. . . I went to Liverpool and embarked on the ship James Pennell for New Orleans Sep 1st 1849, and left the docks the next morning. There were on the ship 236 passengers and after a fine passage we arrived in New Orleans 21 Oct, 1849. There were 3 deaths on the sea.
On the 25th I went on board the "Uncle Tom" for St. Louis, Missouri.
I arrived in St. Louis Nov. 2. I lived in St. Louis about 5 months. I worked in a pork house about 4 weeks and was barkeeper at the Broadway Hotel the rest of the time.
On the 5th of April 1850 I left St. Louis on the "Tuscumbia" for St. Joseph. [p. 5] At Oregon, Missouri I met with Brother Lorenzo D. Young and made arrangements to cross the plains with him. I herded sheep on the Little Tarkio for him until about the middle of May, when we started for the Salt Lake Valley. On the first of June we crossed the Missouri River at old Fort Kearney.
I drove a herd of about 400 sheep across the plains on foot and arrived in Salt Lake City 2nd September 1850. . . . [p. 6]
BIB: Knell, Robert. Reminiscences and diary (Ms 1678). pp. 5-6. (CHL)