. . . I was very glad when my parents sold out and started for Zion. We sailed from Liverpool in the good ship Minnesota, the first steamship that brought a load of Saints across. [THE FIRST STEAMSHIP WHICH TOOK A COMPANY OF SAINTS ACROSS THE ATLANTIC WAS NOT THE MINNESOTA (1868) BUT RATHER THE "MANHATTAN" (1867).] We set sail the latter part of June 1868, and got to New York the early part of July, being 11 days and 1/4 on the way. I remember we celebrated the 4th of July on the Sea. After landing, it was very hot and a number of our company died with sun stroke. The Saints were much disliked in those days, but we were willing to put up with their dislikes in coming through the States. They put some of us [p. 9] in box cars, and some in cattle cars. At the time we felt quite indignant, but those in the cattle cars were much blessed for what breeze there was that got in, which was very desirable. I remember at one place in the States that the people tried to influence my father to not go to Utah. They told him that if he did that Brigham Young would take mother away from him. And if he did not want to stay in Utah, he could not get away. For if he did attempt to the Danities would kill him. How much different we found it, everybody had the privilege of to go and come with as much freedom as any other place on earth.
Brigham Young instead of being a bad man, was a good man. Never did he teach anything but good. He taught good men and women to be better men and women. . . . [p. 10]
. . . My journey to Utah was one that I look back on and thank God. . . . [p. 20]
BIB: Street, Alexander. Journals and reminiscences (Ms 2008), fd. 2, vol. 2, pp. 9-10, 20. (CHL)