"DEPARTURE. -- The packet ship Manchester cleared on the 15th instant, and sailed on the morning of the 16th from this port for New York, having on board 379 souls of the Saints, under the presidency of Elder Claudius V. Spencer. The company, when organized, presented a very interesting appearance, and seemed to enjoy themselves admirably. Much good feeling and kindly intercourse was manifested, and a spirit of joy and thankfulness at their long desired emancipation having arrived appeared to pervade the whole.
Elders Edward Hanham, William Jefferies, James Mc. Ghie, William Bayliss, George P. Ward, Benjamin P. Evans, David John, Barry Wride, B. F. Cook, John Davies, David Mustard, and Job Pingree, who have labored in the ministry in these lands -- some of them for a number of years -- with grateful hearts availed themselves of the privilege of going to Zion, and have sailed on the Manchester with the blessing of the presidency here.
President Spencer has labored for a short period in the Southampton District with energy and zeal; but his rapidly failing health has compelled him to return to Zion, though his desires were strong to continue his labors in these lands. He is assisted by Elders Hanham and Jefferies as counselors.
On Sunday, the 14th, Presidents Lyman, Rich, and Cannon visited the ship as she lay in the river, and held meeting, giving the Saints many good instructions relative to their journey, and their parting blessing.
May the blessing of the Lord attend them in their journeyings to the mountain home of the Saints!"
MS, 23:17 (April 27, 1861), pp.267-68
"Tues. 16 [Apr. 1861] -- The packet ship Manchester sailed from Liverpool, England, with 380 Saints, under the direction of Claudius V. Spencer. They arrived at New York May 18th."