. . . We went from Christiania by steamer to Copenhagen, staying at the latter place about two weeks and then went by steamer again to Grimsby, England. The majority of the passengers in crossing the North Sea took down with seasickness, the vessel being very small to accommodate the number of passengers on board beside the weather being quite stormy. I remained on the deck all the time and was not affected with sickness so prevalent among most of the brethren and sisters.
From Grimsby we went across England by railroad to Liverpool where we arrived late in the evening, and were immediately taken on board the sailing vessel which was going to take us across the great Atlantic. I am not quite sure whether we went on board in the evening or waited till the next morning, but of course this is immaterial.
We remained in the city of Liverpool a few days. While staying there several of the young brethren and sisters were [p.27] married, most of whom were native missionaries among which was John Frederick Ferdinand Dorius who became the husband of my sister Karen. So far as I can remember were the following: J. [John] F. F. Dorius to Karen Frantzen, C. [Carl] C. U. Dorius to Ellen Rolfsen, C. [Carl] C. A. Christiansen to Else Haarby, Lauritz Larsen to Maria L., one more couple whose names I cannot remember. The marriage ceremony was performed on board the vessel by Elder John McKay, I believe on the 24th day of April.
The name of the vessel was Westmoreland. The weather across the Atlantic was quite favorable and in about five weeks we were safely landed in Philadelphia. It was with some peculiar feelings I first cast my eyes on this great American continent which land is a blessed land above all other lands on the face of the earth. The Lord has decreed and promised it to his people who will serve him and keep his commandments and if they will do right it will finally be given to them as an everlasting possession. May I be one among the number to obtain these blessings. [p.28]
We remained but a short time in Philadelphia and soon started on our journey westward, traveling on railroads from there to Iowa City. Here we stopped several days until arrangements was made to proceed farther as the mode of traveling was to be performed in a different style. In a few days all were furnished with a handcart or as many as were necessary from five to seven persons to each cart. The whole company consisted of some upwards of 200 souls divided into four departments of ten carts in each with a captain to take charge of the same. Elder Parkes, one of the returning missionaries, was appointed as leader or president of the whole company. . . . [p.29
. . . After about 9 weeks arduous toil we reach Salt Lake City on the 13th day of September 1857. . . . [p.39]
BIB: Frantzen, John. Reminiscences and Journal (Ms 8953), pp. 27-29, 39. (CHL)