America.--Since the letter from Elder Staines, of May 28, was in type, we have been favored by the receipt of another, dated the 4th instant, from which we make the following interesting extract:--
"The John J. Boyd arrived on Saturday, 30 ultimate, having had a prosperous voyage. The Saints were well and in good spirits; had four deaths on board--two old persons and two small children. One sister died on Saturday, after they arrived; she had recently been confined with a stillborn child. They all speak well of the brethren who had charge of them. They left for Florence at twelve midnight; I accompanied them as far as Albany, and returned yesterday. They left Albany on Tuesday, at seven p.m., all in good spirits. The two ships have arrived with the African Saints, all well. They went on with the companies. I was sorry to see so much luggage; 597 adult passengers in all, had 90,330 pounds of baggage! This was not weighed until we arrived at Albany. They did not land at the Garden [CASTLE GARDEN] until twelve a.m. on Monday and they were all at the depot at seven p.m., and had it not been for two luggage cars getting off the track we should have started at half-past seven.
The vessels came three days sooner than we expected, but all went off very satisfactory to all parties. . . . [p.411]
BIB: "America [Letter Extract]," Latter-day Saints' Millennial Star 25:26 (June 27, 1863) p. 411. (CHL)