"DEPARTURE. -- The ship John Bright, Captain Cutting, sailed for New York on the 22nd instant, having on board eighty souls of the Saints from the Scandinavian Mission; also nine from this misson; all under the presidency of Elder Iver N. Iverson. This company intend to proceed to Canada or Utah this season."
MS, 20:15 (April 10, 1858), p.233
"ONE HUNDRED AND THIRD COMPANY. -- John Bright, 90 Saints. About seventy-five emigrants assembled at Korsoer, on Sjoelland, Denmark, Feb. 20, 1858, with the expectation of commencing the journey to Utah, by way of Kiel and Hamburg, but the ice having interrupted all steamship transportation between Karsoer and Kiel, the emigrants were compelled to take passage across 'Store-belt' to the island of Fyen, thence across '
Lillebelt' and via Haderslev and Apenrade to Flensburg, where an unscrupulous hotel keeper charged the emigrants sixty-five Crigsdaler (about thirty-five dollars) for a cup of coffee, a few cakes and a little mild beer served to each of the company. From Flensburg the journey was continued by rail to Hamburg, where the emigrants arrived on the twenty-third of February to find the Elbe frozen over, making navigation impossible. The emigration agent who had met them in Flensburg, succeeded in making arrangements for their shipment from Bremerhafen; consequently they left Hamburg on the third of March, and traveled with three wagons to Bremerhafen, where they arrived the following day and at once boarded a steamship bound for England. The little company was in charge of Elder Iver N. Iversen, who returned home from a mission to Scandinavia. For four days and a half, after sailing from Bremerhafen, the emigrants were tossed about on the troubled waves of the German Ocean, and were at length compelled to return to Bremerhafen to obtain a fresh supply of coal. While waiting in port for an opportunity to make a fresh start, one of the emigrants, Sister Anna Louise Madsen, died on the tenth of March. On the eleventh an attempt was made to force the ship through the ice, but this did not prove successful until the following day, when the steamer at last reached the open sea, and once more steered for Hull, England, where she finally arrived on the fourteenth. The following day the journey was continued by rail to Liverpool, where the emigrants were gathered in an emigrant house, there they tarried until the eighteenth, when they went on board the ship John Bright, which sailed from Liverpool on the twenty-second. Besides the Scandinavian emigrants (who now numbered eighty souls) and nine English Saints there were also about six hundred Irish emigrants (non-Mormons) on board.
During the voyage which lasted thirty-two days, a young Danish woman and a little child died. The ship anchored at New York on the twenty-third of April, and the passengers landed on the twenty-fourth. (Millennial Star, Vol. XX, p.346.) From New York, the emigrants continued the journey on the twenty-sixth of April, and proceeded by rail via Dunkirk, Buffalo, Cleveland and Chicago, to Iowa City, where they arrived on the first of May. Here the little company was dissolved, and the young unmarried brethren, fourteen in number, commenced the journey towards the West on the ninth of May with four mule teams, in charge of Hector C. Haight. At Florence these brethren joined with returning missionaries, after which the whole company numbered forty souls, who traveled with thirteen wagons, and forty-seven mules and horses, in charge of Horace S. Eldredge. After thirty-nine days' journey, from Florence, the company arrived in Salt Lake City on the ninth of July.
The other emigrants remained a short time in Iowa City and vicinity; a portion of them started for the mountains about the middle of Jun, 1858, under the leadership of
Iver N. Iversen, and arrived in the Valley on the twentieth of September, while the remainder (except two families), in charge of Captain Homer and C. O. Folkman, left for the Valley soon afterwards, in company with several English Saints, and arrived in Salt Lake City on the sixth of October. (Millennial Star, Vol. XX, P.234.) (Morgenstjernen, Vol. III, p.66.)"
Cont., 14:8 (June 1893) p.380-81
"Mon. 22. [Mar. 1858] -- The ship John Bright sailed from Liverpool, England, with about ninety Saints, mostly Scandinavians, under the direction of Iver N. Iversen. The company arrived at New York April 23rd and at Iowa City May 1st."
". . .About 75 Saints, who had gathered in Korsor, Sjaelland, Denmark, left that place en route for Utah, Feb. 21, 1858. They had intended to take a steamer to Kiel, in Holstein, but when they found that navigation between Korsor and Kiel had ceased for the time being on account of ice, they crossed Storebelt to the island of Fyen, and thence traveled from Nyborg, via Odense, to Assens, whence they crossed Lillebelt to Haderslev in Schleswig. From Haderslev they went overland by way of Apenrade to Flensborg where they were robbed by an unscrupulous hotelkeeper who charged them 65 rigsdaler for serving each of the emigrants with a cup of coffee, a few "tvebakker" and a quart of family beer. From Flensborg they continued the journey by rail to Hamburg, where they found the river Elbe frozen over, with no prospect of opening up for some time to come. The emigration agent, who met them in Flensborg, succeeded, however, in making the necessary arrangements for their embarkation at Bremerhafen in Hanover. Consequently, they left Hamburg March 3, 1858, and traveled by wagons to Bremerhafen, arriving there the following day. Here they secured passage on a steamer and sailed for England. Elder Iver N. Iversen was made captain of the company. . . ."
Sister Anna Louisa Madsen, wife of Elder Christian A. Madsen, who had suffered on account of poor health for a long time, died March 10, 1858. The next day (March 11th
) an attempt was made to get the steamer through the ice out into the open sea, but it did not prove successful until the 12th. Having finally reached open water, the voyage to Hull in England was continued and the emigrants arrived in that city on the
14th. The following day (March 15th) they went by rail to Liverpool, where quarters were secured for them in an emigrant hotel, and here the company remained until the 18th, when they went on board the ship 'John Bright' and sailed from Liverpool on the 22nd. After a successful voyage, the ship reached New York harbor, April 23, 1858. Besides the Scandinavian emigrants, who now numbered eighty souls, and nine English Saints, about 600 Irish emigrants crossed the ocean in the same vessel. During the voyage a young girl from Jutland and a little child died. The emigrants landed in New York April 24th. . . ."
HSM, pp. 129-131