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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<August 5> Potteries while we were there. We passed through Westbromwick and Birmingham and found numbers who were anxiously wishing for some of the Elders to visit that region and labor among them. We arrived in Ledbury, Herefordshire, July 22, and — — have spent about two weeks in visiting the Churches through this region, and I am happy to inform you, that we have found the Saints universally rejoicing in the truth, and the work progressing upon every hand. Elder <Thos.> Richardson has baptized about forty since he came, and Elder Wm. Kay about twenty; they are both much blessed in their labors. Elder [Thomas] Kington is laboring constantly in this wide field, which is under his care; and he, with the Elders and Priests generally through<out> this region are blessed with many souls as seals of their ministry. We baptized forty on Sunday last in this region, making 250 — — — — — — since the Conference The Churches now number in this region about 800, and appear in a very prosperous state. We are expecting every hour, and soon after his arrival we shall leave the Saints in this region, for the purpose of visiting the City of and warning the Inhabitants thereof— ”— [HC 4:176]
8 August 1840 • Saturday
Hancock Co. Ill: Aug 8. 1840— Dear Sir— Yours of the 25th. ultimo addressed to and myself is received, for which you have our thanks, and to which I shall feel great pleasure in replying Although I have not the pleasure of your acquaintance, yet from the kindness manifested towards our people when in bondage and oppression, and from the frank and noble mindedness breathed in your letter, I am brought to the conclusion that you are a friend to suffering humanity and truth. to those who have suffered so much abuse and borne the cruelties and insults of wicked men so long on account of those principles which we have been instructed to teach to the world, a feeling of sympathy and kindness is something like the refreshing breeze and cooling stream at the present season of the year and are I assure you duly appreciated by us. It would afford me much pleasure to see you at this place, and from the desire you express in your letter to move to this place I hope I shall soon have that satisfaction. I have no doubt you would be of great service to this community in practicing your profession as well as those other abilities of which you are in possession. Since to devote your time and abilities in the cause of truth and a suffering people may not be the means of exalting you in the eyes of this generation or securing you the riches of the world, yet, by so doing you may rely on the approval of Jehovah “That blessing which maketh rich and addeth no sorrow.” Through the tender mercies of our God we have escaped the hands of those who sought our overthrow, and have secured locations in this , and in the Territory of . Our principle location is at this place, (formerly ) which is beautifully situated on the banks of the , immediately above the lower rapids and is probably the best and most beautiful site for a City on the — It has a gradual ascent from the nearly a mile, then a fine level and fertile Prairie, a situation in [HC 4:177] every respect adapted to [p. 1088]
August 5 Potteries while we were there. We passed through Westbromwick and Birmingham and found numbers who were anxiously wishing for some of the Elders to visit that region and labor among them. We arrived in Ledbury, Herefordshire, July 22, and — — have spent about two weeks in visiting the Churches through this region, and I am happy to inform you, that we have found the Saints universally rejoicing in the truth, and the work progressing upon every hand. Elder Thos. Richardson has baptized about forty since he came, and Elder Wm. Kay about twenty; they are both much blessed in their labors. Elder [Thomas] Kington is laboring constantly in this wide field, which is under his care; and he, with the Elders and Priests generally throughout this region are blessed with many souls as seals of their ministry. We baptized forty on Sunday last in this region, making 250 — — — — — — since the Conference The Churches now number in this region about 800, and appear in a very prosperous state. We are expecting every hour, and soon after his arrival we shall leave the Saints in this region, for the purpose of visiting the City of and warning the Inhabitants thereof— ”— [HC 4:176]
8 August 1840 • Saturday
Hancock Co. Ill: Aug 8. 1840— Dear Sir— Yours of the 25th. ultimo addressed to and myself is received, for which you have our thanks, and to which I shall feel great pleasure in replying Although I have not the pleasure of your acquaintance, yet from the kindness manifested towards our people when in bondage and oppression, and from the frank and noble mindedness breathed in your letter, I am brought to the conclusion that you are a friend to suffering humanity and truth. to those who have suffered so much abuse and borne the cruelties and insults of wicked men so long on account of those principles which we have been instructed to teach to the world, a feeling of sympathy and kindness is something like the refreshing breeze and cooling stream at the present season of the year and are I assure you duly appreciated by us. It would afford me much pleasure to see you at this place, and from the desire you express in your letter to move to this place I hope I shall soon have that satisfaction. I have no doubt you would be of great service to this community in practicing your profession as well as those other abilities of which you are in possession. Since to devote your time and abilities in the cause of truth and a suffering people may not be the means of exalting you in the eyes of this generation or securing you the riches of the world, yet, by so doing you may rely on the approval of Jehovah “That blessing which maketh rich and addeth no sorrow.” Through the tender mercies of our God we have escaped the hands of those who sought our overthrow, and have secured locations in this , and in the Territory of . Our principle location is at this place, (formerly ) which is beautifully situated on the banks of the , immediately above the lower rapids and is probably the best and most beautiful site for a City on the — It has a gradual ascent from the nearly a mile, then a fine level and fertile Prairie, a situation in [HC 4:177] every respect adapted to [p. 1088]
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