Captain David Brown
26 Crews in Number
[February] 21 Monday. Child of Enock [Enoch] Lewis & Emma Lewis born, male. Male child born father's name Enock [Enoch] Lewis mother's Emma Lewis. Passed a ship towing into Liverpool, pass all, got some luggage on board. Came by train from London.
22 Tuesday. Child born of Joseph Day & Ann Day, female. Female child born, father's name Joseph Day, mother's Ann Day. Timothy Cox fell, I administered to him. 1st mate he ordered him to be placed in 2 cabin, much better in two hours.
23 Wednesday. Eliza Gover died age 1 month. Fill myself with bottle of oil for consecration & 3 pound of lump sugar was not much hard. Saints busy in purchasing tin ware, food &c. This day ship was announced to sail west, did not. [p. 26]
24 Thursday. Rainy wind. Saints busy making arrangements tacking boxes.
25 Friday. Fair weather warped out of Stanley Dock wind north, northwest into the Mersey River.
26 Saturday. Hail snow southwest strong gales, ship laying at anchor 60 fathoms of chain out. Died 8 o'clock David Daniels [Davies] 81 age certificate send on shore by surgeon [-] age & general debility. [p. 27]
27 Sunday. Saw a vessel on shore on the beam ends wind northwest stormy.
28 Monday. Weighing anchor 7 o'clock a.m. tug on one side northeast calm weather born of John Williams, Ann Jones a female child at 1/4 past 9. Night prayer meeting for a favorable wind.
March. 1 Tuesday. Northwest strong gale Irish channel, sails spread 3 o'clock afternoon Captain said lust the wind to take us to Orleans in a month. In the Irish channel very fine, comfortable in our arrangements.
2 Wednesday. Northwest strong wind [in] Irish Channel, passed the Tuscan Lighthouse 4 o'clock p.m. Heavy sea, on ship laboring hard. [p. 28]
3 Thursday. North, northeast Pleasant gale [in] Atlantic Ocean, ship going 8 knots an hour. All hands well except a few seasick Saints. A ship in sight. One sailor baptized.
4 Friday. W. [PROBABLY MEANING, Wind or West] attended with light rains. Passed a vessel a.m. 1/4 past seven. General recovering from seasickness. Pork dealt out.
5 Saturday. Northwest rainy. [p. 29]
6 Sunday. West, northwest a vessel in sight. Fine weather.
7 Monday. North, northwest good breeze rather cold.
8 Tuesday. Wind very variable and very calm, fine weather. Most of the Saints recovered.
9 Wednesday. Strong west wind. Wind changed at 3 p.m. strong west wind. Emma Smith fell downstairs. Strong east wind stormy gale. [p. 30]
10 Thursday. South wind heavy sea heavy Equinoctial gale hail rain nearly all day ship laboring hard. Close reef top sail. Prayer for less wind. Stormy gale.
11 Friday. 3 o'clock p.m. North wind, heavy sea during night, strong gales better day than Thursday. No fire in Galley stove.
12 Saturday. North, northwest strong breezes. Fine weather. [p. 31]
13 Sunday. North, very calm, light rains. 2 children blessed.
14 Monday. Northeast very calm, mild weather very fine, about 15 hundred miles from Liverpool.
15 Tuesday. West very fine weather 120 miles from Western India Islands all drawing sail light airs and battling.
16 Wednesday. Northwest attended with thick [-] weather, light airs still battling.[p. 32]
17 Thursday. West Spoke with a Dutch [-]. Here wind fine, weather, misty weather. Many passengers on poop deck good health & spirits.
18 Friday. West, northwest fine weather. Passed 3 ships, light airs.
19 Saturday. East, northeast fine weather, afternoon a headwind. Sails reefed one also baptized. [p. 33]
20 Sunday. Southwest wind unfavorable, little progress. Afternoon good breeze, fine weather. Child blessed.
21 Monday. Southwest, fine weather. All drawing sail to best advantage, wind varying.
22 Tuesday. Southwest winds varying from southwest to west. Fine weather, hands variously employed in ship's duty. Birth of a male child of William & El [Elizabeth] Tremain [Tremayne].
23 Wednesday. South, southwest, southwest, heavy & squall and rain. At 12 noon, fine clear weather.
Wind at 12 northwest.
longitude 37 [p. 34]
24 Thursday West, southwest, appearance of Gulf. Weather misty and rainy.
25 Friday. West, northwest fine weather.
26 Saturday. Southwest, fair weather wind unfavorable. [p. 35]
27 Sunday. Northwest, birth of Daniel son. Fast day. Child blessed.
28 Monday. Northwest fine weather. Northwest a few hours only. 3 baptized.
29 Tuesday. West by south headwinds. Stock took:
30 Wednesday. West, southwest fine weather. Elder [Richard] Fell, fell hurt his head. 3 baptized. Council meeting about water. Proposed each man have 3 quarts of water for tea, porridge &c. Five baptized. [p. 36]
31 Tuesday. North fine weather, putting new sail. Northeast, 11 a.m.; but little wind.
April 1 Friday. Southwest, strong wind 6 p.m. West, northwest heavy sea. Saw a ship steering east.
Latitude 54Âº 53
longitude 46Âº -Carpenter baptized [-] 2 others which made the Saints rejoice.
2 Saturday. West by south fine weather snapped gallant yard, while lacing. Saw the spouting of a whale a part of him [unclear] carpenter employed in fixing the yard. West, southwest wind, 4 p.m. Baptized 3 sailors and another one. [p. 37]
3 Sunday. Southwest, prayer for favorable wind. Wind change, north, northeast. Baptized a sailor.
4 Monday. North, northeast, good wind all night, rejoicing our prayer was heard. Captain, cook baptized.
5 Tuesday. North, northeast, remarkable fine weather ship, sailing 10 knots an hour. Sailed as far as in fifteen days before rejoicing about the change of wind. Sailor baptized and six others.
6 Wednesday. Southeast very fine day. Festival in honor of four marriages also the anniversary of the organization of the church. A very happy day, much singing. [p. 38]
7 Thursday. Southeast, ship sailing fast. Very warm and fine, Saint rejoicing. Council held to arrange for washing &c. Directions to preserve health given because we was getting into a hot climate. A prophecy by a Brother that we should obey the instructions of the first presidency as the Lord would give them wisdom.
8 Friday. Wind from south, southwest course of ship west, very hot. About 25 Saints rebaptized for their health. Testimony of several that they were better in health. Mary Ann Arthur baptized and a Negro.
9 Saturday. Northeast, strong breezes, fine weather. Captain asked for the manifesto of the ship's company. 4 baptisms 2nd mate, and three sailors and another. [p. 39]
10 Sunday. Northeast wind very fine early part of the day; rain towards evening, so that sacrament was not [administered]. Very hot. Baptized 2 sailors & Negro.
11 Monday. Northeast light wind, very hot; but little progress. Towards evening a breeze all night ship going on her course, 12 knots an hour.
12 Tuesday. Strong hot wind from northeast to east, northeast. Fine weather, all drawing sail 9 knots an hour latitude 25 longitude 73.
13 Wednesday. East winds tradewind, ship going, fast fine weather, female child died of Brother [Joseph] Day two months of age lowered from stern. Wind passed Abico lighthouse and Island. 1st mate baptized, funeral remarks by Brother Lyon on the occasion of the burial. [p. 40]
14 Thursday. Northeast 4 vessels been seen. Island of Florida in sight, weather very fine. Preparing manifesto for the custom house at [New] Orleans. 3 Sailors baptized and one emigrant.
15 Friday. Wind east, southeast, very fine weather. Gentle breezes arrived in the Gulf of Mexico. Steamers in the distance. Cuba lighthouse seen about 12 o'clock at night.
16 Saturday. Passed Cape Florida Lighthouse about midnight, east, southeast, very hot and fine lines laid for fishing. Passed by good many flying fish. [p. 41]
17 Sunday. South, southeast very fine, hot.
18 Monday. Northeast, fine weather. There was a meeting in the evening. The Captain gave an address saying his pride prevented him from immediately becoming a Saint but he felt he soon should join us and come to Great Salt Lake City. Towards evening, a headwind.
19 Tuesday. Northeast wind, very light weather, very hot. In the evening a meeting was held on quarter deck, the carpenter and several sailors bore their testimony to the truth of this work - another sailor baptized.
20 Wednesday. East wind, very light early in the morning. The captain was baptized. A council meeting was held on quarter deck. Elder [John] Lyon read a letter to send to Elder Richards at Liverpool, proposed that the captain & carpenter be ordained to the office of an Elder. The 1 & 2 mate to the office of Priests and the cook to a Teacher. General rejoicing and full of gratitude to our Father in Heaven in his goodness to us. Baptized one Negro & a Dutch sailor and a Swedish sailor. Ordained Captain & Carpenter to the office of an Elder, 1 mate & 2 to office of Priest. Cook to a Teacher. Caught a dolphin which was cooked and eaten. Captain bore his testimony with the Carpenter [p. 42] and several others of the crew.
21 Thursday. Southeast, light breezes, getting cable ready. Stern studding sails spread bending cables and getting anchor ready about 30 miles from land. Brother Tucker's child fell down the mizzen hatchway about 16 feet. Not much hurt, most providential escape. Saw south west passed lighthouse in the evening.
22 Friday. Tugged by steamer in the Mississippi River. Saw a vessel laying on the sand bar; heard they had been detained there 2 months. Pilot came on board. Child died of Brother [-]. Got boxes out of ship's hold. Held meeting in a evening, Captain Brown spoke.
23 Saturday. Still being tugged by a steamer in the Mississippi River. Plantations of sugar and cotton in sight most delightful scenery, passengers cleaning and dressing. Arrived in Orleans Port about 5 p.m. many of the passengers went on shore. Doctor came on board. We placed [-]. There many of the Brethren were appointed as guards to protect our property a few strangers came on board we did not [- - - - - -]. [p. 43]
24 Sunday. A most beautiful day. James Preece died age 50. Had been very bad for years. A beautiful day - Captain ready come on board an attended our meeting. Still laying in [New] Orleans Port. Some of the sailors with their luggage went away, sacrament administered in the afternoon.
25 Monday. The Saints called "wagoners" left us and went on board a ferry boat to go to a steamer arrangement made. Elder [Christopher] Arthur left us to go into the other company. [-] had to [-]. 13 barrels of oatmeal, 11 barrel [-] [-], 11 of Rice 1 of flour 1 salt 1/4 of pork.
26 Tuesday. Left the International and came on board "Liah Tunah" moved our boxes and luggage, sold oatmeal to pay cost [- -]. Took ride on board [UNCLEAR, POSSIBLY, "Walcho"] all night to guard luggage. [-] posted letters to my father & Maria and 3/2 of Waddington. [UNCLEAR]
27 Wednesday. On the "Liah Tunah" started about 20 to 5 p.m. Lyon administered to my child when very bad. In the morning made various purchases. Weather very fine. Boatmen taking wood. [p. 44]
28 Thursday. Gave out 6 biscuits each & 7 of cheese, 3 barrel of biscuits, 4 cheese. This day was very fine. My baby eat about an egg and a pint of syrup water with a little wine for bowels. Indeed she was quite sensible. Men appointed to watch boxes.
29 Friday. Henrietta Esther Sims died 15 minutes to 11 a.m. Buried [at] Rodney Island 100 yards from left side of Mississippi River. 4 miles from the town. 54 [UNCLEAR, POSSIBLY, yards] from a decayed tree without a branch left on 50 yards from a cottage, grave 3 feet deep covered over. Vessel stopped and took wood. Father [George P.] Waugh appointed me to watch the boxes.
30 Saturday. Complaints about the cooking very hot. Proposed that a fire be lighted in the top cabin. The stove was lighted and cooking went on. The day was very fine. 1 barrel of flour was dealt out and 1 sack of rice. 1 [-] flour to each and 1 [-] of rice. A beautiful day. Vessel stopped and took wood. Father Waugh appointed me to watch boxes. [p. 45]
May 1 Sunday. Thermometer 99 nearly blood heat [UNCLEAR]. A beautiful day. Stove lighted for a few hours for breakfast. A few met together in the upper cabin to pray. As we did not hold a night meeting as on board the International.
2 Monday. A very fine morning. At Memphis, Brothers [John] Lyon and [Richard E.] Waddington counseled together about provision & proposed that at 1/4 pound of sugar & butter and [-] of biscuit be bought at the town. We were going to stop at this day and be given to the Saints. It was calculated that this provision would cost:
205 pounds of biscuit 1 14 2 Â£ 4.14.1
51 pounds of Butter 2 2 6
51 pounds of Sugar 17.5 Â£ 4.19.2
The biscuits, butter, sugar cost 24 1/4 dollars = to 20 cents less than Â£5.00.
3 Tuesday. Very hot summer heat, by thermometer. A few passengers went on shore while [-] was [- - - -]. No opportunity of holding meeting as we had on board the International. The health & spirit of the people increased.
4 Wednesday. Stopped at Big Muddy Creek to land some railway irons. Temperature about summer heat. A few complaints about a shortness of biscuits, meat &c. We remained at Big Muddy Creek until about 12 p.m. Much wood was burned to give a light for the iron to be carried out. Brothers [Robert W.] Reeve, [Gammond] Hayward, [Thomas] Ford, [John] Sayer short of provisions. Boiler cleaned out and paddles repaired. [p. 46]
Monday continued. 3 barrels dealt out of biscuit, 44 pounds of butter, 50 sugar. Monday morning a.m. about 2, Peter Laugh [Low] and Sister Haggie [Heggie] found together in bed covered over by Elder Chatfield. The girl's father, Brother [John M.] Wyatt and young Brother [John] Haggie [Heggie] witnessed no positive proof of immorality.
5 Thursday. 2 biscuits dealt out to most of the Saints and a little tea. Weather very fine. Arrived in St. Louis about 8 o'clock, many went on shore. Watch to guard boxes all night.
6 Friday. Busy packing boxes as to go on board vessel to Keokuk. Making purchase. Private (Kerrision) Brother Lyon saw Brother Gibson, left the "Liah Tunah" to go on board. Provisions purchased. "Jeanette Dean" passengers sleeping on luggage all night near the engines, (bound to Keokuk). Bacon, flour, sugar & biscuits bought.
7 No fire alight. Saints sleeping on their luggage, dealt out 2 biscuits each. A good quantity of cooked meat given to the Saints by the sailors & blacks, (sugar dealt out). Boat stopped at the city of Quincy, state of Illinois, (Adams County). The martyrdom of Joseph brought reflections to my mind. Took boxes from the boat into a store depot. Stopped all night, slept on boxes. Was assisted with my boxes [- -], felt poorly, (vessel "Lenny Bean"). [p. 47]
Said my prayers. Took my luggage to the wagons and started . . . [p. 48]
. . . Left Keokuk. [p. 57]
. . . 30 [September, 1853] Arrived in Salt Lake City. [p. 89]
BIB: Christopher Arthur Emigrating Company. Journal, (Ms 1429), pp. 26-48,57,59 (CHL)