"DEPARTURE. -- On Saturday, September 6th, another company of Saints left Liverpool, on the S. S. Wyoming. A short time before the departure of the vessel, a meeting, called at the instance of President Budge, was held in one of the saloons. It was composed of the returning missionaries and a number of other brethren. The opening prayer was offered by Elder Joseph Bull. President Budge gave instructions suitable for the occasion, giving much good advice to the brethren in relation to looking to the welfare of the company of Saints that would be under their watch care on the long journey upon which they were about to depart. He made the following nominations for officers of the company, which were sustained by unanimous vote: for president, N. C. Flygare, with Thomas Child as his first counselor, and R. Neilson as his second counselor; Charles Monk, chaplain for the British Saints; J. F. Olsson, chaplain for the Scandinavians; John C. Schofield, clerk.
Elder Nicholson addressed the meeting briefly, and the closing prayer was offered by Elder Francis Cope.
The company, exclusive of the returning missionaries, numbers 320 persons. Of these 188 are British, 127 Scandinavian and 5 Dutch. Adding the sixteen elders returning makes a total of 336 souls.
The returning missionaries, besides the officers who have already been named, are: N. P. Neilson, John Larsson, G. Anderson, J. Hansen, J. Midgley, W. Goodman, I. J. Wardle, R. Dansie, Ralph Smith, W. McFadden, W. England. John C. Schofield is a native elder who has been laboring some time in the ministry.
Elder Flygare, the president of the company, has, during his late mission, extending over a period of about a year and eight months, presided over the Scandinavian Mission. He has labored with great diligence and wisdom, and has accomplished a good work. He has conducted the affairs of the field that was under his supervision with the most exemplary prudence and care, leaving it in most satisfactory condition. We do not doubt that the Saints in his charge on the long and arduous journey before them, will find in him a counselor and true friend, to whom they can look for needed advice and support, he having exhibited, during his labors abroad, those admirable traits upon which we have no hesitancy in basing the anticipation expressed herein. We doubt not also that he will be ably aided by the brethren appointed to assist him, as well as those who would probably be subsequently appointed, when the organization would be completed.
As usual Mr. Ramsden, assisted by his aids, was on the alert to make matters as agreeable and comfortable as possible on shipboard. His part in connection with seeing to the well-being of the people is always well and willingly performed.
The vessel started for her destination shortly before 2 p.m., on the date already named."
MS, 41:36 (Sep 8, 1879), pp. 570-71
"Sat. 6. [Sep. 1879] . . . The steamship Wyoming sailed from Liverpool, England, with 336 Saints in charge of Nils C. Flygare. The company arrived at New York Sept. 16th, and at Salt Lake City Sept. 24th."
". . . A company of emigrating Saints, numbering 103 souls, sailed from Copenhagen per steamship 'Albion' Aug. 30, 1879, under the leadership of President Nils C. Flygare, who now left the mission after presiding over the same about two years. Elders John F. Olson, Lars P. Nilson, Rasmus Nielsen, Jens Hansen and Gustav Anderson, all elders from Zion, who had labored in the Scandinavian Mission, left Copenhagen with the same company, returning to their homes in Zion. Elder Niels Wilhelmsen succeeded Elder Flygare in the presidency of the Scandinavian Mission. The emigrants from Stockholm, Sweden, 24 in number, under the direction of John Larson, did not arrive in Copenhagen until the following day, owing to the stormy weather on the Baltic, but sailed from Copenhagen Sept. 1st, at 1 o'clock p.m., per steamship 'Aurora' which took them to Kiel, in Holstein, whence the emigrants continued the journey via Hamburg to Hull, England, where they joined the other Scandinavian Saints. The larger company, which Copenhagen Aug. 30th, had a very stormy and unpleasant voyage across the North Sea and did not arrive in Hull until Wednesday evening, Sept. 3rd. The steamship 'Argo' with the Stockholm Saints on board arrived in Hull Thursday morning, Sept. 4th, soon after the emigrants had landed from the steamship 'Albion.' The two divisions were united at the railway station in Hull and traveled on the 4th by rail to Liverpool, where they boarded the steamship 'Wyoming' and sailed from Liverpool Sept. 6th, together with 188 British emigrants, five Dutch Saints and nine returning elders. Elder Nils C. Flygare was appointed leader for the whole company with Elders Thomas Child and Rasmus Nielsen as his counselors. During the voyage across the Atlantic the emigrants experienced a severe storm Sept. 8th, during which the sea washed the deck repeatedly. On the 16th of Sept. in the evening the emigrants arrived safely in New York, and the following day the journey was continued by rail westward. The company arrived safe and well in Ogden and Salt Lake City, Sept. 24, 1879. . . ."