Brief mention of the William Stetson's arrival is found in the New York (Watertown) Reformer, Thursday, May 31, 1855, p. 3, c. 1; digital image, GenealogyBank. "More Mormons--The ship Willilam Stetson arrived at New York on Sunday, bringing three hundred and fifty Mormons among her passengers. They are all bound for the Mormon settlement in Utah." (If I locate other mention, will post here.)
More directly to the point of your question ... I would e-mail the New York Public Library (NYPL) to learn if they hold a version of the New York Herald for date cited.
While browsing for information about the NYPL holdings, I found two references:
- New York Public Library's "New York Herald Index, 1835-1918." These are apparently indexes to the newspapers available in the library's "Microforms Room." [See "Newspapers"; subsection "Indexes and Additional Resources"* There is a notation in that section (emphasis added), "If you are not in the library, you may also e-mail us for assistance at email@example.com.")
- Library makes reference to Pro-quest's searchable index, "New York Herald (1840-1865)." Both Duncan and I searched GenealogyBank using different approaches, and neither of us could retrieve the edition. I searched May 1855 and keyword "New York." Oddly, GenealogyBank's "New-York Herald information page has description, "New-York Herald (New York, New York) Newspaper Archives (1802–1817)" (Home > Newspaper Archives > New York > New-York Herald.)
Separately, I did try
- GenealogyBank, as above. As a side note, did find just later interesting article concerning the Wm Stetson, "Bloody Assault in the Harbors: Brutality on board the Ship Wm. Stetson," Evening (New York, New York) Post, Friday June 22, 1855, p. 3, c. 7.
- Ancestry.com's "New York Herald..." collection description; seems to not have the date range you need ("fully searchable text version of the newspaper for the following years: 1869-72, 1969, and 1971-72.")
- 19th Century Newspapers (via AmericanAncestors) provides great digital collection details, but it was just a little confusing. First, there are two catalog entries for the New York Herald [Browse Newspaper (titles)], described as (a) "New York Herald (1840-1863) NY" [supposedly 3954 issues], and (b) New York Herald (1844-1863) NY" [supposedly 206 issues]. But then if I search for newspaper titles, I find three entries (below). This content provider lets you discover which specific issues are held for the titles. I checked each of these three and found no 1855 issues in any of these digitized holdings.
P.S. Another way to try to solve this is to locate the passenger lists at both the point of departure and the point of arrival. Then bribe small children into a game of finding entries for which there is no match.
*I don't know why so many images seemed broken links when I viewed that page; wondered if the page was out of date. I accessed same from browser search.
Update 1: I'll scan all the pages again, but according to the William Stetson's manifest at New York, the list is supposed to include those who died. There is even a column "died on voyage." (Pull out the magnifying glass, it is toward the right.)
Neither JustinY nor I can find a reference in the manifest to those who died. There is an odd clump of entries at the end (image below), but this does not seem to be making reference to the names of those who died.
Here is an oversized image of the information written below the last set of names on the last page. I would have little confidence in my own interpretation of this information, but I wonder if what might have been written "Dk" might stand for "deck" (as in where on the ship the passengers were housed during the trip.
Here's an enlarged image of that last clump of names. Of note, an entry indexed as "Wm Stetson" (though I think there is more to the name) reports an age of 3 weeks male." Another indexed as "Mary Shields" reads 5 days female."