May 4, 1862 Sunday. Walked round the docks [IN LIVERPOOL]. Nailing up our tins. Rolling on board, biscuits and stoves. Writing letters. Got in a little better order.
5. Writing. Fixing our things. Fetching water, &c., &c.
6. Woke up at 5 in the morning by the noise of the anchor being let down. We having been towed into the river. Some provisions were served out. One family was sent back by the doctor. The "United Kingdom" drove us a long way out. Raining hard but the water very smooth. Lashed our things tight. J. [John] D. McAllister, president of the ship's company while at sea. W. [William] Lee had a fit.
7. Becalmed. In sight of Wales. Ship rolling very much. I was sick. Susan well. I did not undress. [p. 20]
8. 382 passengers on board. Contrary wind. Rocking all day. I was still sick. Could eat nothing. Did not undress. The Saints were laying all around like so many cattle. Helpless and sick.
9. Slept good, a little better. Drank a little water and sat on deck.
15. Until the last 2 days have been very seasick. Did not eat anything for 2 days, and the rest of the time very little and then nearly always brought it up again. While sick, did not feel like doing anything. Had not washed for a week or undressed since we started. Laid on the deck all day and at night went to my berth. Susan not well but was not seasick. A few minutes ago was woke up by the [p. 21] water pouring down the forehatch. My berth was under it. A wave had broke over and washed the hatch off and for awhile we thought we were going to the bottom. While sitting on the trap door having tea one day I heard a knocking from below. When it was opened a man came up. (A stow away.) He had been below 9 day and had only eat a rat and 8 potatoes. He was very [-] & dirty. The sailors were very badly treated by the mates. We managed to get a little pea soup after waiting 6 hours to get it cooked.
16. Missed getting our water. Managed to get some coffee, pork, 6 potatoes cooked and rice. A rough night. Tins all loose & rolling about. [p. 22]
May 17. During ward prayers we had to hold fast on tin boxes. &c. Could not go from our berths. While having gruel for breakfast was thrown on my back by the rocking of the ship.
18 Sunday. A meeting in the afternoon. Weather stormy. On duty for the second time for 2 hours at the hatchway.
19. Provisions served out. Susan lost her hat while looking over the ship's side.
May 20th. All ordered on deck for our berths to be sprinkled with [-]of lime.
21. Got the steward to bake us a loaf of bread for sixpence. A dead whale floated by being eaten by sharks. Went into the women's ward to hear singing. [p. 23]
27. A very rough day. Water washing over the deck. Wind tore a sail. I fell on the deck, got a black eye.
28. After marching and singing the captain made the following remarks. "Soldiers of Zion, not soldiers yet, but soldiers in embryo who will someday be soldiers. Be firm and steadfast." (Cheer)
30. Arrived on Newfoundland Banks. Sea changed from blue to green. Rather calm.
31. Very cold. Sounding 65 fathoms deep. [p. 24]
June 1. A testimony meeting held in the evening. One spoke and one sang in tongues. Interpretation that we should be blessed on our journey. W. [William] Lee had a fit on deck.
2. Amongst icebergs. Too rough to serve out provisions.
3. Becalmed. Foggy and amongst icebergs. Fog horn blowing.
4. Fog worse! Horn blowing. Bells ringing. 2 men on the lookout and passengers ordered to keep silence that signals might be heard.
5. Off the Newfoundland Banks and becalmed. A vote of thanks given to the officers.
6. Still becalmed. Sun very hot.
10. Lime water & sugar served out while getting ready to land. [p. 25]
11. In sight of Long Island. Took a pilot on board. Got away again from land.
12. Very busy fixing things and preparing to land. 2nd mate ill-used a seaman for striking him. The seaman was tied up to the rigging by the thumbs. The passengers ordered him to be taken down. Still out of sight of land. Made land about 11 o'clock. We sailed right into the harbor. Had a fine view of New Jersey and the narrows and entering New York harbor at sunset on a calm evening. All things seemed combined to make it a most beautiful site. One not easily described. All passed the doctor. Anchored off Castle Garden. [p. 26]
13. Our things and us taken onto a lighter and landed in Castle Garden. Government Emigration Department on Old [-] or Circus. Tasted first bread on board. The lighter did not know when to stop in the depot. Had a good meal of bread, cheese and milk. Walked up Broadway with Susan and around New York.
14. Choir sang the officers a song before leaving the Garden for the railway which we did at 6 in the evening. Hudson River Railroad gave letters to the doctor of the Manchester for Mary, Susan's mother, &c.
15. Arrived in Albany early. Crossed the river on ferry boat. Went to depot. Stayed all day. [p. 27]
16. Got my watch mended, 1$. Left about 10 o'clock on the New York Central Railroad. Great deal of crowding to get seats.
17. Passed last night burning [-] and trees and in the morning small waterfalls near Rochester, Lake Michigan. Crossed the Suspension Bridge at Niagara Falls. Saw the Falls in the distance. On British ground again. Changed again on to the Great Western Line. Passed along the shore of Lake Ontario. Very hot and close in the carriages. A general taking off of all needless clothing and some that was needful.
18. Arrived early at Detroit. Crossed the river on ferry boat. Again in the United States. [p. 28]
18. Stayed on the landing pier. Some time bought some whiskey, 5 cents a pint. Took the cars again on the Michigan Central Railroad. Crowded railroad. Uncomfortable cars and closely packed. Ice water in each car. When close to Great Lake Station William Lee had a fit and fell down between the cars. One of his feet catching the coupling chains. He was dragged along on his back. The back of his head was cut badly and his shoulder almost in a jelly. He was left at the next station with L. Adams [Sam L. Adams] who took him to the hospital at Chicago. Passed Lake Huron.
19. Passed Lake Michigan arrived in Chicago. W. [William] Lee too bad to be moved. Now on the Illinois Central Railroad. [p. 29]
20. Stood still in the night on the line 4 hours. Reached Quincy. Got our baggage on board the "Black Hawk," a very large boat. Went down the Mississippi 20 miles to Hannibal, State Missouri. It well deserves to be called the "Father of Waters." Went from the "Black Hawk" onto the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad. J. Lloyd, the sailor, was baptized. Here nothing less than 5 cents would pass.
21. In the State of Missouri. Squads of soldiers at all the bridges to prevent the destruction by rebels. All dirty ragged looking men. Lots of 7 year locusts about. Arrived at St. Joseph. Went into the freight house to wait for the boat. The first death in our company, a child, died here. [p. 30]
22. Walked in St. Joseph's after waiting 9 hours at a bakery could only get one-half the bread I wanted. Hams 4 cents a pound, butter 10 cents a pound, bacon 2 and 3 cents a pound. The boat arrived in the night, the "Omaha."
23. Our luggage was got on board the boat. I began to have the prickly heat.
24. A body of New York Saints arrived and there were about 1000 on board. The boat is 3 stories high and the men have to stop outside on the top. Very crowded. When about to start, the crew struck for wages, but with pistols officers and soldiers, they were got on board.
25. Traveling up the River. Water thick not fit to drink. Very hot and could not get in shade. Stopped to take on wood. Lay to [p. 31] in the night it being too dark to travel. Would not allow us to all stay on one side of the boat because it [-] her over and endangered the boilers.
26. Passed Council Bluffs City. Arrived at Florence at night. Landed and went to stations. The Saints slept on the ground. . . . [p. 32]
31. Captain Miller [THE 1997-1998 CHURCH ALMANAC INDICATES THAT THIS WAS HENRY W. MILLER (SEE P. 174)] teams came and took us on board [-] and aboard "S. Miles."
August 5. Our company started. . . . [p. 34]
October 17 Arrived in Salt Lake City at 10 o'clock p.m. Camped in the [-] square, 8th ward. Pitched our tent. None left in the tent with us [-] Reyas and wife [-] the rest gone with friends. Got a letter from the post office from G. [-].
18. Went to see Brother Luff. George Reive ill there. They gave us some peaches. called on [-] and have been there. They gave us some bacon, potatoes, molasses, and we went back to our tent on the square. [p. 39]
BIB: Barker, John Henry Humphrey. Journal. pp. 20-32, 34, 39. (CHL)