Mormon Diaries, Journals, and Life Sketches (Transcriptions) [Microfilm]
Library of Congress
Reel 12, Items 5 and 5a
June 19, 1849 to February 12, 1856. Knox writes of his ward duties near Southwick, England. He often mentions the poverty of his fellow saints, and criticizes his fellow missionaries for not seeing others' needs. Knox longs to immigrate to Utah and no longer be a servant. His master is merciful and loans him the final amount needed to go. Knox travels to Liverpool, noting his impressions of the ship Hartley and immigrants. He writes very little about the trip, other than his daughter's death. He arrives in St. Louis, Missouri where he works on a steamboat and loses another child. The family decides to move to Council Bluffs after cholera breaks out. His fellow saints constantly cheat Knox, and the winter of 1850-1851 is extremely difficult. With starvation nearing, the family returns to St. Louis. Knox immigrates to the Salt Lake Valley in 1855 with the John Hindley Company. He works for Heber C. Kimball, who seals Knox and his wife after they receive their endowments. Knox continues his social integration by joining a prayer circle and the militia. The diary ends discussing the 1855-1856 famine.