April 26, 1888 - ...We left Ports. on nine a.m. train and came to Liverpool by way of London where we arrived about five thirty p.m. Met a number of elders. Brother Bramwell was set apart as president of the company with Brother M. Higby as first and Brother Miller as second counselor and myself as secretary. In the evening we visited the theater.
Friday, April 27 - Raining. Brother Miller and I took a long walk around Liverpool. Helped Brother McAllister in the office. Met Brother Thorne and also a number of the elders who has just arrived from Utah.
. . . Saturday, Apr. 28 - 88 Weather fine. Hired a cab and mother and I went to the Alexander Docks and came on board the S. S. Wisconsin and at 11:15 a.m. we sailed out of the docks. Brother Franklin S. Bramwell and I have a 1st class berth together. Mother has a very nice intermediate berth. The sea has been a little rough and I lost my supper. Still I am not feeling very bad. We have about 1100 passengers on board, mostly Germans and Irish. [p. 61]
Sunday, 29 - 88 Raining a little. At 8:30 a.m. we arrived at Queenstown. I wrote a short note to President Teasdale. Most of the Saints are sick and the elders are not anything to boast of. At 12 a.m. we left Queenstown. The sea rough. I lost my supper, and I am not feeling very well. I wrote out a list of names (of the Saints) to give to the purser. From 11:15 a.m. yesterday until we arrived at Queenstown, traveled 260 miles. [p. 62]
Monday, Apr 30 - Sea rough. Brother [Franklin S.] Bramwell and myself are sick, also Brother [George M.] Miller. We kept our beds all day. The Saints are all sick. The captain says there is a very heavy storm all around us and it is that which causes such a heavy swell in the ocean. Up to 12 a.m. 289 miles. [p. 63]
Tuesday, May 1st - 88 Last night was a terrible rough one. The sea was very high and the old ship pitched and rocked a great deal, making a great many people very sick. This morning it is a little smoother and we are feeling some little better. I went on deck and the fresh air seemed to do me good. I gave the purser a list of the names of our people. There are 73 Saints and 4 returning elders, President F. [Franklin] S. Bramwell, M. D. Higby, [Higbee] [George] M. Miller, and myself. Up to 12 a.m. 260 miles. [p. 64]
Wednesday, May 2 - 88 Sea has been very rough all last night and we are still a little sick. 2 p.m., sea smoother. Feeling better. Mother very sick. Up to 12 a.m. 172 miles.
Thursday, 3rd - Pleasant sailing all last night and this morning. We are all feeling much better. I took my breakfast at the table. Has been raining a little all day. Mother better. Up to 12 a.m. 282 miles. [p. 65]
Friday, May 4 - 88 Raining a little. Had a good night's rest. Sea smooth. At 7:30 a.m. witnessed a burial of sea, a child having died during the night in the steerage. We got the Saints up from below, and the purser had the place cleaned up and purified. I got mother up on deck for a short time. 1 p.m., weather beautiful and fine. Up to 12 a.m. 289 miles. [p. 66]
Saturday, May 5 - 88 Weather beautiful and fine. Sea smooth. I am feeling much better. Visited the Saints. Brother [Franklin S.] Bramwell, [M. D.] Higbee, and myself administered to Sister Jennie Till. We are getting close to the banks of Newfoundland and the weather is much colder. Up to 12 a.m. 295 miles. [p. 67]
Sunday, May 6 - 88 Weather fine, sea smooth. Rather cold. Saints well, Mother better, and I am enjoying good health. Attended Church of England services at 10:30 a.m. It was the worst mockery I ever saw. Passed several vessels. Up to 12 a.m. 244 miles.
Monday - 7 - Weather fine, sea smooth. Saints all well. We made the purser a present of $5.00 for his kindnesses to the Saints. I am feeling well. Up to 12 a.m. 302 miles. [p. 68]
Tuesday, May 8 - 88 Weather fine, sea smooth, and all well on board. Nothing of importance. Up to 12 a.m. 276 miles.
Wednesday 9 - Weather foggy, fog horn blowing most of the time. Brothers [Franklin S.] Bramwell, [M. D.] Higbee, and myself visited the Saints and collected in what money they had to change into American money. About 6 p.m. the pilot came on board. Anchored in the mouth of the harbor for the night. Up to 12 a.m. 284 miles. [p. 69]
Thursday, May 10 - 88 Weather fine. All well on board. Started up the harbor about 7 a.m. The Saints all passed the doctor. Landed at 11 a.m. Brother [Franklin S.] Bramwell, [M. D.] Higbee, and myself went and arranged about our tickets and those of the Saints. Passed the custom house very easy. Then came some hard work to get the baggage transferred to the Old Dominion Dock and to keep the Saints together and to get them on board the steamer for Norfolk [Virginia]. Left New York at 4 p.m. Raining hard. We have first class fare. Worked until late getting the Saints money counted out. To New York traveled 165 miles. [p. 70]
Friday, May 11 - 88 Raining. About 8 a.m. we picked up a small schooner that was disabled and she is causing a great deal of trouble as we have to tow her behind. Gave the Saints their money and tickets. Arrived at Norfolk, [Virginia] about 7 p.m. Changed to another boat, crossed the river, and found a special train waiting for us and about 8 p.m. we left Norfolk. The Saints are all feeling well. The officers on boat and rail are very kind to us. Traveled from New York to Norfolk 280 miles. [p. 71]
Saturday, May 12 - 88 Weather fine. Did not get much sleep last night. We are making good time. All are well on board. At Lynchburg [Virginia] we bought some provisions. Arrived at Bristol [Virginia] about 4:45 p.m. The railroad company has decided for to send us on to Chattanooga [Tennessee] without changing cars. At Knoxville [Tennessee] we were detained for about two hours. Distance from Norfolk to Bristol [Virginia] 408 miles. [p. 72]
Sunday, May 13 - 88 Weather fine. Arrived at Chattanooga about 8 a.m. and without changing for cars started for Memphis [Tennessee] but at 7 p.m. one of the flues of the engine burst so that we were unable to go any farther. The conductor telegraphed for help and about 11 p.m. an engine came to our aid. Bristol to Chattanooga 241 miles. [p. 73]
Monday, May 14/88 - Weather fine. Arrived in Memphis about 2 a.m. I had a good night's rest. At eight a.m. we changed into clean cars. All are well and enjoying their trip very much. 10 a.m. crossed the Mississippi River and at 11:15 a.m. we started for Kansas City. From Chattanooga to Memphis, 337 miles. [p. 74]
Thursday, May 17/88 - Weather fine. All well on board. Traveled all last night and all day arriving at Salt Lake City at 6:30 p.m. being nearly one hour behind time. My wife and little ones met me at the depot. Also my sisters and two brothers. I am thankful to my Heavenly Father that they were all well and it was indeed a happy meeting. From Pueblo to Salt Lake City, 635 miles. [p. 75]
BIB: Eddington, Henry Charles. Diary, vol. 2. pp. 61-75. (CHL).