hold another meeting; but I felt anxious to continue my
journey, and on the 20th of July I parted with my father, step-mother and sister, and took stage for Hartford with my
On my arrival at Hartford, not having money to pay the
fare of both of us, I paid my wife's fare to Rowley, Mass.,
where there was a branch of the Church, presided over by
Brother Nathaniel Holmes, father of Jonathan and Milton Holmes, and I journeyed on foot.
The first day I walked fifty-two miles, the second day forty-
eight, and the third day thirty-six miles, and arrived at
Rowley at two o'clock, making 136 miles in a little over two-
I spent eight days at New Rowley, holding meetings and
visiting the Saints, including the Holmes family, and left
there on the 1st of August.
On the 8th of August, in company with my wife and Elder Hale, I visited my wife's father, Ezra Carter, and his family
in Scarboro, Maine, it being the first time I had ever seen any
of her relatives. We were very kindly received. My wife
had been absent from her father's home about one year.
I spent eight days with Father Carter and household, and
one day I went out to sea with Fabian and Ezra Carter, my
brothers-in-law, in a boat, to fish with hooks. We caught
250 cod, haddock and hake, and we saw four whales, two at a
time, it being the first time in my life I had ever seen the
kind of a fish which is said to have swallowed Jonah.
On the 18th of August, 1837, I parted with my wife and her
father's household, leaving her with them, and, in company
with Jonathan H. Hale, started upon the mission that I had
in view when I left Kirtland.
We walked ten miles to Portland, and took passage on the
steamboat Bangor, which carried us to Owl's Head, where we
went on board of a sloop which landed us on North Fox Island
at 2 o'clock, a. m., on the 20th.