"DEPARTURES -- A company of 59 souls of the Saints, including Elders Ralph Thompson, G. G. Bywater, and D. McAllister, returning missionaries, left the Mersey for Utah, Nov. 16, on board the steamship Manhattan, Captain Forsyth, for New York. Elder Thompson was in charge of the company, who were favored with a beautiful day for the beginning of their voyage. We wish them a pleasant and prosperous journey to the vales of the Rocky Mountains. Elder David Brinton and Alma Elderedge accompanied the Saints from their respective conferences to Liverpool and on board."
MS, 32:47 (Nov. 22, 1870), p.747
"Wed. 16. [Nov. 1870] -- A company of 59 Saints, in charge of Ralph Thompson, sailed from Liverpool, England, on the steamship Manhattan, which arrived at New York Dec. 2nd. The company reached Salt Lake City, Dec 11th."