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

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arose and laid hands on him, and prayed that he Lord would have mercy  <July 30> on his servant and rebuke the devil; while thus engaged  was struck with great force by some invisible power and fell senseless  < knocked  down> on the floor; and the first thing recollected was, being sup ported by Elders and Russell beseeching a throne of grace in his  behalf; they then laid him on the bed, but his agony was so great he could  not endure, and arose, fell on his knees, and prayed; then he arose and  sat upon the bed, while the brethren distinctly saw the evil spirits. who  foamed and gnashed upon them with their teeth, by legions, for the space  <First Baptism  in England.> of about an hour and a half,<some minutes— was present the latter part of the time.> About 10 o’clock A.M. the brethren repair ed to the River Ribble according to previous appointment, and in the midst  of a large collection of people baptized Nine individuals, one of which  was , the first man baptized in England, in this dispensation
31 July–1 August 1837 • Monday–Tuesday
<Monday 31> On Monday the 31st July, the Elders held a council, and appointed [John] Goodson  and a mission to Bedford; and Russel and to Alton  <Mission to Bedford &c.> cumberland county: continueing in prayer until morning, August 1st  <Tuesday Aug 1.> when they took their departure for their several stations.
1 August 1837 • Tuesday
The same  <x> day a general meeting, of the presidency, High Council, and council,  <General Council  at > and the saints assembled at . The High Council elected  high counsellor in place of : and in place of   deceased: and was elected Bishops counsellor  in place of . Voted unanimously by the whole assembly, that  in the absence of the presidency, counsellors, and council, at ,  the elders had no authority, consequently their votes, during that space  of time, were are considered null and void: and that every president  of High priests and elders be ordained by some higher authority; and  the president of any quorum having counsellors, may ordain them himself.
2 August 1837 • Wednesday
<Wednesday 2> Elders [John] Goodson and arrived in Bedford on the 2d and were  joyfully received by the Rev Timothy R. Matthews, to whom they had  letters of introduction from his brother-in-law, , and were  invited to preach in his chapel in the evening, to his church.
4–5 August 1837 • Friday–Saturday
<Friday 4.    first confirmation> Friday 4th. Baptized , <at Preston> daughter of Rev  John Richards, of Wolker-fold, Chaidgley, 15 miles from Preston, and  confirmed her at the water side. This was the first confirmation in  <Saturday 5> England.— returned home the day following, Saturday 5th.  and persuaded her father to write to to come and preach  in his chapel.
5 August 1837 • Saturday
<Council at  . to  build the .> The same day, Aug 5th. The Presidency, High Council,  and all the authorities of the church <in > assembled in council at ,  and unanimously resolved to go on moderately and build a unto  the name of the Lord in , as they had means; and appointed   Treasurer to receive all the donations and sub scriptions for the erection of the . to be  his Secretary. Also voted that the committee, viz, , , and , stand, until President goes  to, and returns from ; also that the building committee of the   have no store connected with building the House, but  that every firm or individual that embarks in that business, have, own. and  claim such property as their own private private individual property and Stewardship. [p. 768]
arose and laid hands on him, and prayed that he Lord would have mercy July 30 on his servant and rebuke the devil; while thus engaged was struck with great force by some invisible power and fell senseless knocked down on the floor; and the first thing recollected was, being supported by Elders and Russell beseeching a throne of grace in his behalf; they then laid him on the bed, but his agony was so great he could not endure, and arose, fell on his knees, and prayed; then he arose and sat upon the bed, while the brethren distinctly saw the evil spirits. who foamed and gnashed upon them with their teeth, by legions, for the space First Baptism in England. of some minutes— was present the latter part of the time. About 10 o’clock A.M. the brethren repaired to the River Ribble according to previous appointment, and in the midst of a large collection of people baptized Nine individuals, one of which was , the first man baptized in England, in this dispensation
31 July–1 August 1837 • Monday–Tuesday
Monday 31 On Monday the 31st July, the Elders held a council, and appointed John Goodson and a mission to Bedford; and Russel and to Alton Mission to Bedford &c. cumberland county: continueing in prayer until morning, August 1st Tuesday Aug 1. when they took their departure for their several stations.
1 August 1837 • Tuesday
The same x day a general meeting, of the presidency, High Council, and council, General Council at and the saints assembled at . The High Council elected high counsellor in place of : and in place of deceased: and was elected Bishops counsellor in place of . Voted unanimously by the whole assembly, that in the absence of the presidency, counsellors, and council, at , the elders had no authority, consequently their votes, during that space of time, are considered null and void: and that every president of High priests and elders be ordained by some higher authority; and the president of any quorum having counsellors, may ordain them himself.
2 August 1837 • Wednesday
Wednesday 2 Elders John Goodson and arrived in Bedford on the 2d and were joyfully received by the Rev Timothy R. Matthews, to whom they had letters of introduction from his brother-in-law, , and were invited to preach in his chapel in the evening, to his church.
4–5 August 1837 • Friday–Saturday
Friday 4. first confirmation Friday 4th. Baptized , at Preston daughter of Rev John Richards, of Wolker-fold, Chaidgley, 15 miles from Preston, and confirmed her at the water side. This was the first confirmation in Saturday 5 England.— returned home the day following, Saturday 5th. and persuaded her father to write to to come and preach in his chapel.
5 August 1837 • Saturday
Council at . to build the . The same day, Aug 5th. The Presidency, High Council, and all the authorities of the church in assembled in council at , and unanimously resolved to go on moderately and build a unto the name of the Lord in , as they had means; and appointed Treasurer to receive all the donations and subscriptions for the erection of the . to be his Secretary. Also voted that the committee, viz, , , and , stand, until President goes to, and returns from ; also that the building committee of the have no store connected with building the House, but that every firm or individual that embarks in that business, have, own. and claim such property as their own private private individual property and Stewardship. [p. 768]
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