History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<April 22> Elders and organized a branch of the Church at  Frooms Hill, Herefordshire.
23–24 April 1840 • Thursday–Friday
<23> Thursday 23 Elders and returned to Preston—   visited at Moor Ends Cross and 24th. preached at Malvern Hill   went to Eccleston and continued some days visiting the  Churches around Preston.
25 April 1840 • Saturday
<25> Saturday 25. went to Manchester, found the Prospectus  ready, for the Millenial Star— returned to Froomes Hill,  and staid at Brother s till the 30th. preaching and writing  Letters to his friends in .
29 April 1840 • Wednesday
<29> Wednesday 29. Elders and were at — Ill: wrote as follows
“Ledbury, Herefordshire, England. April 29. 1840.  Elders and — Brethren, as is writing, I am  privileged with a space of a few lines; knowing that our friends are desirous to  hear of the work of the Lord in this land, I make the following remarks concerning  the mercy of God and my labors since I last wrote you (I wrote you a lengthy letter  dated Feb. 27 in which I gave you an account of my travels; voyage and labors; from  the time I left unto the date of my letter, which I trust you — — — have received  I continued laboring in Staffordshire, until the first of March, when I felt it to be the will  of the Lord that I should go more to the South part of England. I left the care of the  Stafford<shire> Church in the hands of , and travelled 80 miles south in a region  where the word had not been preached. I commenced preaching near Ledbury,  Herefordshire: this is — — about 40 miles of Bristol, 40 of Birmingham, 14 of Worcester,  120 of London— As soon as I began to teach, many received my testimony. I there  preached one month and five days, and baptized the superintendent of the Church  of the United Brethren, a branch of the Methodist Church, and with him forty five preachers  mostly of the same order; and about 114 members, making 160 in all. This put into my  hands or under my care more than forty established places of preaching, licensed  according to law, including one or two chapels: this opened a large field for the  spread of the work in this Country; among the number baptized are some of most  all churches and classes, as well as preachers: there is one Constable, and one Clerk of  the Church of England, with numbers of their members— But in the midst of my labors  I received a letter stating that the Twelve had just arrived and wished me to come to  Preston and meet with them in Conference; consequently I travelled 160 miles to Preston,  and was once more permitted to strike hands with my brethren from , and  set in conference, with them, the minutes of which you have. After  Conference I returned to Herefordshire in company with ; we have again commenced  our labors here, and there will be many baptized in this region; I have now more than  200 on my list, and scores are now waiting for an opportunity to receive the ordinance  of baptism; and the work is progressing in all parts of this Country, where it is faithfully proclaimed.  I understand that Elders [Alexander] Wright and [Samuel] Mulliner, are opening some permanent doors in Scotland;  and we have many calls through many parts of this Country, even more than we are able  to fill. I desire the prayers of the Saints, that I may have wisdom and grace according to my  day, and do the work of God in meekness and humility. ”— [p. 1054]
April 22 Elders and organized a branch of the Church at Frooms Hill, Herefordshire.
23–24 April 1840 • Thursday–Friday
23 Thursday 23 Elders and returned to Preston— visited at Moor Ends Cross and 24th. preached at Malvern Hill went to Eccleston and continued some days visiting the Churches around Preston.
25 April 1840 • Saturday
25 Saturday 25. went to Manchester, found the Prospectus ready, for the Millenial Star— returned to Froomes Hill, and staid at Brother s till the 30th. preaching and writing Letters to his friends in .
29 April 1840 • Wednesday
29 Wednesday 29. Elders and were at — Ill: wrote as follows
“Ledbury, Herefordshire, England. April 29. 1840. Elders and — Brethren, as is writing, I am privileged with a space of a few lines; knowing that our friends are desirous to hear of the work of the Lord in this land, I make the following remarks concerning the mercy of God and my labors since I last wrote you (I wrote you a lengthy letter dated Feb. 27 in which I gave you an account of my travels; voyage and labors; from the time I left unto the date of my letter, which I trust you — — — have received I continued laboring in Staffordshire, until the first of March, when I felt it to be the will of the Lord that I should go more to the South part of England. I left the care of the Staffordshire Church in the hands of , and travelled 80 miles south in a region where the word had not been preached. I commenced preaching near Ledbury, Herefordshire: this is — — about 40 miles of Bristol, 40 of Birmingham, 14 of Worcester, 120 of London— As soon as I began to teach, many received my testimony. I there preached one month and five days, and baptized the superintendent of the Church of the United Brethren, a branch of the Methodist Church, and with him forty five preachers mostly of the same order; and about 114 members, making 160 in all. This put into my hands or under my care more than forty established places of preaching, licensed according to law, including one or two chapels: this opened a large field for the spread of the work in this Country; among the number baptized are some of most all churches and classes, as well as preachers: there is one Constable, and one Clerk of the Church of England, with numbers of their members— But in the midst of my labors I received a letter stating that the Twelve had just arrived and wished me to come to Preston and meet with them in Conference; consequently I travelled 160 miles to Preston, and was once more permitted to strike hands with my brethren from , and set in conference, with them, the minutes of which you have. After Conference I returned to Herefordshire in company with ; we have again commenced our labors here, and there will be many baptized in this region; I have now more than 200 on my list, and scores are now waiting for an opportunity to receive the ordinance of baptism; and the work is progressing in all parts of this Country, where it is faithfully proclaimed. I understand that Elders [Alexander] Wright and [Samuel] Mulliner, are opening some permanent doors in Scotland; and we have many calls through many parts of this Country, even more than we are able to fill. I desire the prayers of the Saints, that I may have wisdom and grace according to my day, and do the work of God in meekness and humility. ”— [p. 1054]
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