"DEPARTURE. -- We had the pleasure of clearing the ship General M'Clellan (Captain Trask) for the port of New York, on Saturday, the 21st ultimo. This ship was chartered to sail on the 20th ultimo, but, owing to the rain which set in, the upper deck could not be used for the purpose of examination of passengers, who had, consequently, to undergo inspection between decks. This put them to some inconvenience and discomfort, but, nothwithstanding this, we did not hear one unkind word or one ill natured remark from the Saints during the proceedings, which occupied some little time. In consequence of unavoidable delays, the vessel could not be cleared until next day (21st). On the morning of the 21st President Cannon , with a number of elders, proceeded on board the vessel for the purpose of organizing the company. Appropriate instructions were given to the Saints, and Elder Thomas E. Jeremy was appointed to preside over the company, with Elders Joseph Bull and George G. Bywater to assist him as counsellors. Elder John C. Graham was chosen clerk of the company. The ship was divided off into wards, over each of which an elder was placed to preside. On the evening of the 21st the vessel proceeded to sea, laden with her freight of precious souls, and accompanied by the best wishes and prayers of all true Saints. She had 802 souls on board, nearly all of whom have paid their fares through to Wyoming [Nebraska]. Four elders who had come from Zion on missions, sailed in this vessel. Their names are, Thomas E. Jeremy, Joseph Bull, George G. Bywater and M. F. Farnsworth. . . ."
MS, 26:23 (June 4, 1864), p.364
"Sat. 21. [May 1864] -- The ship General M'Clellan sailed from Liverpool, England, with 802 Saints, under the direction of Thomas E. Jeremy, Joseph Bull and George G. Bywater. It arrived at New York June 23rd, and the company arrived at Wyoming [Nebraska] July 3rd."