. . . Friday, Ship Hudson, Shadwell Bason, 3rd June 1864 - Wrote letters to Messrs. Hinchliffe, Lambert, & Hood, also Sister Chalmers. The Officers of Government came on board and inspected the people and at 2 p.m. hauled out of dock and steam tug took us in tow down the river. Went as far as Gravsend 30 miles from London and anchored there for the night. Previous to this the Government Commissioner & doctor came on board and inspected us again then left by the tug "Pemch". Brother G. [George] Q. Cannon, Jessy N. Smith & others leaving at the same time,[p. 276] the Saints cheering lustily whilst the Brethren continued in sight on the Deck. Brother Cannon told me he had put me as Counselor to Brother J. [John] M. Kay, and wished me to try and keep things as straight for me as possible on board the ship.
Saturday 4th June 1864, Ship Hudson, off Folkstone - Under steam tug [-], wind against us. The tug cast us off, off Margate. We then proceeded under canvas. Served out provisions the whole of the afternoon until 9:30--very tired.
Sunday 5th June 1864, Ship Hudson - Held meeting about noon preached to the Saints & gentiles of the former about 850 of the latter about 150, felt well. Brother George Halladay spoke for a short time, then Brother John L. Smith, afterwards Brother John M. Kay spoke. The letter of appointment was read from Brother G. [George] Q. Cannon viz. Brother Kay to be president, G. [George] Halladay 1st Counselor, J. [John] L. Smith 2nd do. & M. [Matthew] McCune to be 3rd, a good feeling prevailed. Served out provisions during the afternoon.[p. 277]
Monday 6th June 1864, Ship Hudson, off Brighton - Attending on the sick and administering all the comfort we could to them.
Tuesday 7th June 1864, Ship Hudson - Attended a great many sick today. We are quite becalmed in the British Channel, but the Saints feel well, and for a striking contrast with the gentiles who are on board. One poor sister from Kent of the town of Bromley is slightly affected in her mind, her name is Sarah Marshall. I seem to have some influence with her, as she will do whatever I want her.
Wednesday 8th June 1864, Ship Hudson - Got up a 4 o'clock and visited Sister Griffiths who is suffering from diarrhea also. Sarah Marshall, found her sleeping soundly. She talks of Brother Hoking Ensign E. The pilot boat following us to take off the pilot, discharged him about 1 o'clock p.m. Reading & attending the sick, administered to two persons today. Wrote a letter to Brother John Sharp Junior. and sent it to be posted by the pilot. Light winds and fine.[p. 278]
Thursday 9th June 1864, Ship Hudson - A light leading wind this morning. Administering to the sick &c. Hold meeting with the presidents of wards every evening at 7:30 p.m. to hear reports & suggest whatever may appear for the best.
Friday 10th June 1864, Ship Hudson - A week today since we left the docks and not yet out of sight of land, off Falmouth. Attending the sick, &c &c.
Saturday 11th June, 1864, Ship Hudson - Still in sight of land, squally weather with rain, a great many seasick.
Sunday 12th June 1864, Ship Hudson - A fine day. The sick getting better, held meeting on the poop, quite a number spoke, myself amongst them. A calm prevails today, the people are singing and enjoying themselves.
Monday 13th June 1864, Ship Hudson - Two cases of measles in the ship, had it made known to the captain, the ship doctor did not come. Near light breezes all day, a good strong breeze tonight. [p. 279]
Tuesday 14th June 1864, Ship Hudson - Strong breezes, laying our course as usual. Attending the sick, and attending [UNCLEAR- POSSIBLY Mr. or William.] Pepper in taking account of the passengers. We are now fairly out in the Atlantic Ocean.
Wednesday 15th June 1864, Ship Hudson - Strong headwind all day. The people, many of them feeling prostrated & low, ordered more wine an porter today then hitherto, attending upon the sick.
Thursday 16th June 1864, Ship Hudson - Strong winds 3 points out of our course. The most of the sick up on deck, an old man died today after taking a large dose of caster oil on a stomach weakened by retching. He was buried in the ocean in the evening.
Friday 17th June 1864, Ship Hudson - A light breeze & foul. Attending the sick a good part of the day, giving them wine and porter also arrowroot.
Saturday 18th June 1864, Ship Hudson - A fine day, a perfect calm, the sick all on deck. the Captain given a quantity of soup for the sick two days running, made from beef biscuit.[p. 280]
Sunday 19th June 1864, Ship Hudson - A fine breeze from the West. Held meeting on the poop. Preached on the first principles to a most attentive audience of gentiles and Saints. The sick feeling better.
Monday 20th June 1864, Ship Hudson - Wind ahead of us, waiting on the sick.
Tuesday 21st June 1864, Ship Hudson - Foul wind.
Wednesday 22nd June 1864, Ship Hudson - Another case of measles today, also commenced the treatment of a case of typhoid fever, Brother Timothy Metz [Mets]. The wind changed to fair at 8 A.M. today.
Thursday 23rd June 1864, Ship Hudson - Wind one point foul.
Thursday 23rd June 1864, Ship Hudson - Light breeze, an infant child died today belonging to a Swiss family by name Charles Kamerel [Kamerli] aged one year, two months & twenty-one days of inflammation of the bowel, the body was buried in the ocean in the evening. Another case of measles in the same family as the other, both doing well. Very little progress being made on our course. Brother Kamerel [Kamerli] sent [p .281] for me when the child was dead, but sought no aid before though the child had been sick ever since coming on board.
Friday 24th June 1864, Ship Hudson - Wind light but fair, attending the sick.
Saturday 25th June 1864, Ship Hudson - Wind light but fair. Kept running all day in attendance upon the sick.
Sunday 26th June 1864, Ship Hudson - Wind light but fair. Held meeting about noon. I was part of the time below attending the sick. Brother Halladay [George Halliday] preached afterwards Brother J. [John] L. Smith another meeting of the foreigners was held at 3 o'clock p.m.
Monday 27th June 1864, Ship Hudson - Wind light but fair, almost a calm. A German sister of the name of Riser [Reiser] died today between one and two o'clock quite unexpectedly. Sent for me for the first time when she was dead, sent for medicine about half an hour before. She was buried in the evening. Latitude: 43.35 Longitude. 26-20. Attended a great many sick today. The weather very warm, the people all upon deck. Sprinkled the between decks with oil of tar as a means of purification.[p. 282]
Tuesday 28th June 1864, Ship Hudson - Light wind but fair, very warm. Captain Chapman has ordered that the poop be at the service of the sick and the Women and children.
Wednesday 29th June 1864, Ship Hudson - Fair wind making about 4 or 5 knots.
Thursday 30th June 1864, Ship Hudson - A good breeze making 6 knots an hour. Reading most of the day, the rest of the time attending the sick.
Friday 1st July 1864, Ship Hudson - Fair wind but light, reading most of the day.
Saturday 2nd July 1864, Ship Hudson - Light breeze but fair.
Sunday 3rd July 1864, Ship Hudson - Met at 11 o'clock a.m. The Presidents of the Wards occupied the time. Gofried [Godfred] Adam Beck, one year and eight months & five days died today.
Monday 4th July 1864, Ship Hudson - Emma M. Singleton Six months fourteen days of Marasmus. Wind ahead and light.[p. 283]
Tuesday 5th July 1864, Ship Hudson - Light breeze rather foul. A child of Brother Cliftons died today, a baby, & was buried in the sea.
Wednesday 6th July 1864, Ship Hudson - Strong breeze and rain a good many people seasick.
Thursday 7th July 1864, Ship Hudson - Fair breeze but light.
Friday 8th July 1864, Ship Hudson - Foul wind. In the afternoon passed a Confederate Crauses [UNCLEAR] supposed to be the "Rappahanoch." She rundown upon very rapidly but on making us out she hauled her wind and lay to apparently waiting for ships. We believe she would have burned us, but seeing our ship crowded with passengers let us alone.
Saturday 9th July 1864, Ship Hudson - Good breeze and fair. A great many children having the measles, four or five fresh cases daily occurring.
Sunday 10th July 1864, Ship Hudson - Light breeze and foul, also very cold. Held no meeting in consequence. Some fresh cases of measles today.[p. 284]
Monday 11th July 1864, Ship Hudson - Fair wind but light. About 1100 miles from New York, measles increasing.
Tuesday 12th July 1864, Ship Hudson - A child died this morning about 5 o'clock a.m. A fair wind about 7 knots an hour. Two more children died today.
Wednesday 13th July 1864, Ship Hudson - Fair wind. Many children weak and debilitated after measles.
Thursday 14th July 1864, Ship Hudson - Another child died this morning of gangrene of the head. A fair wind officiated at the burial of the child this evening. Administered to three persons this evening.
Friday 15th July 1864, Ship Hudson - Fair wind but light.
Saturday 16th July 1864, Ship Hudson - Fair wind, good breeze. People in good health.
Sunday 17th July 1864, Ship Hudson - Held meeting in the afternoon. Spoke to the Saints on the temptation that would beset them on landing.[p. 285]
Monday 18th July 1864, Ship Hudson - Received the pilot this morning at 4 o'clock a.m. from pilot boat No. 14 170 miles from "Sandy Hook."
Tuesday 19th July 1864, Ship Hudson, New York - The tug steamer "Blanche Paige," a Screw (as most of the tugs now in NewYork are) took us in tow, and we reached our anchorage ground off Castle Garden at 4o'clock p.m. the health officers came on board at 2 o'clock and passed the people. The custom house officer came on board at 3 p.m. Forty Six days on our passage out from London.
Wednesday 20th July 1864, New York - Landed today at Castle Garden. About 11 o'clock a.m., a young of BrotherWilliams died of repercussion of measles after landing. Brother & sister Goodman drew away from us & stayed at New York. Brother Bateman also stayed, to come on next season. Saw the Saints off for Albany en route for Wyoming on the boat "St. John." I think the first boat I have seen.[p. 286] Put up at the Stevens House, No. 21 to 29 Broadway, N.Y., with BrotherStickles & family and Brother Humphries & family, both from Africa. Went to post office with Brother Stains & the above Brethren.
Thursday 21st July 1864, New York - Took our meals in the hotel the brethren paying. Visited the ship Hudson at the foot of Wall St. Visited the British Consul relative to recovering my back pension, to call again tomorrow, accompanied the brethren to make purchases in New York. Bought in their chests 10 tea.[UNCLEAR] Brother [William C.] Stains took tea with us.
Friday 22nd July 1864, New York - Wrote to Lieutenant. Roberts, Staff Officer of Pensioners Hamilton, Canada. Visited Barnums Museum in company with Brother Stickles & Humphries, their wives and families.[p. 287]
Saturday 23rd July 1864, In the cars between New York and Niagara Falls - Bought a revolver $16, & caps 3,000. Visited the British Consul. Mr.Edwards and took an affidavit before him which I forwarded with a letter to the Under Secretary of State for War for India, Pell Mell, London, England. Left by the New York Central Railway for Niagara Falls at 6 o'clock p.m., traveled all night in a sleeping car. Passed through Palmyra and also through Rochester City, reached the Falls at 11:30. Have a beautiful view of the rapids from my window in the International Hotel International.
Sunday 24th July 1864, Niagara Falls - Visited the falls on both sides, that the American & Canadian. Tis most stupendous and grand. Went down a steep incline in a seat lowered by pullies, and crossed over in a boat, put on waterproof dresses and went down behind the waterfall, walked round Goat Island, also Bath Island, also Luna Island. Ascended a tower built upon a [p. 288] point of rock above the Horse Shoe Fall. The people here are given to imposing upon the visitors in their charges.
25th July 1864, Hamilton, Upper Canada - Left today by the express for this place. Visited Lieutenant Roberts, Staff Office of Pensioners in Hamilton Upper Canada, and drew my pension up to the 30 September 1864. --Remained half a day in Hamilton and half a night, left by the express at 2 o'clock a.m. Hamilton is a very fine town with some beautiful shops.[p. 289][END OF JOURNAL]
BIB: McCune, Matthew. (CHL) Diary (MS 10952) pp. 276-89.