S. S. "Roanoke" 9 p.m., May 1, 1890.President George Teasdale.
Dear Brother:--Our hearts are filled with gratitude to our Heavenly Father for his protecting care that has attended another company of his covenant people thus far upon their journey to the gathering place of Israel in the latter days.
We sailed from Queenstown per S. S.Wisconsin, at about noon on Sunday, the 20th ultimo, encountering very rough sea and head winds until the following Wednesday, when an agreeable change for the better was enjoyed for a few hours; but on Thursday morning the wind again changed and blew fiercely, causing the ship to roll and the waves to splash over the deck, and another [p.315] siege of seasickness ensued similar to the first few days of our voyage.
Head winds and rough sea were our lot afterwards until last Tuesday, since when the sea was smooth, the wind favorable, the weather warm and pleasant, and all on board highly enjoyed so favorable a change.
At about 6 p.m. on Friday, the 25th ultimo, we passed four large icebergs, one of which was about one-and-a-half miles in length.
At about 6:30 this morning we came in sight of Long Island Beach, and at 1 o'clock we were safely landed in New York, where we were met by Mr. Gibson, and Mr. J. F. Wiley, passenger agent of the Union Pacific Railway, also L. J. Ellis, General Eastern passenger agent, who rendered us much assistance in the transfer of our company.
After the inspection of our luggage by the custom house officers at the Guion Line pier, we took steamer for the Old Dominion Dock, calling at Castle Garden, where we passed the commissioners, exchanged our English money for U. S. currency, and embarked on board the S. S. "Roanoke," of the Old Dominion Line, for Norfolk, at about 5 o'clock this afternoon.
Satisfactory arrangements were made for procuring tickets for the company through to their respective destinations.
We expect to arrive at Norfolk at about 5 p.m. tomorrow, and leave there at 10 o'clock tomorrow night, traveling via Memphis, Chattanooga, and Kansas City.
A letter expressing our appreciation of the extreme courtesy shown our people by the officers of the S. S. Wisconsin was presented to Captain John P. Worrall, and was duly acknowledged.
Plymouth Harbor, 3 p.m., May 2, 1890.
Have just arrived here, all well, after an exceedingly pleasant trip down the coast. We remain here about two hours, and then cross the bay to Norfolk, about one and a half miles distant. We have been treated with the utmost courtesy, and rendered every possible assistance by all concerned thus far.
Our time being so limited at New York, and so much business to attend to, we were unable to write to you from there.
With love to all at "42," [42 Islington WAS THE ADDRESS OF THE BRITISH MISSION IN LIVERPOOL] we remain your brethren,
O. [Orson] H. Worthington,E. A. Cottrell,D. [Dan] H. Snarr,T. [Thomas] E. Bassett, Secretary. [p.316]
BIB: Worthington, Orson, H., et. al.,[Letter] Latter-day Saints
' Millennial Star 52:20, (May 19, 1890) pp. 315-16. (CHL)