New Orleans, November 8th, 1849.
Brother Pratt,--Dear Sir, in a former letter I sent you the number that died on the ship Berlin, and I would have given you the particulars then, but I had not received them. As there were some Saints died who had no relations on board, I wanted to ascertain what disposal had been made of their property, so that their friends could have it. I have called on those that had their property, and they have placed it at my disposal; I therefore send you their names, and await your counsel how to dispose of it.
William Fielder, died September 25th, aged 21; from Sheerness.
Charles Timmings, died September 26th, aged 22; from West Broomwich.
John Buckley, died September 29th, aged 28; from Derbyshire.
The above three are all of whose property I can ascertain anything about. I would here observe that a great quantity of their goods were thrown overboard. The following are the names of the rest of the Saints that died and their children:
Ellen Stoddart, died September 13th, aged 27.
Eliza Hopkins, died September 16th, aged 23, and two children.
William Smith, died September 17th, aged 50; from Derby.
William Brindley, died September 18th, aged 46; from London.
Patience Smith, died September 18th, aged 2 years.
John Mason, died September 22nd, aged 63; from Staffordshire.
William Harrison Birch, died September 22nd, aged 2 years.
Agnes Smith, died September 23rd, aged 10 months.
Martha Stoddart, died September 23rd, aged 9 months.
Mary Anne Wilson, died September 23rd, aged 18 months.
Ellen Fife, died September 24th, aged 5 years.
William Farnsworth, died September 24th, aged 18 months.
Thomas Warburton, died September 25th, aged 53; from Crewe.
John Fletcher, died September 26th, aged 26; from Chesterfield.
Sarah Anne West, died September 27th, aged 2 years.
Ann Farnsworth, died September 27th, aged 42, from Leeds.
James Dawson, died September 29th, aged 28; from Oldham.
James Corr, died September 30th, aged 9 months.
F. J. Bradshaw, died October 4th, aged 6 years.
Mary Bradshaw, died October 5th, aged 8 years.
Ann Whale, died October 6th, aged 12 months.
Agnes Bradshaw, aged 5 years.
Richard Lester, died September 28th, aged 25; from Leister.--Total 28.
The Saints in New Orleans have been organized, and we have formed a branch here for the winter. We have good meetings and have baptized several, and many are enquiring into our belief. The Saints generally who have remained in New Orleans, have procured work.
Praying God to bless you, I remain yours, respectfully,
Thomas McKenzie [p.14]
BIB: McKenzie, Thomas. "Letter to the Editor." Latter-day Saints' Millennial Star. 12:1 (January 1, 1850), p. 14. (CHL)