Letter from Heber C. Kimball and Others, 25 May 1840

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May 25th. 1840
To the , and of the at
We commend to your notice the bretheren and sisters having <​that have​> commendation commendatory letters from us of this date, that you will do all that you consistently can for them. for I verily believe they have the utmost confidence in you, and will receive with gratitude your ad[v]ice and instruction, and cheerfully submit to the rules and regulations of the church. They have our blessings, and we trust their subsequent conduct will entitle them <​to​> your <​blessings​> also and the church generally.
We rejoice that we can say the work of God here is in a prosperous way, yea, we rejoice greatly at the aspect of the times, expecting the time to be not far distant when the standard of truth will be conspicuously raised throughout this Land. We have witnessed the flowing of the saints towards , the stream has begun and we expect to see it continue running, till it shall have drained the salt or the light from Babylon, when we hope to shout Hosana home.
Dear brethren accept our love, and present it to the church of your bretheren in the
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  1. 1

    No letters of recommendation from Kimball, Fielding, or Clayton bearing this date have been located.  

  2. 2

    Members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and their associates in the British mission had enjoyed considerable success in their proselytizing efforts. At the general conference of the church held in Preston the previous month, representatives gave reports of thirty-three local congregations, the membership of which totaled over 1,600. In the six weeks prior to the conference, Wilford Woodruff baptized 158 people near Ledbury, England, and reported another 200 were ready to be baptized (30 of whom were baptized prior to Woodruff’s return from Preston). (“From England,” Times and Seasons, June 1840, 1:119–122; Clayton, Diary, 15 Apr. 1840; Woodruff, Journal, 14–16 Apr. 1840.)  

    Times and Seasons. Commerce/Nauvoo, IL. Nov. 1839–Feb. 1846.

    Clayton, William. Diary, Vol. 1, 1840–1842. BYU.

    Woodruff, Wilford. Journals, 1833–1898. Wilford Woodruff, Journals and Papers, 1828–1898. CHL. MS 1352.

  3. 3

    Although John Moon’s company was the first group of English Latter-day Saints to emigrate, the second company, led by Theodore Turley, departed Liverpool on 8 September 1840 and arrived in Nauvoo five months earlier than the first company, on 24 November 1840. According to Clayton—who, with his family, emigrated with Turley’s group—this much larger second company numbered 201 individuals. (Clayton, Diary, 8 Sept. and 24 Nov. 1840.)  

    Clayton, William. Diary, Vol. 1, 1840–1842. BYU.