Letter from Reuben Hedlock, 4 October 1843

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Oct 4th. 1843
To the first Presidency & Quorum of the thtwelve Apostles Greeting Dear & much E[s]teemed Breatheren I hasten to informe you of my arival in on the the 30 day of Sept in Company with Elders John Cairns and Wife James houston and Wm. G. Jerman We Left th6 of the twelve in the city of the 2nd. day of Sept and came on Bord of the Ship Columbus our pasage money was five Dollars we had a very [illegible]hard passage we were very much Crowded in the Stearage, there was 236 persons Du[t]ch Irish English and Sco[t]ch and as dirty as any I ever Saw We were not much Sick the weather was cold had it been otherwise we should have Sufered more, there is a steamer Leaves for to day and I thought I would announce to you my arival by this opertunity and Such information as I was in persession [possession] of, there is a Ship to Sail on the 14 inst by which I shall write you again
I found Elders Thomas Ward and in and they were well and as far as I was informed by them that the church is in general a good state and on the increase, it numbers some where between Eight and nine thousand members there is a great want of Laborers in the winyard there has many of the first Elders Left this for Leaving their places Vacant I persented to the presidency hear the your dessission of Relative to the printing and Elders Ward and they Receved it and manifested a desier to abide By it. [p. [1]]
Oct 4th. 1843
To the first Presidency & Quorum of the twelve Apostles Greeting Dear & much Esteemed Breatheren I hasten to informe you of my arival in on the 30 day of Sept in Company with Elders John Cairns and Wife James houston and Wm. G. Jerman We Left 6 of the twelve in the city of the 2nd. day of Sept and came on Bord of the Ship Columbus our pasage money was five Dollars we had a very hard passage we were very much Crowded in the Stearage, there was 236 persons Dutch Irish English and Scotch and as dirty as any I ever Saw We were not much Sick the weather was cold had it been otherwise we should have Sufered more, there is a steamer Leaves for to day and I thought I would announce to you my arival by this opertunity and Such information as I was in persession [possession] of, there is a Ship to Sail on the 14 inst by which I shall write you again
I found Elders Thomas Ward and in and they were well and as far as I was informed by them that the church is in a good state and on the increase, it numbers some where between Eight and nine thousand members there is a great want of Laborers in the winyard there has many of the first Elders Left this for Leaving their places Vacant I persented to the presidency hear your dessission Relative to the printing and Elders Ward and they Receved it and manifested a desier to abide By it. [p. [1]]
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