LETTER FROM .
Ratisbon, on the Danube. July 17, 1841.
Dear Bro. Joseph, and all whom it may concern.
With pleasure I take my pen to write to you at this time, hoping this com munication may find you as it leaves me, in good health and enjoying a comforta ble measure of the Holy Spirit.
On the 20th of June last, I left London for Rotterdam. in Holland, after writing a lengthy epistle to you, and also the copy of a letter addressed to the Rev. Doct. S[olomon] Hirschell, President Rabbi of the Hebrews in London, which I hope you have recieved ere this. The work of the Lord was steadily advancing in London under the efficient and zealous labours of our worthy brother, Elder L[orenzo] Snow.
The fine Steamer, Battavier, brought
me safely over the billows of a tremen dous rough sea in about
30 hours. Nev er did I suffer more from sea-sickness than
during this short voyage; but it was soon over and we landed safely
in Rot terdam. I took my lodgings at the
Lon don Hotel at two florins per diem, about three shillings
and five pence sterling, or seventy five cents. Here I called on
the Hebrew Rabbi, and proposed certain
ques tions to him; but as he did not understand a word of
English, it was hard for me to enter into particulars with him. I
asked him, however, whether he expected his Mesiah to come
directly from Heaven, or whether he expected him to be born of a
woman on earth. He replied, that he ex pected him to be born of
a woman, of the seed and lineage of David. At what pe riod do
you look for this event? Ans. “We have been looking a long time,
and are now living in constant expectation of his coming.” Do
you believe in the restitution of your nation to the land of
your fathers, called the land of promise:
“We hope it will be so,” was the reply. He then added, “We
believe that many Jews will return to and re build the city—rear a Temple to the name
of the Most High, and restore our ancient worship.” “ shall be the cap ital of our nation—the centre
of our un ion, and the Standard and Ensign of our national
existence. But we do not be lieve that all the Jews will go there,
for the place is not large enough to contain them. They are
now gathering there,” [p. 570]