Letter, Erastus Snow to Hyrum Smith and William Law, 4 February 1842

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I did not any untill the lastter <​latter​> part of November and had it I not known that Jesus had many sheep in this city, I think I should have been dishearted and not tarried to reap where I had sown, for this is the only place where in which I ever preached so long without baptiseing. The first man I baptised here was one who had been <​was​> an infidel untill I came here.—
The saints now number 36 including five in Lynn who attend meeting here; all strong in faith enjoying the Holy Spirit, and scores are believeing. I have many calls for preaching and visiting people in all parts of the city and in the neighboring villages, and need the assistance of very much.—
Those baptised are respectable and good livers but not wealthy, though quite a number own property here in the city. They are mostly in the eastern and southern parts of the city. I have baptised only on[e] family on Boston Street. I hope I shall be able to get a grea[t] hold of that part of the town soon. The only prie clergyman tha[t] has troub[l]ed me to my face, is Mr Comings editor of the “Genius of Christianity”. A debate with him in Nov— which lasted 6 evenings, I think done as much <​done no little​> good by createing a deep interest in the minds of the people which has been constantly increasing.—
Some of the saints begin to have a spirit of gathering, but as yet I have not encouraged it, and as you will know my reasons for so doing if you think I do wrong you will not fail to inform me I should be much gratified to receive a letter from you, or Brother Joseph or any of the , or any of my old tried friends; and whatever counsil you have for me I shall be happy to receivee. I wrote a letter to — Joseph Smith before I left but I suppose his press of business has not allowed him to answer it. Give my best respects to him and to all the old friends, for they seem doubly near since our [p. [3]]
I did not any untill the latter part of November and had I not known that Jesus had many sheep in this city, I think I should have been dishearted and not tarried to reap where I had sown, for this is the only place in which I ever preached so long without baptiseing. The first man I baptised here was one who was an infidel untill I came here.—
The saints now number 36 including five in Lynn who attend meeting here; all strong in faith enjoying the Holy Spirit, and scores are believeing. I have many calls for preaching and visiting people in all parts of the city and in the neighboring villages, and need the assistance of very much.—
Those baptised are respectable and good livers but not wealthy, though quite a number own property here in the city. They are mostly in the eastern and southern parts of the city. I have baptised only one family on Boston Street. I hope I shall be able to get a great hold of that part of the town soon. The only clergyman that has troubled me to my face, is Mr Comings editor of the “Genius of Christianity”. A debate with him in Nov— which lasted 6 evenings, I think done no little good by createing a deep interest in the minds of the people which has been constantly increasing.—
Some of the saints begin to have a spirit of gathering, but as yet I have not encouraged it, and as you will know my reasons for so doing if you think I do wrong you will not fail to inform me I should be much gratified to receive a letter from you, or Brother Joseph or any of the , or any of my old tried friends; and whatever counsil you have for me I shall be happy to receivee. I wrote a letter to — Joseph Smith before I left but I suppose his press of business has not allowed him to answer it. Give my best respects to him and to all the old friends, for they seem doubly near since our [p. [3]]
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