Steamship Manhattan, July 13, 1870.President Horace S. Eldredge.
Dear Brother,--In taking my departure from the British Isles for my mountain home, I feel that a line is due from me through the pages of the [Millennial] STAR, to acknowledge the many kindnesses I have received from the Saints while on my mission to this land, for truly can I say that I have traveled among a good, generous, and warmhearted people ever since my arrival here, and time I hope will not efface the very many pleasant associations I have formed while traveling among the good Saints of England.
On my arrival, in June 1869, I was appointed to travel in the London Conference, under the direction of Elder Platte L. Lyman, with whom I labored with much pleasure till his departure for the Valley in September last, and afterward under the watch care of Elder L. W. Shurtliff I labored with increased joy till my appointment to the Presidency of the Southampton Conference in October last. Since then I have endeavored, in my humble way, to spread the principles of truth among the people to the best of my ability, and have had much joy in my labor and although traveling a good deal and among poor people, so far as this world's goods are concerned, I have never regretted leaving all that was near and dear on earth to be a minister of life to the people who are in darkness regarding the great truths which have been revealed in these last days for the salvation of the human family. To the wise and fatherly counsels of President Carrington I am much indebted, and for which I feel truly thankful, also to all Saints that have kindly administered to my wants. May the blessings of God rest upon them, and may they have all the happiness and joy their hearts can desire in righteousness.
Thanking you for the courtesies shown me since your arrival, and the brethren in the office, and with kind regards to all Saints of my acquaintance and all who love the truth, I will say good-bye for the present and remain your brother in the gospel.
Queenstown, 14th, 10 a.m.
We have but little seasickness on board. The weather is colder, the Saints are singing and rejoicing all the time, and merrily on the way we go.
BIB: Knowlden G. H. [Letter] Latter Day Saints Millennial Star 32:29 (July 19, 1870) p.460. (CHL)