Arrived in Chattanooga at 8:20 a.m. Had breakfast at the Florentine House. Went up to the room and met brother and sister Haws. Afterwards brother [probably B. H.] Roberts returned and brought my wife and child up. Busy during the day, arranging for the emigrants and talking over matters with the brethren pertaining to the mission. In the p.m. drove up on Cameron Hill over to the cemetery and about town considerable. A number o Elders arrived, also a few emigrants.
Busy during the day telegraphing and getting ready for the company. At 2 p.m. Mr. and Mrs. Sessions called to see us. Met quite a number of acquaintances who treated me kindly. Took the 7:20 train for Louisville alone.
Arrived in Louisville at 7 a.m. and had breakfast at the 5th Avenue Hotel. Went from there to A. and M. Depot where I met Elder Hampton Beatie and a number of emigrants from Grayson Co., Ky. Attended to obtaining their tickets and at 2 p.m. started for Cincinnati where I arrived at 7 p.m. and met my wife and baby, also Elder Roberts with a small company of saints and Elders.
Arrived in St. Louis at 7:20 and met the party from Louisville, and found that they had lost one of brother Millers boys during the night and that the saints from west Tenn. were 12 hours late. We concluded to wait their arrival, which we did spending the day in the city. Brother Miller’s boy came up early in the evening and the Shawneetern (?) party at 7 p.m. At 8:45 p.m. we all took train for Kansas City.
Arrived in K. C. [Kansas City] at 8 a.m. and obtained two cars for Pueblo. Bought tickets and re-checked baggage. Met Jerry Toles just as the train was pulling out. During the day we passed over considerable of the state of Kansas.
Had breakfast at Coolidge [Kansas] and arrived at Pueblo [Colorado] at 3 p.m. Obtained cars for our people going to Colo. And in company with my wife and brother Roberts went up into town and had dinner. After dark a party of us visited the street works and had quite an enjoyable time. Remained up during the night and at 12:40 took train for Salt Lake City. The Colo. Party started south soon after.
Woke up early. Met N. H. [Nicholas Harmon] Groesbeck at Springville who informed me that Eliza [daughter, born 8 Feb 1875] could not join us on our way home Arrived at Salt Lake at 6 a.m. and drove to brother G’s [Nicholas Groesbeck] for breakfast. Had dinner there and in the p.m. brought wife and children down home. Quite cool. Arranged for the emigrants to continue their journey to Franklin, Idaho.
John Morgan Journal, University of Utah, Special Collections, Salt Lake City, Utah.