Turner, Charles, to J[ames] Cowper Wife & Family, 1 July 1861, in Rondo N. Jeffery, Janet F. Jeffery, and Pearl Jeffery, eds., Thomas Alfred and Elizabeth Cowper Jeffery Family History, , 874.
July 1st 1861
Elder J. Cowper Wife & Family
Dear Bro[the]rs. & Sister
I again take my pen to write you a few lines & tell you a few things that have transpired since I [w]rote last. we landed as I befor told you on the 2 June at Florance wear we staid till Saturday the 29[.] I belive we told you that we was liveing in a house altogether[.] their was Myself[,] Elizabeth[,] Anne[,] Mozey[,] the three Sisters[,] & a young Bro. that as Married the young one[,] also A young Man & his Wife from the same place[.] this made ten of us. the young Man and his Wife boarded together. we other 8 all have lived together & got along well[.] you may wish to know how we have got a long for means to live[.] well we made good use of all the Money we had which lasted till Bror. Joseph W. Young arrived here[,] or I might say at Florance[.] when he arived[,] which was two weeks last night & two weeks to Day he called the Saints together & Bror. Gates
gave up the care & charge of the Church Emigration[,] that is those going through with the Church Train[,] to the Charge of Bror. Young who as charge of the hole Train[.] he their had the Names of those taken who was going through by the Church also their Money[-] that is all they had[.] I had 40 cents left & when I gave in our Names I also gave up the Cents[.] from this time we received our rashons from the church stoar which are very good[,] Namely as follows[:] 9 lbs of Flower[,] 2 lbs Bacon[,] 1 [Cp?] sugar[,] 3 oz Tea[,] ¼ lb coffee[,] ½ lb Dried Aples[,] a little Salt[,] Soap[,] &c[.] this is for each Adualt wely [weekly.] so you see we are not to Starve on our Trip[.] in fact[,] I belive we shall be taken good care off if we do right[.] in fact when I come to look at God's dealings with his people it makes me feel well & causes my heart to rejoice[.] he as called upon the Saints to do a good deal in the old Country the past few years & I find a good part of this people who are going through by this Train are those who have been faithfull & helped to build up the work in the Old Country[.] I can see that those who are faithfull come out right all the time
so be faithful & help to role on the work for the kingdom must be built up & the work Acomplished[.] my feelings are to do all I can for I know we shall have our reward for all we do so all be faithfull and hold fast to the princibles of the Gospel. Bror. John[,] as I told you befor[,] stick true to the work of God and do your duty like a Man of God[.] Ann[,] be wise & do not trifle Away your time[,] but prepair & follow us[.] there is nothing about the trip but what you can all make out very well if you make up you[r] minds to live your religion & put up with all the troubles & trials as they come along. as regards this little Company that [are] with me[,] we have got along fine & done well[.] our health as been good[,] the spirit of God as been with us[,] which as inable us to rejoice all the time & I may say under all sircamstances I have keept myself about right side up & helped the rest all in my power[.] they have looked to me as their head or Bror. for Advice & when given have been faithfull to the same thus far. we have now a New seen [scene] befor us but my intentions are still to be a true bror. & friend to my little flock if they will alow me to do so[,] which I belive
they will[,] so do not fret about us for we are alright & shall be so long as we do right[.] I have charge of the 8 who are with me & are