New York, July 29, 1870.
President Horace S. Eldredge.
Dear Brother--The steamship Manhattan, with a company of Saints, arrived on Tuesday, 26th. The company were all well and felt first-rate. I saw them leave the railroad station on Wednesday, 27th, at 3:30 p.m., in a special train. All had plenty of car room, and all left apparently well pleased.
The president and brethren who had charge of the company, wished me to say to you that the captain and all the officers, doctor, and stewards did all they could to make the Saints comfortable.
The passengers coming only to New York gave us a great deal of trouble with their luggage, as is always the case. No one has any idea of the trouble the brethren have. In the first place the party owning the box or bag cannot be found, hoping to have it sent on, so that he can go too.
I found several who were expecting money here from Utah (but none had come), and who had nearly enough to pay their passage through.
The weather has been terribly hot here. All say they never knew it so hot before. A great many people are sick, and many are dying in consequence.
With kind regards to yourself and Sister Eldredge and all at 42 Islington, I remain yours faithfully,
W. [William] C. Staines. [p.525]
BIB: Staines, W. C., [Letter], Latter-day Saints' Millennial
Star 32:33 (August 16, 1870) p. 525. (CHL)