. . . Wednesday, May 21st - Landed at 11 a.m. As soon as we got upon the pier, there was men, lots of them that come to us, we'll take your things &c &c. Aren't you some of the brethren? What brethren say I. So they told me they would go on that way to get [-] boxes to carry. I & Joseph then went to see about the porter that Pastor Parks told us about, but could not find him. We returned to the boat, saw a Brother Jessie [Jesse] Haven. We then got a porter to take our chests off to the Horizon, the vessel that we was to go with. We then went & had some dinner & went to the office to see about our going away. We got that settled that I was to go as passenger cook. So we went & got mattresses bought &c. Slept on board the vessel all night.
Thursday, 22nd - Busy seeing about some little things.
Friday, 23rd - I commenced to work in the galley. This morning got the fire started &c but it was very smoky. I was over with just as if I had been the funnel myself. We sailed out of the docks.
Saturday, 24th- Lay at anchor all day.
Sabbath, 25th - President F. [Franklin] D. Richards, C. [Cyrus] H. Wheelock, & a few others came on board. We then sailed out. F.D.R. [Franklin D. Richards] & C.H.W. [Cyrus H. Wheelock] spoke to our instructions & desired God to bless us on the voyage. I sent a letter or 2 Dundee.
Thursday, 27th November. While on Green River I begin my journal again from this & I will give from May the 25th as far as I mid [UNCLEAR] or as I feel to do. The 1st week on the sea I was bound up in my bowels so I felt not right & was away almost from eating food, but I got some castor oil from Jessie [Jesse] Haven & I got right after that & the captain got a hole in the top of the galley which made it a good deal better & got also 3 men to assist me in washing as there was such a number on board. There was 856 passengers. Edward Martin was president & Jessie [Jesse] Haven & Father George Waugh his counselors. We had a pretty good time of it & a good voyage. We landed in Boston, from the time we left Liverpool, in 35 days. There was little sickness amongst us. There was 2 marriages, 4 or 5 deaths & 3 or 4 births while on the voyage.
We started with them from Boston about 1st of July. Went with the train about 1,700 miles, landed first in Albany. I was there about 3 hours before the rest of the passengers on to me as the train as I had to wait on 2 of the sisters & bring them from their vessel to the train. The next place we landed at was Buffalo. I was at each place on the way mostly left to shift the luggage on the way along with a lot more of the boys. In Chicago all the Saints slept over night in a large shed. I was on guard the 1st part of the night. There was several men came along & was inquiring about the number of the Saints & talking about polygamy &c their [p. 3] hearts as black as hell, but there happened to be a fire in the town that night which took the attention of the people from the Saints a good deal. When we come up this [-] we found quite a different spirit among the people, but to the worse they appeared to be far more wicked. We slept all night in Rock Island but the main body of the Saints went on before midday. There was some fellows came round to trouble us at night just as was going to sleep. I stood guard the 1st part of the night. The fellows came round making a pretense to see if the wagon wheels was right, but they were desirous to get away a young girl we had with us, but they could not accomplish their desiring.
We rode up the next day to [-] but I had to stop at the station all that day & got up next day which was the 9th or 10th of July. I found Mother Smith & family they're all well & E. Mitchell. I truly glad to see them as they were also to see me. They took & washed all my foul clothes.
They started with their handcarts about the 16th of July & it was truly good to see them roll out. I wrote a letter for my mother & [-][-] & sent them off to Deindle informing them about when I was to start off for the city of Salt Lake &c. I truly felt glad in getting the opportunity of going but the way opened up for me. Night, Elder Edward Martin being president of the company across the sea I asked him if there was any way for me to go for to drive a team, so he went & inquired at Thomas Tennent Esq., so he talked a little to me about it. So he payed my way up to Iowa campground about 2 pounds 4 schillings. All the handcart companies went off before us. We started on August 1st . . . [p. 4]
. . . Sabbath, 14th - Crossed the Little Mountain landed in the city about 3 p.m. It was hard pulling. I passed through the snow on the Little Mountain about 1
feet above my head. It was truly a happy sight for us to see the Valley. When I landed I seen Elder D. D. McCarthur so he invited me to his house. I went with him & stopped over night. . . .[p. 6]
BIB: Hamilton, Henry. Journal (Ms 1838), fd. 2, vol. 3, pp. 3-4,6. (CHL)