History, 1838–1856, volume B-1 [1 September 1834–2 November 1838]

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instances that I have suddenly been brought from a state of health, to the  <June.> borders of the grave, and as suddenly restored, for which my heart swells with  gratitude, to my heavenly Father, and I feel renewedly to dedicate myself and  all my powers to his service. While I was thus afflicted the enemy of all Righteousness  was suggesting, Apostates reporting and the doubtful believing that my afflictions  were sent upon me because I was in transgression, and had taught the church  things contrary to godliness; but of this the Lord judge betwixt me and them,  while I pray my Father to forgive them this wrong.

14 June–1 July 1837 • Wednesday–Saturday

The brethren engaged in the mission to England landed at , and  <English Mission.> went down the Canal, <near Lyonstown> while walking on its bank found  an iron ring about one and one fourth inch diameter which he presented to  , saying, I will make you a present of this, keep it in remembrance  of me, for our friendship shall be as endless as this ring. The brethren having  been disappointed in not receving funds from , while at ,—
, left the company at Albany, and in company with  visited his friends in Richmond, Mass, where they obtained means sufficient  <22  Arrival in .> to continue their journey, and arrived in on the eve of the 22d June  where they found , & , also three Brethren from  <23.> viz. John Goodson one of the seventies, and elders Isaac Russel[l], and , <a Priest> who had gone forward to join the Mission, and on the 23d. they en gaged passage to in the second Cabin of the Merchant Ship Garrick.  The brethren found but one member of the church in the ,  viz. Elder , who was very attentive and rendered them assistance  according to his means, but they being short of funds to pay their passage &c.  removed from their lodgings at Mrs. Fordham’s, (’s sister-in-law)  <24  Lodgings  on the floor.> on the 24th., and hiring a room in an unfinished store house, of ’s father, took lodgings on the floor and ate their bread and  <25> drank their water, until they went on ship board. Sunday 25th. the bre thren kept in fasting, prayer and council, for the success of the mission, and had  a joyful time. In the afternoon two sectarian priests came in to talk, & find  <28> fault,— but they were soon confounded. On the 28th the brethren deposited one of  ’s Timely Warnings, in the , Post Office, for each of the sectarian  <29.> priests in the city, amounting to some hundreds. Went on board the Garrick  <30> on the 29 and left the dock; on the 30th lay at anchor in the North <East> River,  <July 1  Mission Sailed> and at 7½ A.M. of the first of July were towed out of harbor by a steamer  Hoisted sail and were out of sight of land at 4½ P.M.—

7 July 1837 • Friday

<+  7   Letter> The following is an extract of a letter to the brethren in written  at
, Mo. July, 7th 1837. Monday the 3d. of July was a great and  glorious day in ; more than fifteen hundred saints assembled in  this place, and, at half past eight in the morning, after a prayer, singing,  and an address, proceeded to break the ground for the ; the  day was beautiful, the Spirit of the Lord was with us, a cellar for this  great edifice, 110 long by 80 feet broad, was nearly finished; On Tuesday  the fourth we had a large meeting and several of the Missourians were  baptized: our meetings, held in the open prairie, were larger than they  were in when I was there. We have more or less to bless,  confirm, and baptize every sabbath. This same day our school sec tion was Sold at Auction, and although entirely a prairie, it brought, [p. 763]
instances that I have suddenly been brought from a state of health, to the June. borders of the grave, and as suddenly restored, for which my heart swells with gratitude, to my heavenly Father, and I feel renewedly to dedicate myself and all my powers to his service. While I was thus afflicted the enemy of all Righteousness was suggesting, Apostates reporting and the doubtful believing that my afflictions were sent upon me because I was in transgression, and had taught the church things contrary to godliness; but of this the Lord judge betwixt me and them, while I pray my Father to forgive them this wrong.

14 June–1 July 1837 • Wednesday–Saturday

The brethren engaged in the mission to England landed at , and English Mission. went down the Canal, near Lyonstown while walking on its bank found an iron ring about one and one fourth inch diameter which he presented to , saying, I will make you a present of this, keep it in remembrance of me, for our friendship shall be as endless as this ring. The brethren having been disappointed in not receving funds from , while at ,—
, left the company at Albany, and in company with visited his friends in Richmond, Mass, where they obtained means sufficient 22 Arrival in . to continue their journey, and arrived in on the eve of the 22d June where they found , & , also three Brethren from 23. viz. John Goodson one of the seventies, and elder Isaac Russell, and , a Priest who had gone forward to join the Mission, and on the 23d. they engaged passage to in the second Cabin of the Merchant Ship Garrick. The brethren found but one member of the church in the , viz. Elder , who was very attentive and rendered them assistance according to his means, but they being short of funds to pay their passage &c. removed from their lodgings at Mrs. Fordham’s, (’s sister-in-law) 24 Lodgings on the floor. on the 24th., and hiring a room in an unfinished store house, of ’s father, took lodgings on the floor and ate their bread and 25 drank their water, until they went on ship board. Sunday 25th. the brethren kept in fasting, prayer and council, for the success of the mission, and had a joyful time. In the afternoon two sectarian priests came in to talk, & find 28 fault,— but they were soon confounded. On the 28th the brethren deposited one of ’s Timely Warnings, in the , Post Office, for each of the sectarian 29. priests in the city, amounting to some hundreds. Went on board the Garrick 30 on the 29 and left the dock; on the 30th lay at anchor in the North East River, July 1 Mission Sailed and at 7½ A.M. of the first of July were towed out of harbor by a steamer Hoisted sail and were out of sight of land at 4½ P.M.—

7 July 1837 • Friday

+ 7 Letter The following is an extract of a letter to the brethren in written at
, Mo. July, 7th 1837. Monday the 3d. of July was a great and glorious day in ; more than fifteen hundred saints assembled in this place, and, at half past eight in the morning, after a prayer, singing, and an address, proceeded to break the ground for the ; the day was beautiful, the Spirit of the Lord was with us, a cellar for this great edifice, 110 long by 80 feet broad, was nearly finished; On Tuesday the fourth we had a large meeting and several of the Missourians were baptized: our meetings, held in the open prairie, were larger than they were in when I was there. We have more or less to bless, confirm, and baptize every sabbath. This same day our school section was Sold at Auction, and although entirely a prairie, it brought, [p. 763]
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