. . . About 4 o'clock in the evening we made our way for America, or in other words to the land of promise, or the land of Zion. And we bid them farewell for we went our way with my wife's father-in-law who accompanied us about sixteen miles on our way and tarried with us the same night till morning. When we bid him farewell and bent our way a few miles onward till we met with a coach and we got our luggage on the mail and ourselves likewise. And after traveling about 70 or 80 miles we found ourselves at Bristol at [UNCLEAR] where we was received into his house. And he gave us intelligence where could sleep and we got to our bed. And when we got a little refreshment and afterwards lay down to sleep for we was wearied with our journey. This being on the fourth day of May which is the fifth month of the 1841 year.
The next morning we rose somewhat refreshed and after providing some things for our journey. We, at the close of that day, went with our luggage on board the ship Harmony. While the ship was standing in the Princess Dock we tarried in this place for near seven days before we launched out into the ocean. And after a few [p. 66] days we began to be very sick. This we expected because them that go on the sea in ships frequently get sick by the rocking of the ship. And this was the case with us so that we could not ate or drink anything for some days.
The storm was tremendous and the sea was very rough and after been tossed about for some time we found ourselves driven near to a harbor called Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales. Here we tarried near two days and nights when we made our way again and after been tossed about for 5 or 6 weeks we found ourselves near to the port where we did intend to land, this being the 24th of June, this ending the voyage on [p. 67] the Atlantic at seven weeks passage.
We got our luggage on board steamer called "Canada" which landed us at Montreal after 3 or 4 days voyage and then we put our luggage on board another steamer and went a voyage about 90 miles and then got on board railway carriage and went 14 miles. Arrived at St. Johnson, tarried at a certain house till. The next day we got on board the steamer "Burlington" and took passage near 200 miles to Whitehall. And we arrived at Whitehall and in the morning at early hour and moved our luggage and put it on board a channel boat between 4 and 5 hundred miles voyage and then we arrived at Buffalo. [p. 68] [THE DIARY ABRUPTLY ENDS]
BIB: Barnes, James. Diary (Ms 1870), pp.66-68. (CHL).