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JOURNAL III 1857-1859


19 Dock Street

Leeds, England

[The following is copied from a Journal written, in long-hand, ink, and in a small black leather book about 5 x 7 x 1 inches. Shows evidence of age. This book was purchased in Leeds 30 September, 1857 as the second volume of his journal in England. Cost one shilling and nine d.]

Saturday, October 3, 1857

I arose, offered up my prayers with fasting, wrote several letters and went to Marsboro. Saw Sister Eastham and got the address of the man that is making my watch at Rotherham, a Mr. Taffender. Went and saw him. Saw Brother Tindel who gave me some food and two shillings, six d. (or sixty cents) some peas and fruit also. I walked through the market or shambles of Rotherham where the brethren treated me with some nice grapes and different fruit. Stayed all night with Sister Eastham.

Sunday, 4th

Had some talk with Mr. Eastham. Went to Rotherham and tended a council. Set the brethren of the priesthood in order and at 2:00 P.M., spoke to the Saints. I then returned to Sheffield by train. Mr. Eastham paid my passage. Found a good congregation of Saints and strangers present. Took a text, “Joseph Smith Sent of God,” which I proved by referring to the Book of Covenants, pages 156, 212, 218 and the History of 6 July, 1842. Published in the Star, No. 40, Vol. XIX, showing that the Saints were in the place that Joseph had previously prophesied that they would be which gave satisfaction to every honest mind. Went and administered to the sick and had some conversation with several of the brethren and sisters. Retired late at night having been greatly blessed.

Missionaries called back to Utah

Monday, 5th

Read the “Mormon,” this being the last number that is to be edited. [Possibly he meant, published] It has been a great source of blessing to the Saints. But all is right. Went to the train and left for Notingham. Took a cab to the Saints room where I found a good company of Saints and strangers. Went with Brothers King and McBride to Cooks and stayed all night. Received Intelligence of the Elders all being called home to Zion! [Knowledge that the U.S, Army, commanded by General Sydney Johnston was coming to Utah occasioned this sudden call.] This caused me some singular feelings. I feel for the Saints in these lands.

Spent most of Thursday in Notingham visiting with Pastor King and McBride and some sisters that came some miles to see us. At Grotham found Brother

Taylor well in health. Held meeting at night. Walked to Corbey Station where we were kindly received by Sister Charles. Sunday, the 11th, at 2:00 P, M. met out doors and had a cart to stand in. Called on Brother Cronar to speak. I addressed the people on the evidence of Joseph as a Prophet. Monday, made my report of the Bradford and Lincolnshire Conferences. Worked diligent all day. At 7:30 had some good songs and much good speaking. Talked to the Saints about taking the Star and the Journal. A good spirit prevailed. Brother Drewry said he would sell his watch to sustain the work of God.

Tuesday, October 13

Sister Dreurey took her horse and cart and took me four miles on my way to Sulfleet Station, where I took train for Hull. I confirmed Thomas Rylett. Saw Sister Harrison and blessed her little boy. Sent report of Hull Conference to Liverpool. Wednesday, Brother S. B. Young came from Grimsby. I was glad to see him. I felt much oppressed in spirit. I fasted and prayed much. Had a singing meeting at Brother Hilstead’s.

Friday, 16th

Received letter from Brother Benson. It has been detained eight days on the road. This made me feel very uneasy as it contained the information of my release to go home but I found that I was too late as the brethren were gone, but I feel to acknowledge the hand of God in it. Got a letter from Brother Samuel Richards concerning the transfer of business of the office to Brother Asa Calhen and the presidency to Brother S. W. Richards. Wrote to the brethren. Had Priesthood meeting. Saturday I fasted with the brethren for the Holy Spirit to rest upon us during our conference. I baptized Sister Grace Emery Wilkenson for the first time. Started to go away and found at the gate, Elizabeth Jackson, who had run away from her father to be baptized. We returned to the bath, and Seymour B. Young baptized her. Thus, we finished our work and partook of food at Sister Wilkenson’s. At Sister Mainses, several of the sisters sang for us.

Sunday, 18th

Met in conference at 10:30. Met again at 2:30. At 6:00 in the Oddfellows’ Hall--many strangers. We rejoiced much. Had a social party Monday night. When I bid farewell to Lida Ann Wilkenson, she put a very fine gold ring in my hand, which I wore on the left, little finger. God bless the giver forever. Tuesday went to the station but was ten minutes late for the train; returned and rested my weary body for a few hours. Went with Brother S. B. Young to Captain Spilletts vessel and ate for dinner, some sea pie. The Captain is a good man. Went to Sister Sylverwood’s and took tea. She is a good woman that I baptized one year ago this day Tuesday. Her heart was full of joy and gladness to see me.

Purchased cloth for some clothes. Cloth and trimmings cost four pounds, seven shillings, and eight d. I sent the same to Hull for to have them made by Brother


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