George Cannon, The Immigrant . . . His Ancestry, His Life, His Native Land, His Posterity
Salt Lake City, UT
Diary portion: September 3 to December 2, 1842. In this brief account, Cannon describes a segment of his voyage to America. His wife being pregnant, he mentions a dream he had before they were married wherein his wife died during pregnancy, a dream that would be fulfilled on the trip. Cannon mentions some medical remedies he attempted, such as castor oil, salt water, consecrated oil, and the laying on of hands. He describes his wifes final moments, lamenting that were it not for the children, he too would wish to die. Cannon also comments on a doctrinal controversy over the gift of tongues that arose during the voyage. Challenging the doctrine, a man Cannon calls Bro. W, arose to declare that the Church only pretended to the gift of tongues. Bro. W. challenges any member present to raise the dead, walk on water, or speak in tongues. Cannon records the confusion this caused many members. Cannon also mentions that some Mormons had broken the Word of Wisdom while on the ship. He notes that some females escaped reproach for their breach of the Word of Wisdom, as those who had the least sin should cast the first stone. Cannon closes by describing a welfare crisis in which a passenger had written a letter claiming the ships occupants to be in a state of destitution. When the captain called upon the passengers to contradict the statement, they ultimately confirmed it. The journal ends before arrival to New Orleans.