April 2, 1859. Bid Farewell to my native country and set my face Zionward.
April 7, 1859. From Liverpool I set sail on board the "William Tapscott."
May 8, 1859. Landed in New York after a very pleasant voyage across the Atlantic.
June 9, 1859. Start from Florence at 5 o'clock p.m. with handcarts to cross the Plains.
We number 258 souls consisting of English, Scotch, Irish, Welsh, Swiss, Danes, Norwegians, & Swedes.
We have 57 handcarts. Four persons are allowed to a cart with 20 pounds of luggage, with provisions the whole [p.16] amounting to 250 pounds to a cart. Our organization is as follows: George Rowley, captain. Thomas McIntyre, secretary. Mark Lindsey, captain of 1st ten. Henry Hobbs 2nd ten. Thomas Mencock 3rd ten. William Scroggins 4th ten. Scandinavians. H. O. Macleb R., captain of 5th ten. I. Jensen, Cap. 6th ten. M. Nielsen, 7th ten.
A. Jensen, chaplain for Danish and Henry Olpin, chaplain for English. William Mann, captain of the guard. We have also 8 wagons which carry our extra luggage for the company. Henry Hentler is captain of the teamster. . . . [p.17]
. . . September 4th. We ascend the little mountain on the same principle as we did the other, tie our wheels and descend with ease.
We fix up a little here and are edified by Brothers Benson and Snow. Being Sunday many came from the City to escort us in. Also two bands of Music. We are now in view of the City and how shall I describe my feelings of joy when I just beheld it. [p.67]
We marched in procession through the principle streets until we arrived at Union Square and there by kind friends was laid out for us everything in the eatable way that the Valley produced. We forgot all our little trials of the journey in the kind and generous feeling that met us on every hand. After partaking of the good things that were so liberally bestowed on us we all dispersed with our several friends and relations. I went with Brother Forbes, 12th Ward, to board who treated me very kindly. . . . [p.68]
BIB: McIntyre, Thomas. Journal. 1833-1914. [LDS Church Archives, Ms 1794, pp. 16-17, 67-68. (CHL)