"DEPARTURE. -- The steamship Colorado left this port for New York, on Tuesday, 14th instant, having on board a company of Saints numbering 600 souls. At 11 a.m. a meeting was called on deck, when President F. [Franklin] D. Richards addressed the Saints upon the great blessings conferred upon them by the Almighty, in delivering them from bondage and opening the way for their escape to Zion. They had long talked of the changes and difficulties which would attend their journey, and had been exhorted to prepare for them by laying by a good stock of patience; they were now beginning to experience the realities of the journey, and had an opportunity to exercise their patience and all those good qualities which sould be possesed by Saints of God. He exhorted them to cleanliness, order, forbearance,and obedience to proper authority. Said this was the last company of Saints for the season, and expressed his gratitude to God for the great deliverance which had been wrought out for so many of his people, this company swelling the number to about 3,170 souls. He then appointed Elder William B. Preston president of the company, and the returning missionaries on board his counsellors. This appointment was unanimoulsy sustained by the vote of the people. Elder W. B. Preston made a few remarks, congratulating the Saints upon their present favorable position. Elder C. [Charles] W. Penrose dedicated the ship and its company to the service of God on this voyage, by prayer. Several hymns were sung, many cheers were given, and all on board seemed filled with joy and gratitude. The following named returning missionaries took passage on the Colorado: -- Elders William B. Preston, Aurelius Miner, Griffith Roberts, Moses Thatcher, Richard Benson, Barry Wride, John D. Rees, and John Barker. About 4 p.m. the noble vessel steamed out to sea, the sun shining brightly, the sky without a cloud, and no sadness appearing on a single countenance, except of those who returned to shore after bidding their friends farewell. By letters from Queenstown, dated 15th July, we learn that all on board were well, the sea was as calm as a mirror, and no one had experienced any symptoms of seasickness."
MS, 30:30 (July 25, 1868), p.473
"Tues. 14. [July 1868] -- The steamship Colorado sailed from Liverpool, England, with 600 Saints, under the direction of William B. Preston. It arrived at New York, July 28th, and the company reached Benton, Aug. 7th."