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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<December  England.> other places round about Preston, where the brethren hired the “Cock. Pit”  a large and convenient building for preaching, but being disturbed  by some Methodist Priests were obliged to have the house Licenced by  the Civil courts according to the statute of the realm, which, with the  aid of two constables who voluntarily proffered their services, restored  <25> peace and order: and on christmas day, Dec. 25th. Elders and  , and (who had previously been ordained an elder)  assembled in the Cock Pit with about 300 Saints, several of whom  were ordained to the lesser Priesthood, 14 were confirmed, and about  100 children were blessed. by the elders, This was the first public  conference of the Church in England, and at this Conference the Word  of Wisdom was first publicly taught in that Country. While the  work was thus rapidly progressing in Lancashire, it continued gradually to  progress at Bedford, also a branch was established at Bassynburn— and  <an>other at at Peter’s Green by : <note— T Addenda page 6> While Apostasy, persecution,  confusion and Mobocracy strove hard to bear rule at and  thus closed the year 1837.
1838

January 1838

<January 1.> A new year dawned upon the church in in all the bitterness of the spirit  of apostate Mobocracy; which continued to rage and grow hotter and hotter  until and myself were obliged to flee from its dealy influence  as did the apostles and prophets of old, and as Jesus Said “when they per secute you in one city flee to another:” and on the evening of the 12th of Jan  <12.  Joseph &  left for  .> <about 10 o’clock> we left , on horseback, to escape Mob violence which was about to  burst upon us under the color of Legal process to cover their hellish de signs, and save themselves from the just jud[g]ment of the Law. We continued  <[6 words illegible] this place> our travels during the night, and at 8. o clock on of the morning of the 13th  <13> arrived among the brethren in , Medina County, Ohio,  having a distance of 60 miles from , where we tarried about 36 hours  <16> when our families arrived, and on the 16th. pursued our Journey with our  families in covered waggons toward the city of in ,  Passing through Dayton, Eaton &c. to Dublin, Indiana, where we tarried nine  <Addenda No 1. page 10> days and refreshed ourselves. <See addenda. 10 pa.> The weather was extremely cold, & we  were obliged to secrete ourselves in our waggons many some times to elude the  grasp of our pursuers who continued their race more than 200 <miles> from  armed with pistols &c seeking our lives. They frequently crossed our track,  twice they were in the houses where we stopped. Once we tarried all night  in the same house with them, with only a partition between us & them,  and heard their oaths, and imprecations, and threats concerning us if  they could catch us, and late in the evening they came in our  room and examined us, but decided we were not the men. At  other times we passed them in the Streets, and gazed upon them and  they on us, but they knew us not. One Lyons. was one of our pursuers.  I parted with at Dublin, and travelling different routes  we met at ,— where after resting, we separated again— and  I pursued my Journey crossing the at Illinois. [p. 780]
December England. other places round about Preston, where the brethren hired the “Cock. Pit” a large and convenient building for preaching, but being disturbed by some Methodist Priests were obliged to have the house Licenced by the Civil courts according to the statute of the realm, which, with the aid of two constables who voluntarily proffered their services, restored 25 peace and order: and on christmas day, Dec. 25th. Elders and , and (who had previously been ordained an elder) assembled in the Cock Pit with about 300 Saints, several of whom were ordained to the lesser Priesthood, 14 were confirmed, and about 100 children were blessed. by the elders, This was the first public conference of the Church in England, and at this Conference the Word of Wisdom was first publicly taught in that Country. While the work was thus rapidly progressing in Lancashire, it continued gradually to progress at Bedford, also a branch was established at Bassynburn— and another at at Peter’s Green by : note— T Addenda page 6 While Apostasy, persecution, confusion and Mobocracy strove hard to bear rule at and thus closed the year 1837.
1838

January 1838

January 1. A new year dawned upon the church in in all the bitterness of the spirit of apostate Mobocracy; which continued to rage and grow hotter and hotter until and myself were obliged to flee from its dealy influence as did the apostles and prophets of old, and as Jesus Said “when they persecute you in one city flee to another:” and on the evening of the 12th of Jan 12. Joseph & left for . about 10 o’clock we left , on horseback, to escape Mob violence which was about to burst upon us under the color of Legal process to cover their hellish designs, and save themselves from the just judgment of the Law. We continued our travels during the night, and at 8. o clock of the morning of the 13th 13 arrived among the brethren in , Medina County, Ohio, a distance of 60 miles from , where we tarried about 36 hours 16 when our families arrived, and on the 16th. pursued our Journey with our families in covered waggons toward the city of in , Passing through Dayton, Eaton &c. to Dublin, Indiana, where we tarried nine Addenda No 1. page 10 days and refreshed ourselves. See addenda. 10 pa. The weather was extremely cold, & we were obliged to secrete ourselves in our waggons some times to elude the grasp of our pursuers who continued their race more than 200 miles from armed with pistols &c seeking our lives. They frequently crossed our track, twice they were in the houses where we stopped. Once we tarried all night in the same house with them, with only a partition between us & them, and heard their oaths, and imprecations, and threats concerning us if they could catch us, and late in the evening they came in our room and examined us, but decided we were not the men. At other times we passed them in the Streets, and gazed upon them and they on us, but they knew us not. One Lyons. was one of our pursuers. I parted with at Dublin, and travelling different routes we met at ,— where after resting, we separated again— and I pursued my Journey crossing the at Illinois. [p. 780]
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