March 28th We went on board of the George Washington to sail for Boston. I was appointed president. Elders Benson and others came on board to give instructions and gave the Saints good counsel, and after I got through in the office, Elder Pratt came on board with me and others and blessed me with all power to preside over all on board. Jesse Martin and C. [Charles] R. Dana, my counselors. Brothers Israel Evans, J. [James] Carrigan, D. [David] B. Dille [Dillie], John C. [Hall], and Benjamin Ashby were appointed bishops and teachers were called, and all the organization was made complete.
(29th.) - 11:30 we called the Saints together and had a meeting. We had a very good time. The winds ahead are very rough and stormy. A great many seasick.
(30th.) - The winds rather better and not so stormy. Had prayers and then cooking, sweeping, and cleaning and all that we could think for the good of the Saints. The winds blow hard and the sea rolls high and the great motion of the ship keeps many of the passengers sick. Mary Ann Jenkins was confined. Had a girl and it was named Mary Washington.
(31st.) - We got many that were sick on deck.
(1st.) April - Very wet and windy but the wind more favorable and the sick getting better.
(2nd.) - The boxes, water bottles, and mugs had a dance between decks by the sea and the rolling of the ship. Orders given that all is made fast below.
(3rd.) - The sea is very calm and the Saints are getting over their sickness and more free to do their duties.
(4th.) - We had a very heavy shower. Wind southwest. Sea smooth. Making very little headway.
(5th.) - A very fine morning. Wind right aft, etc. Full sails northwest 8 or 9 knots an hour. Had a good meeting on the top deck and many of the brethren spoke and all spoke by the good spirits. Closed the meeting by singing, "The Spirit of God Like a Fire is Burning." Evening [p .46] and morning prayers meetings are held in each ward and preaching also.
(6th.) - A very fine morning. Wind favorable. All sails full and being good. I called a meeting on deck, being the 6th of April, to hold conference, and all the authorities were sustained on the George Washington, in Zion, and all the church of God in all lands and climes.
(7th.) - Very wet and the vessel rolling very bad.
(8th.) - A good wind going, 10 or 11 knots. Peace and good spirits and all good blessings are with us.
(9th.) - Two weeks today since we started from Liverpool. A good wind and a fair day in good health. Only two or three sick. At 12 o'clock or near an old man died, - John Suttleworth [Shuttleworth], age 62. He was sick when he came on board.
(10th.) - Good Friday. A very fine morning. Good winds and fair weather. Brother Suttleworth [Shuttleworth] was buried in the sea. Eight thirty a.m. all are very well. Fair winds and all getting better and feel very well.
(11th.) - A glorious wind and good feelings and all going on well.
(12th.) - A child in the care of Elder Hall was buried, making two deaths in all. We had good meetings. Bad winds in the evening. I gave some good instructions in relation to government, priesthood, and making Mormons in the right way.
(13th.) - A good wind and fair.
(15th.) - Good also. Nothing very strange. The things are as well as can be expected. Buried another, - Mrs. Jenkens, not in the church. She was confined on board.
(16th.) - Fair wind a.m., p.m. rough and head wind. Ship heaving and rolling. Quite a number sick on account of the motion. [p. 47] [NO ACCOUNT OF REMAINDER OF JOURNEY TO THE SALT LAKE VALLEY]
BIB: Park, James Pollock. Journal (Ms 12680), pp. [46-47]. (CHL)