February we took our lodgings in the ship Hartley, but very cold for my wife and children. Allowed not light, no fire, while in the best, it was uncomfortable besides expensive to find our [-] meet until that we got to see we were in this state until we [-] of March neither lights nor fire aboard. My wife so lately confined she suffered much much [SIC] besides the confusing in the vessel getting her cargo into the hold. There was thirteen different nations of people on board above [-] passengers; Welsh, Scotch, Irish, English Saints. The ship about 400 & 50 tons burden. We left the docks on the 4 of March. Brought up in the river Mersey, the wind contrary. On the 9 of March, we set sail at 7 o'clock a.m. A beautiful morning, the wind is in our favor, but while we were in the dock a Welsh sister was delivered of a female child. Three Irishmen had themselves stowed away, but expecting that the ship was at sea made themselves known. . . . The wind in our favor. We begin to rejoice. We lost sight of the land.
On the 12 of March with a fine wind, but the sun amongst the passengers; the ripple rolling throng with a fair wind, the sea sickness to a great pitch. . . the name of the president [was] William Kume [Hulme]. The Saints were all divided into small branches. My branch consisted of 15 members to see all kept in order. . . . a good captain, agreeable sailors. I preached on deck.
April 6th. This morning a conference meeting is held on the deck of the ship Hartley sailing in Latitude 22 & 30 N., Longitude 66 or W. We assembled at half past 10 o'clock and represented the small Branches. General in good standing, good health. General P represented my little flock 15 in number in all good standing. Good health except three scattered member President Hume asked Brother Knox could have scattered members on board of a ship. I explained this history that three of my flock when we are at our duty they are as far as they can get for salt water. This caused a laugh. We were pretty comfortable. One child died. The king cough got amongst the children. My daughter, Elisabeth, my first born, catches [it].
April 11th. Fine whether I preached on the decks of the Hartley
April the 15 . Sister Hall was delivered of a man child, the wind against us. My daughter, Dorothy, got the king cough. We arrived at the mouth of the Mississippi on the 26 of April.
On the 28 of April at New Orleans, Elder [Lucius] Scovil come on board gave us counsel how to how to [SIC] see to persons health & engaged the steam boat Mameluke.
We left New Orleans on the 3 of May for Saint Louis. We we [SIC] had no sooner going [-] of that boat, then the Saints sickened and in a few hours 5 & 6 in a day, nothing but death to them that get sick. Me daughter Elizabeth fell a victim, died on the 9 of May. Buried in a grave five. arrived at Saint Louis.
Arrived at St. Louis May the 12, died above thirty saints between New Orleans and Saint Louis. . . . p. 12
. . . June the 9 this morning is very peasant. Elder Milo Andrus called us together and gave us our farewell instruction that if we would not profane the name of Jehovah our God and be united, neither the Indian nor the Gentiles that have threatened our destruction had power to harm us and we should go through as well or better than any company that ever crossed the Plains for the most had paid their tithing. . . [p. 9]
. . . Monday the 3 we got into the City [Salt Lake] we went with Bro. Selcock into the Sixth Ward. . . . [p. 28]
BIB: Knox, William. Diary and Journal, Vol. 3, (Diary, 1849-1856), p. 12; (Journal 1855-1856),pp. 9, 28. (CHL)