New York, June 16, 1873.President A. [Albert] Carrington.
Dear Brother--We arrived here today, and are thankful to the Giver of All Good that we have been blessed with a prosperous journey across the Atlantic. Excepting the usual amount of sea-sickness, we have, as a company, enjoyed good health. No accident or death has occurred among our people.
On the night of Friday, the 6th instant, Sister Sarah S. Webster, wife of brother Richard Webster, late of the Upholland Branch of the Liverpool Conference, was safely delivered of a fine son. Mother and child have done exceedingly well. The little fellow was blessed in public meeting yesterday, and received from his parents the name of William Nevada Webster.
The Saints have had their times of enjoyment with vocal and instrumental music, and dancing, but have been also prompt and regular in attending their prayer meetings, morning and evening, and in attending their occasional preaching meetings.
Captain William Forsyth and Dr. M.. J. Callan, and the other officers of the Nevada, have manifested the utmost courtesy to us, and attention to the wants of our people.
We are happy in stating that Brother John A. Lewis is decidedly improved in health. He, with brother William C. Staines, who is also well, joins us in brotherly love to you and to all your co-laborers in Europe.
We leave here for the West at noon tomorrow.
Praying that the good spirit of the highest may continue to guide you in all you labors, we remain your brethren in the covenant of peace,
Charles H. WilckenJames G. Bleak [p.426]
BIB: Bleak, James G. and Wilcken, Charles H. The Latter-day Saints' Millennial Star 35:27, (July 8, 1873), p. 426. (CHL)