iowa City on the ninth of June. Three children and a brother from Bornholm, Denmark, died while journeying by rail. Most of the emigrants crossed the plains immediately afterwards in Captain Mathias Cowley's wagon train, and Christian Christiansen's handcart company, while the remainder, who lacked means to continue the journey to the Valley, stopped in the States, in order to earn money for that purpose. (Millennial Star, Vol. XIX, p.313, 411, 445; Morgenstjernen, Vol. III. p.52.)"
Cont., 14:7 (May 1893), p.342-43
"Sat. 25. [Apr. 1857] -- The ship Westmoreland sailed from Liverpool, England, with 544 Saints, mostly Scandinavians, under the direction of Matthins Cowley. It arrived at Philadelphia May 31st, and the emigrants reached Iowa City by rail June 9th."
". . . On Friday, April 18, 1857, a company of emigrating Saints, numbering 536 souls, bound for Utah, sailed from Copenhagen on the steamer 'L. N. Hvidt,' in charge of Elder Hector C. Haight, who accompanied the emigrants to England. Among the emigrants was the late Simon Peter Eggertsen of Provo, Utah. After a successful voyage the ship arrived at Grimsby, England, April 21st in the afternoon, thence the journey was continued the following day by rail to Liverpool, where the emigrants, together with four returning Utah elders from Great Britain, went on board the ship 'Westmoreland' and sailed from Liverpool, April 25th. . . ."