then eighteen years old and I felt that anything that I could do to promote the cause of this great and latter-day work would be the height of my ambition while I should be upon the earth. That was my feeling then.
We spent a very lonesome time, having been bereaved of our beloved parents, and I will say to the credit of Hezekiah Hatch, my father, that he never slacked his endeavors after the death of my mother, who died in the town of Lincoln (Vermont) when we were children. He did the best that he could when we were preparing to come to Nauvoo, and in company with others gathered to Nauvoo with horse teams. I think there were one hundred and twenty persons that came through at that time to Nauvoo. He helped in building the Temple up to the time of his death. He bought a farm of the Prophet Joseph, and he got it fenced. He bought a city lot close to the Temple. He expected to live a long time in that vicinity, thinking that the Church would remain in that locality, but his life was cut short. And I would say to the credit of the children that every one of them forsook all that they had in Nauvoo, some of them being driven out with the Saints, and came to these mountains and valleys. It is remarkable that there are five of us after we had left our native state. Our Elder brother, John Hatch, we left sick in Vermont when we left. He died about the time we arrived in Nauvoo. I thought a great deal of this brother. I did all that I could for his comfort until we moved away. These were sorrowful times to bid him good-bye. He was the older brother of the family. Brother Jeremiah Hatch, that everybody in this country knows, myself, Abram and my sisters Adeline Barber and Elizabeth Winn survived. We are living at this time excepting my brother Jeremiah. It is a very remarkable thing that we are all old people. I am eighty-four years old. I am here upon my death bed, I suppose.
I do not know of anything that I could say that would be of so much worth to you than to ask you to walk in humility before the Lord and pay no attention to them that find fault and seek to tear down this great and glorious work. I would like to have health and strength to have done a great deal more than I have done, but my record is before you all. It is before the people where I have lived, and my labors that I have performed in my missionary work, I am not ashamed of. I thank the Lord for his mercy and goodness to us.
I have been called to lay aside four as faithful women as I ever knew, and I bear record of their goodness and integrity for the truth. I have filled a number of missions, first to the people of New Mexico, with sisters Alice and Catherine, leaving the others in Franklin, excepting the one that I buried when we were coming out from Nauvoo, the record of which you have.
I will say that I was one of the company that went to Arizona and Apostle Erastus Snow with others to visit the camps of Colorado. When our boat was crossing the Big Colorado it was sunk. Brother Lorenzo Roundy was drowned, and I was taken off the top of the carriage that
was going down the rapids of that terrible stream. The little boat was always called the Rescuerer, the history of which can be obtained. Brother Brigham Young, Jr. was along in that company. Brother Wells was also along in that company. A great many had to return on account of the loss of our supplies. I was along with those who visited the camps. I do not think it is wisdom to say a great deal more. On our way home we met President Brigham Young, and he was pleased to see the company that had returned having visited these camps. He wanted me to go right back and take my family and take charge of some Indians who had been baptized in Mexico. I took Sister Catherine Hatch, who was in St. George, and her children. With a great deal of effort and labor, we went back again over the terrible river into the villages in New Mexico; and if the records were had concerning her labors in connection with mine and her children, it would be one of the most remarkable records of any of this Church. Now that I have said so much, I did not think I could say what I have said, and what I have said is true, not one word of it is false, it is all true. I hope and trust you will be true and faithful to all the covenants that you have made in the gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. If you could ask any questions concerning any matters pertaining to our kindred and people I would be pleased to answer it if my strength of body will permit.
I have traveled thousands of miles. In 1856 I left four little children and their mothers in Lehi. It was a very difficult time. The breadstuff was very scarce and the grasshoppers had destroyed the crops of the people on the right hand and on the left. I left them. Lafayette, Clarissa, Celia Ann, and Hezekiah are here. They were very dear to me. The details of that mission I tried to write in some little journals that I had, and I will say there was not a man in the mission of the ordinary elders who was more respected or more honored, or had greater success than I had in that missionary work. If anyone traveled nearer without purse or script I do not know who he was. I was gone a little over two years on that mission, and I would say that I had charge of four conferences in my labors. I never had any trouble with my brethren. I had charge of them and presided over them through appointment of the Holy Priesthood. Brother Seymour B. Young came to me there and he could tell much concerning the labors of that mission. I returned from this mission and found my wives and children all well and rejoicing in the truth. If there were ever a man that ought to be happy, it was Lorenzo Hill Hatch. We were not rich but we worked our way along and did the best that we could for the welfare of all the members. You have a history of Alice and her toils and her labors. I would say that she joined the family and we all lived together for quite a number of years, and I never heard any of these three women say one word against one another. We lived at one table and the children were small and did the best we could. I never heard them complain of what they had to eat. If there