, Letter, London, Middlesex and Surrey counties, England, to JS, [Nauvoo, Hancock Co., IL], 10 Oct. 1842. Featured version copied [ca. 10 Oct. 1842] in Lorenzo Snow, Letterbook, pp. –; handwriting of ; CHL.
Lorenzo Snow, Letterbook, [1841–1843, 1848]; handwriting of ; 211 pages; CHL. Included archival marking; includes architectural drawing.
Small blank book measuring 6⅜ × 3¾ × 1 inches (16 × 10 × 3 cm). The text block consists of 110 leaves, including 2 leaves of unevenly cut ledger paper that were tipped into the volume and a partially excised or torn leaf. The volume is bound in brown leather with a metal clasp. inscribed the letterbook with black and blue ink, though on the front inside cover he recorded in graphite the date of his departure from , Illinois, and the date of his arrival in . Snow primarily used the volume from 1841 to 1842 to copy letters, licenses, minutes, notes, and journal entries. Most of the items copied into the letterbook appear to date from this period; however, one of the undated letters contextually seems to be from 1839, and the licenses date from 1840 with the exception of an 1837 elder’s license. The licenses and earlier letter appear to have been copied into the volume in 1841. Sometime in 1843 or shortly thereafter, Snow copied a letter of recommendation for Snow to the First Presidency into the volume. Around March 1848, Snow copied a letter addressed to an unidentified cousin into the book.
, ’s sister, likely had access to the volume in the early 1880s when she was preparing a biography of him, as a few letters from the letterbook were reproduced in the biography in a heavily revised form. The volume apparently remained in the custody of Lorenzo Snow’s descendants until 1965, when William K. Mordock Jr., Snow’s great-grandson, donated the volume to W. Paul Summerhays, the director of the Oakland Temple Bureau of Information. Later that year, Summerhays forwarded the letterbook to the Church Historian’s Office (now CHL).
See the full bibliographic entry for Lorenzo Snow, Letterbook, in the CHL catalog; and Cowan and Larsen, Oakland Temple, 161.
Cowan, Richard O., and Robert G. Larsen. The Oakland Temple: Portal to Eternity. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2014.
On 10 October 1842, wrote a letter from , England, to JS at , Illinois, to report on the progress of his missionary labors. Snow explained to JS that he felt obligated to report on his stewardship, and he accordingly described his mission from April to October 1842. He previously sent other reports of his labors to in November 1841 and April 1842.
left in July 1840, arriving in in October. Following short stints preaching in , , Birmingham, and Wolverhampton, Snow arrived in in February 1841 to take charge of the London of the . At the time he was appointed to preside, the London conference included much of the southeastern part of England, with in London, Ipswich, Woolwich, and Bedford. The total number of church members in the area was less than one hundred, with only forty-six Latter-day Saints in London itself. Indeed, the earliest missionaries to the city found it to be a challenging place to spread the gospel. For example, recorded in his journal, “London is the hardest place I ever visited for esstablishing the gospel.” In April 1841, Snow was also appointed to serve as a counselor to , who had replaced as president of the British mission. Snow continued to preside over the London conference throughout 1841 and 1842. By the end of 1841, the membership in London had grown to 140, and in early 1842 Snow reported that the London conference had grown to nearly 400 members, with new converts being daily.
In his 10 October 1842 letter to JS, reported on his attendance at the British mission’s general conference in May 1842 and his subsequent return to with and . Despite challenges from the press and the Protestant Christian clergy, Snow reported several significant accomplishments during summer 1842. In July 1842, for instance, he organized a branch at Marylebone and another at Clerkenwell to accommodate the growing numbers of Saints in London. Snow also informed JS that after several months of effort, he had arranged for two copies of the Book of Mormon to be presented to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert on or around 10 October 1842. Snow closed the letter asking JS’s permission to return to around the beginning of January.
The letter sent to JS is apparently not extant. Presumably after inscribing the letter, Snow copied it into his personal letterbook, the source of the text featured here. It is unclear whether JS ever received the letter.
In both a notation on the inside cover of his letterbook and an 1841 letter, Snow recorded his arrival date as 22 October 1840. (Notation in Lorenzo Snow, Letterbook, flyleaf; Note, in JS Letterbook 2, p. 153; Lorenzo Snow, London, England, to “E. McConougley,” [between late 1840 and early 1841], in Lorenzo Snow, Letterbook, .)
Snow had been contemplating returning to Nauvoo since at least August, when he had written to Levi Richards that he was “perfectly relieved from any further responsibility and a freeman, ready to go to Zion as soon as I cangetthemeans.” Snow hoped that he would be able to leave for Nauvoo in the “latter part of Sept. or fore part of Oct.,” provided that Pratt did not object. (Lorenzo Snow, Bedford, England, to Levi Richards, Liverpool, England, 12 Aug. 1842, Levi Richards, Papers, CHL, underlining in original.)
Richards, Levi. Papers, 1837–1867. CHL.
10 October 1842
Dear Brother Feelling myself under obligations to communicate to the of from time to time as oppertunity serves some general information in respect to my stewardship in this , I beg Therefore you will allow me the pleasure of performing this task on this occasion in addressing my communication to yourself.
Permit me in the first place to express my most ardent desires this may find you and family in health, peace, and prosperity.
My last address was written in April and directed from Bedford to . From that place I proceeded to Birmingham where I had the pleasure with our beloved Brother . I accompanied him several weeks assi[s]ting the through [p. ]