I left my home to emigrate to America. I went to Gloucester and in company with 100 Saints went to Bristol and boarded the Caroline, for America. We set sail for Quebec, August 8, 1841. We had a tedious voyage of eight weeks and three days, but landed safely. Thomas Richardson was our president. From Quebec, we went to Montreal by steamer, and from Montreal through the lock to Kingston and then we sailed along Lake Ontario to Lewiston. We had a fine view of the city of Toronto. From Lewiston we boarded a train (which was drawn by mules) for Niagara Falls. There we tarried one night and had a fine view of the beautiful falls.
The next day, we boarded the train for Buffalo and arrived at that place after dark. We put up at the Farmer's Exchange for a week. We then boarded the "Chesapeake" for where now stands the great city of Chicago. We hired a man to take us from there to Nauvoo with a team which contract he filled. We arrived in Nauvoo in the latter part of October, 1841 on Saturday. On Sunday I was anxious to see the prophet. I attended meeting there and saw him for the first time. I did not need an introduction for I knew him the moment I saw him. He preached the gospel of salvation to us that morning which caused my heart to rejoice....[p. 1]
BIB: Phillips, Edward. Autobiographical sketch (formerly in Msd 2050), p.1. (CHL).