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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​June 15​> Aware that I have written very plainly upon those points that have come within my notice; yet believe me, Sir, when I assure you, that my pen is pointed with friendship, and dipped in the fountain of love and good will towards your nation. The thoughts which it records have proceeded from a heart grateful to the Almighty, that the time has arrived when the day star of your freedom already begins to dispel the dark and gloomy clouds which have separated you from the favor of your God. Ere long it will be said to you; “Arise, shine, for thy light has [HC 4:377] come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon thee.”
The morning breaks, the shadows flee,
Lo! ’s standard is unfurled;
The dawning of a brighter day
Majestic rises on the world.
The Gentile fulness now comes in,
And Israel’s blessings are at hand:
Lo! Judah’s remnant cleansed from sin
Shall in their promised Canaan stand.
Now, therefore, O ye children of the covenant! repent of all your backslidings, and begin, as in days of old, to turn to the Lord your God. Arise! Arise! and go out from among the Gentiles; for destruction is coming from the north to lay their Cities waste. is thy home. There the God of Abraham will deliver thee. (Joel 2. 32) There the bending heavens shall reveal thy long looked for Messiah in fleecy clouds of light and glory, to execute vengeance upon thine enemies; and lead thee and thy brethren of the ten tribes to sure conquest and certain victory. Then shall thrones be cast down, and the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our God. Then will they come from the east, west, north, south, and sit down in the kingdom of God with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. But the Children of the kingdom (Gentiles) shall be cast out and the kingdom restored to Israel With sentiments of distinguished consideration I have the honor, Sir, to subscribe myself your most obedient servant. . -[To]- Revd. Dr. Solomon Hirschell Prest. Rabbi of the Hebrew Society in England.”—
It is very hard times in England— Thousands have nothing to do, and are literally starving. Trade of all sorts, is at the lowest ebb. very cold and dry. no harvest, unless rain come soon. you will discover that the greater part of the English brethren, have always worked under masters; and they have not so much notion of planning and shifting for themselves, particularly in a strange country, as the Americans— They want some one to be a kind of father to them, to give them plenty of work, and plenty to eat; and they will be content. They are a very industrious people whenever they can get employment; and by a little fatherly care, they will soon get way wised to the country, and be enabled to shift for themselves. I trust that exertions are made to give [HC 4:378] employ to as many people as possible. you know the reasons there better than I do: and you have received a specimen of the English Saints. Now if you have any counsel to give concerning the gathering, in addition to that already given, I shall be happy to receive it, and execute as far as opportunity offers. I shall not remain here long, it is true. But is here, and I shall return here sometime if the Lord will. I must now close by saying for one and all, God bless Zion forever and ever. Your brother in Christ. —. [HC 4:379] [p. 1212]
June 15 Aware that I have written very plainly upon those points that have come within my notice; yet believe me, Sir, when I assure you, that my pen is pointed with friendship, and dipped in the fountain of love and good will towards your nation. The thoughts which it records have proceeded from a heart grateful to the Almighty, that the time has arrived when the day star of your freedom already begins to dispel the dark and gloomy clouds which have separated you from the favor of your God. Ere long it will be said to you; “Arise, shine, for thy light has [HC 4:377] come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon thee.”
The morning breaks, the shadows flee,
Lo! ’s standard is unfurled;
The dawning of a brighter day
Majestic rises on the world.
The Gentile fulness now comes in,
And Israel’s blessings are at hand:
Lo! Judah’s remnant cleansed from sin
Shall in their promised Canaan stand.
Now, therefore, O ye children of the covenant! repent of all your backslidings, and begin, as in days of old, to turn to the Lord your God. Arise! Arise! and go out from among the Gentiles; for destruction is coming from the north to lay their Cities waste. is thy home. There the God of Abraham will deliver thee. (Joel 2. 32) There the bending heavens shall reveal thy long looked for Messiah in fleecy clouds of light and glory, to execute vengeance upon thine enemies; and lead thee and thy brethren of the ten tribes to sure conquest and certain victory. Then shall thrones be cast down, and the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our God. Then will they come from the east, west, north, south, and sit down in the kingdom of God with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. But the Children of the kingdom (Gentiles) shall be cast out and the kingdom restored to Israel With sentiments of distinguished consideration I have the honor, Sir, to subscribe myself your most obedient servant. . -[To]- Revd. Dr. Solomon Hirschell Prest. Rabbi of the Hebrew Society in England.”—
It is very hard times in England— Thousands have nothing to do, and are literally starving. Trade of all sorts, is at the lowest ebb. very cold and dry. no harvest, unless rain come soon. you will discover that the greater part of the English brethren, have always worked under masters; and they have not so much notion of planning and shifting for themselves, particularly in a strange country, as the Americans— They want some one to be a kind of father to them, to give them plenty of work, and plenty to eat; and they will be content. They are a very industrious people whenever they can get employment; and by a little fatherly care, they will soon get way wised to the country, and be enabled to shift for themselves. I trust that exertions are made to give [HC 4:378] employ to as many people as possible. you know the reasons there better than I do: and you have received a specimen of the English Saints. Now if you have any counsel to give concerning the gathering, in addition to that already given, I shall be happy to receive it, and execute as far as opportunity offers. I shall not remain here long, it is true. But is here, and I shall return here sometime if the Lord will. I must now close by saying for one and all, God bless Zion forever and ever. Your brother in Christ. —. [HC 4:379] [p. 1212]
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