Wilford Woodruff – Journal Volume 1

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Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.3

When in the course of human Events has there ever been a more important period than at the present day and age of the world? It is at once beneficial and instructive to the reflecting mind to review the past with candour and rightly consider the present and be in perfect readiness for that which is to come. Whare is the Son or daughter of Adam who hath a standing in this day and generation that is walking in the light and truth as it is in Jesus Christ that can survey this gentile nation with insensibility or realize their situation without feelings of the deepest emotion? Who of us that hath been upheld and supported from our infantile moment[s?] to manhood and carried through many dangers seen and unseen both temporal and spiritual and been receieved into the new and everlasting Covenant which God hath made in these last days With his children, that will hesitate to stand as a bold witness for the gospel of Jesus Christ and follow him through evil as well as good report and surrender himself a living sacrifice holy and acceptable unto God which is his reasonable service?

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Believeing it to be benificial to review our past life And not ownly our privilege but duty to keep an accurate account of our procedings And it is to this intent that I shall endeavour henceforth to keep a journal of my travels that when required I may give an  account of my stewardship. [p.4]

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Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.5

[p.5] /March 1st 1801/ My parents both father and mother were born and bred in the town of Farmington Connecticut. My father Aphek Woodruff was the Son of Eldad Woodruff. My mother Bulah Thompson was the daughter of Lot Thompson all of the town of Farmington Ct.

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I was born in the north part of the town of Farmington which is now called Avon March 1th 1807. From the age of 14 to 23 my mind was often exercised upon the subject of my souls salvation yet without submision to God or being led by his spirit untill the age of 23. Then at that age, I resolved by the grace of God assisting me to be led by the spirit and word of God into that truth which maketh free thereby.

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I had no desire to join any of the sectarian Churches for I found by compareing the Churches with the records of divine truth that they were neither contending nor receieving the faith once delivered to the Saints. I could not discover the Church or body of Christ visible among men. I believed the Church of Christ was in the wilderness and that there had been a falling away from the pure and undefiled religion before God. And I was a looking for the Church to arise and again to be esstablished upon the foundation of the ancient Apostles and Prophets Christ Jesus the Chief Corner Stone.

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After remaining in this state of mind for nearly the term of four years I herd a report circulated on the 29th day of Dec 1833 that there was to be a meeting held in the neighbourhood by a Mormon priest. This meeting was to be held in the town of Richland Oswego County New York. I had moved two years previous to this from Connecticut to this place, with my older Brother Azmon Woodruff. We had purchased a farm together and been living on it nearly two years. We both were anxious to attend the meeting.

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Accordingly we went and found a full congregation of people. The person that was to preach was Zerah Pulsipher an elder in the Church of Christ or of the latter day saints. He  commenced the meeting [p.6] with some introductory remarks and then prayed. I felt the spirit of God to bear witness that he was the servant of God. He then commenced preaching and that to as with authority, and when he had finished his discourse I truly felt that it was the first gospel sermon that I had ever herd. I thought it was what I had long been looking for. I could not feel it my duty to leeve the house without bearing witness to the truth before the people. I opened my eyes to see my ears to hear my heart to understand & my doors to entertain him who had administered unto us.

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Brother Pulsipher Continued labouring with us for several days and on the 31th of Dec I with my Brother Azmon Woodruff with two yong females which had been healed by the laying on of hands went forward in baptism. The day following there was several others followed our example. Among the rest was Noah Hatton a preacher in the freewill Baptist Church and several of the members of his Church followed him in the ordinance of baptism.

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And on the 2th of Janry 1834 Brother Pulsipher esstablished a branch of the Church of Christ in Richland Oswego Co. N.Y. containing twelve members. He ordained Brother Azmon Woodruff & Brother Noah Hatton Elders and myself a teacher in the Church of Christ.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.6

I truly felt that I could exclaim with the servant of God that it was better to be a door keeper in the house of God than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. I felt much of the spirit of God bearing witness To the Book of Mormon. I believed it was light out of darkness and truth out of the ground.

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The license which I receieved reads thus:

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A Power and authority given to Willford Woodruff proving that he is a Teacher in the Church of Christ by the will of God the Father according to his holy Calling and the gift /& power/ of the Holy ghost agreeable to the Revelations of Jesus Christ signifying that he has been baptized and receieved into the Church according to the articles and [p.7] Covenants of the same and ordained under the hand of Zerah Pulsipher.

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Given at Richland Janry 2th AD 1834

Zerah Pulsipher

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I continued with my Brethren in Richland through the months of Janry Febuary and March labouring with the Church. We had considerable opposition yet inasmuch as we were humble the Lord ever delivered us.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.7

I went with Brother Hatton to meet Brother Pulsipher and several other brethren and sisters at Brother Newcomes house in Fabius. We had an interesting meeting. The spirit of the Lord was with us. We returned home rejoiceing. We soon was visited by Brother Harry Brown elder and Brother James Blakesly priest. They held two meetings with us & we were much edefied & they went on there way rejoiceing.

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We were visited no more by the Brethren untill about the first of Aprail at which time Brother Harry Brown returned accompanied by Brother Parley Pratt. We had a precious interview. Brother Parley preached with us untill about midnight. He was on an important mission. He with Brother Lyman Wight was under a command of the Lord to gather together some of the servants of the Lord to go up to Zion. It was the Lords will that they should gather together five hundred but not to return [with] Less than one hundred. It was the will of the Lord that the yong men & middle aged what could be spared should go up to Zion.

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I told Brother Parley our circumstances. He told me it was my duty to try to prepare myself and go up to Zion. And accordingly I used evry exertion to settle my accounts arange my affairs and prepare myself to join my Brethren to go to Missourie. And on the 10th of Aprail Brother Harrey Brown & Brother Warren Ingles called at our house to accompany me on my journey to the west. They remained with me and my Brother untill the day following.

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Then on the 11th day of Aprail, 1834, after prepareing my horses and waggon I took the  parting [p.8] hand with my Brother Azmon and his family And also with the Bretheren and Sisters in the Church and commenced our Journey for Kirtland which place was appointed to meet at by the first day of May 1834 that all those who were going up to Zion might go together according to the word of the Lord.

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We called on the Brethren at Lyons and spent the sabbath with them And the next Sabbath we spent with the brethren at Geneseeo. Then we continued our journey. We called on Brother MCWitha and spent the night with him.

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We also Called on Brother Lewis. We there found Brother John Murdock & Orson Pratt. We spent the sabbath with them and herd them both preach and on monday continued our journey for Kirtland accompanyied by Brother John & Orson.

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Brother Ingols and myself called on Brother Strong at Thompson and spent the night with him. I was much edified with his conversation. I had a view of the draft of the City of Zion which he held in his possession.

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We continued To travel towards Kirtland and arived there at night on the 25 of Aprail 1834. There for the first time I had a view of our beloved Brother Joseph Smith the prophet & Seer which God hath raised up in these last days through whom the Saints receieve Revelations from time to time. Brother Joseph invited us to take up our abode with him & accordingly we did and boarded at his house most of the time for a week. [Interlinearly after “Brother Joseph invited”:] I here [for the] first time became acquainted with Elder Milton Holmes who traveld with us in the camp to Mo.

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Here I became not ownly acquainted with him and his family but with many of the brethren both high priests, Elders, and private members those which were making it their home at Kirtland and also those which were gathering for the purpose of going up to Zion.

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/26 [April] I was introduced to Elder Brigham Young & Heber C Kimball. Br Young gave me a Butcher knife./

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[p.9] On the 27th of Aprail being the Lords day I attended meeting and herd several of the Brethren preach. Brother Sidney Rigdon, Orson Hide, Orson Pratt and others spoke /Joseph Smith Closing/ during the meeting. It appeared to me there was more light made manifest at that meeting respecting the gospel and Kingdom of God than I had ever receieved from the whole Sectarian world.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.9

According to appointment on the first day of May 1834 we left Kirtland for Missouri. There was not but a small part of the company left Kirtland untill the Monday following on account of their not being in readiness going five days later. There was four baggage waggons and rising of 20 men in the company which left Kirtland the first of May.

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We traveled to New Portage and there remained with the Church untill the remainder of the company joined us from Kirtland which was on the 6th of May. Then we were organized in regular order and took up our march on the 8th day of May.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.9

Our march was similar to the ancient Israelites. Our horses, waggons and tents were in readiness and we were led by Joseph. Our Company now consisted of twenty baggage waggons and rising of one hundred & fifty men. The men were armed with dirks pistols Swords & rifles For Self defence and according to Brother Joseph’s request I delivered him my Sword for his own use. Our lives were threatened in consequence of advocating and maintaining the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this cause it became necessary to be in readiness to defend our lives our persons and property.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.9

As I before said we commenced our march or journey on the 8th day of May from New Portage the weather vary pleasant and delightful. We continued to travel through the day and dwell in our tents at night. I witnessed many interesting things while on this journey. We made it a practice of pitching our tents on Saturday night and not remove them untill Monday morning. We had preaching on the Lords day. Brother Joseph often addressed us  in the name of the Lord while on our journey and often while addressing [p.10] the camp he was clothed upon with much of the spirit of God. His precepts were very instructive and interesting.

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While on our travels we visited many of the mounds which were flung up by the ancient inhabitants of this continent probably by the Nephites & Lamanites. We visited one of those Mounds and several of the brethren dug into it and took from it the bones of a man.

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[Interlinearly after “We visited one of those Mounds”:] considerd to be 300 feet above the level of the Illinois river. Three persons dug into the mound & found a body. Elder Milton Holmes took the arrow out of the back bones that killed Zelph & brought it with some of the bones in to the camp. I visited the same mound with Jesse J Smith. Who the other persons were that dug in to the mound & found the body I am undecided.

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Brother Joseph had a vission respecting the person. He said he was a white Lamanite. The curs was taken from him or at least in part. He was killed in battle with an arrow. The arrow was found among his ribs. One of his thigh bones was broken. This was done by a stone flung from a sling in battle years before his death. His name was Zelph. Some of his bones were brought into the Camp and the thigh bone which was broken was put into my waggon and I carried it to Missouri. Zelph was a large thick set man and a man of God. He was a warrior under the great prophet /Onandagus/ that was known from the hill Camorah /or east sea/ to the Rocky mountains. The above knowledge Joseph receieved in a vision.

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It excited the curiosity of people more to see such a Company of people traveling through the country in perfect order. People came forth out of there houses to behold the Scene and thousands of questions were asked concerning our movements.

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We had several rivers to ferry and when we arived at Salt River we pitched our tents to remain stationary for several days. And on the day following our arival at Salt River we  were joined by [p.11] Brother Lyman Wight and the company of Brethren which he had gather’d together at Misigan or in that region of country. It was a joyful meeting. This added to our company So that it now consisted of 25 baggage waggons and about two hundred men.

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We remained at Salt River about one week. We were reorganized and Brother Lyman Wight was now appointed as a leader of the army.

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And now again after all things were put in readiness we Again took up our march towards Zion. We continued to travel untill we had arived within a few miles of Liberty Clay County Missouri. Here we pitched our tents and remained quite a number of days on account of the great excitement which prevailed in consequence of false reports which were abroad in the land respecting us. The majority of the people or public opinion were against us and even their were about Seventy men mounted on horseback with firearms gathered together for the intention of comeing against our camp. But the God of Israel frustrated their design for while they were comeing against us the Lord rained upon them rain and great hail So that it was expedient for them to seek Shelter from the storm. And after the storm they dispersed and would not go against the camp.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.11

After remaining stationary for several days the leading men of Clay County and some principle Men of other Counties called at our camp to enquire into our motives. And after a fair investigation of the Subject they manifested to us that they were satisfied that we had no evil designs or intentions in our movements or procedings.

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We remained in this situation visited daily by both friend[s?] and foes untill the High priests held a council and there was a Revelation given concerning us. By this time the excitement had in a great measure ceased and the Lord had granted us favour in the eyes of the people.

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We now again prepared ourselves to move forward. We traveled till within about two miles of Liberty. Then we again pitched our tents near by the house of Brother Burgett’s.  Here we remained [p.12] for several days.

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And while here I witnessed a solemn scene. Previous to this time while on our journey there were disobedience and murmurings in the camp And Brother Joseph prophesied That in consequence of these things there was a scourge awaited the camp. And as it was prophesied of So it was fulfilled. For soon after we had camp’d by Brother Burgetts we were visited by the destroying angel and 8 or 10 of our brethren were immediately lade helpless beneath the stroke. I assisted in taking care of them through the day and the night following and through the night and in the morning there continued to be new attacks.

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And in the morning Joseph remarked that it was the duty of the Camp to brake up and disperse and take up their abode around among the brethren lest the Scourge should be more severe. A reserve was made however for a sufficient number to tarry to take care of the sick. Accordingly the camp dispersed.

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And Brother Seth HitchCock was one of the number attacked with sickness. And he belonging to our tent it required another of our tent to take care of him. And it was inconvenient for me to stay to take care of him in consequence of having a teem to see to. And by request of Brother Hitchcock Brother Seth Ingals remained to take care of him.

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I left the camp ground and traveled about 7 miles to Brother Lawery’s house and remained with him for several days /in company with Elder Holmes who spent the summer with me at Elder L Wights/. I soon began to hear of the deaths of my Brethren which I left sick. They all died which were first taken and numbers which were afterwards attacked. There were about 20 in the whole which died at or about that time. Brother Seth Hitchcock and Warren Ingals were among the number. Brother Ingals had been in company with me from the time I left my brother, Azmon at Richland N.Y.

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After remaining several days at brother Lawrey’s Brother Lyman Wight gave me an  invitation to [p.13] spend the season with him. Accordingly I made it my home at his house and ingaged to labour with him through the season as he had taken a job to make one hundred thousand of brick and to build a dwelling house out of the same for Mr Michael Arthur, which made labour for many of the brethren. I commenced labouring at Brother Wight’s about the first of July.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.13

I found many great and glorious privileges here as it was the place appointed for the meeting of the high Council & also the Elders council and Courts to transact all their business. This high council of high priests was esstablished according to the will of God by his Servent Joseph about the first /on the 3d/ of July 1834 /organized the High Council/ before his return to the east.

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And it is a great benefit to the inquireing mind to be privileged of attending those counsels as it is the privilege of the Council to recieve the word of the Lord concerning all subjects that are brought before them to be decided or investigated that immediately Concern the Church On points of the Gospel. And in fine those councils which God hath appointed in these last days are in the first degree the most instructive and interesting to the honest enquirer after truth light and intelligence that this generation of the human family hath access to.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.13

I continued to labour with a number of my Brothren at Brother Wights through the summer and fall. We had preaching occasionally through the summer from persons who were appointed by the council to teach. And seperate from these meetings the branch of the Church by Brother Lyman Wight’s met together at his house on the Sabbath for the purpose of breaking bread and exhorting one another.

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It was a practice for any who was to be ordained to the ministry to have the vo[ice?] of the branch of the Church in which they were living before they were recommended to the high Council for ordination. It was at one of these meetings that Brother Lyman Wight  called a vote to recommend Brother Stephen Winchester Heman T. Hide and myself [p.14] to the high Council for ordination. It was a full vote and at the next meeting of the high Council we were recommended by Lyman Wight, Amasa Lyman Elias Higby, and Zebedee Coltan all high Priests to the council. And there was a vote taken and carried by the high Council to ordain us priests. And Brother Simeon Carter was appointed to ordain us and we were ordained on the 5th day of November 1834. The license which I receieved from the appointment of the Council reads thus:

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To whome these presents may Come

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This certifies that Willford Woodruff has been receieved into this Church of latter day Saints organized on the 6th day of Aprail 1830, and has been ordained a priest according to the rules and regulations of Said Church and is duly authorized to preach the gospel and act in all the ordinances of the house of the Lord agreeable to the authority of that office.

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Given by the directions of a council of elders assembled in Clay County Missouri Nov 5th 1834.

John Whitmer

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/I wrote 12 Letters while holding the Office of A Teacher./

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.14

/On the 3d day of July I attended the Meeting at Lyman Wights at which time Joseph Smith the Prophet Organized the High Council. Joseph was Clothed with the power of God. He Chastised David Whitmore & others for unfaithfulnes. Said their hearts were not set upon the building up the Kingdom of God as they should be. After He was chastised He was set apart under the hand of Joseph to Preside over the Land of Zion And Wm W. Phelps & John Whitmer assistant Pres[ident?] or Councillor./

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.14

The principal towns vilages and distance from Richland, N Y. to Kirtland Ohio and to Liberty Clay Co Missouri which road I traveled in 1834 commensing the 11th day of Aprail:

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[p.15] From Richland = to Oswego 20 miles

= Oswego to Rochester 70 = Rochester Leroy

25 = Leroy = Batavia 10 = Batavia to Buffalo 39

from Buffalo to Cataragna 30 = Cataragna

= Freedona 15 = Freedona to Westfield

= 15 = Westfield = to State line 11 = State line

= Erie 19 = Erie = Elkcreek 15 = Elkcreek

= Coneaut 14 = Coneaut = Ashtrabula 14

= Ashtrabula = Unionville 15 =

= Unionville = Pansville 15

= Pansville = Kirtland = 9 Ohio

From Kirtland = to Streatesborough 26

= Streatesborough = Newportage 23

= Newportage = Woster 30

= Woster = Mansfield 33

= Mansfield = Gallion 16

= Gallion = Bucyrus 12

= Bucyrus = Little Sandusky 15

= Little sandusky = Belfontain 41

= From Belfontain to Urbanna 18

= Urbanna = Springfield 14

= Springfield = Daytan 25

= Daytan = Eaton 25

= Eaton = Richmond 16

= Richmond = Centerville 6

= Centerville = Dublin 12

= Dublin = Raysville 18

= Raysville = Greensville 14

= Greensville = Indianapolis 18

= Indianapolis = Greencastle 40

= Greencastle = Clinton 38

= Clinton = Paris 17

= Paris = Springfield 116

= Springfield = Jacksonville 35

= Jacksonville = Illinois River = 22

= Illisnois River = Atlas 26

= Atlas = Louisana 7

= Louisana = Salt River 49

= Salt River = Liberty 180

= Total From Richland to Kirtland 336 =

= From Kirtland to Liberty 902

The sum total is 1,238 miles

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[p.16] Believeing it to be the duty of the latter day Saints to consecrate and dedicate all their properties with themselves unto God in order to become lawful heirs to the Clestial Kingdom of God It was under such a view of the subject that I consecrated before the Bishop of the Church of the latter day Saints in Clay County Dec 31st 1834. The following is a coppy of the Consecration:

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Clay Co Missouri Dec 31st 1834

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Be it known that I Willford Woodruff do freely covenant with my God that I freely consecrate and dedicate myself together with all my properties and affects unto the Lord for the purpose of assisting in building up his kingdom even Zion on the earth that I may keep his law and lay all things before the bishop of his Church that I may be a lawful heir to the Kingdom of God even the Celestial Kingdom.

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The following is an inventory of my Property:

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$   cts

One Due Bill payable in one year                20.00

One trunk and its contents principly Books            18.00

Hat Boots and clothing           23.00

One valiece         2.50

One english watch        8.00

One rifle and equipments        9.00

One sword           5.00

One pistol            1.50

Also Sundry articles                  3.00

And Notes which are doubtful and uncertain      150.00

Total $240.00

January

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[p.17] I have now arranged my business and am prepared to go forth into the world to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. And on this 13th day of January I receieved a recommend which reads as follows:

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Liberty Clay Co. Mo. January the 13 1835

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This Certifies that Willford Woodruff has faithfully Discharged evry duty required of him in the Camp of the Saints in Journing from Kirtland to this place has been very faithful in the discharge of his duty Since his Arrival here Both Spiritual and Temporal is Strong in the faith of the latter Day Saints and worthy of his Calling. He is Recommended by the Church in this place to any Branch whare providence may Call him.

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Lyman Wight

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On the 13th of Jan 1835 I left Brother Lyman Wights in company with my Beloved Brother Henry Brown to go forth to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ without purse or scrip to the people in the South. May God grant us wisdom and make us meet for our Masters use and assist us to rightly divide the word of truth and render to evry man their portion of meet in Due season that our garments may be clear of the Blood of this generation.

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This is my first mishion or the first commencement of my travels to preach the gospel.

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Jan 13th I left Brother Lyman Wights 7 miles east of Lyberty and crossed Re[engs?] ferry into Jackson County being the first time my feet had ever stood upon that land. I their joined Brother Henry in offering up our petitions and thanksgivings to God while at the Same time that precious land was polluted by ungodly men.

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We travled 23 miles to Brother Bensons. Tarryed with him through the night. Got 5 signers to a petition to the Governor of Missouri for redress of wrongs done us by the Jackson County mob.

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14th Left Brother Bensons. Travled to Brother [p.18] Charles MCCline being 5 miles. Got one signer to the petition.

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15th Left Brother MCClines and travled 12 miles through some of the most beautiful praires mine eyes ever beheld inhabited ownly by wild beasts such as Deer and wolfs. Called and spent the night with Brother [Jabhau?] Hitchcock. Got one signer to the petition. We at this time were again in Jackson County.

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Jan 16th Left Brother Hitchcock and travled 12 miles south of grand river and was kindly receieved by Mr James Porter being 23 miles. Preached the gospel to him and his.

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17th Left Mr Porter and travled within twelve miles of Harnay Misshion and was kindly Receieved by Mr Walker being 26 miles. Saw Deer and wolfs. Visited ma[ny?].

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18th Left Mr Walkers and travled to the Harmany Mishion. From thence to Mr Jerand the Indian trader being 15 miles [in] a strait course. But we lost our way and wandered in the woods untill in the night but we found our way to the trading house by the hooting of some of the Osage tribe who were at the hous. We were kindly receieved and well treated by Mr Jerand and entertaned by him through the night.

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Jan 19th Left Mr Jerand and crossed the Osage River and travled through a long level fertile praire a Southeast course. We traveled this day 60 long miles. It being so dark we could not follow the road and we concluded to camp in the woods for the night as we could hear no sound but the howling of wolfs. And as we were about to build a fire we herd the barking of a dog and the tinkiling of a bell. We went towards the sound and came to the house of Mr Williams. Notwithstanding Mr Williams was from Jackson Co yet he  receieved us for the [p.19] night. [This?] was in Polk County.

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20th Left Mr Williams and travled to Mr Conner. Took breakfast with him. /Had traveld 172 m[ile?] in [-] [county east?] bank of Sac River./ From thence across S[ac?]k River and on to Mr William Crisp being 18 miles in Polk County. Preached to him and his household to his satisfaction.

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21st Left Mr Crisp. Travled again across Sack river to Col Robert Pollan 15 miles in Green Co. Mr Pollan Receieved us kindly. We preached to him.

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Jan 22 Left Col. Pollan. Travled across Spring River to Mr Joseph Fishers being 20 miles in Green County.

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23rd Left Mr Fishers and travled to Mr Nathan Turner’s in Green Co. Gave out appointment for preaching on the day following at Mr Turners house.

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24th Preached at Mr Turners house and travled to Mr Charles J Teas 1 mile in Green Co.

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25 /Sunday/ On the Lords day Left Mr Teas and travled to Mr Joseph Henderson and preached at his house Being 3 miles in Green Co. Mr Henderson & family were much believing in the Gospel. Mr Henderson & Son Signed the petition & bid us God Speed.

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26 Left Mr Henderson and travled across Stoal Creek to Mr Wm. C Payne in Barry Co. being 14 miles.

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27 Left Mr Payne & travled to Samuel Vaughn ESq being 20 miles near by the State line.

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Jan 28th Left ESq Vaughn and travled out of the State of Mo into the Arkansas Territory to Mr Andrew Nail. Was kindly Receieved by him. This was in Washington Co. at the head of the Illonios River being 24 miles.

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[p.20] 29th Remained with Nail through the day in consequence of a hard Storm.

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30th Left Mr Nail and travled to Fayettville. From thence to Mr Ingham in Washington Co. 20 miles.

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31th Left Mr Ingham and travled to Mr John Billingsly in Washington Co. 8 miles. Was kindly Receieved by him.

February

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Feb 1st On the Lords day preached at the house of John Billingsly to an Attentive congregation. Got 3 Signers to the petition. Much of the Spirit rested upon us while preaching.

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2nd Left Mr Billingsly and travled to Mr Sanford Elmore in Crawford Co. being 25 miles. We passed through Some Cane breaks on this Day.

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Feb 3th Left Mr Ellmores and Crossed [Troy by one?] Creek. Travled on to Mr Andrew Boyd in Crawford Co. within 10 miles of the Court house. 20 m.

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4th Left Mr Boyd and travled to Mr John Simms in Crawford Co. 20 miles. Crossed little and Big Mulbury Creeks and also White Oak Creek.

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5th Left Mr Simms. Crossed White Oak Creek and travled to Mr Nickelson Crawford Co. 20 miles.

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6th Left Mr Nickelson. Crossed the Arkansaw River at Hicksons ferry. Also crossed St[art?] Mountain Creek. From thence to Mr S U Walkers in Crawford Co. being 30 miles.

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7th Left Mr Walkers. Crossed the Revell Creek. From thence to Mr Wm. Riley in Scott Co. Distance 26 miles.

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8th Left Mr Rileys. Travled to Brother Willis Akeman. Distance 5 miles in Pope Co.

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[p.21] 9th Remained at Brother Akemans.

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10th Travled 6 miles with Mr Akeman to assist him in temporal business.

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Feb 11th Left Mr Akemans. Travled 2 miles to Mr Johnathan Hubbel.

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12 Spent the day at Mr Hubbel in Writing.

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13 Remained at the Hubbels. Wrote one letter to the Brethren in Zion.

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14 On the evening of this day I was suddenly Called to a house of mourning which was Mr Alexander Akeman’s. He had walked out of his house and droped dead upon the ground. In a few moments all his Sons and daughters were present. It was truly a time of Mourning. Mr Akeman had belonged to the Church of Christ. His wife died Strong in the faith in Jackson Co. Mr Akeman was through the persecution in Jackson County in Consequence of which he moved to Pope Co Arkansaw Territory where he met his death /In a sudden manner immediately after denying the faith of the Latter day Saints/.

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15 Returned to Mr Hubbels on the Lords day. Spent the day at his house according to appointment.

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16 Attended the funeral. Assisted in burying the body of Mr Akeman. Preached the word unto the people. Got 10 Signers to the Petition.

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Feb 17th Travled from Mr Akemans to Mr Eligah Bakers. Preached at his house according to appointment. From thence to Mr Josighah Hart who invited us to spend the night with him. Mr Hart was 74 years of age and a pataritt in the Revolution. He signed the petition. Distance 15 m.

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18 Left Mr Hart and travled to Mr William Wit. Distance 12 mile. Got 5 Signers to the petition.

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[p.22] 19 Left Mr Wit. Travled to Mr Hubbel Preached at his house according to appointment. Got 6 Signers to the petition. From thence to Mr Benjamin Snellin. Distance 4 miles.

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20 Left Mr Snellin. Travled to Brother Wright Akemans. Spent the day in labouring with our hands. From thence to Mr Hubbel. Distance 3 miles. Spent the Evening in preaching the word to Mr Hubbels household. Brother Henry Spoke in tongues and interpeted the same. The Spirit of God rested upon us.

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Feb 21 Left Mr Hubbel. Travled 2 miles to Brother Wright Akemans. Spent the day in labouring with our hands. Then went to Mr Snellin who was dangerously Sick. Spent the night in assisting him.

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22 On the Lords day left Mr Snellin. Travled 2 miles to Mr Hubbel. Preached at his house. Much of the Spirit of God rested upon us. Brother Henry Batitized 2 persons /Brother & Sister Hubbel’s/.

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23 Counceled together and Concluded to go down the Arkansaw River to its mouth and cross the Mississippi River into Tennessee. We left Brother Hubbel accompanied by Brother Wright Akeman for the purpose of making a Canoe to go down the River in. Crossed the Arkansaw river. Spent the night at Mr John Morse. Distance 23 miles.

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24 Spent the day in digging out a Canoe.

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25 Finished our Canoe and launched it.

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26 Left Mr Morse. Crossed the River. Travled to Brother Hubbel. Distance 23 miles.

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Feb 27th Spent the Day in labouring for Brother Hubbel with our hands.

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28 Preached at Brother Hubbel house.

March

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[p.23] March 1th On the Lords day and also on my birth day preached to a full Congregation at Brother Hubbels house according to appointment. Got 1 Signer.

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2 Took the parting hard with Brother & Sister Hubbel and all our friends at Petty John. Was accompanied by Brother Wright to the Dardanell. We Crossed the River. Was kindly Received by Mr John Morse and there found Mr Wm & Willis Akeman. Distance 23 miles. Got 7 Signers to the petition.

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3 [Har?]dened the idea of going down the river in a Canoe and excepted of the offer of Mr Frederick Sangrain to labour for him a few days and go down the River with him in a cover’d boat. Spent the day in labouring for him.

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4 Spent the day in labouring for Mr Sangrain.

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5th Spent the day in labouring for Sangrain.

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March 6th Spent the day in labouring & writing a letter to my parents. I had a view in this place of some dangerous reptiles which was two Sandapeads and three Terrantiallers. Their touch upon human flesh is considered immediate death. The Arkansaw abounds with them esspecially among the rocks.

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7 Spent the day in labouring for Mr Alfred A Sangrain.

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8 On the Lords day preached at Mr John Morse house. Brother Henry and myself visited the top of the high bluff at the Dardanell and engraved our names in the rock. This place is the Station which the Osage Indians took to view their enemies in war.

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9th & 10th Laboured for Mr Sangrain.

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11th In consequence of low watter the coverd boat could not go down the river. Therfore  we [p.24] concluded to procede on our Journey in our canoe. We left Mr Sangrain. Embarked in our canoe. Travled 25 miles to Petty John Mountain. Stayed with Abram Barnet Pope Co.

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March 12th Left Mr Barnet. Proceded Down the River to the Cadron. Spent the night in an old deserted tradeing house. /1 signed petition./ Distance 50 miles. Conway Co.

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13th Left the Cadron after visiting the black Bluffs. Travel’d 40 miles. Spent the night with Samuel Blackburn Palaski Co.

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14th Left Blackburn. Travled to Little Rock. After visiting Little rock 3/4 of an hour travled down the River. Was kindly receieved by Mr Isaac Jones in Palaski County. 53 miles.

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15th Spent the Day with Mr Jones. Preached to them.

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16th Left our Canoe with Mr Jones. Travled up the River by land 10 miles. Took the Military road leading from Memphis to Little Rock. Was receieved [by?] Col Blues in Palaski Co. 2 signers to the petition. Distance 22 miles.

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17th Left Col Blue. Travled to Mr [.] Cribbins in Monroe Co. 40 miles. Most of the way mud & water.

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18th Left Mr Cribbins. Crossed White River at Cash ferry. From thence to Mr James P. Kelleam Monroe Co. Distance 18 miles.

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19th Spent the Day in labouring for Mr Kelleam. Also the 20 and 21th.

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March 22 On the Lords Day preached to an attentive congregation at the house of Mr Kelleam.

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[p.25] 23th Left Mr Kelleam & travled 40 miles most of the way through mud & water. Stoped for the night with William S Chan at second Creek in St Francis County. 2 signers to petition. <[–]> 5 <miles [——–]> 50 <–>.

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24th Left S Chan. Travled to John Casheer. Distance 14 miles. The time had now arived when my Colleague Deemed it expedient to take a speedy journey to his family at Kirtland and on the 24th of March I took the parting hand with Brother Henry Brown which left me alone. I preached in the Evening to Mr Casheer house to a large Congregation. Got 2 signers to the petition.

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25th Travled from Mr Casheer to William A Johnsons in Critentan Co.  Distance 20 miles. Crossed St. Francis River. Got 3 signers to petition.

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26 Left Mr Johnsons. Crossed Black Fish Lake. Travled 14 miles through mud & water. Preached at the house of Willis Fields in Crittenton Co. Got 11 signers to the petition.

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27th Left Mr Fields. Travled to & crossed the Mississippi River into Memphis State of Tennessee. 14 miles. Preached at the house of Josighah Jacksons to a company of wicked men. /They got [enough?] of me. They took me for an impostor & wanted to see if I could preach./

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March 28th Travled from Mr Jacksons to Raleigh. From thence to Mr John A Logwood Fayette Co. Distance 32 miles. 2 signers to petition.

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29th Attended meeting on Sunday. 2 miles.

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30th Travled from Mr Logwood to Sommer[ville?] & on to Bolivar. Spent the night at the house of Esq. Hardamand Amid Musick & Dancing in Hardamand Co. Distance 35 miles.

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[p.26] 31th Travled from Mr Hardamand to [Joel?] Sipes. Preached at his house in Madison Co. 1 signed the petition. Distance 24 miles.

April

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Aprail 1th Left Mr Sipes. Crossed M[ount?] Pinson. From thence to Mr Daniel Beard in Henderson Co. Distance 30 miles.

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2th Left Mr Beard. Travled through plesant grove & Lexington and Maple Springs to Mr Wm Morris Carrel County. Distance 30 Miles.

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3th Left Mr Morris. Travled 14 miles to Brother C[ade?] Crawley. Got 2 signers to petition. Humphrey Co.

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4th Left Brother Crawley. Travled 5 miles to Brother Joseph Frey. There I had the happy privilege of meeting with Brother Warren Parish who was faithfully ingaged in the work of the Lord & baptizing such as should be saved. I am now expecting to labour with him for a season.

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Aprail 5th On the Lords Day remaned at Br Frey.

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6th Preached at the Meeting house on Eagle Creek also in the Evening of the same Day.

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7th Spent the Day in visiting the Saints at Eagle Creek and travled to Brother Crawley. 8 miles.

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8th Travled from Brother Crawley to John Jacksons. Preached in the evening at his house.

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9th Left Mr Jackson. Travled to paris to Brother Isaiah Benton. Distance 24 miles. Henry County.

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10th A meeting for prayer at Brother [Sants?] in the Evening.

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[p.27] 11th Travled from paris to Mr John Hartfield. 10.

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12th Travled from Mr Hartfield to Naples. On Sunday preached at the meeting house. Distance 10 miles. Was kindly Receieved for the night by Dr Richard B Clausell.

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13th Travled from Dr Clausell into the State of KY. Graves County. Preached in the evening at the house of Mr David Kelly. Distance 9 miles.

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14th Left Mr Kelly. Travled to Mr Clap’s. Preached to an attentive congregation also in the evening. Distance 6 miles.

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15th Preached at [Wise Brusles?]. From thence to Dr Clausell Henry Co. Distance 9 miles.

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Aprail 16th Left Mr Clausell. Travled to Mr Etherage. Preached to an attentive congregation. Was blessed with the Spirit of God. From thence to Mr Butterworth. Preached in the evening. 10.

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17th Left Mr Butterworth. Travled to Brother L[ev?]y Taylor in Henry County. Distance 14 miles.

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18th Preached at the School house at Mr Chumley. Spent the night at Mr Joseph Chumley.

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19th Sunday Preached at the School house. Brother Parish Baptized five persons three of Mr Cy.

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20th Left Brother Taylor’s. Travled to Brother Samuel Smith. Preached at Mr Willey Mallory Callaway Co State of Kentucky.

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21th Left Brother Smith & preached at the house of Col Solomon Copeland Henry Co [..]. Mrs Copeland was heald by the laying on of hands. /18 miles./

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[p.28] 22th Travled from Col Copelands to paris. 10 miles.

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23th Spent the Day in paris. Held a Debate with two Methodest priest & a prayer Meeting in the evening.

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24th Left the Brethren at paris. Travled to Eli[jah?] Foster. Held two meetings at his house. 15 miles.

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25th From Mr Fosters to John Jacksons. HS. Co. 15.

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26th Sunday From Mr Jacksons to Wm Camp at Chalk Level. Preach at his house. Br Parish Baptized one. Hs County. 15 miles.

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Aprail 27th Baptized one. Left Chalk Level for Brother Frey’s Eagle Creek Hs. Co. Distance 10 miles.

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28th Preached at E[.] Creek. Visited the sick and prayd with them. Travled 4 miles.

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29th Spent the Day at Brother Frey in writing. Wrote one letter to the Saints in Zion Also to the Saints in the Arkansas.

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30th Write a letter to My parents in Connectict. Preached in the Evening at Caswell Medlock. 2 M.

May

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May 1th Returned to Brother Frey. Continued writing. 2 M.

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2th At night Preached at Sister Medlocks. Br Parish Baptized 2.

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3th On the Lords Day Preached at Father Frys.

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4th Wrote A letter to Friend Ozem Woodruff [p.29] Avon, Con. Spent the night at Brother Medlock.

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5th Returned to Br Frys. Travled 4 miles.

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6 Rode 3 miles & preached at Mr Wm Malin’s.

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7th Rode to Morgans Creek. Preached at John Walkers. Returned to Br Frys. 15 miles.

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8th Spent the Day at Br Frys in Study and Writing.

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9th Travled 2 miles. Visited the brethren and returned.

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10th Sunday Rode to Mag Maddens. Preached to a large congregation. From thence to Br Crawleys. Distance 30 miles. Br Parrish Preached at E Creek. Baptized 1 one.Note

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May 11th Rode from Brother Crawley’s to Br Utleys. 8 miles.

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12th Rode to Lewis Barkers. Preached at his hous. Br Parrish Baptized 2 persons. Distance 6 miles.

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13th Rode to Mr JOHN JACKSON. Preached at his house. Baptized 2 one of them at the 11th hour of the Night. Distance 7 mi.

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14th Rode to PARIS Henry County. Distance 23 miles. We there found A Brother By the name of ASA DODDS. He was nearly blind both litterally & spiritually.

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15th Spent the day in PARIS. Preached in the evening at the Court house.

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[p.30] 16 Br Parrish mail’d A letter for Kirtland. Rode to Col S C. 10 miles.

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17th Sunday Preached at the Academy to A large congregation Also in the evening at Col Copelands.

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18th Rode to Br West’s Humphreys Co. Distance 30 miles.

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19th Rode to Willis Beards ESQ to Brother Frey’s & /18 m. 12./ J. Jacksons. Preached at his house. Distance 20 miles.

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21 Rode to Col Copeland’s Henry Co. Distance 25 miles.

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22nd Rode to Br Taylor’s on Bloody. Distance 10 miles.

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23rd Rode to Mr Butterworth’s. Preached at his house. 10 mlle.

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24th Sunday Preached at Butterworth’s Also in the evening Baptized 2 persons & rode to Jms Ray’s.

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25th Rode to Brother Taylor’s. Distance 10 miles.

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26th Rode to Br Smith’s then to Col Rowlets. 7 miles.

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27th Rode to Col Copeland’s Henry Co. Distance 14 mi.

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28th Rode to Br Lanes in Paris. Distance 10 miles.

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29th Rode to Mr Fosters. Preached at his house. From thence to J Jacksons. Distance 30 miles.

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30th Rode from Mr. Jacksons to Jesse Roggers. [p.31] In this days travel we past through Reynoldsburgh after crossing Tennessee River Preached at Roggers. 15m.

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31st Sunday Preached at Mr Roggers to A large congregation on the authenticity of the Book of Mormon.

June

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June 1th Rode across Tennessee River to Br West’s. 12 m.

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2nd Rode to Br Utley’s. Preached at his house. Baptized 1 person. Then to Br Caps. Distance [217] miles.

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June 3th Rode to MAG Madden’s. Preached at his house. Visited & prayed with the sick. Then Rode to MAG Beards. 25 miles.

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4th Preached at Mag Burrel Beards. Then Rode to br Fry’s. [1718 miles.

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5th Spent the day visiting the saints on Egle Creek.

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6th Preached at the Meeting house on Egle Creek.

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7th Sunday Preached at the Meeting house on E Creek Also at Brother Frys in the evening Baptized 2 persons.

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8th Rode to Brother Crawley’s. Distance 6 miles.

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9th Rode to Mr Barkers. Preached at his house. From thence to ESQ Petty’s. Distance 8 miles.

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10th Rode to John Jacksons. 3 miles.

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11th Preached at J Jacksons. Br PARRISH [p.32] baptized 1 which was Albert Petty ESQ. Then to J Lowery’s. 14 mil.

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12th Rode to Br Lanes in Paris. Preached in the Court house. 15 miles.

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13th Rode to Col Copeland’s. Distance 10 miles.

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14th Sunday Preached at the Academy.

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15th Br Parrish baptized 1. Then Rode to Br Taylors. 10 mil.

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16th Preached at Br Taylor’s & Rode to Mr John Freeman’s. 5 miles.

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17th Rode to Concord. Call’d on Doct R B Clausell. Then to Mr Joseph Chumley. Distance 7 miles.

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18th Rode to Mr Isaac Hendricks. Preached at his house. Distance 10. Confirmed Br William MCCullock.

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19th Rode to Col Dodds Graves County. Distance 10 miles.

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20th Rode to Mr Claps. Preached at his house. Distance [      ]. Graves County KY.

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21st Sunday Preached in the grove to A large company. Br Parrish baptized 3 persons. Then rode to Mr MCCamall. Preached at his house. Distance 10 miles.

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22nd Rode to Bloody. From thence to Col Copeland’s. 25 m.

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23 Rode to PARIS. Preached in the Court house. Distance 10.

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On the 23rd day of June 1835 we receieved A [p.33] letter from Brother Oliver Cowdery containing A request for Br Parrish to return to Kirtland as he was one of the seventy chosen Also stating that it was wisdom for me to tarry & labour with the church in great humility that I need not fear as their were other seventy to be called and that I was remembered.

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June 24th Held A debate with A Lawyier Wm L Sloss. Then rode to Mr Foster’s. Preached at his house. 14 miles.

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25th Rode to J Jacksons Humphrys Co. Distance 16 mile.

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26 Brother Parish baptized 1 Br John Jackson. Then Rode to Mr L Barker’s. Preached at his house. Was followed by A speach from Mr Cave Johnson Also from Mr Cong[o?] Pervatt. Then Rode to Br Pettys. Br Parrish baptised 1 Mrs Catherine Petty. Distance 6 miles.

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27th Rode to MAG Beards. Preached at his house. [Then?] to Br Fry’s Egle Creek. Distance 26 miles.

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28th Of June 1835 On the LORDS DAY Brother WARREN PARRISH Preached his farewell sermon to the Egle Creek branch of the Church of Latter Day Saints. Elder Calvin H Nicholson was present. As Br Parrish was one of the seventy Chosen it became necessary for him to return to Kirtland. It also became necessary for him to set the Churches in order before his departure & Ordain such as Should be chosen by the gifts & callings of God to watch over the Church. And on the 28 of June 1835 brother Warren Parrish Ordained me an Elder & brother Caswell Medlock was ordained A Deacon over the Egle Creek branch. I wrote & presented A reccommend to the Church ie Reccommending br Parrish to the bishop and Church in general. It was signed by the male  members. We truly had an affecting time. Partook [p.34] of the Sacrament. Closed the meeting by singing A farewell song. Then rode to brother Medlock’s With Elders Parish & Nicholson.

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As I am now called to the office of an Elder I think it Proper before further giving an account of my travels to ocipy A space in aranging my travel’s while I was A Teacher A Priest &c Whare and how far I traveled and who with And how many baptized &c &c.

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On the 31 which was the last day of Dec & of the year 1833 I Joined the Church of Latter Day Saints. Was Baptized by Elder Zerah Pulsifer on the 31 of Dec 1833 in company with my Brother Azmon Woodruff. We were the two first that was baptized by A latter day Saint in Oswego Co NY. I was ordained A Teacher by Elder Pulsifer January 2nd 1834.

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Travled while A Teacher from the 11th of Aprail to 25th of June 1834          1,238 Miles

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From Richland Oswego Co. NY to Kirtland Ohio

336 miles

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From Kirtland Ohio to Liberty Missouri

902 miles

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Total   1,238 mile

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Traveled With brothers Seth Ingols & Henry Brown From Richland to Kirtland.

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Travled with 150 or 200 Brethren with brother Joseph Smith, Jun as our leader from Kirtland to Missouri.

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Remained A Teacher Untill the 5th of Nov.

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Wrote 12 Letter while A Teacher.

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I was Ordained A Priest by brother Simeon Carter by the direction of the high Council of Elders on the 5th of NOV 1834.

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I commenced travling to Preach the gospel on the 13 of Jan 1835 in company with Elder Henry Brown with A reccommend from Elder Lyman Wight.

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I Consecrated & Dedicated Myself, Properties, and Effects unto the Lord befor the Bishop in Zion on the 31st Dec 1834 A coppy of which is in the fore part of this Journal. This that I may be A lawful heir to the Celestial Kingdom of GOD.

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[p.35] The following is an account of my travels and proceedings While Officiateing in the Office of A Priest:

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From the 13th of Jan to the 28th of June of 1835 I travled 1,808 One thousand eight hundred & eight miles to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, Divided thus:

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212 miles in Missouri With Elder H Brown

656 miles in Arkansas Territory

608 With Elder H Brown and 48 Alone

940 miles in Tennessee and KY

760 miles With Elder W Parish & 180 Alone

1,808 miles the Whole

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I held 70 Seventy Meetings Divided thus:

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10 With Elder Brown

4 Alone

56 With Elder Parrish

70 The Whole

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I assisted Elder Brown while Baptizing 2 persons in ARK.

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Assisted Elder Parrish While baptizing 18 in Tenn.

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I Baptized 8 persons in Tenn and KY While with E PA[RISH?] And holding the office of A priest.

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I procured 73 Signers to the Petition to the Governour of the State of Missouri for wrongs inflicted upon the Church of Latter Day Saints by the Jackson County Mob divided thus:

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10 In Missouri

56 In Arkansas Territory

7 In Tennessee

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I procured 4 Subscribers for the Messenger & Advocate And Wrote 10 Letters.

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The Above ends my proceedings While holding the Office of A Priest from the 5th of NOV 1834 to the 28th of June 1835 Making 7 Months and 23 Days. While I was not travling I was labouring with my hands.

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[p.36] The following is A License Receieved from Elder Warren Parrish:

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This certifies that Willford Woodruff has been receieved into this Church of the Latter Day Saints organized on the 6th Day of Aprail 1830 and has been ordained an Elder according to the rules and regulations of said Church and is duly authorized to preach the gospel and act in all the ordinances of the house of the LORD agreeable to the authority of that office.

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Given under my hand by the voice of the Eagle Creek branch of the Church of the latter day Saints on the 28th Day of June 1835.

ELDER WARREN PARRISH

TENN. HUMPHREYS COUNTY

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I shall now continue my Journal as usual.

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June 29th Rode from Br Medlock’s to Br Frys in company with Elders Parrish & Nicholson. Spent several hours in writing. Then Rode to Squire Ivins. Br Parrish baptized 1 person. From thence to Br Walkers. 4 miles.

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30th Rode to John Walkers on Morgans Creek. Preached at his house. From thence to Br Fry’s. Distance 14 miles.

July

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July 1st Rode to Brother Utley’s. Distance 8 miles.

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2nd Preached at Br Utley’s & organized that branch of the Church called the Chalk Level branch. Br Parrish ordained Br Abel B Wilson A Deacon.

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3rd Rode to Br Crawleys. Distance 6.

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4th Crossed Tenn. River. Past through Reynoldsburgh to Col Rutherford’s Humphrys Co. Distance 12 miles.

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[p.37] 5th Preached at Col Rutherford’s. Baptized 1 person.

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6th Crossed the River. Rode to Br Utleys. Distance 12 miles. Br Parrish baptized 3 in Henry Co on the same day.

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7th Rode to Br J Jackson’s. Preached at his hous. 4 miles. This was A day appointed by our enemies to meet at Br Jacksons for the purpos of mobing us. But while sickness fell upon some & fear upon others they Abandoned their designs.

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July 8th Spent the day with Br Jackson’s.

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9th Rode to Mr Fosters. Preached at his house. Then RODE to brother Lanes in PARIS. Distance 30 miles.

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10th Rode to Col Copelands. Distance 10 miles.

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11th Spent the day at Col Copelands & the night at Davis.

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12th Sunday Preached at the Academy to A congregation of hundreds. Was accompanied by Wm. L Sloss to Col Copeland. Distance 3 miles.

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13th Rode to Samuel Roberts. Preached at his house. Then to Brother Taylor’s on bloody. Distance 10 miles.

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14th Preached at Br Taylors. Then rode to Mr Chumleys.

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15th Rode to Doct Richard B Clausell at Concord. Preached in the grove. Then Rode to Br Taylors. Distance 10 m.

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16th Took the parting hand with br Parish <the last [-] brother Parish spent the [-]> And  the friends on Bloody & Rode to Mr Butterworths. [p.38] Preached at his hous and Rode to John MCCullock. 13 miles.

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17th Rode to MCCaman’s. Preached at his house. 6 mile.

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18th Rode to M Lewis Claps KY. 15 miles. Receieved Elder ASA DOODS credentials According to the appointment of the Counsel at Kirtland. I ordained Br Benjamin Clap A Teacher in the Church of Latter Day Saints.

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19th Sunday Preached by the school house 1 mile from Mr Claps. I followed A campbellite preacher. Although m[ob?] threatened before meeting I was not disturbed. Also Preached in the evening at Mr Claps & baptized 2 per[sons?].

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20th Rode to Clarks River & Preached at Mr Thomas’es & Also in the evening to A large Congregation of priest’s & people. Was opposed by one priest. The rest were silent. Spent the night with Daniel Thomas. 12 mile.

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21st Rode to Concord. Then to Br Taylors. Distance 30 miles.

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22nd Rode to Col Copelands 10 miles whare I again met with Brother PARRISH. He informed me that he had baptized 5 persons since we parted. I receieved A letter from my Pare[nts?].

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23rd Rode in company for the last time with Elder Warren Parrish to the mouth of Sandy. Br Parrish Preached to several hundreds for the space of three hour’s & baptized 1 person. The time had now arived however painful it might be for me [to] take the parting hand with Br PARRISH. I Know not that we shall ever meet again untill we meet in Eternity. May the blessings of God crown his days & prepare him for the Celestial Kingdom. O worthy Brother farewell but not forever.

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[p.39] I am now left alone without human aid to asist me in preaching the gospel. My circuit is about 100 miles in extent besides the care of all the Churches within the limits of the same. Who is weack & I not weack? Who is offended & I burn not? O may the LORD give me strength as my day & many souls as seals of my ministry. O GOD prepare me for the battle.

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I took the parting hand with Brothers Parrish & Utley who was intending to Journey together to Kirtland. Then returned to Col Copeland’s. Distance of the day 20 miles.

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24th Rode to Brother Lanes in PARIS. Distance 10 miles.

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25th Spent the day in paris.

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26th Sunday Rode to Johnathan Lowerys. Preached at his house to A large congregation. Was opposed by some individuals. Then Rode to Br Jacksons. Distance 25 miles.

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27th Spent the day at Br Jackson’s.

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28th Preached at Brother Jacksons. Baptized 1 one. Some armed men gather’d together. It was supposed to mob me but they came not against me.

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29th Rode to Br Pettys then to Br Williams. Distans 4 miles.

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30th Rode to L Barkers. Preached at his house then to Caps. 8 m.

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31st Rode to Br Utley’s then to Br Crawleys. Distance 8 miles.

August

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AUG 1st Rode to Br Frys on Egle Creek. Distance 8 miles.

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2nd Preached at Egle Creek Meeting house at 12 [p.40] oclock Also at 4 oclock AM at Sister Barnets. Baptized 2 two. Spent the night at Sister Barnet’s in company with Wm. L Sloss. 2 miles.

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3rd Rode to Brother Frys. Spent the day in writing & Studying Stenography <stenography> from Wm L Sloss. 2 miles.

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4th Took the parting hand with William L Sloss ESQ & the rest of the friends. Rode to Br Utleys. Preached [at] 12 oclock. 10 mil.

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5th Spent the day at Br Utleys.

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6th Rode to Col Rutherfords east of Tenn River. Preached at 12. Returned through Reynoldsburgh on election day where there was much drunkenness and fiting. Rode to Br Jacksons & preached in the evening. Distance 23 miles.

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AUG 7th Rode to Mr Fosters. Preached at his house. Receieved 2 sudscribers for the M & Ad. Distance 15 mil.

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8th Rode to Paris & herd of much excitement. Fea[r?] an insurrection of the dlacks. Distance 14 miles.

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9th Sunday Rode to Col Copeland. Preached at the Academy. Distance 10 miles.

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10th Rode to Bloody. Distance 10 miles.

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11th Preached at Br Taylor. Then rode to Br Smith. 5 m.

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12th Visited the sick. Rode to Br Taylors. 5 miles.

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13th Rode to Mr Butterworth’s. Preached. D[istance] 10 mi.

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[p.41] 14th Spent the day at Mr Butterworth’s.

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15th Rode to Br Taylors. Was under the necessity of Swiming Bloody River. After some difficulty I extricated myself & Horse from the Water. Dis 10 miles.

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16th Sunday Held Communion with the Saints at Br Taylors & wrote A letter to Br Asahel H Woodruff.

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17th Spent the day at Br Taylors in study & writing.

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18th Rode to Mr Chumleys & wrote a letter to Br Henry Brown in Zion.

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19th Rode to Concord. Then returned to Br Taylors. 14 mi. <I dream on the night of the> 19 <of> aug 1835. <After meditating on the first dream I dreamed another.>

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20th Rode to Col Copelands. Distance 10 miles.

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21st & 22nd Spent at Col Copeland’s.

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23rd On the Lords Day Preached at the Academy.

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24th Rode from Col Copelands to Paris. Distance 10 m.

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25th Rode to Mr Fosters. Distance 14 miles.

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26th Rode to Br Jackson’s. Preached at his house. 14 mi.

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27th Rode to Br Albert Pettys. Distance 2 miles.

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28th Rode to Lewis Barker. Preached at his house. Then Rode to Egle Creek.

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[p.42] 29th Preached at Br Freys. Expeled Fanny Lewis.

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30th Spent the day in visiting the sick. Travled 6 mi.

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31th Rode to Br Crawley. Distance 6 miles.

September

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1st Sept Rode to Br West’s. Preached at his house. Then Rode to Br Pettys. Distance 8 miles.

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2nd Preached at Br Pettys. Then Rode to Br H Williams. 4 miles.

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3rd Rode to David Crenshaw. Preached at his house. 14 mile.

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4th Rode to Paris. Distance 14 miles. Receieved A letter from Br W Parrish Kirtland.

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5th Rode to Col Copelands. Distance 10 miles.

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6th On the Lords day Preached at the Academy by Col Copeland. Then Rode to Mr Lowthers. 14 mile.

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7th Rode to Samuel Roberts. Preached at his house. Then Rode to Br Taylors. 12 miles.

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8th Preached at Br Taylors. Rode to Concord. 8 miles.

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9th Rode to Mr Chumbleys. 9 miles.

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10th Rode to Wid[ow] MCcamrans. Passed many [si? ]ck. [-] miles.

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11th Rode to Br Clapps Calloway Co KY. 10 miles.

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12th Benjamin Clapp & his Wife healed by the laying on of hands. Then Rode to Br Loys. 1 m.

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[p.43] 13th On the Lords day Preached at Mr Claps Also in the evening Baptized 1 Mary Clapp.

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14th Rode to Mr MCCollock’s. Distance 12 miles.

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15th Rode to Mr Chumbleys on Bloody. Distance 14 m.

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16th Rode to Br Taylors. Spent the day in writing.

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17th Rode to Mr Freemens. Preched at his house. 7 miles.

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18th Rode to Br S Smiths. 2 miles.

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19th Rode to Mr Gainers. Distance 9 miles.

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20th On the Lords [day] Preached at Mr Gainers. Communed With the Saints & Ordained Br James Young A deacon.

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21st Rode to Paris. Distance 10 miles. Spent the day in reading Owens & Campbells debate. Sent A Letter to Elder John Witmer at Kirtland.

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22nd Rode to Mr Cranshaws. Preached at his house. 15 miles.

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23rd Rode to Br Howard Williams. Distance [      ]. Herd of the Death of Sister Nancy Wood who died on the 13th of Sept 70 years of Age. Rode to Br Utleys. Had A Piesant interview with Br Utley as he had Just returned from Kirtland he brought me A letter from W Parish also A Book Containing the doctrins & Covenants of the Church of the Latter Day Saints as A Present from O Cowdery.

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Sept 24th Spent the day in Perusing the Book from Br Cowdery & found it to be A precious treasure A legacy from heaven.

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[p.44] 25th Rode to Lewis Barkers. Preached at his house. Baptized 1. Distance 5 miles. 1 Subscriber for M & Ad.

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26 Rode to Br West’s. Preached at his house. Dis 6 mile.

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27th Sunday Rode to Br Caswell Medlock’s. Preached at his house to A large Congregation Also in the evening at Sister Barnets. Distance 9 miles.

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28th Rode to Father Frey’s. Commenced copying Journal.

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29th Continued Coppying my Journal.

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30th Preached at Br Frys.

October

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Oct 1st Coppied Journal through the day. Rode in the evening to Br Medlocks. 2 miles. Preached at his house in the evening & baptized 1 one.

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2nd Rode to Br Crawley. Preached at his house. 8 m.

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3rd Rode to Br Willsons. From thence to Br Utley. 6 mile.

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[4]th Sunday Preached at Br West.

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[5]th Rode to Br Pettys. Distance 6 miles.

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[6]th Preached at Br Pettys. Then rode to Br Williams. 4 mil.

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7th Rode to Br Jackson’s. 1 mile.

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8th Rode to David Cranshaws. Preached at his hous. 15 m.

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9th Rode to Paris. Distance 15 miles. Receieved 2 letters by male one from Brother  Asahel H [p.45] Woodruff the other from Sister Rebecca Dayton Kirtland Ohio.

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10th Rode to Col Copeland. Distance 10 miles.

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11th Sunday Preached at the Academy. Rode to Frasiers. 4 m.

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12th Rode to Samuel Roberts. Preached at his house. Then Rode to Br Taylors. Distance 10 miles.

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13th Preached at Br Taylors. Receieved 2 subscribers for the M & Advocate.

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14th Rode to Concord & returned to Br Taylors 16 m.

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15th Rode to Isaac Hendricks. Preached at his house. Then Rode to Mr Clapps on Taropen. Preached at his house. Distance 30 miles.

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16 Rode to Br Loy’s. 1 miles.

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17th Oct Preached at Mr Clapps & Baptised 1 one. Then Rode to Br Loys. Preached at his house and returned to Br Clapp’s. 3 miles.

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18 On the Lords day Rode to Clarks River 10 mi & Preached in the meeting house. Had A debate with A Campbellite Priest. Also Preached at night in the same place on the Authenticity of the Book of Mormon to A large Assembly.

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19th Procured 1 subscriber for M & Ad. Preached in the evening at Br Thomas’es. The Spirit of God rested <upon me>.

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20th I Baptized 3 Campbellites one A deacon. Then Rode 12 miles & Preached at Mr Joseph Greenwoods. Mr Greenwood was 81 years of Age & A revolutioner under George Washington. His wife who was Carding Wool Elizabeth Greenwood was 93 years  of Age [p.46] & well remembered Braddocks Army.

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21st Got 2 signers for M & Ad. Rode to Br Clapps. 3 miles. Preached in the evening at Br Claps /on Terropan River/ from the Lth Psalm 3, 4, 5 verses. When I opened A door for the reception of members by baptism When 8 came foreward & gave me their hand all were Campbellites save 1 which was A Baptist. We repaired to the water whare the Spirit of God & the solemnities of Eternity rested upon us While administering the ordinance of Baptism. It was A scene that caused rejoicing in both heaven & Earth [-] view 3 men lead their wives into the same element whare our Savior had lain to obey the mandates of heaven.

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22st Preached at Br Camp’s. Got 1 signer for E & M Star.

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23rd Rode in company with Br Benj. Clapp to Br Taylors. Distance 22 miles.

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24th Wrote A Letter to President John Whitmer Kirtland. Sent 7 subscribers for papers. 14 baptised. Sent $5.00 money.

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Oct 25th Preached at Mr Chumley’s on the Lords day.

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26th Rode to Col Copelands. 10 miles.

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27th Rode to Paris. 10 miles. Held A Council & Expeled Mrs Lucy Benton. Maled A Letter to Br J Whitmer dated 27st.

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28 Rode to Capt Lowerys. From thence to Br Jackson. Got 1 subscriber for M and Ad. Distance 40 miles.

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29th Preached at Br Jacksons. Rode to Br Pettys. 2 mile.

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[p.47] 30 Rode to L Barkers. Preached at his house. Then Rode to Br Crawleys. 10 miles.

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31st Rode to Br Frys.

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Novr 1st Preached at Frys. 7 miles.

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Nov 2nd Rode to Br Utleys. 10 miles.

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3rd Rode to Br Wests. Preeached at his house. Two persons had the gift of tongues. 2 mil.

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4th Rode to Br Pettys. Preached at his house. From thence to Br Jacksons. 8 mile.

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5 Wrote A Letter to Br Benton. Rode to Mr Fosters with Brother’s Seth Utley & Clapp. Distance 14 miles.

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6th Rode to Paris. 14 miles.

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7th Rode to Col Copeland’s. 10 miles.

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8th Preached in the evening at Mr Lowther.

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9th Rode to Br Taylors. 10 miles.

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10 Preached at Br Taylors. Rode to Br S Smith’s. 7 miles.

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11th Rode to Mr Chumbley’s. 8 miles.

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12th Rode to Mr Hendricks. Preached. 12 m.

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13th Rode to Br Clapps on Taropen KY. with Br Utley. Lost our way. Travled 25 miles.

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14th Preached at Camp’s in the evening. The Spirit of God rested upon us & signs followed the believer. 4 came foreward for baptism.

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[p.48] NOV 15th Sunday Preached at Br Clapps /on the Terropen/ on the attributes of God & Baptized 5 Persons. Then mounted our horses to ride to Clarks River in company with Seth Utley & four other Brethren & two Sisters.

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We rode to the creek but could not cross without swiming our hourses as A heavy rain had fallen the night & day before. As night was overtaking us & Also dangerous for females to swim their horses we attempted to head the creeks sufficiently to ford them. But in the attempt both in the darkness of the night & A hard Storm of wind & rain overtook us. We lost our way. We had neither fire, light, nor road but was in rain, wind, creek, mud, & water [&?] treetops. Setting aside our horses & females we made more the appearance of fishermen than travelers.

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I thought of Pauls perils by water. But the Lord doth not forsake his saints even in the seventh trouble. For while we were in the woods grouping as the blind for the wall suffering under the blasts of wind, & rain A light suddenly Shone around about us without either Sun Moon or Stars so that we were able to reach A hous whare we receieved directions & procured some torches to serve us as lights. We went our way rejoiceing allthough the wind & rain beat upon us & the darkness returned.

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We reached Mr Henry Thomas’es house at about 9 oclock at night without much harm after riding 20 miles & being 5 hours in the storm & fording Creeks & branches 20 or more times without murmering either Male or Female & felt to thank God for preservation.

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16 Preached at the meeting house on Damonds Creek Also at Mr Thomases at candle light.

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17th Baptized one & organized the Damond’s Creek branch of the church of Latter day Saints & ordained Daniel Thomas A Teacher.

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Then rode to Br Loy’s 12 miles Whare I in company with Seth Utley & Br Loy & his  family were [p.49] called out in the night to view the signs in the heavens Which was three clouds having the appearance of fire & blood one in the North one in the East one in the West each about the size of an acre of ground. They arose from the Earth into the air. Frequently changed their places.

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Nov 18th Rode to Br Clapps. Took the parting hand with Br Utley.

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19th Rode to Mr Greenwoods. Preached at his house. 3 mile.

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20 Rode to Mr Hendricks. Distance 10 miles.

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21st Rode to Br Taylors. Distance 10 miles.

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22 Sunday Preached at Mr Chumbley’s.

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23 Rode to Jn Gainers. Preached at his house. 10 m.

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24 Rode to Paris. 10 mile.

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25 Rode to Mr Fosters. 14 miles.

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26 Rode to J Jacksons. Preached at his house. Got 1 subscriber for M & Ad. 14 miles.

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27 Rode to Mr Barkers. Preached at his house. 6 miles.

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28 Rode to Br Crawleys. 8 miles.

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29th Rode to Br Medlocks. Preached at his house. 10 miles.

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30th Rode to Mr Jordans. Preached at his house. Returned to Br Fry’s. Procured 4 subscribers for M & Ad Also 1 subscriber for E & M. Star. Wrote 1 Letter. 22 m.

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[p.50] Dec 1st Spent the day at Father Fry’s in writing. Wrote 2 Letters 1 to President John Whitmer the other to Elder Warren Parrish both directed to Kirtland Geauga Co Ohio. Gave J Whitmer an account of 6 baptized. Sent 8 subscribers & $5.00 in money in since Oct 24.

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2nd Rode to Br Crawleys 8 miles Whare I unexspectedly met Elder Elias F Wells who informed me that Elder Daniel Cathcart was at Paryville labouring & that he would soon visit us. I expect Br Wells will labour with me.

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3 Rode to Br Wests. Preached at his house & in the evening. 14 m.

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4 Rode to Br Petty’s. Preach at his house. 4 miles.

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5 Rode to J Jacksons. 3 miles.

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6 Sunday Rode to Capt. Lowery’s. Preached at his hous. 14.

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7 Rode to Paris. Distance 20 miles.

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8th Preached at night in the Court house & while Preaching some person turned one of our horses loose to stray.

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9 I spent the day in writing. Wrote A Letter to my Parents.

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10 Spent the day in Paris. Got 1 subscrider for M & Ad.

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11th Wrote A Letter to Br Asahel H Woodruff.

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12 Walked to Col Copelands 10 miles & found our stray horse.

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[p.51] 13 Sunday Preached at the Academy. Rode to J Youngs. 5 miles.

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14 Rode to Bloody to Br Taylors. 10 miles.

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15 Preached at Br Taylors. Rode to Freemans. 5 miles.

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16 Rode to Mr Chumbleys. 6 miles.

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17 Rode to J Hendricks. Preached at his house & Rode to Br Simeon Hendricks. 20 miles.

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Dec 18 Preached at Father Greenwoods at night.

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19 Saturday Rode to Br Clapps /on Taropan Creek/. Preached at his house & Baptized 5 persons 4 men, 1 woman. One of the men was A Campbellite Priest. Communed with the Saints. Had a good time. 3 mile.

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20 Rode on Sunday to Clarks River. Preached at Mr Henry Thomases house at 12 oclock Whare A mob of Fifty men <was [-]> led by A Baptist Priest came out against me. But after questioning me on one point their leader advised them not to lay hands on no man for their principles. It was good advise & well taken.

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I Preached again at night at the same Place & Baptized 3 Persons. The man of the house & his Mother who was 78 years of age & another sister were the Persons Baptized. Rode 10 miles.

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21 Rode to Waidsborough. 7 miles. Preached in the evening to A respectable Congregation. Got 1 signer for M & Ad. Was Kindly receieved for the night By Doct Richard Knuckle’s & W. Frasier.

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22 Rode from Waidsborough to Mr Freemans on Bloody, KY. Distance 24 miles.

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23 Rode to Brother Levi Taylors. 4 miles.

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[p.52] 24 Commenced studying Kirkhams English Grammer at Br Taylors & there spent the week.

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27 Sunday Preached at Mr Chumbly’s.

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28 Rode to Br Davis’es. Preached at the School house. Then rode to Col Copeland. Distance 12 mil.

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29 Rode to S Smiths on Bloody. 12 miles.

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30 Rode to Mr Chunley’s. 5 miles.

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31st of Dec the Last Day of 1835 spent at Br Taylors.

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Thus ends the year of 1835

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The two following pages show correctly the abridgment of my Journal 1833-1898, Vol.1, travel’s & Proceeding of 1835.

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On the night of the last day of Dec & of the year of our Lord 1835 I Perused my Journals & found it to contain the following account of my travels & Procedings in the year of 1835, commencing the 13th of Jan. 1835 making one year 12 days excepted.

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1st Travled three thousand two hundred & forty eight miles divided in the following manner: 3,248

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From 13th of Jan. to the 28 of June travled while holding the office of A Priest.

1,808 miles

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212 miles in Missouri with Elder Henry Brown.

212 miles

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656 miles in the Arkansas Territory

608 with Brown 48 Alone

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940 miles in Tennessee 760 with Elder W. Parrish & 180 miles Alone

940 miles

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[p.53] Travled from the 28th of June to the 31st of Dec after holding the office of an Elder in the states of Tenn & KY. principally Alone.

1,440

The sum total            3,248 miles

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2nd I held one hundred & seventy meetings divided in the following manner:

170 meetings

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While A Priest 10 with Elder Brown 56 with W. Parish

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4 Alone 70 and 100 after holding the office of

an Elder       70

Principly Alone   100

The Whole number 170 meetings

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/I Planted organized & built up 3 churches./

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3rd I Baptized forty three 8 While A Priest & 35 While an Elder. 3 Were Campbellite Priests.

The number Baptized         43 Baptized

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& was A Partner with Elder Brown in Baptizing 2 Persons in the Arkansas & with Elder Warren Parrish 18 Persons in Tenn.

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4th I Procured twenty subscribers for the Latter Day Saints M & Advocate While an Elder & 4 while A Priest 24 M & Ad Also 2 for the reprinted Star.

2 Star

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I confirmed    35 persons

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5th I Procured seventy three signers to the Petition to the Governor of Missouri for redress of wrongs done the Church by the Jackson County mob 10 in Missouri 56 in the Arkansas & 7 in Tenn. While A Priest. 73 <signers>

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6 I Wrote eighteen Letters 8 while A Priest 10 [p.54] While an Elder & receieved 10.

18 Letters

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7th I ordained two Teachers & one deacon.

3 Ordained

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8th I expeled Seven members from the Church but not While hope remained.

7 Expeled

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9th I held three debates or answered When Publicly opposed.

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10th Three companies in the form of mobs gathered together against me at one time. The company consisted of about fifty men led by a Baptist Priest yet I sufferd no harm.

3 mobs

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The before mentioned is the account of my procedings of the year of 1835, which has bourn its report to heaven of me & all other men & could it not have bourn more Wellcome news. Ah it cannot be recalled. The Sable shades of night have allready spake the departure of 1835 And the Queen of the night is issueing forth her brilliant light to wellcome the dawn of 1836 Which approaches us in a calm to go out in a storm. O momentious & important year which Will hurl thy millions to the tomb & shake Kingdoms & bespeak A God in Israel. O God enable my heart & hands to be clean for A year to come. When God speaks Who can but Prophecy?

{Willford Woodruff} [p.55]

The Second Book of Willford for 1836

January

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Jan. 1st Friday Spent the day at Brother Levi Taylors Bloody KY.

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2nd Wrote A Letter to Elder W. Parrish containing 200 lines in answer to his Dated Nov 29 1835 Which I receieved on the 1st of Jan 1836.

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3rd Preached on the Lords day at Joseph Chumbleys. Returned to Br Taylors & spent the week studying Kirkhams English Grammer.

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10th Sunday Met with the Saints at Mr Chumbleys. Returned to Br Taylors. Spent the week studying.

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16 Saturday Rode to Copelands. Distance 10 miles.

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17 Sunday Preached at the Academy after Parson Potts. Returned to Col Copeland. 4 miles.

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18 Rode to Mr Roes. Preached at his house [at] 12 oclock. Then rode to George W …….. Brandons. Preached at his house at night. Got 1 subscriber for M. Ad. 16 mi.Note

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19 Rode to & crossed the mouth of sandy at Authors ferry to Br Tailors. 24 miles.

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20 Rode to Joseph Chumbleys. 1 miles.

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21st Rode to James Hendricks. From thence to Taropen. 30 m.

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[p.56] 22 Rode to Father Greenwoods. Preached at his house. Then Rode to Br Camps. 7 miles.

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23 Preached at Br Clapps & Blessed 10 Children in the name of Jesus Christ. Then rode to Clarks River distance 12 miles & collected $70.00 dollars for the building of the house of the Lord at Kirtland.

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24 Preached at Br Thomas’es Sunday & blessed 6 Children after I closed meeting A Baptist Priest William Willson arose & asked us to attend a meeting of theirs & cleer ourselves if we were not guilty of those things which they alledged against us. I answered him before the People & remarked that I was surprised to see them take the liberty & authority of the country into their own hands to try American citizens by.

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25 Rode to James Martins. Preached at his house Also at night. Distans 12 miles.

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26 Rode to Br Thomas’es. Preached at his house. 12 miles.

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Jan 27 Rode to Stephen Brady’s. Distance 24 miles.

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28 Preached at Stephen Brady’s & rode to J Freemans. 14 m.

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29 Preached at John Rowlett’s & Blessed 3 Children in the name of the Lord & rode to Br Taylors. 5 miles.

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30 Rode to Br Smith’s. Preached at his house <and rode to Mr> Ch<umbleys.> 3 <miles>.

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31 Sunday Preached at Br Taylors.

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Feb 1st Rode to Br Davis’es. 10 miles. Collected $5.00 dollars for building the house of  the [p.57] Lord at Kirtland Ohio.

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2 Rode to Paris 10 miles & receieved a Letter from President Whitmer at Kirtland.

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3 Rode to David Cranshaws. 14 miles.

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4 Rode to J Jacksons. Preached at his house. 14 miles.

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5 Rode to L Barkers. Preached at his house. From thence to Mr Tittles. Preached at his house. Distance 10 miles.

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6 Rode to Br Fry’s. Procured 1 subscriber for M & Ad. 10 m.

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7 Preached at Br Fry’s on Sunday.

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8 Rode to Mr Irvin Jordans Esq. Preached at [his] house. 12 miles.

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9 Rode to Mr Dodds. Preached at his house. After closing meeting Parson Cure arose & red a letter from A mob man in Jackson Co opposing the Latter Day Saints. I answered him & the Scene closed by Sisters Lucy Ann & Susanna K Fry Singing the Sectarian Cudgel. Then rode to Father Frys. 15.

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10 Rode to Sister Barnetts at night <after copying journal>. 3 miles.

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11 Rode to Brother Fry’s. Spent the day writing. 3 m.

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12 Spent the day in coppying my Journal. Rode to Sister Matlocks. Distance 2 miles.

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13 Rode to Br Frys 2 miles & there found Elder Elias F. Wells & Elder Daniel Cathcart  who had returned with him in order to attend the conference [p.58] with us at KY. It was a Pleasing interview to us all.

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14 Sunday Rode to Br Walkers. Preached at his house. From thence to Sisters Barnett’s. 4 miles.

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15 Spent the day at Sister Matlock’s to attend the sale of her Property after the Death of Deacon Caswell Matlock Who died Dec 24, Aged 27 Yrs.

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I Solicited Contributions through the day for the building of the house of the Lord at Kirtland Ohio & Procured $25.00 cts from the honourable men & Saints to be applyed to that purpose. Then rode to Br Crawleys. 10 miles. I also contributed $6 dollars myself for the house of the Lord.

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Feb 16 Rode to Br Petty’s. Preached at his house 10 miles & Wrote A Letter to John Whitmer & Jared Carter & sent them two subscribers for M & Ad & 8 baptised since Dec 1st 1835 & sent them in the Letter $40 dollars & an account of $5 dollars that I sent in Seth Utley’s Letter. $45 dollars the whole. $6 dollars was for papers & $39 for the house of the Lord at Kirtland Ohio.

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17 Rode to George W Brandons in Texes. Distance 25 miles. Preached at his house at night.

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18 Preached at G W Brandons at 12 oclock. Then rode to Col S. Copeland. Distance 14 miles.

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19 Rode to Paris & receieved A Letter from Elder W Parrish Dated Jan. 31st 1836 Which I red With great delight. Then rode to Samuel Edney’s. Distance 18 m.

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20 Rode to Col. Copelands. From thence to J Gainer’s. 4 m.

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21 Rode to the Academy. Preached after Parson [p.59] Potts. Then rode to Mr Fraziers. From thence to Mr Lowthers. Preached at his house. Then rode to Col Copelands. 10 miles. Got one Subscriber for M & Ad.

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22 Rode to Wid. Young. Preached at her house & rode to Br Taylor’s. Distance 10 miles.

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23 Rode to Br Smith’s. Preached at his house. <[——]> 2 miles.

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24 Rode <in company> with <Elder> Cathcart & Wells & <Deacon> A O Smoot to Br Simeon Hendricks. 20 miles.

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25 Rode to Br Drowns. 3 miles.

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Feb 26, 1836 Met in Conference at Br Lewis Clapps on Taropen Calaway Co. KY. according to appointment & proceded to order. Elder Willford Woodruff was called to the Chair & Elder Daniel Cathcart appointed Secretary.

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The conference was opened by Prayer by President Woodruff. Elders present: Willford Woodruff, Elias F Wells & Daniel Cathcart. Teachers: Benjamin Clapp, Daniel Thomas, & Deacon Abram O Smoot. Presd’t Woodruff arose & red the covenants of the Church & commented some upon it after which a voice was taken upon ordinations of some ones who came foreward for ordination And it was carried by a clear voice after Which Presdt Woodruff Proceded to ordain Abram O Smooth Elder & Benjamin Boydstun Elder & Daniel Thomas & Benjamin Clapp Priest’s & James Allen Teacher & Henry Thomas & John Camp Deacons, After Which Seven branches of the church was represented. Presdt Woodruff represented one Branch on Egle Creek Benton Tenn. 15 in good standing. One at Chalk Level 21 in good standing Benton Co Tenn. One on Cyprus in Benton Co. Tenn. 9 in good standing. One called the Academy branch in Henry County Tenn 8 in good  standing. One on Bloody river [p.60] Henry co Tenn 11 in good standing. One on Taropen in Calloway Co KY 24 in good standing. Damonds Creek branch KY 8 in good standing & represented. 7 remaining members scattered abroad all in good standing. The whole number 103 members in good standing.

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We then Proceded to appoint a Conference at Br Seth Utley’s Chalk Level Benton Co Tenn on Saturday & Sunday the 28, 29 of May. Closed by Prayer by Elder Abram  O Smoot.

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After conference closed we had an intermision of 30 minits & met again when Elder Cathcart taught the church the word of wisdom. I followed him upon the same subject which closed the duties of the Day After dividing our circuit in the following manner: Elders Cathcart and Boydstun labour together in KY & Elders Woodruff & Smoot labour together in Ten., & Elder Wells take A mishion by himself & all to meet at the Academy near Col Copelands Tenn on the 3rd of Aprail 1836.

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Feb 27th Preached at Br Clapps & was followed by Elders Cathcart, Wells, Smoot & Boydstun, & then rode to Br Johnston F Lane who had moved from Paris, Tenn to Taropen KY. & I Procured $23 dollars from the Brethren from for the building of the house of the Lord.

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Feb 28 Sunday Rode to Father Greenwood’s. Preached at his house then rode to Br James Allen. Distance 6 miles. Sister Margarett Clapp Was instantly healed at the laying on of hands of the Elders.

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29 Rode from Br Allens with Brothers Cathcart, Boydstun & Clapp to Mr John Clapp’s on the Little Obine Graves Co. KY. Distance 24 miles.

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March 1st 1836 Tuesday Preached at John [p.61] Clapp’s it being my birth Day making me 29 years of Age.

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2 Rode to Mr Rice Cobb at Mayfield. Distance 12 miles. Preached at Mr Cobbs & was kindly receieved by the People. We left other appointment’s & then rode to Br Thomases on Damonds Creek KY. 14 m. The whole distance 26 miles.

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3 Spent the Day in visiting the Saints the night at C Parkers.

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4 Preached at Br H Thomases. I followed <Elder> Cathcart & then rode to Br James MCcartney with <Elder Boydstun>. 2 miles.

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5 Rode to Mr James Martins. Preached at his house at night. I followed Elders Cathcart & Boydstun. 12 miles.

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6 Sunday Preached at James Martins to a large congregation. I followed Elder’s Cathcart. After meeting we rode to Br Thomases. Distance 12 miles.

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7 Preached at night at Br Thomas’es. Was followed <by Elder Cathcart>.

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8 Rode to Henry H Martins. Preached at his hous. I followed Elder Boydstun. Distance of the day 14 miles.

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9 Rode to Stephen Bradys. Preached at his house upon the authenticity of the Book of Mormon & then rode to John Freemans. Distance 18 miles.

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10 Preached at John Rowlett’s.

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11 Rode to Br Taylors. Distance 4 miles & collected $13 dollars for building the house of the Lord.

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[p.62] March 12th 1836 Spent the day at Br Taylor’s in writing. Wrote two Letters one to President John Whitmer & the other to Elder Warren Parris. I sent Presdt Whitmer $20 dollars of money $4 for M. & Advocate & $16 dollars for building the house of the Lord at Kirtland & one Subscriber for M & Ad. I Also sent Elder W. Parrish $20 dollars for the house of the Lord making $40 dollars in both Letters. I also gave them an account of the conference. $36 dollars for the house & $4 dollars for Papers.

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March 13 Sunday Preached at Br Taylors. Communed With the Saints. After meetings visited Sister Chumbley Who lay apparently upon a bed of Death but Was resigned to the Will of God & after bidding her farewell I left in company with Elder Abram O Smoot Who has now commenced travling with me to Preach the gospel of the Son of God. May the Lord bless us & enable us to do much good. Rode to Mr John Landers. Preached at his house on the Authenticity of the Book of Mormon & after meeting closed held a debate with Parson Potts. 6 miles.

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14 Preached at the school house by Br Davis’es. Baptized one & rode to col Copelands. 6 miles.

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15 Rode to Paris. Had an interview with Br Benton. 10 mile.

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16 Rod to Mr Cranshaw. Distance 14 miles.

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17 Rode to Br Jacksons & met with Elder Wells. Preached at Br Jacksons. <Was followed by Elders Wells and Smoot.> Then travled to Br H. Williams. Distance <of the day> 16 miles.

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18 Rode in company with <Elders Wells and Smoot> to Brother Albert Petty’s. 2 miles.

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19 Rode to Mr Sanders. Preached at his house. [p.63] 10 miles.

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20 Sunday Rode to Br Joseph Freys on Eagle Creek. Preached at his house. Distance 18 miles.

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21 Spent the day at Br Frys writing in company With Elders Smoot & Wells.

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22 Spent the day writing. Rode in the evening to Sister Matlocks <with Elder Smoot and Sister Frey>.

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23 Spent the day visiting the saints & the night at Sister [Mat?]lock.

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24 Took the parting hand of the Saints on Egle Creek <and> rode to <Brother [Carl’s?] and West’s and rode to> Seth Utleys. 15 miles.

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25 Rode to Br Thomas Hubs <with Elder Smoot>. 1 mile. <Elder Wells> Baptised 1 <person>.

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26 Rode to Br Wests. Preached at his house. Was followed by Elders Smoot & Wells. Distance 6 mile.

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27 Sunday Rode to Br A Pettys. Preached at his house <followed by Elders Wells [and] Smoot>. The Spirit of God rested upon us. Rode to Br Wilsons. <Walked with a number of friends to attend a Methodist meeting and> Spent the night at Mr Tittle. 10 miles.

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28 Spent the day in reading & Writing. Preached at night at Mr Tittles. Had much of the Spirit of God. I <was followed by Elder Wells>. Warned them of the judgments of God.

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Soon after the meeting was dissmissed Miss Elizabeth Wilson was attacked with violent sickness. <Elder Wells and myself assisted her throughout the night.> We thought she  would soon depart but the Lord was merciful unto her. <Elizabeth was a lady [p.64] possessing a generous heart a refined mind and adoring and expanded> thought <celebrated for her accomplishment and the knowledge and right she possesses and [uses] her> qualifications <to the best advantage>. Elizabeth had much influence in the society of her acquaintance esspecially her sect.

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March 29th Walked to Mr Malins to attend the ordinance of baptism <which was> administered by Elder Wells unto Mrs Tittle. Then returned to Mr Tittles. I wrote A Letter to Elder Calvin H Nicholson. <I spent the night with Miss Elizabeth Wilson notwithstanding her low state of health I had an [interesting?] discourse with her on spiritual sub>jects. <She acknowledges us to be servants of God and that our precepts and doctrine are supported by the> word <of God and that we possessed the greater light in these last days>.

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30 <I took the parting hand with Miss Elizabeth Wilson and> Rode to Br Jacksons. From thence to Mr Brannons in Texas <with Elder Wells>. Preached at night. Distance of the day 3 miles.

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31 Baptized 2 <persons and> rode to Mr Wm Roes. Preached at his house then rode to Mr Lightners. Preached at his house. <I followed Elder Wells.> Distance <of the day> 7 miles.

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Aprail 1st Rode from Br Brannons to Col Copelands. 14 m.

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2 Rode to Young’s <with Elder Wells. Elder Wells said [–].> I wrote A Letter to Elder Parish at Kirtland Ohio. <I sent him the> prospectus <of> mormonism from the methodist paper printed at Nashville <also> other <examples from the same paper>. 3 mile.

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3 Rode to the Academy <with> Br Young on [p.65] Sunday. <Had no meeting in consequence of> rain. We was soon Joined By Elders Cathcart, Boydstun, & Smoot. We rode to Col Copeland Whare I learned from <Elders> Boydstun & Smoot that there began to Be discords <and [–]> in some branches of the church in consequence of the teaching of Elder Cathcart which I was sorry to hear. Distance of the day 6 miles.

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4 I took the parting hand with my Brethren & start to visit the churches that were left in commotion by unwise procedings of Elder Cathcart. I rode to Mr Joseph Chumbley. Entered his house but found sister Mary Chumleys place was vacant. Her spirit had gone to the Paradis of God. She died in the truiumphs of faith in the New & Everlasting covenant on the 24th of May 1836 Aged 59 Years. <Rode to> Br Tailors. 10.

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5 Rode to Br Smith. Preached at his house to Br Tailor. 4 m.

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6 Rode to James Hendricks. From thence to Br Bradys & to Br Lane. Distance [of the]<day> 22 m. Here I learned the <circumstance the> church was in by the conduct of <Elder> Cathcart. <I strove to remove the [-].>

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Aprail 7th Rode to Br Simeon Hendricks & spent the day in teaching them & striving to reinstate them into their former faith & fellowship which had been shaken by wrong constructions upon the Law of the Church &c by Elder Cathcart. These are days of trial. Who is weak & I am not weak? Who is offended & I burn not? O my God give me wisdom & spirit to feed the flock & proclaim against every evil spirit. Held a debate With Mr Alfred Loy. I warned him of <judgement>.

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8 Rode to Father Greenwood’s. Preached at his house at 12 oclock also at Br Bradys at  candle light [p.66] and then rode to Br Clapps. <Distance of the day> 8 mil.

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9 Spent the day in visiting the Saints Striving to unite them in love faith and truth. Preached at night at Br Camps. Had much of the Spirit of God.

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10 Sunday Preached at Br Clapps & communed with the Saints. I felt to rejoice to find the Saints beginning to be united in faith & love <as they were before they were deceived by the false precepts and example of Elder Cathcart>. Rode to J Turnbow. 2 m.

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11 Rode in <company with> Br Benj Clapp to Fellsanna Graves co KY. Preached at night at Mr Joseph Lasswells. 22.

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12 Rode to Mr Southerlin H Johnsons. Preached at his house <in the Spirit of God from the gospel [in/and?] Book of Mormon. Some were believing.> Got one subscriber for M & Ad. <Distance of the day> 6 miles.

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13 Rode to John Clapps <with> Br <Clapps where I took the parting hand>. Preach at Mr Clapps. <Distance of the day> 10 miles.

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14 Rode to Rice Cobbs. Preached at his house & rode in company with Mr Joshua Shelton to his house. Preached at Mr Sheltons at night. 16 miles.

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15 Left Mr Sheltons <and> rode to Mr David Hodges. Preached at his house. Distance 8 miles.

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16 Rode to Br Daniel Thomas’es. Preached at his house at night <on the> 14 c 12 v <of> Rev. <Distance> 14 miles.

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17 Sunday Preached at the School house on Damond Creek & baptized one & preached at night at Sister Parkers to a large congregation.

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[p.67] 18 Rode to Br H Thomases. Spent the day at his house. /[4?]./

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19 Rode to Br Levi Taylors on Bloody Tenn. & the[re?] Glorious to here I learned that Elder David Patten (one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ Chosen in these last days) had arived. Was at Col Copeland’s in 8 or 10 miles of me. From Br Taylors I rode to Mr Freemans. From thence to John Rowle[tt’s] Whare I had an interview with Elder O Smoot.

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It was A happy meeting. He had Been with Elder Patten & his wife for several days. Br Smoot related the news to me from Br Patten which was glorious in the first degree. He gave me an account of the endowment at Kirtland Ohio. The heavens Was opened unto them. Angels & Jesus Christ was seen of them sitting at the right hand of the father.

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He also informed me that Elder W Parish (& his wife) one of the first seventy with some others of the first Elders was expecting to visit us & also the second seventy was chosen & that I was one of the number. O God prepare me for the Battle while combating error with everlasting truth. The above are great blessings indeed. Distance of the day 30 miles.

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20 Preached at John Rowletts & rode to Br Taylors. 5 m.

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21 Rode to Mr John Gainers Whare I was Privleged with a happy interview with Elder David Patten also Sister Patten his wife. Br [  ] Preached. I followed him. Rode after meeting <in company with Elders Patten Smoot and Sister Patten and Taylor>. 16 m.

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22 Rode to Br S. Smiths <with Elders Patten and Smoot>. 2 miles.

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23 Rode to Br Tailors. Preached at his house. 2 miles.

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[p.68] 24 Rode to Br Davises <with Brother and Sister Patten>. Sunday Preached in the grove to a large congregation. <I followed Elder Patten.> I baptized one & confirmed two by the waters. Rode to Col Copeland. Distance of the Day 13 miles.

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25 Spent the Day at Col Copelands.

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26 Rode to Mr Cranshaw <with Elder and Sister Patten>. Preached at his house. Distance of the Day 12 miles.

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27 Baptized 3 persons. <Had a good time.> Travled to Br Jacksons. 14 m.

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28 Travled to Br Pettys <and returned> to Br Jacksons. Preached at his house. <Elder Patten led the meeting. Elders Wells Smoot Patten and myself> then rode to Br Utleys. From thence to Br Willsons. 12 m.

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29 Rode to Br Seth Utley’s. <Spent the night at his house. Distance> 4 miles.

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30 Rode <with Elders Patten Wells Smoot> to Mr Shorts. Preached at his house. 12 m.

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May 1st Sunday Rode to Col Irvi Carns. Preached at his house. <I followed Elder Patten.> Then rode to Br A B Wilson. Preached at his house. I followed Br Patten. <I had the spirit of God and of Prophecy.> I Prophesied to the people of the Judgments of God that awaits them. After meeting I walked to Mr Tittle & Preached the word to him & he arose and I Baptized him at the midnight hour. Distance 14 miles.

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2 Rode to James Mericks. Preached at his house. 6 miles.

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May 3 Rode to Father Frys <with Elder Patten>. Distance 10 miles.

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[p.69] 4 Preached at Br Frey’s at candle light. <Elder Patten lead the meeting.>

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5 Spent the day at Br Frey’s copying my Journal & studying the HEBREW <with Elder Patten>.

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6 Spent the day studying & writing at Br Frys.

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7 Travled to Sisters Barnett’s <with Elder Patten>. 3 miles.

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8 Sunday Preached at Sister Barnetts. <Elder Patten> took <the> lead of the meeting. Rode to Br Walkers. Preached <at his> house.

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9 Rode to Br Frey. Wrote A Letter to my Parents. Then rode to Br Crawleys. <Distance of the day> 10 miles.

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10 Rode to Br Wilsons. From thence to Br Wests. 6 miles.

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11 Rode to Br Wilsons. Preached at his house. Elder Patten took the lead. Returned to Br West. 4 miles.

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12 Travled to Br Utleys. I wrote with Elder Patten /to Joseph Smith jr. <Sent> $3 <for> papers./

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13 Rode to Br Petty’s. Preached at his house. Elder Patten Preached in the Spirit of God. I Baptized 3 persons. 5 miles.

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14 Rode to Col Rutherfords. Preached at his house. 10 m.

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15 Crossed Tennessee River <with Elder Patten>. Rode to Mr Rogers. Preached at his house on Sunday to a large congregation.  Elder Patten Preached. <I followed him.> Then rode to Br Utley. 16 mile.

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[p.70] 16 Spent the day visiting the Saints the night at Br Wilson. 4 m.

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17 Baptised Margaret Tittle. She was healed by the laying on of hands. Rode to Cade A Crawley. 4 miles.

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18 Left Br & Sister Patten at Br Crawley & Walked to Mr Beards. <He rejected my testimony.> From thence to James Mor[gan?]. /From thence to Esq Jordans. /

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19 <[—].> From thence to Sister Matlocks. I their found Elder Boydstun & returned to Br Fry’s whare we was soon Joined By Br & Sister Patten. <Distance> 12 mile.

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20 Spent the day at Br Frys in writing & walked in company with Elder Boydstun to Sister Matlocks. 2 miles.

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21 Spent the day at Sister Matlocks Studying <[—–]>.

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22 Sunday Walked to Br Frys to attend a meeting according to appointment Which commenced at 10 AM. Elder Patten Preached three discourses: <The> 1st from the Parable in the fore Part of the 20th Ch Math the 2nd from Ephe 1.10 & 3rd from the Authenticity of the Book of Mormon. After the close of the last discours Mr Rose rejected the testimony given & called on Br Patten to rase the dead that he might believe. Br Patten rebuked him sharply for his infidelity & unbelief. We then communed with the Saints.

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I then retired from the scene with Elders Patten & Boydstun to a stream of pure water & cleansed our hands & feet & testified against that people who had threatened us & rejected our testimony. We delivered them unto the hands of God <and the destroyer. O God, thy will be done.>

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[p.71] May 23rd Travled to Br Crawley’s. From thence to Br Tittles with Elder Boydstun. 10 miles.

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24 Spent the day visiting the Saints [of] the Cyprus branch of the Church. The proceedings of the day were as follows: Travled to Mr Joseph Ash & found the family shaken in their faith three of which were members of the Church. They were shaken by the conduct of Br John Jackson Who was a Teacher in the church but had denied the faith & now become hostile. From thence to Br Petty. From thence to John Jacksons house. He was absent. Found his wife Sister Jackson turning from the faith & desireing to leeve the church. Walked from thence to Br Howard Williams. He had lost faith & desired to leav the church. His wife Sister Williams Also Sister Nancy Wood both were unbelieving & a prospect of their leaving the church & this by the influence of John Jackson.

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We then returned to Mr Jacksons. Had an interview with him. He denied all his former faith & pretentions. He raged much. Was filled with the spirit of anger wrath <and the destroyer>. He rejected our testimony <and denied the revelations of Christ>.

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We left his house at 10 oclock at night & went to a stream of Pure water & clensed our hands & feet & testified against him that our garments might be clear of his blood. We then walked to Br Petty’s & spent the night. Distance of the day 12 miles.

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25th Walked to Br Wilson’s. Distance of the day 3 miles.

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26 Walked to Br Wests With Elders Patten & Boydstun.

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27 Elder D. W. Patten held a council or an interview at Br Wests With Elder Cathcart Boydstun & myself to inquire into our teaching & found Elder Cathcart had tought  Wrong. We then travled to Br Seth Utley whare we was soon Joined by Brothers [p.72] Clapp, Allen, & Thomas from KY. Also Elders Smoot & Wells & our Beloved & worthy Brother Warren Parrish Who had came direct from Kirtland Ohio to attend the conference & labour in this South Country for the season. We truly had a happy interview. 2 miles.

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/May 28/ At a conference convened at Br Seth Utleys agreeable to appointment on the 28 day of may 1836 congregation called to order & Elder David W Patten nominated & seconded to officiate as chairman & Elder Warren Parish Secretary. Opened by singing & Prayer & Proceded to business.

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The chairman made some preliminary remarks touching the object & order of the meeting & called upon the official members to inform the conference in what manner they had tought also their present faith in the fulness of the gospel as contained in the bible book of mormon & book of doctrins & covenants. Elder W. Woodruff was called upon to offer us his feelings upon the subject which he did to our entire Satisfaction. The Chairman then Called upon all the official members present to rise upon their feet if they concured in what Elder Woodruff had said. The vote was unanimous. Also the Church concured in the same.

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Benjamin Clapp Priest then arose & represented the Taropen Branch Which consists of 28 members in good standing. Daniel S. Thomas represented the Clarks River branch consisting of 9 members in good standing. Elder A. O. Smoot represented Blood River branch consisting of 10 members in good standing. Elder Woodruff represented the Academy Branch consisting of 10 members in good Standing with the exception of their not altogether observing the word of wisdom. Deacon A B. Wilson represented the Chalk Level branch Consisting of 27 members in good standing with the exception of some few who have been Shaken of late by the ungodly conduct & teaching of John Jackson Which was a Teacher in the cyprus branch but has now apostatized. Elder Woodruff represented  the Eagle Creek branch consisting of 15 [p.73] members in good standing Also Cyprus branch consisting of 10 members 3 of which have apostatized. John Jackson their Teacher is one of the number. 3 are disaffected & 4 in good standing. Also 7 members scattered abroad not recognized with any branch.

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John Jackson Was expeled by the conference. Sister Jackson & Howard Williams had their names withdrawn from the church by their request & the voice of the church.

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Deacon Abel B Wilson & Jesse Turpin was ordained Priest & Albert Petty Teacher under the hand of Elder W Parrish. The move was made by the chairman & a unanimous vote given by the church for the above ordinations. A vote [was] called & unanimously carried that Elder Elias F Wells Shall receieve a letter of commendation to the Church in Kirtland. Congragation dissmissed by Singing with the blessing of God.

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An action was Prefered against Elder D Cathcart by Elder Wells for unchristian conduct & the conference of Official members repaired from Br Utleys to Br S West’s to try the case. Elder Cathcart was Convicted of unchristian conduct & fals Teachings & being led by evil spirits which was supported by strong testimony. He confessed his faults & asked forgivness Which was granted him on condition that he would repair the wrongs Which he had done in the different branches of the church Which he Promised to do. He was then restored to fellowship. The conference closed by Prayer Which closed the Proceedings of the DAY.

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May 29th Sunday Met at Br S. Utleys at 10 AM according to appointment. Elder W Parrish Preached in the former Part of the day & Elder D. W. Patten in the latter Part of the day. They both Preached in the Power & spirit of God although threatened by wicked men we were not harmed. We communed with the Saints & Closed by singing THE SPIRIT OF GOD LIKE A FIRE IS BURNING.

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[p.74] 30 Travled with Elders Patten & Parrish to Br Frys. Held a meeting at his house. Elder Parrish Preached & was followed by Elder Patten & both filled with the Power of God. 10 miles.

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WO IS ME IF I PREACH NOT THE GOSPEL

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Spent this 31st DAY of MAY at Br Fry Eagle Creek and found it to be the most interesting, important & instructive day of my LIFE. For on this Glorious DAY I was ordained unto the High Priesthood and also as one of the Second Seventy & sealed up unto Eternal LIFE under the hands of my Beloved Brethren, VIZ Elder’s David W Patten & Warren Parrish. My ordination was requested by the PRESIDENCY of the Church at Kirtland Ohio.

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Their was glorious things Pronounced upon my head in my ordination by the spirit of Prophecy & Revelation. Some I will mention which are as follows: That although my enemies would strive to take my life & confine me in dungeons & Prisons yet God should give me power over my enemies & deliver me out of their hands & from their vaults, Prisons, & caves in the name of Jesus Christ, & that men would bow at my feet & worship me if I did not say to them do it not & that Kings would bow before me & Princes give me their hand & that I Should Baptize them into the Kingdom of God & that I should be blessed on the EARTH When my head blossomed with age & if I desired it I should remain on the Earth untill the comeing of the Savior & that God would give me the desire of my heart & that God had had his eye upon me all my life long to prepare me for this work. YEA <even when my spirit was [praying?] around the throne of God [–]> that I should travel to the nations of the Earth & the Islands of the sea to Proclaim the word of  God. When these and other blessings were [p.75] Pronounced upon my head I Was filled With the Power & Spirit of God. EVEN SO LET IT BE. AMEN.

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O GOD THE ETERNAL FATHER I ASK THE IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST TO PREPARE ME FOR THY USE AND GIVE ME THE SPIRIT OF MY MISHION.

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A true copy of a license conveyed to me from Kirtland Ohio:

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TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

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THIS Certifies that Willford Woodruff has been receieved into the Church of Latter Day Saints organized on the Sixth of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty and has been ordained an elder according to the rules and regulations of said church and is duly authorized to Preach the gospel agreeably to the authority of that office. From the satisfactory evidence which we have of his good moral character and his zeal for the cause of righteousness and diligent desire to persuade men to forsake evil and embrace truth we confidently recommend him to all candid and upright people as a worthy member of society.

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We therefore in the name and by the authority of this church grant unto this our worthy brother in the Lord this letter of commendation as a Proof of our fellowship and esteem, praying for his success and prosperity in our Redeemers cause.

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Given by the direction of a conference of the Elders of said church assembled in Kirtland Geauga county Ohio the third day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty six.

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JOSEPH SMITH Chairman

  1. WILLIAMS Clerk

Kirtland Ohio, May 2nd 1836

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This certifies that the within (Above) Licence was recorded on the 2d Day of May 1836 in Kirtland [p.76] Ohio in the Licence Records Book A, Page 97.

THOMAS BURDICK

Recording Clerk

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/Warren Parrish Ordained Wilford Woodruff an Elder June 28 1835./

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While holding the Office of an Elder from the 28th of June 1835 to the 31st of May 1836 I Travled 2,557 Miles & held 182 meetings Baptized 48 Persons, Blessed 19 children in the name of JESUS CHRIST Ordained 2 Elders 2 Priest 3 Teachers 3 Deacons & Procured 23 Subscribers for M & Ad & 2 for the star & $95 dollars for the House of the LORD at Kirtland, Wrote 18 Letters held 7 debates 2 conferences 5 <persons> healed under my hand 3 mobs gathered together against me.

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I also on this 31st Day of May Wrote a Letter to President O Cowdery Kirtland Ohio containing one subscriber for M & Ad & $2 dollars for M & Ad. This Letter contained the substance of the two Letters I mailed for Kirtland Dated March 12, 1836 Which We suppose are lost. I sent this Letter & money by the hand of Elder Elias F Wells who was going direct to Kirtland & may God give him a safe return.

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June

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JUNE 1st Spent the day at Br Frys in writing. I took the Parting hand with Elders Patten & Parrish.

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2nd THE time had now come for me to take the Parting hand with the saints on Eagle Creek & the regions round about & Perhaps for the last time untill Israel is gathered. Elder Smoot & myself took the Parting hand with Elder Cathcart & Father Frys household Who had long entertained the Saints Kindly. It was an affecting scene. Then travled to Br Crawleys. From thence to Br Wilsons & after conversing an hour with them I took the  Parting hand [p.77] with Br Wilson & his family. <Elizabeth gave me> much <encouragement that she would become a Saint and go to Zion with her father. O God I ask thee in the name of Christ to save the family.> From thence to Br Tittles. Parted with his family. From thence to Br Wests. From thence to Br Pettys Whare I spent an hour with the Precious Saints of God & Supped at the table of this Israelite (in whom there is no guile) in company with the Saints & Br & Sister Patten & Br Parrish. After Supper I took the Parting hand With these Beloved friends (I say Beloved for God Knows they occupy a conspicuous Place in my heart) & returned to Br West. Distance of the day 20.

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3rd Took the Parting hand with Br Wests & his family & rode on Jude a beast of Br Wests to Br Utleys. Took the Parting hand With him & his family. Then rode to Tennessee River. Crossed at Kirkmans ferry. From thence to Mr Roggers. Preached at his house. Wrote a letter to <Miss Elizabeth Wilson> upon the subject of religion.

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4th Rode from Mr Roggers to Mr William B Aments at the rolling mill Steward County Tenn. Distance of the day over a rough road 40 miles.

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5 Sunday Preached at Mr Aments to a respectable People. Was so[..] to leave another appointment. Rode through Dover. Crossed the river at the mouth of Sandy. From thence to Br Taylors on Bloody. 30 mil.

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June 6th Elders Patten & Parrish arived at Br Taylors in the morning & I rode in company with them to James Hendricks. Elder Parish tarried & Elder Patten rode with me to Br Lanes whare we spent the night. <Distance> 20 m.

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7th Elder Parrish came to Br Lanes & we all rode to Br Clapps to attend meeting. Elder  Patten Preached on the Law of the Church & Elder Parrish on [p.78] Charity & the gifts or body of Christ. I <and Elder Wells> testified to the truth. <Distance> 5 miles.

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8th Rode in Company with Elders Patten, Wells & Parrish & other Brethren to Br Henry Thomas’es on Damond Creek KY. Lewis Clapp was healed under our hands. 12 mile.

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9th Held a meeting at the meetinghouse. Elder Patten Preach at 11 oclock AM & Elder Parrish at 2 PM. When Elder Parrish closed Elder Patten arose bound the Law & Scealed the testimony & Prophesied upon the heads of some of the ungodly People who were Present.

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We then repaired to the water & Elder Patten Baptized 2. One was Father Henry Thomas A Revolutionary Soldier & served under George Washington. Elder Patten was filled with the Power of God. Numbers were healed of sickeness.

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10th Took the Parting hand with Elders Wells & Boydstun as on this morning Br Wells started for Kirtland. I also took the Parting hand with Elders Patten & Parish who was going to middle Tennessee while I & Elder Smoot labour in KY & meet at the conference.

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11th Spent the day at Br Thomases copying my Journal. Preached at Daniel Thomases at 5 PM & communed with the Saints.

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12th Rode With Br Daniel Thomas to Mr Thomas Bonds. Preached at his house on Sunday, Caloway Co. KY. Then rode to James Martins. Distance of the day 15 miles.

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13 Preached at Mr Josias Shorts in the Spirit of God. 3 miles.

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14 Rode to & Preached at Mr Davids Carters Graves Co. KY. 5 m.

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[p.79] 15 Rode to Mr William J Hodges MCcracken County KY. 8 m.

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June 16 Rode to Paducah MCcracken Co. KY. Preached at night at the court house to an attentive Congregation. Spent the night with Priest Isaiah Benton. Distance 10 m.

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17 Rode to William J Hodges. 10 miles.

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18 Preached at the Public meeting house.

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19 Sunday Preached at the meeting house. Priest Benton Spoke.

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20 Rode to Josias Short’s. Preached at his house. Had a good time. Found many believing. 12 miles.

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21 Rode to Br Thomas’es. Visited the Saints. Had a severe cold on my longues. Distans 12 miles.

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22 Rode to Br Clapps. Was quite unwell <with a cold>. 12 miles.

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23 Preached at Br Camps. Was joined by Elder Smoot.

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24 Rode with Br’s Smoot & Clapp to Mr Jeremiah B. Murphys Weakly County Tenn. Distance 25 m.

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25 Rode to & Preached in the Court house at Dresden. From thence Mr MCclures. Preached at his house. 8.

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26 Sunday Preached at the Court house in Dresden. Elder Smoot & Priest Clapp followed me. Then rode to Mr John Bowers. Preached at his house. <Distance> 10 m.

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27 Rode to the Baptist Meeting house on Thompson’s Creek. In Consequence of  falshoods from [p.80] Parson Browning the Baptist shut the doors against us. Parson Browning appeared angry at me & my brethren for rectifying his errors & falshood’s. I asked the privileg to Speak to the people either from the fence or a Stump or cart or in the street. One man gave us liberty to stand on his land opposite the meeting house. We assembled & Preached to the People & was blessed with the Spirit of God. We then rode to Randolph Alexander Weakly County Tenn. Distance of the day 15 m.

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28th After Selling a Book of Mormon to Mr Alexander We then Rode to Mr Alexander MCKinzies in weakly county Tenn. <Distance> 20 miles.

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June 29th Preached at Mr MCKinzies. Held a dabate with a Baptist Priest after meeting & selling a Book of Mormon to MCKinzies We Rode to Mr David Criders Gibson Co Ten. 7 m.

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30 Spent the day at Mr Criders. I <and Brothers Smoot and Clapp went to the woods to pray. The power of God sat on us. We prayed with the spirit of prophecy. I sealed> up <my brethren and prophesied on their heads great blessings by the Spirit of God. >

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July 1st Preached at Mr David Criders & spent the night With Elder Smoot at a Baptist Priest’s A Mr Bradford a Predestinarian though rather inclining to the faith of Mr Hunt a fanatic Who called himself Moses and Bradford Aaron Hunts visitors were speckled birds it is said.

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2 Rode to Mr Randolph Gilbert’s Weakly Co. Tenn. 25.

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3 Sunday Preached at the Green hill School house in Carroll County Tenn. to a large respectable Congregation on the authenticity of the Book of Mormon. Also Preached at 5  PM at Mr William MClesky. The People were much excited. Many were our [p.81] friends some Believing & some accused us of being Abolitionest. I red the 7th No of the M & Ad. Which put to silence those falshoods. I obtained 2 subscribers for M & Ad. 6 m.

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4 Rode to Mr Martin Maxwells. Preached at his house upon the parable of the vineyard spake by the Prophet Zenas. Spent the night at Maxwell. Had much Conversation With A Company of Atheist esspecially their Celebrated leader Mr Cathy. I retired to bed at 12 oclock & was attacked with a fever, Pain in the breast & soreness of longues in Carroll County Tenn. Distance 3 miles.

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5 Arose in ill health & rode to Mr Gilberts with Br’s Smoot & Clapp. From thence to the Baptist meeting house by Mr Winns in which house we held a meeting. 7 miles.

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6 My health some improved. Rode to Jeremiah B Murphy’s. 15.

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7 Took the Parting hand with Priest Clapp who returned home. Spent the day in writing. Wrote three Letters one to R M Gilbert one to A MCKinzie & one to David Crider & then rode to Mr John Bowers. 2 miles.

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8 Arose in the morning sick with the french Measles But Preached at Mr Bowers & rode to R Alexanders to an appointment. I lay abed While Elder Smoot Preached. Then I arose & made some remarks. I spent a vary sick night & in much pain. Distance of the day 6 mile.

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July 9th Arose refreshed in some degree & rode to Boydsville. From thence to Taropen Whare I found Br Boydstun With the Church & I Perused the 7th No of the M & Ad. <Distance of the day> 25 miles.

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10 Sunday Held a meeting with the Taropen branch & communed with the Saints at Br Clapp’s.

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[p.82] Then rode to Br Bradys whare we spent the night in company with Brother & Sister Lane with their Son David Patten. 4.

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11 Rode to Br Taylers on Bloody. Distance of the day 20 m.

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12 Rode to John Freemans & returned to Br Taylors. 8.

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13 Wrote two Letters one to A. B. Wilson one to Elias F Wells.

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14 Wrote A Letter to President O. Cowdery Kirtland. Sent him 9 Subscriders for M & Ad & gave him an account of my Procedings & wrote upon the Abolition question.Note

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15 Receieved a Letter from Elder Parrish Dated Kirtland Ohio Aprail 20th 1836. Communed with the Saint.

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16 Rode with Elder Smoot from Blood River Henry Co. Tenn. to Cumberland rolling mill Stewart County Tenn. Crossed Tennessee River at Winns ferry. 40 miles.

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17 Sunday Preached at Mr Aments Inn at 11 AM Also at 3 PM to a large Congregation. Sold a Book of Mormon. Procured 3 Subscribers for M & Ad. Spent the night at the rolling mill at Mr William B Amant.

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18 Rode to Mr Askeues ferry. Elder Smoot & [p.83] myself rowed ourselves & horses across the Tennessee River in the ferry boat after droping one oar into the River & having to use another broaken one we landed with a circulation of Blood & blistered hands. From thence we passed through the Texas. Forded Sandy at the sholes. Elder Smoot swam the river. I Crossed below. From thence we rode to Mr Thomas Fraziers. Spent the night with him. Distance of the day 35 m.

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19 Rode to Col Solomon Copeland Henry County Tenn Whare I learned that Elders David Patten & Warren Parrish had addressed a Letter to Col Copeland Stating that the Sheriff & other officers of Benton County Tenn had issued a warrant against them & myself. The crime alledged against us was that we had taught that Christ would come in this generation & that we said some individuals would receieve the Holy Ghost in 24 hours. But as I was absent myself I was not taken but Elders Patten & Parrish was taken by an armd company say 50 in number. They were bound under $2,000.00 dollars bond for their appearence at court. Brothers Seth Utley & Albert Petty was their bondsman.

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On Tuesday following they appeared at court to plead their own cause like St. Paul. But they were deprived of every Privilege that both the law of God & man Warrents them. Elder Parish Pled his own cause in some degree but no evidence or lawful hearing was not granted them & the judges decided this mock trial to suit the ungodly rabble & condemned them Without any cause of Guilt found in them & after condemning they let them go clear. But the ungodly mob desired to beat them before they left but they were not Permited.

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O, thou God of Israel Stretch fourth thy hand & save thy Saints. O, America hide thy face in shame & disgrace as the day dawns While thy Sons Stab liberty to the heart by Persecuting beating & Puting the LATTER DAY SAINTS to death for worshiping God  after the dictates of their own conscience for thou [p.84] wast built upon the Pillars of freedom.

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Rode from Col Copelands to Br Tailors. Distance of the day 10 miles.

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/They were taken June 19 & tried June 22nd 1836./

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20 Rode to Br Linzy Braidy’s. Distance of the day 20 miles.

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21 Held a Prayer meeting at Brother Camps. 4 miles.

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22 Wrote a Letter to Sister Margaret Atkinson.

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23 Rode to Randolph Alexanders Weakly County Tenn. 20 m.

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24 Sunday Preached at Alexanders in the grove to many.

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25 Rode to Mr Bowers. Preached at his house. Spent the night at Jeremiah Murphys. Distance 6 miles.

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26 Rode to A MCKinzies. Spent the night at Mr Hues. 16 miles.

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27 Preached at Mr Hues & rode to David Criders Gibson County Tenn. Distance 14 miles.

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July 28 We herd that a mob was intending to come against us on Saturday & Sunday.

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29 Rode to Trenton Gibson Coun. Tenn. & returned. 14 m.

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30 Saturday Preached at David Criders on the Book <of> Mormon.

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31 Sunday Preached at David Criders to a large congregation & no mobing manifest but I  baptized Mr [p.85] David Crider amid darkness, blindness, scoffs Snears, & the Prejudices of ungodly men. We confirmed him in his family <[-]>.

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Aug 1st Rode to Mr R Gilberts weakly County Tenn. 25 m.

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2 Took JUDE the beast that I had been riding for the last year (that belong’d to Br Samuel West) out of the stable to ride to the Green Hill School house to attend to an appointment for Preaching & found her verry lame & sick. Their was many observations relative to her sickness. The final Conclusion was that She was Poisond. I rode her to meeting & Preached. From thence to William MCleskey’s distance 4 miles Which was the last time that I or any Person ever rode this beast spoken of Above.

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3 Arose & found my beast still worse. Elder Smoot went to attend a previous appointment for Preaching. I tarried to attend to Jude my sick beast but in a few hours she fell to the Earth & struggled for about an hour uncommon for Beast & Died. I opened her & became convinced for myself it was Poison. Thus ended the life of Jude a beast who had carried me thousands of miles to Preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. Also hath carried other Elders many miles on the same errand. I am now left on foot. May I be reconciled to all the Providences of God While I tabernacle in the flesh.

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4 Travled to Br Murphys in 2 1/2 miles of Dresden. 14 mile.

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5 Travled to Mr Alexanders. Distance 5 miles.

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6 Preached at Mr Alexanders and Baptized 2 Brother & Sister Murphy. <Brother Murphy was dissatisfied because he had not received the Holy Ghost as he expected. Probably  looking for [a person [p.86] was?] not [-] the [cause/case?]. We told him to consider the subject well.>

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7 Sunday Preached at Mr Bowers from 8.9:10:11 Chapter of Romans. Spent the night at Mr Bowers /no Murphys/. 5 miles.

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8 Wrote a Letter to Elders James Blakesly & G Dutcher.

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Aug [9] Wrote a Letter to Br David Crider & rode a hors of Brother Murphys in company with Elder Smoot to Taropen Caloway County KY. Distance of the day 25 miles.

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10 Rode to Bloody & Wrote a Letter to Br West. 20 m.

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11 Rode to John Gainer’s Whare I had a happy interview With Elder & sister Patten who had just been driven from Benton County Tenn by a lawless mob because of Pure religion. Elders Patten & Parrish were both hunted by the ungodly rabble from place to Place untill Elder Parish left for Kirtland & Elder Patten Came to Mr Gainers. Persecutions rage among the Gentiles. Behold the signs of the times. Distance of the day 10 miles.

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12 Rode in company With Elders Patten & Smoot to Paris. From thence to J. M Gilbert Esq. Distance 35 miles.

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Elder Patten informed us that Benton County mob had formed themselves into an independant company to beat & Kill the Elders of Latter Day Saints if they Came into that county. Will not God be avenged upon such a nation as this? O, God save thy Saints while Babylon falls beneath thine ire.

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13 Held a meeting at Gouldsbys meeting house Weakly County Tenn. Elder Patten  Preached. I followed him. Rode from meeting to Mr John Greens. 6 [p.87] miles.

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14 Sunday Preached at the meeting house. Elder Patten Preached two discourses upon the last dispensation & gathering from Ephe 1st 10. After Preaching a Contribution was asked for me to assist me in paying Br West for his Mare which Died in my care. The People gave me $8.56 cts. We then Rode to Esq Gilberts. Elder Patten Preached to the people after Which We parted with Elder Patten & rode to R Gilberts & spent the night. Distance 6 miles.

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15 Rode <with Elder Smoot> to Mr Summers. Distance 3 miles.

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16 Preached at Goulbys meeting house & Elder Smoot Baptized one Mrs Summers. <Distance of the day> 6 miles.

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17 Rode to Br Murphy’s 2 miles North of Dresden Weakly County Tenn. Distance of the day 16 miles.

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Aug 18 Spent the day at Br Murphys Writing.

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19 Left Br Murphys horse with him. Walked to Mr Alexander’s. Distance of the day 4 miles.

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20 I sat under the Preaching of Elder Patten at Mr Alexanders. After meeting Mr Alexander & his wife came forward for Baptism which was administered unto them by Elder Patten. After Baptism I took the parting hand with Elder Patten & returned to Brother Alexander. 4 miles.

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21 Sunday Preached at Br Alexanders from Jer 31:22.

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22 Walked to Boydsville. From thence I lost my way But arived in the night at Br Clapps vary weary & thankful to find a shelter. Distance 22 miles.

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[p.88] 23 Preached at Br Braidys. Brothers Smoot, Benton & Clapp followed me. The spirit of God rested upon us. Br Benton informed us that Elder Patten had receievd a Letter from Zion under the hand of Elder Marsh bringing the inteligence that the Saints were about to leave Clay County & Colonize by themselves in consequence of a mob that was arising against them & Also that Elder Marsh was about to visit us. Probably be at our Conference. Distance 4 miles.

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24 Travled to Br Tailors Whare I found Br Cathcart who had a Letter for me. On perusing it I found it was from my Parents. I was rejoiced to hear from them. The Letter informed me about many friends that ware enjoying good health. Distance 20.

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25 Wrote two Letters one to My Parents in Conn. & the other to Joseph Hart an uncle in Springfield Massachusetts.

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26 Spent the day in writing at Br Taylors.

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27 Rode to John Freemans & returned to Br Taylors. 9 mi.

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28 Sunday Rode to Thomas Fraziers. Preached at his house. A mob arose but left without much disturbance. Went to Br Taylors. 20 miles.

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Aug 29 Walked to Br Smiths & was in Company with Elders Smoot & Cathcart at night. We Were unexpectedly called upon to go to Joseph Chumbley to have an interview with President Thomas B Marsh Who Came in Company with Councellor Groves by order of the High Council of Zion to visit the Church in the South to Borrow monies to purchase lands in Zion. We had a Spiritual interview then returned to Br Tailors for the night. 4 miles.

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[p.89] 30 Visited the Academy Branch of Church. Spent the night at Brother Davis’es. Distance of the day 14 miles.

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31st Travled with Elders to Paris & returned to Br Taylors on Bloody whare I found Presidents Marsh & Patten. Had a happy interview with them. Distance 30 miles.

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Sept 1st Travled With Elders Cathcart & Boydstun to Br Camp’s Taropen KY. Distance 22 miles.

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2 Rode in Company with the Saints to attend the conference at Br Henry Thomas’s Damonds Creek Calaway Co KY on friday Sept 2nd 1836. Distance 12 miles.

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A true Copy of the procedings of the Tennessee Conference at their meeting on Damonds Creek Calloway County KY. Sept 2nd 1836.

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Minutes of the procedings of the general Conference of Tennessee held on Damonds Creek Calaway County Kentucky Sept 2nd 1836:

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Elders Present: President Thomas B Marsh, President David W. Patten, Councellor Elisha H. Groves, Elders W. Woodruff A. O. Smoot, D. Cathcart, & Benj. Boydstun.

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President Marsh was duly Called to the Chair. R Alexander was Chosen Clerk. The Conference was opened by singing & Prayer after which the Priests were called upon to represent their respective Branches.

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Priest Daniel Thomas represents the Damond’s Creek Branch who Arose & stated that one by the name of Henry Thomas had been added since the last Conference. None expeld. This branch is strong in faith & grows in grace.

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Priest Clapp represents the Taropen Branch & [p.90] stated that one by the name of Lewis Allen had been added since the last Conference. None expeled. This branch growing in grace with their faces set Zion Ward.

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Elder A. O. Smoot represents the Blood River Branch in good standing strong in faith & growing in grace.

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President Patten represents the sulpher well Academy Branch in good standing. Two been added since last Conference Lewis & Robert Copeland & one been Expeled from the above named Church by the name of Emily Dyer. Also represented three members near Wyetts Mills in good standing. Also the Chalk level branch in good standing growing in grace & truth & numbers the same as at the last Conference & the Eagle Creek branch in good standing numbering the same as at the last Conference. Cyprus Branch in a more thriving Condition than heretofore numbering the same as at the last Conference. Also 4 others members in good standing Scattered abroad. Also three in Henderson County near the Sulpher Springs Baptized since the last Conference Baptized under the hands of Elder Cathcart.

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Elder Woodruff represented six member in good standing in Thompson’s Creek branch in Weakly County Tenn. Who were baptized since the last Conference under the hands of Elders Patten Woodruff & Smoot.

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The Conference then took into considerations the Propriety of Calling on the Presidency of the Seventies by Letter or otherwise for ministers of the gospel from their quorums to fill the vacances for preaching in this regions of Country. Wharefore it was motioned & seconded & carried that Presidents Marsh & Patten write to the said Presidents for six faithful labourers to be sent from their quorums into this part of the Country.

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And further resolved that Whareas Elders Woodruff & others are about to leave this region of country for Kirtland & Zion President Marsh & Patten Write also to the  Presidency of the High Priesthood at Kirtland requesting them to send fourth to this [p.91] region of country an High Priest of their quorum to Watch over this Church.

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Be it further resolved Sd. Marsh & Patten Prepare & send a Petition to the Editor & Proprietor of the Saints Messenger and Advocate requesting him to publish in addition to the Messenger a monthly periodical large enough to contain all the interesting or edifying Letters from the Elders abroad when Conference adjourned to 10 oclock next Day.

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Sept 3rd Conference met according to ajournment. Opened by prayer & singing. The Case of Lucinda Benton was presented who was found to have been illegally cut off. Wharefore She was restored in full fellowship untill she could get a fair trial.

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A short address was deliverd from the Chair on the necessity of the Tennessee Conference keeping a church record of all the names belonging to the several Branches of said Conference And also the necessity of each branch sending a Priest to represent their branch & to bear the names before the general Conference of all who have been added since the last conference & any that may have been blotted out.

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Further resolved by the conference that the Church Purchase Books to Keep a general record of the Church, Also that Brother Johnston F Lane be chosen & appointed Clerk & ordained to the office of an Elder to Keep the general Church record of the Tennessee Conference. Accordingly Johnston F Lane was ordained to the Office of an Elder. Also Benjamin Clapp & Randolph Alexander ware each ordained to the office of an Elder.

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The above were ordained under the hands of President D. W. Patten. Also Br Linzy Braidy was ordained under the hands of Priest Benton to the office of a Deacon. Conference adjourned untill 2 PM.

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Then met according to adjournment. Opened by singing & Prayer after Which a sermon  was deliverd by Counsellor Groves & followed by President Marsh & [p.92] then adjourned untill 10 oclock next morning. Met

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Sept 4th. Opened by Singing & Prayer & a discours deliverd by President D. W. Patten from these words: repent & believe the gospel. Mark 1st 15 after which 5 presented themselves for Baptism. The Congregations repaired to the water Whare the ordinance of Baptism was administered unto five persons by President Patten. Then the people returned to the house & a sermon was deliverd by President Marsh on the gifts & graces of the Church after Which the Lords supper was administered & those that were baptized were Confirmed by the laying on of hands of Counsellor Groves & this interesting Conference Closed by Singing & Prayer. Johnston F Lane Clerk. Thomas B. Marsh, President.

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Elder Grooves & Boydstun heal’d by the laying on of hands.

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As Elder W. Woodruff is about to leave for Kirtland and has been labouring for the last year & a half with the Churches included in the Tennessee Conference & stands in need of clothing & money to return to Kirtland President’s Patten & Marsh called a Contribution of the Church & congregation in the time of the aforementioned conference to supply Elder Woodruffs necessities. The list of the contribution taken down is as follows: Brothers Henry Thomas $5.00 five dollars Benjamin Clapp $6.00 Simeon Hendricks $10.00 Jefferson Turnbow $2.00 In the store Eligah Glasgo 50 cts David Crider 50 cts John Thomas $1.00 William Christmas 25 cts Randolph Alexander $5.00 James MCcartney $2 in the store Isaiah Benton 50 cts Henry Loy $2.00 in the Store Jourden Hendricks 50 cts Henry Thomas Sen $1.00 Jesse Turpin $5.00, John Camp $5.00 Daniel S Thomas $5.00 James Allen $5.00 in the Store, Lewis Clapp $6.00 Lewis Allen $5.00 Linzy Braidy $6.00, Rachael Turnbow 25 cts Oliver Drown 75 cts Alfred Loy $2.00 in the store. [p.93]

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Making           Cash $63.35

In the Store            $13.00

Total            $76.35

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The above list of Contributions is recorded in the Tennessee Conference records J. F. Lane Clerk.

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Sept 5th Took the parting hand With the Presidents & Elders & many Beloved Brethren & Sisters about fifty in number With Whom I have sat in Conference for the last three days which time was spent in a Cause of the greatest interest. Wrote a Letter to Br Samuel West & then rode to Waidsborough with H Thomas & purchased a coat pattern. Then returned to Br Thomas’s. Distance of the day 14 miles.

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A true copy of a Bill from President Thomas B Marsh And Counsellor Elisha H Groves:

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Receieved Sept 5th AD 1836 of Willford Woodruff fifty Dollars for the purpose of entering land Within the State of Missouri.

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Thomas B. Marsh

Elisha H Groves

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Sept 6th Spent the Day at Brother Thomas’es in Writing. In the evening I rode in company with Elder Benjamin Clapp on the road to Paducah to visit sister Benton & cite her to trial to answer to a charge prefered against her by Elder J. F. Lane for unchristian conduct.

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Rode to Parson Baity’s a Preacher of the Christian order. He receieved us in warm friendship as deciples of Christ. Elder Clapp & myself retired aside from the abodes of men & prayed unto God to Bless Parson Beaty & his houshold & we covenanted together not to leave his house untill he would become a Latter Day Saint. We returned to the house Preached the gospel to him & he receieved it with gladness. Distance of the day 14 miles.

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[p.94] 7th Arose in the morning & Baptized Parson Beaty. Went our way. Left him rejoicing. Rode to Br Bentons in Paducah. Elder Clapp made me a present of a fine Penknife. Distance 22 miles.

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8th Rode in Company with Elder Clapp, Br & Sister Benton from Paducah to Br Beaty’s. Preached at his house at night <and the Spirit of God was with us>. Distance 22 mile.

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9th Left Br Beatys on foot & we travled in the rain to Br Henry Thomas’es on Damonds Creek. Dined with Br Thomas. From thence we travled to Br John Camps on Taropen. Arived at his house at dark after travling in Company with Elder Clapp on foot through a rainy day & wadeing through creeks & swamps. Br & Sister Benton accompanied us on horsback but we all arived weary & wet. Distance <of the day> 25 miles.

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10 Arose in the morning sumwhat ill in consequence of the hard [sh?]ower we endured the day previous. Rode to Elder J. F. Lane to attend the counsel of Elders to take into consideration the case of Sister Bentons. The following is the procedings of the Court:

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Calaway County KY. Sept 10th 1836

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Minutes of a Counsel of Elders held at the house of Elder J. F. Lane. The Court Consisted of four Elders to it. W. Woodruff was called to the Chair & Conference opened by reading the Law of the Church Contained in the Book of Covenants & Prayer by the President. The Court was appointed for the trial of Sister Lucinda Benton who had been Cut off illegally.

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The Charge was Prefered against her by Elder Lane for unchristian conduct after which Brother Jefferson Turnbow was called upon Who arose and stated that he had seen Sister Benton and some man lying upon a pallet together after which Sister Margaret Atkinson  arose & stated that Sister Benton [p.95] had made some fals & hard statements about her.

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Sister Matilda Lane bore testimony to the truth of what Sister Akinson had stated & further said that [she] could not be reconciled to Sister Benton unless she repented & confessed her sins.

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Sister Benton Was permitted to speak for herself Which she did do and confessed & repented of her sins when she was again receieved into the church in full fellowship by the voice of the court /& church./

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  1. F Lane Clerk W. Woodruff Chairman

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Sept. 11th Sunday Rode to Br Camps. Preached at his house & communed with the Saints. Spent the night at Clapps. 4 m.

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12 Walked to Br Lanes & spent the day in writing. 4.

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13 Spent the day at Br Lanes in writing.

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14th Spent the day at Br Lanes in writings. Felt some unwell <in consequence of an uncommon fall [or place?]>. In the evening walked to Brother Camps. Was quite lame at night. <Distance 5 miles.>

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15th Spent the day at Br Camps.

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16th Spent the day at Br Drowns.

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17th Returned to Br Camps on Saturday & soon I had the happy Privilege of another interview with Presidents Marsh, Patten & Grooves & Sister Patten who came to Br Camps in a two horse waggon & bound for Zion Missouri. We all tarried at Camps.

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18th Sunday We all met at Br Henry Loys for a meeting & we had a happy time. Presidents Marsh & Patten Preached & Exertations from Elders Grooves, Boydstun,  Smoot, Cathcart, Clapp & I requested the [p.96] Elders to lay hands upon me for sickness & lameness which they did do & I was healed of both. Spent the night at Brother Camps with the Brethren.

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19th Is a day long to Be remembered by me & others in Consequence of the interesting scenes transpired with the Saints of God in the South. Isaiah & others of the Ancient Prophets testify to us of the great events of the last days esspecially of the literal gathering of Israel. They say the Saints Shall gather from the East & from the West & that the North shall give up & the South Keep not back. This interesting day had now arived. Yea the 19th of Sept 1836 When some of the Saints of God in the South began to take their families their Charriots Waggons their Oxen, their Horses their Tents their armour & moove towards Zion as the Children of Israel according to the Command of God As follows:

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Arose in the morning at Br Camps & breakfasted at his house after which we repaired to the bank of a stream whare Prayers were offer’d up unto God When President Marsh led a young man into the waters of Baptism & he was confirmed upon the bank of the stream under the hands of Presidents Marsh Patten & Grooves. Then we all stood upon our feet & receieved great Blessings Confirmed upon our heads with uplifted hands of the three above named Brethren President Marsh being speaker.

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We then all took the parting hand with these Beloved servents of God & with Sister Patten also. These four friends took their seat in a waggon & set their faces as a flint towards Zion not Waiting for those that on the same day ware to follow their example but with Ox teams.

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Soon after the above named brethren left us Br Albert Petty came to us from Cyprus branch with his waggon & family to join those of the Taropen Branch who ware going to Zion. After spending a short time in aranging the waggons & teems the company were prepared to move forward. The Company Consisted of four families with three Elders as  follows: Lewis Clapp & his family, John Camp & his family, Albert [p.97] Petty & his family & Elder Benjamin Clapp & his family, Also Elders Boydstun & Cathcart. This company chose Elder Benjamin Boydstun as their leader on the road to Zion. This company of the South were principly the first fruits of my ministry. Some were Baptized by Elder Parrish. They numbered six male members & five female & 10 children & one servant making 22 in all. This company of faithful Saints after taking the parting hand with their friends on Taropen moved forward on their journey in good spirits & with joy.

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<On the return of Sister M. [Fawker she?] decided to return back thinking it after all too great to leave her friends. I immediately set before her the danger of returning to Babylon and encouraged her and she became consoled and continued her journey.> I rode with them this first days travel as far as the South fork of Mayfield whare we all camped for the night.

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After pitching our tents & taking supper I assembled this small Camp of Israel together at Br Albert Pettys tent to address them for the last time & after they were assembled I arose to address them & although the rain desended in torrents so that we were wet through a good tent yet my soul was vibrated & fired with emotions & feeling of no ordinary nature. I endeavor’d to lay before them the worth & value of the cause they were ingaged in & that they were the first in fullfiling the Prophets who spake of the South keeping not back & that it would be recorded upon the Archives of heaven to be read in the day of eternity that they were the first fruits of the South who had spread their tents for Zion. I also instructed them about travling by the way. They all covenanted to give heed to Elder Boydstuns precepts as they had chosen him as their leader.

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When I closed I was followed By Elders Boydstun Cathcart & Clapp who spake in the Spirit of God & with feeling of the deepest interest When this edifying interview Closed by our kneeling & I addressed a throne of grace & implored the mercy of God to [p.98] rest upon the Camp that they might all reach Zion in Peace. Distance of the day 8 miles.

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Sept. 20th Arose & found all well in the camp notwithstanding the severity of the weather through the night. I Breakfased at Br Pettys tent & then took the last parting hand with those Beloved Saints untill I meet them in Zion or elswhare. (May the blessings of God attend them forever.)

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I then rode to Mr Calverts on the bank or ford of Brush Creek Graves County KY. & spent the night. Distance 20 miles.

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21st Spent the day in visiting the Neighbourhood & the night at Mr Johnstons. Distance 6 miles.

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Sept 22 Preached at Mr Fraziers at the ford of brush creek. Got one subscriber for M & Ad. Was some opposed by a Pryspeterian Priest & wrote a letter for sister Bishop.

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23 Rode to Feliciana. From thence took the Dresden road & with difficulty crossed the Obine swamp & creek my horse frequently wallowing in the cyprus slues nearly under water & mud. From thence I rode to Br Jere. Murphys weakly County Tenn whare I found the saints well & rejoiced to find his houshold well & all the saints. Distance of the day 30 miles.

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24 Rode to Elder R Alexanders. Distance 5 miles.

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25 Preached on Sunday at Br Alexanders & Baptized two persons & then communed with the saints. Had an interesting time because of the spirit of God upon us. After meeting we took the parting hand with Br Jeremiah B Murphy & his wife who Started on a Journey to visit friends in the South.

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[p.99] 26 Spent the Day at Elders Alexanders in writing. Wrote two Letters one to Abel B Willson & the other to President O Cowdery at Kirtland. I discontinued the M & Ad that was sent to 25 Persons in the South Country. I also sent one subscriber.

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27 Was Joined by Elder Smoot. We rode to Br Immanuel Murphy’s. Preached at his house. Rode 15 miles.

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28 Rode to Elder Alexanders. Spent the day at his house. 6 miles.

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29 Elder Smoot returned to Bloody. I rode to William Glasgow’s. Preached at his house. Distance <of the day> 5 miles.

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30 Rode to Br Immanuel Murphys. <Distance of day> 2 miles.

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Oct 1st Rode to Br Alexander <with Brother Murphy>. 6 miles.

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2 Preached on Sunday at Mr Simpsons Alexander’s.

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3 Spent the day at Elder Alexanders.

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4 Rode 2 miles & returned. 2 miles.

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5 Spent the day riding in the barrens after cattle for Alexander. 12.

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Oct 6th Spent the day at Elder Alexanders. 2 miles.

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7th Rode in Company with Elder Alexander & Warren Smith & their families to Paris & Perhaps the last time that I shall visit the place. From thence to Mr Jonathan Alexanders.  Preached at his house at [p.100] Candle light. Distance 30 m.

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8th Rode <with Elder Alexander> to Br Taylors. Distance 8 miles.

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9th Sunday Preached at Sister Frazier’s. Was followed by Elder Smoot. Then rode to Johnathan Alexanders. Preached at his house at Candle light. Distance 18 m.

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10th Baptized two Persons Warren Smith & his wife. Then took the parting hand With Elder Alexander & wife & other Saints & friends Sister Margaret Atkinson with the rest & then Rode to visit the Sulpher Well Academy branch & Preached a funeral Sermon in the evening at Widow Fraziers. Was followed by Br’s Smoot & Turpin. Much of the spirit of God rested upon us. Distance 10 miles.

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11th Baptized two Persons. Took the parting hand with the Saints & rode to Br Taylors on Bloody. Preached for the last time With this branch of Beloved Saints & was followed by Elder Smoot Priests Benton & Turpin. Much of the spirit of God rested upon us & we had an interesting meeting & communed together. May God protect & save the Saints. Rode to Br Smiths. Distance of the day 11 miles.

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12th Retired in company with Elder A. O. Smoot unto the banks of Blood River aside from the abodes of men to spend some time in Prayer & Praise to God & to Perform a solemn duty that is rquired of all the Elders of Israel whose testimony is rejected by this generation while they are preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ & bearing testimony of his NAME. After we had Cleansed our Bodies with Pure water & also with strong drink or spirits this not by Commandment but from Choice we then according to Commandment clensed our hands and feet and bore testimony unto God against the Benton County mob  & also against Paris & many others who had rejected our [p.101] testimony. We enjoyed a solumn, spiritual, & interesting Season.

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We retired from that Water in the spirit of God & spent the night for the last time at Brother Levi Taylors & Sister Tailors With the Brethren & Sisters Beneath this roof I have spent some of the most interesting seasons of my life for the last two years. Receieved 4 subscribers for the M & Ad.

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Oct 13th Took the parting hand with Brother & Sister Taylor & their household & all the Saints in Bloody branch & travled in company with Elder Smoot & Priest Turpin to Brother Lanes. This is the first days journey for Kirtland Ohio. Distance 18.

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14 Travled to Br Hendricks. Spent the night with Brother Alfred Loy. Distance 3 miles.

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15 Preached at Br Kelleys. 3 miles.

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16 Sunday Preached at Father Greenwoods & Baptized one Mrs Mary Kelly. Then travled to Brother Henry Loys. Preached at his house. Distance 6 miles.

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17 Travled to Damond’s Creek Calaway County KY. Spent the night at Br Henry Thomas’es. <Distance> 12 mil.

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18 Spent the day in writing & Preached at Father Thomas’es to the Saints for the last time in that place. Had a Spiritual & happy meeting. <I felt constrained by the spirit of prophecy to inform father and mother Thomas that they would stand in sin before the dead.>

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19 Travled with my Colleagues Smoot & Turpin through the rain to Br Beatys Clarks River Calaway County KY. Found him & his family well. Distance 15 miles.

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20 Spent the day at Br Beatys in Writing or [p.102] Copying Journal.

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21 Preached at Br Beatys.

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Oct 22 Preached at Br Beaty & Baptised 1 Mrs Beaty.

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23rd Sunday Preached at Beatys & Baptised 1 his Daughter. Also Ordained Brother James Beaty to the Office of a Priest. He had Been a Preacher of the Christian order for several years. Communed with the Saints. Had a spiritual time & it was the last meeting that I held in the South within the limits of the Tennessee Conference of Latter Day Saints.

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24th Took the parting hand with Priest Beaty & his family & travled with Elder Smoot & Priest Turpin to Paducah MCcracken County KY. Spent the night at Brother Bentons. Distans of the day 25 miles.

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25th For the first time in life I went aboard a Steam Boat to Journey. I took a birth with my Colleagues aboard the AID at 8 o’clock AM. Names of the Islands we passed through the day are as follows: Tennessee, Cumberland, Three Sisters & the Golconda island. Town past: Smithland. Distance of the day 100 mile.

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26th The Tempest past the Aid at 7 A.M. While She was Wooding. We past the following Islands: Cincinnati toehead, Wabash, Dimonds. Towns: Shawney, Mount Vernon & Ivensville. Remained at Ivensville over night abot 20 above the mouth of the Wabash River which we past.

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I purchased a Cloak of William Smith one of the dek hands on board the Aid. I paid him $5.00 dollars for the same. Paid on board the Aid $2.00 for passage. <Distance> 100 m.

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27th Left the Aid at 7 A.M & went aboard the [p.103] HAVANA. We past Sprinkelsburg, Owensborough Troy, Hayville, Clover Rome & Cast Anchor about 12 oclock at night in consequence of the fog. Distance 100 miles.

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28th Raised the steam at Day light but soon run aground but liberated Without Damage. The fog Cleared at 8 oclock. We soon past a steam boat that had sunk. She struck a snag stove her hull & went Down. We past many Boats through the day. The Havana broak her Wheel against a flat Bottom Boat. Passed New Albany at 2 P.M. Entered the Canal at the Ohio falls. Passed through three locks. Arived at Louisville at 6 P.M. Paid $2.50 cts passage aboard the Havana, KETON Capt. The Havana run about 10 miles Per hour. Distance of the day 100 m.

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Their was 12 steamers at anchor at Luisville. Priest Turpin went aboard a bout for Cincinnati & Elder Smoot & myself left Luisville to visit his kinsman in Owington that he had not visited since he was five years of age. We took the Frankford turnpike rode walked 4 miles and put up at a tavern for the night. Distance 4 miles.

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29 Walked to Middletown. From thence to Boston to Simpsonville & Shelbyville. Spent the night in Shelbyville at Mr Staples Inn. Distance 30 miles.

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30 Sunday Walked from Shelbyville to Mr Clemmens ferry on the Kentucky river 25 miles below Frankford. Crossed at the ferry to Mr William Rowletts. Spent the night at his house. He is an uncle of Elder Smoots. Distance of the day 30 miles.

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31st Walked to Widow Elizabeth Smoots Elder Smoots Sister in law. It was an affecting meeting between them as it was the first time they ever met. From thence to Col Joseph Rowletts another kinn of Elder Smoots. It was a happy meeting & we met a welcome reception. Distance 4 m.

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[p.104] Nov 1st Spent the Day in writing at Col Rowletts.

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2 Spent 3 days at Col Rowletts in Copying my Journal i.e. 2 3 & 4th. I had a number of interviews within the time with Mr William Clements A Revolutionary Soldier Aged 83 years.

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5 Spent the day at Col Rowletts in perusing a Book bearing the title PRINCIPLES OF NATURE BY {ELIHU PALMER} 1806 third edition, on Deism. See Page 100. I preached at Col Rowletts at Candle light.

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NOV 6th Sunday Rode to William Smoots. Preached at his house. Distance of the Day 7 miles.

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7th Sold one Book of Mormon & Rode to Owenton Owen County KY on the day of the election to vote for President &c. At first the Judges endeavoured to deprive Elder Smoot & myself from voting but after employing Some Judges & Col Rowlett in our favor we gave our vote for Mr Martin Vanburen for President & Col R. M. Johnson for Vice President. We then returned to Mr Reed Smoot <and spent the night>. 16 m.

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8th Walked to Col Rowletts. Spent the day <writing>. 2.

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9th Walked to Mr Gustavus A. Clements & Preached at his house. Distance 5 miles.

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10th Rode to Mr Jacob Rasors. Preached at his house. Distance 6 miles.

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11th Rode to Col. Rowletts & Preached at his house. 3.

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12th Spent the day at Col Rowletts.

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13th Preached at Col Rowletts on Sunday & [p.105] Procured 2 subscribers for M & Ad.

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14th Rode to Owington & Preached in the court house at night to a large congregation. Spent the night at the inn of William Browns. 6 mile.

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15th Took the Parting hand with Col Rowlett & walked to ESq Hues 5 miles South of the big bone lick. Distance 25 miles.

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16th Visited the big bone lick in Boone County KY. which is the Place Whare those large bones of enormous size were dug from the earth & have been exhibited in many Parts of America & Europe. It is conjectured that those animals while in the lick got mired & Perished. It is said or judged from the measurment of those bones that the animal was 36 feet in length & 15 in highth. No record yet gives us an account of those animals. Will not some record of the Nephites yet tell us?

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Spent the night with Mr Sandford. <Distance> 25 miles.

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Nov 17th Went to Covington. Crossed the Ohio River into Cincinnati. Visited the City & saw Conway & Webster who informed me that Brother Asahel H Woodruff had located himself in Terre haute Indiania & traiding in Books in Company with Robert Smith. I Also saw the Dead & wounded Carried from off the Steem Boat FLORA. 3 dead & 10 scalded by the bursting of her pipes. Spent the night at Cincinnati on board the Robert Emmet. Distance of the day 6 miles.

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18 Left Cincinnati on board the Robert Emmett & travled during the day & night to Portsmouth. 118 m.

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19 In the morning I saw a large Buck swiming down the River. Three men Left the Emmet in a yawl & Persued the deer. They soon overtook him grappled him by the horns, nocked  him on the head with their [p.106] oars then cut his throat & brought him on board the steem boat & cut off his head & stuck it upon the liberty pole with his horns spread for a guide to the Pilot.

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The Steem Boat travled during this day & night to Parkersburg 162 miles. Paid Passage on Board the Emmet $3.50 cts.

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20 Sunday Proceded up the River Past Homrily & stop’d at Wheeling in Virginia. It was the first time that I ever was in the state. From thence to Wellsville. Distance of the day 137 miles.

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21 In the morning I had a happy interview with Priest Turpin in Wellsville. Spent the Day at Elder Samuel Burwells Columbiania County Ohio.

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22 Spent the day at Elder Burw[ell] in Wellsville. In the evening Elder Burwell returned home <and he [—–]>.

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23 We took the Stage at wellsville. Paid $4.00 dollars fare to Chardon. We travled to Nutons falls & spent the night at the Stage office. <Distance> 47 miles.

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24 Travled to Chardon & Providentially met with Elder Henry Sherwood on his way to Tenn. We had a happy interview with him. I wrote a Letter to the Saints. <Distance> 33 miles.

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NOV 25th Took the parting hand with Elder Sherwood. I then set out in company with Elder Smoot on foot in a hard snowstorm for Kirtland. We Came in Sight of the Temple of the Lord before we reached the village & I truly felt to rejoice at the Sight as it was the first time that mine eyes ever beheld the house of the Lord built by Commandment & Revelation.

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We soon entered the village & I spent one of the happiest days of my life at this time in  visiting Kirtland & the House of the Lord & the [p.107] Presidents & Elders of the Church. I was truly edified to again strike hands with President Joseph Smith Jr. & many other beloved saints of God who are rolling on the mighty work of God & of Israel after being seperated from them for 2 1/2 years & amoung the rest I was filled with joy with the priviledg of again meeting with Elder Warren Parrish & also being made acquainted with his Companion Sister Parrish. There is an enjoyment in meeting our brethren & companions in tribulation that the world Knows not off because it flows from a Celestial Source.

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After Spending a short time in Conversing With my friends A more important scene was now to open to my view than Kings ever saw or Princes ever Knew in this generation Which was to visit the Temple of the Lord & its contents. Elder Smoot & myself visited each appartment of the House accompanied by Elder Parrish & I must confess the scenery is indisscribable. When I entered the threshhold of the house & Passed into the lower room their was great Solemnity if not Awe immediately overwhelmed me. I felt indeed as if my footsteps were in the Temple of the Lord.

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After walking into the Pulpets, erected for the Priesthoods & viewing the curtains all bespeaking that grandure, solemnity & order that nothing Short of wisdom from God could invent, we then visited the upper rooms & there viewed four Egyptian Mumies & also the Book of Abram Written by his own hand & not ownly the hieroglyphicks but also many figures that this precious treasure Contains are Calculated to make a lasting impression upon the mind which is not to be erased. Many other important views I was Privileged with in the upper story the school rooms, belfry &c. all indicating great Architecture & wisdom.

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We then spent some time in visiting the Bank & Printing office.

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But wonder on wonder strikes my sense to look into the Casket of the great work of Israels God in these last Days as the Prophet exclaims he does things we looked not for.  Two & a half years since [p.108] I left Kirtland with my Brethren in their Poverty to go fourth to visit our brethren in tribulation in Zion. Then our Brethren in Kirtland were poor, despised, & even looked upon By the pomp of Babylon with Disdain & disgrace who stood waiting with eager eyes to behold them sink into forgetfulness.

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But how Changed the scene now I behold a cheerfulness beaming upon every countenance that indicates Prosperity & the noise of the ax & the hammer & the sight of their walls & dwellings newly erected & their Bank & market & esspecially house of God speaks in language loud as thunder that the saints will have a city in prosperity in spite of all the fals Prophets of Baal or even earth or hell because God is with them & his Temple stands in honor of his Kingdom while babylon begins to wonder & will soon perish.

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We spent the day with Elder Parrish. <Distance> 9 miles.

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The money I expended in my travels from Paducah KY to Kirtland Ohio: fees aboard Steam Boats & stages, board lodgings &c was $16.65. Also I Paid $5.00 for a cloak making $21.65 in all.

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NOV 26th I visited President & Doct Cowdery at the Printing office & made a general settlement with them for the M & Advocate for the Subscribers of the South. I gave 9 new Subscribers to them & Paid them $41.50 for the M. & Advocate which Setteled all matters between us. I receieved some Counsel from Presidents Smith & Rigdon. To Elder Parrishe’s house & spent the day in writing.

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NOV 27th Upon this Lords day Elder Smoot & myself accompanied Elder Parrish to the house of the Lord for the first time to behold the Congregation of the Saints assembled  Within its Walls for the Purpose of worshiping God. It was truly an [p.109] interesting scene. It brought a lengthy Catalogue of transactions Contemplations & experience of my youth to my mind & the experiance of this day fulfilled many things of a spiritual nature which I had looked [for] for a number of years which I viewed as Promises of God.

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After I entered the house & was seated I cast my eyes upon the Pulpits aranged in order for the High Priest. I beheld the Patriarch Joseph Smith sen. Standing in the upper Pulpet, & President Joseph Smith, jr. & Elder Carter in the Second one & in the third Elders Parley & Orson Pratt & W Parrish was seated. Soon Elder Carter arose & opened meeting by Prayer & then Preched the gospel unto us & was followed by President Joseph Smith, jr. when meeting was dissmissed & after an intermishion of an hour we again met in the house of the Lord & I was called into the stand in company with Elder Smoot & requested to Preach to the People. I opened by Prayer & read the LVI Chapter of Isaiah & made some brief remarks upon the same & gave a sketch of my travels in the South. I was then followed by Elder Smoot. After he closed I was blessed with the priviledge of communing with a multitude of Saints in the house of the Lord assembled together from the east, west, north & South many with whom I had been intimately acquainted.

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I truly felt to thank God that his promises had been verifyed unto me by giving me a seat & a name within his house & within his walls <[-]> as of Sons & of daughters.

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Their was four Confirmed after the sacrament under the hands of Elder O Hide. President J Smith addressed the congragation & the meeting Closed. Spent the night with Elder W. Parrish.

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NOV 28th Spent the day in Kirtland visiting friends & the night with Elder W. Parrish.

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29 Spent the day in writing. Wrote two [p.110] Letters one to my Parents & the other to Brother Asahel Woodruff.

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30 I Setteled With Elder Reynolds Cahoon for the subscriptions put into my hands by the Saints of the South Country for the building of the house of the Lord in Kirtland Ohio. I Paid him one dollar which was all the back money that was due. This made $91.75 cts that I had the Charge of that I forwarded for the house.

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I also [-] Purchase a Latten grammer of Elder P. Pratt for $[-]. I am now expecting to enter upon a course of study. May the Lord open my way in temporal & spiritual things that I may be usful in my day & generation have a good warfare keep the faith & receieve a Crown of Glory.

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Dec 1st Repaired to the house of the Lord whare Father Smith met a number of Saints to Pronounce upon them a Patriarchal Blessing. This was the first meeting of the kind that I ever attended & I found it to be highly edefying & interesting as their was great & glorious things pronounced upon their heads by the spirit of Prophesy & Revelation.

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Spent the evening at Elder Parrishes acompanied by Brother Joseph Smith which was an interesting interview.

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Dec 2nd I Wrote a Letter to Br Azmon Woodruff it being the first Communication between us for two years. I also Wrote a Letter to Col Joseph Rowlett at Owengton Owen County KY.

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3rd Traded with Brother Bump in Goods $12.89.

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4th Sunday I went up to the house of the Lord to worship. Elder Parish Preached in the forepart of the day. Several spoke in the Latter Part of the day. President RIGDON called  a vote of the Church [p.111] to discountenance the use intirely of all liquors from the Church in Sickness & in health except wine at the Sacraments & for external Washing. The vote was Carried eunanimously. I spent the night with Elder Parrish.

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5th This monday morning in company with Elder Smoot I entered the School & Commenced Studying the Latten Grammer under the instruction of Professor Haws. I commenced boarding also this morning with Brother Bond at $2 dollars Per week. I Paid him $10 dollars in advance.

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6, 7, 8, 9, 10 I spent in school. In the evening of the 10 I wrote two Letters one to Elder Alexander & the other to Sister M Atkinson both in Tenn.

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11th Sunday morning After an interview with Priest Turpin I went up to the house of God to worship & O what a meeting. May it be Printed upon my heart as a memorial forever. For on this day the God of Israel Sharply reproved this stake of Zion (Kirtland) through the Prophets & Apostles for all our sins & backslidings & also a timely warning that we may escape the Judgments of God that otherwise will fall upon us. Even the case of the travels of the Camp of the Saints from Kirtland to Zion in 1834 Was Presented to us for an example. <God set the law in judgment on Kirtland [—] remember this warning [-] judgment must [-] the law [-] God save many for Christ’s sake.>

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18 Sunday I went up to the house of the Lord to worship. Sermon delivered by Elder William Smith.  Elder Joseph Young administered the Sacrament. President Joseph Smith jr. Solumnized the rights of matrimony At candle light I Preached at Mr Daytons & was followed by Elder Smooth & Nobles.

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[p.112] 19, 20 Was spent in School. I commenced studying the GREEK GRAMMER on Monday the 19th Dec 1836.

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20 At Candle light I repaired to the house of the Lord for a meeting with the quorum of the Seventies. The third Seventies had been chosen & the business of this meeting was to organize them & ordain them. But as they were not all present they were not all ordained or organized. Their was 27 twenty Seven of the third Seventy ordained to the High Priesthood & as members of the third Seventy. Elder Abram O. Smoot was among the number ordained to the third Seventy Which fulfilled what I Pronounced upon his head by the testimony of JESUS on the 30th of June while in Tenn. See June 30th 1836. The above mentioned were ordained under the hands of Presidents Aldrich, Young, & Coltrin.

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We had an interesting meeting. Much of the spirit of Prophecy was poured out upon those Presidents while ordaining the third seventy. They Proclaimed great & marvelous things upon their heads. President Young had visions while Performing this ordinance.

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22 I attended Prayer meeting in the house of the Lord at night.

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24 Spent the Past week in school.

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25 Sunday Went up to the house of God to worship & herd a discours from Brother Samuel Smith. Brother Hiram Smith broak bread which closed the meeting. Elder Smoot was quite sick & healed by the laying on of hands.

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Dec 27th Met at the house of the Lord at Candle light with the quorum of the Seventies. Their was about one hundred Elders of Israel Presant of 1, 2, & 3rd Seventy. It is  expected the Seventies will meet every tuesday evening through the [p.113] winter for the Purpose of worshiping God & sanctifying themselves before him. Elder Smoot was again taken [sick?].

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28, 29, 30 & 31st Was Principly spent in taking Care of Elder Smoot who was confined to his bed with the scarlot fever at the house of Brother Bonds in Kirtland. On the 31st of DEC being the last Day of 1836 I aranged the account of my Journals & recorded the same in the following manner. Thus ends the year of 1836 which hath quickly passed with its report into ETERNITY.

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1st I Travled six thousand five hundred & fifty seven Miles.    6,557

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2nd I Held one hundred & fifty three Meetings. 153

I Attended four Conferences.            4

& Held four debates.               4

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3rd I Baptized twenty seven Persons.      27

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/I Confirmed  27/

4th I ordained two Elders, three Priests, one Teacher,

& two Deacons.        8

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/I esstablished 2 preaching places./

5th I Attended to the ordinance of blessing nineteen

Children.       19

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6th Their was four Persons healed of deseases under

my hands.     4

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[p.114] 7th I Procured twenty two subscribers for

the M & Ad.   22

I Also Procured Seventy Dollars for the M & Ad.            $70

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8th I Gave six dollars & Procured eighty five more

for the building of the house of the Lord in Kirtland.    $91

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9th I wrote thirty four Letters           34

& Receieved Seven Letters.          7

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10th I had three mobs Come together against me

But always as yet deliverd from their hands.      3

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[p.115] The before mentioned is an account of the most Conspicuous Part of my Procedings during the year of 1836 which has gone into eternity with its report as the year before it hath done & as the one following & all others must do. O time how swift & how precious thou art. How great the events that are bourn upon thy wings, esspecially in the dispensation of the fullness of times.

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1836 is gone. It cannot be recalled. Europe hath began to tremble at thy departure. The endowment of the Latter Day Saints hath bspake a God in Israel, & is sufficient to show that though the heavens & earth pass away the word of God spake through the Prophets must all be fulfilled.

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It is true that the thoughts of man may now retrace his footsteps through 1836 that is Past. But who can tell whare the end of 1837 will leave him? Yea that important year that is mounting the wheels of time to stand upon the stage of exhistance, to do its Perfect work. Will not its gigantic operations, & its magnus works stand upon the Archieves of heaven as great events? Will this gentile generation still sleep in this late hour? If so sleep on & take thy rest which is short for thy end is come, & the day hath broke that Israel must be awoke from his slumber for the last time & Prepare himself for the Bridgeroom.

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Then let 1837 finish its work with speed & let its departure say who hath gone to the tomb & what Kingdom overturned, & what Kingdom esstablished & may God grant that 1837 may report as she departs that Zion & her Stakes indicates that God rules in her midst with POWER STRENGTH & GLORY.

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Thus ends the year of

1836

The Third Book of Willford for 1837

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O Lord I ask thee in the name of Jesus Christ thy Son, to look upon thy servant Willford, Who now occupies a place in Kirtland, this first stake of Zion, which thou has appointed in this last Dispensation, & fulness of times for the gathering of thy Saints. O God of Israel, inspire the heart & pen of thy Servant at this time & hear & answer the Petition which he will put up unto thee at this time, & remember the Covenant which thy servant Willford will make with thee at this time, O mighty God of Jacob.

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O Lord thou hast spared my life, to behold the Commencement of 1837. May my life, health, & strength be precious in thy Sight, through the year. Wilt thou save me by thy grace from all sin, & the Powers of temptation, which try the souls of men. Wilt thou give me favor during this year with God & the Saints. Wilt thou bless me while in School, & in meeting with the quorum of the Seventies, & while attending all other meetings in Kirtland for Divine worship.

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O Lord if it be thy will, give me the privilege of recording in this years Journal great blessing, Pronounced upon my head from mine annointing & from under the hands of the Patriarch JOSEPH, & an account of Great visions, & the opening of the heavens, & the revelation of JESUS CHRIST unto me, that I may be a special witness of Thee, O Lord, & may I also have the administering of Holy angels, that I may be tought of the Eternal things of the Priesthood.

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If I am Called to Preach thy word this year, may I be bless with souls for my hire. If I visit my Kinsman, wilt thou make me an instrument, of bringing them into thy Celestial Kingdom, & I Covenant with Thee, Heavenly FATHER, to go & come at thy bidding.

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I ask the above blessings, through the Priesthood, in the name of JESUS CHRIST, AMEN.

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January

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[p.118] Jan. 1st 1837 In the morning of this Lords Day I repar’d to the house of the Lord for worship. We herd two discourses deliver’d from the Aaronic Stand by Bishop Whitney & Counsellor Cahoon. They also Broke bread. The latter part of the day was spent in attending to the funeral servises of a child.

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2nd Spent the Day in school Also the 3rd. I receieved a letter from Brother Asahel Woodruff on the 3rd.

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Jan 3rd At early Candle light I repaired to the house of the Lord in company with Elder Milton Holmes for the purpose of meeting with the quorum of the Seventies. President Aldrich opened the meeting by prayer & after a few appropriate remarks from President Coltrin about twenty of the third Seventy was ordained to the high Priesthood & as members of the third Seventy under the hands of the above named Presidents.

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After these were ordained Elder M. Holms & myself was called upon by the Presidents to Come for ward to be ordained as members of the first Seventy Elders of Israel to bear the name Jesus to the nations of the Earth. The first Seventy was Chosen out of the CAMP that Went up to Zion for the redemption of it & the Saints in the Spring of 1834. But as we were not present when the first Seventy was Chosen we was afterwards Chosen in the Second quorum. (See May 31th 1836 in this Journal.) But there being two vacancies in the first quorum we were Chosen to fill them.

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President Aldrich ordained Elder Holmes to this appointment & Pronounced great blessings upon his head.

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President Z. Coltrin ordained me as a member of the first Seventy & Pronounced great blessings upon my head by the Spirit of Prophecy & Revelation. Some of them I will  mention which are as follows: THAT my enemies may Confine me in Prisions & Chains [p.119] & that I would rend the Prisions & Chains in twain in the name of JESUS CHRIST & that the Lord would give me great Power, Knowledg, & wisdom & faith so that I should heal the sick caus the Blind to see the lame to leap as an heart, the Deaf to hear Stop the mouths of Lions & rase the dead to life & waft myself (as did Philip) from River to river from Sea to sea & from Continant to Continant for the Purpose of Preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ & that I should stand before Kings & Princes & that they would send for me to receieve Wisdom Knowledge & instruction at my mouth because they Considered me wiser than themselves in like manner as the Egyptians sought wisdom at the hand of JOSEPH. And that God would give me a multiplicity of Blessings that I should Preach to the nations of the earth & to the inhabitants upon the Islands of the Sea & that I should then return & stand upon Mount Zion in the flesh even in Jackson County Missouri at the Cumming of Christ & that I should be cought up to meet him in the Clouds of heaven for he said this was the word of God unto me & Also that I should visit COLUB & Preach to the spirits in Prision & that I should bring all of my friends or relatives forth from the Terrestrial Kingdom (who had died) by the Power of the gospel. These & many other Blessings were Pronounced upon my head, & further Said that I should be annointed & my life sealed unto me & that their would be still greater blessing Pronounced upon my head. I felt much of the Power of God rest upon me in this ordinance & Bear witness of the truth of the above PROCLAMTION.

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Jan 4th I met in Company with the high School of Kirtland in the house of the Lord for the purpose of a public examination It being the last day of the first quarter. The examination lasted about three hours. Then after an intermission of one hour we again repaired to the house & herd an interesting lecture deliverd on Education By Professer Haws. We have  now a vacation of four weeks & the ne[xt?] term [p.120] will then commence.

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5th I repaired to the house of the Lord for a Prayer meeting at 2 oclock PM. We had a good time. One man gave us an account of the general gathering of Israel in the gift of tongues. I interpreted the Substance of the same.

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6th I visited the office of the Kirtland Safety Society & saw the first money that was issued by the Treasurer or Society. It was given to Brother Bump (in exchange for other notes) who was the first to Circulate it.

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I also herd President Joseph Smith jr. declare in the presence of F Williams, D. Whitmer, S. Smith, W. Parrish, & others in the Deposit Office that he had receieved that morning the Word of the Lord upon the Subject of the Kirtland Safety Society. He was alone in a room by himself & he had not ownly the voice of the Spirit upon the Subject but even an audable voice. He did not tell us at that time what the LORD said upon the subject but remarked that if we would give heed to the Commandments the Lord had given this morning all would be well.

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May the Lord bless Brother Joseph with all the Saints & support the above named institution & Protect it so that every weapen formed against it may be broaken & come to nought while the Kirtland Safety Society shall become the greatest of all institutions on EARTH.

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Jan 6 Wrote a Letter to Brother Asahel H Woodruff.

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Sunday Went up to the house of the Lord to worship. We had an interesting meeting. Their was about fifteen hundred people assembled. Their was two discourses deliverd from the Aaronic Priesthood one from Councellor Knight & the other from Priest Willey. Priest Willey had much of the Spirit of God in Preaching to the Church after breaking  bread Elder Sherman Sung in the gift of tongues & pro[p.121] claimed great & marvelous things while clothed upon by the power & spirit of God. Elder Smoot for the first time after his sickness Also attended meeting.

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I spent the evening with Priest Turpin at Bishop Whitney’s. Had a vary happy time in speaking Singing hearing & interpeting tongues & in prayer with the family.

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10 Tuesday evening I met in the house of the Lord with the quorum of the Seventies. Their was about 12 ordained of the third Seventy under the hands of Elder Shermon. We had a spiritual meeting. Elder Brigham Young one of the twelve gave us an interesting exhortation & warned us not to murmer against Moses (or) Joseph or the heads of the Church.

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11 Wrote two letters one to A B Willson & [the] other to Brother Levi Tailor.

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12 Wrote two Letters one to Brother Daniel Thomas the other to Simeon Hendricks.

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14 Wrote two Letters one to Wright Akeman in the Arkansas & the other to David Cranshaw.

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15 Sunday Attended meeting in the house of the Lord. President Rigdon preached in the Spirit & exhorted the Church to union that they might be prepared to meet every trial & difficulty that awates them.

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Jan 16th Elder Abram O Smoot was again attacked by the destroyer Which brought him upon a bed of Great disstress. We immediately called upon the Elders of the Church, viz. Elders O Hide & H C Kimble of the twelve & B. Nobles, M. Holmes, & myself of the first Seventy. We prayed with & for him & lade hands upon him according to the scriptures & he was immediately healed of his pain & fever <in the name of Christ>.

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[p.122] 17th Met at Candle light With the quorums of the Seventies & was favored with a lecture from President David Whitmer. He warned us to humble ourselves before God lest his hand rest upon us in anger for our pride & many sins that we were runing into in our days of prosperity as the ancient Nephites did & it does now appear evident that a scourge awates this stake of Zion even Kirtland if their is not great repentance immediately & almost every Countenance indicates the above expectation esspecially the heads of the Church. See Dec 11th 1836. May the Lord in mercy enable us to Meet every event with resignation.

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20th Wrote a Letter with Brother Kimble to Brother Thomas B Marsh in Zion.

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22nd Sunday Went up to the house of the Lord to worship. Elder John E Page occupied the former part of the day With an interesting relation of his travels for the last eight months in the profince of uper Canida. He stated that he in Company With Elders James Blakesley & Harris had Baptized 267 persons. He also gave an account of his persecutions &c which he had to endure. The latter part of the day was occupied by Elders Kimble & Green & of Communion. Also at Candle light I herd an interesting discourse from Elders P. P. Pratt & J. E. Page at Brother Bosley’s. Elder Pratt Also Warned us to humble ourselves before God & feed the poor & Clothe the needy & put away all our Sins lest Judgment overtake us spedily.

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Jan 23rd As Elder Abram O Smoot hath been much out of health Since he hath been in Kirtland he desired to return home into the South Country to spend the winter in a warm Climate with his friends. I accompanied him to father Smiths to officeate in the office of a Scribe While he receieved his Patriarchal blessing. Accordingly the Patriarch JOSEPH  SMITH sen. Pronounced his blessing upon his [p.123] head in the name of the LORD & I wrote it down for him. It was truly a great blessing. We had it recorded & I gave Elder Smoot a copy of it in Print that he might take it home with him as he was expecting to leave the day following.

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24th Took the pains to assist Elder Smoot to Settle his business in Kirtland which took up the major Part of the day. I Met at Candle light in the house of the Lord with the quorum of the Seventies. We had an interesting interview. Their was several ordained under the hands of President Silvester Smith to the third Seventy. Then we herd two lengthy discourses one from Elder J. E. Page and the other from Elder P. P. Pratt which was interesting in the first degree. The meeting Closed but little before midnight.

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We had been threatened by a mob from Panesville to visit us that night & demolish our Bank & take our property but they did not appeare. But the wrath of our enemies appears to be kindled against us. This in part is the Scourge that hath awated us. But may the Lord show us mercy & deliver us from the hand of our enemies for Christ Sake.

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25th Took the Parting hand with Elder A O Smoot & he started on his journey. May the Lord bless him & enable him to reach his friends in peace.

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At early Candlelight the heavens began to show forth the signs in fulfillment of the Prophecy of JOEL recorded in the 2nd Chap 30th vers of the Book of Joel. The clouds of fire & blood began to arise in the N. E & reached unto the N. W which principly covered the horizon. The reflection of the Clouds upon the earth which was covered with Snow presented a vary red appearance. It commenced at 6 oclock & continued untill 10 or past <when the heavens were covered with pure red>.

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Jan 27th Wrote a Letter for Elder M Holmes.

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[p.124] 28th I attended a Court with the quorum of the Seventies to settle a difficulty between Elder Hiram Stratten & I. H. Bishop. Elder Holmes and myself was chosen among the counsellors. Elder Stratten acknowledge’d his faults & was restored.

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29th Sunday I met at Elder J.P. Greens at 9 AM in company with 7 others to act as bearers to Convey the Corps of Sister Mary Boyington to the house of the Lord Whare a funeral Sermon was deliverd by Elder P. P. Pratt.

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The latter part of the day was spent in communion & addresses from Presidents O Cowdery & J Smith Jr. JOSEPH blessed us in the name of the Lord & Said if we would be faithful we should rise above our imbarresments & be delivered from the hands of our enemies.

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30 Spent the day in writing. Wrote a peace for the Messenger & Advocate.

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31st Met in the house of the Lord at 10 oclock AM & herd an address from President’s J. Smith jr & S Rigdon on the temporal business of the Church & Petitioned for a Charter to the Assembly of the State for the Kirtland Safety Society & the presidency of the Church bought the Monroe Charter & we all lent a hand in esstablishing it that it might be benificial to us in forwarding the building of the temporal Kingdom.

February

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Feb 1st I again commenced School confining myself to the Latin language mostly.

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5th Sunday Spent the day in the house of the Lord in worship.

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12th Sunday Spent the day in the Lords house. Communed with the Saints.

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Feb 19th I repaired to the house of the Lord & [p.125] stood in the midst of the Congregation of the Saints whare I beheld President JOSEPH SMITH Jr. arise in the stand & for several hours addressed the Saints in the power of God. Joseph had been absent from Kirtland on business for the Church, though not half as long as Moses was in the mount, & many were stir’d up in their hearts & some were against him as the Israelites were against Moses. But when he arose in the power of God in their midst, as Moses did anciently, they were put to silence for the complainers saw that he stood in the power of a Prophet. O how weak is man.

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26 Sunday President Joseph Smith jr. again addressed the Congregation of the saints in the power and spirit of God.

March

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March 1st I spent in school. This is my birth day bringing me to 30 thirty years of age. How fleet is time.

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4 Saturday I spent in School. During the day I was called to lay hands upon Elder Sherwood’s son that was sick with the plurisy. He was deaf and dumb. He was healed of his sickness.

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AMICITIA

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4 Thou scenes of life how variant, how trancient.

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5 Sunday Wrote a Letter to my friends in the east.

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22 The last seventeen Days have been principly spent in school. I have attended some interesting meetings during the time.

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March 24th I left school under view of spending some time in studying History &  preparing for [p.126] the endowment.Note

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March 23rd I repaired to the house of the Lord at an early hour in the morning to spend the day in prayer and fasting With the saints in Kirtland, as this was a day set apart for that purpose. Immediately after entering the house in company with several other Elders, I went within the veil and we bowed down before the Lord in the Aronic stand & offer’d a morning sacrifice, & the Spirit of God rested upon us with joy to our Souls.

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I was Called upon, by the Patriarch JOSEPH to read a Chapter in the book of Mormon. I then read the third Chapter of the Book of Jacob, which contains the parable of the tame olive tree likend unto the house of Israel as was spake by the Prophet Zenos. The same God that touched Isaiah’s lips with hallowed fire, gave Zenos great wisdom in setting forth this parable.

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After I had made some brief remarks upon the subject the congregation took their seats, for the services of the day, in the following order: The house being divided into four parts by veils, the females occupied two parts & the males the others. Some of the presidency presided in each appartment.

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The time was taken up during the day in each appartment in singing, exortation, & prayer. Some had a tongue, others an interpetation, & all was in order. The power of GOD rested upon the people. The gifts were poured out upon us. Some had the administering of angels & the image of GOD sat upon the countenances of the Saints.

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At 4 oclock PM the Veils were all rolled up together which brought the whole Congregation in full view of each other and while the presence of the LORD filled the  house the congregation of the [p.127] Saints fell upon their knees & all as one man, vocally poured forth rejoicing, supplication & Prayer, before the God of Israel which Closed the services of the day, after contributing for the support of the poor.*

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<[–] my spirit in my God [—] the blessings in the [–] the man [-] the shadows of night [-]> ever <[-] of & man [when?] the center to his soul and interest [-] his mind into [–] not expressed thus they cause [was?] misled while the> ARMOR of GOD <and enjoying the> amicicia <of a Saint.>*

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March 26th Sunday Communed with the saints in the fore part of the day. In the latter part, Elder W. Parrish Preached the funeral sermon of Sister Pratt the wife of Elder P. P. Pratt one of the twelve who died March 25th 1837.

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March 27th I signed $50 fifty Dollars for the building of the house of the Lord in Zion. The subscription list was in the hands of Elder Elisha H Groves.

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April

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April 2nd Attended worship in the Lords house upon this Sabbath day. I have spent the time for several days past In perusing the Outlines of ancient and modern HISTORY on a new plan, By Rev Royal Robbins. It strikes the reflecting mind with deep sensibility to contemplate the scenery of the rise progress decline & fall of the Nations and kingdoms of the earth from the days of ADAM untill 1837 years after Christ. And it is equally interesting to comtemplate the day that is now at hand & hath already began in fulfillment of Ancient prophecy in bringing the Church of Christ out of the wilderness in esstablishing Israel upon those lands by a Theocratical government in fulfillment of the [p.128] covenants God made with Abram Isaac & Jacob.

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As this hath began in my day & I am called to act a part in the work by being placed with the first Seventy Elders of Israel to become a special witness of Jesus Christ to all Nations I need much faith fortitude, holiness, & wisdom. May the Lord enable me not to seek honour from man but God & be faithful in clearing my garments of the blood of Gentile & Jew and do honour to the HOLY Priesthood & the Annointing that now awaiteth me.

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April 3rd The day had now arived for preperations for the solumn assembly the Annointing & the endowment of the Elders of Israel or at least for those that were not endowed in Kirtland the strong hold of the daught[ers] of Zion in the spring of 1836 & as I was absent at that time my day is now come & my time at hand for those blessings & I shall record the events of each day of the endowment for the benefit of the generation to come.

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I upon this third day of April met in the house of the Lord with a number of the seventies to receiev counsel respecting our washing & anointing. I was appointed with Elder G. Meeks to visit President F. G. Williams & have the perfumes & oil prepared against the day following. I consider’d it a privilege to wait upon the Elders of Israel in this thing that we might become the annointed of the Lord according to the words of the Poet & the Revelations of JESUS CHRIST.

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We’ll wash and be washed and with oil be anointed

Withal not omit the washing of feet

For he that receiveth his PENNY appointed

Must surely be clean at the hearvest of wheat.

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After attending to the duties above spoken I repaired to a room in Company with Elder Meeks & Priest J Turpin to attend to our first washing. After washing our bodies from head to foot in soap & watter we then washed ourselves in clear watter next in perfumed  spirits. The spirit of God was with us [p.129] & we had a spiritual time. We spent the evening with several Elders in Prayer before God & the Power of God rested upon us.

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April 4th I met at the house of Elder Hales at one oclcok PM in company with twenty three Elders President Joseph Young making one of the number for the purpose of attending to the ordinance of washing the body with clean watter & perfumes that our bodies might be prepared for the anointing.

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President Young opened the meeting by prayer. We then proceded to the ordinance. Myself & Elder G. W. Meeks were the first washed under the hands of President Joseph Young. We then assisted President Young in washing our Brethren the Elders. Much of the spirit of God rested upon us. I washed & perfumed the bodies of a number of my Brethren & the interview Closed after expressing our feelings to each other.

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We again met together in the quorum of the Seventies at the upper part of the Lords house at early candle light to receieve our anointing. The quorums of the Deacons, Teachers, & Priest occupied one apartment the Elders another & the Seventies the third. Each quorums met for the anointing. Three of the presidents met with the Seventies viz H Aldrich J. Young and Z. Coultrin.

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President Coultrin opened the meeting by prayer & after conversing plainly to those who were to be anointed they proceded to business. The presidency consecrated the oil before God that it might be holy. The person to be anointed then took a seat & the presidency then laid hands upon his head & Consecrated him unto God & then anointed him in the name of the Lord & pronounced such blessings upon his head as the testimony of Jesus shall direct which is the spirit of prophecy. We had a glorious season indeed in this solumn ordinance of the house of the Lord. There were fifteen annointed in our quorum mostly by President Coultrin. The Power of [p.130] God rested upon us.

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President Coultrin anointed me & the following are some of the blessing that he pronounced upon my head while clothed upon by the spirit & power of God, viz. That God would bless me with all the powers of the Priesthood & give me a multiplicity of blessing that Kings would tremble upon their thrones at my word, that I should become a Counsellor & multitudes should seek counsel at my mouth & I should have great wisdom & power to fly through the midst under heaven as Philip travled by the spirit that I should have power over my enemies & have long life & bring many into the kingdom of God Also that I should have the riches of the earth & that I should have Sons & Consecrate them priests unto God in Zion & that I should tread upon the ashes of my enemies in Jackson County they that had sought to take my life & the life of my brethren that went to redeem Zion & he Also sealed upon my head all the blessing that had previously been pronounced upon me & thes blessing were sealed upon my head with a loud Amen from all of the anointed present in the name of Jesus Christ.

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Much of the power & spirit of God & a sens of the virtue of the ordinance rested upon me. May God enable me to possess those blessing & obtain thos vishions that have been promised me in this & other Solumn ordinances & keep me from dishonouring my anointing & the Holy Priesthood for Christ Sake Amen.

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The interview closed about 10 oclock P.M. I then repaired into the lower Court of the Lords house in Company with Elders Joseph B. Nobles & G. W. Meeks to spend the night (after being anointed) in prayer & fasting before God. The vales being closed We entered the Elders pulpit & there upon our knees we plead with God & we covenanted with each other in the holy stand that we would not give sleep to our eyes neither take food untill we receieved a blessing from God by the outpourings of his spirit upon us if it was untill the  end of three days. And according to our Covenant we commenced praying & a [p.131] part of the night we had a severe trial of our faith by great temptation from Satan but before day we gained a good degree of victory over the Devil & the Lord poured out his spirit upon us & we felt it good to be in the house of God while nature was hushed in silenced by the sable shades of night.

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After spending the night in prayer we returned to our homes in the morning intending to spend the day in prayer & fasting for still greater blessings this being upon

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April 5th. I spent a part of the day in attending the high Council the remainder in writing, Prayer, & fasting.

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I again repaired to the upper /lower/ part of the house of the Lord at 5 oclock PM. with the quorum of the Seventies for a solumn assembly anointing &c. Three out of the seven presidents were present & anointed twelve. The spirit of God sat upon us & we were satisfied with our blessing. Consequently I returned home with those brethren with Whom I had covenanted for a blessing & took some food & retired to rest being 24 hours since we had taken food or sleep. There was much of the Spirit of Prophesy & revelation poured upon the heads of the anointed in the different quorums.

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April 6th 1837 This being more particular the day of the Solumn assembly or a day that is looked upon annually with feeling of greater interest in Celebration of the 6th of April 1830 as upon that day the Church of Latter day Saints was first organized in this last dispensation & fulness of times. Henceforth the Solumn assembly of the Elders of Israel & all official members that can, will meet in the LORDS house annually to attend to the most Solumn ordinances of the house of GOD & of receieving the visions & great things of heavens. Therefore I shall be more particular in recording the transactions of this day than others for it is sumthing similar to the Pentecost that St Paul speak of at Jerrusalem.

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[p.132] I repaired to the house of the Lord at 8 oclock A.M. & after spending an hour in the lower part of the house the presidency of the Church Called the quorums of the Seventies into the upper part of the house that they might be by themselves for a while as there was some business to be attended to in these quorums before they Could procede to the business of the day below. In the first place six of the Presidents of the Seventies were to leave the Seventies & take a station in the quorum of the travling high priesthood and six other Presidents chosen in their stead. I shall not here give the particulars of this change of Councillers. Suffice it to say that all of the Councillors first chosen excepting Joseph Young were high priest before the organization of the seventies & they had a right to officiate in the lower offices of the Church & there was some difference in the authority and office of the quorums of high Priesthood & Seventies. The six new Presidents Chosen out of the Seventies to take the place of thos that were to leave were: John Gould, Josiah Butterfield, Salmon Gee, [   ] Foster, John Gaylard.

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After this matter was aranged there was a glorious ordinance performed upon the heads of those who had been anointed (by the first presidency of the Church Joseph Smith jr. Sidney Rigdon &c was this ordinance performed. It was as follows:

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While all of the anointed present lifted there hands towards heaven this first presidency of the Church Confirmed & sealed upon our heads all the blessings of our ordination, anointing, & Patriarchal with a seal in the presence of God & the Lamb & holy angels that they should all be fulfilled upon our heads that not one jot or tittle should fail & the seal was confirmed upon our heads with a shout of all the anointed with uplifted hand to heaven HOSANNA, Hosanna, Hosanna, to GOD & the LAMB, Amen, Amen, & Amen. * Hosanna Hosanna, Hosanna, to GOD & the LAMB, Amen, Amen, & Amen. * Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna, to GOD & the LAMB, Amen, Amen, & Amen. This was repeated as  it is written & if ever a shout [p.133] entered the Cabinet of heaven that did & was repeated by angels on high & caused the power of God to rest upon us.

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(O ye Priest of Baal. O, ye Gentile religionest. O ye inhabitants of Babylon possessing the mark of the beast, what knowledge have ye of the ordinances or blessings or virtues of the house & Church of God?) Great and marvelous are the blessings and power of the ordinances of the Lord & his gospel made manifest on these occasions.

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After being in the upper room about two hours we again Joined the congregation of the Saints in the lower Court & the house came to order for the business of the day. The veils were closed & each apartment commenced the duties of the day.

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The washing of the feet of the anointed was the first business that was performed. The twelve assisted our presidency in washing the feet. Elder Heber Kimble one of the twelve apostles attended to the washing of my feet & prophesied upon my head & pronounced me clean from the Blood of this generation. This as it was with JESUS when he washed his deciples feet. Great were the blessings that rested upon us in this ordinance.

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After the washing of feet, the veils were rolled, which brought the congregation into one assembly. The stand of the priesthood were still coverd with the veils. The Presidency stood in the lower stand & President Joseph Smith jr. arose and addressed the Congregation for the term of three hours Clothed with the power, spirit, & image of GOD. He unbosom’d his mind & feelings in the house of his friends. He presented many things of vast importance to the minds of the Elders of Israel.

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O that they might be written upon our hearts as with an iron pen to remain forever that we might practice them in our lives. That fountain of light, principle & virtue that came forth out of the heart & mouth of the prophet JOSEPH whose Soul like Enochs swell’d wide as eternity. I say such evidences presented in such a forcible manner ought to drive into  oblivion every particle of unbelief & dubiety from [p.134] the mind of the hearers, for such language sentiment principle & spirit cannot flow from darkness. Joseph Smith jr. is a prophet of God rised up for the deliverance of Israel as true as my heart now burns within me while I am penning thes lines which is as true as truth itself.

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President Hiram Smith followed Joseph with many useful remarks. He also was Clothed with much of the spirit of God. Joseph desired us to give heed to his words & teaching this once & be wise that Zion & her stakes might spedily be redeemed. He instructed us to be sure & ask those that enter the Kingdom to send up their wise men to Kirtland with there money to counsel with the presidency & purchase an interitance before they move their families or bring the poor to the places of gathering for to suffer. Also that we must keep in view the institution of the Kirtland Safety Society & if the Elders of Israel would be faithful & do what was in their power this once Kirtland should spedily be redeemed & become a strong hold not be thrown down.

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Joseph presented us in some degree the plot of the city of Kirtland (which is the strong hold of the daughter of Zion) as it was given him by vision. It was great marvelous & glorious. The city extended to the east, west, North, & South. Steam boats will come puffing into the city. Our Goods will be conveyed upon railroads from Kirtland to many places & probably to Zion. Houses of worship would be reared unto the most high. Beautiful streets was to be made for the Saints to walk in. Kings of the earth would come to behold the glory thereof & many glorious things not now to be named would be bestowed upon the Saints. But all these thing are better imagined than spoken by the Children of Jacob.

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President Olvier Cowdery followed Hiram Smith & made but few remarks but verry appropriate. He called upon the Elders to keep within the bounds of their knowledge & to let the great mysteries of the Kingdom alone for the gentiles had not a knowledge even of  the first principles of the gospel. That it [p.135] was far better to preach what the people would call the small things of the Bible than to enter into the vishions of Isaiah, Ezekiel, & John &c.

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President Sidney Rigdon next spoke & said many important things and impress’d it upon the Elders of Israel with great force & eloquence to lay to with their mights this once for the redemption of Kirtland that Israel may be safe & free and have a place to set his foot <for if we do give heed to the word we should sin less.>

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After the Presidency Closed their remarks the twelve were Called upon to break bread for the multitude (as Jesus did in the days of the Apostles) that they might all be filled. They did so & we were all filled & was made glad while feasting with Patriarchs, Prophets, Apostles, Evangelest, Pasters, Teachers, & Deacons.

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After the feast was Closed thanks was returned to GOD with uplifted hands to heaven this being about the seting of the son. All had the privilege of returning to thir homes that felt disposed & the rest might spend the night in the house of the Lord in prayer, & exhortation, praise & thanksgiving.

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At about candle light the meeting commenced with great interest. Joseph requested the congregation to speak their feelings freely & pray according to the spirit. The saints began to open their mouths & they were filled with language unto edification one a prayer another exortation some a doctrin & a psalm others a toungue, some an interpretation. Prophecy was also poured out upon us & all things was done decently & in order & the night was spent gloriously by the saints. Much of the gifts of the gospel rested upon us.

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One Brother Clothed with the gift of tongues laid his hands upon my head & prophesied great blessing upon me. Another Brother possessing the interpretation uttered it unto me to my joy & consolation with the many blessing pronounced upon my head he rehersed the blessing that Jacob pronounced upon the heads of Joseph & said that I should possess the  blessings of heaven & of earth & be much [p.136] blessed in my ministry &c.

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Much Prophecy was uttered upon the heads of many of the Saints in other languages & was interpeted which was glorious. Thus was this day & night spent gloriously & those scenes will long be remember e d.

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Rejoice O earth & Shout O heavens for the natural fruit of the tame olive tree is again manifest in the earth. The fig tree is puting forth leaves. The Church of Christ is travling out of the wilderness with her gifts & graces which edify the body of Christ. The house of God is reared in beauty & splender according to the pattern given by the vishions of heaven & the revelations of Jesus Chri st.

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O ye gentiles come & receieve the gospel. Repent & be baptized for the remishion of your sins & recieve the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands & partake of the blessing of God with Israel that you may be hid under the shadow of the ALMIGHTY in the day of GODs wrath & Indignation upon babylon which is at hand.

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The meeting continued until break of day when we all dispersed to our homes with great Joy & consolation. May the Lord bless the Saints & have mercy upon the poor the sick & the afflicted & deliver Israel from the gentile yoke for Jesus Sake. Amen.

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April 7th I spent the day in writing my Journal 1833-1898, Vol.1, & when the shades of evening began to appear I repaired to the house of the LORD in company with Elders Milton Holmes, & Joseph B Nobles for the purpose of worshiping God. We entered one of the stands within the veils & fell upon our knees & Satan appeared also but not to worship God but to deprive us of the privilege. Satan strove against us with great power by tempting & otherwis. He at one time drove me from my stand while I was striving with my brethren to enter into the visions of heaven.

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[p.137] Notwithstanding his apparent victory good grew out of it for by going into the outer Court I there found Elder Freeman Nickerson an aged father in Israel who was faithful & Prayed to God alway. I solicited him to Join us in prayer that we might gain a victory over Satan & get a blessing at the hand of God. He joyfully accepted the invitation & we again entered the stand being four of us in number of one accord in one place. We had great cause to be united in heart. We all had travled together about 1,000 miles in the spring of 1834 for the redemption of Zion. We at that time offered to lay down our lives & our offering was accepted as was Abram’s.

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We felt considering those circumstances that we could kneel down & unitedly get a blessing by faith through Jesus Christ. We fell upon our Knees & began to cry unto God. Satan departed, tempation found no place in our harts The power of God rested upon us & we were baptized with the Holy Ghost & the Spirit of God was like fire shut up in our bones. We were immersed in the liberty of the sons of God. Many great things were shown unto us. The power of God & the Spirit of prophesy & revelation rested upon us. I arose & Proclaimed many Glorious thing upon the heads of my beloved brethren that were present which were dictated in my heart by the Holy Spirit. And I Willford testify in the name of Jesus Christ that many precious things were shown me concerning my brethren by the Holy Spirit in prophecy & revelation. Our hearts were made glad & we went our way rejoicing. *

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April 8th Spent the day in writing my Journal. Spent the evening at Elder Milicans in Good Company.

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9th Sunday morning I repaired to the house of the Lord to worship with the Saints. Father John Smith opened the meeting by prayer then read the [p.138] twelvth Chapter of the second Book of Nephi & preached from it unto the people. In the latter part of the Day Elder Kimble addressed the saints in the power of God. Elder O. Pratt followed with few remarks after communion.

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President S Rigdon addressed the congregation & laid before them their situation as to temporal things as the gentiles are striving to besiege the saints in Kirtland & would be glad to starve the saints to death. He also stated that the Presidency had used every means for the deliverance of the Church but as many of the Church had refused Kirtlan Currency which was their temporal salvation in Consequence of this they put strength in the hands of their enemies & those that had done this thing must suffer by it.

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Sidney Closed and Joseph arose & like the lion of the tribe of JUDAH he poured out his Soul in the midst of the Congregation of the Saints. But who can find languague to write his words & teachings as with an iron pen in a rock that they may stand for future generation to look upon? A fountain of knowledge rolled from his mouth to the people which was the word of God. Yea in the name of God he proclaimed that Severe Judgment awaited those Characters that professed to be his friends & friends to humanity & the Kirtland Safety Society But had turned tritors & opposed the Currency & its friends which has given power into the hands of the enemy & oppressed the poor Saints. Such have become Covenant Breakers for which they will feel the wrath of God as true as Joseph is a prophet.

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Joseph uttered the feelings of his Soul in pain while viewing the poverty & afflictions of Ephraim or the Saints in Kirtland at least that fals brethren should be whited walls & bring perrils upon the Saints. Joseph is as a father to Ephraim & to all Israel in these last days. He mourns because of unbelief & the negligence manifest with many who have receieved the gospel in obeying the commands of God. He fears lest but few be left to receieve an  inheritance. There is not a greater man than Joseph [p.139] standing in this generation. The gentiles look upon him & he is to them like bed of Gold conceled from human view. They know not his principle, his spirit, his wisdom, virtue, phylanthropy, nor his calling. His mind like Enochs swells wide as eternity. Nothing short of a God can comprehend his Soul.

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April 10th I wrote two letters to the land of Zion one to Elder A O Smoot & the other to Elder Alexander.

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A Conference of Elders to be held at Mane Aug 12th & 13th AD 1837, on Saturday & Sunday.

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Direct a letter to Freeman Nickerson South Dennis Post Office Barnstable County Massachusetts.

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My first acquaintance with Miss Phebe W. Carter was on the eve of the 28th of Jan. 1837 at which time I was introduc’d to her at Elder Milliken’s by the politeness of Elder M. Holmes. After two & half months acquaintance we were joined in Matrimony the account of which will be found on the following pages. [p.140]

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MATRIMONY

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WILLFORD WOODRUFF. Born March 1st 1807.

PHEBE W CARTER. Born March 8th 1807.

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April 13th 1837 Marriage being an institution of heaven & honourable in all, I accordingly accepted the honour upon this memorial day, by joining hands with Miss PHEBE W. CARTER in the bonds of matrimony and took upon ourselves the marriage Covenant. Elder Johnathan Holmes Also took the same responsibility upon himself at the same time by giving his hand to Miss Mary Carter in the marriage covenant. We were married at the house of President JOSEPH SMITH, Jr. The ceremony was solemnized by President Frederick G. Williams. President J. Smith sen. the Patriarch then blessed us in the name of the Lord and pronounced great Blessings upon us & our posterity.

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President J. Smith Jr. was expecting to Solemnize the ceremony, but his life was so beset & sought for by wicked and ungodly men for the testimony of JESUS, that he was under the necessity of fleeing from his house & home for a few days. O when will the prophets of God rest upon the earth?

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We were married at 2 oclock PM and at 4 PM. the whole Company Consisting of about 16 Couple Walked from President J. Smiths to President S Rigdons whare we were gratifyed with the privilege of seeing Elder George Robinson & Miss Thalia Rigdon also Joined in matrimony by President F G Williams. The Company dispersed at the sitting of the sun. I spent the night at President Joseph Smiths. May the Lord bless us all with salvation.

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The sun in the east arose to gladden earth & shed oe’r nature his pleaseing beams to wellcome the return of delightful spring that drearry winter might be forgotten. No day more pleasing than April thirteenth 1837. While all nature smiled without friendships  purest joys were felt beneath a prophets roof whare the brides and bridesgroom found a [p.141] welcome reception, While by law with the nuptial cord their hands were bound their congenial hearts in one, lay cemented bearing the seal of Eternal life. Their friendship formed from principle pure, virtue unsuled, bid refinement oe’r those hearts to rule, possessing the love of GOD the ownly foundation of true friendship.

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True the prophet Joseph from his wife, children, & house for a moment had fled. Had torn himself from their embrace in some lonely place to seek a shelter to escape the blood thirsty gentiles hands against him raised for bearing the testimony of Jesus Christ. A Patriarch yet was left. He Posessing a Holy Priesthood more ancient than his gray hairs arose upon his feet to bless in the name of GOD the married four. Being clothed in the spirit through the power of the priesthood he pronounced upon the wedded heads and their posterity blessing that ne’r decay.

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While heaven smiles upon the Elders of Israel friendship presents each with a bride as a help meet whose prayers will be wa[ft?]ed by a more holy breeze than wind up to the throne of GOD for their companions while bound in chains & vaults in prisons cast for the word of God & the testimony of Jesus. These feeble words inspire their harts to call on God that he may & send deliverance to the bridegroom in distance lands while under Zions banner the bride finds protections.

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O heaven protect the four that they their covenants may fulfill that friendship may grow old But pure and strong as death that peace and harmony may crown their lives. Let God direct their steps their hearts possess his love while personal friendship joins their hearts and hands in one. May light and truth their way direct untill they meet the great bridegroom.

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Vera amicitia est sempiterna

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WILLFORD WOODRUFFs Patriarchal

Blessing Receieved April 15th 1837

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At a blessing meeting held at the LORDs house in Kirtland Ohio on the 15th day of April AD. 1837, Joseph Smith sen. the Patriarch of the Church of latter day Saints confered a blessing upon the head of Willford Woodruff son of Aphek Woodruff born in Farmington Hartford County Conn. March the 1st 1807.

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My Beloved Brother I lay my hands on thy head in the name of JESUS CHRIST the Son of the living GOD and seal a blessing on thy head which shall reach thy posterity a seal that shall not be taken from thee. I bless thee as Melchisedeck blessed Abram when he returned from the Slaughter of the ten kings. I confer on the all the blessings of Abram Isaac and Jacob which includes all blessings both temporal and spiritual, the blessings of heaven & the blessing of the earth. Thou shalt have all the power and authority of the Melchesedeck priesthood.

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Thou hast a great work to do in the earth. Thou shalt visit many barberous tribes of the earth. They shall seek to take thy life, yet God will give the power and wisdom to frustrate their designs. Thou shalt be blessed with posterity. Thy sons shall receieve the priesthood and be an ornament to the Church of Christ. Yea they shall be great men in the earth. Thou shalt be honor’d by them and they shall call thee blesed.

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I place a seal on thy head & no power shall be able to take it from thee if thou are faithful in keeping the Commandments of God. This /seal/ shall guard thee against the destroyer. Thou mayest have the administration of the angels of heaven. An Holy angel shall soon administer unto thee and reveal unto thee thy duty yea and give unto the many instructions. Thou shalt have the Spirit of God to instruct thee in thy mission and lead thee into all truth. Thou shalt be filled with the Spirit of God. Thine eyes shall be opened to  look within the veil and behold the things of eternity. /Yea the Lord of [p.143] glory shall appear unto thee. Thou shalt put thy hands upon his feet and feel his wounds with thy hands that thou mayest be a special witness of his name./ Thou shalt understand great mysteries in this generation. Yea all the mysteries of the Kingdom of God and the wisdom of God shall cleave unto thee.

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I seal all of thy former blessings on thy head and they shall be fulfiled. Thou shalt be a great man in the earth. Thy intellectual powers shall be preserved and thy understanding shall be great.

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God has looked on thee from all eternity and has known thy Blood. Thou art a descendent of JOSEPH. Thou shalt stand in the flesh & witness the winding up scene of this generation. Thou shalt remain on the earth to behold thy Savior Come in the Clouds of heaven. Thou shalt be numbered with the one hundred forty and four thousand and shall stand upon Mount Zion and shall sing a song that no man can learn or sing except thy company.

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Thou shalt have access to the treasures hid in the sand to assist thy necessities. An angel of God shall show thee the treasures of the earth that thou mayest have riches to assist thee in gathering many orphan Children to Zion.

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Thou art one of the horns of Joseph to push the people together to the ends of the earth. No power shall stay thee. At thy word the winds shall be stayed. Thou shalt walk upon the waters. At thy command the waters shall be divided. Prisons, chains, and vaults shall not hold thee /for thou shalt rend them in twain/. Thou shalt be deliverd out of the hands of thy enemies by the mighty power of God and by the prayer of faith. Thou shalt have great blessing.

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Thou art of the Blood of Ephraim if thou will claim it by faith thou mayest bring all of the relatives into the Kingdom of God for they are of the blood of Ephraim. /See Vol 2d July 1, 1838./ In the name of Jesus Christ I seal this blessing on thy head by the authority of the Holy Priesthood I seal thee up unto Eternal Life. Even so AMEN. * [p.144]

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PHEBE W. CARTER’s PATRIARCHAL

Blessing Receieved 10th Nov. AD 1836

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At a blessing meeting held in the Lords house in Kirtland Ohio on the 10th day of NOV AD 1836 Joseph Smith sen. the Patriarch of the Church of Latter Day Saints Confered a blessing upon the head of Phebe W Carter born in Scarborough, Cumberland County State of Main the 8th of March 1807.

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Sister in the name of Jesus of Nazareth and by the Power of the Holy Priesthood which God hath confered upon me I lay my hands on thy head & place a seal on thy forward and if thou art faithful and Keep the commandments of God No power shall take it off. It shall be a seal against the destroyer.

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No blessings in heaven shall be too great for thee. Thou hast thought much on thy Redeemer. Thou must call on God the Father in the name of his son and he will open the heavens and rend the vail that thou mayest see the Son of man stand on the right hand of Power.

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Thou hast suffered in former days by being deprived of friends unto whom thou couldst unbosom thy mind, thou hast sorrowed in the night season and in solitary places. No one knew thy sorrow or saw thy tears but God thy Father. Be Comforted for thy troubles are over and God will pour out his blessings to thee. Thou shalt have long life and see good days. Thou shalt be the Mother of many children. They shall be an ornament to the Church of Christ. Thy husband shall be a man of Wisdom, Knowledge, and understanding. Let thy heart be Comforted and have faith in God and his word.

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Thou shalt labour in the Temple of the Lord thy God. Thou shalt teach thy Companions the ways of righteousness.

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Thou shalt have many temporal blessing. Riches shall flow in unto thee and thou shalt rejoice rather than Complain. Thou must put thy whole trust in God.

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/{Willford Woodruff & Phebe W. Carter Was [p.145] joined in Marriage April 13th AD. 1837.}/

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/Thou art of the blood of Ephraim./ Thou shalt have a Celestial Crown. Thou shalt have a residence in Zion and do a great work there. Thou shalt sew the vail of the Temple and rejoice in the work of thy hands. If thou wilt keep the commandments thou shalt have all of thy friends. They shall be members of the Covenant. I seal all of these blessings on thy head in the name of Jesus. I seal thee up unto Eternal Life. AMEN AND AMEN.

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Solemn and interesting are the scenes and living realities of the present generation of the human family. The reflecting mind may flit back with the rapidity of lightning to the day when GOD spake and chaos herd and this world came into order. Then from the days of ADAM trace the history of man down to 1830 years after Christ both sacred and profane and place their history in a point of light to comprehend in one combined mass all the rise, progress, decline, and fall of all the nations, Kingdoms, and empires of the earth and they do not form a more compounded scenery of grand awful sublime and important events than is to traspire in this last dispensation of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The prophets and Apostles & all inspired men of God in every age of a theocratical government have looked, spake, & written respecting this generation with feelings of the deepest interest. In 1830 the stone began to roll. The Church & body of Christ became visible. It will continue to be propeled by the arm of JEHOVAH untill the Kingdom fills the whole earth & Israel gather’d, Babylon falls & Christ reigns. Then marvel not O ye reader that the Patriarch Joseph pronounces blessings upon the children of EPHRAIM.

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[p.146] April 20th Spent this day in the house of the Lord in prayer and fasting with the congregation of the Saints. Much of the power, gifts, and graces of the gospel was poured out upon us. Speaking and interpeting of tongues was manifest in the Congregation.  One brother sung a lengthy song in tongues & sister Hide interpeted the same. It was great & glorious. Much of it was respecting the fame of Joseph and his magnus works.

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April 21 [One and a third lines crossed out and illegible] I paid $37 dollars of the same to Elder Harvy Redfield for Jacob Bump which balanced all of my account with them both. I paid $5 dollars to Elder Heber Kimble. <Elder M Holmes and Solon Foster were witnesses of my paying the money.>

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April 22nd Receieved a Letter from my father in Law Ezra Carter under date of April 9th.

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30th Spent the last week labouring with my hands for Elder H. Kimble.

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May 1st Mrs Woodruff with myself removed our boarding place to Elder W Parrishes whare we tarry for the present.

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5th While labouring for Elder J. Young in the latter part of the day we experienced a verry Sudden, hard, & rapid storm of wind and rain. A vane of it passed south of the temple in the form of a whirl wind or tornado. It destroyed and injured several buildings. It crushed one of Elder Young buildings instantly and removed the one we were in. Yet no lives were lost nor persons injured. Soon all was calm again.

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[p.147] 10th Brother Henry Harmon arived in Kirtland from the state of Main and Mrs Woodruff receieved nine Letters from our friends in the state of Maine.

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May 14th We wrote two Letters to our friends in the State of Maine.

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23rd Spent several of the Last weeks in labouring with my hands for Elder Joseph Young. Spent the fore part of this day in attending a Patriarchal meeting. I wrote a Patriarchal Blessing for Brother Henry Harmon.

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/25th I comenced boarding with Elder Jonathan H. Hale./

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27th I wrote a Patriarchal Blessing, as it was delivered from the mouth of the Patriarch JOSEPH, for Elder Rufus M Lord.

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28th Sunday I repaired to the house of the Lord to worship the GOD of Israel with the Congregation of the Saints in Kirtland. Behold, it was a day of experience, of interest, & of Knowledge.

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The same spirits of murmering, complaining, & of mutiny, that I spake of in Feb. 19th in this Journal 1833-1898, Vol.1, hath not slept from that day to the present. They have been brewing in the family Circle in the secret Chamber & in the streets untill many & some in high places had risen up against Joseph the servent whom God had raised up to lead Israel. And they were striving to overthrow his influence & cast him down untill Joseph was grieved in spirit to stand in such perils among fals brethren.

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But notwithstanding this thick cloud of darkness standing over Kirtland Joseph being unmoved in the cause entered the Congregation of the Saints arose in the stand & spake to the people in the name of the Lord in his own defence. The Lord was with him by his power & spirit to the Convinceing of the honest that he would stand & his enemies fall.

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[p.148] Sidney followed him with an able discourse & several others spake in the spirit of God maintaining Joseph in his integrity. But; Alas, one arose, once a friend, (not now) in the blackness of his face & corruption of his heart stretched out his puny arm and proclaimed against Joseph. Joseph acted wisely while all saw the spirit of his foe. O, <Warren Warren> when thou art converted strengthen thy brethren. O my God deliver me from such a crime I pray thee.

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May 29th I met in the house of the Lord to attend an important Conference or meeting of the high Councel to attend to some important business of the Church. Let memory speak upon this subject. Two <of the presidency> two <of the Twelve and> one <of the seventy were stood before the Council for [agression?]>. It was considered not <lawful to> try <the president> before the high Council but before the Bishop. The Presidents withdrew. The council closed without transacting business.

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30th /I met the quorum of seventies 20 times from Jan to May 30th./ Rode to Panesville in company with the Presidency & many other official members of the church of latter day Saints for the purpose of attending a Court. President Joseph Smith jr. was accused of endangering the life of Newel. This was done out of spite not because he was guilty of the charge. The court adjourned untill saturday following. We then returned home. Distance of the day 18 miles.

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I spent the evening in preparcing myself to go fourth from Kirtland into the eastern country on a mishion to again proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ in company with some of my brethren. May the Lord prosper our way.

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[p.149] May 31st The day had now arived for me to take the parting hand with the saints in Kirtland and again go into the vineyard to proclaim the word of God. I accordingly took my departure from Mrs Woodruff my Companion & Sister Hale who were expecting to tarry together for a season. I then left Kirtland in good spirits in company with Elder Hale. We walked to Fairport. 12 miles. I there took the Steem Boat Sandusky in company with Elders J. H. Hale and M. Holmes at 12 oclock. We reached Buffaloo at 6 oclock in the morning the 1st day of June. The Ice was still in lake Erie. Distance of the day 184 miles. Fare to Buffaloo $2.50 cts.

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JUNE 1st We went aboard the Indiana the U.S.A. line capt Foot. On the Erie canal, travled as follows: from Buffaloo to Black Rock 4 miles, Black Rock to Tonawanta 8 miles, Lockport 19 m. Royalton 8 m. Middleport 4, Medina 6, Albion 10, Holley 10, Brockport 5. Distance of the day 74 miles.

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2nd From Brockport to Spencer’s Basin, 10 miles. Rochester 10 m. Pittsford 10 m. Bushnells Basin 3 m. Palmyra 16, Port Gybson 5, Newark 3, Lyons 7 miles. Distance of the day 64 miles.

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3rd Clyde 9, Montezuma 11, Port Byron 6, Weedsport 3, Jordan 6 Canton 6, Camillus 5 miles Syracuse 9 miles. Distance of the day 45 miles.  Fare to Syracuse $2.86 cts.

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4th Sunday Walked from Syracuse to Richland Oswego Co NY. whare I was again blessed with the privilege of taking my Brethren after the flesh by the hand viz Azmon & Thompson Woodruff. I had not seen either of them before for three years. I found Cousin Eldad Woodruff with them.

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I found sumthing of a Coldness manifest towards me & my brethren because of our religion from my Brothers household esspecially from Elizabeth my Brothers wife.  Notwithstanding it was against the principal of my Brothers family to receieve us for [p.150] the night we were permited to Sup with them when one of my former Neighbours Mr Walter Menter gave us a place to lay our heads for the night which we gladly accepted. 2nd Timothy 3rd ch. 3 V. O, scenes of life how variant, how trancient, how painful thou art. 36 miles.

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June 5th I called in the morning at Brother Azmons & Conversed with him & Also Brother Thompson upon temporal as well as spiritual subjects. Neither of them manifested any hardness towards me in the morning but both appeared affected. Brother Azmon said he was still seeking for light & truth & should not have left the truth or the Church of latter day Saints had it not been for his temptations trials &c. But I commended him to God & was under the necessity of taking the parting hand and perhaps for the last time of my Brethren and their household amid some painful sensations with a firm belief there will be a change in their household which Sentiment I expressed to Azmon. Let time determin the fact. I could say in my heart Lord have mercy upon my Brethren my kinsman after the flesh. Yet I could not say as I left the threshhold of his house, (Haleatibou, Ye hall ettoubon <[God/ good?] be to> you) as I could have done had we been receieved in the name of the Lord.

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We then walked to Sister Calvins & Elder Duchers in Jeffersons County. Distance of the day 24 miles.

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6th Travled to Sacketts Harbour. Visited the American Garrison which was beautiful for situation. Had an interview with Brother Archibal Patten. At 10 oclock PM. we took passage on board the Oneida at Sacketts Harbor and crossed Lake Ontario to Kingston in the province of upper Canida. This is the first time my feet have trod the soil of the kings dominions. (After spending several hours in Kingston we walked to Kingston mills in the morning of the 7th.) Distance of the 6th day 50 miles.

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[p.151] 7th Spent the night at Kingston Mills. Distance 5 miles. Fare from Sacketts Harbour to Kingston $1.00.

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June 8th We took the steem boat at 8 oclock at Kingstons mills to go up the canal. We passed through a swamp of about 12 miles in length which abounded with fir such as muskrat, auter beaver, &c.

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From Brewers mills we passed through Crambary marsh to Jones’s falls Where the boat passsed through four locks which were built by the British government & supposed to be the most splended works in America. They cost four hundred thousand dollars, being $100,000 dollars each. Notwithstanding these magnus works the face of the Country around them presents a scene of the most gloomy aspect such as a rocky, hilly, barren, uncultivated country.

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We left the boat at the locks & walked to brother Artamus Judd’s in the township of Bastard Leads County U P G where we were Joyfully receieved by the Saints of God who were raised up through Elders J. E. Page & J. Blacksleys instrumentality & was much rejoiced to here of the work of the Lord prospering in their hands. Distance of the day 34 m.

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9th Spent the day at Brother Judds in writing.

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10th We had an interview with Elders John E Page, & James Blakesley. We accompanied them to the place appointed for a conference in the Township of Bastard, Leeds County, Upper Canida. The Conference Consisted of 13 Elders, 5 Priest, 8 Teachers, and 6 Deacons, besides a large Congregation of Saints. Elder J. E. Page was Chosen President & Brother William A Weston was appointed Clerk. I was Called upon to open the Conference by prayer. The conference then proceded to business.

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There was eight branches of the Church represented consisting of 300 members in all. There was 32 Brethren presented for ordination. Elder William Draper & myself were  called upon to ordain them. We [p.152] then arose & ordained 7 Elders and 9 Priests, 11 Teachers & 5 Deacons. This with some other business Composed the business of the day. Meeting closed & we retired to our places of abode in peace.

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I accompanied several of my brethren to Elder Stodards whare we spent the night. Distance of the day 8 miles.

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June 11th I was called upon to address the conference in the forepart of the Day. It was with peculiar feelings that I arose to address a large Congregation of Saints raised up in another nation under an other Government seperate from mine own nation for this was the first time that I arose to address a congregation of Saints under the British government. I addressed the people from 2nd Cor. IV Ch. 3, 4 verses. The Spirit of the Lord was with us & we were blessed. After I closed, the Saints spake with tongues and prophesyed. Five presented themselves for baptism which was administered unto them by Elder Page. After an intermishion, Elder Page addressed us upon the priesthood & bore strong testimony to the people. Our Conference Closed by returning thanks to God & we took the parting hand with many Brethren & Sisters.

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I returned with several Elders to Elder Stodards to spend the night & there was a woman present who was possessed with the devil. She was oft times dumb & greatly afflicted by the evil spirits that dwelt in her. She believed in Jesus Christ of Nazareth and us as his servent & called upon us to cast the devil out of her. According to her request four of us lade hands upon her & commanded the devil in the name of JESUS CHRIST to depart out of her & it was immediately done & the woman arose with great joy & gave thanks & prase unto God for according to her faith she was made whole from that hour. A Child also that was sick was made whole by the laying on of hands according to the word of God. See Mark 16 ch 17th. 6 mile.

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June 12th I took the parting hand with Elders [p.153] Page & Blakesley & many other Saints & travled in Company with 6 other brethren to the branch of Church in leeds. Distance 30 miles.

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We met together in the evening at Brother Carnes & bore testimony to the work in which we are ingaged. Elders John Goodson, H. Hale M Holmes & John Snider followed each other in testimony. I then followed them. The spirit of God rested upon us all.

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I Called upon Sister Carnes to present before us two of her Children which were sick. One was a suckling child. Lay at the point of death. I took it in my arms. Presented it before the Elders. They lade their hands upon it while in my arms & we healed it in the name of Jesus Christ & I returned it whole to its Mother. The other Child was also healed. The Parents praised God for his goodness. I spent the night at Brother Eeton’s.

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13th I took the parting hand with the Saints in the Leeds Church & walked in Company with several Elders to Kingston in upper canida on the shore of lake Ontario a place containing 5 or 6 thousand inhabitants. Spent the night in Kingston. Distance of the day 26 miles.

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14th I had an interview, in the streets of Kingston, with Brother’s John Gribble & Isaac Russel. At 12 oclok we went on board the Great Britian J Whitney Capt. We reached Oswego at 7 PM. 60 miles. Fare $1.00 dollar. Left Oswego in the line boat Maumee & travled 18 m during the night. The whole distance 78 miles.

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15th Travled 18 miles to Syracuse & we went on board the Saint Joseph at 5 oclock P.M. Travled to Rome. 45 m. The whole distance of the day 63 miles.

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16th Travled to Utica. 15 miles. We left Utica at 3 oclok P.M. in a rail car and reached  Schenectady at 8 oclock being but 5 hours in [p.154] travling 80 miles. Here we took the parting hand with three of our beloved brethren that had journe’d with us from Canada viz. Elder John Goodson and Priest’s Isaac Russel & John Snider. Thes brethren were bound for the City of New York to Join two of the twelve in leaveing New York for England on the 20th day of JUNE AD 1837 to carry glad tidings of Salvation to the inhabitants of Europe. Heber C Kimble & Orson Hyde were the first appointed to open the kingdom to England. They are the two twelve above spoken of and will leave America on the 20th for that purpose accompanied by five other brethren. May the God of Israel be with them & make them an instrument in his hands of rending the Kingdoms of this world.

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After parting with these brethren who continued on the railroad to Albany we walked 5 miles from Schenectady & spent the night at a tavern. The whole Distance of the day was 100 miles.

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JUNE 17th I walked in company with Elder’s Hale & Holmes to Mr Browns tavern. Distance of the day 33 miles. We visited Albany & crossed the ferry into Greenbush. I had an unexpected visit or interview with Doct Slater from Richland Oswego County NY.

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18th Walked from Browns through a part of Mass. in the Canaan, Litchfield co. Connecticut & while I was delighted to again set my feet upon the soil of Connecticut my native state my soul was filled with joy to find myself permited to strike hands with one of the Elders of Israel raised up in the state. It was Elder Gibson Smith who was presiding over the Canaan branch. He receieved us kindly & bade us welcome. A meeting was appointed and I preached to the people amid the most silent attention in the academy. Distance of the day 33 miles.

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19th We walked from Brother Smith’s to Mr Jesse Moses whare we found Priest Julian  Moses & a [p.155] number of brethren & Sisters & we rejoiced together. Distance 7 miles. Spent the night at Brother Francis K Benedict.

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I was informed my father Aphek Woodruff had mooved from Colebrook to Farmington his former place of residence.

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20 Spent the day in writing. On this important day the Elders of Israel leave New York for Europe. <God bless them great God of Israel.>

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June 21st Rode to Elder C Smith’s. Distance 6 miles.

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22nd Returned to Brother Benedit. From thence I walked in company with Fracis K Benedict jr. to beach hill in Colebrook, Litchfield County Con. Here I had the happy privilege of again embracing my Sister Eunice Woodruff face to face. We saluted each other with a harty Shake of the hand <and a kiss>. It had been five years since we last parted with each other. I found Sister Eunice teaching School in the rock School house near Alpha Sage’s.

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After an interview & dining with my Sister we visited the Stillman neighbourhood in order to find Elder Dexter Stillman. From thence we walked to Mr Daniel Nortons in New Marlboro Barkshire Coun. Mass. From thence to Father F. Benedict’s. The whole distance 40 miles.

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23rd Spent the day in writing at Brother Benedicts.

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24th We met in conference at Mr Jesse Moses in Canaan, Litchfield County, Con. to transact such business as might be laid before us. The conference was Composed of the following Elders: Willford Woodruff, Jonathan H Hale, Milton Holmes, Dexter Stillman, & Gibson Smith & Priest Julian Moses. Elder W Woodruff was called to the Chair &  Priest J. Moses [p.156] appointed clerk. The meeting opened by prayer & business called for. Two was presented for ordination & after having the vote of the church W. Woodruff ordained Julian Moses & Francis K Benedict to the office an Elder. The Spirit of God rested upon us in this ordinance. <A difficult case was brought before the conference but it being illegally [consented?] after investigation it was dropped.> After transacting the business of the day the Conference adjourned to meet on the morrow at 10 oclock.

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25th Sunday Met according to adjournment. Elder M Holmes preached to the people and had great liberty of speach & was followed by the testimony of three Elders. Elder W. Woodruff preached in the latter part of the day from the parable of the vineyard by the prophet Zenas & meeting Closed by Singing The spirit of God &c. After meeting we took the parting hand from Elder’s M Holmes & J. Moses who started on a mission to the town of Mansfield Con.

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June 26th I Took the parting hand with the Saints in the Canaan Branch & walked to New Marlborough Berkshire county, Mass. in company with Elders J. H. Hale & D. Stillman. We preached at night in the Schoolhouse. Spent the night at Mr Dan Nortons. Distance 4 miles.

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27th Walked to Mr Charles D Palmers. Preached at night in the schoolhouse in the South Parish. Spent the night at Col Palmers. Distance, 5 miles.

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June 28th I walked from Col. Palmers to the rock schoolhouse in colebrook, with Elder Hale. Here I found my Sister Eunice still employed in teaching School. I had a short interview with Mr Alpha Sage.

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I spent the latter part of the Day accompaning [p.157] Sister Eunice in her School. A verry interesting time I had to behold my Sister which I had left five years before at our fathers house ownly twelve years of age now teaching the youth with shining accomplishments that grace the female sex. While she was teaching her pupils she presented me with a bundle of Letters. Fifteen of them were the production of Brother Asahel’s pen. I perused them with great interest. Their contents presented a great variety.

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After School Sister Eunice accompanied me to Mr Jonathan Stillman’s. After supper I took the parting hand with Eunice and in company with my Brethren Hale, and Dexter Stillman. I held a meeting in the School house in the evening. I preached the gospel of Jesus Christ unto the people & bore testimony unto the truth of the Book of Mormon. I spent the night at Mr Samuel Griswold. <Distance> 13 miles.

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Yes at 11 oclock AM I entered the school taught by Sister Eunice Woodruff. Five hours I spent within its walls amid as great variety of sensations as ever vibrated my bosom. I beheld my sister my ownly Sister seventeen years of age, adorned with youth, modesty, and lovliness, her face veiled with the true picture of PHILO. With a degree of admiration I gaz’d upon the change five years had brought upon her. Her sprightly step with energy was marked while teaching the young.

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To more perfectly call to mind the recollection of youth and past scenes and to entertain my mind amid the passing hours, this Sister presented me with a cheerful grace, a bundle of Letters from an absent Brother. I look’d them through and through. They pressed my soul with feelings. Asahel yes thy letters I read fifteen in number to thy sister directed. They brought to my soul as great a variety of feelings, as matter they Contained. They presented before my mind view the display of a cultivated mind and the refined talents of a brother presented to a sister with the most untarnished friendship, and deepest feeling for her wellfare that can grace the human Soul.

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[p.158] Such teaching as those to Eunice directed if followed by the female youth would lead them by a thousand snares. The name of Willford was mentioned oft. <I think he mistakes my call.> (O, GOD protect my Brothers, my Sister, my wife, and my Parents, for Jesus sake.) While at once I viewed this three years convers of Ashahel I smiled, I wept. Eunice preserve those in memory of a brothers LOVE.

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I left the house and by my sisters side I viewed the Colebrooke landscapes as we walked. O I spake of Asahel. I thought of him. We visited our Parents dwelling at Sages mills, but they had gone to Farmington. Stumps & stones, house and all looked natural. The house I visited no parent or brother was there. All silent as death. I drop’d a tear. Eunice plucked a rose as we left. We was soon receieved by Jonathan Stillmans. Took a seat at his board and closed the scene. How pleasing and how painful are the scenes of life.

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June 29th Spent the day in writing. Walked in the evening to Colebrook river Litchfield County Con. Preached at night in the methodist meeting house. Spent the night at the house of wid. Mills. Distance of the day 4 mils.

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30th We had an interview with a methodist priest. He rejected our testimony & said that God had neither body or parts & that it was rediculous to worship one that had. We told him the God we worshiped had both body & parts & warned him to repent, and left him. In our walk Elders Stillman, Hale and myself dined in the field upon a rich repast of Strawbury’s. We walked to William Smiths and preached at the Schoolhouse and spent the night at Elias Crane. Distance of the day 8 miles.

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July 1st Walked to Deacon Daniel Stillroans. Preached to him. He rejected our testimony.  I warned him to repent &c. From thence we walked to [p.159] Melven Smiths and spent the night. 5 miles.

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2nd Sunday We preached at the methodist meeting house. I Preached upon the authanticity of the Book of mormon. From thence we walked to Mr Fineas Bidwell. Preached at his house & spent the night. Distance of the day 7 miles.

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3rd We left Mr Bidwell and beach hill and repaired to a stream of pure water aside from the abodes of men and in company with my brethren Elders Stillman & Hale and myself we clensed our hands and feet in testimony against the inhabitants of beach hill who had rejected us and our testimony. From thence we walked to Brother William B. French in North Canaan. Distance of the day 10 miles.

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4th INDEPENDANCE I walked in company with Elder Hale to brothers Benedict and Moses. After dining with the friends I procured a horse to ride to Colebrook post office and to visit sister Eunice. I found two papers at Sages store directed to father and sister Eunice from Brother Asahel. I found no letters for us. I did not have a visit with Eunice. She had joined a party to Sail on Doolittles pond. On my return holm I saw them crossing the pond in a sail boat. I raised a flag in token of friendship. They answered me but did not know it was a brother. As they past my sight behind a groove I bowed to them in Silence. Ownly said God save my Sister. Spent the night at J Moses. Distance of the day 24 miles.

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5th Walked to Brother French’s. Then in company with Brother Hale I took the stage to New Hartford. I had an interview with Richard B Cowls. From thence to AVON. Spent the night at aunt Helen Wheelers. Visited my kinsman & former friends in the place. Distance 30 miles.

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July 6th /A view of the place of my nativity./ This was a day of great interest to me. I left  aunt [p.160] Wheelers, after visiting Daniel Luther, and many in the place. I walked in company with Elder Hale on the canal to uncle Adna Hart’s. From thence to Woodfords mills built and formerly owned by my father Aphek Woodruff. I was born and spent my youth upon the place. After viewing the mills, I walked to the house whare I was born & visited each appartment. The house and farm all look’d natural Bogue Hill not accepted. I called at Mr Henry Woodford’s & saw Mrs Woodford. I also Called upon Mr Judds, Mrs Aliens, Z. & O Harts, at Roger Woodfords I saw Eldad W & Lavilla Day. I called upon uncle Titus Woodruff’s family. I saw Caltha Herd. I called upon Capt Francis Woodruff, Erastus Woodruff, Adna &c. All glad to see me. I visited uncle Ozem Woodruffs family. He was absent. I saw Almirah Fuller & many other friends.

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During this walk I passed the School house in which I had spent many of my youthful days. I gazed upon it and also upon the grave yard in which lay the bones of many of my progenitors & friends my Mother not accepted. In visiting their tombs I read the inscription of several numbered with the dead who were well when I left Connecticut in 1832.

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I read the following inscription upon the TOMB stone of my Mother BULAH WOODRUFF the daughter of Lot Thompson:

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{A pleasing form a generous gentle heart

A good companion Just without art

Just in her dealings faithful to her friend

Beloved through life lamented in the end}

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Bulah Thompson /Woodruff/ was born 1782. Died June 11th 1808. Aged 26 years.

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Aphek Woodruff was born NOV 11th 1778 {<[descendent /drownded]>} Married NOV 29th 1801

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Azmon born NOV 29th 1802

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Ozem Thompson born Dec. 22nd 1804

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Willford born March 1st 1807

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[p.161] Azubah Hart born July 31st 1792

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Married to Aphek Woodruff NOV 9th 1810

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Philo born NOV 29, 1811 Died NOV 25th 1827 Aged 17 years

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Ashahel Hart born April 11th 1814 /Died Oct 18 1838 24 years/

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Franklin born April march 12th 1816 Died June 1st 1816

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Newton born June 19th 1818 Died September 1820 <drowned>

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Julius born April 22 1821. Died [      ]

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EUNICE born June 19th 1820 / Died Aug 4th 1841 Aged 20./

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After spending most of the day in visiting the before mentioned friends I walked from Ozem Woodruffs to Farmington to again visit my Parents who had mooved from Colebrook, a few days previous, to their former place of residence. I arived at my fathers house at the setting of the Sun whare I was once more in life blessed with the happy privilege of taking my parents by the hand & of beholding them face to face after being seperated from them rising of five years. I was joyfully receieved and made heartily welcome. I visited the mills whare I had spent several years & found things looked natural. I spent the night plesantly at my fathers house. Distance of the day 16 miles.

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7th Spent the day at my fathers in writing. Wrote a Letter to Brother Asahel H Woodruff.

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8th I walked from my fathers house into the west street of Avon. I called upon uncle Thadeus Thompson, Grandmother Thompson & her household & many other relatives & neighbours all of which manifested pleasure in seeing me. I spent the night at uncle Titus Woodruff & was rejoiced to see him once more. The distance of the day 7 miles.

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[p.162] 9th Sunday Walked to Uncle Ozem Woodruff & found him at home. I was truly rejoiced to once more take this dear friend by the hand. Oft hath this friend led me by the hand in my youth. Oft hath uncle Ozem taught me the gifts & graces of the Church of Christ. <I saw him in the celestial kingdom in a vision.> O God have mercy upon him & enable him to stand in the new and everlasting covenant.

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I also visited Alson Thompson, & other friends. I preach at the lovly streat Schoolhouse to a full Congregation of relatives & friends that gave strict attention & treated me with kindness. The Spirit of God rested upon us. I spent the night at uncle Alson Thompson’s. Distance of the day 4 miles.

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Uncle Ozem Woodruff & his wife receieved the word into good and honest hearts. They believed the word & bid me God speed.

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10th I walked in company with Elder Hale to Collinsville. I had an interview with Samuel Barber. Uncle Ozem was assisting in building a stone dam across the river at Collensville.

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I visited a pine grove that I often retired to in 1830 for prayer & meditation. I had many interesting seasons by day & by night while tending a mill for Collins in 1830, in the pine grove above spoken of. I spent about 3 hours in this groves reading the book of mormon and prayer.

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I met at the city hall in Collinsville at 6 oclock PM for the purpose of preaching the gospel to the people. Immediately after I arose and commenced speaking the beating of drums was herd at the doors. Laughing & sneering was previlen in the Congregation. The Prysbeterian Priest was enraged against the truth. As soon as I closed the priest hurried himself to the place whare I stood. I was immediately surrounded by the congregation. The priest said I had no right to enjoy my opinion. He became angry & said many verry inconsistant things. After presenting him with some cutting truths he left me & the priest  & the people with very few exceptions [p.163] rejected us & our testimony.

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Brother Hale & Ozem Woodruff, & myself repaird to the groves for prayer. We had a good time. We spent the time or night at Mr Bush. Distance of the day 3 miles.

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11th We walked to uncle Ozem Woodruff. Brother Hale & myself repaired to a stream of pure water & we there cleansed our hands and feet and bore testimony before God against Mr Vanarsdalen a Prysbeterian priest who rejected our testimony & against the whole villedge who rejected our testimony.

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I preached at the Lovly Street School house at Candle light upon the authenticity of the Book of Mormon. The people gave good attention. I spent the night at uncle Ozem Woodruffs. We Conversed upon the things of the Kingdom untill the following Day

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12th And during the night at 2 oclock AM. uncle Ozem Woodruff & his houshold believed the fullness of the everlasting gospel & I led them fourth at the Same hour of the night and baptized them for the remission of their sins, being three of them viz. Ozem Woodruff, Hannah Woodruff, & John Woodruff, their Son. Glory to God in the Highest for this blessing. The Lord hath given me the desires of my heart in this thing which is in fulfillment of a vision given me in 1818. All is now fulfilled.

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After Baptizing the before mentioned friends I walked in Company with Elder Hale to Simsbury to visit aunt Cossett’s household. They receieved us kindly & believed our teachings. I was truly glad to behold them face to face & teach them the things of the Kingdom. Spent the night with them. Distance of the day 10 m.

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July 13th I took the parting hand with Aunt [p.164] Anna Cossett & Bulah Hart, Cousin Betsey, Anna, &c & walked to Adna Harts in Avon. Distance of the day 1 2 miles.

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14th Spent the day in visiting my relatives. Rode to Farmington & took supper with father, mother, & Sister Eunice & had the happy privilege of reading a letter from <my dear> PHEBE <my wife> which gave me the information that she was on her way to farmington. We returned & spent the night at uncle Thadeus Thompson’s. 10 m.

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15th Walked to Brother Ozem Woodruff & Preached at the school house. Spent the night with Brother Woodruff. Distance 2 miles.

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16 Sunday Walked to aunt Wheelers. From thence to Adna Hart’s whare we had an appointment for preaching. I had the happy privilege of once more striking hands with Phebe my wife. She came to attend the meeting in Company with Mother & sister Eunice. I Preached to a Congregation at 5 oclock PM. which was Composed of relatives, neighbours & former friends. After meeting I took the parting hand with Brother Ozem Woodruff & John & other friends & walked to my Fathers in farmington with Brother Hale whare we spent the night with my Parents & Sister & wife. Distance of the day 10 miles.

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17th Spent the day in writing at my father’s in company with my friends, Phebe, Eunice Mother &c.

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18th Spent the day at my Fathers. I wrote an acrostic for sister Eunice Woodruff in her ALBUM. I took a walk in the afternoon with Phebe and Eunice.

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19th Spent the day at fathers. I took the parting <hand> with Brother Hale who started for New Rowley. I preached in the methodist meeting house in Farmington at candle light to  an attentive Congregation. They appeared satisfyed with the [p.165] doctrin. My parents, sister, & wife were present. The Congregation requested me to hold another meeting with them.

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20th I took the parting hand with my Father & Mother & Sister Eunice. <My father gave me> $5. May the Lord bless my fathers household. I took the stage in company with Phebe & rode to Hartford. 10 miles. <My wife took the stage tonight inland to> worcester.

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JULY 21st I left Hartford at 5 oclock AM & on foot I walked during the day 52 miles & stop’t for the night 14 miles west of worcester at 8 oclock making 15 hours that I walked 3 1/2 miles per hour through a hot sultry day. <Distance> 52 miles.

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22nd Arose much refresh’d by Sleep, & walked into Worcester whare I took breakfast after a 14 miles travel. From thence I walked to Gro[un?]ridge tavern within 13 miles of Lowell. Here I spent the night. The whole distance of the day, 48 m.

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23rd Sunday I walked into Lowell & took breakfast. From thence through the different town’s into New Rowley, Essex County, Mass. whare I arived at about 6 PM & was joyfully receieved by Brother Nathaniel Holmes, & Sister Holmes his wife being the parents of Elders Jonathan & Milton Holmes. I was here again privileged of striking hands with several dear friends such as Elders M Holmes & J. Hale & my Phebe who I truly rejoiced to again meet. The distance of this days walk was 36 miles.

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The whole distance of the three days walks above Spoken of is 136 miles making 45 miles pr day. Excell this ye who can & not be weary in body or lame in limb or joint & it will be because you are assisted by higher power than man. <[Limit a Nephite’s?] journey.>

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[p.166] 24th Spent the day at Brother Holmes in writing.

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25th Spent part of the day in writing. I wrote a Letter to Brother Asahel H Woodruff in the afternoon I went to hear two quaker women lecture in public upoon the abolition question. They found fault with the constitution.

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26th I wrote a letter to Brothers A & T Woodruff.

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27th I preached at Brother Nathaniel Holmes.

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28th I went to Haverhill & returned to Brother Holmes. 10 m.

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29 Elder J Hale preached in New rowley. I followed him.

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30 Sunday I preached at Brother Holmes Communed with the Saints & at 5 PM I again preached at the School house.

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31st I wrote a Letter to Julian Moses & returned to Elder Holmes & spent the night. Distance 3 miles.

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Aug 1st I took the parting hand with the friends in New Rowley & walked in Company with Elder Hale to New market River in Rockingham County New Hampshire. The sea tide was in & the water being salt we went into it & bathed ourselves. We then took the stage & rode into Dover a place of six thousand inhabitants & spent the night at Capt Benj. Wiggin’s. The distance of the day 40 miles.

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2nd Spent the day in Dover visiting the cotten Factories &c.

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3rd Walked to South Burwick York County State of Maine. This is the first time I visited  the [p.167] state of Maine. We dined at Mr Henry Plumer’s. Then walked to Mr Moses Cooper & found Sister Sophia Cooper strong in the faith. I preached in the evening. Elder Hale was sick through the night & I felt much unwell. We were both poisioned <by [–]>. Distance 8 miles.

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4th Walked to Wells a village standing upon the sea shore. We were Ill through the day. Distance 18 miles.

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5 Walked to SACO Mane population about 4,000. From thence to Brother Edward Milliken & spent the night. 21 m.

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6th Sunday We had an interview with Elder Lord. We visited Mr Samuel Lowell & his family. Spent the night. <A [child?] was [-].>

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7th Walked to Brother Townsend. Spent the night with him. 3.

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8 Walked to Brother E Millicken & Soon Elder Milton Holmes arived from New Rowley bringing my wife with him. We were all happy to again meet.

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After dining I wrode in Company with PHEBE my wife to Mr Ezra Carter’s my father in Law. This is the first time I ever visited his house, or saw any of the family. It had been about one year since Phebe left her fathers house to go to Kirtland. When we arived at father Carter’s he was absent. Mother Carter was confined to a bed of sickness & had been very low, but was fast recovering. One brother was at home & all of the Sisters being four of them viz Sarah Foss, Rhoda, Shuah, & Mary. Joseph F Carter was present. Two other brethren were absent viz Ezra & Ilus. It was an affecting meeting. We were both joyfully receieved & made wellcome. During the evening father Carter came home & we all rejoiced. <Distance of the day> 10 miles.

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[p.168] 9th Spent the day at father Carter’s in Company with Elders Hale & Holmes & other friends. I wrote a letter to My Parents in Farmington Con & inclosed $5 dollar to them.

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AUG 10th <Having the [-] of the [road?] [in/ and?] their [—]> I rode in company With Mrs Woodruff to Cyrus Fenderson’s. We had an interview with <Sister> Aphia Woodmans Mother & Brother & Sister. From thence we rode to Brother James Townsend & saw Elders Hale & Holmes. Sup’d with them & returned to Father Carters whare I was privileg’d with an interview with Ezra Carter jr. & his Lady. 2 [.].

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11th In company with Ezra & Fabyen Carter I entered a fish boat & put forth into the Sea for the purpose of fishing. We spent the day and night at anchor & caught 250 fish such as Cod, Haddock, Hake, &c. I also Saw four WHALES. Two of them appeared in view at the Same time. This was the first time I ever saw a fish belonging to that kind that swallowed Jonah. <I was somewhat sea sick.> Spent the night at sea <Distance of the day> 8 m.

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12th Returned to Father Carters. 3 miles.

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13th Sunday Rode to Brother Edward Milliken. Held a meeting with the saints & returned to Father Carters. Distance 14 miles.

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14 Wrote a letter to Sisters Aphia W<oodman> & Sarah M<illken>.

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15 Spent the day at Sister Sarah Foss. <We all went out [here/hear preach?] and he [gave me/some?].> We returned and spent the night at Father’s.

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16 Spent the day at Father Carter’s.

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17th Wrote a letter to the Saints in Zion. Directed it to Elder A O Smoot or Levy Taylor.

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[p.169] 18th I took the parting hand with the friends, such as father Carter’s household my wife &c & left Scarborough in company with Elder Hale for the purpose of visiting the Islands of the Sea to preach the gospel to those that trade in ships &c. <We stopped and bathed in the salt water on the way.>

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We arived at Portland in the evening. I had an interview with my Brother in Law Ezra Carter jr. The population of Portland is about 16,000. I spent the night in the city at Mr Samuel Hale’s. Distance 10 m.

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19th We took the steam boat Bangor at 11 AM for fox Islands. We arived at Owls Head at sunset, left the boat & went on shore. Fare $3. Distance 85 miles. <Retired to [grove?] and prayed.>

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We went aboard of a Sloop and Crossed to fox Islands. 10 miles. Arived at 2 oclock in the morning of the /95 miles/

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20th. Called at Nathaniel Dyers & retired to rest. Arose in the morning. Made ourselves known as servents of GOD. We enquired concerning meetings & learned there was to be preaching to day as it was the sabbath in the Baptist meeting house in the centre of the North Island which was part of Vinal haven. Mr Benjamin Kent accompanied us to the place of meeting.

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When we arived the meeting had commenced. We conversed with the Deacon of the Church, & informed him we were servents of the Lord, had a message to the people & wished to be herd. He conversed with the Baptist Priest by the name of Gideon J. Newton upon the subject. He did not object. We were invited into the stand & Mr Newton gave out an appointment for us to preach at 5 oclock PM. When he closed his discourse he invited us home with him & gave us some refreshment. We presented him the Book of Mormon. He was mild and said he would read it.

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Mr Newton accompanied us to the meeting house. The Congregation assembled at the  appointed time and [p.170] amid peculiar feeling I arose and addressed them from Gal. 1 ch 8:9. This was the first time that I or any Elder of the Church, (to my knowledge) ever arose before the inhabitants of one of the Islands of the sea to preach unto them the fulness of the everlasting gospel and the Book of Mormon. After I closed I gave out an appointment for each of the four following evenings to be held in the several districts of North Island. We spent the night with Mr Benj. Kent. Distance of the day 8 miles.

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<Elder Hale and myself had a good time in secret prayer. May God bless us on the islands and help us find the blood of> Ephraim.

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Vinal haven is in Lat. 44 North, Long 69.10 East. Pop. 1,800, Maine. Vinal haven includes both North & South fox Islands. The inhabitants are generally wealthy, healthy, intelligent, industrious, generous, and hospitable to strangers. The people get most of their wealth & living by fishing. The Town of Vinalhaven fits out rising of 100 licensed Sail beside small craft.

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North fox Island is 9 miles long & 2 miles wide. Pop 800. They have a Post office, one store, a Baptist church & meeting house & four school houses & a grist mill. The land is rather rocky & rough yet there is many good farms which produces good wheat, barley, oats, potatoes, & grass which is the staple production. The principal timber is fir, spruce, hemlock & birch. Sheep are the principal stock upon the Island. Rasp. & Goose buries grow in great abundance.

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South fox Island comes as near being without any form or void as any land I ever saw. It would be difficult for the best historian to give an exact description of it. It is about 10 miles long & 5 broad and it is one universal mass of rocks formed into shelves, hills & dales cut up into necks & points to make room for the cooves & harbours that run  through and through the Island. Pop is 1,000. [p.171] They get their wealth entirely by fishing. Their principal stock is sheep. Their is some small parts of the Island under Cultivation, but it is at the expense of great labour and toil. Many of the inhabitants of this Island fish at Newfoundland & bring their fish home & dry them upon their own flakes & prepare them for market. They supply the market annually with great quantities of dried fish, Mackerel & boxed herren. There is two stores, three tide saw mills, six school houses & a small branch of the methodist church & a priest. The timber is pine, fir, spruce, hemlock & birch. Much of the timber & whoretlebury bushes grows out of the cracks of the rocks. Rasp & goose buries also grow in great quantities upon this Island.

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There is great quantities of fish inhabit the waters, cooves & harbours around these Islands, such as Whale, Blackfish, Shark, ground Shark PILOT fish, Hors Mackerel, Sturgeon, Salmon, Holloboat, Cod, Pollock, Tom Cod, Hake, Haddock, Mackerel, Shad, Bass, Ale wives, Herren, Pohagen, Dolphin, Whiting, Frost fish, Flounders, Smelt, Skate, Shrimp, Skid, Cusk, Blebacks, Scollop Dogfish, Muttonfish, Lumpfish, Squid, Fivefingers, Monkfish, Nursfish, Sunfish, Swordfish, Thrashers, Cat, Scuppog, Tootog, Eyefish, Cunner, Ling, Eels, Also Lobsters, Clams, Scollop, Mussles, Rincles, <[–]> and Porposes, Seal, &c &c. & many others not named.

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Thus stands a brief account of the town of VINAL HAVEN.

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Aug 21st Visited the sea shore. We saw twenty gallant ships under sail. It was a fine day. We went to the North District & Preached in the school house. Elder Hale spake upon the authenticity of the Book of Mormon. I followed him. The Spirit of GOD rested upon us. We spent the night with Mr Stephen Luce. 10 m.

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22nd We again visited the sea shore. We gathered some Pebbles from the beach, white &  other [p.172] colours that were nearly transparent. They wash from the sea. Our intent was to preserve them in memory of the Island. We accompanied S. Luce Esq. in a boat to Catch some fish in Penobscot Bay and when we entered its mouth the bay was occupied by a magnus school of Pohagenfish. They cover’d acres. It was supposed there was a sufficient quantity in the school to have filled 500,000 barrels. We caught none of them, but saw & herd them rush in large bodies upon the top off the water. Numerous fish Halks were busy in catching and carrying of many of them.

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From this survey we walked to the South School & I Preached to a large Congregation. Priest Newton was among the number. <I was clothed with much of the Spirit of God.> We spent the night at Mr Benj. Kents. Distance 8 miles.

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23rd We walked to Eleazar Carvers on the east part of the Island. I stood on his farm & saw fifty five Islands. A part of them was inhabited. Some were not. Also twenty ships under sail. We preached at night in the East School house. We spent the night with Esq Luce. 4 m.

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24th Preached at the west school house to a large congregation. Spent the night with Dea[con] Hezekiah Eames. Distance of the day 8 miles.

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25th Elder Hale Preached in the East School house, & I Preached in the West school house at 7 PM. I visited Benj. Crabtree Esq. In looking over his library I saw an account of John Calvin burning Servetus a french Physition for differing from him in sentiment &c. I spent the night at Lewis Liberters. Distance of the day 5 miles.

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26th We walked to B. Kents <spent some time in prayer> & visited the sea shore. We bathed in salt water whare there was several seal swiming around us. One of them came  near us. I went to the North schoolhouse & Preached in the evening. Elder Hale [p.173] Preached at Levy Dyers. I spent the night at Maltire Luce. 7 mil.

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27th Sunday I walked to the East Parish & found Elder Hale. I preached at 10 AM. on faith. I also Preached in the Baptist meeting house to a large congregation at 5 PM. on the coming of christ, & gave out five appointments for the weak. While I had a congregation during the Day, I was credibly informed, that Mr Newton had not one soul beside himself to attend his meeting. Spent the night at Capt Justus Eames. Distance 8 miles.

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28th Wrote a Letter to Phebe. I Preached in the west district. Spent the night at Hezekiah Eames. We had an interview with Nathaniel Woster aged 74. He had been an inhabitant of fox Islands 70 years. He had never been in his life 1 [1/2?] miles from sea. 6 miles.

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Aug 29th Preached at the North Schoolhouse. Spent the night at Malatiah Luce. 8 m.

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30th Elder Hale Preached at the east school house. I followed him. Stay’d with Carver. 4 m.

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31st Last day of summer. I visited many friends. I retired in company with Elder Hale to a grove & sat down under a fir tree & sung a song composed by Elders Marsh & Pratt on the last day of summer in 1835. The sun that declines in the far western sky, &c. We then knelt down and worshiped GOD. We preached in the South School house. We spent the night at Capt Justus Eames. Distance of the day 7 miles.

September

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Sept 1st I Preached at Mr Levy Dyers. Spent the night at Mr Dyers. 4 miles.

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2nd Elder Hale preached at Mr Sterretts. I followed him. Spent the night with Kent. 6 m.

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[p.174] 3rd Sunday I Preached at Capt Justus Eames, & delivered two discourses. After I closed I opened a door for baptism and two offered themselves as candidates, which was Capt Justus Eames & his wife. We immediately walked to the sea shore and Elder Jonathan H. Hale lead them down into the sea & baptized them. These were the first Elder Hale ever baptized, & the first baptized upon the Islands of the sea (to my knowledge) in these last days by an Elder of Israel. I gave out an appointment for next sabbath at Brother Eames. I administered in the confirmation of Brother & Sister Eames. I spent the night with Stephen Luce Esq. Distance 4 miles.

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4th We walked to Brother Eames & found them rejoicing in the Lord. <I was attacked with a cold.> A young man came in to enquire what he should do to be saved. I taught him as Peter did on the day of Pentecost. The spirit of God is like leaven through the Island.

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We walked to the Post Office. Took a sail boat to cross to South fox Island. We had a plesant time & sung on the way, The gallant Ships &c. It was about 1 1/2 miles across to the place of our landing, on the neck.

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I felt to rejoice to stand upon another Island of the sea to preach the gospel. May God bless us and give us access to the hearts of the people & souls as seals of our ministry. We immediately gave out an appointment at school house NO 1. Elder Hale Preached on the gospel. I followed him. The spirit of God rested upon us. We spent the night with Mr James Babbidge. <My cold increased and lungs very sore.> Distance 7 mil.

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5 We walked about a mile from Mr Babbidge and went to the top of a high ledge and stop’d on a smooth granite rock covering two acres. Some of the face of it was covered with a light soil out of which grew the pine, the whoretlebury & wintergreen. We sat down under the shade of a pine for morning prayers, & O, what glorious contemplations vibrated [p.175] our souls.

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Elder Hale read the XVI ch. of Jeremiah that spake of the hunters and fishers that God should chuse in the last days to gather Israel. And of a truth here we were on an Island of the Sea standing upon a rock whare we could survey the gallant ships, and also the Island, which was as full of rocks, holes, & caves Perhaps as any part of the earth. But what had brought us here? Ah to search out the Blood of Ephraim & gather him from these Islands, rocks, holes, & caves, which were numerous. While the sun shed his beams to gladden earth, the spirit of God caused our souls to rejoice.

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I sat down in company with Elder Hale. We read, and sung, and Prayed, and rejoiced. We spake of the ancient Prophets & Apostles in Jerusalem and Asia, Also of Nephi, Alma, Mormon & Moroni in America. We Also spake of Joseph, Oliver, Sidney, & of the twelve & Seventies, esspecially, Kimble, Hide, Goodson & others in England. Of Page & Blakesley on Canida & many others we thought and spake of. While filled with these meditations, & the Promises of GOD, we fell upon our knees and thanked the God of heaven, & Prayed for all Israel, not forgetting the Church of Latter Day Saints, head nor foot. We plead with God for Joseph, & for all the Elders and members, esspecially our wives. Our souls rejoiced, & we went our way with glad hearts. Will not the rememberance of these things remain forever, esspecially untill our heads are silver’d o’er with age? Tell it unto your Childrens Children.

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We preached in No. 2 at 7 oclock P.M. & spent the night at Mr John Smith’s. 6 m.

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Sept 6th I saw a great variety this day. I passed over & viewed a pleasing Rocky scenery both on the beach and upland. We dined with Mr Benjamin Combs. We visited his flakes of fish, which contained about one thousand quintals of Cod, that were spread for drying. These were principly Cought at New foundland.

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[p.176] From this place we walked to Carvers Wharf. Here we were for a moment diverted to see a School of Mackerel playing in the water by the side of the wharf while several men were cetching them with hooks. Elder Hale and myself flung out some hooks and had no difficulty in cetching a plenty of them. We Caught what we wished for and went our way, leaving thousands of them in the water ready to bite the hook.

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People on these Islands are now in the midst of haying, & some few began to cut their wheat. Fruit is now ripe such as Cherries, raspburies, Gooseburies, Currants &c. We preached at night in the School house No 4 and spent the night at Mr Benj. Fernald’s. Distance of the day 5 miles.

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7th Preached in the School house No. 3 to a large congregation. Spent the night at Mr Israel Carvers. 3 miles.

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8th Walked to Mr Luther Calderwoods. Elder Hale and myself went onto the beach and dug a peck of clams & had them cookd for dinner which made us a frugal meal. We Preached in No 1 upon the book of Mormon. Mr Douglass a methodist Priest was present. We spent the night with Carver. 5 m.

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9th Mr Joseph Carver conveyed us across the thoroughfare to John Kents in a sail boat to North Island about four miles. Walked to Br Eams. 5 m.

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10th Sunday We met a large congregation at Brother Justus Eames at 10 AM. I Preached to this attentive people assembled together from the different Islands of the sea, from Math 16 ch. 17, 18 v.

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After meeting I opened a door for baptism, when another sea captain offered himself as a candidate, by the name of Ebenezar Eames. He was brother to Capt Justus Eames that we Baptized the sabbath before. A young Lady also offered herself for Baptism. I lead them  down into the water & Baptized them. I truly felt to rejoice to behold the mighty [p.177] Captains of the sea enter the new & everlasting Covenant. The Spirit of God rested upon me. I addressed the people that stood upon the shore. Many were cut to the heart. Spent the night at Capt Eames.

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11th Spent the day visiting friends. Found many believing the gospel. Returned to Br J Eames. I accompanied several friends to the meeting house in the evening to hear Mr Douglass preach, a methodist Priest. He took his text in 1st Thess. 5:21. He then commenced open war against the Book of Mormon & our principles. After doing all he Could & but little at that, he took the Book of Mormon in his hand, and with an out stretched arm declared he feared none of the judgments of God that Should come upon him for rejecting that Book as being the word of God &c.

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I took the minutes of his discours & when he closed I arose and informed the people I would hold a meeting at the meeting house on sunday and answer his objections. I however rectifyed some of his mistakes in his presence. Spent the night with Brother Eames. 7 m.

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Sept 12th We held a meeting at Mr. C. Sterretts & Baptized his whole household being three of them. Elder Hale administered the ordinance unto them. We spent the night with Brother Cyrus Sterrett. Distance 3 miles.

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13 I walked in company with Elder Hale to the Post Office whare we both receieved a Letter from our wives. Phebe wrote to me, & Olive to Brother Hale. We truly rejoiced in our souls to hear from them. <I had many tears of joy in them while sitting and reading them as the ships were passing by me.> Spent the night at Br Eames. 1.

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14 I wrote a Letter to Phebe, & Elder Hale to Olive At Brother Eames.

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[p.178] 15 I wrote a Letter to my Parents in Connecticut.

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16 I wrote a Letter to Aunt Anna Cosset & her household.

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17 Sunday I went to the Baptist meeting house, & there met a large congregation assembled from both Islands. I dwelt upon the subject that Mr Douglass handled against the Book of Mormon and our principals. I Preached 2 1/2 hours and answered avery objection brought against us or the Book. After meeting Elder Hale Baptized a female. I met the people again & Preached the gospel unto them. Spent the night with Br Eames.

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18 We wrote a Letter to Brother Joseph Smith jr and the church in Kirtland greeting.

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19 Mr G. J. Newton returned to the Island & brought several other Baptist Priest with him to hold a Protracted meeting.

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20 Spent the day in visiting the friends, & Preached at night in the east school house. I Preached Christs Sermon on the mount. The Spirit of God rested upon me. I spent the night at Mr Abram Carvers. 6 miles.

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21 Spent the day visiting friends. Elder Hale went to the south Island. I spent the night with Mr Ephraim Luce. Distance 5 miles.

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22 I Preached at the North School house. Spent the night with S. Luce. 2.

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23 Preached at the North School house & I Baptized one. <[—] some but we got a victory on him.> Spent the night at Brother Eames. <Distance> 6 miles.

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24 Sunday Preached at Brother J. Eames to a [p.179] large Congregation <[in?] school house>.

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25 Left North Island, & Crossed the thoroughfare to the South Island & called upon Mr Abigah Luce. I here met Elder Hale. I Preached in the evening, & spent the night with Mr Luce. Distance of the day 2 miles.

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26 I attend a marriage at Mr Jonathan Burgess. His daughter Martha Burgess joined in matrimony to Mr Joseph Sylvester. I preached in the School house No. 2. The spirit of God rested upon me. I spent the night at Mr John Smith’s & I dreamed of Seeing the great Draggon or beast with all of his heads and horns to the number of six hundred three score and six. He was about 20 rods in length with many riding upon his back without fear or alarm. 9 miles.

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Sept 27th I preached at No 4. Elder Hale Baptized one Mr Jonathan Burgess. We spent the night at Capt John Carvers. Distance 6 miles.

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28th Walked to Mr Anthony Coombs. Elder Hale Baptized Mrs Elizabeth Coombs. I Preached at NO. 3 to a large congregation. The spirit of God rested upon me. There is much of the Spirit of enquirey manifest by the Blood of Ephraim in this country. <[——].>

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After meeting two boat loads of us returned to Mr Benj. Coombs by water, and while the seamen dip’d their ready oar we sung the gallant ships &c. We spent the night with Mr Coombs. Distance of the day 7 miles.

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29th We walked from Mr Coombs to our former place of retirement on the Granite rock (See Sept 5th) and spent a season of interest in prayer and Praise to God <who blessed us [–]. I pray in the name of the Lord [by the laying on of hands?].> We went our way  rejoiceing to Mr Joseph Carvers. He conveyed us across in a sail boat to the North [p.180] Island. We spent the night with Brother Sterrett. 10 miles.

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30th I retired aside from the abodes of men in company with Elder Hale and we clensed our feet in the pure water of the Sea as a testimony against Gideon J. Newton for rejecting our testimony of the Lord & of the Book of Mormon. We also bore testimony unto God against Mr Douglass the Methodist Priest for rejecting the Book of Mormon & our testimony & declaring that he feared none of the Judgments of God for rejecting these thing. The Lord rebuke him. 5 miles.

October

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Oct 1st Sunday Preached at Br Justus Eames. Elder Hale Baptized one. We organized a small branch of the Church to the number of twelve and partook of the sacrament with them. This was the first time we ever administered the Eucharist to the saints upon the Islands of the sea. We were blessed with a good time. We took the parting hand with the saints as we were about to return to our family & friends. We spent the night with Brother Justus Eames.

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2nd We took the parting hand with Brother Eames & family, & made preperations to return to our friends in Scarborough. Capt Voluntine Eames vary generously offered to convey us to Thomaston in his Sloop. We accepted the invitation. The wind being against us we did not reach shore untill the setting of the sun. We took the parting hand with Capt Eames. He promised to obey the gospel when I returned we spent the night in Thomaston. Distance of the day 36 miles.

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3rd We walked from west Thomaston to Warren. 8 miles. To Waldoboro 8, to Nobleboro 9, to wiscasset 9, to Bath 12. Crossed at the Steam ferry into Bath & spent the night at the house of William S. Crooker’s. 46 m.

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[p.181] 4th I Spent the day in Bath and attended the Baptist convention. I Preached at early Candle light to a large congregation of the Citizens of Bath in Pierces Hall. The people gave good attention and wished to hear further upon the subject.

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5th We walked to Brunswick 10 miles & viewed the Coiledges. From thence to Freeport 9, to North Yarmouth 6, & to Portland 11 miles. We did not eat or drink during this walk of 36 miles. We spent the night in the City of Portland at Mr Samuel Hale’s. 36 miles.

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6th I dined with Ezra Carter jr. <my brother-in-law>. Then walked to Scarborough whar I was again privileg’d of greeting my wife & friend. Elder Hale receieved a letter from Kirtland containing important intelligence. 10 mile.

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Oct 7th Spent the day visiting the Saco branch of [the] Church. The night at [-].

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8 Sunday Rode in Company with Elder Hale from Scarborough to South Berwick. We Preached at candlelight at Mr Moses Coopers. We found sister Sophia Cooper strong in the faith of the saints. Distance 33 miles.

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9 The time had now come for me to take the parting hand with Elder Jonathan H. Hale. We had travled together during the season about 2,000 miles. I accompanied him one 1 mile on his Journey. We retired to a grove and knelt down and prayed together and we had a good time and after commending each other to God we took the parting hand [viz?] he bent his way for Kirtland while I return to the Islands of the Sea.

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I preached at Mr Coopers in the evening. I spent the night with him.

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10 Rode from Mr Coopers in South Berwick to Father Carter’s in Scarborough and spent  the night [p.182] at his house <with my wife>. Distance 33 miles.

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11 Spent the day at Father Carters writing my journal. {Note this DATE} <[-]>.

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12 13 & 14th I spent in writing in my Journal. I receieved two Letters one from my Parents in farmington the other from Brother Asahel H Woodruff.

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15 Sunday I Preached at the house of Sister Sarah B Foss from Job XIX ch [   ] which included the comeing of Christ. <This is the first time I ever preached before the household of my brother-in-law and neighbors and [children?].> I receieved an interesting and affectionate Letter from Brother Asahel H Woodruff, bearing date of Terre Haute, Sept 27th, 1837. <Spent the night at Father Carters.> 2 m.

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16 Spent the day in visiting Mr George Boothby <in company with Mother Carter and my wife.> 4 mi.

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17 Spent the day at Father Carters in writing upon the death of Calvin Foss a member of the Church of Latter day Saints who Died Fed 28, 1835 Aged 37.

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18 Spent the day in writing.

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19 I Preached at Father Carters at early candlelight.

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20th I wrote a Lengthy Letter to Brother Asahel H Woodruff.

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21 I received a letter from Kirtland from Sisters Aphia & Sarah also a paper from Brother Asahel. I rode to Mr Joshua Moulton & spent the night at his house. <Visited [Miss?] Woodman.> Distance 10 miles.

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22 Sunday Visited Brother Townsend. Spent the night at Mr Lowels. 6 miles.

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[p.183] 23rd Visited Brother Miliken’s. Returned to father Carters. Spent the night. 10.

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24 I spent the day at the house of Sister Foss.

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25 I wrote a letter to Brother Ozem Woodruff in Avon & Preached at candlelight at the Dyer Schoolhouse. {6 <[miles?] Foss.} Spent the night at Father Carters.>

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26 Spent the day at father Carters; Also the 27th.

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28th I took the parting hand with my friends & rode in company with Mrs Woodruff to Portland. We dined with Mr Ezra Carter jr. We spent several hours visiting the City. We had a fair view of portland from the Observatory. We walked around the fort & through the burying ground & in the Court house. We visited Mr Samuel Hale and spent the night with Ezra Carter jr Esq. Distance of the day 14 miles. /Purchased Journal Portland./

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29 Sunday We rode to the wharf & went on board the Steamer Bangor at 6 AM. There being a high Sea, She did not go out. I attended meeting in the evening at the Prysbeterian Church and herd a lecture deliverd by the Rev. John W. Chickering. I returned to Mr Carters. Was made acquainted with Col Arnold Carroll and Judge Upham. Spent the night at Ezra Carters Esq. 6 miles.

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Oct 30th I visited the Bangor. I found a high Sea & saw a vessel w[reck?].

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31 Spent the day at Mr Ezra Carter’s. We had a visit form our Sisters viz. Shuah & Rhoda. We spent the night on board the Bangor.

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NOV 1st We left the wharf at Portland, at 7 oclock AM. on board the Bangor, Howse  Captain. The [p.184] wind that had been blowing for several days caused a high sea, & it still Continued. We had not gone far before we came in sight of the waves & breakers mast high. We had a snow storm during the day. Most all of us on board were sick: after being tosted upon the sea for eight hours, I landed In company with Mrs Woodruff at Owls Head, at 3 oclock PM. Our fare $6.

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I enquired among the Shiping for a passage to Vinalhaven (the Islands). I could find none. I called upon several to get conveyance to Thomaston but without affect, & after spending several hours in the snow storm & suspens about getting further, I returned to Mr Paine’s tavern whare I had left Mrs Woodruff. I retired to the grove, & Knelt down to call upon God in the same place whare Elder Hale & myself made prayer & supplication unto God, for deliverance, on the 19th Aug. The Lord herd our Prayers then & I believed He would again: & I called upon him to open our way. I then returned to the Inn, retired to rest with a determination to trust in God. Distance of the day 84 miles.

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2nd We arose in the morning, refreshed by sleep & rest. Mr. Paine conveyed us in his chaise to east Thomaston. We soon got passage on board of Capt Wright’s Sloop, for the Islands. We left the shore <after much suspense> at noon, reached the Island in two hours, & I truly felt to rejoice and thank God for the privilege of setting my feet again upon North fox Islands in Vinalhaven, & to add to my happiness was accompanied by my companion.

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We walked to Mr Hezekih Eames & dined with him. From thence to Br Just us Eames; & of a truth we met a welcome reception, & found all of the Saints rejoicing in God, & strong in the faith. We spent the night at Br Eames. 20.

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3rd Spent the day at Br Eames in writing. Had an interview with Mr Sprague.

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4th Spent this day at Br Eames.

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[p.185] 5th Sunday. I preached in the meetinghouse, & had an interesting Prayer meeting, in the evening, at Br Justus Eames.

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6 I visited Br Sterretts household. Found them Strong in the faith. I Preached in the evening at the West School house. Spent the night at Br Eames. Distans 6 miles.

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7 I held an interesting Prayer meeting at Br Justus Ames.

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8th I Preached at the house of Mr Malatire Luce & Baptized one Person & spent the night at Mr Ephraim Luce. 3 miles.

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9th Preached in the East Schoolhouse to a large congregation. Spent the night at Mr Ephraim Luce. 3 miles.

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NOV 10th I took the parting hand with Mrs. Woodruff & other friends. Walked to Br Ames. From thence in company with Valentine Ames to John Kents. We crossed the thoroughfare to the South Island to Mr Isaac Crocketts. I Preached at his house. Mr Crockett in some respects is a wonderful man. <I dreamed a wonderful dream at his house.> In dreams and visions &c. Distance of the day 7 miles.

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11th Walked from Mr Crocketts to No 2. Visited the Saints. Found them strong in the faith. Preached at night at No 2. Spent the night at Mr Charles Brown. Distance of the day 12 miles.

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12th Sunday Preached at No 2 two Sermons & spent the night at Brother Burgess. Distance 4 miles.

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13th Preached at Mr Anthony Coombs and Baptized two Persons. Spent the night at Mr Coombs. 3 miles.

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[p.186] 14th Visited many friends. Walked to No 2 through an uncommon snow storm & Preached to the People. Spent the night at Capt Benjamin Coombs. 6 miles.

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15 I went on board the Susan Eliza with Capt Coombs for the purpose of visiting the Isle of Holt. Their was much Snow on board the vessel. We had a fair wind & rough Sea & pleasent over head. I arived at the Isle of Holt at 12 oclock and dined with Mr William Barters. I Preached at early candle light in the School house. Spent the night with John Turner Esq & I Sold him the Book of Mormon. This is the third Island of the Sea that I have visited & Preached to the People & left them the Book of Mormon. 12 mile.

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16th I went on board the vessel and fell upon my Knees & prayed for God to have mercy upon the People & cause the Book of Mormon to prove a Blessing to the Island. We left Esq Turner’s wharf on board the vessel at 12 oclock at noon. We were becalmed on the way, and if St. Paul rowed hard to make the land in a tempest So did we row hard to make the land in a calm. We were eight hours in travling 12 miles and after rowing three hours we reached Capt Coombs at 8 oclock PM. Distance 12 miles.

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17th Spent the day in visiting friends. Preached at Mr Charles Brown to a large attentive congregation from Jer 31st ch 22 v. The spirit of God rested upon me. <Spent the night at> C <Brown’s.> 4 miles.

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18th Walked in company with several frends to Mr Anthony Coombs at Seal Bay. We took a sail boat & crossed to the north Island to Br Ames. From thence to Esq Luce whare I found Mrs Woodruff. We returned to Br Ames. Distance 12 m.

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19th Sunday I Preached at Br Justus Ames & [p.187] Baptized two Persons viz <Captain> Valentine Ames & Mary Ames. I confirmed three and communed with the Saints. <We will have the prince of darkness to command [-] the day. Power [of] darkness fails.> I spent the night at Brother J Ames.

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NOV. 20th I Wrote a letter to Elder Don C. Smith at Kirtland. I forwarded him 13 Subscribers for the Elders Journal of the Church of Latter Day Saints. I gave an account of 17 members of the Church on fox Islands. I also forwarded $10 dollars of Subscription money for the Elders Journal from the following persons: Justus Ames $1, Stephen Luce Esq $1, Cyrus Starren $1, Nathaniel Thomas $1, Jonathan Burgess $1, Ezekiel Burgess $1, Joshua Calderwood $1, Charles Brown $1, John Smith $1, Ebenezar Ames $1. {Also} Isaac Crokett, Anthony Coorobs jr., John Sellers, not Paid.

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I also wrote a letter to Sister Sarah Foss & forwarded $6 dollars to her. Spent the night at Brother Ames.

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21st Spent the day at Br Ames in writing. Walked 4 miles.

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22 Spent the day in writing.

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23 Walked to Malatire Luce. Returned to Br Ames. I receieved a letter from Elder Benjamin Boydstun, from Zion, and four Papers from Kirtland. I was called to visit the Rainbow a vessel that dragged her anchors, and was driven on shore among the rock in a heavy gale: She lay upon her beams end. I went on board of her in the midst of a hard gale & high seas. Sprays broke clear over her. She was in bad Condition: but the exertion of the neighbours soon delivered her from danger. 7 m.

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24th Spent the day at Brother Ames. Also the 25th.

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[p.188] 26th Sunday Walked to Br Sterretts. Held a meeting with the Saints, & returned to Br Ames. Spent the night. 5 m.

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27th A cold winter morning. I went on board the Essex in company with Mrs Woodruff sister Eliza Luce& capt Ames & his Son Valentine, bound for Camden. We left the north harbour at 9 oclock AM. We had a rough High Sea. Waves broke over the vessel & water run into the cabin. Phebe & Eliza was puite sea sick.

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We reached Camden Harbour at noon. We dined with Mr Henry Shermon’s. Walked to Mr Paul Perry’s & visited the Simonton district & returned to P Perry’s & spent the night. Distance 20.

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28th Walked to Brother Ames & Williams Hopkins & in Company with Phebe & Eliza walked to the Simonton district. I Preached at night in the School house to a large attentive Congregation. We spent the night with Mr Peas. <Distance> 5 m.

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29th Preached at night in the Schoolhouse upon the Book of Mormon. Spent the night at Mr Peas.

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Nov 30th Thanksgiving day I Preached in the school house & spent the night with Mr William Simonton in company with Mr Farrow a universalest preacher.

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Dec 1st Walked to Mr Ames & Hopkins. Preached in their house at night. Distance 3 miles.

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2nd Preached at Br Ames at night & walked through the mud to Mr Whitleys. 3 miles.

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3rd Sunday Preached in the Schoolhouse two discourses and baptized three Persons & spent the night at Mr Peas.

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4th Walked to Camden Harbour & Preached at night in the Masonic Hall to a large  Congregation of [p.189] Citizens. <I suffered much with sore eyes.> I spent the night with C Tilor. <Distance> 3 mil.

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5th I had an interesting interview with Mr Simeon Tylor aged 83. He was a Patriot of the revolution. He was in the battle at Bunker hill & the taking of General Gates & in other battles but was never wounded. Preached in the Schoolhouse in Camden. Spent the night with Mr Shermon. Distance of the day 2 miles.

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6 Walked to Camden. Took my leave of Mrs Woodruff and sister Luce who took the Mail boat for the Island. I walked to Brother Ames & spent the night. <Distance> 3 miles.

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7th I walked a distance with Br Ames. We had a view of the Sea and a fleet of Sail becalmed, the Sun as pleasent as May, & the water as still as if nature had sceased to breathe. We viewed, admired, and rejoiced and Parted.

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I walked to the Simonton district. Found the people in an uproar some raging & some believeing. I spent the night at Mr John Brown. 3 miles.

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8th I visited Mr Peas. <Found him calm>. I Preached at night in the Ingham School house to a large Congregation. I spent the night at Mr Daniel Ames. <Distance> 6 miles.

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9th Spent the night with Mr Robert Harsen. 3 miles.

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10th Preached on Sunday in the Simonton School house to a large Congregation. I confirmed three Persons. The Spirit of God rested upon me. I took the parting hand with my friends & walked to Brother Ames. 3 miles.

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Dec 11th Wrote a Letter to Elder DON C. SMITH & sent him five Subscribers for the  Journal and $5 dollars for the same for the following Persons: [p.190] Elisha Grant $1, David Stone $1, Coburn Tyler $1, John Brown $1, Robert Harsen $1. I also gave an account of five three /3/ Baptized making the church 17 in all. Since Nov 20th.

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I preached at night in the Mansfield district School house. The Spirit of God rested upon me.

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I spent the night with Mr Corner. I conversed with him & his wife untill 3 oclock in the morning. Mrs. Corner was a wonderful Spiritual dreamer. She rehearsed many interesting dreams to me. 3 miles.

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12th Mr Corner & his wife bid us God speed. I walked to Br Ames. From thence to Camden Harbour & Preached at night in the School house. Spent the night at Mr Tylers. 6.

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13th Crossed the Harbour in the Mail boat to North fox Island. I receieved four letters & two Papers one letter from Elder A O Smoot under date of far west Mo Sept 23rd 1837, One from Elder Jonathan H Hale from Kirtland Nov 18th, One from Elder Nathaniel Holmes or wife New Rowley Nov 19th, And the other from Brother Asahel Woodruff Terre Haute Nov 24th 1837.

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I walked to Brother Ames & found friends well. I here saw the first No of the Elders Journal of the Church of Latter Day Saints which warmed my Soul. This with my letters made it a day of interest to me. I spent the night with Mrs Woodruff at Brother Ames. <Distance> 15 m.

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14 Spent the day in writing at Brother Ames & held a prayer meeting at night at his house.

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15th I Preached in the east School house at candlelight & returned to Br Ames. Distance 7 miles.

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16th I spent the day at Br Ames.

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[p.191] 17 Sunday Preached two discourses at Brother Ames. I spent the night at Br Ames & had an interesting time in the evening I blessed two children, & I spake in tongues & interpeted & Prophesy’d & we rejoiced.

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18th Spent the day at Br Ames.

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Dec 19th I left Mrs Woodruff at Br Ames and walked in company with Valentine Ames to John Kents. We there crossed the theroughfare in a wherry to the south Island. I then took the parting hand with Br Valentine who returned home while in the name of Eligah’s God I bend my way to search out the Blood of Ephraim on South Island. O my God assist me I Pray in this work. I walked to Mr Isaac Crocket’s & held a meeting at his house & spent the night with Mr Merchant. Distance 7 miles.

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20th Spent the morning in clearing away Ice in the long Cove to prepare a Place for Baptizing when the tide arose. I accordingly met at 3 PM & Baptized one person and Preached at Mr Isaac Crocket’s & spent the night.

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21st Walked to Mr John Smith’s and Preached in the Schoolhouse at night & spent the night with J Smith. 6 m.

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22nd Visited the School in NO. 2 taught by Mr Daniel Luce. I gave an address to the School & closed by Prayer. I then walked to Mr Charles Browns Preached at his house & spent the night with him. Distance 4 mil.

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23 I Preached at Mr John M Sullers. The Power of God rested upon me. I spoke in tongues & Interpeted & some cryed aloud & one wished to be baptized. <Spent the night. Distance> 2 m.

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24th Sunday Preached two sermons in School house NO 2 to a large congregation. Then  walked to [p.192] Thomas Arey’s 2d. Preached to the People and Baptized two Persons to [w]it Capt Thomas Arey 2d & John M Sullers before a multitude. Spent the night with Br Arey 2d. Distance 5 miles.

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25 Christmas Walked in company with Br Arey to No 4th district. Preached in the deep hollow School hous to a large Congregation from Acts 13 ch. 40, 41. I spent the night at Mr James Fernal. My soul was vex’d with the wicked procedings of Mr Towl a school teacher in rejecting my testimony &c. Distance 5 miles.

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26th Walked to Mr Isaac Crockett’s. Preached at his house & spent the night at Mr Merchant’s. Distance 8 miles.

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27 Baptized two persons in the long Cove at full tide amid the Ice. Walked to Abigah Luce. Preached at his house on the Book of Mormon. The spirit of God rested upon me. Distance 3 miles.

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Dec 28th I spent the forepart of the day in conversation with Mr William Douglass the Methodist Priest. He wanted me to work miracles to make him believe. I reproved him for taking such a course and left him & walked to N[orth] I[sland] on the neck & Preached in the School house & spent the night at Mr James Babbadge in company with Messrs Robert Thompson Esq. & James Thompson from Islesborough long Island. They Invited me to visit them.

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On the same day Mrs Woodruff crossed the Thoroughfare in a boat to the South Island & walked the whole length of the Island to Br Burgess. Distance 8 or 10 miles. The greatest Journey she ever took on foot. She was much fatigued. 4 m.

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29th I walked from Mr Babbadge to the top of the rock our former Place of retirement for Prayer. It was a Plesent morning. The Sun shone upon the waters with the briliantsy of a summers day. My meditations were sweet although alone.

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[p.193] After surveying the Islands & Sea a few moments I Plucked a handful of fir from a tree and lade it under the pine (whare I had often Prayed in Company with Elder J H Hale. See Sept 5th.) I kneel down upon the fir (to keep off from the snow) and offered up the gratitude of my heart unto God.

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I went my way rejoicing to Mr Charles Brown whare I found a number of Saints of one accord in one place and PHEBE with the rest. I was rejoiced to meet with them. I Preached to a large congregation from Ruth 1st ch. 15 16th. We had an interesting time. Several offered themselves for Babtism. I spent the night at C Browns. Distance of the day 8 miles.

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30th I held a Prayer meeting at Br Thomas Arey’s 2d. We had a spiritual time. I spent the night at Mr C Browns. 2 m.

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31st On the 31st of Dec on Sunday being the last day of 1837 I Preached in NO 3rd district to a large congregation upon the Parable of the vineyard. I Baptized two Person in the sea at full tide before a multitude. I obtained five subscribers for the Elders Journal.

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The spirit of God is like leaven in the midst of these Islands of the Sea. The solemnities of Eternity is resting upon the People. The word of God is like a sharp two edged sword in the hearts of men. I am now Preaching & Baptizing almost daily. O may the Lord roll on his work amid the Islands of the sea and give me a rich harvest of Souls.

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I spent the night with Mr Charles Brown. Distance of the day 4 miles.

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THUS ends the year of 1837 and the 1st VOL of my Journal. I now find myself upon one of the Islands of the Sea in defence of the word of GOD and for the testimony of JESUS CHRIST, in company with (PHEBE) my companion whom God hath given me for a bosom friend & a helpmeet. I marvel & can exclaim like one of old, “great and marvelous  are thy works [p.194] “O LORD GOD ALMIGHTY” when I consider his ways with the children of men, esspecially when I consider his dealings with myself. The Past year hath been the most intersting part of my life in many respects. The account of my procedings during the year 1837 may be found on the following Page, and a continuation of my travels in the ministry will be recorded in my Journal in the 2nd VOL.

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I attended the solemn assembly and met twenty times with the quorum of the seventies.

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I traveled in Upper Canida and in six of the United States and visited three Islands of the Sea making a distance in all of two thousand three hundred & fifty Miles.

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I held one hundred and eight meetings. 108

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/I planted three churches./

I Baptized twenty one persons. Three were Sea Captains and three were kinsfolks. I was a partner with Elder J H Hale in baptizing nine others.

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/I Confirmed   30/

I attended two conferences and jointly ordained nine Elders nine Priest eleven Teachers and five Deacons.         34

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I Procured twenty three subscribers for the Elders Journal.      23

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I Sold eight Books of Mormon.          8

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There was five cases of healing under my hands.            5

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I blessed two children.            2

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I wrote thirty Letters.    30

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I received thirteen Letters.     13

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I recorded two of Joseph Smith Sermons. [p.196]

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IN 1834 I travled 1,238 miles.

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IN 1835 I travled 3,248 Miles, Baptized 43 persons, Held 170 meetings Procured 20 subscribers for the Latter Day Saints Messenger & Advocate & 2 for the reprinted Star. Also 70 Signers to the petition to the Governour of Missouri for redress of wrongs done the Church by the Jackson County mob. Wrote 18 letters Ordained 2 Teachers and 1 Deacon held 3 debates and had 3 mobs rise against ME. /Planted 3 Ch. Confirm 35./

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IN 1836 I traveled 6,557 miles, held 153 meeting attended 4 conferences held 4 debates and Baptized 27 persons Ordained 2 Elders 3 Priest 1 Teacher and 2 Deacons, Blest 19 Children. 4 persons were healed under my hands in the name of JESUS CHRIST. I Procured 22 Subscribers for the M & Ad & $70 for the same. Also Procured $91 for building the house of the LORD in Kirtland. Wrote 34 letters & received 7 letters. I had 3 mobs rise against me. /Planted 1 ch. Confirm 27./

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IN 1837 I attended the Solemn assembly. I met 20 times with the quorum of the seventies. I traveled in upper Canida & in six of the United States also visited three Islands of the Sea making a distance in all of 2,350. I held 108 meetings. I Baptized 21 persons. Three were Sea Captains & three were kinsfolk. I was a Partner in Baptizing 9 others. I attended 2 conferences & jointly Ordained 9 Elders 9 Priest 11 Teachers & 5 Deacons. I Procured 23 subscribers for the Elders Journal and sold 8 Books of Mormon. There was 5 cases of healing under my hand. I blessed 2 Children. I wrote 30 letters & received 13 letters. /I  recorded 2 of Joseph’s Sermons./ [p.197]  [p.198]

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THE SUM TOTAL

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I traveled 13,395 miles held 431 meetings and Baptized 91 persons. I met 20 times with the Seventies. I attended 1 Solemn assembly and 6 Conferences. I visited the Canidas and 15 of the United States & 3 Islands of the Sea. I Ordained 11 Elders 12 Priest 14 Teachers & 8 Deacons. I blessed 21 children. There was 9 Cases of healings under my hands. I procured 67 subscribers for the Latter Day Saints Papers & 70 Signers to the Petition to the Governour of Missouri. I Procured $91 for the house of the Lord. I held 7 debates. I wrote 82 letters. I received 20 letters. I had 6 mobs rise against [me] but from them all the LORD delivered me. Confirmed 92. /Planted 7 ch. esstablished 20 preaching places. Recorded 2 of J. S. Sermons./ [p.199]

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APHEK WOODRUFF’s FAMILY RECORD

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/Ozem 90 ye/

/Medad/ Names / Elijah/      Born   Married           Died

/First Gen. Woodruff lived nearly 100 years./

/2d Gen. Eldad Woodruff    1751               1806=55 y/

Aphek Woodruff       Born Nov 11, 1778   /Aged  May 28 [1]961/

/3d Gen                                  826 M 82 y 6 m

Bulah Thompson     Born 1782     /Nov. 29, 1801          June 11 1808 26/

Was Married  /Nov. 29, 1801          Aged 26/

Azmon           Born Nov 29, 1802   /86 x    Jan 14 1889/

/4th Gen                                 [.] M 15 D/

Ozem Thompson     Born Dec 22, 1804

Willford          Born March 1, 1807 April 13, 1837

Azubah Hart Born july 31, 1792                /59 years/

Married to Aphek Woodruff                        Nov 9, 1830   /March 20 1851/

Philo   Born Nov 29 1811                Nov 25 1827 16

Asahel Hart   Born April 11, 1814              Oct 18 1838 24

Franklin         Born March 12, 1816                       June 1st 1816

Newton          Born June 19, 1818 Drowned       sept 1920 2

Julius Born April 22, 1820 Died

Eunice           Born June 19, 1871 /Aug 4, 1841/            June 15 1853/

/Aged 32 years/

{5th Gen}Sarah E. Woodruff          July 14, 1894                        July 17 1840 2/

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1st Daniel Carter Born in Newbury Port, Mass, the second Gen. from England

Ezra Carter /2nd Gen/         Feb 20th 1734                      April 29, 1818           84

Phebe Whitemore    April 1736                  June 1826     84

Joshua Fabyan Esq            March AD 1742                    June 20, 1799          57

Sarah Fabyan          April 9th AD 1740                Aug 29 AD 1820      80

Ezra Carter /3d Gen/            March 18th AD 1773           Oct 2d 97       /March 10, 1868       95/

Sarah Fabyan          April 8th AD 1775    Oct 2d 1797   /July 21 1845            70

Joseph Fabyan [..]   Dec 11, AD 1798      Jan 9 1829

/4th Gen/

Sarah Bracket           Sept 30 AD 1800      Nov 1 182[3]

Ira        Sept 19, 1802                       Jan 21, 1805 /2/ 1.3 m

Ezra    April 29 1804            Nov 4, 1834

Ira        Nov 23 1805             Jan 2, 1806 1m 9D[p.201]

Phebe Whitemore    March 8 1807            Apirl 13, 1837

Rhoda Farnum         March 13 1809         Nov 12 1839

Ira        Oct 20 1810               Jan 24 1811 3m 4 D

Shuah Coffin           Dec 20 1811

Mary Fabyan March 22, 1814

Ilus Fabyan   Nov 8, 1816

/Bulah Agusta Woodruff  July 19 1851/

/Married to Sidnay H. Boutie June 30, 1868/

/Phebe Eleanor        Oct 8, 1864 9 oclok/

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[p.202] Lorenzo Snow Married Phebe Amelia Woodruff

Daughter of Wilford & Phebe W. Woodruff

Lorenzo Snow born April 14, 1814. Married April 4, 1854

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.202

Names           Births  Marriages      Deaths           Age

Mary Amanda           June 1st                     Sept 5, 1860 1 day

Sept 4th 1860

Wilford           Feb 7th

Leslie 1862

Woodruff       11 oclok P.M.

Orion  Sept 6 1865

Milton Feb 9, 1868

40 M past 2 oclock PM

Phebe Agusta

Florence        Aug 7, 1870

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Wilford Married Emily Jane Smith Oct 12 1867

Lucy Emily Born       Jan 10, 1869

Wilford           Sept 25 1871

7 oclock P.M

Elias Smith    Dec 15 1873

20 minutes

Before 10 oclok PM

/As[ahel?]/     March 30 1876

6 oclok AM [p.203]

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Names           Born               Married           Died    Age

Willford Woodruff     March 1 1807            April 13 1837

/4th Gen/                                                        /78/

Phebe W. Carter      March 8 1807            April 13, 1837           /Nov. 10/85    /6M/

Sarah Emma /5 Gen/           July 14th 1838                      July 17 1840 2 Y 3 D

Willford Owen /Jr/    March 22d 1840

Phebe Amelia           March 4th 1842        April 4th 1850

Susan Cornelia        July 25th 1843          Jan 30 1859[p.204]

Joseph           July 18th 1845                      Nov 12 1846 1 Y 4 M

Ezra    Dec 8th 1846                        Dec 10th 1846          2 Days

Shuah Carter            Oct 28 1847               July 22 1848 9 M

Bulah Augusta         July 19, 1851

Aphek            Jan 25, 1853             Jan 25, 1853 3 hours

/Ozem Woodruff       Nov 3d 1789 1818

Hannah Hart March 20 1799

Samuel Woodruff    1777                           Dec 1869       92

Phebe Amelia Married April 4, 1859

Eldad Woodruff    B. 1816, D Nov 1881×65/[p.205]

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Sarah Brown was Born Jefferson Co in Henderson New York Jan 1 1834.

Sarah Brown Daughter of Henry & [       ] Brown

Married to Wilford Woodruff sen March 13 1853

Names           Born               Married           Died    Age

David Patten April 4 1854

Brigham Young        Jan 18th 1857          Aged 20 y      drowned June 16 1877

Phebe Arobella        May 30 1859 June 14 1875           J H

Sylva Malvina           Jan 14 1862

Born at 3 oclock

Newton          Nov 3d 1863

Mary   Oct 26 15 M [.] 18 1867

Charles Henry          Dec 5                          Feb 2d 1871 Near 2 Months

1 oclock P.M. 1870              2 oclock AM

Edward Randolph   Feb 2d                                    Feb 8th 11 oclock 6 days

6 oclck P.M. 1873                 1873[p.206]

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.206

Emma Smith was Born at Diahman Davis County Missouri March 1st 1838

Emma Smith Daughter of Samuel & Mohecla Smith Married to Wilford Woodruff sen March 13 1853

Names           Born               Married           Died    Age

Hiram Smith  Oct 4 at 4 oclock                   Nov 24 1858 1 year 1 M

PM 1857                                20 days

Emma Manella         July 4 1860

Asahel Hart   Feb 3d 1863 15

minutes to 7 oclock A.M.

Anna Thompson      April 10, 1867                     April 11, 1867 7 Hours 15 Minutes

30 M. to 6 P.M.

Clara  July 23, 1868

Martishia        15 Minut 8 oclck

Abram Owen Nov 23 30 M to

11 PM. 1872

Mary Ailee     April 9 1876

Wineford        10 m to 12 oclk

Blanch           at night

Mary Alice     Jan 2d 1879 at 5:30 PM[p.207]

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.207

Robert Sholes /Born Nov 19 1835/ Married To Susan Cornelia Woodruff

Daughter of Wilford & Phebe W Woodruff Jan 30, 1859

Names           Births              Marriages      Deaths           Age

Eugenia Amelia       20 minuts to 3 oclock          /Nov 3 1883/

Mar 21st 1860

Phebe Carter            Oct 6 1862

Robert            Dec 1st 1864

Wilford           Sept 26 1867

Woodruff       39 M pst 8 oclok

George           Nov. 19 1869

March 23 1876 12 oclock Noon

Born                                       Died

[Bu]lah Augusta Married S. H. Beatie June 30 1868

[..]oke Elisnor  Born Oct 8, 1869

[Pr]eston Carter  Born Dec. 7, 1871 at 30 Minuts past 4 oclk AM

Died /6 oclok AM/ Jan 26, 1872 Age 1 Month 19 day

Wilford           22 Dec 1872

Florence        march 20, 1876 20 m pst 11 AM

Estella[p.208]

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.208

Sarah Delight Stockings Daughtar of John & [       ] Stockings was married to Wilford Woodruff sen July 31, 1857

/She was born in Canton Hartford Co Connecticut July 28 1838/

Names           Births              Marriages      Deaths           Age

Marion            June 1st 1861

Emeline         July 25 30 m past

9 PM 1863

Ensign           15 minuts to 3 oclok

Dec 23 1865

Jeremiah       29 Aug 1868           Dec 16 1869   1 year 3 Months

17 days

Rosana          4 ock PM April 7,                Oct 22d 1872  1 year 6 Months

1871                          8 A.M.              5 days

John L.           3 oclk Aug 14, 1873

Julia   7 oclok AM June 28

1878

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.209

[p.209] Rebeca Brown born in vinal Haven Maine Oct 30, 1826

Sealed to WW Died Aug 1839 Aged 13 year /June 15 1807/

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.209

Mary Webste[r] Giles Born /About 1806/ in Boston Mass sealed to W.W. March 28 1852 Died Oct 3d 1852 Aged about 52 yearsNote

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.209

On the 26 Febuary 1857 The following Persons were sealed to W Woodruff at the Alter in the Endowmt House By Brigham Young:

Phebe Whitmore Carter

Mary Fabyan Carter Deceased

Emma Smith

&   Sarah Brown.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.209

Sarah Delight Stockings was sealed to W Woodruff at the Alter in the Endowmt House July 31, 1857 By Presidet Young.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.209

Mary Giles Webster, Daughter of Samuel & Elizabeth Giles born in Marblehead Essex County Mass. Sept 6, 1803, Sealed to W. Woodruff March 28, 1852. /Also at the Alter Endmt House, June 15 1867/ Died Oct 3d 1852 Aged 49 years.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.209

Eunice Woodruff sealed to WW June 15 1867

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.210

[p.210] Wilford Woodruff Jr Born March 22/40 Married Emily Smith Born [      ] Died May 8. 1878

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.210

Their Children:

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.210

Lucy Emily Born Jan 10 1869

Wilford 3d Born Sept 25, 1871

Elias S Born Dec 15. 1873

Asahel Born March 30, 1876

Emily Died

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.210

Married Julia Spences May 18 1879

George Born March 1, 1880

Died Sept 22, 1881

Born March 15 1882

at 5 Minuts to 1 oclok [p.211]

see July 23d 1835

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Henry A. Woodruff Son of Azmon and

Harriet Woodruff Born [      ]

Married Emma Manella Woodruff

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.211

She was born July 14th 1860 at S L City.

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Names           Births  Marriages      Deaths           Age

Wilford           Jan 29

Azmon           1880

Henry Aprail 6

Eugene          1882 at

10:5 PM.

Asahel           Sept 15

R         1884

Emma Jan 31

Eslotta            1887

Ethel   Jan 20

Winefred        1889

Elsworth        Dec 20

1891

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/I confirmed 35, esstablished 8 preaching Places, Planted 3 Churches./ IN 1835 I travled 3,248 Miles, Baptized 43 persons, Held 170 meetings, procured 20 subscribers for the Latter Day Saints Messenger & Advocate and 2 for the reprinted Star. Also 70 Signers to the Petition to the Governour of Missouri for redress of wrongs done the Church by the Jackson County mob. Wrote 18 Letters. Ordained 2 teachers and 1 deacon. Held 3 debates, AND had 3 mobs rise against ME.

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IN 1834 I travled 1,238 miles.

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IN 1836 I travled 6,557 miles, Held 153 meetings, Attended 4 conferences, and held 4 debates, Baptized 27 Persons, Ordained 2 Elders 3 Priest 1 Teacher and 2 Deacons, Blest 19 children, and healed 4 Persons by the laying on of hands in the name of JESUS Christ. Procured 22 subscribers for the M & Ad, and $70 dollars for the same. /Confirmed 27, esstablished 2 Preaching places planted 1 Church./ <I gave six adresses> Also procured $91 dollars for building the house of the LORD in Kirtland. Wrote 34 Letters and receieved 7 letters, and had 3 mobs rise against me.

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[p.214] In 1837 I attended the solemn assembly. I met 20 times with the quorum of the seventies. I traveled in Upper Canida & in six of the United States also visited three Islands of the Sea making a distance in all of 2,350 miles. I held 108 meetings. I Baptized 2[.] persons. 3 were sea Captains & 3 relatives. I was a partner in Baptizing 9 others. I attended 2 conferences & jointly Ordained 9 Elders 9 Priest 11 Teachers and 5 Deacons. I procured 23 subscribers for the Elders Journal and sold 8 Books of Mormon. There was 5 cases of healing under my hands. I Blessed 2 children. I wrote 30 Letters & receieved 13. Confirmed 30. Planted 3 Churches.

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Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.215

[p.215] My Parents were born and bred in the town of Farmington Hartford County Connecticut. My father Aphek Woodruff was the son of Eldad Woodruff. My mother Bulah Thompson was the daughter of Lot Thompson all of Farmington Con. The occupation of my father was a miller from his youth. I was born in the North part of the town of Farmington (now called Avon) Hartford County Connecticut on the 1st of March AD 1807. I was the third son of my father and the last born of my mother who Died June 11th 1808. My father married Azubah Hart for his second wife NOV 9th 1810.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.215

I followed the occupation of my father viz. a miller untill the Spring of 1832 at which time I moved to the town of Richland Oswego County NY. and purchased a farm in Company with my eldest brother Azmon Woodruff and we resided together untlll the Spring of 1834.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.215

I was early taught by my step mother and other friends, also by the word & Spirit of God that the Church of Christ was in the wilderness that there had been a falling away from pure & undefiled religion before God and that a great change was at hand.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.215

At the age of 23 I resolved by the grace of God assisting me to be led by the word & spirit of God into that truth that maketh free thereby. On hearing the fulness of the everlasting gospel proclaimed by the Latter Day Saints I immediately embraced its truths with a glad heart and after being baptized and receieveing the laying on of hands for the reception of the Holy Ghost by Elder Zerah Pulsipher I was ordained a Teacher under his hands on the 2nd of Jan 1834 in Richland Oswego Co NY. On the 5th of Nov 1834 I was ordained a Priest under the hands of Elder Simeon Carter by the direction of the High Council in Clay County Missouri.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.215

On the 28th of June 1835 I was ordained an Elder in the Church of Latter Day Saints  under the hands of Elder Warren Parrish at Eagle Creek Benton [p.216] County Tennessee: and in the Same house on the 31st day of May 1836 I was ordained unto the High Priesthood and as a member of the Second Seventy under the hands of Elders David W. Patten & Warren Parrish, this by the direction of the Presidency of the Church in Kirtland Ohio.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.216

On the 3rd of Jan 1837 I was ordained a member of the puorum of the first seventy Elders as special witnesses to all nations under the hands of President Zebedee Coltrin, in the house of the LORD in Kirtland Ohio. The above ordinations were by the Spirit of Prophecy and Revelation.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.216

On the 4th of April 1837 I receieved the ordinance of washing under the hands of President Joseph Young: and the ordinance of anointing under the hands of Zebedee Coltrin in the house of the Lord in Kirtland. On the 6th of April I received the ordinance of the washing of feet under the hands of Elder Heber Kimball during the Solumn assembly in the house of the Lord.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.216

On the 13th of April 1837 I was Joined in the bonds of matrimony to Phebe W Carter born in Scarborough Cumberland County Maine the 8th of March 1807. The ceremony was Solemnized by President Frederick G. Williams in the house of President Joseph Smith Jr. in Kirtland Ohio. We were blessed by the Patriarch Joseph Smith sen.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.216

On the 15th of April I received a Patriarchal Blessing under the hands of Joseph Smith sen. the Patriarch of the Church of Latter Day Saints. Phebe W Carter received a Patriarchal Blessing under the hands of Joseph Smith sen. on the 10th of Nov AD 1836. These Blessings are recorded in the Latter Day Saints Church Records also in the 1st VOL of Willford Woodruff’s JOURNAL.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.216

On the 26th day of April 1839 on the corner stone of the house of the Lord at far west Missouri I was ordained under the hands of the Twelve to take the Bishopprick and Apostleship of one of the Twelve that had fallen & to become one of the quorum of the  Twelve Apostles & special witnesses to all nations both gentile & Jew. [p.217]

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[p.219] JAN 1st 1838 I Willford am now standing upon one of the Islands of the Sea in defence of the truth and for the word of GOD and the testimony of JESUS CHRIST. I am in North America North Lat 44, West Long 68 46 South Fox Islands Vinalhaven Maine. I am labouring in the ministry alone at this time. I am blessed, however, with the company of Mrs Phebe W Woodruff my Companion & friend: O may the LORD bless us in all righteousness. O may the God of Abram Isaac & Jacob stand by me and give me many souls as seals of my ministry during this year. May HE enable me to go and come at his bidding & keep his commandments in all things.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.219

I have been declairing the word of God faithfully through these Islands for many days and the Spirit of GOD is like fire, in a dry stubble, among the People. Prejudice is rolling away like a torrent & GOD is manifesting his work in mighty power.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.219

I spent this NEW YEARS DAY in the following manner: I visited the Saints & neighbours & found the Solemnities of Eternity resting upon the People some crying what shall I do to be saved? I met a Congregation at Capt Charles Brown at 2 PM. I led three Persons down into the sea & Baptized them which were two Sea Captains and one lady viz. CAPT Charles Brown, CAPT. Jesse Coorobs & his wife. We had an interesting time in the Confermation. After meeting in company with Mrs Woodruff I rode in a wherry by watter to Brother Thomas Arey’s 2d & spent the evening with a number of the Saints in reading, Singing, and Prayer. Distance of the day 7 miles.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.219

2nd Rode by water with Mrs Woodruff to Capt Benjamin Coombs. Spent the day at his house. I receieved a Present from the Saints of $10. I spent the night at Mr Coombs.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.219

3rd I spent the day at Capt Coombs in writing my Journals. I also Wrote a Letter to Elder Don C Smith in Kirtland. I sent him five subscribers for the Elders Journal viz. Abram  Carver, Thomas Arey 1st Thomas Arey 2d Ebenezar Arey, Jabez Myrick, & I [p.220] enclosed in the letter $15 dollars to be divided in the following manner: $1 credited to each of the above subscribers $1 to John M Sellers & the other $9 dollars to Pay my Due Bill to William Marks in the hands of W A. Cowdery. Note

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.220

I also wrote a Letter to Elder Milton Holmes. Spent the night at Capt B Coombs.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.220

Jan 4 I Wrote a Letter to Aphek Woodruff in farmington Con.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.220

5 I Wrote a Letter to Asahel Woodruff. I rode in a Wherry across the Bay in company with Mrs Woodruff & spent the night with Mr Thomas Arey 1st. Wrote a letter to Aphia Woodman.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.220

6 I returned in the wherry to Capt Coombs & receieved two letters one from A H Woodruff & the other from Sarah B Foss. I wrote a letter to Elder A O Smoot. Spent the night at capt Coombs.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.220

7 Sunday I walked to the Schoolhouse NO 3 and Preached to a large Congregation. I attended a Prayer meeting at night at Brother Charles Brown, & Spent the night with Br Jesse Coombs. Distance 5 mi.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.220

8 I sent five letters to South Vinalhaven Post Office by Br Jesse Coombs. Spent the night with Br Burgess. 2.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.220

9 I walked to Mr John Smith’s & Spent the [p.221] night at his house. I wrote a letter to Br Justus Ames. 2.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.221

10 I walked to Mr Joseph Sylvester’s & spent the night at his house. Distance 1 mile.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.221

12 I Preached at Mr Anthony Coombs & spent the night at his house. I Spent the 11th day at David Smiths.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.221

13 I walked to Br Burgess, to Br Brown’s to Mr John Smiths. From thence to Joseph Sylvesters & crossed to the North Island to visit the Saints & also an Elder of the Church of Latter Day Saints who had come to labour with me in the ministry by the name of JOSEPH BALL. I visited Br Sterrett. Walked from thence to Brother J Ames. I there found Elder Ball. I had a Plesent interview with him. He had Baptized six Persons viz. Malatire Luce Ruth Luce, Stephen Luce Esq Nathaniel Thomas Susan Thomas & Nancy Kent. I spent the night at Br Ames. Distance of the day 12 miles.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.221

14 Sunday I held a meeting in company with Elder Ball at Br Ames. We had an interesting time in communing with the saints. After meeting we walked to Br Stephen Luce. From thence to Mr Ephraim Luce. We Prayed with his sick child. From thence to Maltire Luce and spent the night. 4 miles.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.221

15 I walked to Br Starrett’s. I wrote a letter <for Brother Malatire Luce>. We held a meeting at Br Starrett’s. Elder Ball took the leed of the meeting, and while he was speaking to our edification a canon or swivvle was discharged near the house on the sea shore and was soon followed by the discharge of small arms.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.221

He soon closed and I arose. The spirit of God rested upon me. I declared the word of God to the people in great plainness. My words were at times mixed with the report of  musketry that were echoing [p.222] outside of the house. I was Plain in declairing to the people the judgments of God. I shook my garments in the presens of the people & informed them that I was clear of their Blood. I asked if any wished to receieve the gospel & two arose to Be Baptized. We closed the meeting after the evening had borne its report to heaven we blessed three children of Br Sterrett’s and spent the night with him. <Distance> 4 miles.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.222

16 We met a company upon the beach near Br Starrett’s to administer in the ordinance of Baptism. After Singing a hymn I led a man down into the water and Baptized him & as on the night before so on this occasion our ears were saluted with the report of fire arms. O when will the earth rest from wickedness and pollution men learn righteousness & satan know the length of his chain?

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.222

We walked to the east school house to hold a meeting. Elder Ball arose & opened the meeting & commenced preaching. A mob of the baser sort soon appeared & began to disturb the meeting by walking across the house & talking, whistleing, Singing, dancing, &c. I followed Br Ball and closed amid much confusion. We walked to Mr David McMullen’s & spent the night. Distance 3 miles.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.222

17 We walked to Br M Luee’s & to Br Ames. We learned that Notices were posted up in noted places warning us to leave the town but we concluded it best to obey GOD rather than man so we continued in our Masters business. Walked to Br Nathaniel Thomas’es & held an interesting prayer meeting. Two offered themselves for Baptism. We receieved the 2nd No of the Elders Journal. It did our souls good. I conversed untill 2 oclock with Br & Sister Thomas. Distance 5 miles.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.222

18 Walked to Br Malatire Luce. Elder Ball Baptized three persons, & we held a Prayer Meeting at night. 3.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.223

[p.223] 19 Walked to Br Justus Ames & to John Kents. Crossed the Thoroughfare. Walked to <Cap.> Isaac Crocketts & held a meeting at his house. I arose to speak & the Power of God rested upon me. I Prophesied of the judgments of God & spoke in tongues & interpeted the same. Elder Ball spoke to us in the spirit of God. Two offered themselves for Baptism. We spent the night at Mr Crocketts. Distance 8 miles.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.223

20 Early in the morning I Baptized two Persons viz Capt Isaac Crockett & William Merchant. We then walked to Mr John Smith’s whare I again met Mrs Woodruff. We spent the night at Mr Smiths. Distance 8 m.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.223

21 Sunday Met a large congregation in No 2 for a meeting. Elder Ball addressed the people. I followed him. <The spirit of God rested upon me to a great degree [with power?] on the people.> We held a prayer meeting at Br Charles Brown’s. I spent <the night with> J Arey. 2 m.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.223

22 I visited Br Thomas Arey 2d. He had broken his leg yet he was resigned to his affliction. After praying with him we walked to Capt Benjamin Coombs & spent the day in writing. 3 miles.

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23 Walked to Mr Joshua Calderwood & spent the day. 1 mile.

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24 Walked to Br Thomas Arey’s 2d. Preached at night at Mr J Calderwood. <Distance of the day> 4 miles.

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25 Spent the day in visiting the Saints and attended a prayer meeting at Br Sullers. 3 miles.

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26 I accompanied Elder Ball & Br C Brown on to green Island bar & we dug a quantity of clams which we made in to a Clam Chowder & it was a delicious [p.224] feast. We spent the night at Mr Ebenezer Arey’s. 3 m.

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27 Walked to Capt Benj. Coombs & spent the day in writing. I wrote a letter to Father Ezra Carter.

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28 Preached on Sunday in No 2 Schoolhouse & returned to Capt Benj. Coombs & spent the night. 3 miles.

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29 Walked to Mr John Smith. From thence to Joseph Sylvesters with Mrs Woodruff. From thence in Company with Elder Ball to Br William Merchant’s & we found him, his wife & Sister Crocket in a perilous Situation. There hath a lying spirit gone out into the world & it hath entered into the Priest of Baal as well as the multitude & Mr Douglass the Methodist Priest had visited the three mentioned persons & reported that I utterly denied the Bible & said it could not be depended upon. This with many other fals reports set them against me in spirit but after teaching them concerning the evil spirits &c we had Prayers. Brs Valentine Ames & I Crocket were with us. We had a good time. Brother & Sister Merchant & Sister Crocket became more calm & began to be deliverd from the devil. Spent the night at Br Merchant’s. Distance 10 mile.

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30 Walked to widow Hopkins & spent the night. We Preached to several strangers. 3 mile.

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31 Walked to Br Crocket’s. I had a serious interview with Mr Douglass. He stated things that were utterly fals. He rejected our testimony in every respect & is striving to overthrow the saints. Preached at Br Crockets. 3 miles.

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Feb 1st I repaired in company with Elder Ball to a stream of water. We their Clensed our feet with pure water and bore testimony unto God through Jesus Christ against Mr  Douglass the Methodest Priest for rejecting our testimony & offending our [p.225] little ones. This is the third witness borne to heaven against that man. O God reward him according to thy Mercy, Judgment, Justice, & Truth.

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We call upon Br & Sister Merchant & found them possessing a good Spirit. Walked to Capt Watson Hopkins & Preached <Christ and him crucified> at his house. Although many entertained fears that we Should be mod’d we had a good time & still meeting. Spent the night at his house. Distance of the day 3 miles.

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We saw a sign in the heavens. It had the appearence of a full Moon about ten feet under the Sun.

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2 Left Capt Hopkins & as we walked by the Schoolhouse No 5th the children came out and hooted & mocked at us as they did Elisha when they said go up thou bald head. As with the Parent so with the child. We walked to Joseph Sylvester’s. I here found Mrs Woodruff. We spent the night. 5 miles.

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3 Walked to Br Burgess & spent the night. 2 miles.

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4 Sunday I met with the Saints at Br Charles Brown & broke bread unto them. This is the first time I have Communed with the Saints on South Vinalhaven. We had a good time. We walked to Joseph Sylvesters and spent the night. I blesed their son by the name of Wilford W Sylvester. 5 m.

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5 Mrs Woodruff & myself in company with Elder Ball, Sylvester & David Smith took a whirry to go to North Island. We started at Seal Bay & landed at Deacon James Thomas on North Island. We dined at Mr Thomas. I had an interview with Mr Thomas Fry. We walked to Br Justus Ames. Found the Saints strong in the faith. I receieved a vary interesting letter from Elder J H Hale. It contained interesting News from Kirtland & Zion. Spent the night at Br Ames. Distance 8 mile.

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[p.226] 6 Spent the day at Br Ames in writing.  I wrote a letter to Elder J H Hale & Don C Smith. I sent him one subscriber for the Journal Sarah Glover & $2 dollars, $1 for Sarah Glover & $1 for Anthony Coombs jr. I appointed two conferences in the letter.  I walked to Perez Babbage Esq & spent the evening. Held a meeting at Br Ames.

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Feb 7th Spent the day at Br Ames in writing.

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8 Spent the day in visiting friends and held a prayer meeting at Br Sterretts. Returned to Br Ames. 7 m.

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9  I Wrote a letter to Sister Rhoda Scareman and sent her $5 dollars. Spent the night at Br Ames.

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10 I spent the day at Brother Ames in writing.

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11 Sunday Walked to Br M Luce and Preached at his house. Then returned to Br Ames & held a prayer meeting. 4 mil.

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12 I spent the day at Br Ames.

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13 We walked to Mr Kents. Crossed the thoroughfare. We had a tedious walk to Mr James Crocketts in consequence of our assisting a man in carrying his trunk’s for 2 1/2 miles through the snow after his neighbours had left him alone in trouble like the man that fell among thieves: When we reached the Mail boat we were quite exhausted. We crossed the bay to Camden, & then walked to Br Ebenezer Ames. 20 miles.

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14 We spent the day at Br Ames. <We heard that Kirtland was in difficulty.>

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15 We walked to the Simonton district and had a happy interview with Br James  Townsend direct from the Saco church. Our harts were made glad. We [p.227] preached in the Schoolhouse. I spent the night with Mr Brown. 3 miles.

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16th I left the Simonton district in company with Elder Ball & J. Townsend. We repaired to a grove and held a Council and the Holy Ghost said seperate unto me James to the ministry. So we ordained Brother James Townsend unto the office of an Elder. We had a good time & the spirit of God rested upon us although we were alone in a grove surrounded by a snow storm. We then walked to Br Ames. We had an interesting time in the evening in speaking our feelings to each other. Distance of the day 3 miles.

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17 I took the parting hand with Elder Ball as he was about to return to the Island, and then started in company with Elder J. Townsend for Searsmont. The roads were drifted with snow & the people were fearful we could not get through, but we went forward in the Lord. The winds were high & the air was filled with snow. We broke the roads for 7 miles. 3 of it was across a pond. We arived at Searsmont at 2 oclok PM & spent the night at Mr Hues Richards & was kindly entertained by him. 7 miles.

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18 Sunday The wether more plesent. I Preached on the Book of Mormon. We dined at Levi Gray’s. Elder Townsend and myself had an interesting time in secret Prayer in a snow bank. I Preached again upon the gospel. The spirit of God rested [upon] me. We spent the night at Joseph Hardy’s. 8 miles.

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Feb 19th An uncommon blustering day. The air is full of snow and roads blocked up. We spent the day in visiting the people. They appeared believing. We started to go to our appointment at the Schoolhouse and we had to wallow about a mile through the snow drifts without a road. I froze one of my ears during the time. After Preaching to the People we returned to Mr Robert Baily’s and spent the night. <Distance> 4 m.

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[p.228] 20 Elder Townsend is 30 years of age this day. We visited Deacon Cox & other neighbours. I Preached at night at Mr. Bailey’s on the reign of Christ and was bless’d while speaking. Spent the night at Mr Baileys. 2 m.

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21 Spent the day visiting friends. We Preached at night in the schoolhouse. I Preached at night upon the parable of the vineyard by the Prophet Zenas. I had an interesting time in speaking and after we closed the meeting at half past 8 oclock I walked out of the house & cast my eyes towards the heavens & a glorious scene presented itself to our view.

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I light commenced in the NE. & spread to the W. & soon rolled up over head & also in the south & it centered in the heavens & rolled forth fire blood & smoke like contending armies: the whole heavens was illuminated with blood & fire for the space of half an hour & shook like a fowl upon the wing. It seemed at times as though the veil was about to rend in twain <and the throne of God to appear>. It appeared as though the elements were contending with each other.

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We were travling through deep snow drifts most of the time during this sceneery. This is one of the signs in the heavens in the last days spoken of by the ancient as well as modern Prophets. O may God hasten the day when the scenerry will be wound up. Spent the night <with> J. Kimble. 2 m.

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22 Took the parting hand with the friends in Searsmont & walked to Belfast Pop 4,000, & after being rejected by eight households we were kindly receieved & entertained by Mr Thomas Tapply. 15 m.

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23 Visited the village of Belfast & many of the principle men. We procured a place for preaching & according to appointment we met several hundred Citizens in the brick Schoolhouse. I preached to them on the gospel. They manifested a desire to hear further  upon the subject & they wished to [p.229] purchase the Book of Mormon. We spent the night with Mr Tapply.

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During the day we repaired to the sea shore & clensed our feet with pure water & bore testimony against eight housholds before God who had rejected us or turned us from their Doors the evening before. 3 miles.

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Feb 24 We walked from Belfast to Northport and was kindly entertained at Mr Benjamin Stephens.  I wrote two letters one to Sister Townsend & the other to Elder Milton Holmes. I preached at early candlelight in the schoolhouse at Northport upon the Book of Mormon. Spent the night at Mr Stephen’s. Distance 4 miles.

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25 Sunday Preached at the schoolhouse. In the forenoon Elder Townsend Preached. I followed him. This was his first discours. I preached again at night to a large congregation who listened with profound attention. The people treated us with great respect and kindness. We spent the night with Capt Jeremiah Knowlton’s. 2 miles.

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26 Left Northport in good feelings & spirit, & walked to Belfast. From thence to Frankfort and was kindly receieved for the night by Mr James Tibbetts. Distance of the day 20 miles.

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27 Elder Townsend Preached at Mr Tibbetts. I followed him. I also preached in the school house at night & delt with the people in great plainness. We spent the night with Mr Tibbetts <who is of the blood of Ephraim and full of faith>.

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28 Walked to Hampden. Attended a protracted meeting of the Baptist. We spent the night with Mr Elisha Grant who married sister Eliza Luce who had manifested her faith by her works. I found her strong in the faith. 10 mi.

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March 1st This is my birth Day. I am 31 years [p.230] of age. We left Hampden and walked to the City of Bangor Pop 10,000. We visited Mr Haywood the City clerk & Gen Isaac Hodsdon & other Citizens & appointed a meeting in the City Hall. We met according to appointment. I preached upon the authenticity of the Book of Mormon & left another appointment. We spent the night at the Mansion House Sandfords Inn. Distance of the day 8 miles.

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2 We spent the fore part of the day in wandering over the City of Bangor. We were the first Elders of the Church of Latter Day Saints that had visited the City or lifted a warning voice to the people. We were as great strangers in the citys of the Gentiles as Abram, Isaac, & Jacob were in their day. <It was truly a gloomy day to our souls.> We attended a court in the City Hall in the afternoon. We met a Congregation of Citizens at the hour of appointment. I Preached upon the first principles of the gospel <of Christ> and the people listened with attention. We spent the night at the Merchants Exchange.

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3rd <I purchased Phebe a pair of silver spoons which cost six dollars and 8 cents. I could exclaim when I left the city of Banger like David: The Lord has delivered my soul from the hands of wicked men.> We left the City of Bangor and walked to Hamden and Preached at night in the Schoolhouse at the lower corner. We spent the night at Mr Elisha Grants. Distance of the day 6 miles.

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4 Sunday Preached two discourses in the Univeralest Chapel. Spent the night with Mr Grant. <The fear of man bringeth a [-]. Learn wisdom.>

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March 5th We left Mr Grants & walked from Hampden to Buxport. From thence to the Penobscot <road with [-]> Faraham. 25 m.

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6 Walked to Castene & took passage on board the Two friends with Capt Carlton. We  were becalmed [p.231] on the way & Capt Carlton with Brother Townsend & myself entered the small boat in order to row to the shore. Distance was 5 miles. After rowing about half way the wind arose, & the vessel that we had left overtook us and we again went on board of her & reached Capt Carlton’s house at 8 oclock PM & spent the night with him. <Distance> 35 m.

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7 Preached in the schoolhouse & spent the night with capt Carlton /at the Isl of Holt/. 3 miles.

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8th Left the Isle of Holt. Went on board of the Mail boat clinton capt Sawyer at 2 oclock & reached north fox Island at 4 oclock. We then walked to Brother Sterretts. From thence to Br M Luce. I here had the glorious privilege of again meeting with the saints for prayer & Praise to God my Companion with the number.

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After meeting Mrs Woodruff presented five letters to me. One was from my Parents in farmington ct. one from Brother Asahel I[a?] & two from Elder Milton Holmes in Mass & the last from Elder Robbins from Kirtland.

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These letters contained much news esspecially the one from Kirtland. It informed me that trouble had come upon them. Numbers had been cut off from the church for transgression. Their is divisions among the people. The printing Office is burned to the ground with all its contents of Books worth about $1,500 dollars. Warren Parrish and others that had been cut off from the Church were Joining with the world to injure the influence of the Saints. Joseph & Sidney had gone to the far west with their family & the faithful are to follow them for Kirtland will be scorged. Often have I herd Joseph Prophecy of these things for a year past. O God deliver the honest in heart & faithful I Pray.

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I spent the night with Br Luce. Distance of the day 18 m.

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9 I spent the day in writing.  I Wrote two [p.232] letters one to the  Bishop & Presidency in Zion & the other to Elder M Holmes in Mass. We spent the night at father Luce.

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10  I wrote two Letters one to Brother Asahel H. Woodruff & the other to sister Sarah B. Foss.

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11 Sunday I attended a meeting at Brother Justus Ames and a prayer meeting at night. Returned to M. Luce. 4 m.

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12 I Met the church at Father Luce in the evening to lay before them the situation of the Church in Kirtland. We had a good meeting & these things did not move the faith of the Saints. They were ready to meet it.

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13 Spent the day writing in this Journal & held a meeting at Mr Benj. Stones.

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March 14th Walked to the post Office & returned to Father Luce’s & spent the night. Distance of the day 10 m.

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15 I held a prayer meeting at Mr Ebenezar Carver’s & spent the night at father Luce. Distance 4 miles.

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16 I walked to Br Starretts & spent the night. I found them in affliction. I prayed with them <and laid on hands>. 3 miles.

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17 I spent the day in visiting friends & the night with Br M. Luce. Distance 6 miles.

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18 Sunday I Preached at Father Luce’s & also in the evening.

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19 Walked in company with Mother Luce & Mrs Woodruff to Benjamin Stone. From  thence to wid[ow] Veril’s also to Mr Ebenezer Carver’s. We spent the [p.233] night at his house. I receieved a letter from Sister Hale.  Distance 4 miles.

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20 Walked to Mr David McMullen & spent the night at his house. 2 miles.

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21 Walked to Brother David Stones & spent the night at his house. Elder J. Ball left the Island this day to return to his friends in the city of Boston. I am now left to labour again alone upon these Islands.

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22 We walked to Br Starrett. In the afternoon Br Starrett & myself at a low tide went on to a bar to dig some clams. Sister Stone & Mrs Woodruff came out to see us dig the Clams & while we were busily engaged in this employment the tide arose & flowed between us & the shore & we were under the necessity of wadeing across the water ourselves & carrying the women to the shore in an arm chair. And after concluding we should not forget the place we returned to the house with our Clams. We had a Prayer meeting at night at Br Sterrett. 2 miles.

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23 Spent the day at Mr Benjamin Kents & the night at Br Starretts. 2 miles.

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24 I wrote a letter to  Br & Sister J. H. Hale at Kirtland. There is great excitement throughout the USA Concerning the death of Mr CILLEY a representative in congress from Thomaston state of Maine who was killed in a duel on the 24 of Feb by Mr GRAVES of Kentucky also a member of the Same body. Mr Cilley was shot through the heart with a rifle on the fourth fire at the distance of eighty yards. Congress is in uproar & finally the whole nation is in trouble. The hand of God is resting upon her because of the wickedness of the people. Bloody wars & sore distress are at the doors of America & the faces will all soon gather blackness because they have polluted this goodly land & all the  judgments will soon come upon you O ye proud [p.234] gentiles that the Bible & Book of Mormon declare against you.

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25 Sunday Preached at Br Starrett’s & had an interesting Prayer meeting at night.

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March 26 Walked to Mr John Smith. From thence to Br Ames & spent the night. I was quite Ill. The destroyer made a severe attact upon me & I had a sick night. Distance of the day 3.

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27 I arose quite Ill & spent the day at Br Ames. I walked at night to Mr John Kents & Preached at his house. 3.

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28th    I receieved three letters two from our friends in Scarborough & one from Elder Jonathan H. Hale from Kirtland. Br Hale letter was Dated March 6th & it was a letter of great interest. It contained an account of the Saints leaveing Kirtland for the land of Zion & of the judgments of God that were comeing upon Kirtland & also upon the whole land.

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He sent me the counsel of the Presidency of our quorum which was to teach the Saints upon the Islands of the sea to immediately sell their property & prepare themselves to go to the land of Zion which is a place of safety & deliverance that they may escape the just judgments of God that are at the doors.

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I also perused the late Papers of the day. Found that all things indicate that great trouble is at the doors & that the Lord is nigh at hand. Both the signs in heaven & on earth are visible in fulfillment of the word of God.

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I walked to Br Ames & spent the night. Was still quite unwell. Distance 4 miles.

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29 I arose quite weak. My Bowel complaint continued. Spent the day at Br Ames. Was not able to attend the meeting. Spent an ill night.

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The LORD is manifesting his work in great [p.235] condescension & mercy to the Blood of Ephraim & honest in heart upon these Islands of the sea both by dreams & vissions, signs, healings & wonders. One remarkable circumstance that happened on this day I will mention as follows:

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Mr Ebenezar Carver had been earnestly investigating the subject of the gospel as we set it forth & while desireing that he might know the truth of it he walked to the sea shore desireing that he might have some sign and while the word of God was for him to meditate upon that there should no sign be given but the sign of the Prophet Jonas on a sudden their was a large fish arose on the water in the sea at a distance from him & suddenly sunk out of sight. He much desired to again see the sight. Immediately the fish again arose on the top of the water accompanied with another fish of the same specie & size & one of them swam on a strait line on the top of the water towards Mr Carver as he stood upon the beach. When the fish Came as near his feet as the water would permit him the fish looked at the man with a Penetrating eye as though he had a message for him. He then returned to his mate in the Ocean & swam out of sight & Mr Carver returned meditating upon this strange sight & sign & the wonderful condescenscion of the Lord.

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It is worthy of remark that this was at a season of the year when fish of that size is not known upon these shores or coast & they never at any season of the year are known to come ashore as in this case. Mr Carver had dreams at night to Confirm him that these things was a sign to him. Great & marvelous are the works of the Lord.

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30 I was still sick in the morning. I had Prayers & was much better <after my wife laid hands on me and asked the Lord to heal me>. I walked to Br Malatire Luce & spent the night. I warned Br Luce to Prepare himself & family for Zion. 3 miles.

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31 Walked to Mr Ebenezar W. Carvers. Found his wife confined to her bed with a fever. I  Prayed [p.236] for her & she was healed. I spent the night at his house. Distance of the day 3 miles.

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April 1 Sunday I Preached to a large congregation at Mr Carvers. The spirit of God rested upon me & I was strengthend in body & mind. After meeting I baptized Mrs Mary Carver in the same place whare the fish before spoken of came to Mr Carver.

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We had an interesting Prayer meeting in the afternoon. Many were believing. The solemnites of eternity rested upon the People. I walked to Br Ames & spent the night. 3 miles.

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2 I spent the day at Br Ames in writing.

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3 I walked to Br Nathaniel Thomas’s & returned & spent the afternoon at Mr Josiah Devrage & the night at Br Ames. 3 m.

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4 This was an interesting day to my feelings for I have laboured hard for the temporal as well as spiritual salvation of the Saints upon these Islands. I have faithfully exhorted them to sell their property & gather with the Saints to Zion according to the commandments of God that they may stand in Holy places while judgment works, & Brother Justus Ames has this day sold his farm & others are striving to follow his example for we see perilous times have come. I walked to Br Thomas’es with Mrs Woodruff & spent the day & returned at night. 2 mi.

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5th * The worst difficulties in the saints warfare are perils among & from fals Brethren. I walked to Mr John Kents store & Post Office & he Presented me with a letter containing two sheets from Mr Warren Parrish at Kirtland Ohio who had been an Elder in the Church of Latter Day Saints & had travled with me in the ministry many miles. He had now made ship reck of faith was cut of from the church & he with some others in like circumstances are now making every exertion against us & the cause, & the letter alluded to was teeming with [p.237] falshood against Joseph & the Church.

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O Warren Parrish how art thou fallen. Thy former letters will stare thee in the face make thee blush & pierce thy soul. The letter is believed by our opposers & causes persecution to rage.

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I had a Prayer meeting at Br Ames. 4 miles.

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April 6th This is the day for the annual Solemn assembly of the Saints in Zion or her stakes. May God bless the Saints in every condition. Walked to Br Maltire Luce & spent the night. 3 miles.

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7 I walked to Mr Ephraim Luce. From thence to Br Stephen Luce & after reading Singing & Prayer I Baptized two persons Mr Ephraim Luce & Margarett Crockett. I confirmed them by the laying on of hands. Sister Harriet Luce was healed of sickness by the laying on of hands in the name of the Lord.

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I then walked to Mr Ebenezer Carver’s & notwithstanding the spirit of the Devil was stired up in the hearts of the People anew caused by the letters of Warren Parrish yet I Preached the word of God to the People & Baptized Mrs Abigal Carver. She was rising of 70 years of age & had not been to a neighbours house for six years. But on this occasion she went with fortitude & boldness to the sea shore & was baptized & returned strengthened in body and mind. I left them in the spirit of God & walked to Br Justus Ames & spent the night. 8 miles.

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8th Sunday I Preached at Br Ames. We had an interesting Prayer meeting Also. Sister Eliza Grant was Present.

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9 Spent the day at Br Ames <packing a while with Phebe>.

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10 I held a counsel with the brethren at Br Ames.

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11 Spent the day at Br Ames. I was privileged on this day of once more striking hands  with some of [p.238] my beloved Brethren from wholm I had long been seperated Viz Elders Milton Holmes & James Townsend and Priest Abner Rogers. They had come to attend the conference with me upon these Islands of the sea. We spent the night at Br Ames. How sweet it is for Brethren in tribulation to meet together & bear each others burthens.

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12 Walked in company with Br’s, Holmes, Townsend, & Rogers to Br Stephen Luce & Ephraim Luce & held a meeting at night at Br Maltire Luce & had a good time & gained victory over the power of the devil for he has come to fox Islands having great wrath. The devil fell upon one sister as if to devour her at once but by Prayer & faith she was saved from his grasp. I returned to Br Ames & spent the night. 6 miles.

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CONFERENCE

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Minutes of a conference of Elders met agreeable to appointment at the house of Brother Justus Ames on North Fox Island Vinalhaven Maine on the 13th of April 1838. Elders Present: Willford Woodruff, Milton Holmes, & James Townsend also Priest Abner Rogers.

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Elder Willford Woodruff was called to the Chair and Brother Stephen Luce was chosen Secretary. The Chairman opened meeting by Prayer & represented the North fox Island branch containing 25 members in good standing also 3 members in camden. Elder M Holmes represented the New Rowley Branch containing 11 members in good standing.

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The Chairman made some remarks concerning the order of the call to the ministry after which Brother’s Nathaniel Thomas & Stephen Luce was reccommend to be ordained to such offices as the spirit should direct and after receiving the full vote of the Church they were ordained under the hands of Elders W. Woodruff & M Holmes. Nathaniel Thomas was ordained to the office of a Priest and Brother Stephen Luce to the office of a Teacher.

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[p.239] We then recieved several interesting exertations from the Brethren in the ministry which was followed by the testimony of a goodly number of brethren & sisters & after adjurning untill the next day at 1 oclock PM. Elder M Holmes closed by Prayer.

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14th Met agreeable to adjurnment and Elder James Townsend delivered a discourse upon the first principles of the gospel & was followed by Priest Abner Rogers.

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15th We again met according to appointment on Sabbath morning & herd a vary able & edefying discours delivered by Elder Milton Holmes from Luke 17 ch 26 to 31 verses. Was followed by Elder Woodruff. After an intermission of half an hour we again met together and addressed the Church. Elder Holmes addressed the saints clothed with much of the spirit & broke bread unto them. We felt strengthend & found it good to meet together.

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After meeting we walked to Br Starretts & I baptized one person viz Sister Sarah Stone. We had a good time in the Confermation. We then walked to Brother Malatire Luce & had an interesting prayer meeting. We were Clothed with the spirit of God & had a victory over our enemies. I returned in company with several saints from the south Island to Br Ames & spent the night. Distance of the day 8 miles.

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<This day I have passed through torment since the Lord will have a tried people. The [-] of [-] with their false reports have sinned. The people and also some of the Saints are doubting the faith. Friends amaze us. They [–] on North Island. There is several on both Island very weak in the faith but the Lord’s supported me through these trials and blessed be his name.> I will trust in the Lord forever.

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16 I wrote a letter for Sister Pease. I took the parting hand with Elders Holmes &  Townsend & [p.240] Priest Thomas. They went over to the South Island to Prepare the church for the conference & to strengthen the weak. For when persecution comes many faint by the way. O may God have mercy upon Judah, Israel, Jacob, Zion & Jerrusalem.

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The Brethren got quite wet with the spray from the sea while crossing the thoroughfare. I spent the day at Br Ames. I assisted Mrs Woodruff in aranging her trunk & other things that she might be Prepared to leave the Islands on the morrow to return to Scarborough. We spent the night together at Br Ames <for the last time>.

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April 17th  * I walked in company with Mrs Woodruff to the thoroughfare & assisted her in going on board the mail boat bound for Camden that she might there take the steem boat Bangor to Portland. She went on board the mail boat at 8 oclock AM in company with Sisters Whitley & Pease & Brother Ebenezer Ames with some other company. I here Parted with Phebe & retired from the abodes of men & commended her to God. O Lord preserve her from harm, accident, & danger, & give her health and Peace I pray. May she return in safety to her friends.

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After I saw the vessel with her canvass spread bear my companion a way oe’r the billows of the deep I returned alone to Brother Ames meditating upon a Pilgraim’s life. I had an interview with Brother Rogers. He informed me he was about to return to his family & Church in New Rowley. I walked with him a mile on his way as he was going to take boat to leave the Island we knelt down by the way side & commended each other unto God & took the Parting hand.

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O who knows the feelings of men that are called to testify against the wickedness of the People & stand in defence of the word of God & bear Perils together of many kinds & the worst of all such as come from fals brethren of those that make shipwreck of faith such as Warren Parrish & John Boyington & others that have done me much evil by sending  letters from Kirtland to these Islands Protesting [p.241] against & condemning the faith once deliverd to the saints which we advocate & which they once strongly advocated themselves. But the Lord reward them. I returned to Br Ames. Distance 6 miles.

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18 I walked to John Kents & returned to Br Ames. 4 miles.

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19 I walked to Mr John Smiths & crossed to the neck on the South Island in a boat. After loosing my way & wandering a while I took a road & walked to Br Charles Browns. From thence to Br Sullers & attended a Meeting. Br Holmes Preached. I followed him. I returned to Br Browns & spent the night. Distance 13 miles.

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I walked to the top of the granite rock whare Elder Hale & myself have visited freequently. I again bowed down & probably for the last time upon this place & offered up my prayers unto the Lord.

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20 I met in council with the Church & Elders. I taught the church Plainly & warned them to flee to Zion. I spent the night with Br Thomas Ary. 2 miles.

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April 21 I wrote two letters one to Mrs Woodruff & the other to Elder Nathaniel Holmes & spent the night with Capt Benj. Coorobs. 2 miles.

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22 I Preached to a large Congregation of Gentiles that were filled with unbelief hardness of heart & manifested malace against me & the cause which I advocated. But notwithstanding their indignation I bore my last testimony unto them of the fulness of the everlasting gospel that God hath brought forth in these last days. Elder Townsend followed me in testimony amid the folly of the multitude.

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In the afternoon we met with the church & Communed with them. May the Lord have mercy upon the Saints & deliver them from Babylon & her sins & plagues. I visited several saints in the evening & [p.242] saw some of the world that manifested much hardness. Spent the night with Br Jesse Coombs. I herd Br Jonathan Burgess relate an interesting vision. 3 miles.

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23 I took the parting hand with the Saints & walked in company with Elders Holmes & Townsend to Br Crockett’s. From thence to the thuroughfare. We crossed to the North Island & walked to the house of Br Ames. 12 miles.

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24 I spent the day in visiting the Saints & the night with Br M. Luce. Distance of the day 4 m.

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25 I visited the Saints from house to house & Prayed with them that they might be strengthend for earth & hell is stired up against them & we have perils from & among fals brethren.

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I receieved  two letters one from Camden & the other from Elder Ball in Holiston. Elder Bali’s letter contained intelligence of Interest concerning Elder P. P. Pratt’s labours in the City of New york that the work of God was rolling on in Power in the midst of opposition.

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I spent the night at Br Justus Ames. Valentine was at home <[–]>. 8 miles.

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26 I spent the day in visiting the Saints with Elder Holmes. We had an interesting Prayer meeting at Br M Luce. The Spirit of God rested upon us while we were delivering this our last address to these Saints upon the Islands of the Sea. For it was manifested unto us by revelation that it was our duty to take a western mission & leave the Islands for a season for they had been faithfully warned, the line drawn, the saints sought out, & the enemy combined in secret places against us & would take our lives if in their power.

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We walked to Br Ames & spent the night. We felt as though the powers of darkness was great among the gentiles upon every side of us both on the Islands & maine land & that  the people were deluged [p.243] in unbelief. 5 mi.

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O how ignorant the gentiles are of the literal fulfillment of the word of God such as the gathering of Israel the fall of Babylon & the reign of Christ notwithstanding their boasted knowledge.

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April 27 We purposed to leave the Island but satan hindered us. We spent the night with Br M Luce. 3 miles.

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28 We took the parting hand with the saints at Br Malatiah Luce & left the Island in the morning in an open sail boat in company with Priest Thomas & Br M Luce. The wind being against us we had to row hard for 6 miles against wind & water & tide. We then Changed our Course to the SW. & hoisted one Sail. This with the help of our oares gave us more speed & after rowing & sailing 20 miles we landed at Owls Head about noon. We here took the parting hand with the Brethren & walked to Thomaston & continued our journey through Warren, waldoborough & spent the night at Damariscota Mills. Distance 40 miles.

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29 <Monday> We arose in the morning & persued our journey. We passed through Sheepscott, wisscassett, Bath, Brunswick & spent the night in Freeport. We both suffered much during this day’s walk with blistered feet & weary limbs but we felt it was for Christ’s sake & the gospels & did not wish to to murmer. 40 m.

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30 We arose in the morning quite sore & lame. Yet we walked to North Yarmouth, Stephens plains, to Portland, & Scarborough & arived at Father Carters at 4 oclock PM. Distance of the day 30 mil.

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We suffered considerable during this day’s walk for our feet were badly blistered. I had the happy privilege of again meeting my friends & spending a night beneath a father’s roof in company with my companion whome I found in good health & spirits with the rest of the household.

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[p.244] MAY 1st I spent the day at father Carters in writing this journal.

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2  I wrote a letter to Br Asahel Woodruff.

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3  I wrote a letter to My Parents in Farmington Con.

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4 I rode to Saco & spent the day at Mr Luther Scamman’s a Brother in law. From thence I rode in company with Elder M Holmes to Buxton & again spent the night in company with Elder James Townsend. At his house he informed me of the state of affairs in kirtland which information he receieved from Kirtland by Mr David Woodman who had just returned from that place. He informed us that a Steam Boat passed through the streets or town of kirtland in open day which was seen by some & herd by many. It created some alarm & is looked upon as a sign or warning to the people. Distance 12 miles.

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May 5 We rode to Sister Sarah Foss. Walked from thence to father Carter’s & spent the night. 10 miles.

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6 Sunday Spent the day at father Carters.

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7 I took the parting hand with Mrs Woodruff & Father Carter & family & left in company with Elder Milton Holmes. We travled to Saco 5 miles, to Kenebunk 9, to Wells 4, to York 13, then proceeded 4 miles further & spent the night. Distance of the day 35 miles.

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8th We walked to the navy yard at Portsmouth N.H. & spent several hours visiting it which was an interesting sight. We had a view of the war ships, the cannon, the balls, the shot &c. We visited one frigate of 60 guns & one Ship a man of war of 120 guns. I paced her upper deck & found her to be 14 rods in length & 3 rods in wedth at midship & about  90 feet in hight. We also visited the building [p.245] containing her spars & rigging. I should judge her anchors would weigh two tons each. O how many inventions man hath sought out to shed the blood of his fellow man. We then walked to Newburyport (Essex County) Massachusetts. 20 miles. From thence to Georgetown formerly New Rowley Essex County Mass & spent the night at father Nathaniel Holmes. 35 m.

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9th We walked to Rowley to Mr Burbanks. I there perused a letter from Viana Jaques from the City far west. It contained many important things concerning the Saints. We returned to Br Holmes & had an interview with Elder Joseph Ball. We spent the night at father Holmes. Distance 4 miles.

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10th I took the parting hand with Milton father Holmes & family & walked in company with Elder Ball to Salem pop 15,000. 17 miles. After visiting this town whare numbers were executed after being accused of witchery this in the early days of the settlement, we then walked to Lynn 5 miles pop 10,000.

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We spent the night with Mr John Alley. We had an interesting time together. He conversed freely with me & wished like a father to give me some advise which he did & it met a welcome reception which was as follows: to always keep the outward as well as the inward form in the Spirit of God & to be dictated & approbated of him in all that we do. Distance 22 mile.

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11th * This is a day to be remembered by me because of the great variety of events that transpired with me. No day of my life was ever attended with more of a change of circumstances & places which my eyes beheld & ears herd & heart felt than on this day.

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I arose in the morning refreshed by sleep & took breakfast with father Alley. Sister Alley was rather low in her mind but I endeavoured to comfort her in the gospel. We took a  farewell of them & [p.246] walked to Chelsea.

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From thence to Charleston. We here visited the Bunkerhill Monument & walked upon the entrenchment that was flung up by our brave fathers during the night before that memorable battle that was fought upon Bunker Hill. But the roar of Cannon & clash of arms had long since ceased & the green turf was now trod in safety & the sound from the populous City of Boston was now echoing through the air while our fathers sleep in peace.

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We had a view of the Navy yard as we passed along. From thence we entered the City of Boston being the first day my eyes ever beheld its welth or my foosteps ever trod its streets. I spent several hours in visiting this City which Contained a pop of about 100,000 inhabitants & also as near beautiful & well furnished market probably as any in America. We visited the state house which was splendid. I walked to the Cupalo & had a fair view of the whole City. I walked around the Commons which was enclosed with an Iron railing of about 2 1/2 miles in length. I visited the Tremont House the most noted public house in the City & also the Shiping.

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We dined at Mr Thayre’s in Belknap Street upon a rich Salmon. We visited several of the Saints in the City during the day. We also visit South Boston & had a fair view of the splendid Mount Washington House a place of entertainment for gentlemen who wish to retire from the bustle & noise of the City. I next walked over the long bridge to Cambridge. From thence to Cambridge point.

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I went to the goal in order to have an interview & to comfort Elder Albert P. Rockwood who had been cast into prison by his enemies for debts in order to trouble and distress him. When I arived at the prison the Jailor permitted me to enter into the room whare he was & it was truly a happy meeting. For althoug we were strangers after the flesh yet we were united in the Spirit.

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This was the first time I ever entered into a prison to see an Elder of Israel but after the  keeper of the prison doors had turned the key upon [p.247] us & left us together to comfort each other in the midst of Iron grates & bars I began to inquire into the state of his mind and it gladdened my Soul to find him strong in the GOD of Abram Daniel & Eligah. He was rejoicing in God Contented in his mind & strong in the faith once deliverd to the Saints. Brother Rockwood had the Bible, Book of Mormon P. P. Pratts voice of warning & the Evening & Morning Star as his companions which he constantly read.

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We conversed together about three hours in this solitary abode & our souls were made glad. He informed me of many things that had transpired while he was there in gaol & among the variety he made mention of the goal taking fire a few days previous to my visiting him. He said this looked sumthing like a dark hour. The fire was roaring over his head while a scene of uproar confusion & distress was upon every hand. Engines were rapidly playing around the building water pouring into every room the people hallowing in the streets the prisoners crying for mercy to be let out lest they be consumed in the fire. One of the number was strugling in the agonies of death while others were cursing & swearing &c. Br Rockwood said he felt composed through the confused scenery untill the fire was extinguished & silence once more was known in the gaol.

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Elder Rockwood was writing his life while in this state of confinement. He sent a roll of the same by me to his wife in Holliston.

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At half past 8 oclock PM the Jailor came & unlocked the prison doors & I took the parting hand with this worthy Brother while he manifested much Joy for my visit. Well whose soul would not be cheered to have a friend visit them while cast into prison? I left him in good spirits & bent my way back again to the City of Boston.

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While crossing the long bridge on my return I herd the cry of fire, the ringing of Bells, the ratling of the engines. I soon beheld the flames begin to illuminate the City. It was however extinguished in half an hour by the flood of water that was poured in upon the fire from the engines.

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[p.248] I then Crossed into the City & being alone & a stranger & in the darkness of the night I lost my way in the midst of the City. But after wandering a while I called into Myrtle street No 9 & I there found Elder Ball with a company of Saints in a room occupied by Sister Vose. All were patiently waiting for me. It was a happy meeting. Notwithstanding it was late in the evening I spent a season in teaching them the things of God. I then left these sisters who are patient in tribulation & walked with Elder Ball into Butoph street No 12 whare Elder Ball resides with his Mother. We here spent the night which ended this day of variety. * * Distance of the day 25 miles.

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May 12th I spent the fore part of the day in visiting different parts of the City. I saw many Curiosities and vanities from different parts of the world—–I visited South Boston in the afternoon & spent a part of the day in writing.

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We again met the Sisters of the Church at the house of Sister Vose on Myrtle street No 9 to speak unto them the words of life. We had an interesting time & felt refreshed by the spirit of God. I then returned & spent the night with Elder Ball. Distance of the day 6 miles.

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13th Sunday After hearing of several distressing Steamboat disasters which shows that the destroyer is riding upon the waters, I read an account this morning in the Boston daily news of a great destruction in Europe by water. The letter was dated Berlin. The substance of the account was that the waters had rolled beyound there bounds & overflown the order & in less than 15 minutes rising of 70 towns were wholey inundated & destroyed. Surely the word of God is fullfilling the sea troudied & waves roaring.

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I spent a short time in the morning in visiting the Roman Catholic Church. They were attending their morning meeting when I entered the house. After visiting the house &  beholding their Priest [p.249] Images & mockery & see them use their Holy water I left the house disgusted with their religion.

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I met with Elder Ball & the Saints in the fore part of the day at Sister Vose’s room to convers upon the things of the Kingdom. We again met with them also a small congregation of citizens at the same place at 3 oclock PM. & I spoke unto them from Peter 1 ch 20, 21. The Saints appeared edefyed & the minds of some enquiring. A certain Physician by the name of Salmon S Wilder manifested great firmness in the cause. After meeting I walked to Mr Thayre’s in Belknap street & took supper with Sisters Vose & Holman.

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We again met the Saints in the evening & had an interesting time in speaking of the goodness of God & breaking bread unto the Saints. The spirit of God rested upon us & our souls were edefyed & the sisters manifested their faith & strength in the work of God in which they were engaged & notwithstanding some had taken great advantage of their liberality yet they had not lost confidence in God or his servants & their charity was manifested towards us. We took the parting hand with these Saints of God & again spent the night with Brother Balls friends. 3 miles.

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May 14th We left the City of Boston & walked to Cambridge. Passed through Brighton, Newton, Needham & Framingham. From thence to Deacon John Haven’s in the edge of Holliston & spent the night beneath his roof in company with several of the Saints. Sister Rockwood was present. We found her enjoying her mind & appeared reconciled to the will of God while her husband was in prison.

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When we arived at Deacon Haven, I had the privilege of reading P. P. Pratt’s Pamphlet in answer to Mr LaRoy Sunderland pieces in the Zions Watchman against the Book of Mormon & Parley’s voice of warning. I never was more edefied in reading a Pamphlet than on this occasion. He does justice in exposing the lies of Mr Sunderland & also utters  an important prophecy upon the head of Mr Sunderland & [p.250] also against the paper styled Zions watchman. Distance of the day 30 miles.

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15 We walked from Brother Joseph Palmer to Holliston & spent the day at Br Newel Nurs & Preached at night at his house. We enjoyed ourselves well with the Saints. Distance 6 miles.

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16 Walked to Br Palmer’s & preached at night at his house. The spirit of God rested upon me & we had a good time. After meeting we walked to Elder Nurs & spent the night. Distance of the day 10 m.

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17 Took the parting hand with the houshold of Elder Nurs & walked from Holliston, to Franklin, to Wrentham, to Pawtucket & to Providence {RI}. This is the first time I was ever in the State of Rhode island. This the sixteenth state I have visited in my peregrinations. {Sixteen States}. Distance from Holliston to Providence 32 miles. We went on board the steemer Rhode island at half past 4 oclock PM. for New York City. We called at North point. Distance 1 40.

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18 We passed by Levy Island also through Hurl gate. We had a view of Blackwells Island & of the New prison at 6 oclock had a view of Williamsburg & Brooklin. I had a splended view of the shiping at New York. The spars stood as thick as a forest for miles. We landed at the Battery & castle parden at 7 AM. Distance 100 mile. The whole distance from Providence to NY 209 miles.

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This is the first time mine eyes beheld the preat city of New York the largest City in America & the fourth upon the globe. Pop 300,000. We spent several hours in traveling in the midst of this great City in search of some of the Saints.  We finally found a Brother David W. Rogers & his household who were Saints dwelling in Greenwich street corner of Spring street No 515. We were truly rejoiced to find a Saint in the midst of such a City. We dined with these friends.

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[p.251] From thence we walked to Hamersly Street No 26. I there found Elder Orson Pratt & his family. I was truly edefyed to again meet with this Brother. I also found another family of Saints residing in the same house viz. Lucian R. Foster. I spent the remainder of the day conversing with Brother Pratt upon the things of the kingdom.

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We met at early Candle light in Varrick street to hold a meeting & the congregation was principly composed of Saints as there had been about one hundred baptized & many of them were present. Elder Eligah Fordham was with us also. I was called upon to Preach to the people. I arose & addressed the Saints & the Spirit of God rested upon me & I was much Edefyed. The Saints were noble & strong in God. We spent the night with Brother Rogers in Greenwich street.

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May 19th I walked to Elder Orson Pratts & took breakfast with Brother Foster. I prepared 1 doz of Parley’s Pamphlets & forwarded them to our friends abroad. I had a Plesent walk with Elders O. Pratt & E. Fordham. I also visited Mr Pratt & his family a native of England but had now become a citizen of NY. His wife & daughter were Saints & both sick. We prayed with them & laid hands upon them & they receieved a blessing. They reside in Watts street. We purchased a card of Gillotts Steel pens represented as being the best in use. We next visited Brother Parker in King Street No 327. We then returned to Br Fosters in Hamersly Street No 26.

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I accompanied Brother & Sister Foster in the evening to market & it was a peculiar scene to me. It put me in mind of the merchandize of Babylon that the Revelator John spoke of. The market was one universal mass of human beings crowded together perchasing food from the market which contained every variety of both meet, fish & vegitable. The scenery was interesting to pass through the streets which was illuminated for miles by gas & other lights. I returned with Brother Foster & spent the night. Distance of the day 6 m.

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[p.252] 20th Sunday I accompanied the Brethren to the place of meeting in Varick street between Vandall & Carlton which is the stated place of Preaching for the saints. Elder Pratt Called upon me to Preach to the people. I arose & spoke to them from the parable of the olive tree in the Book of Mormon by the Prophet Zenas. The Spirit of God rested upon us.

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At noon we dined with Brother Harderbrook in Carlton Street. Brother David W. Rogers dined with us. Brother Rogers was an interesting man. He had been a Methodist for several years but had been looking for greater things than the Churches of the day possessed. Brother Rogers was a Teacher among the Saints. He was a true & literal desendant of John Rogers who was burnt at the stake. He was the six generation from John Rogers. We visited a woman sick with the Palsy. We Prayed for her.

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We again returned to the place of meeting. Elder O. Pratt delivered us a vary interesting discours from Nephi vision in the third chapter of the first Book of Nephi. The Lords supper was then administered unto us. There was one man from Phelidelphia attended meeting during this day & was much believing & offered himself for baptism.

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After meeting in company with Brother’s Fordham & Rogers I walked to father Pratt’s the Englishman’s. We prayed with his wife & Daughter who was still ill. We supped with them & after supper I again walked to the place of meeting & during this walk I was in company with Priest Addison Everett bording at corner of Spring & Renwick Street.

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This was also an interesting Brother. My heart burned within me while walking arm in arm through the City at hearing a relation from him of the leading of his mind by the spirit of God, & I felt to rejoice that the city of New York was producing such Saints. This Brother was of the literal desendant of [the tribe?] Ephraim. They had always had the name of Ephraim in the family of all their progenitors & down to the present day.

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Brother Everett about a year since had an [p.253] interview with forty Lamanite Chiefs in this City while on their return from Washington to their homes. When he first entered the room whare they were sitting they grasped his hand in friendship as though they were inspired to know who he was. Brother Everett gave them an account of the Book of Mormon & informed them that the fulness of the gospel would soon go to them. They apparently receieved the intelligence with the greatest degree of interest. He told them to receive it & teach their tribes to do so when it come unto them; the Chiefs promised to do so & wished him to come among them & teach them these things. We arived at the place of meeting which closed this interesting subject.

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Elder O. Pratt preached a highly edefying discours to us from the 102 Psalm the Lord should build up Zion & appear in his glory. When he closed I followed him. We also herd remarks made from Elder Ball & several others bore testimony to the truth clothed with the spirit of God. Meeting was dissmissed & I took the parting hand with those beloved saints of God whos bosoms were burning with light, spirit & the love of Christ. We returned with Brother Foster & spent the night. Mr Willcox of the city of Phelidelphia offers to open his doors for the Saints & wishes them to come & warn that people also. Elder Eligah Fordham resides in New York City Cherry Street No 327.

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May 21 st I wrote a letter to the saints upon the Islands directed to Brother Nathaniel Thomas. We dined with Brother Foster & after taking the parting hand with Elder O. Pratt & family & the Saints in the City, Elder Fordham accompanied us to the North river & there parted with Elder Ball & myself & we went on board the Steem boat Hilander bound for Newburg at 5 oclock PM. We had a view of Stony Point lighthouse as we past along the river. We arived at Newburg at 9 oclock. We tarried on board during the night. Fare 75 cents. Distance 60 miles.

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[p.254] 22 Left the Highlander & walked through Newburg to Middletown. From thence to Westtown. We took supper at Mr John Abers whare we found Sister Elizabeth More an interesting Saint. Spent the night at S. M Cooks Eagle Hotel. Distance of the day 35 miles.

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23 We spent the day in westtown. We dined in company with Sister More at Mr Henry C. Halseys a merchant in the place. We held a meeting in the place at early Candle light in the academy, & notwithstanding it was vary rainy we had a full house. I preached to the people from Gal 1st ch 8 v. I gave out an appointment for preaching the next night. Spent the night at the Eagle Tavern.

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24 The morning rainy the temporal & Spiritual horizon both rather dark. We took breakfast at the tavern & walked to Mr Abers. We wrote a Letter to the Saints in Boston. We took supper with Stephen Francisco.

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We met at the Academy according to appointment & we had a crouded congregation. I preached upon the authenticity of the Book of Mormon. The Spirit of God rested upon me & I had liberty. After meeting we accompanied Mr Charles W. Reeves home & spent the night with him.

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25 I wrote a letter to Mrs Woodruff in Scarborough. It was still rainy. We preached in the Academy at night. Elder Ball spoke upon the gospel. I followed him. We spent the night with Mr Reevs. I was troubled with sore eyes which was brought upon me by reading & writing by a candlelight.

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May 26 I returned to Mr Abers & spent a part of the day in reading, Prayer, & meditation. We walked in the afternoon to Greenville & spent the night at Mr Benjamin Abers whare we were kindly recieved & entertained. 4 mile.

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27 Sunday We preached at Mr Abers upon the [p.255] first principles of the gospel. Spent the night at Mr Aber s.

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28 Spent the day at Mr Abers & Preached at his house at early Candlelight to a large Congregation who herd with attention while I spoke upon the authenticity of the Book of Mormon.

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29 Spent the day at Mr Abers & Preached at night at his house upon the coming & reign of Christ.

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30 Walked from Mr Abers to Mr Ebenezer Elstons at waterloo. We held a meeting at evening in the School house by request of Mr Isaiah Scott a Preacher of the Christian order. We had a full house & herd with attention while Elder Ball spoke unto them & I followed him. Mr Scott manifested much interest in our principles they being new to him. He purchased a voice of warning of us. We spent the night with Mr Ebenezar Elston. Distance 4 miles.

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31st This is the last day of May & a beautiful & serene morning. After taking breakfast with Mr Elston I took a walk in Company with Elder Ball into the State of {NEW JERSEY}. It was a pleasant walk indeed. We passed the Schoolhouse whare sat the youth with his mind occupied in study that he might be prepared to take the place of his parents in the rising generation. This view brought fresh to my memory the days of my youth & vanity.

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We next Passed the farm house Crowned with the fruits of a dairy which was so large that it required a hors mill to churn the butter. The hors was upon the tread wheel for that purpose as we passed along. Smaller wheels are often in use whare the dairies are not so large & they are often turned by a sheep, a dog, or a boy; others are larger still & carried by water.

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After walking a distance in the state above named we took a by path & rose a high hill.  The [p.256] road was strewed with a great variety of flowers the honey suckle &c. We soon came to the top of the hill whare we had a beautiful view of the surrounding country. We sat down under the shade of a chesnut & took a survey of the distant fields of Grain which presented a pleasing prospect, & while the birds sung their melodious notes we bowed our knees in prayer to the Author of every blessing. What reflections occupy the mind of man amid the speed of time.

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This is the first time my feet ever pressed the soil of New jersey. This adds another state to the list that I have visited in my Peregrinations. {Seventeen States}. O time how swift thou art. One year ago this morning I left Kirtland in company with Elder Hale to go to the Islands of the Sea. The Lord hath prospered our way & blessed be his name. Whare will another May day find me? O, LORD thou knowest.

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After being refreshed by the breeze I drew my pen & wrote these lines & then returned to E. Elstons house & felt refreshed by our mornings walk. We dined at Mr Elstons & walked to Westtown & appointed a meeting at candle light. It was expected that we should meet with some disturbance from a company of men lead by two drunken Doctors who were parrading in the street with their drums fifes & other instruments of musick, but they attended the meeting in silence. I preached to the people from Jer 31 ch 22 v. Elder Ball followed me. We delt with the people in plainness. We spent the night with Mr Walter Clark. Distance 8 miles.

June

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June 1st I preached at the Academy & spent the night with Mr Clark.

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2d Preached at the Academy & spent the night with Mr Clark.

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3 Sunday I left numbers in westtown believing & walked to Mr Benjamin Abers & Preached in the afternoon & spent the night at Mr Abers. Distance 4 miles.

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[p.257] 4th Spent the day at Mr Abers & Preached at his house at early candlelight. The spirit of God rested upon us & we deliverd unto them our farewell address & last warning.

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5th We left Mr Abers. Walked to westtown. We had another meeting at the Academy. I preached to them in the spirit of God & warned them to repent & obey the gospel. We returned to Mr Clarks who was the teacher of the Academy & a member of the presbyterian Church. He had kindly opened his doors to recieve us & was believing the gospel. He made up his mind after we returned to his house to obey the gospel in company with his wife on the following day. But O, what power Satan has over the minds of men for during the night Sa[tan] tempted him & he gave way to the temptation & was ready to say to us in the morning go thy way for this time. 4.

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6 Mr Clark gave up the idea of receieving the gospel; truly the path is to strait for the gentiles. We walked to Mr John Abers & spent the day. Sister More was present. We Preached our farewell discourse at night in the Academy.

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I closed by relating an anacdote to the people which included the days from the days from Joseph to the reign of Christ from that time to the end of the world.

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June 7 Spent the day in Westtown. I took the parting hand with John Aber & his family & Sister More in the evening & spent the night with Mr Clark.

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8 We left Mr Clarks in Westtown & walked to Philips Mills. From thence to Newburg. Here I took the parting hand with Elder Ball. He took the Steemboat for NY. & I crossed the ferry to Fishkill landing. I then walked to Mattawan & spent the night with Selah Lane a brother in the Church & holding the office of a Priest. I was truly thankful to find a place to lay my head as I was much fatigued & weary with my Journey. Distance 37.

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[p.258] 9 I arose & felt sore in body. I spent the day in Mattawan. I visited Mr Peter H. Shank’s plantation Summer house & expensive garden. The orange tree was bending with fruit. I dined with Mr Pane Stillwell. His wife was a Saint. Mattawan abounds with Priests & religion of many kinds also with Cotton factories sin & abominations and persecutions against the Saints.

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I preached at night at the house of Brother Selah Lane’s in Mattawon, Fishkill Dutchess County NY. The people gave good attention. I spent the night with Brother Lane.

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10 Sunday I left Mattawon & walked to Fishkill to Mr Lanes & Preached at his house. After meeting I walked to Stormsville.

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From thence to Greenhaven & spent the night. I slept in a storehouse containing paints which made me stomach sick & broke my nights rest. Distance of the day 20 miles.

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11 Walked to Bullsbridge to New Preston & to Bradleysville through a mountaineous & rough Country. Distance 37 m.

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12 Walked to Litchfield. From thence to Burlington & to Farmington Connecticut. It was amid many meditations that I was again permitted to visit my own native land whare I had spent many youthful days with Parents, Brethren, & an ownly Sister. But now some of us are seperated far apart.

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It was with peculiar sensations that mine eyes did roam over farmington meadows, the river, the canal, the hills & dales during this walk to my fathers house & when I arived there my meditations were turned into greater Joy by being permitted to take my Father, Mother, & Sister Eunice once more by the hand in friendship & behold each other face to face & what added to this interesting interview was Brother Ozem Woodruff was among the number. I baptized him the year before & after spending a season in conversing  together we all sat down around [p.259] our fathers table & suped together of the bounties of earth & I felt much refreshed & after bowing our knees together around the family alter of a fathers house to worship the God of Israel, I took an evenings walk with Sister Eunice & found her mind searching for light & truth. I spent the night at fathers house. Distance of the day 24 miles.

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June 13th I spent the day at my fathers house. I herd some most interesting letters read from Brother Asahel H. Woodruff Directed to Fathers family, Eunice &c. O Asahel may the LORD never suffer thy talents to be buried or spent upon the honours wealth glories or vanities of this world, but may they yet be in lively exercise in advocating the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Me thinks the Spirit of Inspiration whispers that this will be the case. *   * We were visited with an uncommon thunder storm during this day. The voice of thunder & the voice of lightning was vary great. Buildings & some of the beast of the field were destroyed in its march. In the midst of the rain the heavens, air, & earth, was clothed with a bright yellow hue which was above the brightness of the Sun & it lasted for about half an hour.

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14th I spent the day at fathers house in conversing upon the things of the kingdom of God.

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15 Spent the day at Fathers house.  I receieved 1 letter from Elder Ball in the City of NY. It contained an important extract of a letter from Elder Thomas B. Marsh in the City far west directed to Elders O. & P. P. Pratt, in the City of NY. It contained glorious news from the land of Zion. It indicated such prosperity as looked for.

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16 I spent the day at my fathers house.

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17 Sunday I attended meeting at the Methodist meeting house. I herd Mr Clark Preach. I  applyed to him for the privilege of preaching in their [p.260] meeting house at night but I did not obtain the favor & I appointed a meeting at My fathers house at Candlelight. The congregation came together & filled the house to overflowing. Many could not get in. I preached upon the scattering & gathering of Israel. The room was extreemly warm & I suffered with the heat. <My father reproved me for reading my words. I Wilford need remember this and improve.>

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18 I walked in company with Sister Eunice to Mr Chancey Hills. Miss Mary Ann Hills was at home & took supper with us. <Mary Ann appeared gloomy. I think she will not marry [Samuel Hales/Hills?].> We then walked to Capt Richard Cowles. From thence to Gen George Cowles. Here I had spent two years of my youth. They all appeared pleased to see me. We then returned home. 3.

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19 I spent the day at fathers house & Preached at candlelight upon the authenticity of the Book of Mormon & I was blessed with the spirit of God & I was enabled to boldly declair the things the Prophets have foretold.

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20th I had an interview with cousin Seth Woodruff the son of Ozem Woodruff. He had become a young man of about 16. He left us & returned home. I took a walk alone in the old mill lane as the sun was setting in the western horizon. It brought fresh to my recollection the days of my youth when I was wont to travel this road with PHILO, ASAHEL & others. But time waites for no man.

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After taking this walk I returned to fathers house & Preached to the Citizens of farmington. The congregation was principly composed of rich men. I had the spirit of Preaching & I warned them not to trust in uncertain riches. I spoke upon the second coming & reign of Christ Job 19 ch. I thank the Lord for giving me the privilege of Preaching the fullness of the gosepl to the inhabitants of Farmington & to friends &  relatives. <[They will often [p.261] miss?] the pride of the rich and pride learned to be proud at the foot of weak things.>

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21 I spent this day also at Fathers house.

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22 I left my fathers & walked through Farmington meadows into Avon. While walking upon the bank of the canal I found a valuable honey bee tree. I called upon Uncle Adna Hart & spent most of the day with him. I had an interview with Aunt Hannah Woodruff at Adna Harts. She was in a distressed situation being possessed with a devel & bound fast in his chains. I conversed & prayed with her.

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In the evening I left Abna’s & walked to Woodfords Mills formerly owned by my Father. It caused feeling of no ordinary kind to be permitted to again visit these mills & walk the road & view the house & farm whare I was born & spent my infancy, childhood, & youth. Their is a cord of keene sensation touched when ones eyes are permitted to surveiy the place of his nativity after being seperated for a laps of years from this view. I continued my journey into west street & spent the night with Uncle Thadeus Thompson a brother to my Mother. Distance of this interesting day 7 miles.

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23 I spent the day visiting my relatives & acquaintances. I called upon Grandmother Thompson & Able Thompson & had a plesant visit with them. I called upon Michael Woodruff & family, little Joseph Hart Also Michael Barber. I Dined with Mr Carlos Day at Roger Woodfords. Cousin Eldad Woodruff was pre sent.

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I next called upon Uncle Titus Woodruff. I here conversed with two aged widows of about 90 years of age viz Mrs Thomas & Mrs Allen. I then visited Capt Francis & Erastus Woodruff. I saw Silus & Adna Woodruff. I called upon Julius Fuller. I here found Uncle Ozem Woodruff. I saw Cousin Caltha Herd. I had an interview with Cousin Horace Woodruff. I had not seen him before for 7 or 8 years. He has been residing with his  brother in law [p.262] Benjamin Withenbury in Ashtabula, Andover Co. Ohio. Romanta Barber & other friends reside near by the same place. I lastly called upon Uncle Thadeus Alson Thompson & spent the night with him.  Distance of the day 4 miles.

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June 24th Sunday I called upon William Cowles to see a sick child of Brother Ozem Woodruff. I Preached in the lovly street Schoolhouse in the forenoon. I preached upon the reign of Christ from Job 19th 23 to 28. I also preached in the afternoon at the same place it being the last time I ever preached to my friends in that place. I dissmissed the meeting & bid them farewell & walked in Company with Brother Ozem Woodruff to Adna Harts. I also preached at his house to a congregation of neighbours & relatives upon the authenticity of the Book of Mormon. I spent the night at Adna Harts & in the evening we Prayed with Sister Hannah Woodruff who was bound by the enemy. Distance 6 miles.

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25 I took the Parting hand with Uncle Adna & his family & took the Canal boat for Farmington in company with Aunt Anna Cosset.  We arived at father’s house in the morning & took breakfast & spent the day in a vary agreeable manner in conversing upon the things of the Kingdom of God. 5 miles.

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26 {  } I wrote a letter in company with Sister {Eunice} to Brother {Asahel}. This is a privilege we never before enjoyed. I also wrote a letter to cousin Betsey Cossett at the same date.

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27 I spent the day at fathers house.

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28 I spent the day at Fathers house <doing his work>.

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29 I had a pleasant walk with Sister Eunice upon the canal. We walked to Mr Simeon Hart & had an interview with Cousin Achsah Woodruff. I made some exhertions to obtain the Hall to Preach in but [p.263] the people fearing their foundation would fall because of light & truth refused to give me the privilege.

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But O, Babylon thou canst not break the scriptures nor stop the work of God for I say in the name of the LORD the standard of truth shall be set up in Farmington & the honest in heart will come to it for light & truth is mighty & must prevail & none can stay the hand of God & WO be unto the gentiles.

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30 I spent the day at Fathers house. These are days of great suspens to me. I am now looking for my father & his household to enter into the new & everlasting covenant & to partake of the blessings of the Kingdom of God. Yet Satan striveth to hender them & rageth against us all because a blessing is near. O Lord preserve us from his grasp I pray that we may have a victory & that we may have an answer to our prayers & that the Revelations of Jesus Christ may be fulfilled to my Joy.

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JULY 1st 1838 On this seventh month the first day of the month and the first day of the week which is called Sunday some of the most important events transpired with me that I ever witnessed since I had a being, events worthy to be recorded upon the ARCHIEVES OF HEAVEN. Or to be engraven with an iron pen & laid in a rock forever upon the EARTH. For I know that my Redeemer liveth & he hath this day given me with my friends a victory over the Devil that tries the Souls of men that dwell upon the face of the earth.

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My father Aphek Woodruff, the Son of Eldad Woodruff, which was the Son of Josiah Woodruff, is a man that hath been seeking religion & the favor of God & light & truth for many years at times, & for more than 20 years have a numerous Circle of friends made his Case a subject of Prayer & pied with God in his behalf. But as oft as my father hath strugled for a victory over sin & its influence heretofore Satan hath tempted him & hindered him from gaining the victory.

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[p.264] But since I had became a member of the church of Latter Day Saints & entered the New & Everlasting Covenants & had a dispensation of the gospel committed unto me, I felt a deeper interest than ever in the Salvation of the Soul of my Father. I had now come to declare a message to my Father & his houshold & teach them words whareby they might be saved.

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I began to Cry unto God for my father & his houshold & the Lord Showed me in a night vision that a great victory was nigh. But the devil fell upon the whole household with great wrath & tempations. Some of the time one was ready to fall back & reject the gospel & then again annother. His power rested upon me at the same time as if to devour me at once. But after being confined to my bed for several hours under his grasp, in the name of Jesus Christ I with my friends birst the Powers of darkness. I went & stood before the people & declaired the gospel of Jesus Christ, & Shout O Heavens, and rejoice O earth for the victory the Lord hath given us. For after preaching the gospel to the peopl, I immediately assembled upon the bank of Farmington river whare there was much water & lead six of my friends into the waters of Baptism. Five of them were my relatives viz my Father, my Mother, & my ownly Sister Eunice, aunt Anna Cossett, & Cousin Seth Woodruff & the other was Mr Dwight Webster a methodist class leader.

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We returned from the water rejoiceing & confirmed them by the laying on of hands at my fathers house. I organized this small branch of the Church being 9 in number 8 of which were my relatives. I Ordained Brother Dwight Webster to the Office of a Priest. I Communed with these Saints & unbosomed my feelings unto them which closed the scenes of this interesting day which have come to pass in fullfilment of my Patriarchal blessing under the hands of the Patriarch JOSEPH. [p.265]

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O GOD my heart inspire my pen direct While I record this scene of thy mercy this blessing of thy love a blessing promised me by the testimony of JESUS CHRIST. Could I claim it? Yes by faith all things are possible even that my parents & friends could in the new Covenant with me stand. Without shame I stood the gospel to declare. It was a sword to pierce the hearts of my friends. The day had come. They felt that God had sent. They must obey.

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Oer the thresh hold of my father’s house I walked accompanied by my friends. Towards the appointed place we bent our way untill upon the rivers bank we stood. All nature spread her fields of pleasing green. The canal bold in her bed lay ready her inland Commerce to convey. The sun Shed forth her golden beams to gladden earth while the silver stream was rolling at my feet as if to say I am ready for thee.

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Amid this scenery with feelings better imagined than described I cast my eyes upon the audiance while we sung praises to the God of Israel. Who would not have bowed the knee while offering the sacrifice of the heart and imploreing the blessings of heaven that the spirit of God the candidates & the waters might pervade? As from our knees we arose I entered the wattery element and asked who was ashamed of the bed whare Jesus lay.

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Many eyes were turned to behold this scene and deep solemnity veiled their faces While I took my Father by the hand. My Father did I say? Yes HE Covenanted to walk with God and for the remission of his sins I Baptized him. Feeling the victory won my Mother followed his steps and by obediance was sealed a Saint a member of the kingdom. Eunice my [p.267] sister my ownly sister was ready. Her noble Soul by Ephraim’s spirit inspired her garb of pride had rent and broke the gentiles chain. Fearless of the world’s despiseing she freely recieved the watery bed her Master to imitate while her firm example should say Celestial glory is my boast the garb of Saints my pride.

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For the consolation of Israel Anna long had look’d and rejoiced that She Could now the ancient path persue. Upon the scene her daughters gazed as if to say Great God prepare us likewise thy will to do. Seth in his early youth was not to young his God to serve. He desired to follow the example of his father, mother, and brother that they might be one. Ozem, Hannah, and John, the Parents & brother of Seth were baptized on the 12 of JUN 1839 as my Journal declares.

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Dwight though not of consanguine blood to me desired baptism at my hands for by the blood of Christ we were united. Thrice the cross he strove to pass & as oft the spirit pressed his honest soul & he submitted to obey.

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Thus ended this scene of wonder shall I say? Yes and of mercy to, for heaven countenance’d the deed for it was Gods command an ordinance of the gospel. TO be permitted to stand in ones own native land and the gospel of JESUS CHRIST to declare in the last dispensation & while dividing the word through the power of the priesthood to his kindred his townsman to behold the pride of the great, the rich, the learned, by the spirit of God humbled at his feet. Then to experience the living reality of a Father, a Mother, an ownly Sister meekly with other kindred receiving the ordinances of the house of God at the hand of their Son and brother is to me at least a scene of Interest.

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As we retired from the rolling stream to a Father’s roof my spirit was ready to say forget this not O my soul regard it as the mercy of thy God. While thou dost pay thy vows thy covenants fulfill. While upon the head of these Saints my hands were lade I implored the  mercy of God for the Holy Ghost [p.268] upon them to rest & guide them right. The bread and wine was bles’d & we partook to remember him who died for us. O, Eternal God these Saints inspire, protect, support, defend untill in Zion they stand and with Celestial glory crowned an heir with GOD AND CHRIST.

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List of the names of the Church

of Latter Day Saints Baptized & organized in

Farmington Connecticut, July 1st 1838

by Willford Woodruff:

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FATHER        APHEK WOODRUFF

MOTHER       AZUBAH WOODRUFF

SISTER          EUNICE WOODRUFF

UNCLE          OZEM WOODRUFF

AUNT HANNAH WOODRUFF

COUSIN        JOHN WOODRUFF

COUSIN        SETH WOODRUFF

AUNT ANNA COSSETT

PRIEST          DWIGHT WEBSTER

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July 2d I took the parting hand With Brother Webster & I bid him God Speed & he returned to his friends. I also took the parting hand with Sister Anna Cossett & her two daughters Betsey & Anna. May the Lord bless them.

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I enjoyed a plesant walk with Sister Eunice at the setting Sun we walked upon the canal. We viewed the river & plesant fields and partook of some buries by the way side. This is the last walk I have enjoyed with my Sister.

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After evening prayers with the family Father retired to rest & I spent a season in conversation with Mother & we felt sensibly the weight of the powers of temptation that try the souls of men but out of them all the Lord delivers his Saints. I also spent a short time with Sister Eunice before retireing we mingled our Sympathys tears & Prayers together before a Throne of grace. Truly how strong is the Cord of Consanguinity & of  the Blood of Christ united in binding the hearts of Saints [p.270] together. And how blessings brighten as they take there flight. This was the last night I spent beneath my fathers roof. May the Lord protect thy household & bring thee safe to Zion.

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3rd I arose in the morning refreshed by sleep & after once more partaking of the bounties of earth together we bowed our knees before the Lord & offered up our morning sacrafice before a throne of Grace. I then took the parting hand with my Father Mother & Sister Eunice & also my native land once more I bid farewell. I then walked to Mr Whitmers & took conveyance into Hartford. I then walked to Tolland. From thence to Stafford & spent the night. Distance of the day 36 miles.

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4th I walked to Holland to Stubbridge. From thence to Worcester. I walked 40 miles this fourth of July & the thermometer stood at 90 degrees in the shade & 104 in the Sun. I spent the night at the U.S.A. Hotel. 40.

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5 I took the rail car at Worcester at 6 oclock & reached Boston at 8 oclock. Distance 46 miles. I had an interview with Elder Ball at Butoph street No 12 & spent the day with him the City of Boston. I had an interview with Sister Vose Murtle Street No 9.

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I took the Steem boat Portland at 7 oclock PM. She left the wharf & started for the City of Portland. We passed through a heavy thunder storm in the fore part of the night. At 12 oclock we were half way to Portland. The whole distance of the day 106 miles.

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6th In the morning we saw a Spanish flag of distress at sea. We approached her & found her to be a wreck of a Spanish brig. They had been wrecked about 10 days. All the crew was on board & no lives lost. We took her in tow of the steem boat Portland & towed her into Portland. Her main mast & for top mast had gone by the board & she was damaged  [p.271] otherwise. When they were addressed with (Parley vo franc mon shire) they Could answer (we mon shire) & English to.

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We arived at Portland at 8 oclock AM. I took breakfast with my brother in law Ezra Carter & after visiting some of the Book Stores & Purchasing an {ALBUM} for Mrs Woodruff I walked out to Scarborough & had the privilege of again greeting my Companion & friends in peace & Prosperity & I spent the night with Mrs Woodruff at father Carters. Distance of the day 70 m.

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July 7th I wrote a Letter to Elder Milton Holmes.

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8 From the 8th to the 13th day of the month I spent with my Companion at Father Carters. My time was principally taken up in writing in my Journal.

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13 I had an interview with Mr James Wilcox from Avon Connecticut a Son of Asa Willcox. Mr James Wilcox was a Presbyterian Minister but he had now left his ministry & his present business was selling Patent’s for tanning leather.

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I receieved an interesting letter from Kirtland from Elder Jonathan H. Hale. It contained much news of Importance & among the good things it says that Brother Joseph is in Missouri & that the Lord is with him & that they recieve the word of the Lord daily.

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JULY 14th The events of this day & the merciful providences of GOD with us are of such a nature that we deem them worthy of a place in our Journal to remind us at least that the LORD makes the bed of his Saints in their Sickness & that amid the deepest wounds of affliction & Sorrow Pain or distress it is safe to trust in HIM.

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Mrs Woodruff was called at an early hour this morning to pass through that scene of  Sickness which is common among women in every age of the world. [p.272] But after praying with her & laying hands upon her & imploring the mercy of God in her behalf she was spedily blessed with the birth of a fine daughter which was her first born. Her name is {SARAH EMMA WOODRUFF}. She was born JULY 14th 1838 at half past five oclock in the morning. O Lord prepare her for thyself! Make her worthy to stand among the Daughters of ZION.

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July 14th Our daughter Sarah Emma in half an hour after she was born performed a journey in the arms of Sister Sarah Foss through the garret, Chambers, & lower rooms, & principly through the whole house. Is not this an omen of her being an extensive traveller in her day? Let time determin. Mrs Woodruff was comfortable through the day more so than Could have been expected. Happy is that people whose God is the Lord.

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15 Sunday I spent the day at Father Carters. Mrs Woodruff Continues to be Comfortable and gains strength.

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16 Phebe is unusually favored for one in her circumstances. This is the third day of her confinement & she has walked from her bedroom into the adjoining rooms & then returned without injury. I spent the day mowing grass for Sister Sarah Foss. It being rather new business I felt weary at night.

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17 I spent the day mowing for Sister Foss. I spent the night at Father Carters with Mrs Woodruff.

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18 I spent the day haying for Sister Foss. I felt some unwell Caused by hard labour.

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[p.273] 19 I spent the day at Father Carters writing in my first Journal.

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20 I received a letter from Elder Ball from Vinalhaven giving an account of the State of the Church in that place. <Some have denied the faith. Others [Warren Parrish?] and Benton have written letters to them to destroy my influence. This way the priests of Baal have almost thrown me.> Some of them were preparing for Zion. They wished me to call and visit them which may God grant Soon.

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I wrote a letter to the Church on fox Islands directed to Priest Thomas who is a worthy Saint.

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21  For the first time in my life I wrote a letter to Sister Eunice Woodruf.

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22  I Wrote a Letter to Elder Thomas B. Marsh in Far West Caldwell County Missouri. I gave him an account of the Churches in the east, & of six persons that I baptized in Farmington Connecticut. I Also forwarded three new subscribers for the Elders Journal viz Dwight Webster, Betsey Cossett, & James M. Tibbets.

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23 & 24 I laboured for Sister Foss making hay.

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25 I laboured for Sister Foss & spent the night at father Carters. I dreamed many enemies were seeking my life & while they were striving to destroy me Samuel Deming presented me with the following words & wished me to tell what they meant viz “Go unto Babylon. Arise go quickly for thou shalt go unto the dead.”

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26 I made hay for Sister Foss & spent the night at father Carters. I dreamed my enemies while reproaching me presented before me a large stamp bearing this inscription: HELP THE CHURCH BUILD THE HOUSE.

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[p.274] July 27 I laboured for Sister Foss.

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28 I spent the day at father Carters in writing.

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29 I rode to Buxton in company with Sister Foss. I spent the day with Elder James Townsend. I had a plesent interview with him. I returned & spent the night at father Carters. 16.

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30  I received a letter from Elder Milton Holmes. I forwarded him two pamphlets by Mail. I took the parting hand with Mrs Woodruff & Father Carters family to go to visit fox Islands for the last time, for the purpose of assisting as many of the Saints as are ready to prepare their teams waggons & teams to go to the land of Zion.

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O my God prosper my way. Give me favor with the Saints. Enable a goodly number of them to go to the land of Zion. Deliver me from the hands of my enemies. Bless my wife & the babe which thou has given us, while I am absent. Enable me to return to again greet them in health. I ask these blessings in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.

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I walked to Portland and spent the night with Ezra Carter jr. Distance of the day 10 miles.

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31 I left Portland & walked to North Yarmouth 11 miles, to freeport, to Brunswick to Bath & spent the night with Mr Crooker the public surveigher. Distance 33 miles.

August

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Aug 1st I walked to Wiscassett, to Demascoty mills, to Nobleborough to Walderborough. 30.

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2 I walked to East Thomaston. I dined with Mrs Andrew Luce. I visited Mr Spalden and Benj. Knowlton. Several came to see me & inpuire into the things of the kingdom & wished me to pray with them. I did so. All was calm in town. No spirit against me. Many wish to hear preaching.

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I next walked to Camden harbour. Called & took [p.275] supper with Mr Cobourn Tylor. I received no opposition in Camden at this time. I walked to Brother Ebenezer Ames. All appeared glad to see me. I then walked to Goose river.

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I here had an unexpected & interesting interview with Brother Nathaniel Thomas & had the happy privilege of once more striking hands with this faithful Saint. We took a walk together to the Simonton district & spent the night with Mr Pease. Sister Pease rejoiced to see me return as many had prophesyed that I would never return. Distance 30 miles.

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3rd I visited Mr Whitley. I found sister Whitley strong in the faith. I preached at night in the Schoolhouse and spent the night with Mr William Brown. Distance of the day 5 miles.

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Aug 4th I visited the people from house to house & taught in the family Circle. I spent the night at Mr Pease. 4.

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5 Sunday I preached two discourses in the town house in Camden to a large congregation but the people do not realize it to be a day of warning and not of many words. This is the last time I shall lift up my voice unto this people, and when the wars and troubles come upon this eastern country they will find the servents of God have told them the truth. I spent the night at Mr Simontons.

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6 I walked to east Thomaston & preached in the methodist meeting house to a large congregation of citizens who gave good attention. I spent the night at Joseph Spaldin’s. Distance 8 miles.

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7 I left Thomaston wharf on board a sail boat in company with Brother Thomas & Mr Spaldin for fox Islands. We arived at Brother Sterretts in the afternoon. After spending a short time with them I walked to Brother Ephraim Luce& to Br Stephen Luce & spent the night. Distance of the day 18 miles. I [p.276] found Br & Sister Luce strong in the faith.

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I received a letter from Elder Thomas B. Marsh from Zion in answer to the one I wrot to the Bishop & Presidency & Saints in Zion. They are both published in the 3d NO. of the Elders Journal.

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8 I went to John Kents & found a letter for me from A. O. Smoot in Zion.  It contained many interesting items. It gave an account of their procedings on the 4th of July 1838 the laying of the corner stone of the house of the Lord in Caldwell County Mo in the presence of three thousand Saints.

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I then walked to Brother Justus Ames, & to Brother Maltire Luce. <Distance> 6 m.

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9 I walked to Mr Ebenezer Carvers. From thence to Br Ephraim Luce. I here met the Saints for a prayer meeting & to Council together.

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Brother Justus Ames soon came in and brought with him the Elders Journal. It was the third NO. printed but the first that was published in far west. It was Dated July 1838. It Contained many important Items. It spread before the world all the procedings of the Saints in the west such as the Clensing of the Church, their Councils & procedings & the names of those that were cut off from the Church & had made shipwreck of faith &c.

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Brother Ames presented me also with a letter from Elder Thomas B. Marsh Containing important intelligence to myself as well as others. The letter was dated July 14 1838.

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After meeting I walked to Brother Ames & spent the night. <But sleep departed from me as I spent the night in deep meditation.> Distance 5.

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A Coppy of a letter Written by Elder Thomas B. Marsh Directed to Elder Willford Woodruff Dated July 14, 1838.

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Elder W. Woodruff

Sir; a fiew days since Prest. Joseph Smith [p.277] jr. and some others were assembled to attend to some Church business when it was thought proper to select those who was designed of the LORD to fill the places of those of the twelve who had fallen away namely Wm. E Mclellin, Lyman E. Johnson, Luke Johnson, and John F. Bointon. The persons selected were John E. Page, John Taylor, Willford Woodruff and Wilard Richards. On the following day five of the twelve with President Rigdon and some others met and resolved that President Rigdon write to Br. Richards who is now in England and inform him of his appointment, and that P. P. Pratt write to Orson Pratt and inform him that the LORD has Commanded that the {12} assemble in this place as soon as possible and that I should write to yourself.

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Know then brother Woodruff by this that you are appointed to fill the place of one of the twelve apostles; and that it is agreeable to the word of the LORD given vary lately that you should come spedity to far west, And on the 26 of April next to take your leave of the Saints here and depart for other climes across the mighty deep! Yours in the love of God.

Wilford Woodruff      Thomas B. Marsh

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Far West July 14th 1838

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Aug 10 I left Br Ames in company with Priest Thomas for the purpose of visiting the South Island notwithstanding the threats of the people to mob, tar, feather, and kill me if I came there again. Yet I was determined to visit the Saints once more upon that Island of the sea.

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I had a short interview with Mr Douglass the methodist Preacher, at John Kents store. His vary countenance indicated the wrath of his heart against me.

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We crossed the thoroughfare and landed upon the South Island with Jabez Brown. We walked to Br Crockett’s, to Br. Merchant’s. From thence to Br. Charles Brown to Capt  Benj. Coombs. We took supper with him. We called upon Mr Burgess and family. [p.278] They had made shipwreck of faith and cared for none of these things. We next called upon Br. Jesse Coombs. We found them strong in faith. We spent the night with them. Distance of the day 10 miles.

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Aug 11 I took the parting hand with these Saints and probably for the last time unless they flee to the land of Zion we bid them farewell & walked to the north end of the Island via Br. Crocketts & Merchants but the wrath of my enemies is great towards me through this Island.

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We called upon Mr James Crocket to convey us across the thuroughfare to North Island but he partaking of the same spirit would not do it. But the Lord knowing how to deliver his Saints put it in to the hearts of the sons of our enemies to bring a boat to carry us across to the north Island.

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I went to Br. Justus Ames & found them in a bad situation. They had been much tempted and tryed because some of their Children were against them & would not go with them to Zion and so they gave it up themselves & Concluded to stay in Babylon a while and resk the consequences. His children had a hard spirit but they will all see their folly when it is to late.

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I walked to Brother Stephen Luce and spent the night. Distance 11 miles.

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12 Sunday I met with the Saints at Br. Ephraim Luce & gave the Saints my farewell address which is the last time I shall meet with the Saints upon these Islands of the Sea; the spirit of God rested upon me and I had an interesting time. It was a day of decision with the saints. Some concluded to go to Zion & some concluded to stay. Justus Ames Concluded to stay because some of his Children were against him. I expect he will stay until! hes drove out by the Judgments of God.

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After meeting was closed I went home with Br. Ames and while the Sun was sitting in the western horizon, I retired aside from the abodes of men by the sea shore alone by myself  and clensed my feet [p.279] with pure water and bore testimony before GOD against the inhabitants of those Islands of the Sea for rejecting my testimony while in their midst and were excedingly mad against me. I spent the night at Br. Ames. This is the last night I ever spent or shall spend upon those Islands of the Sea. 4.

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13 I took the parting hand with Br. Ames family, and Brother Ames accompanied me in his sail boat out of the northern harbour to go to Camden. The morning was delightful and serene. We sailed to father Maltire Luce’s wharf and took the parting hand with him and his family. We again took our boat in Company with Brother N Thomas.

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We left the Islands, for the last time, at Br. Luces wharf, and I thank the Lord for once more delivering me from the hands of wicked and ungodly men who seek my destruction while their anger is kindled against me.

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We sailed across the Penobscot bay and went up the goose river. We here took the parting hand with Br. Ames who returned home while [we] walked to James Andrews, who is ingaged in making the baggage waggons for Brother Nathaniel Thomas & the Saints to Journey to the land of Zion with.

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Brother Thomas possesses the true spirit of Christ and of understanding in this matter. (“Truly how hardly shall they that have riches enter into the Kingdom of God.”) For while one and another that hath this worlds goods have been drawing back not wishing to go with the poor lest they should be under the necessity of assisting them with some of their money, while this hath been the case with some it hath been otherwise with Brother Nathaniel Thomas. He possessing some of this worlds goods and seeing his poor Brethren hath need of some of this worlds goods also is now stepping forward with cheerfulness in the integrity of his soul to their assistance. He is now engaging about one thousand dollars worth of horses, and waggons, & tents &c; to convey the poor to the land of Zion. O may  God bless him and his posterity forever I {pray}. [p.280] Surely it is more blessed to give than to receieve.

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We saw two of the waggons. I soon discovered one fault about them ie. they were ownly 8 feet in length while they ought to have been 11 feet. We walked to Mr Peas and spent the night. Distance of the day 18 miles.

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14th I walked to Searsmont and found the people rather Cold. I held a meeting with them and had a full house. I spent the night with Mr Mark L. Kimble. Distance of the day 12 miles.

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15 I left Searsmont and walked to Simonton district and spent the night with Mr Pease. 12 miles.

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16 I walked to Mr James Andrews, & found Brother Thomas. We returned to Mr Pease and rode to Camden harbour & bought several set of double harness, & spent the night at Mr Pease. 10.

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17 I left the Simonton district & started with a horse & waggon for Scarborough. I rode acrosst the toll bridge west of Nobleborough & put up for the night. Distance 26 m.

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18 I found the horse was not sound that I was travelling with as the gentile warrented him to be. He had the heaves and horse ale and was not able to perform his Journey. Consequently I returned back to Camden. We exchanged the horse with a man for another which was good. 26 m.

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Aug 19 I once more took the parting hand with the Saints & friend in the Simonton district & started for Scarborough. I bid the town of Camden Adieu for the last time. I rode to Warren 8 miles to Walderborough 8, to Nobleborough 8, to Newcastle or sheepscut 6, to Wiscossett 6 to Bath 10. I crossed Bath ferry & continued on wheelers Inn 4, and spent the night. The whole distance that my [p.281] horse carried me this day over a rough road was 50 miles. Distance 50 m.

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20 I rode to Brunswick 4 miles, to Freeport 9, to North Yarmouth 9, to Portland 11, to Scarborough 10 miles. I arived at father Carters house at 3 oclock PM & had the happy privilege of greeting my wife and child & other friends in peace and health. And on my return I felt as though I had taken my last gentile mission in America untill their was a great overturn which I view as being near the door.

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On my return home I received a letter from Brother Asahel H. Woodruff under Date of July 23, 1838 the contents of which were of the highest interest to my feelings. It caused raptures of Joy to vibrate my soul, while tears of consolation flowed from my eyes. I now find my brother earnestly enquiring what he shall do to be saved, & searching deep for light & truth with a desire to embrace it. May the Lord assist him to obtain it.

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I also receieved an interesting letter from Sister Eunice under date of Aug 11. I spent the night at father Carters with my family. Distance of the day 42 miles.

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21  I wrote two letters one to Elder Milton Holmes, & the other to Mr Salmon S. Wilder of the City of Boston. I spent the day at father Carters.

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22 I walked to Elder James Townsend in Buxton. I had a plesent interview with him & returned to father Carter’s & spent the night. Ilus Carter was also at home. Distance of the day 18 miles.

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23 I spent the day at father Carters in writing.

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24  I wrote two letters one to Priest Dwight Webster and the other to  Sister Eunice Woodruff.

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[p.282] 25  I wrote a lengthy letter to Brother Asahel H. Woodruff in answer to his interesting letter under date of July 22d 1838 written at Terre Haute Indiana.

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26 Sunday I had an interview with Brother & Sister Townsend.

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27th  I wrote a letter to Priest Nathaniel Thomas.

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Aug 28 I spent the day in writing. I made a family record for Brother Joseph Fabyan Carter <[-] and son>.

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29 I wrote an acrostic for Shuah C. Carter. *  *

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30 I rode in Company with Mrs Woodruff to Brother Luther Scamman’s & spent the night. Distance 4 miles.

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31st The last day of Summer. I rode in Company with Mrs Woodruff & Sister Rhoda F. Scamman to the Beach on the Sea Shore. We spent an hour riding upon this beautiful beach which extended along the shore for about seven miles in length and one hundred rods in wedth at low water. This beach is composed of fine white sand, almost dead level & vary easy & plesent to ride or walk upon. The sun shone brilliant upon the face of nature. The canvass of the gallant Ships were filled with the morning breeze as they sailed upon the deep. Wave after wave were reaching the extent of their bounds upon the shore & sinking back into there own gravity. These together with a cloud of various sea fowls that were hovering around and lighting upon the water rendered this morning’s excursion vary plesent to our feelings. And after picking up a quantity of sea shells to carry to the land of Zion for domestic uses, & in memory of the place, we cut up a babary bush from  whence babary tallow is [p.283] obtained & then rode from the beach & returned to Mr Scammans.

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From thence we rode to Brother Edward Milliken’s. From thence to Mr Samuel Lowels, & to Aaron Mckinney’s & after spending several hours with them, we returned home in Company with Father & Mother Carter. The whole distance of the day 20 miles. {<O Lord grant that I may from [—] tend [-] my wife and child [—] love> to each <[—] our> duty <[—].>}

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Sept 1st The first day of fall. Time tarrieth not. Let man haste to be wise. I spent the day at father Carters.

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2d Sunday I spent the day at Father Carters.

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3d I spent the day at Sister Sarah Foss.

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4 I spent the day visiting in Father Carters Neighbourhood in company with Mrs Woodruff.

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5 I spent the day at father Carters making a Box to put our goods in to go to the land of Zion in far west. The Box was 3 ft. 2 inchs in length 2 ft 5 inch in highth 2 ft 8 inch in wedth.

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6th I Packed about 300 lbs of Goods into the box above spoken of. I desire that I may arive safe with them to the land of Zion.  I received a letter from Priest Nathaniel Thomas.

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7th I packed 70 lbs of goods into a barrel.  I wrote a letter to Priest Nathaniel Thomas.

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Sept 8th For the first time in my life I obtained the Journal & travels of Lorenzo Dow. I spent a part of the day in reading it. I found it to be highly interesting. He puts me in mind of the travels of the Mormons as the gentiles Call us. It brings fresh to mind many of my  own travels & labours in the ministry. It is true that Lorenzo [p.284] Dow was eccentric in his manners life & Procedings but he appears to have as much light as any in his day & generation & there is no doubt in my mind but that he was persecuted for doing good.

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9th Sunday I spent most of the day at Sister Sarah Foss. I made her a family Record viz of Calvin Foss’s progenitors for five generations past Also Sister Sarah’s progenitors for five generations on father Carters side she being my Sister in Law.

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There is great excitement through the Country on the subject of the Election. The people are electionereing through the streets notwithstanding it is Sunday. I had an interview with my Brother in Law Ezra Carter. Satan is stired up to try to hinder myself and wife from going to Zion. May the Lord rebuke him.

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I wrote a Letter to sister Eliza Grant & spent the night at Father Carters.

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Our Child has a severe attack of the Hooping Cough but the Lord is able to support her on the Journey to Zion. I pray the Lord to spare her life for our sakes if it is his will. If not to help us to be resigned. Isaiah tells us about going to Zion in the last days and about the prosperity & glorious state thereof and Jer 31 ch. 8 sayes they shall be gathered from the coasts of the earth & with them the woman with Child and her that travaileth with Child together & a great company shall return thither. I expect in few days to lead a company to Zion in like Circumstances. May God bless us all on the way.

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O the ignorance, blindness, & darkness of the gentiles, Concerning the fulfillment of the Bible.

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10 * * * * * * This is a day of Interest on many accounts. The election for Governor & other state Offices of Maine is to be decided this day. Also the Camp of the Saints was to start from the Islands of the Sea for Zion this day. However they may be detained from starting a few days in order to add to their numbers.

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[p.285] I rode to the place of election with Ilus & Fabyan Carter my Brothers in law. As I was a legal voter in the state of Maine I cast in my vote which was the Democratic Republican Ticket viz for Governor JOHN FAIRFIELD Representative to congress ALBERT SMITH, For senators NATANIEL S. LITTLEFIELD, CHARLES HOLDEN, OTIS C. CROSS, & JOHN C. HUMPHREYS, For County Treasurers MARK HARRIS, Regester of Deeds SAMUEL BAKER. The above vote I Cast on this 10th day of Sept 1838 in Scarborough, Cumberland County Maine.

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Sept 10th After returning from the Election  I recieved an interesting Letter from Mother Woodruff under date of Sept 7th which was written at Simsbury Connecticut while she was on a visit to si[ster?] Anna Cossett’s. She informed me they were all strong in faith of the New Covenant & Sister Eunice firmly contending for the truth & others of my relatives were believing in the cause of the Latter Day Saints. What Joy such intelligence brings to my Soul. O how mysterious are the ways of God! I spent the night at father Carters. Distance 8 miles.

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11th I perused the Portland Argus & saw the returnes of the Election of Cumberland County. The republicans had a majority over the federalist of about 100. I expect the electionereing excitement will pass off in few day & sumthing els will occupy the minds of men.

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* I learn from experienc that the Saint must watch & pray lest he enter into tempation & in order to overcome the devil we must continually be on our watch tower. The Saint in any age of the world cannot pass through their allotted portion of existance on flowery beds of ease in this life.

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I am now daily making preperations to leave the State of Maine and all my relatives and friends in Scarborough to lead a Company of Saints from the Islands of the Sea to the land of Zion in the far west. I shall be accompanied by my wife & Child. [p.286] It is the greatest trial Phebe has ever been called to pass through to take the parting hand of her Parents, Brethren & Sisters, & neighbours & perhaps for the last time, & go a journey of two thousand miles late in the fall & start with a babe of two months old which is in the first stage of the hooping cough & to add to this to leave a kind father’s house of plenty & go to a new Country & settle among strangers after the flesh. These kind reader are the meditations that are daily running with the rapidity of lighting through the mind of my bosom friend & companion & to add the insinuation of friends against such a course of procedings, and all the temptations that the devil is capable of inventing are crouded into the mind in order to hinder the will of God being done. Thus standing in the midst of such a position nothing but a Saint could stand the Shock. Nothing but a God Could support the Sinking Soul. I speak not of myself but my Companion and when she suffers I suffer also.

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The above has been a code of experience my wife hath been passing through from time to time for weeks that are past and gone and at times it seemed as though all earth & hell were combined to crush her troubled soul.

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I began to cry unto God that she might be supported under these & all other trials & I soon found that the same spirit which had inspired her to imbrace the fullness of the gospel & forsake her friends & go a journey of 1,000 miles to enjoy the Society of the Saints & had united her heart & hand with my own & caused her to accompany me to the Islands of the Sea, was with HER STILL.

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Yes PHEBE possesses to much firmness, & faith in God & confidence in God to put her hand to the plough & look back or to wholy give way to such trials & any other however great. She is determined, like Ruth, to forsake her kindred & Country for Christs sake & my own & the cause in which she is ingaged, & as I behold this principle beaming in her daily walk, heart, & countenance it binds my whole Soul to her in love stronger than death or the [p.287] bars of a Castle.

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Yes that love that none partakes of except those in like Circumstances, and that man that will not love his wife with all his heart after she has made such a sacrifice for his sake is not worthy of a companion or a standing in human Society. And O ye ungodly gentiles that would laugh at a man for considering such a wife the greatest temporal blessing that heaven Could bestow ye are more fit for the Society of Demons than a virtuous woman.

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The devel has never tempted me to scease from doing the will of God by gathering to Zion or to scease travling & preaching the gospel, by presenting before me my friends & telling me to stay & enjoy their society. For in doing thus I might ruin both myself & friends. I would sooner say to him get the behind me Satan. For I would go to the land of Zion or where ever God sent if I had to forsake as many fathers, mothers, brothers, & Sisters as could stand between Maine & Missouri & subsist upon boiled herbs on the way.

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Father & Mother Carter with all the Brothers and Sisters appertaining to the household, have been uncommonly attentive, kind, & generous to us both during the last year that we have been with them, although they do not see the propriety of our gathering with the Saints to Zion in order to escape the judgments of God. Yet my prayer to God is that they may not loose their reward for their uncommon kindness towards us but may yet have their eyes open to understand the Commandments of God concerning Zion in the last days & flee unto it for reffuge themselves & obtain a righteous inheritance there while the judgments of God are resting upon the gentiles & may they also have part in the first resurrection & finally obtain a Celestial Glory which is my prayer through JESUS CHRIST.

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Sept 12th I spent the day at father Carters in packing up the last remains of our goods. I Carried the most of our goods to Sister Sarah Foss’s whare the Saints or camp will spend  the night when they [p.288] arive. Icabod C. Foss was expecting to go to Zion with us. He is a son of sister Sarah Foss but old Mr Foss opposed him to such a degree that it was thought best for him to tarry.

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13 We have had a hard rain during the day. Besides many favoreds bestowed upon us from father Carter he gave Phebe one hundred dollars for which sum we both signed an article or writing that we were satisfied & would hold no further Claim to any of his real estate or personal property.

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14th I accompanied Father Carter & Brother Fabyan, with Abial Carter & Timothey Roth & some others in a fish boat out into the bay for a fishing tour. The morning was pleasent after the storm but a high sea. We dug a quantity of clams for bait & launched forth into the deep. After beeting two miles we hove to cast anchor & caught a small quantity of fish mostly Haddock.

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We then sailed to a point of Land & built up a fire hung on a pot, fried out some pork & dressed 6 Haddock & one Hake & put them into the pot. We sliced in some popatoes & put in a quantity of crackers & by adding some seasoning & boiling it untill it was throughly cooked it formed as rich a dish as would be necessary to set before a King. This kind of a dish is what Seaman or fisher man call a {chouder}. We all sat down & ate uncommonly hearty, useing clam shells for knives, forks, & spoons.

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After finishing our feast we again went out about a mile from shore & spent several hours more in fishing. We Caught a great variety of fish such as cod, Pollock, Hake, Haddock, Mackerel, Cunner, Flounders, Sculpin, pout, & Skate, &c. We hoisted Sail & started for home about the Siting of the Sun. We arived at father Carters about 8 oclock PM & spent the night.

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Our babe passed a sick night with the Hooping Cough. 20 m.

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[p.289] 15 My mind is in some suspens because the Camp does not arive from the Islands. Neither do I hear any thing from them by letter. The time has past for them to have arived. However I am looking for them daily. I spent part of the day in writing while most of the household have gone to the beach for a mornings ride. I have this morning receieved the returns of the late Election throughout the state of Maine. Mr Fairfield the democratic Candidate is elected Governor over Mr Kent by about 4,000 majority.

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Sept 16 Sunday I rode in company with Brother Fabyan Carter to Buxton & spent the day with Elder Townsend. We returned to Scarborough. I spent the night at Sister Sarah Foss’s. Distance of the day 20 miles.

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17 I spent the day at Father Carters reading the life of Lorenzo Dow.

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18  I receieved a letter from Brother Nathaniel Thomas dated Sept 12. They had not yet started. They had been delayed in waiting for some that were not ready.  I wrote a letter to Brother Thomas. I also wrote a letter to  Elder Milton Holmes. I spent the night at father Carters. WE have a total eclipse of the Sun this day commencing about 3 oclock PM & visible.

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19 Spent the day at Father Carters. Also the 20.

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21  I receieved a letter from Priest Thomas. He informed me the Camp would be ready to start in few days. He wished me to pray to God to deliver them & enable them to go out of Babylon. Truly we all need patience & faith in God, for it is a day of temptation, trials, & trouble for the devil is exceding mad because the Saints are beginning to gather out from the midst of the gentiles & go unto the land of Zion.

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[p.290] I wrode to Buxton to see Elder James Townsend to get him to go to the land of Zion with us & after having an interview with him he concluded to go with us. I Called upon Mr William Harmen & bargined for a two horse waggon on conditions. I returned & spent the night at father Carters. <Distance> 20 m.

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22 The sun is crossing the line about these days. We are visited with a storm of rain to day. The weather is warm. I am still at father Carters & much desirous to see the Camp of the Saints. Our babe is recovering from the Hooping Cough. May its life be preserved I Pray if it is the will of the Lord.

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23 Sunday I spent the day at Father Carters.

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24 I saw a report in the Portland Transcrip against the Mormons (Saints) in Davis County Mo which arose on the day of the election in consequence of our Brethren enjoying their privilege as American Citizens by casting their vote & that numbers were rising up among the gentiles of the different Counties to go over to Davis County to mob the Saints. All these reports & stories have a tendency to dampen & discourage the minds & feelings of many [of] the Saints that are gathering to Zion. But none of these things moove me. I am determined to overcome, keep the faith & go to Zion.

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25 O Lord give me faith, grace, & Patience to endure what is lade up me without murinering or Complaining. Help me to be resigned to thy will in all things. The report that I spoke of yesterday concerning the Mormon’s in Mo as the Saints are Called, is going the rounds to day among our friends & neighbours. This one is saying it wont do to go & that is saying it will not do to go for you will be killed &c. But O, fools, slow at heart to believe that God is as able to protect his Saints in these last days from the hands of the  gentiles as HE was anciently to deliver Israel from the Egyptians. [p.291] Those things are the smallest part of my trials & suspens that is resting upon my mind at this time.

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My trials are as great about these days as at any time since I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. If any inquires what my trials are, should they ask if I was doubting the Cause in which I am ingaged, I can answer in truth NO, God forbid. I never was a stronger Mormon (Saint) than about these days.

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What is the matter then? I’ll tell you: The Lord has Commanded me to go to Zion spedily & while I am setting myself about it the devel with all his agents are using their combined exertions & power to hinder me. I have been waiting for the Saints from the Islands of the Sea to accompany them to that land untill it is vary late. The fall rains are upon us. Cold weather will soon encircle us. The minds of the Saints are depressed & cast down around me. We have a dreary journey of two thousands miles before us with no other expectation but to Camp upon the ground. I have a sick infant of two month’s old to take with us & a wife whose spirits at times are much depressed under such severe trials. But thank God she stands the shock like a brave soldier which is great consolation to my soul.

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The above are some of the trials that are resting upon me. But I Can say get the behind me Satan for I say in the name of Jesus Christ that I will stand in the land whare God has commanded me to gather unto before another spring rolls over my head if it is on foot & alone & I beg my bread by the way. So now rage on thou foul monster untill thou art stoped in thy mad Career at the end of thy Chain given thee by the angel of God & see who will gain the victory.

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I spent the day at father Carters gathering apples. I saved some apple seeds from his orcherd to plant in Zion.

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Sept 26th I rode to Elder James Townsend. I procured a two horse waggon of Mr William Harmon <for Sister Sarah Foss> & drew it to Sister Sarah [p.292] Foss’s. Elder Townsend returned with me. Distance of the day 20 m.

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27th It is a dark Cold rainy day & gloomy also, & what makes it more so the Camp of the Saints do not get along from the east yet, & I have not herd any thing from them for several days. But may the Lord give me patience that I may be resigned in all things.

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Notwithstanding the Cold rain I harnessed up my horse & Carried Brother Townsend home, & assisted him in packing up his houshold goods to the amount of about 600 lbs. I took the goods in my waggon & carried them to Sister Sarah Foss’s house that we might be ready when the Camp came along.

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Elder Townsend has been Cast down in his mind for several days & Could scarcely get faith enough to prepare himself & family to start for Zion thinking the way did not look as Clear & bright as he wished to See it.

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But I have encouraged him from day to days as we must walk by faith not by Sight, untill he is now preparing himself & family to go. May the Lord bless him. We must all have our faith tried before we are prepared for a Celestial Kingdom & “faith without works is dead being alone.” I do not know when my faith will begin to be tried if it has not already been esspecially of late. But I thank the LORD that HE has thus far enabled me to keep the faith & withstand every opposition. I desire to be humble unto the end.

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I spent the night at father Carters. Phebe appears resigned to the will of the Lord in all her troubles & tribulations. It is great Consolation to my Soul to see her determined to maintain her integrity unto the end. How good it is to have a help meet in every time of need. Distance 20 mil.

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28th Glory to God I have this morning taken a letter out of the Office from our Beloved Brother Nathaniel Thomas in Camden. The letter was  Dated Camden Sept 26. He  says “We are almost ready. We [p.293] shall start tomorrow morning. Tell Brother Townsend to hold himself ready to go with us &c.” May the Lord bless them & hasten them on their journey I pray.

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Their is more lying reports & stories in Circulation against the Saints to day. When will the gentiles scease lying about us?

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29 I rode to Brother Townsend’s & assisted him in Packing up the rest of his goods & took them & the rest of his family & brought them to Sister Sarah Foss’s house. 20 miles.

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30 Sunday Mr Whitley arived at Scarborough from Camden this day. He had been one week on the way. His waggon Cover was not in order for travling. We went to work & nailed it down all around & painted it thoroughly & put it in good order. We are waiting for the rest to come. I did not sleep much at night.

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Oct 1st It is unusally warm for the season. I conveyed Sister Rhoda Scamans home in a waggon. We are still waiting in great anxiety for the Camp to arive. O how slow they moove. 10 miles.

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2d Elder Townsend has this morning started for the east to look up the Camp of the Saints to see whare they are & what they are about that they do not get along.  I wrote a letter to Mr William Simonten for Mr Whitley. I spent the day in diging potatoes for father Carter.

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3rd <[–].> Glory be to God at 2 oclock PM the Camp of Saints hove in sight. I immediately accompinied them to Sister Foss house, & a busy scene insued. The names of the Company were as follows: from South fox Islands Brother Charles Brown, wife & Children. From North Island Priest Nathaniel Thomas, wife & 3 children, Brother Ephraim Luce, wife & 5 children Cyrus Sterrett wife & 3 children Ebenezer Carver wife & 5  children. From [p.294] Camden Daniel Whitley wife & 4 children. From Scarborough Elder Willford Woodruff wife & 1 child & Elder James Townsend wife & 4 children & a young man from the Island by the name of Alonzo Thurstin. The whole number of the camp was 45 persons. We had 10 waggons & 19 horses.

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We immediately commenced nailing & painting the waggon Covers & preparing them against stormy wether. I discoverd they needed a leader & order among them. I laboured with them untill in the night & then returned to father Carters & spent the night with my family. It was a trying time to Phebe as she was to part with all her relatives. But the Lord will support her in every trial.

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I wrote two Letters one to Elder T. B Marsh in Zion & the other to Elder M. Holmes. May the Lord enable us to reach Zion in peace & prosperity & spedily I pray.

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4th We spent most of the day in painting & preparing our waggons for the Journey. At about 2 oclock in the afternoon I took the parting hand with Father & Mother Carter & their household.  Tears were shed but Mrs Woodruff manifested great fortitude in parting with her friends.

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After bidding them farewell and also parting with sister Sarah Foss & many neighbours that were present I made a commencement of leading this camp of the saints on their long journey. This Camp of the saints consisted of the following persons: From South fox Island Brother Charles Brown & family. From North fox Island Priest Nathaniel Thomas & family, Brother Ephraim Luce& family Cyrus Sterrett & family, Ebenezer Carver & family, & a young man by the name of Alonzo Thurstin. From Camden Daniel Whitley & family. From Scarborough Elder James Townsend & family, & Elder Willford Woodruff & family. This Camp consisted of 8 families the whole numbering 53 persons. We had 10 waggons & 19 horses & after being set in order we rode to Saco 4 miles to Kenebunk 9 miles & camped for the night by a saw mill.

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[p.295] As the camp is not fully organized their is some bustle among us.

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It was for a moment a trial to my feelings to take my tender wife with an infant at her breast into a cold tent to sleep upon the ground but after we became reconciled to it there was a door opened for her to go into a house to spend the night & as she had a young child she excepted the invitation. I lay down upon the bed that I had spread in the tent & after lying two hours I got up to stand on guard & I sat up the remainder of the night built up a fire & wrote thes lines by it. Distance of the day 13 m.

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Oct 5th We started 8 oclock & drove to Wells 8 miles to York 14, to Portsmouth 7, to Rye 5 miles & Camped for the night & at Mr John Drake we had a beautiful day to Journey. Expenses of the day $5.30. Distance of the day 34 miles.

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6th We all arose bright in the morning & rode to Hampton 5 miles to Newburyport 10 miles to Georgetown 10 miles & spent the night at Elder Nathaniel Holmes. Elder Milton Holmes was at his fathers house. I truly felt to rejoice to once more take these brethren by the hand. We receieved every kindness & accomidations that heart could wish. I with my family spent the night with Mr Samuel Holmes. Distance of the day 26 miles.

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7th Sunday We spent the day at Br Holmes. I met in council with Elders Nathaniel & Milton Holmes & James Townsend in the morning. We next met all the members of the Camp & organized ourselves into a company that we might have order in the camp. I was chosen as their leader & Elder M Holmes as Comesary Ebenezar Carver as assistant. Our counsel was W. Woodruff M. Holmes N. Thomas & E Carver. We then met together with all the Saints & I once more was permitted to break bread unto them. I accompanied Br N Holmes in the evening to visit Sister Dow who had fallen & injured her hip & we prayed  with her & [p.296] lade hands upon her. We then returned to Mr Samuel Holmes & spent the night. Distance 4 mile.

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8th We took the parting hand with Elder N. Holmes & family & again started on our journey accompanied by Elder Milton Holmes one with whom I had journied much before. We rode to Andover 10 miles to Widow Wrights & camped in a beautiful meadow. Distance of the day 15 miles.

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Oct 9th We travled to Groton 18 miles to Townsend 10 to Ashby 2 miles & camped for the night at Mr Calvin Hodgman & found the people exceding kind which has been the case thus far on the journey. Our babe is now in good health & vary quiet & rides in her swing cradle with great ease. Distance 30 m.

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10 We rode to Ashburnham to Mr Bemas Inn & put up for the night & had a storm. <Distance> 26.

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11 Rode to Fitzwilliams, to Richmond & put up for the night with Mr Buffun. <Distance> 11.

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12 It was a rainy dull day. We rode to Winchester to Brattleborough & camped. <Distance> 18.

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13th This was a serious day to me. I arose in the morning with a severe cold & commenced walking up the foot of the green mountains. I was soon attacked with a painful dissease resembling the Collery. I stoped into a house while going up the mountains for about two hours during which time I was Constantly vomiting & purging after which I went to bed in my waggon & Elder Holmes drove my horse for me. I called upon the elders to lay hands upon me. They did so & I was healed. We put up for the night at Mr Stephen Averetts Inn. Distance of the day all the way up the green mountains 18.

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14th Sunday I arose in the morning better in health. We had rain during the day. We  reached the [p.297] foot of the green mountain about dark & spent the night in Benington at Diltons Inn. Distance of the day 22.

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15 It is rainy & a gloomy day. We travled 12 miles through the mud & water & spent the night in Housack. 12.

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16 Some of our company [who] had been absent 3 nights to mend their waggons came up to day. We crossed waterford bridge over North river & Camped for the night at Mr Hegenson. <Distance of the day> 18.

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17 We Crossed the Mohawk river ferry travled to Schennectady & camped at Mr Vanvost. <Distance> 16.

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18 We rode to Amsterdam. Here Br Thomas stoped to get a new Iron Axletree to his waggon. <Distance> 25.

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19 A rainy morning again. We rode 5 miles to Mr William H Printup & put [up] for the day & night. We had a busy time. The woman were washing & cooking the children runing & crying & the men preparing their waggons &c. <Distance> 5 miles.

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20 We rode to Manhan & camped for the night at Mr Wm. Smith. <Distance> 25.

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21 <Traveling [-] the camp [–].> Rode to frankford & spent the night. <Distance> 20.

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22 Rode to Utica to westmorland. Spent [the night] at Benjamin Benjamins. Travled through rain & mud. 21.

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Oct 23 We sent a paper home to Maine. Rode 15 miles & camped. <Distance> 15 miles.

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24 Rode to mome & spent the night. {Orvel} [p.298] myself wife & Child was sick. <Distance> 15. /On the 24 Oct T B Marsh made his Affidavit./

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25 Rode to Syracuse to Camalias & spent the night. Brother Brown broke an axletree yesterday he broke an other. We seem to be impeded in our progress. We had a hail storm to day. 20 m.

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26 * * This was a trying day to me. I broke open my barrel. Phebe was much tried. Rode 10 miles. 10.

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27 We have troublesome times in the Camp. Several of the Children are vary sick. One of Br Thomas’ Children is at the point of death. We travel slow & have many hindrences. We rode to the free bridge & camped 2 miles west of it. We had a vary bad road about 4 miles near the bridge. 12.

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28 <Sunday> We travled through Phelps a beautiful township of land & to Manchester & spent the night at the house of Joseph Sawyier within six miles of Palmira whare the Book of Mormon was found. 20.

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29 A cold day. We had some snow. Our babe was still sick. We rode to Canandagua to east & west Broomfield to Lima & spent the night. <Distance> 25.

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30 We travled to Avon to Laroy & to the centre of Stafford & spent the night at the Inn. 26.

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31 A cold winter’s day. Snow 2 inch deep. Our horses draged the waggons all day through mud & water. We passed through Batavia & Rukville & spent the night. 21.

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NOV 1st We had a bad road for 15 miles. We travled to williamsville & spent the night within 5 miles of Buffalo. Distance of the day 20.

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[p.299] 2d We rode into Buffalo & spent several hours in the City. Elder M Holmes took the steam boat Erie for Fairport. We left Buffalo & travled to Hamburg & put up for the night at the farmers hotel. <Distance> 19.

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3rd Here we parted with some of our company. Brother Cyrus Sterrett & his family & Mr Whitley & family stoped & returned to Buffalo to spend the winter as the expenses was so great it was thought we could not all get to Zion this winter. So they stoped to labour & Br Thomas let them have a span of horses & a waggon to help them up in the spring. After taking the parting hand with these friends we rode through the rain to Evens & spent the night with David Cook. <Distance> 17 miles.

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Nov 4th Sunday We travled through the Cataraugus swamp. Had a view of the lamanite settlment. We had a vary bad road. We travled through Fredonia & put up for the night at the Inn of Mr. Standly near the Church of Latter Day Saints at Pomphret under the Care of Elder Benjamin Brown’s. <Distance> 20.

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5 I had an interview with Elder Brown. Sister Brown sent Phebe a small present. He sent $1 by me to get the papers for himself. He let me have the 4th No of the Journal. Our interview was interesting. Elder Brown had Baptized 18 in the pomphret church during the past season.

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We travled to Portland & while on the road we were called to pass through a trying scene. Brother Nathaniel Thomas has had two sick Children for several days & this afternoon one of them Clara Newel began to fall. They immediately stoped into a house near the Village of Westfield Chatauqua Co. NY & the child Died at 3 oclock PM on the 5th Day of Nov 1838. We immediately removed the corps one mile to westfield village to Mr J L  Sprague’s Inn whare we made preperations for burying the dead. Brother & [p.300] Sister Thomas bore this affliction with uncommon fortitude. <Distance of the day> 15.

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6th {CNT} We spent the morning in burying CLARA NEWEL THOMAS who was aged 5 years 9 months & 16 days. After attending to these duties we harnesed our horses & proceded on our journey. It was a cold morning. We had to travel through mud & snow. We travled out of the state of NY into the state of Pensylvania. We past through North East & put up for the night at Wm. B Dickson’s <an ungenerous man>. 17.

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7th We had a snow storm during the night. Our Company seemed much discouraged about getting along. I fell through a horse stable onto the horses but without much injury. We started on our journey & it commenced raining from the NE. We drove 7 miles in the mud, rain water & wind. I suffered much in travling through this beating storm. We put up for the day & night at an Inn. 7 m.

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8th We travled to Erie Penn. From thence to Mill creek & put up for the night at Andrew Nickelson. 13.

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9 A dubious looking morning for the air is full of snow & a cold winters day. This is tedious journing for horses, men women & children. How or when we shall get to Zion the Lord ownly knows. The Lord is sending snows upon the earth. We travled through snow & mud to an Inn 3 miles east of Elk Creek & spent the night which was freezing cold. 5 miles.

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Nov 10th We crossed Elk Creek by fording the stream. Br Luce got his horses mired in mud but we drew him out & went on & passed through springfield & put up for the night at the Inn of a good man from Vermont. 10.

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11 <Sunday> We travled to Conneaute. From [p.301] thence to Ashtabula Ohio & spent the night at Mr Adna Scovill’s. 22.

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12 We spent the fore part of the day in preparing our horses or getting them shod. We travled to Mr Sweets Inn. 11.

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13 We travled to painsville to Concord. Spent the night at A Hundy’s. I had many reflections in passing through Painsville as this is the place whare the Saints have been much persecuted. I had a trial of mind in consequence of there being a prospect of leaving Elder Holmes in kirtland without visiting him. Thes are days not to be forgotten. 16.

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14th Elder Townsend finally Concluded to walk to Kirtland to visit M Holmes. We Continued our journey to Shardon. Many people stared at us as we passed through the village. We continued on about 2 miles & put up for the night at the house of Mr Truman Gilbert. He was a gentleman & treated us well. We got through this part of the country well without any trouble or disturbance. 11.

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15 It was a rainy day. We did not journey at all this day.

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16 We travled to Mantauway & spent the night at the Inn of Lewis Turners. Elders Holmes & Townsend were with us. Br Holmes had seen several letters (while in kirtland) that were sent from far west representing that there was great trouble among the saints caused by the inhabitants of Mo. comeing against them to war & persecuting them.

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Elder Milton Holmes has now made up his mind not to go any further with us but to tarry in kirtland or in the regions round about untill spring. We have had many interesting seasons together but I know not when we shall meet again or what we shall be called to pass through before that time. <Distance of the day> 16.

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[p.302] 17 We took the parting hand with M. Holmes & rode to Ravanna. From thence to Franklin Portage Co Ohio & spent the night with Mr Sewel Morgan. I learned from Mr Morgan that I am now in the vicinity of our farmington neighbours the sons of Abner & Baldwin Hart. The Goff’s Elisha Miller & family live in Bath Madina Co Ohio about 8 miles from New Portage. 20.

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18  I wrote a letter to the sons of Abner & Baldwin Hart. We travled through a cold snow storm to Middlebury. From thence to New Portage. We found 2 or 3 Saints left of that branch of the church. We all spent the night with Brother Levi Way & Elder John Harrington. 15 miles.

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Nov 19th A cold morning. We left Br Way’s & travled to the Inn of J.W.G. & spent the night. 8 m.

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20 We have made arangments this morning to seperate. Brother Thomas & Townsend think some of stoping by the way to winter while Brothers E. Luce & C. Brown & myself will continue our journey together. Our company is truly getting small. One of my horses is vary sick for the night. Truly the Lord ownly can open my way to continue my Journey. After getting our waggon mended we travled to an Inn within 7 miles of woster & spent the night. My horse is much better & performs his Journey well. 12.

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Our company is now reduced to three families. We feel united in spirit & are determined to Journey in the name of the Lord.

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We had a Comfortable room at the Inn by ourselves for the night & while sitting by the fireside Sister Lydia Luce a faithful Saint & full of faith related a dream that she had on the night of the 19th. The dream was of consequence & full of meaning. It was as follows:

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She saw the moon in the North of a silver Colour. She saw a small sun in the south &  while [p.303] looking at the strange appearance of the heavens there appeared a ring of Blood in the west & there soon appeared several other rings of Blood of a larger size all encircling each other being a ring in a ring & there soon appeared a ladder of fire in the heavens & it fell to the earth & broke in two pieces. One part of the ladder had an Iron plate fassened to the end of it with sumthing fassened to it & I Willford Woodruff went & picked it up & read it & behold it contained the XV Chapter of Isaiah. Read the chapter for yourselves & learn wisdom.

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21 st Travled to Woster to washington & spent the night at the Inn of Robison a bad man. <Distance> 22.

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22 Travled to Loudenville. From thence to Amity Knox county & spent the night at the Inn of David Jackson. We are continually hearing of the mormon war as it is Called. But it would be more proper to call it the gentile persecutions against the Saints for the inhabitants of Missouri are persecuting & putting to death the Saints because of their religion. <Distance> 20.

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23 Phebe was attacked with a severe head ake which terminated in the brain fever. We travled to Mount Vernon to Centerbury & spent [the night] at the Inn of H Jones. 22.

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24 We passed through Sunbury & spent the night at the Inn of Mr Osbury in Blendon. 22.

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Nov 25 Sunday We spent the day at the Inn resting ourselves & beasts. We have had several days of warm plesent weather & good roads but this morning it snows some & is Cold.

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Mrs Woodruff is quit sick. The pain & fever is increasing in her head. We do not at all times know what lies before us. Lord prepare her to pass through all her trials I pray.

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I wrote a Letter to Brother Asahel H [p.304] Woodruff in Terre haute. It was the last letter I ever wrote to Brother Asahel & he did not obtain that for he was in Eternity while I was pening those lines.

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26 We travled to COLUMBUS the capital of Ohio. This is the first time I ever visited this place. Here we Came on to the National rode & rod 9 miles & put up for the night at the National Hotel. 20.

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27 Phebe is vary sick. The jar of the waggon affects her head much & causes her to suffer. We rode [to] Jefferson. Here we left the National road & travled to London to Charleston & spent the night. 23.

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28 Phebe spent a sick night. I was fearful she would not be able to Journey. But we started & travled to Charleston & to Xenia a county seat. We spent the night at the Hotel. Phebe is vary sick & is failing. 21.

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29 We travled to Dayton. From thence we crossed the Miami river at the ford & put up for the night at the Inn of E Weaver a villen. He treated us Ill. Besides his wood & water was scarce & at the hiest price. <Distance> 16 miles.

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30 We travled to Andrew Clemen’s & spent the nlght. Phebe still grows week. Brother Brown is also sick & we are all feeble. These are days of trial to me. I pray the Lord to assist us. 14.

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Dec 1st I lost my penknife at Mr Clemens the ownly pocket knife that I had used for about 3 years. It was a present from Elder Benjamin Clapp.

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This is the first day of winter. The weather is plesent But O the winter of Sorrow trying to roll over my soul. Our whole Company is much afflicted. We pased Br Thomas by the way side mending his waggon that had broke down. Brother Townsend is quite sick.

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I had not passed this afflicted company but few [p.305] miles before I was called to stop my horses for the purpose to all appearance to Behold my wife my Companion give up the {GHOST} to breathe her last while lying in the waggon in the midst of the street.  But while two of our sister were standing around her bedside to behold the scene the Lord was vary merciful & notwithstand[ing] to all human appearance her breath had left her body it again returned & she began to revive. I then drove the horses a few rods further & put up for the night at an inn in Eaton. I spent the night taking care of Phebe & the babe. O I pray the Lord to spare the life of my wife. 10 mile.

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Dec 2d Sunday Our Circumstances were of such a nature we were oblieged to remove from the Inn whare we spent the night. Phebe feels as though she had but a breath of life left in her body. I carried her into the waggon & drove 2 miles at the house of Mr Makinzie & put up for the present at least untill Phebe recovers her health in some degree or departs this life. We went into a house by ourselves which was much better than to be crouded by other families. How long we shall tarry here the Lord ownly knows.

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Brother Thomas passed us again to day. Brother Townsend was quite sick. After geting my wife & things into the house & my horses put out I confined myself to the taking Care of my wife which to human appearance is at the gate of death. She Called me to her bedside in the evening & said she felt as though a few moments more would end her existance in this life & manifested great confidence in the cause she had embraced & exhorted us to confidence & in God & to keep his commandments & to appearance was a dying but she again revived as on the day before. I prayed with her & lade hands upon her & commended [her] unto God. She revived & slept some during the night. 2.

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3rd I spent the day taking Care of my companion who is still alive. These are days of trial  but [p.306] may the Lord sanctify them to my good I pray.

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4th Phebe is still vary feeble & low. I returned to Eaton to get some necessarys for her. I felt the power of the destroyer resting upon me in the fore part of the day.

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In the evening Phebe for the first time during her sickness began to lay hold on faith for her recovery. Her faith was strong in God. We laid hold on faith together repented of all our sins & confessed them befor God & covenanted to keep his Commandments. I had some oil that was Consecrated for my anointing while in kirtland. I again Consecrated it before God for anointing the sick. I bowed myself down before the Lord & prayed with my companion & anointed her [with] oil in the name of the Lord. I laid my hands upon her in the name of JESUS CHRIST and rebuked the fever the destroyier the deadly malidy that was praying upon her system & thank God we both obtained a great blessing in so doing & according to her faith her fever left her & praised be the name of GOD for we will ever keep his commandments & trust in him. Praise the Lord O my soul for all of his wonderful acts.

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5th I spent the day in reading meditation & prayer.

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Dec 6th The voice of the spirit of the Lord was unto us arise & be going & through the mercy of God Phebe was enabled to rise & walk & continue her journey after being confined here 4 days our whole bill was ownly $6.62. The man treated us kindly. May the Lord bless him. We travled to Richmond Ia & put up for the night in an Inn. Phebe had to Journey by faith not by Sight. 14 mile.

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7th We left Richmond on the national road & travled to centerville. From thence through several flourishing little villages on the national road in the woods looking as though they  had sprung up in the night like Jonah’s goard. We put up for the [p.307] night at the Inn of Wm. D Harden. The National road was smoothe & good. The whole distance 21.

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8 We travled to Louisville Henry County Ia. We here again found Br Thomas & family & Brother Townsend & family stoped to winter. Brother Townsend was sick. We stoped & spent about 2 hours with them & Prayed with them & took the parting hand & continued our Journey to Knightstown and spent the night. 1 7.

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9 <Sunday> We travled to Greenfield & to Cumberland & spent the night. It is cold weather. 21.

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10 We travled to Indianapolis the capital of the state. From thence to plainfield. Distance 23.

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11 The road was dry smooth & dusty & the weather warm. We travled to Menhaten & spent the night at an Inn whare I suddenly herd of the DEATH OF BROTHER ASAHEL H. WOODRUFF, Who DIED at Terre Haute Indiania on the 18th of Oct 1838 at 3 oclock in the morning. ************Note

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I also read in the Wabash Courier published at Terre Haute an account of the Administrators sale of the property of Brother ASAHEL. It was sold on the 4th of Dec for about $3,000 dollars. Mr Robert A Smith was his Administrator.

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O Brother Asahel thou art gone. I shall warn thee no more nor see thy face in the flesh untill the resurrection. How uncertain is life. How sudden thy earthly hops have fled!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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* I also read in the same paper an account of the horrid butchery of eighteen Latter Day Saints in Davis County Mo by the wicked mob. O Lord hasten the day for the reign of righteousness. 31.

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12 I rode to Terre haute Ia. on the beautiful [p.308] national road through delightful scenery of that country. I drove to Asahel H. Woodruffs Wabash Book store & instead of finding Br Asahel there he was in his {grave} & his store occupied by his Administrator & Clerk viz R A Smith & Martin Ray. I had an interview with his Clerk Martin Ray. I made Inquiries concerning Brother Asahels sickness & Death but defered attending to his business untill the following day. It was with difficulty that we could get entertainment in the city for the night but finally we obtained an empty house & went into it & spent the night. Distance 27.

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{ASAHEL H. WOODRUFF

DIED at Terre Haute Ia.

Oct 18th 1838

AGED 24 Years}

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And is he gone? Has Asahel fled away from lif’s fair scenes to the regions of the DEAD? YES he is gone by Deaths relentless hand. Had youth, or beauty, friends or virtue, power to Save He now might be mingling with his friends, and not sleeping in the silent GRAVE.

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There is nothing calculated to sooner lead the mind to serious & solumn meditations & to bring fresh to our memory the events of our past lives than to visit the tomb of those that are made dear to us by the ties of nature, of friendship, or of the blood of CHRIST. Brother Asahel was a young man of the most brilliant talents, firm & independant in his principles.

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I had not been privileged with a personal interview with him for about seven years but had corresponded together by letter. Asahel had a peculiar art in letter writing which gave much interest to all the productions of his pen. We both had long anticipated much upon  an interview with each other but my hopes were suddenly blasted. I [p.309] did not hear of his death untill the day previous to my arival at his dwelling. But I say the will of the Lord be done. All is right. I feel resigned.

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O death thy stroke is sure. At an early hour thy victim’s fallen, & blasted the fond hopes of a father a mother & an ownly Sister. Eunice be still & know that GOD hath spoken, & thy Brother Called. Asahel lived for thee: for thee he plan’d, he toiled, & hoped, & airy castles built for thy future joy, but now he’s gone. His grave remains to be wattered ownly by the Dews of heaven unless upon the Wabash banks a friend should chance to roam & drop an accidental tear.

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O Asahel among strangers thy lot was cast. Among them thou hast fallen & found a grave. No friend to see thy grief or share thy joy or drop a tear with thee. Willford & Phebe alone marked thy silent bed & ownly could take a pebble in memory of thy noble soul. A pebble did I say? Ah thy books, thy Journals, thy letters, & all the productions of thy pen, are standing monuments of thy worth & of more value to thy friends than the gold of Opher or the rubies of Peru.

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In the morn of thy days thou hast fallen. Yet the events of thy youth will be active in the memory of thy friends while memory lives. Methinks the spirit steals across my breast & says be still & learn to be resigned & feel that with thy brother all is well that what was not accomplished with him in time will be finished when COLOB’S walls he stands clothed with Immortality. God is just. All is right. In the morn of his days Asahel is called from the scenes of time that his noble soul may see, feel, & view those glories which are hid behind the vale the covering of eternity.

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Farewell Asahel farewell. NO more will thy voice the ears of thy friends salute or thy pen their hearts unlock, while here in time. Truth unsuled before the now are living realities,  while [p.310] bounty but not in vain though buried from human view. Then sleep untill the trump shall sound to call the forth in eternal things to act. Eunice dry thy startling tear & give thy brother up. The Lord hath taken him to save his soul that earthly snares should not his feet enwrap & his fall secure. It speaks in language loud be ye also ready, for in such an hour as ye think not the son of man cometh.

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How solumn to part with friends. Yet it sweetens death to know our friend is God & the rest of Saints our home. Then sleep Asahel sleep. Let naught thy dust dlsturd untill reanimated by the Ark angels trump & in immortals [gate?] to meet thy friends & walk in paths of eternal light & truth & comprehend all knowledge & wisdoms space & natuers laws that ever live in vast DOMAIN.

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Dec 13th This was a solemn Day to me. I spent most of the day in inquiring into & attending to the business & affairs of Brother ASAHEL H. WOODRUFF Deceased. Messrs R. A. Smith & Martin Ray the Administrator & Clerk of Brother Asahel informed me that Brother Asahel Died at 3 ocloak in the morning on the 18th of Oct 1838 & that he was sick 10 days & deprived of his reason 4 days before his death. Hls mind while dellreous was principly upon his business but occasionally spoke of his friends. His disease was the Congestlye fever on the brain. Martin Ray had been in his employ two months. Was with him through all his sickness & death.

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They informed me that they Considered him some absent minded or his mind deeply exercised upon some subject unbeknown to them for several months before his death. They were not as well acquainted with this matter as I was myself for I was intimately corresponding with him by letter & I know from his communications that his mind was deeply interested in the subject of the gospel of Jesus Christ or the fulness of it & the cause of the Church of Latter Day Saints. They also informed me that he was moral in his life temperat in practice Beloved & honoured as a citizen & his loss deeply felt.

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[p.311] His entire stock of Books with all personal property was sold at the Administrator sale on the 4th of Dec amounting to about $3,000 dollars. All of his private letters, Journals, writing papers Account Books & his pocket watch, penknife, pencil, letter stamp, bosom pin, silver thimble, & some other small things were reserved & I took them into my possession to preserve for his Mother & ownly Sister & friends untill I can have an opportunity to convey them unto them. While looking over Asahels letters I found all that I sent him carefully filed with other Communications from his friends.

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After attending to the above affairs I visited my Brother {grave} {A.H.W.} accompanied ownly by my wife & Mr Ray. I viewed it, & it looked lonely indeed. I never more fully sensed the vanity of earth & the impropriety of trusting to the honours of this world for happiness than on this occasion. I took some pebbles from his grave in memory of the spot & retired with this peculiar reflection resting upon my mind:

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That I had paid my last visit to my eldest Brother without spending a night beneath hls roof.

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That I had paid my last visit to my youngest Brother & ownly permitted to view his GRAVE.

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I returned to his Book store & Wrote a Letter to our Parents in Farmington Con  giving an account of Asahels Death &c. I took the parting hand with Mr Smith & Ray & left Terre Haute & crossed the Wabash River into the state of Illinois & travled 9 miles & put up for the night. 9 miles.

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Dec 14th We travled to Paris Illinois. From thence we crossed a part of the grand prairie to the distance of 15 miles. The weather was plesent & warm the roads smooth & dusty. I saw the prairies on fire. We spent the night at the Inn of Isaac Kellar. 25.

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15 We Crossed an 18 mile prairie & put up for the night at the house of John Camel on  the east fork of the Ocaw river standing on the identical [p.312] spot whare I Camped with the Saints in the spring of 1834 after crossing the river in two Canoes. 23 m.

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16 Sunday I sent a paper to our friends in Scarborough. We travled through a 14 mile prarie & a 12 mile prairie with a snow storm & we put up for the night at R. P. Ren. 26.

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17 Travled 12 miles & put up for the night. 12.

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18 We travled through several small prairies. The largest was 7 miles. We put up for the night at the house of David Millers. It was a cold day. Distance 26.

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19 What strange things happen at times. We travled 2 miles to Rochester Sangamon County Illinois. Here we unexpectedly found Mr Ebenezar Carver & family. They left us at Utica NY & took the Canal & lake. They had stoped here in Rochester to spend the winter: We called in to visit them a few moments not expecting to tarry but an hour as it were. But after calling in we concluded to spend the night & during the evening I had an interview with Elder Arnold Stephens.

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I was informed that we could not cross the Illinois River in consequence of the Ice. I also learned that the Saints in Zion far west were suffering the severest persecutions & privation & we Could not travel through that Country & with all these Combination of Circumstances we Concluded to stop for a season whare we were as doors were open unto us in the regions of Rochester & that to among the Saints that had taken up there abode in the place for a season.

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I wrote a letter to sister Eunice. 2 miles.

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20th I spent the day in preparing a dwelling to moove into for a season as we all Concluded to stop for a while. I procured a house 3 miles north of Rochester in a grove of woods on the borders of a [p.313] prairie on the farm of Widow Branch to spend the winter in. It was a double house & Brother Joseph Coone is living in one part of it.

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21 We spent the day in searching for dwellings for Brothers Brown &Luce & their families.

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31 This is the last day of Dec & of 1838. During the last 10 days I have been engaged in preparing our dwelling & procuring food for my family it being the first of my housekeeping. In looking over my Journal of 1838 I find the account as on the following page: [p.314]

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I travled on three Islands of the Sea & in twelve of the United States making a distance in all of five thousand three hundred & fifty one miles.

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I held ninety six meetings. 96

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I baptized seventeen persons five of which were my kinsfolk. My father & mother & ownly sister were among the number. 17 baptized

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I ordained one Elder, two Priest & one teacher. 4 ordained

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I blessed four Children.      4 blessed

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I held two Conferences.     2 conferences

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I procured nine subscribers for the Elders Journal.      9 subscribers

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There was two persons healed under my hands.          2

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I wrote fourty one Letters.   41 letters

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I received twenty six Letters.          26 letters

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I Confirmed   22 Persons

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I esstablished 4 Preaching Places & Planted 1 Church numbering 9 members.

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The Second Book of Willford for 1839

January

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[p.317] JAN 1st 1839 As I am now labouring with my hands for a temporal support for a season I shall not keep a daily Journal for a short time but merely note such things as I may deem necessary. During the last two days I have been repairing a grist mill. 10.

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20th  I wrote a letter to Father Carter of Maine. I have spent this month at hard labour. I have not as yet seen any of the brethren from far west to know how they get along.

February

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Feb 3d  I wrote two letters one to Sister Eunice & the other to Elder A. O. Smoot in far west Mo. I now learn that persecution still rages in Zion. Joseph the Prophet with all the presidency & many of the Elders are in bonds & imprisionments & counted among transgressers.

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18th  I wrote a letter to Brothers Azmon & Thompson Woodruff. I spoke of Asahels death &c.

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22d  I received a letter from Father Carter of Maine Dated Feb 7th. It has been exceding dry & warm during this month. I have laboured hard for the last few days Choping & spliting rails. 10.

March

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March 1st This is my birth day. I am 32 years of age. I spent the day choping & spliting rails with Brother Albert Smith. It is friday.

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4th I receieved a letter from  my Mother Dated Feb 8th 1839.

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7th I made preperations to attend the conference in Springfield.

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CONFERENCE

Springfield Ill Friday March 8th 1839

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Minutes of a Conference of Elders Priest &c held in Springfield in the brick meeting house occupied by the Campbellites commencing on the day of [p.318] the date above. At about 11 oclock the house was called to order by Edwin P. Merriam the Presiding Elder of the Springfield branch who lead the house to the Choice of a moderater. Elder Jonathan Dunham was chosen to act as moderator & Elder Edwin P Merriam as clerk. Elder Wilford Woodruff opened the conference by prayer. The conference was composed of eight of the quorum of seventies 6 Elders 3 Priests 3 Teachers 1 Deacon & 3 members.

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The moderator then requested the Brethren present to give in there views their feelings & determinations in regard to things pertaining to the kingdom of God & if they had any hardness or grievances against any of the Brethren or sisters in the Church of Christ to make it manifest. Most of the brethren then present arose seperately & gave their statements as requested above & all declared that they had nothing lade up against any one but all desired the wellfare & prosperity of Christ Kingdom on the earth.

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Elder Woodruff then gave an address to the conference laying before them many things which he had experianced & teaching also many things which are of the greatest importance to those who are going forth to labour in the Lords vineyard &c.

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Br Joseph McCausland was recommended for ordination from the branch in Jacksonville & was ordained an Elder under the hands of Elders W. Woodruff J. Dunham & D. Carter. Br James Higby was presented from this branch but some objections were raised against him. Therefore the subject was waved. Br Brewster was then presented for ordination. After some inquiries were made & some objections raised the mind of the conference was called by a vote & all but 3 who were present were in favor of his recieving an ordination.

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Voted to adjourn till tomorrow morning at 8 oclock. Preaching in the evening to a respectable congregation by Elder Woodruff.

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Saturday morning met & opened the meeting by singing & Prayer by the Moderator. The  people soon began to collect to hear preaching. Consequently [p.319] the meeting was adjourned until 6 olock in the evening to be held in the room of Br Reuben Daniels. Preaching in the forenoon by Elder Arnold Stephens. Preaching in the Afternoon by Elder W. Woodruff.

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Saturday evening the Conference met according to adjournment at the room of Br Daniels. Sung an hymn. Called upon the Lord in prayer in behalf of Br Starks who had sent to the brethren to pray for him for he was vary sick that he might be healed. We lade hands on Br Stephen Mecham who was unwell, Also on Br Nathan Staker who was also Ill.

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Priest Jonathan Fisher was presented for ordination from this branch. Voted that Br Fisher be ordained an Elder. Br Joshua Mecham was presented for the ordination of a Priest & passed. Br Samuel Mulner was also recommended for the office of an Elder & Passed. These three just named candidates was then ordained to their respective offices under the hands of Elder Woodruff & others.

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The question of Br Brewster was again brought up before the conference & after a lengthy discussion upon the Subject untill near break of day it was found some 3 or 4 could not be made willing that he should receive an ordination. The question was therefore waved for the present. Voted to adjorn.

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Edwin P Merriam Clerk of Said Conference

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Concerning the case of Brother Brewster I was one that opposed his ordination & I was much surprised that both the chairman & Clerk did not do the same instead of urging it forward. For Br Brester maintained the same principle & possessed the same spirit for which he was cut off from the church in kirtland by the high Council & even in this case he Came forward & demanded the High & Holy priesthood at our hands in the name of Jesus Christ. I did not consider this to be the way that Aaron took the ministry upon himself. Consequently I opposed it & the spirit of God opposed it also & after a struggle truth prevailed.

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March 13th I being pressed in spirit to go to [p.320] Quincy Adams County Illinois to visit the body of the Church which had fled to that place to find an asylum for a season from the perilous persecutions that they were receiving by the Inhabitants of the State of Missouri, it being about 120 miles from Rochester. Quincy stands on the bank of the Missisippi River. I accordingly set out for this purpose accompanied by my wife & child & also Brother & sister Stephens. We Rode to Springfield & dined with Brother Whittle. From thence we rode to Brother John Herrets & spent the night. We had a plesent interview together. Distance 32 mi.

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14th Rode to Jacksonsville visited some of the Saints & rode to Exeter & dined with Brother Phineas Young. From thence to Brother Samuel Fowler & spent the night. Sister Fowler was formerly the wife of Brother Seth Hitchcock who died with the Cholera in Mo in 1834 as a member of our tent. Distance 25.

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15th We spent the night after travling 27 miles with Mr Platt. 27.

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16th MOST INTERESTING DAY I rode to Mr Cleavelands & once more had the happy privilege of greeting Sister Emma Smith who had taken up her abode for a season with her Children in the house of Sister Cleavland. We dined with Sister Smith. She had passed through a scene of affliction since I last saw her & even now Joseph her husband is in prison with other Saints through the power of Persecution.

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We next rode to Quincy 4 miles & here an interesting scene presented itself to my view. I first called at a house which was occupied by Father & Mother Smith the Patriarch of the Church & also Samuel & Carlos & their families. I then went out into the street & the Saints that I have formerly been acquainted with met me on every hand such as Percy, Clapp, Allexander & A. O. Smoot & their families from the south, & B. Young John  Tailor, J. P Green R Cahoon, B Andrews A & S Milliken with most [p.321] all of the other Kirtland Saints & soon Br Jonathan H. Hale comes along with a shovel on his back & says how do you do Brother Woodruff & in fact I saw so many of my old friends I hardly knew who to go home with first.

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Finally I Concluded to go & spent the night with Brother Hale & we had an interesting time together in talking about our travels together upon the Islands of the Sea & also Br Hale gave me an account of his sufferings & those of his family & all the Saints in Missouri during the past winter. For they have suffered much from the inhaditants of Missouri who have turned mob with Governour Bogs at their head. They came upon the Saints from time to time in battle aray. They shot the Saints down like wild beasts & butcherd others in cool blood &nocked the brains out of some after they [had] taken them prisioners. The soldiers shot down the cattle cows & hogs of the Saints for the purpose of destroying them.

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The Saints at times stood in their own defence & some of their enemies fell befor them & In consequence of which the Governour Issued orders for the final extermination of the Saints out of the State & sent a general after his own heart to execute his orders forthwith & this is the cause of there leeving the State & coming to Quincy. The whole City far west had to surrender to the malicia. The Presidency with about 60 others was cast into prision & chains. They are all delivered excepting eleven persons. The mob used every exertion to take the life of Joseph & others but through the mercy of God there lives were in the hands of God & not there enemies.

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Elder David W. Patten one of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Chosen to bear the keys of this last kingdom was one of the marters of the persecution in Missouri in the winter of 1838 he sealed his testimony with his Blood. He died strong in that faith that he had boldly declared through the U.S.A. for the last 7 years of his life &c. Distance 20 m.

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[p.322] 17th Sunday I held a council in the morning with Elders B. Young & J. Taylor of the Twelve. We then met with the Church in Quincy. B. Young took the lead of the meeting & gave much important instruction. There was a Letter read from the committy in Far West praying the Brethren in Quincy to send teams & money for the removing of fifty families of poor Saints from far west to Quincy. There was a contribution taken up for the purpose. About $50 dollars & a number of teams to go.

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We then communed together & the meeting Closed & a Council followed. I was called upon to state to the council the procedings of the conference in Springfield & after laying before them the procedings of that conference the Council of the Church in Quincy voted that Elder Jonathan Dunham be reproved for Calling a conference in Springfield but more esspecially for cherishing & fellowshiping that wrong spirit of Brewsters. They also voted that Elder Dunham make confession & satisfaction to the Church in Springfield before he procede on his Journey.

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The Council then adjourned untill early candle light at which time they met & continued untill midnight & then adjourned. I returned to Br Hales & spent the night.

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March 18th I spent the day in Quincy visiting the Saints. I visited the family of Br Lyman Wight. Sister Wight was well & her Children. Brother Wight was still in prison in Liberty Clay Co Mo with Joseph, Hiram, & others. I also obtained my trunk that had been in the hands of Sister Wight for a number of years. It contained some of my Journals that I wrote in New Hartford con.

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I visited a number of families that had Camped on the bank of the river. They were in a suffering Condition with Cold, rain & mud & some the want of food. I visited the Brothers Higbys &c. After spending the day in this manner & holding a council with two of the Twelve whare It was decided that the twelve immediately moove their families to  Quincy [p.323] that we might be together in council, I again spent the night with Br Hale. 5 miles.

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19th I spent the day in Quincy. It rained hard.  I wrote a letter to Elder M Holmes.

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20th We left Quincy in the rain to return home at Rochester. We had not proceded far before our horses got stalled in the mud & broke the waggon tongue. We soon got out mended up & went on. We rode 14 miles & spent the night a[t] friend Clark. 14.

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21st Rode to New Liberty. From thence to Kingston & called on Br Wilber. From thence to Philips ferry.  Crossed by moon light & spent the night with Mr Perry a friendly man to the Saints. 37 m.

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22st Rode to Exeter. Called on Brother Fowler. Found a sick man healed that we lade hands upon as we went up. We called upon Phineas Young & rode to Brother Herret’s & spent the night. 37.

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23d Rode to Springfield. I called the Church together in order for a council. They came together at candle light at the room of Br Daniels. The house was called to order. Elder Willford Woodruff was called to the Chair & Elder Edwin P. Merriam Clerk.

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I opened the meeting by prayer & addressed the Church in great plainness one hour. As Elder Dunham had transgressed openly before the Church I rebuked him openly & protested against the spirit he possessed & maintained during the Springfield Conference ie the Brewster Spirit. Elder Simeon Carter followed me & maintained the principle with me & so did the others that spoke. Elder Jonathan Dunham arose & confessed his fault & asked forgiveness & also Br Brewster & some others & we forgave them all.

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I next made a request of the Church to make a [p.324] Collection in the behalf of the poor Saints in Far West or for their removal & their was about $70 dollars donated for this purpose & a messenger immediately sent to Quincy with the money for that purpose. We then closed our Council & I spent the night with Br Whittle. The Distance of the day 24.

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24th Sunday I returned to my dwelling in Rochester.

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25th  I wrote to Br Nathaniel Thomas. mil.

April

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April 1st I have spent several days drawing rails & settleing my business in order to move to Quincy.

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3rd    My life from my childhood hath ever been attended with a continued succession of the greatest dangers & misfortunes almost that are incident to human life. I was this morning also delivered by the mercy of God out of great dangers while riding upon the running part of a waggon without the box the bolt droped out of the reach or cupling pole & I was sitting upon the bolster over the foremost wheels & the waggon parted & I was immediately closed or shut up between the bolster & tongue. The horses being frightend they ran with me & dragged me upon the ground for several minutes. I was soon enabled to run the horses into a fence & stoped them untill I could extricate myself from the difficulty.

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April 8th I took the parting hand with the Saints in Rochester & left for Quincy with my family. I passed through Springfield [and] Jacksonsville. Crossed the river at Philips ferry. We arived in Quincy on the 16th being 8 days on the road during which time I was severely afflicted with sore eyes. The whole distance 120 miles.

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17th I settled my family in Quincy & prepared myself to accompany the twelve to fulfill a  certain [p.325] revelation & commandment of the Lord which required us to take our leave of the Saints at far west on the 26th day of April 1839 for the nations of the earth.

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April 18th 1839 I left Quincy in company with three of the Twelve viz. Brigham Young Orson Pratt & John Taylor also George A Smith & father Cutler for the purpose of visiting far West. We travled to the ferry oposite of Marion City & crossed the river & spent the night at the bluff. Distance of the day 24 miles.

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19 Rode to Clinton & spent the night. <Distance of the day> 34 miles.

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20th Rode 30 miles & Camped.

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21st <We?> passed through Huntsville. Crossed a 9 mile prairie. The rods were full of the Saints that were fleeing from Missouri to Illinois for they were driven from their houses & lands by the State with Governour Boggs at their head & that to against all law rights & the Constitution. 30.

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22 Passed through Kettsville & rode 30 miles & camped. 30.

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23rd Rode to a groove 6 east of Tenys groove. 31 m.

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24th We spent the day at the groove.

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25th We Rode to far west & spent the night at the house of Br Morris Phelps. Br Phelps was still in Prision. 30.

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April 26th 1839 The events of this day are worthy of record for a Revelation of God & commandment is this day fulfilled & that to under Circumstances which to all human  appearance could not have [p.326] been done. The Lord had given a Commandment to the Twelve to assemble upon the building spot of the house of the Lord in far west Caldwell Co Mo on the 26th day of April & there take the parting hand with the Saints to go to the nations of the earth. (See Aug 10th 1838.) But persecution had arisen to such an highth that about ten thousand souls of the Saints had been driven from the State, & the city far west almost made desolate & lade waste while at the same time the Presidency Joseph & his council with other Elders were in prision & they had been under the sentance of death several times because of their religion & they would have been put to death had not the Lord saved them for their lives were in his hands & notwithstanding the lives of those men were preserved yet there were about thirty five souls martered & put to death. David W. Patten one of the Twelve Apostles were among the marterd. And not ownly so but the Missourians had sworn that the revelation above alluded to should not be fulfilled.

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It was in the midst of these imbaressments that we mooved forward to the building spot of the house of the Lord in the City of far west & held a Council & fulfilled the revelation & Commandment & took our leave of the Saints & rode 32 miles & Camped. 32 miles.

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COUNCIL

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At a Council held at Far West by the Twleve, High Priests, Elders, & Priests on the twenty Sixth of April 1839 The following resolutions were adopted:

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Resolved that the following persons should be no more fellowshiped in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints but excommunicated from the Same, viz. Isaac Russel, Mary Russel, John Goodson & wife, Jacob Scott senr. & wife, Isaac Scott, Jacob Scott jun. Ann Scott, Sister Walton, Robert Walton, Sister Cavanaugh, Ann Wanlass, William Dawson Sen & wife, George Nelson, Joseph Nelson & wife & Mother, Wm. Warnock & wife, Jotham Magnard, Nelson Magnard, George Miller, Br Griggs & wife, George  Walters, [p.327] Luman Gibbs, Simeon Gardner & Freeborn Gardner.

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The Council then proceded to the building spot of the Lords house when the following business was transacted: Part of a Hymn was sung on the mission of the Twelve. Elder Cutler the Master workman of the house then recommenced laying the foundation of the LORD’S house agreeable to revelation by rooling up a large stone near the South east corner.

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The following of the Twelve were present: Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimble, Orson Pratt, John E. Page, & John Taylor, who proceded to ordain (on the chief corner stone of the building) Willford Woodruff & George A. Smith, (who had been previously nominated by the first Presidency, accepted by the Twelve, & acknowledged by the Church,) to the office of the Twelve to fill the place of those who had fallen. Darwin Chase & Norman Shearer (who had Just been liberated from Richmond prison whare they had been confined for the cause of Jesus Christ) were then Ordained to the office of the Seventies.

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The Twelve then offered up vocal Prayer in the following order: Brigham Young, Heber C Kimble, Orson Pratt, John E. Page, John Taylor, Willford Woodruff & George A. Smith, after which we Sung Adamondi ahmon & then the Twelve took (the parting hand) their leave of the following Saints agreeable to revelation: Alpheus Butler, Elias Smith, Norman Shearer, Wm. Berton, Stephen Markham, Shedrick Roundy, Wm. C. Clark, John W. Clark, Hezekiah Peck, Darwin Chase, Richard Howard, Mary Ann Peck, Artimisha Grainger, Martha Peck, Sarah Granger, Theadore Turley, Hiram Clark & Daniel Shearer.

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Elder Alpheus Cutler then placed the stone before alluded to in its regular position after which in consequence of the peculiar situation of the Saints he thought it wisdom to adjourn untill some future time when the Lord should open the way expressing his determination then to procede with the building. * * * * * * * * * * * See Sept 25th 1838.

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[p.328] Written upon the Death of Elder David W. Patten who was martered in Missouri in 1838 for the word of God & the testimony of Jesus Christ. He was the first marter of the quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints chosen to build up the kingdom of GOD & prepare for the coming of Christ.

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Hear O earth, Israel thy dark slumber break as the American gentile trembles at the thought that an angel again should visit the earth & the abundance of light & truth reveal, which lays babyions mighty towers in desolations vault, while Zion proves a refuges for the Saint that is prepared for the second Comeing of Jesus Christ.

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The fulness of times arived. A youth of the loins of ancient Joseph cries to God. The veil of eternity rends in twain. To earth an angel bends his way & comforts a Joseph’s heart while light & truth enwrap[es?] his soul. Truth startels from the dust to do its work. Like the Unicorn Ephraims horns appear in the rolling of the kingdom of God, to rend the garb of ignorance & superstitions reign to make room for the Church of Christ as out of the wilderness she comes to stand upon the earth in human view with all her perfect body.

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Twelve apostles of Jesus Christ were Chosen, & DAVID PATTEN whose life with Christ was hid in God among them stood, & being clothed with the spirit of his mission he went forth in defence of the Word of God. His voice was herd, from Maine to Missouri he blew the gospel trump. At his command the blind did see, the lame did leap, the sick were healed, & light & truth prevaled. Plain in his precept faith his constant shield, he feared no power of earth. By the power of the Holy Ghost oft the Priesthood he confered. Willford received it from under his hand while the spirit bore testimony of its truth. But David’s earthly mission was of short duration. Seven years closes his apostleship among men & wafts his faithful soul to a glory celestial.

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[p.329] David hath fallen. Did he fall alone? No about thirty of the Saint because of their religion hath found one common grave & with them American liberty is buried, & cast a dark Stain upon the eagles breast, Because American sons have her sons oppressed. Missouri is the first her countrys laws to disgrace. Among her bloody deeds she’s pierced an Apostles breast with lead & stolen a valuable life, & exterminated ten thousand Saints from the State. Blessed be David who Died in faith, in peace, with Heber by his side he gave up the GHOST.

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April 27th We had entered into a covenant to see the poor saints all mooved out of Missouri into Illinois that they might be delivered from under the hand of such vile persecution & we have spared no pains to accomplish this object untill the Lord hath given us the desires of our hearts in this thing & we have now the last company of the poor with us that can be removed.

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Br Parley P Pratt one of the Twelve & Morris Phelps are still in Prision & of course we shall be under the necessity of leaving them for a season.

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Early this morning we commenced our Journey from this groove in upper Missouri to return to Quincy Ill. The company Consisted of Seven of the twelve & a number of the Committy & several other families of the Saints. We continued our Journey & crossed the Missisippi River on the Steam ferry at Quincy on the 2nd Day of May & spent the night with my family in Quincy being 6 Days on the rode from the {R} grove to Quincy & travled 163 miles. Distance 163 miles.

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May 3rd This was an interesting day to my soul. I left Quincy in Company with five others of the Twelve & rode four miles out of town to Mr Cleaveland’s to visit Brother Joseph Smith jr. & his family. We arived at his house & once more had the happy privilege of  taking Brother Joseph by the hand. Two years had rolled away since I had seen [p.330] his face. He greeted us with great Joy.

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He had just received deliverance from prision & the hand of his enemies & returned to the bosom of his family & friends & also Hiram his brother & Lyman Wight & two other brethren. They had been confined in prison about six months & had been under the sentence of death three times. But yet there lives were in the hands of God & could not be taken by their enemies & they were now at home & we in their midst rejoicing together. Joseph was frank open & familiar as usual. Sister Emma was truly happy. The Bishops of the Church were present also & after spending the day rejoicing together we returned to Quincy. 8 miles.

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/4th See May 29 whare this Council is recorded./

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May 4th A general conference commenced this morning on the Prysbeterian camp ground 2 miles north of Quincy. Joseph Smith jr. was President of the Conference. It was an interesting time. Much business of consequence was accomplished during the day. It truly gave us great Joy to once more sit in conference with Br Joseph. Brothers Albert Smith Isaac Ouderkark & J. H. Hale spent the night with me in Quincy. 4 miles.

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May 5th Sunday I attended Conference. We had a vary interesting day. Joseph address the congregation & also Sidney & was followed by the Twelve. At the Close of the day a Collection was taken up for the poor.  I wrote a letter to Br Nathaniel Thomas.

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6th I met with the quorum of the Seventies in the morning & after some Council their was about sixty ordained Elders & members of the Seventies. I then met Brother Joseph in Company with the Twelve & Bishops at the house of Bishop Partridge. We again had an interesting time with Brother Joseph. This was the end of the conference.

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[p.331] Several of the Brethren attended this conference that was wounded by the Missouri mob one of which I will mention which was Brother ISAAC LEANY who was in company with about twenty others at Hawns mill in upper Missouri when a large armed mob fell upon them with loaded rifles & other weapons & shot down Seventeen of the Saints & murdered them in cool blood.

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Brother Leany flead from the midst of this seanery & while fleeing the mob poured forth a shower of balls upon him which pierced his body through and through. He showed me eleven ball holes in his body. Their was 27 in his shirt, 7 in his pantaloons, & his coat literally cut to rags. One ball entered his body at one armpit & came out at the other. Another entered the back & came out at the breast. A ball passed through each hip through each leg & each arm. All this was while he was running for life & as strange as it may appear all those wounds with one broken rib did not lessen his speed in the least but he entirely out run his enemies & saved his life. We can ownly acknowledge it to be by the power & mercy of God.

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Brother Joseph Young was among the number. He also fled & although the balls flew around him like hailstones yet he was not wounded. How marvelous are the ways of the Lord.

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7th Spent the day in conversation with the Twelve.

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8th Spent the day in writing this Journal & also the 9th.

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10th & 11th Was spent in writing.

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12th Sunday I met in council with the twelve & the quorums of the seventies. We had an interesting meeting. Some important things or business was transacted this day. It was voted this day that none of the seventies go out to preach unless they get a recommend  from their presidency & they go out [p.332] under their direction. Also a committy was Chosen to see to the families of the Seventies that go out & preach.

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Also a committy of five was Chosen to labour with Elder Lyman Wight for presenting the subject of politicks through the public press in a manner that was derogatory to the Character of the church & closing up what public feeling there was manifest in our favor.

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13th & 14th I spent in preparing myself to move to Commerce or Montrose in the Ioway Territory. I  wrote a Letter to Elder Milton Holmes by the direction of the Twelve informing him of his appointment to England.

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15 I moved my family from the place that I have been residing in Quincy & commenced my journey for Montrose. It commenced raining & I ownly drove to the committy house & spent the night.

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16 Brother Brigham Young & myself left the committy house & with our families we rode 15 miles & camped. 15.

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17 Travled 15 miles & camped in the bottom of an open prairie. 15.

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18 We Travled to Commerce & called upon Brother Joseph & his family. I also saw Brothers Clark Turley & Ripley. Br Ripley was surveying out a city plot which included Joseph’s farm.

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Notwithstanding the Saints are driven from city to city & from place to place yet they are not discouraged but are determined to build a city wharever their lot is cast showing themselves to be industrious & determined to maintain the kingdom of God. I next visited President Rigdon & Hyrum Smith & Elder George Robison & several other brethren. Commerce is beautiful for situation though there is but two or three dwellings in the town as yet.

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I then crossed the Missisippi river in the [p.333] ferry boat owned by George Robison. We landed at Montrose in the {IOWA}. This is the first time I ever visited this Territory. Montrose was built for a garrison in 1834 by the USA for the army. It contains about 12 blocks of buildings making about 75 rooms in all.

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I moved into Doct Galland office in Company with Elder Nobles for the night. The distance of the day 10.

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19th Sunday I remained at home resting my body & mind.

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20th I moved my family & affects about 20 rods into a room in front of the public square a room occupied by Elder Eligah Fordham. I occipied it by permission of Mr Kilbourn. I also assisted Br Fordham in moving his goods.

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Montrose is now inhabited by all classes of people. About one half are now members of the Church. The remainder of the people are a mixture of all classes. The most of them are eastern men. There is however a Small number of Missourians. There is a man by the name of Camel who is a desperado regardless of all law & consequences which makes much trouble in the place. Doct GALLAND & Mr Kilbourn are the principle owners of the place.

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May 21st I spent this day vary pleasently. I rode out on a land excursion in viewing the territory for several miles in the regions around Montrose our company consisted of seven persons viz the first Presidency Joseph, Sidney & Hiram three of the Twelve Brigham George & Willford one of the seventy Br Bates Nobles & also Brother Elias Higby making the eight person.

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Brother Nobles prepared a dinner for the company. We travled over the most beautiful Country I ever saw mostly prairie but some timber.  Br Joseph’s horse ran with him with great speed on the prairie about a quarter of a mile before he stoped him. The company  returned across the river to [p.334] Commerce about 4 oclock PM. It was about 1 1/2 mile across the Missisippi river from Commerce to Montrose.

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At about the close of the day a circumstance hapned that was not so pleasant. Br Joseph B Nobles was plowing a peace for a garden that he had got of Mr Kilbourn & before he had finished the peace of ground Campbell & his Clan came down with their cluds & took his horses by the bits & ordered him off from the ground. Campbell had no right there. It was ownly a mob spirit. Br Nobles left the ground to keep the peace. 10 miles.

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22  I wrote a long letter to my parents & Sister in Connecticut. I wrote a short poem in it upon the death of Br Asahel. *

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Behold the signs of the times. A mob man by the name of Rocky Mountain (or he is called such) commenced pulling down a long barn in Montrose at the garrisson. The people or Mr Boothe issued a warrent against him & he armed himself drew his pistol upon the officer & would not be taken. The sheriff summons a number of men to assist him in taking the man but they refused to serve. He next summonds myself & Bishop Riply. I immediately mounted a horse & followed the criminal into the woods. We overtook him in a thicket of bushes & compelled him to Surrender. He was taken to court & fined.

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23d Elder Brigham Young moved into the room with me in Commerce.

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24th Five of the quorum of the Twelve were at my house. We took a walk into the prairie. Visited about 20 mounds. Saw the grave of a Lamanite Chief. Returned home & spent the night.

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25th I crossed the river with the Twelve to Commerce Ill. & spent the day in Council with Joseph. We had a vary important & Interesting time. We received much Council from  Joseph. Brother Wm. [p.335] Smith was restored to his Quorum. The Council held untill night. We returned to Montrose & spent the night at home. <Distance of the day> 5 miles.

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May 26 Sunday I crossed the river to commerce & attended meeting at the house of Brother Joseph’s. Elder O. Pratt preached & was follwed by Elder John Taylor. We returned home & spent the night. <Distance> 5 mil.

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27th I spent the day in writing.

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28 Elder Brigham Young mooved from my room four rods south. The man Called Rocky Mountain aided by another man again commenced pulling down the long barn. They commit about $2.00 dollars damage before they left it. Mr Boothe went to Port Madison to obtain a warrant & an officer to take him.

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29th I coppied the minutes of the general Council held in Quincy Ill. on the 4th of May 1839. <[—].> /See May 4 when this Council was held./

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Minutes of a general Conference held by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at the presbyterians camp ground near Quincy Adams County Illinois on Saturday the 4th of May 1839:

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At eleven oclock the meeting was called to order and President Joseph Smith jr. appointed Chairman. A hymn was then sung when President Smith made a few observations on the state of his own peculiar feelings after having been so long seperated from his brethren &c &c & then proceded to open the meeting by prayer when after some preliminary remarks by Elder J.P. Green & President Rigdon Concerning a certain purchase of land in the Iaway Territory made for the Church by the Presidency.

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The following resolutions were unanimously adopted: 1st Resolved that Almand Babbit,  Erastus Snow, & Robert B Thompson be appointed a traveling [p.336] committy to gather up & obtain all the libellious reports & Publications which have been circulated against our Church as well as the historical matter connected with said church which they can possibly obtain.

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2d Resolved that Bishop Knights be appointed or received into the Church in full Bishopric.

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3d Resolved that this conference does entirely sanction the purchase lately made for the Church in the Iaway Territory as also the agency thereof.

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4th Resolved that Elder Granger be appointed to go to kirtland & take the charge and oversight of the house of the Lord and preside over the general affairs of the Church in that place.

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5th Resolved that the advice of this conference to the brethren living in the eastern states is for them to move to kirtland and vicinity thereof and again settle that place as a stake of Zion provided that they may feel so inclined in prefference of going further west.

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6th Resolved that George A Smith be ordained to the place of Thomas B Marsh as one of the twelve /acknowled[ged] as one of the Twelve Apostles/.

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7th Resolved that this Conference are entirely satisfied with and do give their Sanction to the procedings of the conference of the Twelve and their friends held on the Temple Spot at Far West Missouri on friday the 26th of April last.

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8th Resolved that we also Sanction the act of the Council held Same date at Same place in cutting off from the Communion of said Church certain persons mentioned in the minutes thereof.

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9th Resolved that Elder Orson Hide & Wm. Smith be allowed the privilege of appearing personally before the next general Conference of the Church to give an account of their Conduct & that in the /mean/ time they be both suspended from exercising the functions of their office.

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10th Resolved that the Conference do sanction the mission intended by the Twelve to England and that they will do all in their power to enable them to go.

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[p.337] 11th Resolved that the subject of Elder Rigdon’s going to Washington be adjourned untill tomorrow.

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12th Resolved that the next general Conference be held on the first Saturday in October next at Commerce at the house of Elder Rigdon.

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13th That we now adjourn untill tomorrow at 10 oclock.

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Joseph Smith jr. President

  1. Mulholland Clerk

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Sunday the fifth Met according to adjournment at 10 AM. Meeting or conference opened as usual by prayer Singing &c. when it was resolved that this Conference do send a delegate to the City of Washington to lay our case before the general Government and that President Rigdon be appointed to that office.

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2d Resolved that Almond Babit be sent to Springfield Ill. clothed with authority & required to set to rights the Church in that place in every way which may become necessary according to the order of the Church of Jesus Christ.

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3d Resolved that Col Lyman Wight be appointed to receive the affidabits which are to be sent to the City of Washington, after which the afternoon was spent in hearing instruction from the Presidency & those of the Twleve present when at 5 oclock P.M. conference adjurned according to the resolution of Saturday viz untill the first Saturday in October next at Commerce Illinois.

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Joseph Smith jr Chairman

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May 30th The spirit of mobocracy increases in Montrose & the Ioway &c. I spent the day gardning & Choping wood.

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31 I spent the day writing. I purchased a Cow of Mr Stebbins with a Calf a week old & paid $22 dollars for the same.

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[p.338] June 1  I wrote a lengthy letter to Brother Joseph F Carter.

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2d Sunday The spirit of the mob or of a lawless bandity was manifest this morning. One was walking in front of our houses with his drawn sword while others were riding on horsback with flags strung upon poles crying out the mormons are despised, &c & also threatning the lives of others.

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7th I spent the week with my family in Montrose. Nothing of great Interest transpired during the time.

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8th I Received a Recommend from the first Presidency to go to the Nations of the Earth, that reads as follows:

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Recommendation

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To the Saints Scattered abroad, to the Nations of Europe, and to the World:

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Be it known unto you that Elder Willford Woodruff is fully authorized to Preach the gospel of Jesus Christ & his testimony can be relied on. He is a man of unexceptionable character and received his authority & Priesthood from under the hands of the Residincy authorities of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints who was called by actual revelation from God. Therefore God will bless him and bear record by his power thereby Confirming his word & ministry. Thus testifieth your humble servents.

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Quincy Ill       Sidney Rigdon

June 3rd 1839          Hyrum Smith

Joseph Smith jr.

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June 10th I  wrote a letter to Br Seth Utley at Chalk level Benton County Tenn.

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16th Sunday President S. Rigdon Preached in Montrose, Lee County Ioway Territory to a large Congregation, from Acts 20 ch. 20, 21 v.

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[p.339] 17th  I wrote a letter to Elder M. Holmes. I am spending these days at home with my family & preparing to go on my mission to England.

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ON the first of June there was a Conference held in Quincy principly for the benefit of the Seventies. Joseph was president of the meeting, & the Seventies learned that it was not the will of God that they should appoint or have a Committy or Committies to take care of their poor &c. but that Bishops were the authorities that God had appointed for that purpose & that they Should procede according to that order & they did so & gave up the Committy which they had appointed.

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20th I am quite out of health this day. I had an interview with five of the quorum of the Twelve. We feel & believe that it is the most important period & age of the world of any since man was upon the earth. We read with much interest the history of Israel in travling from Egypt to Canaan & search with Interest the prophesies of Isaiah & all the prophets in the Bible the stick of Judah.

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But if possible there is feelings of greater interest vibrating our bosoms on reading the Book of Mormon the stick of Joseph in the hands of Ephraim to behold the faith manifest of Lehi, Nephi, Alma, Mormon, & Moroni & many others I might name who obtained a promise of the Lord by faith that blessings should rest upon there seed in the last days. /{   JOSEH The Lamanites}/

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And we now behold the Lamanites in these last days, still wandering about among the gentiles cast down & dejected with nothing more than a blanket upon their naked bodies & without the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ or a knowledge of there forefathers. But blessed be God for he hath promised them a blessing in these last days even the blessings of the Everlasting gospel & it is now to spedily come upon them as not many days hence will show.

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June 25 I spent the day in Montros with the [p.340] Twelve there being six of the quorum present. Orson Hide was one of the number, & a more humble & penitant man I never saw, & well he might be for in the time of the persecution in Zion or far west, he deserted the Cause, denyed the faith & betrayed his brethren, & assisted Thomas B. Marsh (the president of the Twelve Apostles) in jeperdizing the lives of Joseph & his Council & the whole church in Zion & the blood of the whole of them would have been shed if they had not been spared by the immediate hand of God. Brother Hide for several months past has had a deep scense of his high handed wickedness & the horrors of hell has roll’d oer his soul even to the wasting of his flesh & he has now humbled himself in the dust desiring to return to the Church.

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The manner that O. Hide & T. B Marsh Jepopardized the Church was by bearing fals testimony against the presidency & the Church before the authorities of the State of Missouri which was a leading Cause of the Governour’s calling out thirty thousand of the Militia against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints & when the Militia Came out against the Church, Col George M. Hinkle (an Elder in church & the one that led the Saints as they went out to stand in their own defence) sold the presidency & the whole Church into the hands of the Malitia which were determined on taking our lives. Yea Hinkle proved one of the worst of traitors that ever occupied a standing on earth. Yet the Lord deliverd his Saints & Blessed be his name.

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26 I Crossed the river with the Twelve to Commerce & spent the day in council with the Twelve & two of the Presidency. Joseph was not present.

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The subject of Br Hide was discused. President Rigdon expressed his opinion vary plain & forcably. He said he feared that if Br Hide returned to his quorum that when the next trial Came he would desert the Church as he had done before but said if it was the will of God he was willing that Br Hide should return to his quorum.

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Interesting remarks were made from Ephe 1 ch. [p.341] 17, 18 verses.  But more esspecially from St. John XIV ch. 15 to 31 vers the other Comforter. Note the 23 v. &c.

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June 27th I spent the day in Commerce in Council with the Presidency & Twelve. We had an interesting day. Joseph was president of the Council. Brother Orson Hide was restored to the Church and the quorum of the Twelve in full fellowship by a full vote of the Council, after making an humble Confession & acknowledgement of his sins &c.

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Among the vast number of the Keys of the Kingdom of God Joseph presented the following one to the Twelve for there benefit in there experience & travels in the flesh which is as follows:

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In order to detect the devel when he transforms himself nigh unto an angel of light. When an angel of God appears unto man face to face in personage & reaches out his hand unto the man & he takes hold of the angels hand & feels a substance the same as one man would in Shaking hands with another he may then know that it is an angel of God, & he should place all Confidence in him. Such personages or angels are Saints with there resurrected Bodies.

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But if a personage appears unto man & offers him his hand & the man takes hold of it & he feels nothing or does not sens any substance he may know it is the devel, for when a Saint whose body is not resurrected appears unto man in the flesh he will not offer him his hand for this is against the law given him & in keeping in mind these things we may detec the devil that he decieved us not.

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28 Spent the day at home in writing. Yesterday I let the Bishops have my forty acre lot in far west Mo. I deeded the lot to a man by the name of Blefens in payment of the landing point four miles South of the garrison in Montrose.

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30th  Wrote a letter to Sister Lydia Luce. Sunday met in Montrose & broake bread  with the Church. Three of the Twelve were present & bore [p.342] testimony.

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July 1st  I wrote a letter to Sister Sarah Milliken & made some boxes &c.

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2d THIS was an interesting day. The First Presidency Joseph & his Council Came across the river to Montrose to spend the day with the Twelve to bless them & their families before they left for other Nations.

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In the fore part of the day we rode four miles down the river to see the place called Blefens point whare the Saints expected to build a town. Joseph pronounced it good & we returned. The whole company dined at my dwelling Consisting of about Twelve persons. After dinner we all assembled at Elder Brigham Young house for meeting.

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President Hiram Smith opened the meeting by prayer after which the Presidency lade their hands upon my head & sealed a blessing upon me President Rigdon being speaker. They also sealed a blessing upon the head of Elder’s George A Smith & Turley, Also upon the head of Sister Young Sister Tailor & my wife. If we were faithful we had the promise of again returning to the bosom of our families & being blesed on our mission & having many Souls as seals of our ministry.

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After the blessings were bestowed Brother Hiram Smith arose & gave The Twelve Some interesting advice and Council Considering it best to say nothing but repentance to this generation or at least to preach the first principles of the gosepl as that was as much as this generation could endure & many other things he said of interest.

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Then Joseph arose & presented some precious things of the kingdom unto us in the power of the Holy Ghost, yea precious principles that ought to be engraven upon our hearts & practiced in our lives, some of which are as follows:

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Ever keep in exercise the principles of mercy & be ready to forgive our brother on the first intimations of repentance & asking forgiveness & should we [p.343] even forgive our brother or our enemy before they ask it our heavenly father would be equally as merciful unto us & also we ought to be willing to repent of & confess all of our own sins & keep nothing back, & let the Twelve be humble & not be exalted & beware of pride & not seek to excell one above another but act for each others good & honerably make mention of each others name in our prayrs before the Lord & before our fellow men, & not backbite & devour our brother.

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Why will not man learn wisdom by precept & example at this late age of the world & not be oblieged to learn every thing we know by sad experiance? Must the new ones that are chosen to fill the places of those that are fallen of the quorum of the Twelve, begin to exhalt themselves untill they get so high that they will tumble over & have a great fall & go wallowing through the mud, mire, & darkness Judas like to the buffating of Satan as several of the Twelve have done, or will they learn wisdom & be wise? (O God give them wisdom & keep them humble I pray.)

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When the Twelve or any other witness of Jesus Christ stands befor the Congregations of the earth & they preach in the power & demonstration of the Holy Ghost & the people are asstonished & confounded at the doctrin & say that that man has preached a powerful discours a great sermon then let that man or those men take care that they do not asscribe the glory unto themselves but be careful that they are humble & asscribe the praise & glory to God & the Lamb for it is by the power of the Holy Priesthood & the Holy Ghost that they have power thus to speak. What art thou O man but dust & from wholm dost thou received thy power & blessings but from God?

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Then O ye Twelve notice this  key & be wise for Christ sake & your own souls sake. Ye are not sent out to be taught but to teach. Let every man be Sober be vigilent & let all his words be seasoned with grace & keep in mind that it is a day of warning & not of many words.

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Act honest before God & man. Beware of gentile [p.344] sophestry such as bowing & scraping unto men in wholm you have no Confidence. Be honest open & frank in all your intercourse with mankind.

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O ye Twelve and all Saints, profit by this important Key   that in all your trials, troubles, & temptations, afflictions bonds imprisionment & death see to it that you do not betray heaven, that you do not betray Jesus Christ, that you do not betray your Brethren, & that you do not betray the revelations of God whether in the bible, Book of Mormon, or Doctrine & Covenants or any of the word of God. Yea in all your kicking, & floundering see to it that you do not this thing lest innocent blood be found in your skirts & you go down to hell.

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We may ever know by this sign that there is danger of our being led to a fall & aposticy, when we give way to the devil so as to neglect the first known duty. But whatever you do do not betray your Friend.

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July 4th I spent this day of Independance in assisting Brothers Young & Taylor in preparing a peace for the first paper or NO of the Times & Seasons published in Commerce.

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6th  I received a letter from Sister Eunice dated June 15th. I spent the day in aranging my trunk, Clothes, Books &c to prepare for my mission to England.

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7th Sunday This is an important day & worthy of record because of the important Scenes which transpir’d as follows:

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I crossed the Missisippi river in the ferry boat with Mrs Woodruff in company with two of the Twelve & about one hundred Saints which went to Commerce from Montrose to attend a meeting that the Twelve might deliver their farewell address before they left for England. When we arived at the place of meeting Elder John E. Page was speaking. He occupied the stand in the forepart of the day & spoke much upon the proof of the book of Mormon.

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[p.345] In the afternoon brother John Taylor spoke & bore testimony also of the things of God. I followed him in testimony & rejoiced in having the privilege of once more addressing the body of the church. Brother Orson Hide followed me & he had the spirit of the Lord. Brother Brigham Young next spoke & also bore testimony in the spirit.

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We was then addressed by President S. Rigdon & his address was peculiarly adapted to the circumstances of the Twelve taking their leave of all they hold dear on earth & go forth from their own nation & stand before the kings & rulers of the nations of the earth to bear testimony unto them of the fulness of the everlasting gospel of Jesus Christ. His address was of such a nature in appealing to our affections, in parting with our wives, and Children, & the peculiarity of our mission, the perils that we might meet with, & the blessings that we should receive, &c. that tears was brought from many eyes.

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Joseph addressed us in few words & says remember brethren that if you are imprisiond Brother Joseph has been imprisond before you. If you are placed whare you can ownly see your Brethren through the grates of a window while in Irons because of the gospel of Jesus Christ remember Brother Joseph has been in like circumstances also. After other similar remarks the meeting closed & three persons were Baptized & Confirmed which ended the duties of the day.

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REFLECTIONS Surely this is an important day to behold. A quorum of Twelve Apostles of the Lamb of God organized in these last days to go forth unto all the nations of the earth to prune the vineyard once more for the last time that the Saints may be prepared for the second [coming] of Christ, & that Israel may be gatherd & babylon fall & the earth once more clensed from its pollutions & wickedness swept from the face thereof.  May the Lord enable us the Twelve ever to be meek & humble & to lie passive in this hands as the clay is in the hands of the potter & may we ever realize that while we are in the service of God & doing his will, that though [p.346] we may be surrounds by mobs & threatened with death that the Lord is our deliverer & that he will support us in every time of trouble & trial.

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July 8th I spent in writing.

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9th I regulated my trunks & set my house in order for my Journey.  I wrote a letter to Elder John Herret & sent him the Prospectus.

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10th I Crossed the River. Saw some lamanites. I spent the day in Montrose Commerce with Joseph & some of the Twelve in aranging a selection of Hymns for the Church. [5?].

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11 I rode out with Phebe & Brother & Sister Smoot 4 miles west of montrose across a beautiful prairie to a plantation of Brother Hawleys. He was breaking prairie & had a fair prospect of having a plantation of the first order. Distance 8 m.

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12th I crossed the river with Brother Taylor in a canoe to upper Commerce. Assisted in looking over the proof sheet of the first number of the Times & seasons. We then had an interview with the Presidency & also with Elder Kimble. We went into the River & had a bathe.

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We was Called upon to visit the sick & administer unto them by the laying on of hands. We found quite a number that were sick. Several received a blessings & while administering in spiritual things Joseph Called upon the Twelve to call & visit father Smith /is 68 years of age this day/ & lay hands upon him that he might be healed for he was sick & nigh unto death. We lade hands upon him & he received /[6 sick?]/ a blessing. The thought struck me that the Lord would add unto his life fifteen years, & to Close the scenes of this day, we received the glorious intelligence of the happy deliverence of PARLEY P. PRATT from Prision whare he had been Confined seven months for the  cause of God. Brother Morris Phelps was also delivered with Parley. They [p.347] delivered themselves on the fourth day of July above the setting of the Sun by running over the Jailor & esscaping out of thir hands by mounting some horses that were prepared for that purpose by Orson Pratt, Sister Phelps & others. They were closely persued by the mob & narrowly escaped by leaving behind them their horses Saddles bridles & hats & arived in Quincy on the 10th of July making six days on the road.

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They are now all liberated but two persons viz King Follet & Luman Gibbs. King Follet got out of Prision with Parley but was retaken. May the remainder soon be deliverd I Pray. But Blessed be the Lord God for his mercy in delivering the Saints from prision. <Distance of the day> 8.

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July 13th I spent the day in writing.

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19th I have been called upon to visit the sick many times during the last few days & administer unto them by the laying on of hands for their is many of the Saints that are sick. I crossed the river this morning with Elder Taylor. We visited father Joseph Smith sen & found him still vary sick. We prayed with him & layed hands upon him & he received a blessing.

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And after travling about two miles further, I had the happy privilege of once more taking Elder PARLEY P. PRATT by the     hand, & also O Pratt & Heber Kimble. Br Parley had just arived at Commerce from Joal in Boon County Mo whare he had been Confined about 8 months for the cause of Jesus Christ. I was truly glad to see him.

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In a short time Joseph & Hiram & others Soon rode up to see Parley & in fine it was a happy meeting. I returned home to Montrose feeling thankful to God for his deliverance.

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20th I spent the day [      ].

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22 Joseph was in Montrose & it was a day of Gods power. There was many Sick among  the Saints on [p.348] both sides of the river & Joseph went through the midst of them taking them by the hand & in a loud voice Commanding them in the name of Jesus Christ to arise from their beds & be made whole & they leaped from their beds made whole by the power of God. Elder Eligah Fordham was one among the number & he with the rest of the sick rose from his bed & followed Joseph from house to house & it was truly a time of rejoicing.

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25th    On this day for the first time in my life I have an attack’d of the chills & fefer & I find it a distressing dissease. A number of the quorum of the Twelve are taken Ill. The enemy is striving to bind us down that we shall not go into the vineyard.

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29 My chills & fever still Continues. I took a course of Thompsonian medicine to clens my System. I took 3 emetics & steamed 15 minutes. I thought this would do for one day. I was vary sick.

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Aug 3rd I Received a paper from Brother Ilus F Carter in the City of New York.

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4th Sundy I attended a meeting of Prayer & fasting in Commerce. Joseph gave us good advice.

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6th I still have the fever ague every other day. I in company with Mrs Woodruff rode on horsback 4 miles west across the prairie into Brother Hawleys settlement to see our babe Sarah E at Brother Smoots whare we had Sent her for her health & also to look out a location for a building spot for my family while I am gone to England as the friends in that neighbourhood offer to take care of my family while I am gone.

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And after spending a few hours with them I took the parting hand with them & among the rest our little Sarah Shook hands with me. I shall not see her any more untill I return from  England. May the LORD bless her I pray & preserve her in health untill I [p.349] return that I may see her in flesh. 6 m.

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7th I spent the day in preparing to leave home to go on my long mission to England. I make a sacrafice of my all for Christ sake to do his work. It is no small trial of faith to leave my family & my all & to start on a mission of four thousand miles to preach the gospel to the nations of the earth & that to without money purs or scrip with the power of desease resting upon me even a shock of the fever & aque every other day but yet I do this freely for Christ Sake trusting in him for the recompence of reward. May the Lord give me grace according [to] my day & a safe return to my family which favor I ask in the name of JESUS CHRIST.

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Oct Aug 8th 1839          Early on this important morning I took my departure from the embraces of my companion to go on my mission. She parted with me with that fortitude that becometh a Saint realizing the call & responsibility of her companion. Phebe farewell. Be of good cheer. Remember me in your prayers esspecially as the sun sets in the western horizon. I leave these pages for your careful perusal while I am gone. I shall see thy face again in the flesh. I am gone to obey the Command of JESUS CHRIST.

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The time had come for me to take my departure from my family to carry the gospel of Jesus Christ to the nations of Europe in fulfillment of the commands of God. Accordingly I left a parting blessing with my wife & took my farewell of her & other Saints on the morn of the 8th day of Oct Aug 1839 & left Montrose & crossed the Missisippi river for the purpose of commencing my mission of about six thousand miles & I started without purs or scrip and that to with the fever & ague resting upon me every other day.

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I left in company with Elder John Taylor. We were the first of the quorum of the Twelve that left Nauvoo on this important [day] but the rest expect to follow us immediately. We  rode from Commerce [p.350] across a 16 mile prairie & spent the night at Br Merills. Distance of the day 18 m.

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Oct Aug 9th Rode 10 miles to Brother Perkins. We Passed through Carthage. I spent the day at Br Perkins untill 12 oclock during which time I was suffering under the power of the ague & fever & immediately after the fever came upon me I got into the waggon with Br Perkins & rode to McComb. From thence to Br Carloss Smiths. This was over a rough road of 25 miles & I truly suffered much this day. It seemed as though I should shake to peaces in the waggon with a heavy fever upon me. I spent the night in company with Br Taylor at Br Carloss Smiths. 35.

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/10/ I Commenced taking a box of Sapington’s Anti fever pills which are so highly recommended for the ague & fever as I do not wish to carry the disease any further with me. I attended meeting in the grove. Elder Taylor Preached. I followed him. Although I was weak in body, yet the Lord strengthend me. I spent the night with Br Carlos Smith.

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11 This is my day to be sick with the Ague & fever according to its ususal course but blessed be the Lord I have esscaped it this day. I have taken 14 of the sappingtons pills & they have entirely broaken the ague entirely to all appearance.

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I attended meeting in the grove & herd a discours from Elder John Taylor D.C. Smith & Samuel Smith & communed with the Saints. And inasmuch as we were without purs or scrip, they contributed to our necessities to the amount of $9. Mr George Miller offered himself for Baptism after meeting. I rode to McComb. From then[ce] to Father John Coltrins & spent the night. I was weak & feble with the exercises of the day. Distance 14 m.

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Aug 12th Br Taylor Baptized Mr Miller. I spent the day with Br Zebedee Coltrin. I am  gaining [p.351] in Strength. I spent the night at Br John Vance. 8 m.

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13 I am still gaining strength. I feel thankful unto the Lord for his mercies unto me in this thing. I spent the day at Coltrins. We have now Concluded to accompany father Coltrin by land who is going with a two hors waggon to Ohio & has offered to Carry us which will assist us so much on our Journey.

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14 Br George Miller gave us a horse & we started on our Journey. Travelled to the Illinois river & Crossed the river at Beardstown & continued 4 miles through the sand & spent the night with Mr Dew. 38 m.

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15 Passed through Virginia. From thence to Springfield and attended meeting with the Saints. I addressed the Church in few words & was followed by Elder Taylor. I felt wearied with my Journey as I had ownly partially renewed my strength. Distance of the day 40 miles.

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16 Elder Taylor engaged a printer at Springfield to print fifteen hundred Copies of a brief sketch in pamphlet form of the persecutions & sufferings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints by the inhabitants of the State of Missouri. I spent the day in Springfield.

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17 I rode to Rochester with Father Coltrin and once more had an interview with some of our fox Island friends. We stoped at Mr Carvers. I was pleased with an interview with Mother and Sister Carver but esspecially with Br & Sister Thomas who had arived at Rochester since I left. I had not seen him since we parted in Indiana last winter. I also saw sister Brown who was Called to mourn the loss of her husband and oldest daughter. Sister Brown was perfectly resigned. I spent the night with Br Thomas. 8 miles.

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[p.352] 18th I preached the funeral sermon of the wife of Br Zemira Draper who died at 4 oclok PM on Saturday the 17th Aug, aged 22 years. Brother Charles Brown and his Daughter Rebecca both died on the eve of the 6th Day of Aug 1839. Br Brown died at 11 oclock & Rebecky at 12 and were buried the next day both in one grave. I accompanied the corps of Sister Draper to the grave. I had an interview with most all of the Fox Island friends. I spent the night with Elder Stephens. 4 m.

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19th I spent most of the day visiting the Saints. I rode to Mr J Coons at my old habitation. I had some peculiar feelings while visiting the place.

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I next visited Br Oudercark & sister Smith & their families. Br Smith had gone east on a mission. Number of those families were sick. I laid hands upon 6 of them & asked the Lord to heal them. Sister Brown was present. She accompanied me to the grave of her husband & Daughter. I then went to the house whare she resided with Br Luce. I spent several hours with them. I left a blessing with sister Brown her Children, & Br Luce & family.

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I then returned to Br Stephens. From thence to Mr Alleys and preached the gospel of Jesus Christ unto a Congregation. I was Strengthend in Body & mind. Many were effected on parting with me. I returned to Elder Wm. Drapers. Spent the night. 7 m.

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20 I was Suddenly Called upon in the morning to return to Springfield to attend an Elders Court. Accordingly I returned to springfield and met with the Council of Elders at 11 oclok AM. Elder John Taylor prefered a Charge against Elder Aimon Babit for rejecting his teaching in Public when it was correct & for other improper Conduct.

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I was Called to the Chair & opened the meeting by prayer. We had the testimony on the Subject & with other remarks. The day was occupied untill the sitting of the Sun. The  Testimony was against Elder [p.353] Babbit & he finally made a confession & the subject was settelled.

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We had much other matter to perform & but little time to do it in. Elder Taylor settelled with the printer & we sold our horse saddle & bridle for $23 dollars & we had some donations made us by the Saints to assist us on our Journeys. We took the parting hand with the Saints & rode to rochester & spent the night with Br Nathaniel Thomas. I wrote a letter to Mrs Woodruff & requested her to write me in Buffalo & New York. Distance 16 mile.

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21 st I parted with Mr Carver & family & Br & Sister Thomas & left Rochester & rode to the end of the seven mile prairie & stoped several hours as father Coltrin was vary sick. From thence we rode to Br Chenia’s & spent the night. Distance of the day 28 mile.

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22d We crossed a twelve mile prairie & stoped several hours also a fourteen mile prairie. We found the flies bad upon the horses. We spent the night at the house of Mr Shaws on the main branch of the Okaw an indian name & (a hebrew) frase. Distance of the day 40.

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23 Crossed one eighteen mile prairie & took breakfast & then rode across the fourteen mile to Paris. From thence to Mr G. Moke & spent the night. Distance of the day 40.

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24 /ASAHEL H. WOODRUFF/ We left the state of Illinois & passed into the state of Ia. We crossed the Wabash & spent the day & night with Dr Mudesett a member of the Church of Latter Day Saints. I was much fatigued & had a fever.

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I had an interview during the evening with a Mr Adams that had been a constant Companion of Br Asahels for several years & appeared to be the most capable of giving me a Correct account concerning him in evry point of view, of any man in the West. He  informed me that in the main point he was vary [p.354] steady & temporate in his habits, & did not believe in the principle of white lying or misrepresenting in order to carry on his business or merchantdize. He got along well in his business untill the last year of his life. He had bought a large quantity of Books & they did not sell as well as he expected & he was not able to meet all of his payments. This was a source of much regret to him & the main Cause of his esstate being insolvent.

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During the last year of his life he manifested a desire to more fully improve his mind than he ever had done. He read many of Thomas Paine’s writing & they more fully esstablished him in the gospel of Jesus Christ although Pains writing were against the gospel. Asahel Considered his writings eisily to be refuted. Asahel was more free to open his mind to Mr Adams than any other man. Consequently he was more capable of Judging of his views & feelings upon spiritual subjects.

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He informed me that his mind was deeply ingaged in the subject of the faith of the latter Day Saints. At first he said but little about it but before his death he warmly contended for the principles & defended the cause of the Latter Day Saints when it was assailed.

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Asahel (in one sens of the word) was not himself but another man during the last four months of his life. He was abent minded & overwhelmed in deep study & thought for hours together. At times he would ride half a day beside Mr Adams & not utter a word, & at other times he would speak to him two or three times before he would notice him or speak to him. He lost his former Cheerfulness & during those four months he more freequently spoke of his friends & relatives than before esspecially myself & most of father’s family. He was making preperation to go east & was ownly hendered by his sickness & death. He freequently spoke of Death & of the uncertainty of life. He was teacher in the Sunday School in the Presbyterian Church for a length of time in Terre Haute though not a member of the Church, by any means.

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[p.355] He had freequently argured against the principles of Dancing Schools, but got to attend a part of a quarter during this peculiar state of mind and also some parties. But Mr Adams thought he would not have done it if he had been perfectly himself.

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Mr Adams was absent from Terre Haute During Asahel’s sickness and Death Selling Books for him. Asahel wrote him two letters And Mr Adams judjing from the contents of these letters that he was evidently growing worse, immediately returnd to Terre Haute & on his arival found that Asahel Hart Woodruff one of his most intimate & best friends on earth was dead & buried.

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He immediately inquired into his sickness & death. And he thinks he would have been more Comfortable if he could have been in a private family & been kept from exposing himself to cold and damp air as he was in some degree while under the operation of medicine.

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Mr Adams also confirmed the statement that his loss was deeply felt in the west by all of his acquaintance & that those peculiar traits which Asahel possessed that interested so many in the east had the same effect in the west. Asahel maintained that the Cause of the Latter Day Saints was worthy of a thorough investigation & ought to be carefully searched into.

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Mr Adams was in Asahels employ untill his death & at the administrators sale he purchased $1,000 dollars worth of his books, & is now supplying Asahels former customers. Mr Adams gave me some letters directed by Asahel to him. Distance of the day 20 miles.

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25th Sunday I was exceding feeble & weak & the weather was hot & it had an effect upon me. The Thermoneter stood 90 in the shade 112 in the sun. I walked to the grave Yard to visit Br Asahel’s grave. It exhausted me much. I spent the day at the doctors. I wrote 2 letters one to sister Sarah B Foss & the  other to sister Eunice. I had a vary restless night.

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[p.356] 26th I rode out of Terre Haute 5 miles to Mr John Coltrins & spent the night. I felt some better in health. I mailed John Taylors Pamphlets to the following Persons: Ezra Carter sen. Ezra Carter Jr. Sarah B Foss, Luther Scammans, Col Solomon Copeland & Seth Utley, Azmon Woodruff. 5 m.

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27th We Passed through Stilesville Bellville & Bridgeport & spent the night with Mr Jesse Coombs. 31.

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28 We rode through Williamstown & pleasant garden & other towns & spent the night. 33. Elder Taylor had a poor turn & fainted to the ground. He soon recoverd & was well at evening.

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29th We Passed through Indianapolis the Capitol of the State. Rode two miles & stoped. But this was a gloomy day to my soul & body both. The enemy made a powerful grasp upon the life of Elder John Taylor. He fainted several times & it seemed as though he would die. We were oblieged to stop. We called for a few hours in a house by the way side. We then took him into the waggon & drove to Elder Eldridge & spent the day nursing Elder Taylor. He took a Course of Thompsonian medicine. 10.

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30 Father Coltrin exchanged horses with Elder Eldridge. Br Taylor let Br Eldridge have 100 of his pamphlets & through the mercy of God Elder Taylor with the rest of us was enabled to start on our Journey. We passed through Cumberland, Greenfield, Kentstown, Middletown, & to Louisville & once more had the privilege of seeing the family of Elder James Townsend. Was not at home himself. We spent the night with his family. Elder Taylor & myself was both about sick for we had rode 40 miles over a rough road & we were terribly shaken in our weak state. 40 m.

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31st We still felt disposed to try to continued our Journey. We passed through Cambridge  & [p.357] Dublin at which place Elder Taylor procured some medicine of Dr Farnham. He was vary sick. We continued to Germantown & was oblieged to stop & spend the day & night in Consequence of Elder Taylors sickness.

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He suffered much. He appears now to have the billious fever settelled upon him. I felt quite Ill myself. This was a dark & gloomy day. May the Lord have mercy upon us & not suffer our way to be hedged up I pray. 14 m.

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Sept 1st 1839 This is the first day of fall. Sunday. Elder Taylor felt much better. We concluded to spend the day in the place & preach to the people. It was a german settlement. I deliverd unto them a discourse on the first principles of the gospel & other subjects. Elder Taylor followed me & spoke untill he was quite exhausted not realizing his bodily weakness, & I became Chilled myself & returned to Mr Waltz Inn & I immediately was taken with a shake of the ague & was followed by a high fever which lasted me mostly through the night.

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2d This * was a painful day to my feelings in some respect. Elder Taylor is worse. Has a high billious fever and Cannot Journey, it is now evident, that he will have a Course of the fever. Father Coultrin is to Continue his Journey & Elder Taylor is to be left & it was painful to think of parting with him & leave him sick a thing I should not do was I able to take care of him myself. But as my health would not permit of this being vary feeble in body Elder Taylor advised me to continue my Journey with father Coltrin & make the best of my way to New York. Accordingly I did so, And after committing him to God I took the parting hand with him & left him in Germantown Wayne County Indianna, in the hands of a merciful God & a kind & benevolent family, who promised to do evry thing in their power to make him Comfortable untill his recovery which I have full Confidence to  believe they will do. The [p.358] place is within 12 miles of Elder James Townsend in Louisville.

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We rode from Mr Waltz in to Richmond & out of the State of Indiana into the State of Ohio. I passed through the town of Eaton w hare my wife Suffered much (as we Journied west last winter) with the brain fever. I noted the house in particular whare we spent four days at which Place Mrs Woodruff was healed by faith & the power of God. We passed through Eaton & spent the night at Mr David Hecks. Distance of the day 45.

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{Sept 3} I rode through Dayton 14 miles to Springfield 24 miles to Brition 13 & put up for the night at the Inn of Mr Buckharts. I am again deliverd from the ague & fever. I have had none of it since the shake on sunday. Distance 24 miles.

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4th We rode to Columbus the Capitol of the State of Ohio. Here we left the National road & Continued to Blendon & spent the night at the inn of Osborn whare Mrs Woodruff was taken Sick. I spent the night. 41.

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5th Passed through Mount Vernon & spent the night at Monroe. Distance of the day 41.

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6 Passed through Jackson woster & Loudenville & spent the night at the Inn of Wm. Elliot. 41.

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7 Passed through Jackson & Guilford & Brunswick & to Stronsville. Here Father Coltrins sons & Daughters resided & they met together to day & thaire was much rejoiceing on their return which ends my journey with them. I spent the night with Br P Body. 30.

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8th I spent the day at Br P Bodies. I wrote a lengthy letter to Br Thompson Woodruff & requested him to write to me at New York.

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9th I spent the day at Br Colterins folding my [p.359] Pamphlets. I found on Counting them that [I] had 460 of Elder Taylor pamphlets that I receieved from him. Spent the night with P Body.

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10 I left Strorsville & rode with father Coltrin to Cleveland & went on board the Robert Fulton bound for Buffaloo. We had a severe gale and a vary rough lake. Most all were sick on board. We run into fairport & spent the night amid a hard storm. 47.

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11 The Storm continues & the lake foams with such violence that we Could not move out into the harbur with any degree of safety. It was a dull day to me while crouded in the midst of deck passengers.

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12 The Captain left the harbor with his boat at 6 olcock AM. The wind still was high & the lake rough through the day. We could not make any harbor untill we reached Buffalo which was at midnight. The Steemboat run into a Schooner while entering a harbour which tore the ganway fo[n?]ders to atams of the fulton & instantly broke off the gib boom of the Schooner. But I was truly glad to reach Buffalo after lying three days & nights from Cleveland to Buffalo. 163.

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13th I took passage at Buffaloo for Albany on board the Col worth on the Erie Canal at 1 1/2 cent per mile for 365 miles to Albany. We rode to Lockport. 90 miles. 90.

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14 Rode to Palmira near the place whare the book of Mormon was found. I was sick with the Chills & fever. Distance of the day 50.

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15 Rode to Canton. We had four preachers of the sects on board of the boat. They spoke of the Book of Mormon & misrepresented it & also the Character of the Saints. I had the Chills & fever to day. Was feble in body. 56.

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[p.360] 16 Rode to Sarycuse to Rome & had the chills & fever to day. 60.

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17 Rode to Utica & to fort Plain. Had chills & fever. 53.

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18th Rode to the Aqueduct. I had an exceding sick day of Chills & fever & faintness. Distance 58.

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19 Rode to Albany mostly through Locks. I had fever & ague. Was feble. I called at the Hartford and Albany Stage house & took Sta[g?]e at 10 oclock in the evening & rode all night [.] 11 oclok ne [lstdi. 6?]4.

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20 Rode to Avon & spent the night with aunt Wheeler. I suffered much in the Stage with ague. 40.

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21 * Rode from Avon to Farmington Conn& once more had the happy privilege of beholding A father mother & Sister in the flesh face to face & spent the day at fathers house. I had no chill or fever to day but spent the day plesantly. 6 miles.

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22 Sunday Spent the day at fathers house. In the evening I took a walk with Sister Eunice to Mr Chauncy Hills. He had lost his wife Mary Ann was much out of health. 2.

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23, 24 & 25 I spent the time at Father Woodruff. I was still quite Ill. I had an interview with Aunt Bulah H.

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26 I rode with Mother & Aunt Bulah to uncle Adna Harts & we found Adna sick & nigh unto death & probably will not live but few days. I here had an interview with Sister Cossett. I felt quite Ill while at Adnas. We returned home & sister Cossett accompanied us.

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Br Dwight Webster was at fathers house. He [p.361] called to have an interview with me. I was truly glad to see him. He tarried about three days & when he left he was more esstablished in the faith & determined to go forth & do his duty & honor the Priesthood which was confirmed upon him. 7 m.

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/{84} 27th Sept 1839 My Grand Mother Anna Thompson Died this day Aged 84 years./

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27, 28th I still Continue at Fathers house. Was quite Ill. I parted with Br Webster.

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29th Sunday I spent the day at Fathers. I had an interview in the evening with Br Ozem Woodruff. I was truly glad to see him. He was Strong in the faith & determined to do the will of God & desirous to go to the Land of Zion. He was expecting to work for Father Several days.

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30  I wrote a letter to Phebe. I spent the day at Fathers. I had a light turn of the Ague to day.

October

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Oct 1st I spent the day at Fathers & wrote a letter to Elder John Taylor & Mr Waltz. We had  a number of friends in the evening called to see us viz Betsy Cossett, Jennett Stedman & among the Number was Mr Chauncy Hills.

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2d  I wrote a letter to Philo Vining & one to Sister Hannah Woodruff & spent the time at fathers.

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3d I spent the day at Fathers. I was blessed with the happy privilege of once more administering the ordinace of Baptism to one of my friends. I repaired to the water about the Setting of the * accompanied by a few friends & I administered the ordinance of Baptism to Cousin BETSEY COSSETT * in Farmington River In the Same Place whare father & his houshold & other friends were baptized the year before.

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[p.362] 4th I spent the day at Fathers house. I walked in the evening to Jennett Steadmans & spent several hours in Conversation.

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Chauncy Hills is some delerious & it is feared that he will not live long & it is some feared also that the Storms of Adversity that are falling upon Mary Ann Hills will carry her to the grave soon, & while speaking of the afflicitons of others I will return to ourselves.

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SINGULAR. Mercy Thompson, Samuel Thompson, Lot Thompson & Anna Thompson wife of Lot Thompson all of one family Died at {84} years of age.

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{Adna Hart Died Oct 4 1839 Age 43 years.}

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Uncle Adna Hart died this 4th Day of Oct 1839 Aged 43 years.

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Thus our relatives with whom we have been associated from our youth up are droping into eternity one after another. But I thank GOD that there is power in the plan of Salvation to redeem men from the grave. I was Baptised for Adna Hart on the 26 Aug 1844.

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Oct 5th 1839 I was Called upon by my relatives to attend the funeral Sermon of Uncle Adna Hart. I had suffered with the chills & fever almost daily for about 15 days & to undertake to preach a sermon in my weak state & to commence at the hour my ague was to come on required much resolution Confidence & faith. However I promised to Go & gave out the appointment.

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It was a Chilly day. I rode in Company with my Mother & Sister Eunice, 3 miles from farmington to Adna Harts house in Avow The neighbors soon began to assemble & I had an interview with many friends that I had not seen before for a long time viz sister Hannah Woodruff Ezra Hart, Philo Vining besides a large congregation of the Neighbors in the regions round about.

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Adna felt before his death that he had not lived as he ought for the last few years of his life. But before his death he felt to repent of all his sins, & said & felt that he was perfectly [p.363] willing to die & his friends felt a great evidence that it was well with him.

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After Singing & Prayer I arose at the same hour that my ague was to come on & I addressed the assembly an hour or more with such remarks as I thought the Subject required & dismissed the Congregation.

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I took the last look at the Corps which was vary plesant & it was Conveyed to the grave Yard whare my Mother Grandfather & many relatives were buried, & here Adna Harts body was committed to the Tomb from the sight of many friends.

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I did not go to the grave myself, but after conversing with Philo Vining upon the things of the Kingdom of God and also hearing Sister Betsey Cossett express her joy at having obeyed the gospel & being baptized for the remission of sins, I took the parting hand with those friends & returned to fathers House in Farmington being vary thankful to the Lord for entirly delivering me from the ague & fever this day notwithstanding I had been so much exposed & I had no more of it for many days. 6 m.

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6 Sunday I spent the day at Fathers. I had a plesant walk with Sister Eunice in viewing the rivers & fields of my youth &c.

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Oct 7th I took the parting hand with father Mother & Sister & took the Stage to Hartford & went on board the Steemer Cleopatra for the City of New York at 2 oclok P.M. & we arived at the city NY at 6 oclok next morning. The whole distance of the day 170 m.

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8 I Called at the Store of my brother in Law, Ilus F Carter in Bleacker st 118 Corner of woster. From thence to Br Richard Burdge 41 king st & to Br Wm. Acker Charlton street No 65. I spent the day with Br Burge. I had an interview with Elders Mullener & Wright. I was glad to see them. 4 m.

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9th I visited Br James Pratts family in wats st. 69. I also visited Elder Jacob W. Jenks  owner & [p.364] Capt of Sloop Sea gul that plays Continually between New York & singsing. 4.

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10th  I recieved a letter from Elder John Taylor. I left the City of New York & took Steemboat Francisko for Singsing. Sister Wandie & Eager accompanied me to Singsing. We dined at the Inn of Mr Thomas Eager. I had the Chills & fever. I had kind attention shown me by the friends. I Called upon Br John Royce & spent the night. Distance of the day 36 mile.

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11 I spent the day with Br Royce. I had the Chill & fever. I had a prayer meeting at Br Royce.

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12th I visited Elder Jenks at his sloop & then walked up a hard hill as singsing is a hilly place & visited Br Washburn & Br Cox. Had the chills & fever. 2.

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13 Sunday I addressed in the fore part of the day. Had the Chills & fever in the Afternoon but met with the saints in the evening & broke bread unto them. My mind is much interested these days in the gathering of the Jews for they are now fast fulfilling the scriptures by returning to Jerrusalem.

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14 I walked down the Hill to Br Royce & spent the day. I again had the Chills & fever. My mind was unusually impressed this morning about my family. I pray the Lord to support them in all their trials sickness or afflictions. 1 m.

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15 I spent the day at Br Royce in reading the Church History of John Lawrence Mosheim D. D. I read all under the 4th Century during the reign of Constantine & also the first part of 2d century.

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16th I spent the day at Br Royce. I missed my chills & fever.

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[p.365] 17 I spent the day reading History. I am improving in health. I have not had chills for three days. Sister Royce has nourished me up much to my advantage.

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18th Spent the day at Br Royce.

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19th I took the Parting hand with the Saints in singsing. I went on board the sloop sea gul at 8 oclok & arived in New York at 11, but 3 hours on the way they tore the Sail against the bomb of a ship. I had a plesant conversation with Capt Jenks. 36.

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20 I met with the Church in New York & spoke in the fore part of the day. I felt thankful for the privilege of once more meeting with the Saints in the city. I met with them in the evening. I had a plesant interview with Elder Foster the presiding Elder of the branch.

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21st I Called upon Br Ilus F Carter. From thence I Called upon Sister Ellen Graham in 88 Bowery st.  I recieved a letter from Mrs Woodruff.

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22 I Crossed the East River & Preached at night at the house of Elder Stones & spent the night at Br Sniders.

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23  I wrote a letter to Mrs Woodruff & spent the night with Elder Foster 3[67/51?] Broom st.

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24 I was feeble in body. I spent the day at Sister Grahams. !!! To my great joy I have just herd the Elder P P Pratt has just come to New York with his family & a number of the Twelve are expecting to be here soon.

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25 I had an interview with Br P. P. Pratt & also with Br Hiram Clark who arived in the City to day.

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[p.366] 26 I spent the day at Sister Grahams. I wrote a letter to Sister Eunice & In the evening I attempted to  visit Br Burge in king st 41. I walked from Bowery to Broad way & took stage to stop at king st but the driver did not understand me & he left me a mile from Br Burge & in walking to the place being weak In body I was flung into a great perspiration & I took a severe & dangerous cold which settled upon my lungs. I spent the evening at Brother Burge. Br Parley & a number of other Elder[s wer?] present.

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27th Sunday I attended meeting at the greenwich Academy in King st 93. P. P. Pratt Preached three discourses during the day which was interesting.

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28 I spent the day at Brother McClains. My cough is still severe.

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Three men Called in the evening one of which was lame to have Elder Pratt heal him that they might have a sign in order to believe the work of God. But a sign they did not get. I had an interview with Br Lane, & spent the night at Br Albright 94 King st. 2 m.

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29th I spent the day at Br Albrights. I sent a package to Ilus at his Store by Br Clark that was put into my hands by Br Parley from Phebe. My Cold is still severe but the fever & ague appears to have left me.

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30 I walked to Elder P. P. Pratts abiding place 109 Charlton st. From thence to Br McClains, & Ilus F Carters. From thence to Br Burge 41 King st & made some arangements with the brethren that were to ship for England on the morrow viz Elders Clark Wright & Mullenar & then to Br Albrights & spent the night. 4 m.

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31  I wrote a letter to Br Luther Scammans & Sister Foss.

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[p.367] NOV 1st I accompanied the above named brethren on board the Packet Ship Tarolinta Capt Smith bound for Liverpool. They took Steerage Passage and looked quite Comfortable. After committing thes Beloved brethren unto God I took the Parting hand with them. I was expecting to go with them, but thought it wisdom to tarry untill more of the quorum of the Twelve arived so that we night hold a conference in New York before we set sail.

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May the Lord grant those Brethren a safe passage I Pray. I travled over the City much during the day. Sister Pratt had a sick day with the Chills & fever. His two Children have it also. 3 m.

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2d  I wrote a letter to Br Nathaniel Thomas. * I copied a short extract from A paper as follows: Moses Montifier’s brother in Law to Rothchild lately visited Egypt & made three proposal to the Pacha of Egypt. 1st to esstablish a bank in Egypt with a Capitol of $10,000,000 dollars. 2d To Purchase lands in Syria for the Jews. 3d To make the oath of the Jews Admitable through Syria & Palestine.

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3d Sunday I met with the Saints. P. P. Pratt Preached during the day. The evening was spent in hearing from a Number of Elders by [      ]. 2 m.

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4th I visited I. F. Carter Br Pratt & a number of friends. It is election today. 3.

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5th I left N. York Crossed the South ferry to Brooklin & took the rail car & went to Hempsted at which Place the Car Stoped. I walked two miles to the toll gate kept by Br Selah Lane. I spent the night with Br Lane. I had a fair view of the country during the days travel on Long Island. The serface of the earth is vary level resembling the Illinois prairies. We had a hard Storm during the night. I spent the night at [      ]. 23 miles.

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6th I spent the day at Br Lanes. I held a meeting at the school house in South Hempsted & [p.368] spent the night at Benjamin Reymon’s. 3 m.

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7 I spent the day at Br James Whaley.

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8 I held a meeting in Hempsted at the Inn of Mr John Ackley & returned to Mr Whaley. 6 m.

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I saw Mrs Woodruff in deep affliction in a dream at Montrose. I did not see Sarah Emma.

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9th I  wrote a letter to Elder Milton Holmes & spent the day at Br Whaleys.

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10th Sunday I rode to Rockaway & Preached in the fore Part of the day at Mrs D Motts & in the Afternoon at the house of Lawrence Bond & in the evening again at Mrs D Motts. 6 m.

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11 I spent the day at Mrs D Motts & in the evening I walked to Mr Jacob Brower & spent the night. A number of the family belonged to the Church.

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I had a dream during the night & had an interview with Mrs Woodruff, But did not see Sarah Emma. I travelled a distance with Judge Higby in a hard storm in my dream. I also saw Br David Patten who was Martered in Missouri.

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12 I walked to Mrs D. Mott & spent the day. In the evening I rode to Benj Reynon & preached at his house & returned to Mrs D Motts & spent the night. 6.

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Nov 13th I took a walk this morning in the Rockway burying ground. I visited one grave eight rods in length in which was intered 125 bodies all at the same time & 30 at an other making 155 in all. They lost their lives by being wrecked on Rock[way?] beach by the Ship Mexico on the 1st day of January 1837 and were intered on the 5 day.

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I spent the day at widow D Motts. The Lord is again restoring my health unto me for  which I feel thankful. Elder Orson Pratt had arived in New York [p.369] & came to me this day & spent the night with me.

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14th We visited Mr Browers & Preached at night at the house of Mrs D Mott.

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15th We preached at night to Mrs D. Motts to a large congregation.

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16th I walked with Elder Pratt from Rockway to John Pettets. We took a boat & had a Sail to the main beach. We saw the wreck of a ship that was flung upon the Shore. After returning Mr Pettit Conveyed me to Greenwich Pint whare I spent the night. 1 2.

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17th Sunday I preached 3 times at Mr Reymonds & rode to Mr John Ackleys & spent the night. I had an interview with Mr Edward Doughathy. 3 m.

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18th Rode to New York with Mr Ackley. I spent the evening at Br Pratts with a number of Elders Benjamin Winchester among the number also a man from England a member  of Joanna Southcoat society. I recieved a letter from Eunice. Distance 23.

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19th CONFERENCE IN NEW YORK. I had an interview in the morning with Elders James, & Albert Brown. I met in Conference with the Elders & Church according to Appointment & after spending the day in transacting such business as was necessary Elder Lanes case was brought up, & tried for being high minded trying to usurp power & taking an unwise course in Preaching. He confessed his fault & was restorded. I spent the night at Br Albrights.

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20th I again set in Conference through the forenoon. In the afternoon Elder O Pratt & myself left the Conference & in Company with Elder James we took the Steem boat monmouth for Middletown at which place we landed. 30 miles. We then took the Stage rode to Freehold 10 miles & spent the night. 40 miles.

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[p.370] 21st We walked 8 miles & rode 8 to Br James Ivins. From thence to New Egypt 7 miles & stoped at Mr Thomas Harrisons. I preached in the School house to a large Congregations from Hosea 3d 2 last verses. I spent the night at the house of Abram Vintice. 23 mile.

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22d Elder Pratt & myself attended a debate in the methodist meeting house between mr Spear a methodist Preacher & Elder James. It was the 5th Day of the debate & it Closed. I rode 7 miles & spent the night with J. Ivins. 7 miles.

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23d I rode 3 miles & held a meeting in the Cream Ridge School house & also in the evening. Elder O Pratt Preached & I followed him. I spent the night at the house of Mr James S Lawrence. The whole household were believing. <Lawrence and Tilton were of the first class.> 3 miles.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.370

24th  Sunday I held meeting at the School house. I wrote a lengthy letter to Mrs Woodruff and enclosed $1 <dollars in money>. We had a severe Storm. I spent the night at the house of Geo. Woodward.

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25th  I wrote A letter to Sister Eunice. I Preached at the Cream Ridge Brick School house at night & rode home with Br James Ivins & spent the night with him. 4 m.

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26th I Preached at the brick school house & returned & spent the night with J Ivins. 6 m.

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27 I spent the evening preaching at the brick school house & spent the night with Elder James at the house of Daniel Tilton. I had another attack of the Chills & fever During the night. It was brought on by being vary warm while Preaching & immediately Chilled afterwards. 4 miles.

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28th I spent the day at Mr Tiltons & the [p.371] night, & had a dream while upon my bed. And   in my Dream I saw Mrs Woodruff & notwithstanding we rejoiced much at having an interview with each other yet our embraces were mixed with sorrow for after conversing   a while about her domestic affairs I asked whare Sarah Emma was (our ownly Child). She Says weeping <and kissing me> She is dead. We sorrowed a moment & I awoke. Phebe Also said she had not received my letters.

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Is this dream true? Time must determin. This dream was a warning of what was to come. Sarah Emma Died 17th of July AD 1840.

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29th I spent the day & night with Br John Woodward reading a debate between a Universalist & Prysbeterian.

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30th In company with Elder James I held a meeting at Mr George Myres.

December

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Dec 1st Sunday I Preached at the brick school house & communed with the Church & rode to Hornerstown & Elder James Baptized two. I spent the night at Mr Wm. Woodward. 5.

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2d I spent the day at Mr Woodwords. I wrote a letter to Sister Betsey Cossett.

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3d A Stormy Day which I spent at Mr Woodwards. Walked to the School house at night through the mud but no meeting. Returned to Woodwards & spent the night. 3 m.

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4th Attended a meeting at the brick School house. Elder P. P. Pratt Preached to a large congregation. I spent the night at Br Samuel Mores. 2 m.

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5th  I wrote a letter to Elder JOHN HERRETT, And walked to New Egypt & preached to a large Congregation & spent the night with Mr Abram Burtis. 3.

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[p.372] 6 I walked to Hornerstown & spent the night with Br James Curtis. 3.

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7th  I wrote a letter to Br Dwight Webster. I walked to the School house. Held a meeting.

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8 Sunday I Preached at the School house rode to James Ivins & spent the night. 4 miles.

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9th I spent the day conversing with Dr Ells.

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10 I spent the day in reading the researches and missionary labours among the Jews Mahomed[ens?] & other sects by the Rev Joseph Wolff during his travels between the years 1831 & 1835 which I found highly interesting.

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Dec 11th I took the Parting hand with Elder James & James Ivins & left at 11 oclock AM. Rode 16 miles to Freehold. I there took the Stage & rode to Middletown point 12 miles & then took Steem boat wave to New York. I Called upon Elder P. P. Pratt in Mott street No 58 whare I found him & Elder Ball.

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I walked to the Post Office whare I obtained three  two for myself & one for O. Pratt from his wife, who stated that my wife & Child were both geting better. One letter was from Sister Eunice Dated Dec 7th. The other letter was from Elder Milton Holmes Nov 17th.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.372

I found New York full of Soldiers preparing to go to the Albany war to fight some of the citizens of their own States. Thus war & rumours of war are heard.

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I attended meeting in the evening in Grand st in the Columbian Hall. Herd a lecture from P P Pratt on the authenticity of the Book of mormon & the origin of the American Indians. 58 mile.

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12th I Mailed Papers to Father’s Woodruff & Carters & mrs Woodruff. I attended a conference in Mott st 58 at P. P. Pratts In the Case of Elder Joseph Ball & as a number of  accusations were [p.373] brought against him, I spent the night at Br Symons. I saw Ilus F Carter. 4.

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13  I wrote a letter to Mrs Woodruff & sent her $5 dollars. Elder Turley also wrote to his wife. I again met in Conference at 7 oclok at Elder Pratts. We had an interesting time in our Conference.

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Elder * John Taylor has Just arived in New York. I had an interview with him to day. After Passing through a severe fit of sickness he was enabled to continue his Journey & has arived at the City. And all the Twelve have had a sick hard time in geting along on their mission this season. Elder Taylor spent the night with me at Br Symons. 3 m.

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14 {  } I wrote a letter to sister Eunice, & answered an important question. Walked to Br Albrights & spent the night.

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However befor retiring to rest I walked about 1 1/2 miles in the City to see a large fire in cedar street the first large fire I ever attended. It Commenced in 45 Ceder street & Consumed it with all its Contents also 49 both of which were large buildings filled with Cotton & dry goods. The loss estimated at $300,000 dollars. 3.

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Dec 15th Sunday I spent the day with the Saints in the Columbian Hall No 263 Grand st & Preached in the fore part of the day, & Elder Taylor Preached in the Afternoon & P P Pratt Preached in the evening. I spent the night with Br Taylor at Br Holmes.

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16th I went on board the Packet ship Oxford & engaged my Passage to Liverpool to Sail on the 19th inst. I also wrote a letter to Father & Mother Carter. I spent the  evening in making preperations for our departure. 6 m.

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17th  I wrote a letter to Phebe, Containing a short address to Br & Sister Smoot. I  attended a [p.374] meeting at night at the house of Br Nizbot in Houston Street. We had a spiritual meeting. P P Pratt Prophesyed that the History of this mission of the twelve should be known unto all Nations. I spent the night at Br Simons. 2 m.

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18th I laboured hard all day to prepare for our voyage. Three of us got our baggage on board viz Elders Taylor Turley & myself. Elders Turley & myself sleped on board. 4.

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{Dec 19th 1839} The Packet Ship Oxford moved out into the Stream with us on board & the day was spent amid the greatest confusion & bustle that I ever witnessed for they had taken many more passengers than births to lodge in & the Cabin was stuffed full of chests boxes barrels beds &c & many quarrelling for what they Called their rights.

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20th Bustle & Confusion is not over. The ship is still at anchor. At 12 oclok she spread her Canvass & set sail assisted a few miles by a Steem Boat. She sailed well through the day. The Oxford had on board 64 Steerage & 15 Cabin Passengers. Capt John Rathbone, 1st Mate Yates, 2d Jones, 1 Carpenter, 26 Sailors, making 109 Souls in all. Fare for Steerage $15. Cabin $1.40 including wines $1.20 without.

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21 st A Stiff fair breeze but most all on board are sea sick. We see a sail south of us. She left N York the Time we did. She is bound for London.

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22d Sunday Most are Still Sick. A high wind through the day & a high gale at night. Sea vary rough & boat pitched badly.

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23d Sea vary rough & winds high. Many Still are sick. Our cabin is Crouded & unholesone.

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24th The Sea Runs mountains High & looks like the hills & valleys of Kirtland. We  shiped some [p.375] heavy seas. I got wet yet I sat upon deck untill late in the evening. Though it was winter it was not vary Cold.

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25th A Calm in the morning yet the ship rocked bad upon the dead swells. The wind soon rose & we sailed fast through the day & night.

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26th A Rough Sea & strong breeze. We sail fast.

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27th Fair wind. Sail fast dut do not know how many not. Had a number of short squalls. We have got over our sea sickness & have good Appetite.

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28 A vary rough sea, most of the day. We saw a large school of porposes & Blackfish all around the Ship. We had a Calm in the evening.

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29 Sunday A Piesant day & a high breeze.

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30 A rough Sea. A severe gale at night. The Ship rocked & pitched to such a degree it was with much difficulty that we kept our births. Trunks Boxes & barrels were tumbling about the cabin.

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31 The last day of AD 1839. Sea still vary rough. Under closs reef top sails. Cloudy weather. Their is not much to interest the mind on a sea voyage while one is many days out of sight of land except the rolling billows which are majestic. A person is freequently not ownly out of sight of land but do not even see a sail or the sun, but have to be crouded together in a Steerage like hogs or stay upon deck in the midst of spray wind & storm.

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This day leaves me in the centre of the Atlantic from NY to Liverpool. Whole distance 3,800 miles. Half the distance sailed in Dec 1839 1,900 miles.[p.376]

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A Synopsis of the travels and labours of W. Woodruff in A.D. 1839.

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I travelled in ten of the United States and crossed one half the Atlantic making a distance of 4,626 miles.

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I held thirty four meetings.  34 Meetings

I attended the baptism of a number of Persons, but did not baptize but one.

1 Baptized

I Attended Seven Conferences.    7 Conferences

I Attended eight Councils, with the first Presidency & Twelve.

8 Councils

I Ordained three Elders.      3 Elders

”    ”    one Priest.      1 Priest

I Administered to Sixteen sick persons by the layings on of hands.

Many were healed.  16 Sick

I Wrote thirty five Letters.    35 Letters

I Recieved Six Letters.        6 Letters

I recorded in this Journal one discourse from the Prophet Joseph to the Twelve.

1 Reported

I Confirmed one.      1 Confired

I Procured ten five subscribers for the messenger & Advocate.

10 Subscribers

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[p.377] W. Woodruff’s list of the number baptized in Herefordshire England 1840 Note

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Hill Castle Frume Herefedshire Church

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John Benbow /teacher/

Jane Benbow

Ann Bo[urn?]

Mary Rowberg

Charles Price /priest/

John Cheese /March 6 priest/

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Joseph Pullin

[M?]ar Garet Pullins

James Hill /priest/

John Parry /priest/

Jane Ga[itry?]

/John/ William Benbow <[-]> 8th

Charlotte Clark Snday 8th

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Ann Benbow

presthood Benbow

Sarah Benbow

Hellen Benbow

Ann Parry

Robert Holmes

/20/ Elizabeth Holmes /March 9th/

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/Hannah/ [Sara?]h Badham

Mary Hill

Ann Bowbery

Ann Smith

James Barnes /priest/

James Benbow

Mary Ann Holmes

Robert Hill

Thomas Jinkins

Hannah Williams

Sarah Tumkins

William Evens 10th

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William Davis

Johnathan Davis

Caroline Gaston 13th [p.380]

Confirmed Sundy 15th 22 persons

William Jinkins

John Williams

Mary Cheese 16th

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Francis Birch <[-]>

/20/ Ann Birch

James Gurney 20th

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Thomas Kington <[-]> Elder

Hannah Kington

George Brown

Ann Teague 21st 6th

/Sunday 22 confirmed/

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John Fi[nd?]oe

Lydia Fi[nd?]oe

John Benbow

Elizabeth Benbow

Elizabeth Woodyatt

Mary Cole

May Jones

Harriet Taylor

Hannah Knot

Rebecca Tyler

Harriet Hill /March 23d/

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.380

Wm. Jinkins <priest>

Daniel Browett <priest>

John Gaily <priest>

/20/ Elizabeth Browett

William Parsons

Mary Parsons

James Hadley

Maria Hadley

John Shepherd

Baptized & confirmed /8/ 24th

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Richard Hull

William Williams

Philip Green

Jane Green [p.381]

Ann Graves

John White

Francis Brush

Baptized March 27th

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George Allen

Thomas Benbow March 28th

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Thomas Smith

Elizabeth Davis

James Watkins

William Morris

Mary Proser

/20/ Susanna Morris

John Dyer

Benjamin Williams

Mary Williams

Ann Dutson

Harriet White

Thomas Hope

Eliza Parry

35 personsBaptized & confirmed March 29

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John Morgan

Mary Powel

Elizabeth Hill

Elizabeth Tringham

Ann Benbow

Thomas Clark

Edward Philips prist

Edward Ginkins Herefordshire

Melina Prichard Frooms Hill

Baptized & confirmed March 30th

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John Preece

Mary Ann Prie[tt?]

Hannah Pullen

/100/ Mary Pitt

Hannah Pitt

James Palmer

Henry Palmer

James Palmer jr. [p.382]

James Bishop

Elizabeth Bishop

Elizabeth Smith

Rosanah Baylis /Greenway/

Lydia War March 31st

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.382

Dianna Bloxham

Margarett Crook

Susanna Margarett

Frederick Evans

Joseph Baylis

Mary Hill

Eliza Jinkins

Mary Ann Weston

Elizabeth Lambert

/Glostershire Ligh/ April 2d

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.382

Ann Brooks

/20/ Jane Brooks

Sarah Smith

Mary Smith

Mary Packard

Susan Packard <[-]>

Sarah Embary

Elizabeth Bubb

Mary Hanes

Margarett Turner

Mary Roberts April 4th

Worcestershire Gatfield’s Elm

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Thomas Oakey

Ann Oakey

William Simons

Levi Roberts

Nathan Roberts /Died Jun [-]/

Charles Hayes

Harriet Roberts

Sarah Roberts

Ann Efford April 5th Ligh

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Daniel Collett (Church Clark)

140 Thomas Smith [p.383]

John Spiers

Mary Robins

Harriet Hayes 6th

Worcestershire Eldersfield

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John Vernon

Thomas Smith

John Harlick

Ann Robins

William Baylis

Henry Baylis

Mary Gaskin

Glostershire Ligh April 8th

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Mary Bunday

Elizabeth Rook

Robert Rook

Elizabeth Collett

Benjamin Hill 9th Hawcross

Worceshire

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Margarett Morgan

Hannah Palmer

Mary Cleft 10th greenwal

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11th I started for Preston to attend conference & returnd on the 22 in Company with Elders Brigham Young, S[telen T Singler?]. [Baptized?] the following Persons:

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April 11th greenway

James Williams

20 James Clift

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Eliza Whithorn

William Smith 14th

Hannah M. Harris

Ann Robins

Mary Palmer

William Gaskins 15 Apperly

Ann Morgon

Jane Parry 19 greenway

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[p.384] Priest John Cheese Baptized the following:

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William Green

Thomas Bishop Lugwardine

Clar[ke?] the Baker

Walker Mayos Mardon

James Baldwin

Samuel Warren

Esther Deveroix

Elizabeth May[ok?]

Hannah Hooper

Elizabeth Baykis

Joseph Williams

/120/ Marian Shinn

Charlotte Shinn

Elizabeth Morris

Mary Mayel

John Allard

Mary Allard

Hariet Baldwin

William Williams

William Mathews Keysend St

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<Wilford Woodruff> confirmed 19 of the above [-] 12

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<Wilford Woodruff> Baptized the following:

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George Brooks

Mary Brooks

Edmund Wattis

Hannah Wattis

William Beard

Elizabeth Johnson

Ann Baylis

Susan Baylis

Mary Baly

Mary Haywood

Baptized & confirmed at Crawcutt worcestershire

Sunday April 26, 1840

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Mary Philips

/200/ Ester James

Mary Jinkins <[–]>

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[p.385] Baptized & confirmed at Moorends Cross 27th

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William Jones

William Morris

Thomas Bosley

Mary Rowbrey

B Young frooms hill April 27

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Ann Hope

Sarah Hope

Thomas Baker

Mary Mayos

William Jay

Catharine Jay

Thomas Whiting

Ann Whiting

Ann Jay

Hannah Baker

J Chess Marden May 1st

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John Meeks

William Johnson

James Williams

Ann Beard

/220/ Elizabeth South Confirmed

<Wilford Woodruff> Bowery near Ashfield May 5

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Susan Williams

Rachel Jinkins

Ann Rowley

Ann Jones

Mariah Prichard

Henry Jones

Susanna Barrup

Henry Griffits

Hanna Weaver

<Wilford Woodruff> Baptized & confirmed May 6th

nightengale Bower near Birchwood

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Samuel Jones

Jonathan Lucy

Melina Cook [p.386]

Maria Hill May 10th

<Wilford Woodruff> Baptized & confirmed at Coldwall

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John Arvart

John Moris

Thomas Jones

J Parry Baptized at Wind Point May 3d

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Ann Steed

Mary Symons

Ann Bartlet

/20/ Phebe Davis

<Wilford Woodruff> 2 Baptied & confirmed at wind

point May 11th

Sarah Stanton

Mary Foxall

Jemima Symons

Margaret Hill

<Wilford> Baptized & Confirmed at Brand lodge May

12th

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Edward Prosser

Jane Williams

Jane Everals

Mary Hull

Thomas Vernal

/Ann Vernal/

Thomas Gurney

Jane Banister

Ann Philips Stokes Lane May 3d

James Price

Ann Price

Elizabeth Williams

Emma Shinn

Mary Shinn

Ann Deveroix May 10th

John Cheese Baptized the above keysend street

/220/ Mary Patoe

Ann Davis

Hannah Thomas

<Wilford Woodruff> 200 May 13th

<Wilford Woodruff> Baptized & confirmed frooms hill

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[p.387] Elener Gaily

John Cole J. Cheese frooms Hill May 13

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John Lewis

Eliza Lewis T Clark frooms Hill 13th

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Francis Hill

<Wilford Woodruff> Baptized & confirmed keysen st

May 15

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Elders Richards & Kington had Baptized 50, confirmed 100 Ordained 10 priest 1 Teacher from 1st of May to the 15.

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300 + 17 over

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George Bundy May 17 Toakey Gadfield cl[ose?]

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Robert Clift

Elizabeth Clift

James Morgan <[-]>

<Wilford Woodruff> Baptized at Pitthouse Dymock

William Coleman

Job Smith

Sophia Whittle

Sarah Whittle

Ann Hunt

Sarah Smith

Charlott Stewart

Ester Harris

Elder Kington Baptized at Halkington May 18

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.387

John Davis

John Smith

Mary Ann Clark

Caroline Moore

Jane Smith

<Wilford Woodruff> Baptized at Halkington May 18

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.387

James Bolter

James Palmer Baptized 18

Francis Probert [p.388]

Lydia Matthews Bap James Morgan 18

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Mary Webb

Charlotte Walters

/20/ Eliza Shinn

Caroline Trehern

<Wilford Woodruff> Baptized at Keysend street 19th

Ann Perkins 20th

Robert Baldwin Wind point Richards

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James Foxall 21

Hannah Foxall Brand Lodge Richards

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Mary Haywood

Ann Lucy T Clark Cornwall 17th

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William Smith

George Eddins

William Rowley

<Wilford Woodruff> Baptized 24th Tapperdy

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Susanna Higgins

Joseph Haywood

John Field

Hannah Field

Elizabeth Meeks

Ann Jones

<Wilford Woodruff> Baptized at Bowery May 25th

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.388

Hannah Pullin <Wilford Woodruff> Bap at Bishop

Froome 27th

Eliza Gurney

Elizabeth Davis

/20/ Hannah Even

Ann Sanders

<Wilford Woodruff> Baptized at Creeks Green 28th

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.388

Joseph Evens May 17

Thomas Sanders J Cheese Greek Green

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.388

Jane George

Elizabeth Hall [p.389]

Mary Robery

Elizabeth Robery

William Hall

<Wilford Woodruff> Baptized at Hope Rough May 28

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.389

Ann Daniels

Ann Banister

John Powel

Elizabeth Powel

Sarah Rock

<Wilford Woodruff> Baptized at Shucknel Hill May

29th

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.389

Ishmael Philips

Elizabeth Pitt Richards at Shucknell Hill 30

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.389

Benjamin Meeko Bap dy Prist Jinkins

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.389

Elizabeth Clement bap Jones

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.389

Thomas Powis

Sarah Powis

20 Mary Tyler T Clark 26th

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.389

Samuel Badham

Francis Holmes

Hannah Holmes

Elizabeth James

Elizabeth Birch

Elizabeth Went

Hannah Bishop

Mary James

William Embry

John Birch

Elizabeth Embry

<Wilford Woodruff> Bap at Frooms Hill <[-]> May 31st

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.389

Mary Brooks

Mary Jonsey J Cheese F Hill May 31st

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.389

Sarah Loggin

Elizabeth Cole [p.390]

William Cole {<Wilford> 250}

Susan Simmons

Elizabeth Dutton

Mary Philips

Sarah Morris

<Wilford Woodruff> Bap at Frooms Hill June 1st

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.390

400

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.390

Richard Parry

Ann Parks <Wilford Woodruff> Bap froom hill June [-]

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.390

Rosanna Hill

Mary Partridge

Rebecca Symsons

Eliza Trehurn

Mary Ann Atwood

James Bishop J Cheese Keysend street

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.390

Joseph Firkins little Marcle

Elizabeth Firkins J. Palmer May 25th

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.390

John Pitt

Elizabeth Matthews

Ester Jones

John Jones

Richard Lilley T Kington May 31st

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.390

William Philips

John Hunt

Mary Portman

Mary Humphreys

/20/ Sarah Whitern

Ester Harris, Lime street T Oaky

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.390

John Meredith By John Spires turkey Hall June 7th

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.390

Samuel Roberts

Elizabeth Roberts

Ann Hopkins

Mariah Hopkins

Hannah Hopkins [p.391]

Mary Ann Smith

<Wilford Woodruff> Baptized at Deerhurst June 9th

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.391

William Loveridge

Sarah Bail

Eliza Davis

Elizabeth Clark

<Wilford Woodruff> at Twigworth June 11th

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.391

Mary Ann Matty Brewett Lye 11th

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.391

George Curtis

George Curtis Brewitt bye

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.391

Priest James Morgan Baptized 11 persons at Little Garway Herefordshire. They were Confirmed by Elders Richards June 4th to 10.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.391

20 & 6 over

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.391

James Lewis, J. Palmer June 12

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.391

John Layton

Margarett Layton Kington 11th

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.391

John Watkins

Ann Watkins

William Pitt

Abraham Serwen Kington 13th

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.391

James Hawthorn

John Roberts T Oaky 14th

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.391

Eliza Brace

Sarah Gibbs

Charles Fox

Jane Green

/20/ Ann Hackford

Eliza Hackford

Sarah Hackford

Ellen Green June 7th Philip Green [p.392]

Charles Powel

John Tyler

Maria Gibbs

Susan Tyler

Jane Dutson

Mary Gibbs

<Wilford Woodruff> Baptized at Lugwardin June 17th

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.392

Hannah Bubb

Sarah Taysom

Ann Barber P Green Lugwardin June 16th

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.392

Ann El

Thomas Jones

Ann Edwards

Rebecca Tew

Susan Tew

Francis Burnett

Ann Burnett

/20/ Elizabeth Wheeler

James Turley

<Wilford Woodruff> Baptized at Marden June 18th

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.392

Maria Lane

Emma Tew

Lucy Tasem, Philip Green Lugwardin 18th

John Tiler

Mary Henbury

<Wilford Woodruff> Bap at Frooms Hill June 19th

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.392

Henry Rock Bap Priest Williams Shuknell hill 18

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.392

Ann Jennings

Jane Tylor

Mary James

Sarah Wall

Sarah Cole

James Cole

Ellen Clark

<Wilford Woodruff> Bap at Frooms Hill June 20th

Hannah Cole

Sarah Hembery [p.393]

Sarah Hadley

Mary Powis

Eliza Powis

/500/ Richard Bough 500 <[–]>

William Tippin

Margarett Leseman

John Clark

John Debrowx

Thomas Launset

John James

Emma Bevehenl

Elizabeth Johyons

John Johns

Richard Bullock

Mary Bullock Frooms Hill June 20th

The above were Baptized by Thomas Clark priest

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.393

Eliza Clark <Wilford Woodruff> Frooms Hill June 20

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.393

Louisa Louis T Clark 21

Elizabeth Tylor         C. Price

James Gettings

Mary   W Parsons

Ann Morris

Elizabeth Morris

Susanna Prosser     J Cheese

/20/ James Taylor     P Green 20

James Hill

Mary Badham

Ann Casthope          J Gaily 21

Sarah Bengough     J Barnes June 8th

Maria Fernal

Ann Fernal

Sarah Gardner

Caroline Williams

Joseph Harbour       W Evens 14th

Hannah Jones

John Baily

Margaret Dovey

John Robery

<Wilford Woodruff> Bap at Froomshill 21 [p.394]

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.394

[p.395]

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.395

Thomas Hooper T Clark 21

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.395

Ann Cole

Sarah James

Ann Cole

Richard Cole

Martha Clark

W Woodruff Bap at frooms hill 22d

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.395

The above makes Just 300 that W Woodruff has baptized on this circuit

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.395

/20/ Sarah Clark

Jane Elton, T Clark froom hill 22d

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.395

Robert Gomery, W Woodruff Ledbury 22d

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.395

242 were Baptized on this same circuit by Elders Young Richards Kington & others which makes the Church number on the 22 of June 542 with 75 officers viz 33 churches 10 Elder 52 Priest 13 Teachers. All of the Above have received the work & been baptized during the term of three month & 17 days & scores still waiting to be Baptized as soon as an opportunity offers. I left Ledbury June 23d to attend a conference in Manchester. [p.397]

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Willford Woodruff’s

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January

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.401

JAN 1st 1840 I find myself in Company with Elders John Taylor & Theadore Turley on board of the packet Ship Oxford of the Black Bull line on our way from New york to Liverpool to fulfill a commandment of God in preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Nations of Europe. We are in Long 42.40. We have a vary rough Sea, High winds blustering & cloudy. I am about 1,900 miles from both Liverpool & New york being in the centre of the Atlantic as it is called. 3,800 miles from New york to Liverpool. We Left New york dock on the 19th day of Dec 1839 & sailed on the 20th. So time rolls along & waiteth for no man. Note

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.401

2d The Sun rose clear. It was the first time we had seen the Sun for 5 days. We have a calm this morning. There is a vessel in sight of us the first one we have seen since we left N.Y. It was astern of us. Elders Taylor, Turley, & myself sat down upon the anchor & had a [croc?]k of Buternuts.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.401

Jan. 3d A good day. Fair Sailing & good breeze. We were in full view of two Sail one fore & the other aft of us. We soon overtook the one before us & spoke to her & found her to be a British Brigg Sailed from Halifax & bound for Liverpool & 20 days at sea. Her Long was 33.30. She raised British colors. The Oxford raised american Colors & her Long was 34.40.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.401

4th Fair weather, wind right aft, & a stiff breeze & sail fast. They had a time of butchering hogs & sheep on board.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.401

5th Sunday Rough Sea, High winds, & rain in the morning. Sea & winds more calm at noon. We saw a large School of porposes. We have a Calm & plesant evening which we  spent on deck viewing the stars [p.402] & ocean.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.402

6th A pleasant morning & a calm but having 12 sails spred we travled about 3 miles an hour.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.402

7th We have a dead calm to Day in Long 17.40. We spoke a Scottish Bark named Georgeana from Leith Scotland bound for Granada a west India Island this her 7th day at Sea her Long 17 40. A number of Birds Such as Sea Guls were flying around the Ship & the passengers Shot Several of them & they fell dead into the water. We saw a large School of porposes & blackfish. Some of the Blackfish were Supposed to be as much as 20 feet in length. They would roll on top of the water all around the Ship.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.402

8th A good Stiff breeze arose about 1 oclok P.M. & we sailed well through the day. A lighted tar Barrel was Set afloat from the Ship in the evening which looked splendid at Sea.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.402

9th Cloudy & Cold. Smooth Sea & fair breeze. It grows Coldier as we draw nearer to land. We are about entering the St Georges channel or the mouth of it & Ho, Ho, the cry of land is herd from mast head. We went on to the fore castle & after Straining our eyes a few moments we got Sight of it. It was the Irish coast laying 3 points to our Lee bow. This is the first land we have seen for 20 days. At 8 oclok in the evening the serching lamp at the light house at cape clear came in full view. <The company of passengers was disturbed by the> grling <of some wicked [-].>

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.402

10th The mountains of the Irish coast are in full view & also 6 or 7 Sail. The weather is cloudy & rather cool. We have good wind & Sail fast. We have a plesant evening & walked the decks untill 9 oclok & viewed the light houses &c.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.402

11th We have a heavy gale commencing about 1 oclok in the morning & we were in some  danger having [p.403] the Wellch coast on one Side & the Irish on the other. Their was a great bustle & noise on board arising from the command of the Captain & mates & the Singing of the Sailors & the whistling of the winds & the roaring of the waters while at the Same time the Ship was pitching & rocking to & fro.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.403

We reached the pilate [ground?] at day light & raised Colours for a pilate to come on board. A pilate Boat soon appeared & came along Side & gave us a pilate, & he informed us that the Liverpool had not yet arived. She was a Steem Ship & started 5 days before us & the Independance had not got in & she started 10 days before us.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.403

The pilate had no sooner came on board before the Steem Ship Liverpool hove in sight over our Stern. The pilate ordered the Sail to be spread notwithstanding it was blowing a gale. We then gained fast of the Liverpool, & their was many Sail floating upon our right & left hand. There was much bustle among the passengers in shaving, washing & preparing themselves to go on shore.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.403

The City of Liverpool soon was in sight & an English Steem Boat soon came along side & towed us into port or the dock in Liverpool. We got along side of the key a few minutes before the Liverpool or Independance. The Oxford Liverpool & Independance all reached the dock within 30 minutes of each other. Their was 109 souls of us all who reached the Shore in good health & spirits. Our company was composed of Americans, English, Scotch, Irish, Wellch, & Dutch.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.403

We went into Liverpool & visited several Noted places the New Market, custom house, Lord Nelsons monument which is much Noted in England &c all of which were quite splendid. We took supper in white [depot?] & logings in Church street at the Birmingham arms <and may the Lord henceforth deliver me from such a place>. Distance from the middle of the Atlantic Ocean to Liverpool England 1,750 mi.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.403

I wrote three Letters during the evening one to Elder P. P. Pratt one to Ilus Carter, & one to Phebe.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.404

[p.404] 12 Sunday I arose in the morning & took (Breakfast shall I say?). I eat it is true, & used a peace of bread, for a plate & my fingers for a knife & fork & was charged high for it at that. I herd some of the passengers boast of the superior accomodations in England to those of America. I confess I could not eat without smileing thinking if this is the superior English accomodations I do not know what those of the next Nation will be.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.404

I would not wish the reader to understand this to be a proper sample of English customs. But [-] we were strangers we had the misfortune to be directed to a place of the above description. We paid our Bill & retired.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.404

We walked to the shiping & through a number of the streets & called at M. Seymour Rotunda Place No. 7 Waterloo road to spend the day & night.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.404

After Dining I attended meeting at St Pauls Church & also St Thomas’es Church both of the church of England. It was singular to hear these Rectors & Curits preach against the form of Godliness without the power of it, while at the same [time] their is no people perhaps more formal than themselves. I also attended meeting at Pitt Street Methodist Chapel. The speaker appeared quite easy & simple in his manners.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.404

All of the above named chapels were quite splended with the stand near the Centre of the house which is the English Custom. They bury their dead in the yard all around their Church & lay the grave stones flat upon the ground & it forms a pavement to walk upon.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.404

I find the people both rich & poor, male & female to be much more plain in their dress than those of America. I returned to M Seymour & spent the night.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.404

Jan 13th I took Breakfast & went on board of the Oxford & found the passengers taking their trunks & goods on shore to go to the custom house to be examined & I found it to  be a scene of the [p.405] greatest confusion I ever past through. But after much jaming crouding & rocking about we were permitted to depart with our things after paying 6 pense per lbs for all the Books we had as duty upon them.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.405

The trunkman then took our trunks & Boxes to Mr George Cannon Norfork Street No 43. He was a Brother in Law of Elder Taylors. We deposited our provision chest & a box containing our bed & beding with him.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.405

We took our trunks & went to the rail road depo & their took a car for Preston Lancashire England & for the first mile the cars run under ground on a track that was cut out of a solid rock while their was building & inhabitants over our heads.      <[–] of the [-].>

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.405

We started from Liverpool about 6 oclock & arived in Preston about 8 oclock & called at Brother Greenwoods. They immediately Sent for Elder Richards & in a few moments I had Elder Willard Richards by the hand & I truly rejoiced to once more behold his face. We immediately went to his house & after spending most of the night in Conversation we retired to rest. Distance of the day 35 miles.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.405

14th I spent the day in Preston writing & visiting the Saints. I dined at Brother John Parkinson & Elder Francis Mood. I took supper with Brother Robert Smith & spent the night with Elder Richards in Meadow street newhouse oposite No 3.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.405

I found the Saints in Preston poor but having warm hearts. Preston has a Population of about 60,000. The streets were crouded with the poor both male & female going to & from the factories with their wodden or Clogg Shoes on which makes a great ratling over the pavement. The poor are in as great Bondage as the children of Israel in Egypt.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.405

I find that Elder Richards has had a hard school to pass through since he has been in England. I see that we have a great work to perform & we have need of much faith & humility before God.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.406

[p.406] 15th I dined at Brother Worselys & Suped at Sister Dawsons & spent the night at Elder Richards. We spent a plesant evening together at Sister Dawsons. Their was 6 Elders of us together viz. Richards Taylor, Woodruff, Turley, Clark & David [W?]ilding & a number of warm harted Sisters. NB Elder Samuel James wished me to write to him & Direct to Allen Town Monmouth County New Jersey.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.406

16th I dined at Sister Green & had drinking at Sister Nightengales. I had an interview with Elder John Moon & priest Hugh Moon. They belonged to the family that Elder Kimble baptized ten of the members of it. I spent a plesant evening at Elder Richards in Company with Elders Taylors, Richards, Fielding, Turley, Clark, & myseff. We truly rejoiced to have an interview with President Fielding.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.406

17th COUNCIL Jan 17th 1840 At a meeting of Council held at Elder Richards house in Preston Lancashire, England.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.406

Elder Joseph Fielding being called to the chair & Elder Theodore /Turley/ appointed Clerk. The president then called upon Elder W. Woodruff to open the meeting by prayer. The president then opened the meeting for business, And Stated that the presant business he considerd was the business of a few days, untill the travling Council fully came into this land.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.406

Moved & Seconded that Elder’s John Taylor & Joseph Fielding, go to Liverpool & that Hiram Clark go to Manchester, & Elders W Woodruff & Theadore Turley go to the potterys & there inquire the mind of the Lord upon the importance of going to Birmingham, & that Elder W Richards have the privilege of going whare the spirit direct him. (Carried.)

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.406

Mooved & Seconded that Elder Wm. Clayton as one of the Presidents remain in Manchester to preside over the affairs of the Church in that place & vicinity for the time being. (Carried.)

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.406

It was moved & Seconded that every Elder Communicate to the Church presidents of  the Church of [p.407] Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at Preston the State & Condition of affairs in the region in which they are laboring once evry month for the time being. (Carried.)

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.407

Mooved & Carried that Elder Richards write a Letter to Brothers’ Wright & Mu[llener?] in Scotland giving them Such instruction as he may Deem Necessary upon the importance of their Mission and Such Things as are necessary to caution them against. (Carried.)

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.407

After Various principles being discussed & explained by those of the Twelve present, The Council then Adjourned.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.407

Joseph Fielding President

Theadore Turley [clerk]

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Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.407

I spent the night at Brother W. Richards. Write to Elder Joseph Fielding direct to Liverpool at Samuel Sidebottom NO 1, Scarlet Street Near St Ann Street.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.407

18th We met at Elder W Richards in the morning for a season of prayer & fasting & for a blessing before we parted. We had a vary interesting time. We gave each other our parting blessing. We have had many calls every day to lay hands on the Sick & pray with them & they in most cases had relief.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.407

I took the parting hand with Elder’s Taylor & Fielding who were bound for Liverpool, Lancashire & with Elder Richards who is expecting to tary for a season in Preston & Elders Clark & Turley & myself took the rail Cars & rode to Leyland to wigan. From thence to Manchester Lancashire whare I had the happy privilege of taking Elder William Clayton by the hand, & many other Saints. Elder Clayton is one of the presidents Council in England & a wise & worthy brother.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.407

Manchester is the metropolis of the manifacturing Districts in England. It is a beautiful borough Containing a Population of 320,000 inhabitants considerable larger on the ground than the City of [p.408] N.Y. in the U.S.A. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in this town now numbers 2165 164 souls.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.408

I had not been with Elder Clayton but a few minutes before I was called upon to visit 3 sick persons & administer to them according to the order of the gospel ie. by prayer & the laying on of hands.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.408

One case was vary distressing. We found the Sister possessed of the Devel & a burning fever on the brain. She was rageing & trying to tare herself although in the hands of three or four men. We lade hands upon her & commanded the devil to Depart, & the fever to Stand rebuked in the name of Jesus Christ & it was done though not without a great Struggle & we left her ca[lm?] in her mind & principly delivered of her pain.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.408

We took supper at Brother Thomas Millers. Their was 8 saints in the family & they looked good. I spent the night with Elder Clayton at Sister Elizabeth Hardman. I administered unto 6 sick persons & travled from preston to Manchester. Distance of the day 36 miles.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.408

19th Sunday Elder Wm. Claytons address is No 4 Chapel Court Jersey Street Great Anceates Street Manchester. I met with the Saints in the morning for meeting in Lumbard Street Lower Mosly street. Elder Turley preached in the fore part of the day. At noon it was with difficulty that we could get out of the house for the press of the Saints wishing to strike hands with us.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.408

We Dined with Brother James Bewsher a Coachman. We met in the afternoon & after some observations from Elder William Clayton I broke bread unto the Saints & preached unto them.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.408

I also met a large congregation at the same place in the Evening & preached the gospel unto them. I had the spirit of God & they gave good attention. One Sister said she saw by vision or Revelation Jesus pleading with the Father to spare England one year more that  the reapers might gather [p.409] the grain for the harvest was fully ripe. 2 offered themselves for baptism. We confirmed one & lade hands upon 20 persons that were Sick or afflicted & they were most universally healed.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.409

The Saints in England have great Confidence in God & his Servents & their is so many apply for the laying on of hands that we need as much faith as St. Paul had that at the touch of our garments or hankerchefs that they might be healed. We spent the night at Sister Hardman.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.409

20th The Distress of nations is at the door in fulfillment of the word of God. While confusion is through America great trouble is manifest throughout England, & begining in all nations. There is trouble this morning in this town of Manchester. About 3,000 souls is flung out of employ at the factories because of the pressure of times & the lowering of the wages & they are standing in every corner of the Streets in groups counciling what to do, & their are at the present time (I have been informed) thousands of Souls are almost in a State of uter starvation.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.409

I was called upon with my Brethren to visit a child possessed of the Devil that endeavored to destroy the child. It was the child of the Woman that was possessed with the Devil upon whom we lade hands Saturday evening. We lade hands upon the child that was reathing under the power of the Deavil & commanded the Devil to Depart in the name of Jesus Christ & it was instantly done & the child fell asleep.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.409

* Among the signs that are appearing in the heavens & earth in fulfillment of the word of God & that the Saints are noticing & prophesying off the following one is worthy of Notice. KANTURK Dec 26 1839. Second and most extraordinary Removal of a Bog Near Kanturk. The account given under the above head states that 300 acres of Colonel Longford’s bog land rose up from its mighty bed & travled with the rapidity of a steam engine for the distance of 4 miles carrying destruction in its progress rising in angry surges like the ungovernable sea leaving 10 [p.410] feet of earth upon the earth or land in many places as it passed over. 1,200 acres was coverd 10 feet & 12 acres 30 feet. *

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.410

I lade hands upon 8 sick persons & prayed with them & spent the night at Brother James Rigby in Cookson Street NO 2.

Scott G. Kenney, Wilford Woodruff’s Journ al, p.410

21st Dined with Br John Walker Cookson st. NO 10. We lade hands & anointed Priest Benjamin Davis for the healing of his lame leg. We lade hands upon 4 others. Davis NO 4.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.410

We took the parting hand with Elder Wm. Clayton /<after blessing him>/ & the Saints in Manchester & took the coach & road through Mackelsfield, Stockport, Congleton, Tunstell, & to Burslem in Staffordshire. We spent the night in Burslem with Elder Alfred Cordon at Club buildings Navigation road.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.410

According to the Custum of the Country we rode upon the outside of the Coach & we had an exceding Strong wind & rain & Elder Turley took cold & a sore throat. Distance from Manchester to Burslem 40 miles.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 1, 1833–1840, p.410

I found the Saints in Bursleto numbering 66 & in good health & spirits. /Their is one Elder one Priest three Teacher one Deacon./ They began to have some persecution. We found Elder Cordon vary faithful and Also priest Henry Glover & Teachers & Deacon.

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22nd Elder Turley is quite ill with sore throat & Cold.

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I am now in the midst of the Potteries which are so noted in England. The potteries include the following Market towns: Tunstell Burslem, Hanley, Stoke, Laneend, & several other villages. The whole population of the Potteries in 1838 was 65,000. These potteries are for the manifactering of English China, Crockery & stone ware of every description.

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We visited Hanley & Sup’d at Brother William Benbow’s at Hanley Market Place, Staffordshire Potteries. Keeper of Provision Store. Brother Benbow was not at home but  we were much pleased with his [p.411] Lady Sister Ann Benbow. She was Strong in faith & manifested much interest at our arivel to England from America.

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We preached at Brother Woods in New Castle & spent the night at Elder Cordons in Burslem. Distance 5 mil.

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23d  I wrote a Letter to Elder Wm. Clayton at Manchester. We Dined at Brother George Simpsons. We held a prayer meetings at Elder Cordens & had an interesting time.

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24th I preached at night at the house of Br Wm. Hume in canning street in Stoke. Elder Turley followed me. 2 came forward for Baptizm &c.

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25 Saturday I spent [the day] in Burslen Meeting at Cordons. We repaired to the water & the ordinance was administered by Elder Cordon in the presence of many hundreds. We returned to Burslen & spent the night. 8 m.

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26th I preached in Burslem at the preaching house in high Street. Had the spirit of preaching. I dined with Brother Henry Glover. I addressed the Saints & broke bread unto them. I took supper with Brother Daniel Bower. I preached at night to a crouded congregation in Burslem. The power of God rested upon me. I had the attention of the people. 3 was Baptized & I confirmed 10 & lade hands upon three that was Sick. Elder Turley also preached at Hanley. I returned to Elder Cordons to spend the night. [Two-thirds of a line crossed out and illegible.]

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A worthy Sister wished to wash my feet. I gave her an oppertunity & she did so. I had the spirit of prophecy concerning her & delivered it unto her. <She should stand and soon would be the wife of an elder, have sons and daughters Her sons should be the priests of God and live in the millenium. She is of the blood of Ephraim and will remain until the  coming of Christ and many additional things the [p.412] spirit made manifest concerning her.> I spent the night with Elder Cordon.

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29th [Sic?] I attended meeting at Lane end. Elder Cordon preached the kingdom of God would come. Elder Turley spoke of the knowledge of God covering the earth as the waters cover the great deep &c. I blessed 5 children & lade hands upon 5 that were sick. Spent the night in Burslem. Took supper with Brother Isaac Whittaker. Distance of the day 14 miles.

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28th I applyed for a license but the justice had not power to grant me one * that he knew of. I  preached in Birmingham Birslem at night to a crouded Congregation & [a] Methedist preacher by the name of John Jones arose when I closed & read a pamphelet containing an Extract of mormonism unveiled & Warren Parrish letters Signed Luke Johnston & John F. Boyanton. I answered him when he got through & he rejected our testimony as he had done a number [of times] before. I had a interview with priest Samuel Heath. He spent the night with me at Elder Cordons.

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29th I took the parting hand with Elder Turley who started for Birmingham. May the Lord Bless him I pray. I preached at Brother Woods in New Castle & spent the night at his house. Distance of the day 3 miles. /I blessed 3 children./

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30th I visited each appartment of the Silk factory in New Castle & saw them manerfactor silk from the raw article to the weavers loom.

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I walked to Mr [      ] Rowleys [      ] accompanied by Brother James Martin. From thence I walked to Burslem. The Sun shone beautiful & plesant & the fields all looked green as Summer.

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I preached in Hanley & one man that the truth had hert his feelings came to me full of all subtlety & mischief & tried to ketch me in my words by asking many questions &c. But he went away not accomplishing his designs. I spent the night with [p.413] Brother Benbow. Distance 3 miles.

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I wrote two long letters one to Phebe & the other to My Father in Connecticut.

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31st I walked to Burslem & mailed the above letters. I walked to Stoke & Preached at Br Wm. Hulme at Stoke cannery Street to a large Congregation who gave good attention. Their was several preachers present but they went away silent. I spent the night with Br Benbow. 6 miles.

February

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Feb 1st I walked to Burslem & spent the Day & to Hanly. Spent the night. 4 mil.

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Feb 2st Sunday I Preached in Hanly. Was opposed by a Methodist Priest but he went of confounded.

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I met with the Saints in Burslem & administered the sacrament unto them & blessed 6 children. I preached in the evening in Hanly to a large congregation who gave good attention. The power of God rested upon me & I bore testimony unto them. The fals spirits were bound. It was the last meeting we were to hold in that place. After meeting we baptized one <Henry [Chelter?]>. I spent the night at [Hanly Elder?] Cordons. 2 m.

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3d I walked to Hanly, to Stoke, & dined With Brother Hulme Canning Street 5th door. Then walked to lane end near Vauxall & preached at Brother Thomas Amison, & walked back to Hanly & spent the night with Brother Benbow Market place. Distance of the day 13 miles.

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I had a view of John Brown’s Journal 1833-1898, Vol.1, & it was a singular thing. 2d dream, wake, rise, dress, work, pray, eat, walk cloudy, rain, wind, dogs, birds, Drayman, potteries, Ladies, Coat, S[m..?]t Ducks, pigs, c[a?]ps, white pantloons, funeral, Ladies carrying corps, Gentleman walking before, groceries, Twelve colliers fall 756 feet into way pit killed dead, dogs, Bacon, Bread, police men, preach, O. Hide Timely warnings cat, walk, gas [p.414] lights, Thorn Headge, Scotch Soldiers, s[hirts?] feathers, bear legs, war with china, cat, pray, undress, by dawn, Sleep, Dream, 265, Market place, Hanly.

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Feb 4d Wake, dress, pray, eate, talk, walk to Burslem rain & wind.  I wrote two letters one to Elder W Richards & the other to Elders J. Taylor & J Fielding. I recieved a letter from Elder Wm. Clayton. I preached at night at Dea[con] Bradburies & had the spirit of God. A great opposser was convinced of the Truth & said he would soon be baptized. I spent the night at Elder [Co?]rdons. 2 miles.

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5th Walked to Hanly & on to Newcastle. Read two papers. Found much talk about the Queen Victoria wedding. It had taken more than 200 persons 9 months to make her Bridal Dress, & all the weavers 6 weeks to make her veil. I preached at night at Brother Woods No. 14 Drayton Street & walked to Bursleto & spent the night. <Distance of the day> 8 miles.

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Feb 6th I received a letter from Elder Turley.  I wrote a Letter to Elder Turley in answer to his & walked to Tunstell & returned to Hanly. Preached upon the Book of Mormon to 4 or 500 persons some of which were full of wrath & when I closed those that were angry because of the word of God arose upon a Bench & began to reject my testimony & rave like madmen but I stood & gave answered to their questions untill they were confounded. I then left the house while it was all in an uproar. I spent the night at Brother Benbows. <Distance of the day> 4 mi.

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7th Friday Walked to Stoke & Dined with Brother James Grocott in Cross St. end of Thomas St. After Dining Brother Grocott accompanied me all through Copelands Pot  works, & it was truly a great curiosity to see all kinds of earthren, crockery, & [p.415] the best of china ware made commencing at the Stone, clay & bones in their first state & go through every process untill it is finished.

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Firstly enter gate, visit engine that carries all the works. From thence to /pounding/ grinding stone & bones, gringing, mixing, sifting, drying, turning or moulding it into every kind of ware, fireing, printing, stamping, Gilding with gold, glazing, fireing, pollishing, storeing, selling & aggrandizing themselves with the profits thereof.

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Cost of one set of China for Dining & tea for about 20 or 30 persons £1,100 or $5,500. This at Copelands & Garrets factory whare as good china is made as any in the world. It is much superior to that made in China. Brother John Rowley made me a presant of a china Box as a token of Friendship with the following inscription upon it in gold:

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Willford & Pheabe Woodruff

A Present from

Stoke upon Trent England

1840

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Also with three small Bottles with Phebe Sarah Emma, & Eunice, name on them.

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Also three China Pitchers Containing the following names:

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Willford Woodruff

Phebe W. Woodruff

Sarah Emma Woodruff

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I took supper with Br Grocott & preached in the evening at Brother Humes 5th Door Canning St S. Spent the night at Brother John Rowleys. Distance 3 m.

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8th I spent the Day with Brother Hume. I washed my feet & bore testimony unto Jesus Christ against /Priest/ William Shaw & /Priest/ William Pool for rejecting my testimony. I  held a prayer meeting with the Saints. Had a good time. [p.416]

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[p.417] I   received two letters one from Elder Richards & the other from Elder Wm. Clayton.  I wrote a letter to Elder W. Richards, & spent the night at Brother Rowley.

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9th Sunday I was unwell. Preached at Brother Hulme & walked to Lane End & preached at Brother Thomas Ameson’s near Vauxall, & Rose & Crown. I also preached in the Evening. I spent the night With Br. Isaac Whittaker furnace road Longton (or Lane end) south side of the church. I Blessed 3 children & Confirmed one person. <Distance> 3 m.

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Feb 10th   Queen Victoria is married to day. Prince Albert is her Bridegroom. The Queen salary that is [setteldey?] upon her annually is £385,000 or $1,925,000. That of Prince Albert is £50,000 or $250,000 making in all yearly to the Queen & Prince £435,000 or $2,175,000. The above is the same that the late King & Queen had befor them.

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As this is a day that many are celebrating the mariage of the Queen I thought it no more than just & right that I should honor the King of heaven by advocating his cause & preaching the gospel of his Son Jesus Christ. So I walked out into the Market place accompanied by Elder Alfred Corden, & Deacon Wm. Bradbury, & Brother George Simpsons, & we began to Sing praises unto God & call upon his name & a congregation flocked around us, & we preached the gospel unto them & I bore testimony unto them of the great work that God had set his hand to accomplish. We testified of the Second comeing of Christ & warned the people to repent & be Baptized for the remission of their Sins, & when we had finished our testimony we dismissed the people & walked of with many following us. We also preached in the evening at Brother Thomas Amisons & Baptized one & walked to Burslen & spent the night.

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I received a letter from Elder John Taylor. They had Baptized 10 in Liverpool. Distance of the day 8 miles.

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[p.418] 11th I spent the day in Bursleto.  I wrote two Letters one to Elder Turley & the other to Elder Wm. Clayton. I preached at night in Burslen at Dea[con] Bradburrey’s & after preaching one came to be Baptized a female. We called upon her Sister as we passed along & she Said she would obey the gospel also. We then called upon another woman who was believing, but she made objections to being Baptized then because she had a dead child in the house. I told her to let the dead bury the Dead but rise & follow Christ & she did & we walked two miles & I baptized the three 3 females. Their husbands were in the church & were present at the time I baptized these females. We rep[air?]ed at a house & I confirmed them & I had the spirit of God & a good time.

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I spent the night at Elder Cordons. <Distance of the day> 5 m.

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12th I preached at Newcastle. I wrote  a letter to Elder P P. Pratt. <Distance of the day> 6 m.

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13  I wrote two Letters one to Elder Sin. James, New Jersey & one to Elder John Taylor & walked to Hanly & preached to a large congregation. Two visiting brethren were presant viz Priest John Wych & Priest Samuel Heath. I returned to Burslen & spent the night. 3 miles.

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14th I had an interview with Brothers Heath & Wych. I walked to Stoke & preached to Brother Humes & returned to Hanly & spent the night at Brother Benbows. 5 m.

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15 Walked to Burslen & spent the day in writing.

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16th Sunday I preached in Hanly in the morning, broke bread to the Saints in the afternoon & preached to a large congregation in the evening. The people gave good  attention. I confirmed one, Blessed 3 children, & healed one that was Sick. [p.419] Spent the night at Brother Benbows. Gave him a history of the rise of the church.

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17th Walked to Stoke. From thence to Stone in Company with Brother William Hume & William Mornford. We called upon Joseph Harding shoe maker & then upon Widow Welch in Mill Lane. From thence to Widow Gilberts Church Street. Our object was to get a Door open to preach the gospel & Widow Gilbert told us we might preach in her house as much as we pleased. So we gave out an appointment at 7 oclok & I preached the gospel to a small congregation & distributed 9 Timely warnings which is the first preaching of the LD.S in the town.

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Their was a London Merchant present that had been rich & honorable but through the hard times was reduced to begger[ly?] & had but 12 1/2 penny to carry him 100 miles. Great Distress is begining to Come upon the Land. We spent the night at the house of Widow Gilberts. Distance of the day 10 m.

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Lord Me]bourn, & Marquiss of Landsdown, is about to resign their Seat in Parliment because they cannot make out the money they wish & Lord John Russel will take their place & try to make out the money.

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Feb 18th We left Stone & walked to Stoke but on the road we spent Several hours in visiting the Noted Park of   George Granvill the Present DUKE of Southerland Trentam Staffordshire. This park is about 5 miles in length & 5 in bredth. The first thing of note that strike the attention while cuming on the rode from Stone to Stoke is several hundred acres of ground planted over with young sprouts in order to make timber which ground is hilly.

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Next appears Spring Vale. The lower fountain is a forced vein which spirts or throws a stream of water about 12 feet above the surface of the water. Their is a fish pool above the first fountain, but rather small.

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Their is a splendid stone house on the hill above for the purpose of keeping persons that  are [p.420] Insane. There are a number of small monuments around this vale.

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The next is the manner house built of Stone but mostly in ruins. It is more than five hundred years old, & one family have lived in it more than 200 years ie. desending from father to Son.

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We next visited the splended Monument erected in memory of George Granvill the late Duke father of the present Duke of Southerland. It stands erect upon a hill built of hewn stone. The foundation is square 160 feet round it. Each laying of stone is drawn into a narrow Compass about 3 feet each laying untill about 12 feet high. Then the monument is round for about 60 feet. Then the Image of the Duke stands on the top being about 10 feet in hight with a roll of paper in his left hand (he was a memder of parliment) facing his splended mansion house in the vale north of the monument. The whole monument about 80 feet in hight. *

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A person at this monument has a fine view of the mansion house which is an expensive & splended building. It covers about 4 acres built of hewn stone, having much carved work of Lions & other Images. Their were 365 windows in it before the repairs or additions which the present Duke is making which it is supposed will take 7 years to accomplish.

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Their are some hundreds of acres of wood land & farm paches all of which are enclosed with a fence of 4 & 5 feet high the whole of the fence composed of Solid Iron. Their are miles of Iron railing in this park.

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The Duke has vast quantities of game, fish & fowl in his Park, such as Deer, Hares, Rabits, Pheasants, Ducks, Geese Swan, Trout & many other kinds of fish. The Deer are as tame as Sheep. We saw about 300 in one drove. There are game keepers to see that no person trespasses upon the park. The river Trent runs through the park. The Duke has converted the whole of it for a distance into a fish pool.

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I visited the burying ground which was coverd [p.421] with many kinds of evergreen. The publick road running through the park is between two stone walls about 10 feet thick, 4 to 6 high coverd with turf & green grass.

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This DUKE of Southerland has two other Parks of as much value as the one above named. As to his wealth he nor no man knoweth. But as JESUS Said concerning the Stones of the Temple, it will in like manner be with the monuments & pride of this generation. They will spedily be lade low in the Dust together.

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I walked from Stoke to Hanly then to Burslen. Attended meeting at Deacon Bradburies. Elder Cordon preached. I spent the night at Elder Cordons. Elder Cordon Baptized one at Lane End Monday night 17th.  I recieved a Letter of Wm. Clayton.

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Feb 19th I spent the day at Alfred Cordons & in the evening I walked to New Castle & preached. There was two Methodist Preachers present & they were filled with anger because of the truth of God. One by name of Robert Brown rejected my testimony & said I should go to the Bottomless pit & all that followed me. It was manifest what spirit was in the man. After meeting I * Baptized one & walked to Hanly & to Burslem & spent the night at Elder Cordons. I dreamed that I saw men & children killed to be eat because of the soreness of a famine. 7 mi.

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20 I washed my feet & bore testimony against Robert Brown for rejecting my testimony & being angry because of the truth of God. I walked to Hanly & preached to an attentive congregation. I spent the night with Brother Benbow. 2 m.

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21st I walked to Burslen & spent the day in writing & walked to Stoke & preached to Brother Humes. A man Cut his throat in Burslem & died. He had been a Methodist class leader 20 years. I spent the night at Brother Rowley. 6 m.

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[p.422] 22d I spent the day in Stoke. In the evening I saw J Potts new Store Illuminated.

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23d Sunday I preached in Stoke in the morning & confirmed one. I communed with the Saints at Brother [      ] Whittaker in Lane end. I also preached in the evening. Distance of the day 3 m.

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24d I walked to Stone with Brother Samuel Hancock & several other Brethren & preached at Widow Gilberts & [then?] returned to Hanly & spent the night at Brother Benbows. Distance 20.

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25th  I wrote two letters one to Elder Turley & the other to Elder Clayton & walked to Burslen & preached at Dea[con] Bradburys & spent the night at Elder Cordons. 2 miles.

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26th  I received a Letter from Elder Turley & wrote a letter to him in answer to it & walked to New Castle & preached at Brother Woods & returned & spent the night in Burslem. A Scottish Soldier & his lady attending meeting recieved the word with gladness & were believeing. Distance 5 mile.

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27th     I wrote a long letter to Elders E. Robinson & D. C Smith in Commerce Ill. U.S.A. & also a letter to Elder Taylor at Liverpool. I walked to Hanly & preached. I spent the night at Br Benbows. /I ordained Br William Vernon to a office of a priest./

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28th  I wrote a letter to Elder M. Holmes. Elder Turley returned from Birmingham & met me in Hanly. He brought me a letter  from Dwight Webster. Brother Turley had one from his wife but among all the letters I do not hear a word from Phede or Sarah. I walked to Stone & Elder Turley preached. We returned to Brother Benbows & spent the night. /Alfred Baptized one./ 4 mi.

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29th And last day of winter. I spent the day [p.423] in Hanly.  I wrote two Letters one to Father Carter & the other to John Taylor all of which I sent to Elder Taylor.

March

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March 1st 1840 This is my birth day. I am 33 years of age to day. I preached in Hanly & broke bread. I preached in the evening to a large congregation & the spirit & power of God rested upon me. 4 offered themselves for Baptism. Two soldiers received my testimony & I think will be baptized. I visited Widow Lucy Martin No 6 Brunswick st. I spent the night in Hanly.

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2nd Walked to Bursleto & preached & returned to Hanly to Stoke & to Stone & preached & spent the night in Stone. /The Lord warned me to go to the South./ Distance of the day 16 m.

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3rd I walked to Stafford & called at the [Kings?] Inn. I had an interview with Mr Colebourn the Rector of the Church of England. I then Called upon the clerk of the peace about a licens but he could not give me information upon the subject. I then had an interview with Mr Alexander Stewart a preacher but he rejected my testimony, brought a railing accusation against me & turned me from his door. I took the Omnibus in company with br. Wm. Benbow & rode to Wolverhampton & spent the night. Distance 26 miles.

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4th We took Coach. Rode through Dudley 6 m Stourbridge 5, Kiddeminister 7 m Stourport 4, Worcester 12, then walked to Mr John Benbows, Hill farm Castle Froome, Ledbury, Herefordshire. Mr Ben bow was a large farmer. Cultivated about 300 acres of land. I spoke the word of God unto him & his house & he received my testimony & we had a good time. I spent the night at his house. <Distance> 48 m.

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5th I spent the day at Mr Benbows & preached at his house & had the testimony that there was many [p.424] present that would be Saints.

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March 6th I preached at John Benbows Hill farm in the evening & a number received the word & I Baptized 6. Mr John Benbow & wife the [heads?] of the family of the Hill farm were among the number. 4 out of the 6 were preachers of the United Brethren of the Methodist order. I here found it necessary to become all things to all men in many respects. One <man came to me in the water naked almost to be baptized>. Spent the night with Brother Benbow.

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7th I spent the day in preparing a pool to Baptize in. I washed my feet & bore testimony against Alexander Stewart before God for rejecting my testimony.

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8th Sunday I preached at Frooms Hill in the morning, at Standly Hill in afternoon & at the Hill farm in the evening. I had a large congregation. The Lord of Hosts was with me. I Baptized 7 persons. 4 were Methodist preachers of the United Brethren. I confirmed 13 & broke bread unto the Saints. I praise God for his goodness in opening my way. Satan Desires to sift some as wheat. 2 miles.

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9th I preached at Standly Hill & Baptized 7 persons 2 of which were preachers.

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10th I preached at Brother Benbows o[n/r?] Hill farm & Baptized 12 persons 3 of which were preachers.

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11th  I wrote 4 Letters one to W Richards, one to J Taylor, one to W Clayton, one to Cordon. Brother Wm. Benbow parted with Brother John Benbow & started for home in Hanly. <He left with a bowed head. It was a dark day to us both. The waves of sorrow rolled on our souls. The devil was as a roaring lion seeking to devour us but God will deliver us. I went to my meeting very [shortly?].> I preached in the evening at the House  of [p.425] Thomas Jinkins at Moorends Cross. I spent the night at Mr Jinkins. Distance of the day 5 miles.

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12th I preached at night at Mr James Hadley at Ridgway Cross. I supd at Mr Francis Holmes & I had a large congregation & the power of God restd upon me. I bore testimony unto the people & walked to Brother John Benbows & spent the night. Distance of the day 6 miles.

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13th I visited the Sick & walked to Stokes Lane & preached & Baptized 3 persons & spent the night at Brother Benbow. 12 mile. /Francis Birch, Richard Hall, & Ann Birch were the 3 above named persons Baptized./

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14th I spent the day at John Parry & the night at Brother Benbows. <Some of the Saints are still tried. >

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15th Sunday I preached at Froores Hill. I met with the Saints in the afternoon & Confirmed 22 persons & ordaind John Cheese to the office of a priest. I preached in the evening to a Congregation of about 800 but some of the baser Sort made much Disturbance. There was a number of persons that wished to be Baptized but returned home without it in consequence of the people. This was a labourious day to me. 2 miles.

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16th I walked to Ma[..]ston & called upon Squir Johnston a Magestrat & obtained a licens for preaching in any part of the English Government. On my return I visited a number of persons & found them believing. I preached at Froores Hill & Baptized 3 persons one of which was a preacher. I spent the night at Brother Benbows. 12 m.

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17th I had an agreeable interview with Mr Thomas Kington the Superintendant of the United Brethren. I lade the whole work of the fulness of the Gospel before him & he  seemed to received the [p.426] testimony. I walked to Green Yeal & preached at the house of Philpotts to a large congregation. I was exceding hoarse at the lungs. I spent the night at the Hill farm. 10 m.

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18th I walked in company with a pilot to Woferwood common & preached at the house of George Allen & returned & spent the night at the Hill farm. Distance of the day 14 miles.

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19th I visited Sister Ann Bourn who was sick & prayed with her. I then walked to John Fidoes at Bishop frume. From thence to Hopton’s Cornor & preached at the house of Richard Davis. I spent the night at Mr James Gurney. 9 miles.

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I dreamed at night that Brother Thompson was dead & left a wife & two children. I caught a large fish & [dressed?] it.

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20th March <Oh Lord comfort Phebe thy handmaid this day in her distress.> I Baptized 3 persons one a preachers, & preached at Bridger at Smith & some of the baser sort armed themselves with rotten Eggs & flung them at me. One hit me in the head but did not break untill it struck the ground. I walked to the Hill farm & spent the night. Distance of the day 9 miles.

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March 21 st <Oh Lord bless Phebe this day in need in every time of need I pray.> I walked to Ledbury & found  a letter from W. Richards. I returned to Brother Benbows & baptized 4 persons. 2 were preachers one of which was Thomas Kington the Superintendant of the Preachers of the United Brethren. Glory Hallaluyah the work of God rolls on. Distance of the day 12 miles.

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22nd Sunday I preached at Frums Hill. In the afternoon I preached at the Hill farm to a large congregation. /Willford Woodruff Jr. was born 5 oclock sunday March 22 1840./ I  also met the Saints in the evening & confirmed 6 persons, & according to [p.427] the Revelation of the Holy Ghost & the voice of the Church I Ordained Thomas Kington to the Office of an Elder & William Jinkins to the Office of a Priest. I also broke bread unto the Saints. The power of God & the Revelation of Jesus Christ rested upon me & I had a good time. I spent the night at the Hill farm. 2 miles.

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23d   I Recieved my trunk that was Sent me from Hanley. In it I recieved three letters one from John Tailor, one from Willard Richards one from Alfred Cordon. Elder Taylor informed me of his Baptizing 17 persons in Liverpool. Elder Richards wished me to enquire of the Lord his will concerning Brother & sister Richards for they ware in deep affliction.

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Elder Cordon informed me that Elder Theadore Turley was taken with a warrent & cast into Goal by the instrumentality of John Jones. A man took him from Birmingham because of a certain debt which was contracted 15 years ago before he left England which he supposed was wholly settled but it is the work of the devil to put him in prision to stop his preaching. But God will yet turn this work for good & if it is stoped in one place it will burst out in another place. May God open the prision Door & soon let Elder Turley free.

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I preached at Standly Hill & Baptized 12 persons one of which was a preacher. The Lord is Doing a great work here. Their will have to be some triming Done by & by. Spent the night at the Hill farm. <Distance of the day> 4 miles.

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24th   A preacher Called upon me & after I conversed with him a while he requested Baptism at my hands. I changed my clotheing & as I got ready to go the pool, three other preachers rode up in a gig or charriot to see me. The fame had gone out into all the county of the spedy work that God was performing. They had not herd me preach or any Latter Day Saint but had come more than 20 miles to see me. They came down out of the Gig &  walked to [p.428] whare I was. Notwithstanding they were Ministers yet I stood up & boldly declaired unto them Jesus & testified unto them of the great work of God in these last Days, & the power of God rested upon us, & they bowed down & prayed & gave glory to God, & we all rose up & the Gig stood still & we all went down into the water at the Same hour & I Baptized them & lade my hands upon them that they might receive the Holy Ghost & they went their way rejoiceing.

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I then walked to Moorends cross & spent the night & preached at Brother William Parsons & Baptized 5 persons more making 9 persons Baptized.

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During the day I wrote a letter to Alfred Cordon. I Also confirmed 8 persons. <Distance of the day> 6 mil.

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25th  I wrote 2 Letters one to Elder Richards & sent him a few words <of the Lord concerning him> & one to Wm. Clayton. I walked to Woferwood common & preached to Aliens & returned to the Hill farm & spent the night. 12 mil.  I also wrote a letter to Elder John Taylor.  I received a Letter from Elder Clayton.

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26th I walked to Stokes Lane & preached at the House of Joseph Evins & spent the night at br. William Davis, & had the following Dream: I saw by night a River in which were many fish. I cast an hook & caught some of them & while fishing I saw some large ones near shore. I put the hook to their mouth. They bit it & I caught them, & one vary notable one exceding all other fish that I had caught.

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And as I was taking care of them, I saw a still larger River. It appear like Farmington River in the U.S.A. at the Mill which my Father is tending, & on the other side of the River was a Boat to which was tied many fish lines. On one hook was a fish so large that the captain of the Boat Israel Dormon by name could not bring him into the Boat, & he sailed the Boat across the River whare I was, & the fish was taken out & a Bellman was  called for to divide [p.429] the fish & after the Bell was rung each man took a part, & while dividing the fish, one man said to another man I saw Baptizing last night. Was not you Baptized? I also saw a trunk representing to have Elder Turleys trunk & it ought to be taken care of for he is cast into prison.)

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What this Dream means time will soon Determin. Their is to be much Baptizing done soon somewhare. Some of our Brethren will soon come from the U.S.A. & be divided among the people & I shall soon Baptize many & some noted persons. Distance of the Day 5 miles.

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27th I walked to the House of Mark Davis & Baptized two persons one a preacher. I then walked to Shuknell Hill a vary noted & sightly place. The plains looked Beautiful in the valleys around it, & notwithstanding it is a country place yet I could count 21 churches from the top of the Hill.

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I preached in the evening to a large congregation, & although it was the first time that they had herd the fullness of the gospel, yet if their had been water convenient their would have been 20 Baptized. But as it was a great distance to the water most concluded to omit it untill another day.

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Some however would not take no for an answer, & they followed me untill 2 oclock at night in search of water & we finally found a stream & Baptized 5 persons in a place whare we had to let them down 8 feet perpendicular by the Bank before we reached the water, & 3 of this number were Preachers, & one an aged woman who had followed us the whole time leaning upon her Staves.

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I spent the night at the preaching place. I Baptized 7 during the day 4 of which were preachers. Two females had a fit in the evening. I lade hands upon them & they soon recovered. <Distance of the day> 8 m.

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28th I confirmed one & walked to the Hill farm & Baptized 2 persons. One was a  Primitive Methodist Preacher which I confirmed. I spent the night at [p.430] the Hill farm & Dreamd of being with several others in a small Boat in a storm on the River. We had to paddle ashore with our hands having no paddles. There was a serpent oralled into the Boat & I flung him out with my hands & reached the shore in safety. Distance of the day 8 miles.

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29th Sunday I have much to do to day. I preached at Froomes Hill, at 1/2 10 oclock at the Hill farm 2 [1/27] oclock & Baptized 13 persons 2 of which were Preachers. I met with the Saints in the evening at 6 oclock at the Hill farm & Confirmed 35 Persons & broke bread unto about 80 Saints which closed the business of the day.

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O how much strength & wisdom I need in the midst of so much labour. But surely the Lord does give me grace according to my Day for which I feel vary thankful.

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I am informed this day that the Ministers of the Church of England are holding meetings & councils to petition Parliment to Stop my preaching & to cause our religion to scease out of the land. But may the Lord order all things aright I pray.

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30th I Baptized 9 persons 5 of which were preachers. I also confirmed 9 there. It was rather a dark Day with Brother Benbow. Some trouble with his Landlord & one of his men was in trouble.

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I walked to Ledbury & had not been in town an hour before many flocked around to see me & gave me the hand of fellowship. The Baptist Minister opened his chapel for me to preach in & he went into the Pulpit with me & opened the meeting by reading the 35th oh. of Isaiah & praying mightily for me. I then arose & preached to the largest congregation (it was said) that ever met in the chapel. The Minister was believing & bid me God speed. After Meeting many offered themselves for Baptism.

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I spent the night at Francis Pullen.   I received three Letters one from Richards, one from Cordon, & one from Mulliner. Distance of the day 6 miles.

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[p.431] 31st I walked to the green way & Baptized 13 persons 4 of which were preachers. I then walked to Elder Thomas Kington, & preached at his house in Dimmock.  I wrote 4 Letters one to Richards, one to Turley, one to Wm. Benbow & one to Clayton. I spent the night at Elder Kington. Distance of the day 5 miles.

April

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April 1st I walked to Norton & preached at Mr George Curtis. I walked to Leigh & spent the night with Brother Wm. Jenkins. Distance of the day 15 mils.

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2d I Baptized 3 in Apperly & 6 in Leigh. 2 were preachers. I walked to Twigworth & preached at John Hill & returned to Leigh & spent the night with Browett. Distance of the day 6 mil.

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April 3d  I wrote two Letters one to Richards & one to Mulliner & walked to Gadfields Elm & preached in the Chapel to a large congregation & spent the night at Mr Hills at Turkey Hall. 8.

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4th I Baptized 11 women at Gadfields Elm & in the number was three generations a Daughter, Mother & Grandmother. One [..] 8 years of age. I then walked to Leigh & spent the night at Brother William Jenkins. <Distance of the day> 7 m.

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5th Sunday I met for a prayer Meeting in Leigh. After meeting we went to Brother Daniel Browetts for the purpose of Baptizing 10 persons. Got ready. But Before we got ready or closed praying & Singing a desperate mob gatherd together about 100 in number & the owner of the pool would not let us Baptize while their was such a mob present fearing that serious Consequence would ensue.

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I then went in search of water in other places for about an hour with the mob following me & calling out you American whare are you going to wash your sheep? But as I could  not find water we had to omit it untill afternoon. The mob commenced [p.432] fighting among themselves & the people sent for constables to Clear the [ground?].

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I went to Norton & preached & then returned to Leigh immediately & the man gave his consent for me to Baptize in his pool. We went Immediately to the water & as I comenced to Baptize the mob began to gather but I Baptized 9 persons 3 [of] which were preachers while surrounded by the Rabble. But I performed the ordinance without any insult or injury excepting the tongue of slander & throwing a dog into the pool whare I was Baptizing.

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I also preached in the evening at Leigh to a vast congregation & the power of God rested upon us, & I bore testimony unto them of the Judgments of God that would rest upon them if they did not repent. I spent the night at Brother Daniel Rowletts & confirmed two persons. 3 miles.

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6th I walked to Eldersfield & preached at Turkey Hall at Benjamin Hill’s & Baptized 5 persons one a Preacher & one a Clerk of the Church of England. Elder Kington is with me. I received three Letters    one from Taylor in Liverpool. He informed me of [how] the work is with him. One from Richards one from Turley. Spent the night with Mr Hill. Distance 7 m.

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7th I <prayed and wept before the [heavens?] for Elders Taylor and [-]>. I walked to Apperly & preached to a large congregation. Many were believing. I then walked to Leigh & spent the night at Brother Browets. We spread the case of Elder Turley before the Lord & plead before God for his deliverance out of Prision in [-]. The Lord testified unto us that he would spedily do it & I say in the name of Jesus Christ it shall be done & his enemy shall fall & the weapons formed against him shall be broaken. Distance of the day 7 mi.

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8th I wrote a Letter to Elder Turley in Stafford goal & sent him half a sovreign 10/ <and the word of the Lord>. [      ].

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[p.433] I Baptized 7, 4 of which were preachers. I preached at Leigh to a Large congregation.

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9th   I recieved two letters one from Elder Richards, one from Elder Taylor informing me of the arival of five of the Twelve [one Seventy?] & they had appointed a conference in preston on Wednesday the 15th of April & wished me to attend.

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I preached at Wm. Simons at H[ans?] Cross to a vast mass of human beings & not a quarter of the people could not get in to the House, & their was many of the baser sort present, & the house was much disturbed by the crouding of the people. The people did not break up for several hours.

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Many wished to be Baptized but could not because of the croud & mob. But some wishing to be baptized notwithstanding the persecution I repared to the pool about 12 oclock at night which was surrounded by a desperate Mob of the gentiles. I went down into the water & Baptized 5 persons in the midst of a shower of stones flung at me by the mob, & while they were pelting my Body with stones one of which hit me in the top of my head which nearly knocked me down into the water with the man that I was Baptizing but the Lord saved me from falling & I continued untill I had closed my Baptizing & my mind was stayed on God.

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I then walked to Dimock & spent the night at Brother Kington. Distance 9 mi.

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10th I walked to green way & Baptized 3 persons & then walked to Ledbury. From thence to Frooms Hill visiting the Saints by the way side. I found Broth John Benbow had sold his possessions & entirely left the Hill farm & taken up his abode for a season at Frooms Hill. I called upon him & spent several hours. He gave me £2 to bear my expenses to & from the Conference. I then walked to Standly Hill & spent the night. 14 m.

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11th I arose at 1 oclock & rode in a horse Cart to Worcester. 16. I then took Coach &  rode to [p.434] Wolverhampton. 35. I then took rail road to Stafford. 1 8.

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I started to go to the gall to visit Brother Turley & I saw a large Congregation of people of about 10,000 gatherd together at the gall & on Enquiring the cause I was informed two men was to be hung. I came as near as I could of the gall. I soon saw the gallows erected & in a few moments James Owen & George Thomas was taken on to the scaffold & a rope put round their necks & in an instant they were droped into Eternity for murder precicely at 1 oclock & the rope cut & their bodies droped at 2 oclock. The gallows [were] removed at 3 oclock.

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I then went into the gail & had an interview with Elder Turley who was unlawfully put into prision. I spent an hour with him. I carried him some provision & read the Letters to him which I had written to him. I left him in good health & spirits & walked to Stone. From thence to Stoke upon trent. 15. Stoped & spent the night with Brother Hulme. I was weary in body. Have been travling 20 hours. The whole distance 84 miles.

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12th Sunday I preached to the Saints in Stoke in the afternoon in Hanley, & in the evening to a large congregation. I spent the night in Bursleto with Elder Clark. He had the fever & ague. I lade hands upon him & he was better. I confirmed one. 4 miles.

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13th I recieved & read the singular & striking prophecies of Robert Dixon the celebrated Cheshire prophet in the reign of Henry VII from Lady Cowpers correct copy also an account of his life & death Published by John Fregorth 1829.

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I took the coach in company with Elder Clark & rode to Manchester. 35. Spent about an hour with the Saints. Then Elder Clayton joined us & we took the cars & rode to preston 30, whare I had a happy interview with some of the Twelve. I spent the night in preston. 65 miles.

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[p.435] The first Council of the Twelve among the Nations

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At a council of the Twelve held in Preston Lancashire England on the fourteenth of April eighteen hundred and forty, Elders Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimble, Parley P. Pratt, Orson Pratt, Willford Woodruff, John Taylor & George A. Smith being present.

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Elder Brigham Young was called to the Chair & Elder John Taylor Chosen as Secretary. It being the ninth day of the first month of the eleventh year of the Church. The Council was opened by prayer by Elder Brigham Young. Elder Willard Richards was ordained to the Office of an Apostle & recieved into the Quorum of the Twelve by a unanimous voice according to previous revelation. Elder Brigham Young was unanimously chosen as the standing president of the Twelve.

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Resolved that he who acts as the Secretary of the Quorum shall prepare the minutes of the Conferences of the quorum & deposite them in the hands of the President for keeping.

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Moved by Elder Kimble & seconded by Elder Richards that 20 of the Seventies be sent for & that it be left discretionary with the president of the Twelve to send for more if he think proper. Meeting closed by prayer by Elder Kimble.

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[15th] At a general conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints held in the Temperance Hall Preston, Lancashire England; on the fifteenth Day of April Eighteen hundred & forty. Elder Kimble was called to preside & Elder William Clayton Chosen as Clerk. It being the tenth day of the first month of the Eleventh year of the Church. The meeting was opened by Singing & prayer by Elder Kimble. Elder Kimble then called upon the Elders to represent the different branches of the Church When Er. Joseph Fielding  represented the church in Preston consisting of about 300 members 7 Elders 8 [p.436] Priest 6 Teachers & 2 Deacons.

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E[lde]r. Peter Melling represented the Church in Penwortham consisting of 73 Members 3 E. 1 P. 2 T. & 1 D.

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Er. Wm. Garner represented the church at Longton consisting of 51 members 2 E 4 P. & 2 Teachers.

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Teacher Joseph Jackson repd. the Church at Southport 20 Members 1 P. 1 T.

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Elder John Moon reps. the Church Dunbers Lane & Netghbourhood 54 M 1 E 2 P 3 T.

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Richard Benson rep. the church at Hunters Hill 17 M. 1 E. 1 P. 1 T.

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Er. Amos Fielding rep. the Church at Haskins 3 M. 1 E. Also the Church at Bolton 60 M. 1 E. 2 P. 2 T. Also the Church at Radclift 10 M.

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Elder Withenal rep. the Church at Whittle 18 M 1 E. 4 P.

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Er. Francis Clark rep. the church at Ribchester 25 M. 2 E. 1 T.

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Elder Thomas Richardson rep. the Church at Burnly 24 M. 1 P 1 T.

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Elder Francis Moon rep. the Church at Blackburn 15 M. 1 P.

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Eldr James Smith rep. the Church in Chaighley Keighley & Thornly 29 M 2 E. 1 P. 1 T. 1 D.

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Pt. John Ellison rep. the church at Waddington 50 M. 2 P. 2 T. 1 D.

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Er. Thomas Smith rep. the Church at Clithero 27 [M.] 1 E. 3 P. Also the Church at Chatburn 84 M 1 E. 2 P. 2 T. 1 D. Also the Church at Dawnham Dunham 20 M 1 T. 1 D. Also the Church at Grindleton 5 M.

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Er. Wm. Clayton rep. the Church at Manchester 240 Members 2 E. 5 P. 4 T 1 D. Also the church at Stockport 40 M. 1 P 2 T. 1 D. Also the Church at Duckinfield Duttonfield 30 M. 1 P. Also the Church at Altringham 8 M. 1 P. 1 T. Also the church at peowen & Manderfield 30 M 3 P. Also the Church at Middlewich 6 M.

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Er. David Wilding rep. the Church at Bury & Elton 12 M.

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Er. Willford Woodruff represented the Church in [p.437] the potteries 101 M. 1 E. 2 P 4 T 1 D.

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Er. W Woodruff represented the Church at Herefordshire consisting of 160 Members 1 E. 2 P. 40 of these were Methodist preachers of the United Brethren & 42 places of Worshipping licensed according to Law.

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Er. John Taylor represented the church at Liverpool consiting of 28 M.

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Er. Joseph Fielding rep the Church at Alston Cumberland con. of 40 M. 2 E 2 P. 2 T.

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Er. Wd. Richards rep. the church at Brampton consisting of 30 M. 1 E. 1 P. Also the Church at Bedford consi[sting] of 40 M 1 E. 1 P. Also the Church in Scotland consisting of 21 M. 3 E.

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The meeting was then adjourned for 1 hour.

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The Conference then assembled at 1/2 past 1 oclock & business Continued.

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Er. John Moon rep. the Church at Layland Moss consisting of 6 M 1 T.

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Elder W Richards having previously been Ordained into the Quorum of the Twelve according to previous Revelation it was Moved by Er. Young & Second by Er. Taylor that Elder Hiram Clark be appointed as Councillor to Er. Fielding in the place of Elder Richards. Card. Unan.

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Mooved by Elder Fielding & Secd. by Er. Young that a Hymn Book Shall be published. Carried. Mooved & Secd. that the publishing of the Hymn Book shall be done by the Direction of the Twelve. Carried.

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Mooved & Secd. that a Monthly periodical shall be published under the Superintendance & direction of the Twelve for the benefit and information of the church as soon as a sufficient number of Subscribers shall be obtained. Carried.

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Mooved & Second that Brother John Bleagard of Samlesbury be Ordained to the Office of a priest. Carried.

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Mooved & Secd. that bro. James Corbridge of Thomly be Ordained to the Office of a priest. Carried.

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Elder Kimble then lade before the Conference [p.438] the importance & propriety of ordaining a patriarch to bestow patriarchal Blessings on the fatherless. Referd to the Twelve whose business it was to select & ordain him according to the direction of the Spirit. After various remarks being given by the Ers. Prest. Fielding & his councillors proceded to Ordain bro’s Bleagard [and] Corbridge to the Office as Stated above.

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Elder Kimble then Called upon the clerk to read over the minutes which being done they were receieved by the Unanimous voice of the Conference.

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Mooved by Er. Young & Secd. by P P Pratt that this Conference be adjourned till the 6th Day of July next to be held in preston at 10 oclok A.M. Carried. The Meeting then Adjourned.

Heber C Kimble President

Wm. Clayton Clerk

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The whole Number of the Saints in England & Scotland including official members is

Saints 1671

Elders     34

Priest      52

Teachers           38

Deacons              8

sum total of Official members          132

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The Council of the Twelve met persuant to adjourment April 16th 1840. The members of the Quorum the same as on the 14th.

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Mooved by Er. Brigham Young & second. by Elr John Taylor that Elder P P Pratt be Chosen as the Editor of the Monthly periodical for the Church.

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Mooved by Er. Kimble, & Sec. by Er. P P Pratt that a committy of three be appointed to Make a Selection of Hymns. Mooved by Er. Orson Pratt & Seconded by Er Willford Woodruff that Elder Brigham Young Er P P Pratt & Er J. Taylor form the committy for the Selection of the Hymns.

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Mooved by Er. W. Richards Secd. by G. A. Smith that the name of the periodical be the  Latter Day [p.439] Saints Milleniam Star. Mooved by Er Brigham Young Secd By Elr Orson Pratt that the size of the paper its plan & price be left at the disposal of the Editor.

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Mooved by Elr. Brigham Young Secd. by Elr. H. C. Kimble that the Saints recieve a recommend to the Church in America to moove in small or large bodies inasmuch as they desire to emigrate to that new Country.

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Mooved by Elder B. Young second. by Elr. P. P. Pratt that we recommend no one to go to America that has money without assisting the poor according to our council from time to time.

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Mooved by Er. John Taylor second. by Er P P Pratt that the copy right of the Book of Doctrins & Covenants & the Book of Mormon be secured as soon as possible. Mooved by Elr. W Woodruff, seconded by Er W. Richards that Elders Brigham Young Heber C. Kimble & Parley P Pratt be the Committy to secure the Coppy Right.

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Mooved by Er. H C. Kimble secd. by Er W. Richards that Elder Peter Melling be ordained an Evanjelical minister in preston.

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Mooved by Er H C. Kimble secd. by Er. W. Richards that the Twelve meet here on the 6th of July 1840 if the Lord will.

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Mooved by Er. W. Richards secd. by Er W. Woodruff that the Editor of the periodical keep an account of all the recpts & expenditures connecting with the printing general expenses &c. & that the Books at all times be open for the inspection of the Council.

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The above resolutions were unanimously adopted.

John Tayler Clerk

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I Willford Woodruff being led by the spirit visited Frooms Hill in Herefordshire England 5 miles North of Ledbury on the 5th day of March 1840 & commenced preaching the word of God unto the people & many received my testimony & I commenced Baptizing such as should be saved, & in one month & 5 days I Baptized Mr Thomas Kington the  superintendant of the [p.440] Church of the United Brethren which came out of the methodist connextion & I also Baptized forty Eight Preachers of the United Brethren & 112 of the members making 158 souls in all. This scenery flung into my hands or under my superintendancy & care 42 established places of preaching which were licensed according to law including one chapel.

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This has opened the largest field for labour & increase of numbers of any door that has been opened in the same length of time since the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has been esstablished. Their was among this number Baptized some of most all classes & churches, 46 Preachers one clark of the Church of England, one constable & a number of wealthy farmers, & when I left this vast field of Labour to go to Preston to attend the conference their was nearly 200 souls ready to be baptized as soon as an opportunity offera But I have attended the Conferance & have again returned into this part of the vineyard, & Elder B. Young is with me & I expect Elder Richards soon to assist in pruning this part of the vineyard.

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This field that is now open is about 40 miles from Bristol 40 from Birmingham & 120 from London. I expect the church will number several hundred in this region soon.

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I found on my return that Elder Kington had baptized 10, & Priest John Cheese 20 making the whole No 188 Souls.

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Mobs have arisen against me in some instances. On one occasion they stoned me while baptizing. See April 9th. I had vast congregations attended my meetings & the country was all stired up, & many priest & people came out to hear what I had to Say & many received my testimony. I feel thankful to God for all his mercy & kindness unto me & all the Saints in opening so many doors that the kingdom of God may roll forth that there may be a people prepared for the coming of Jesus Christ.

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Compare March 26th with April 18th.

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[p.441] Thus I spent the 14, 15, & 16 of April Siting in council with my Brethren the Twelve & the Saints. I preached in the evening of the 15th, in the Temperance Hall to a crouded congregation. I felt Happy to have the privilege of sitting in council with my Brethren the Twelve in a foreign Nation to do the work of the Lord.

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After our council closed on the 16th I walked with Elder Richards to penworthham & spent the night. 2 miles

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17th This being good friday the quorum of the Twelve met at penworthham to visit the Saints & spend the day together. Before we parted Sister Moon opened a bottle of wine for us to bless & partake of which she had kept for 40 years. After spending the day conversing about the things of the Kingdom of God we returned to preston & spent the night. 2 m.

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18th The time had come for the Twelve to seperate & go into different parts of the vineyard. It was thought wisdom for Elder Kimble to visit the churches that he had built up while in England, & that Orson Pratt go North & visit Scotland that John Tayler Commence his Labours in Liverpool, that P. P. Pratt go to Manchester to publish the periodical & that George A Smith go to the potteries & that Elders Brigham Young & W Richards go with me into the field or vineyard which I had opened in Herefordshire & the adjoining county.

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So I took the parting hand with the Twelve & Saints & in Company with Elder Brigham Young we took the rail car & rode to Manchester & then took Coach for Burslen. We spent the night at Brother Johnstons. Distance 70 m.

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19th Sunday Elder Young preached to the people of Hanly in the Morning & evening. Communed with the Saints in the afternoon. We had an interesting time. We spent the night at Stoke with Brother Hulme. Distance 8 mi.

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[p.442] 20th We took Coach at Stoke & rode to Stafford. From thence to Wolverhampton & spent the night. 35.

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21st We took Coach & rode to Dudley. We had a plain view of the Old Dudly Castle which is on a hill North of Dudly. The age of it no man knoweth but it is partly in ruins.

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We rode to Worcester & spent Several hours in this City. We visited the Ancient noted splended Worcester Cathedral Which surpassed any thing for splender & architecture mine eyes ever beheld. It was about 400 feet in length 800 or 900 years of age. It contained many Monuments and portraits of persons which were graven out of marble & lade over the tombs or vaults of Ancient Bishops, Lords, & Princis, some of which had lane there for 7 or 800 years. It is said that some of those monuments with their winding streets which are carved out of fine marble is as neatly executed as any thing found in Europe. Almost evry thing about this cathedral from top to bottom is carved out of solid marble. The whole pulpit is carved out of one solid stone. There was a large Organ in the building.

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The Church of England still worship in this building. They hold a time of worship twice each day in a year. We stoped [-] one service. The whole concern is superior to the architecture of the present generation.

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From Worcester we rode to Ledbury & on the ride we passed through the Town of Malvernon Malvern Hill the most Noted Hills in England in consequence of they being the highest & the most splended prespect of all the surrounding country for 30 miles, & on some of the highest peaks are large intrenchments whare men retreated to in the time of the roman war. The buildings in the village of Malvern are splendid standing on the Side of these Hills. It has long been a place of retreat for the Kings Queens princis Lords & Noblemen of London & other parts of England to visit in the summer season. We had a view of eastner castle as we past along.

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[p.443] We spent the night at Mr Francis Pullins in Ledbury. 31 m.

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22d We walked to Frooms Hill & called upon Brother John Benbow & had an interview with Elder Kington & in the evening we had a church meeting at Standly Hill to do Church Business as follows:

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A meeting of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at Standly Hill Herefordshire 22d day April.

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Elder Brigham Young was called to the chair. Brother John Benbow chosen clerk. President Young opened the meeting by prayer When it Was Motioned by Er W Woodruff & secd. by Elder Kington that James Hill, James Barns, Charles Price, & John Parry, be ordained to the office of a priest, & John Benbow to the Office of a Teacher. Carried unanimously. Elder Brigham Young & W Wooddruff then proceded to Ordain the above persons to the offices assigned them. Priest Charles Price was then chosen Clerk of the Stanly Hill Branch of the church. Meeting closed by prayer. We walked to Frooms Hill & spent the night. 8 m.

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23d Elder Young & myself walked to Moorend Cross & called upon Brother Thomas Jinkins. We both had a bad cold & felt ill. I left Brother Young & I walked to Colwall on the side of Malvern Hill & preached. I walked on to the top of the Hill before meeting & took an interesting survey of the surrounding country. I walked back to Brother Jinkins & spent the night. Distance <of the day> 12 mi.

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24th I spent the day in writing. Elder Young wrote a letter to his wife.  I wrote a few words in it to Phebe.  I also wrote a full letter to Phebe & sent it to Commerce Illinois. I preached at Brother Jinkins & spent the night & was puite ill.

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25th I spent the day & night at Moorends Cross & was quite Ill with a bad Cold.

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[p.444] 26th Notwithstanding I was quite Ill I walked 5 miles to Ashfield & preachd at Mr Baly’s & in the afternoon to Crowcutt & preached & Baptized 10 persons & confirmed them & Ordained Edward Philips a Priest. /1 <family was taken [–] some call it the power of God but it is a false spirit.>/ One that I Baptized was a preacher. I then returned to Moorends Cross & spent the night with Brother Jinkens. Distance of the day 14 miles. /Elder Young Baptized 4 at Frooms Hill./

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27th I arise quite Ill with my cold. I preached at Moorends Cross & Baptized 3 persons & confirmed them one a preacher & spent the night at Brother Jinkins.

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28th I walked to Froores Hill & was still Ill.  I wrote a letter to Aphek Woodruff. I spent the night with Elder Young at John Benbows. Distance of the day 6 m.

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29th   4 I wrote 3 Letters one to Lucian R. Foster one to Sister Sarah Foss one short Epistle to E. Robinson & D C. Smith. I attended meeting at Frooms Hill. Elder Young preached. We ordained Thomas Clark to the Office of a Priest. Spent the night at Brother Benbows.

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30th I spent the day in writing at Froomes Hill.

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30 Friday Thursday I walked with Elder Young to Dymock & had an interview with Elders Richards & Kington & spent the night with them.    I recieved 3 Letters one from Mother Woodruff & one from G A Smth & one from A Cordon. 12 mil.

May

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May 1st We walkd to Ledbury. Mailed 10 Letters in one & sent it to John Taylor. Then walked to Frooms & spent the night. 12.

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2d Saturday I had an interview with the [p.445] Official members. Spent the night at Frooms Hill. <Brother and Sister Benbow were much tried.>

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3d Sunday I walked to Ridgeway cross & preached to Rough Leasowe & preached to Dunns close & preached to a large congregation & had the spirit of God. I spent the night at James Williams. 11 m.

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4th I preached at Ashfield & spent the night at John Baily’s. 5 mile.

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5th I preached at Crowcutt & walked to the Bower & Baptizd 5. One was a preacher. I also confirmed them & spent the night with Edmund Waters. <The devil was come.> 4 miles.

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May 6th This is the dryest spring that has been known in England for many years. The ground is parched yet all Nature is covered with verdent green while the fruit trees sends forth their [-] perfumes from the smileing Blossoms <with> which theire are clothed.

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I Baptized 5 persons at the Bower & confirmed them. Then preachd at Duns Close & walked to taperdin at Mr Smith & Baptized & confirmed 4 making 9 Baptized & confirmed. One a preacher. 6 m.

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7th I walkd to Markera Hill & preached at Colwall & spent the night. 8.

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8th I walked over Markera Hill visited the friends & preached at night at Malvern Hill & walked to Samuel Jones & spent the night. 3.

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9th I walked to Colwall & spent the night at Johnathan Lucy. During this days walk I had a grand survey of the works of nature & the power of God while standing upon the top of Malvern Hill elevated from 12 to 1500 feet in the air whare I had a view of all the surrounding country for many miles. The City of Worcester is in plain view on the North  & Gloster in the South with several large villages [p.446] between & Ledbury with other villages in the west with a fine beautiful cultivated vale upon evry hand, & while standing upon this eminance & beholding this grand prospect or survey to add to the Solemnity of the Scenery the thunder began to roll & lightnings flash beneath my feet while the rain desended in torrents in the vale beneath while I was in the midst or above the Clouds to behold the scene.

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10th Sunday I met a company at colwall at Jonanthan Lucy’s at 9 o’clok in the morning & Baptized 4. Two were Preachers. I confirmed 120 persons. I then preached at Brother Lucys at Coilwall. Dined at Mr Holmes, then walked over the top & across Malvern Hill & preached at the Pale House. From thence back again across Malvern Hill & Preached at Benjamin Holand on the North Side of Malvern Hill. From there I walked to colwall & spent the night which closed the scenes of the day. 8 mile.

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11th A visit on the Herefordshire Beacon which is the South part of Malvern Hill.

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After having my mind prepared for a lonely walk & meditation by reading P. P. Pratts remarks upon the “eternal duration of matter”, I commenced assending this noted hill upon the south side of it & after arising several hundred feet I came to the top of an old ancient intrenchment about one mile in length reaching round all of this part of the hill & meeting together. Then after rising another hundred feet I entered another Intrenchment like the one below & after this another & thus Intrenchment lay above Intrenchment untill we I reached the top of the hill which was nearly flat or level & lay in a circle or round, & not being more than one or two acres on the top & thus I stood upon the top of this Bacon or hill from 10 to 1500 feet in highth & while surveighing the surrounding Country I could also behold the deep Intrenchments below me which it is supposed were flung up nearly a  thousand years since [p.447] & was capable of holding hunderds of thousands of persons which was the resort of the romans in the times of their wars.

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These hills are alltogether bare without timber but coverd with grass which is grazed by sheep & asses; several acres on the S.W. side is covered with rabit burrows while scores of rabits are running about upon the ground.

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But I soon drew my thoughts from the busy rabit, sheep, & asses to the solumn reflections which the ravages of time presented before me. O! Malvern thy lofty Hill bares up my feet while mine eyes take a survey of thy deep intrenchments. Thy mighty bulwarks, which have trembled by the roar of cannon, the clash of arms, & din of war has reeched around thy brow & died away in the vale beneath, while the blood of many a roman & Englishman to, have washed thy brow & soaked thy soil while they have fallen to rise no more. They sleep in death & time has earth’d them all & they are forgotten & blotted from the history & memory of man. Notwithstanding O! Malvern thou hast been the Ark or refuge for thousands in the time of trouble or war.

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Yet Willford is the ownly solitary soul that treads thy soil this day & he alone bends his knee upon on the highth of thy summer in the midst of the Clouds to offer up the gratitude of his heart unto that God who will soon level all hills exhalt all valies & redeem the earth from the curse of sin & prepare it for the abode of the Saints of the MOST HIGH.

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I retired from the hill into the vale reflecting upon the rise, progress, decline, & fall of the empires of the earth, & the revolutions which must still transpire before the winding up scene & the comeing of Christ.

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I preached at candle light at Brother John Allard at windpoint & had the spirit of God &  Baptized 4 & confirmed them. I spent the night at Mr [p.448] Joseph Symons. Distance 5 mil.

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12th A member of the Weslian Methodist Church came to me to inquire what she should do to be saved. I told her she must be born of the water & spirit, repent & be paptized for the remission of sins. She received my testimony & wished me to baptize her. I also called upon a woman that tended the gate at Chaneys pitch & preached the word unto her who received the word gladly & wished to be baptized. I then called upon Mrs Sarah Stanton the overseer & keeper of the splended mansion house by the name of Brand Lodge. This Lady was a weslian but received my testimony & I Baptized the three 3 females above spoken of in a conveneient pool or bath inclosed in the Brand Lodge. I also confirmed them & then walked to Keysend Street & held a meeting with the saints & had a good time & confirmed 19 persons.

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It seemed as though some would worship me while they cried out here is a man of Zion the man of God that we have so long looked for. Who is worthy to receieve him into our house? I told them to worship God for I was ownly a servant of God.

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I spent the night at William Hills. I Baptized 3 & confirmed 22 in all. Distance 8 mi.

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13th I Baptized 1, & walked to Ledbury & received two   letters one from Elder Turley one from P P Pratt. I then walked to Standly Hill & had an interview with priest Chees & Barnes. Brother Cheese had Baptized 15 Since I last saw him. Also Priest John Parry Baptized 3 May 3d.

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Elder Turley says in his letter I shall be liberated from prision tomorrow. May God grant it. I walked to Frooms Hill & Baptized 3, & met in company with Elder Young with the church & had a good meeting. We broke bread with the saints & Ordained one Elder John Cheese & William Parsons, & Joseph Pullen, to the office of a Priest & Thomas Jenkins a Teacher. We confirmed 9 persons & Elder Chees baptized 2 persons. T Clark also  baptized 2 [p.449] persons. I spent the night at John Benbows. 12 miles.

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14th <Received> {200} /<pounds of John Benbow for printing the Book of Mormon.>/ I walked to Ledbury with Elder Young. From thence to Keysend Street & preached but amid much disturdance & as the meeting was about breaking up the congregation was besmeared with rotten eggs. I spent the night at Wm. Hill. <Distance> 11 m.

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15th I walked to Dymock & spent the Day with Elders Young Richards & Kington. I Baptized & confirmed one. I found Elders Richards & Kington had Baptized 50 confirmed 100 Ordained 10 priest & 1 Teachers since I last saw them.

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Elder Young preached at Br Kington. We spent the night at his house. We had a good time & Blessed the houshold of Elder Kington & lade on hands for the healing of the sick.

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16th Elder Kington Baptized one. I spent the night at Elder Kington. Elders Young & Richards walked to Turkey hall & spent the night.

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17th Sunday This is the anniversary [-] at Gadfield Elm at which place I met with the Saints in Company with Elders Young & Richards. I preached in the morning, & Elder Young in the afternoon & while he was preaching opposers made much disturdance & was determined to break up the meeting. Elder Young rose up in the power of the Priesthood & in the name of the Great God & according to the laws of the land Commanded order. Two of the brethren went to the door to keep order. Elder Richards was one of them & they were enabled to overcom the enemy & peace was again restored.

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We administered the Lords supper, & confirmed 5, & ordained 4 Priests viz Thomas Brooks, William Simons, Thomas Smith & Warren Samuel Balldwin. Also one Teacher James Baldwin. I then walked to Dymock. Had a good time in prayer & spent the night at  Elder [p.450] Kington’s. 16 mi.

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18th This was an interesting day. I met some friends at Mr Joseph Hills in Dymock at 5 oclock in the morning & I Baptized 3 persons 2 Churchmen 1 weslian. From thence we walked to William Harts. Elder Kington Baptized 7. Elders Young & Richard Confirmed them. In a few moments I Baptized 5 others who were confirmed as they come out of the water. Then we returned to Elder Kingtons & while on the rode we met another person that wished to be Baptized. Br Kington Baptized her.

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This was on a FEAST day. Elder Kington made a feast for the Saints, which had been a custom among the United Brethren But as they now were all receiving the fulness of the gospel they had become Saints. The Saints began to collect at 2 oclock. By 4 we had nearly 100 Saints together to the feast.

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We truly had an interesting time. Elder Young addressed the Saints clothed with the power of God, & then asked a blessing upon the food prepared. We then sat down to the table & eat & drank with nearly 100 Saints possessing glad hearts & cheerful Countenances. Elder Richards remarked that he did not believe their had ever been such a company of Saints prepared in so short a time & bid fairer for the kingdom of heaven than the company now before us, at least since the Church of Latter Day Saints was first Organized, & I truly felt Grateful to my heavenly Father for his mercy when I reflected back upon the time ownly two months & a half since when I first proclaimed the fulness of the gospel in this region & began to Baptize such as received my testimony, & now their is nearly 400 Souls standing in the new & Everlasting Covenant & the prospect of the work constantly increasing.

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After our feast was past the house was called to Order by Elder Young who deliverd a short address, after which 3 were confirmed by Elder Richards & myself. /Mary Pitt had not walked except on crutches for 11 years. Was healed by laying on of hands./ We also  Ordained Daniel Browett an Elder & [p.451] John Smith, John Davis, James Morgan, Robert Clift, John Gaily, & William Evens to the office of a priest.

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After our meeting was Closed, 3 were Baptized. Baptism was administered by Priest James Morgan, who was baptized, Ordained, & commenced Baptizing all in one Day. The 3 Baptized were also confirmed which closed the business of the Day Making 19 Baptized confirmed, & Ordained 1 Elder & 6 Priest. 4 mile.

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19th I walked in company with Elders Young & Richards to Keysend street. Elder Young preached. After meeting I Baptized 4 who were confirmed as they came out of the water by Elders Young & Richard. 6 miles.

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{100} <Received of Elder> Kington 100 <pounds for printing the Book of Mormon.>

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20th We walked to Wind Point & Elders Young Richards & myself walked on to the top of the part of Malvern Hill Called Herefordshire Bacon. Here we united in prayer & held a council & unitedly felt that it was the will of God that Elder Young should go immediately to Manchester to assist in Publishing a Collection of Hymns of 3,000 copies & also to immediately print & finish 3,000 copies of the Book of Mormon for we had procured £300 three hundred pounds of lawful currency for this purpose. We feel anxios to soon circulate the knowledge of the Book of Mormon to all foreign nations & as this is the first commencment of it I Pray God to Bless the effort & make it a benefit to man.

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We walked from the hill into the valey & took the parting hand with Elder Brigham Young who started for Manchester. We Elder Richards & myself tarried & preached at Wind Point. Elder Richards Baptized 2 Persons. Elder Richards confirmed one & I the other. /I ordained John Allard teacher./ We spent the night at Mr Joseph Simons. 6 m.

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21st I took a walk again with Br Richards over the Intrenchments to the top of the  Herefordshire [p.452] Beacon. We had prayers together & after spending a few hours in viewing the country we returned again into the valey. Elder Richards Baptized 2 persons. I confirmed one & Br Richards the other. We /confirmed 2 ordained 3 priest Samuel Jones, Thomas Jones, Jonanthan Lucy,/ preached at Colwall & spent the night. Distance 4 m.

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22d I went over Marlvern Hill with Br Richard. Had a splended view of the vale beneath. We stoped in the sitting house half way down the hill. Br Richards engraved his name with mine in the building. We went into the valey. Dined with Br Samuel Jones. After dinner we walked up to the Holy well house & drank of the Holy water. So no[..] that comes out of Marlvern Hill, & after visiting several friends east of the hill, we walked on to the top of great Marlvern which is the highest peak of any part of the hill. Here we could overlook all the hills & surrounding country. We bowed down & offered up our prayers unto God, & walked down the west side of the hill & preached at Marlvern hill & walked to Br Jinkins & spent the night. Distance 8 mi.

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23d We spent the day at Moorends Cross at Br Jinkins. We blessed the family for they were worthy. We had a good time. <I spoke one time.>

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24th Sunday I walked to Old Starridge Common to attend a camp meeting. I preached in the morning Br Richards in the evening after which we broke bread unto the saints, & Also ordained 3 priest viz. George Allen, James Williams, John Meeks, & 1 Teacher, William Willians. I Baptized 3 who were confirmed by Br Richards. We spent the night at Br William Smith at Tapperdy. 7 m.

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25th We spent the day in looking up the aged & infirm & Baptized as many of them as would received our testimony. I Baptized 6 & Br Richards confirmed them. One was 80 years of age. We preached at Dunns Closs & spent the night at William Rowley. 4.

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[p.453] 26th We walked to Little Batchfield, or John Fidoe at Bishops Froome, & spent the day. At night we preached at Joseph Pullin & spent the night at Br Fidoes. 8. Ordained John Fidoe to the Office of a Priest.

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27th We baptized Charlotte Pullin & confirmed her. She had been a cripple from her birth & she recieved a blessing by receiving the ordinances of the gospel. We walked to Stokes Lane & preached at Joseph Evens, & confirmed 10 persons & Ordained 2 Priest & 1 Teacher, William Davis, Thomas Sanders, P. Thomas Vervon T. Spent the night at Stokes Lane. 3.

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28th I Baptized /*/ 4 at Cricks Green who were Confirmed by Elder Richards. We then walked to Hope Rough & preached at William Hall. I Baptized 5 after meeting & Elder Richards Confirmed them, making 9 Baptized 10 Confirmed. We spent the night at H Rough. 5 m.

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We visited the greatest Curiosity of evergreen that has yet been discoverd in Europe or America or any part of the world that has ever come to our knowledge. It is upon the farm Called (Hopton in the hole) in the parish of Much Cowen, Herefordshire England, owned by Richard Gardner. This evergreen was in a circular form inclosing about one acre composed of the Yew Tree growing out, or standing in the midst of a hedge or border of Boxbush. The Yew Trees were about in the form & highth of a high & well built hay or wheat stack. The trees were considered to be several hundred years of age. This evergreen was surrounded by a canal of water.

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29th We met at the Creek & I Baptized 2 & Elder Richards Confirmed them & walked to Shucknell Hill & Preached. After meeting I Baptized 3, one a preacher on the plan. We Confirmed them & Ordained one Priest Benjamin Williams making 5 Baptized & Confirmed. <Distance of the day> 6 miles.

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[p.454] 30th Elder Richards Baptized 2 & I Confirmed them. We then walked to Froomes Hill & spent the night at Br John Benbows & it was a vary interesting night to my feelings. For Just as Elder Richards & myself had retired to rest for the night Br John Fidoe came in & brought us       six letter. The three directed to myself were one from Sister Mary Packard at west Bromwich, one from Elder Milton Holmes Georgetown Massachusetts & the third was from PHEBE W. WOODRUFF Montrose Lee County Ioway, U.S.A.

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Yes glory Hallelujah I have now got a letter from Phebe. It is the first letter I have received from her since I have been in England. Her letter contained much intelligence of Interest. She informed me she was blessed with the birth of a Son, on the morn of the 22 of March 1840 at 6 oclock. His Name is WILLFORD WOODRUFF Jr. May he be preserved blameless unto the comeing of the Lord Jesus Christ for which I will ever Pray.

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One letter was from Elder Brigham Young at Manchester informing us that the first No of the Millenial Star was out of press & that the Hymn Book & Book of Mormon would soon be in tipe. One letter was from Sister Richards, & one from Elder Whitehead & their was so much glorious news in thes letters that it drove sleep from our eyes for the night & I felt more like going out into the street & shouting glory Hallelujah than any thing els. <Elder Turley is> out <of prison.> 10 miles.

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31st Sunday According to appointment we met at Froores Hill to attend a Camp meeting. I preached in the morning on the authenticity of the Book of Mormon after which I went to the pool & Baptized 12 which we confirmed by the waters edge. Elder Richards preached in the afternoon. We then broke bread unto the Saints about 100. Then went to the pool & Elder Cheese baptized 2, which we Confirmed in Company with 3 others that had been baptized before. Total 14 Baptized & 17 Confirmed. We spent the night at Br Benbows. Two of the above which I baptized were preachers.

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[p.455] JUNE 1st  I wrote a letter to Elder Milton Holmes. I Baptized 9 & Elder Richards Confirmed them. We then walked to Ledbury & preached & spent the night. The Churches in Herefordshire Now No 402. 8 m.

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2d  I wrote a letter to Elder Tayler. We received the first NO of the Mill. Star. Elder Young ordained John Preece of Ledbury a Priest & Philip Green of Lugwardin to the Office of an Elder while on a mission here. We walked to Dymock & spent the night. 5 miles.

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3d  I wrote a Letter to Phebe in answer to hers of March 8th & 22d also one to Elder John Tayler. A notable miracle was wrought by faith & the power of God in the person of Sister Mary Pitt at Dymok. She had been Confined 6 years to her bed, with the spine which mostly deprived her of the use of her feet & ancles, & had not walked for 11 years ownly with the use of crutches. Elders Young Richards & Woodruff lade hands upon her & rebuked her infirmity & her ancle bones received strength & she now walks without the aid of crutch or staff. See May 18th.

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4th I walked to Haw Cross & preached at Br Wm. Symons & spent the night at his house. 5 miles.

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5th I walked to Bran Green & while on the way I called to see a woman that was sick at red Marley, & while sitting in the house I saw a curiosity. A man Called at the door accompaned with a small dog. The man held in his hand a small bag containing three ferrets & inpuired of the woman if she wanted her house cleared of rats. She answered yes. The man then opened the bag & took out three ferrets about the size of a large rat around the body & twice as long, & put them into the rat holes & they immediately drove the rats from under the house out of their holes into the room whare we were & the little  Dog stood watching & cought them & killed the [p.456] rats as they came out of their holes.

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I preached at Bran Green & walked to Haw Cross & spent the night at Priest Wm. Symons. Distans of the day 6 miles.

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I was accompanied during this days walk by Brother Job Smith. He was but 11 years of age but he had the longest head I ever saw upon a boy & the most in it. He had a great mind & it was well stored with knowledge & understanding. He is almost a Proverb among the people whare he is known, & I think he will be a useful character in his day & generation. Born Dec 28 1828.

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June 6th I walked to Br Benj. Hills at Turkey Hall & spent the night. 4 mile.

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7th Sunday According to appointment I met a congregation of saints & sinners at the coars Lawn for the purpose of holding a camp meeting. I preached in the fore part of the day & was followed by a Priest & in the afternoon several of the Priest & Elder deliverd their testimony, & I closed the meeting by delivering my testimony unto them. Their was a large congregation of different denominations.

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After the camp meeting closed we repaired to a house & broke bread unto a large number of the Saints & Confirmed 8 & one was baptized by Br Spires. Our last meeting was some disturbed for a few moments by some fighting of the Ungodly at the door but was soon silenced. I walked to the Ligh & spent the night at Br Brewett. 6 miles.

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Brother Nathan Roderts Died this morning at Dearhurst.

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8th I walked to Deehurst & Preached. Blessed 2 children & spent the night at the house of William & Thomas Smith. I dreamed I saw a large Church on fire. The steple which was high was in a flame. Several men were in the belfry with ropes, pulleys, & Chains trying to save some part of the Building but were soon obliege to flee for the safety of their own  lives for much of the surrounding Country [p.457] was on fire. I was on a large horse & rode out of the way of it. 3 m.

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9th I attended the funeral of Brother Nathan Roberts. I sung a Hymn & Prayed before the body was conveyed to the grave. I blessed her children & endeavord to comfort the widow.

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I Baptized 6 & Confirmed them, Blessed 11 children, lade on hands for the healing of 4 that was Sick, this at Deerhurst & then walked to Apperly & preached at Brother Robins & spent the night at Robt. Harris. I visited the river Severn. 3 m.

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10th I Blessed 12 children at Apperly & walked to the Leigh. From thence to Norton & preached & returned to Leigh & spent the night. 5 miles.

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11th I spent the day at Twigworth. I Baptized 4 & confirmed them. I Preached at night at Brother Hills. A quaker from Gloster attended meeting. I Blessed 4 children & walked to the Leigh & spent the night. 4 m.

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June 12th I walked to Dymock & had an interview with Elder Richards. He had Just returned from the South part of Herefordshire whare he had built up a Church of 11 members & ordained one Teacher John Castreo. We preached at Br Kingtons Confirmed 2 & healed one that was sick. Elder Richards wrote a peace for the Star. 12.

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13th I held a council with Elders Richards & Kington preparatory to the Conference. We received a letter from Elder  Young at Liverpool stating that 40 of the Saints had left Lpool on board of a Ship for America & they had taken my letters to Phebe & M Holmes. Elder Richards & myself walked to Br Hills at Turkey hall & spent the night. 10 m.

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Minutes of a Conference held at Gadfield’s Elm June 14th 1840.

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[p.458] The Preachers & members of the Bran Green & Gadfields Elm Branch of the Frooms Hill Curcult of the United Brethren met at the Gadfield Elm Chapel June 14th 1840 /Wostershire England/ Persuent to previous notice. When the meeting was Called to order by Elder Thomas Kington. Elder Willard Richards was Chosen President & Elder Daniel Browett chosen Clerk for the meeting.

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The meeting opened by Prayer by Elder W Woodruff. Remarks were then made by the President respecting the business of the Day & the necessary changes which must take place.

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It was moved by Elder T. Kington seconded by Elder D. Browett that this meeting be hereafter Known by the name of the Bran Green & Gadfields Elm Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints organized & esstablished by the will & commandment of God in the United States of America on the 6th Day of April A.D. 1830, this being the eight Day of the third month of the eleventh year of the rise of the Church. Carried unanimously.

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Moved by Elder W. Woodruff seconded by Elder T. Kington that William Jenkins be Ordained an Elder & William Coleman, William Pitt, Joseph Ferkins, & Robert Harris Ordained to the office of a Priest & George Burton & James Palmer /William Lavendge/ Teachers. Carried Unanimously. The above named Persons were then Ordained under the hands of Elders Richards & Woodruff.

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Moved by Elder Kinton Seconded by Elder Woodruff that Priest Robert Clift have the care of the Church at Dymock.

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James Palmer Priest           care of the Church at Kilcott

John Hill Priest         care of the Church at Twigworth

William Simonon

Priest  care of the Church at Haw Cross

William Coleman

Priest  Bran Green

Thomas Brooks Priest         Ryton

John Smith Priest    Lime Street

Charles Hays Priest            Deerhurst [p.459]

Thomas Smith Priest           Assistant to the same

John Vernon Priest Apperly

William Baylis Priest            Assistant

John Arlick Priest     Norton

John Spires Priest   Leigh

John Davis Priest    Assistant

Thomas Oaky Priest            Gadfield Elm

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Elder D. Browett to take the charge of the Churches on the South Side of the River Severn.

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Elder William Jenkens to take the charge of the Churches on the North Side of the river Severn. Carried unanimously.

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Elder Thomas Kington to have Moved by Elder Woodruff seconded by Elder Richards that Elder Thomas Kington be the Presiding Elder over all the churches composing this conference. Carried. Meeting adjourned to 2 oclock.

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Met at 2 oclock according to adjornment & administered the Sacrament unto a large Congregation of Saints accompanied by many observations on various subjects by the President. 10 members were confirmed under the hands of Elder’s Woodruff & Kington. Remarks made by the President respecting the blessing of children. 7 children were then Blessed under the hands of Elders Woodruff & Kington.

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Moved by Elder Kington, seconded by Elder Woodruff, that Elder Daniel Browett represent this Conference to the general Conference at Manchester on the 6th Day of July next. Carried.

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Mooved & carried that the clerk present to the presiding Elder T. Kington, for safe Keeping, a copy of the minutes of this Conference, & also to The general Conference.

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The above minutes were then read & accepted article by article, when it was mooved by the President, & seconded by Elder Woodruff that this conference be adjourned to the 13th of September next at this place. Carried unanimously. /Conference closed by prayer./

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After which the Elders & Officers present met [p.460] in Council & voted unanimously to esstablish a weekly council of the Officers of said Conference to be held alternately on the south & north sides of the river Severn to commence as at Leigh on the 26th inst. & organized the same by appointing Elder Daniel Browett President & John Hill Priest Standing Clerk, on the South side of the river, & Also on the North Side by appointing Elder William Jenkins President & John Smith Priest Standing Clerk to assemble on the 26th of June /[.]d of July/ next at Turkey Hall.

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After passing many other votes of minor importance accompanied by much instruction from Elders Richards & Woodruff touching the duties of the Several Officers in their relations to each other & the Church. The council adjourned & it is worthy of remark that no dissenting vote or voice was seen or herd during the day either in Conference or Council.

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Willard Richards President

Daniel Browett Clerk

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The above named Conference was composed of 12 Branches of the Church being the whole number organized on the mission, Containing

3 Elders

19 Priest

4 Teachers

Total 26 Officers

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June 15th We walked to Dymock. I walked to Ryton & Preached & returned to Dymock & spent the night. Confirmed 2 persons.  I received a letter from Elder John Taylors. 10 m.

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16th Walked to Lugwardine. Preached at the house of William Green, father of Elder Philip Green. After meeting 3 were Baptized by Elder Green. Elder Richards & myself Confirmed 11, Ordained 2 Priest John Powel, John White, & Blessed 3 children. Distance of the day 15 m.

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[p.461] 17th I Baptized 6. Elder Richards Confirmed them. One was a Preacher. We Blessed 4 children lade hands upon 2 that were sick, & walked to Marden & preached at the house of William Jay. I Baptized 4. Elder Richards Confirmed them. We administered to 5 which were sick & numbers having faith were healed. Sum total 10 Baptized & Confirmed. Blessed 4 children healed 7 that were sick & spent the night with Br Jay. <Distance of the day> 6 miles.

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18th I Baptized 5 which we confirmed. We Ordained Francis Burnet to the office of a Priest. We Blessed 6 children administered to 2 that wer sick, then walked to Shucknel Hill & Preached at Brother Williams. We had an interesting time. Elder Richards Preached from these words “if the Lord be God serve him.” The power of the Priest Hood rested upon & the principles of Eternal truth were presented so plain that no opposing power could withstand them. When he closed I arose & bore testimony to the truth of what they had herd.

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The church minister in the Parish Sent a spy to attend meeting to carry him word what we preached. As soon as meeting closed I put my hand upon his shoulder & asked him what he thought of our doctrin. He replied “I think it is of God.” He appeared asstonished when he left the house.

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Almost evry person I conversed with said they wished to be Baptized as soon as an oppertunity offered. Several were Baptized by Elder Green on their return home. One was Baptized after meeting by Benjamin Williams Priest. We Ordained Ishmael Philip to the office of a Priest & Blessed 7 children. Sum Total 6 Baptized & confirmed, 2 Priest Ordained, Blessed 13 children healed 2 that were sick. Spent the night at Priest William. Distance of the day 7 miles.

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19th I arose early in the morning & Baptized & confirmed one. A number of others soon came to us & wished to be Baptized. We immediately walked to the river Lug. & we  being hendered a short time in [p.462] looking for a suitable place for Baptizing a man by the name of Pitt Came to us filled with the Devil & wrath at the head of a mob & commanded us not to he Baptized in that river & threatened us much if we did so. Elder Richard Preached to Mr Pitt & warned him to repent & be Baptized or he could not be saved. But the Devel raged to such a degree in this man & his company we thought it wisdom to omit it on this occasion. We did so & retired & went our way, with this wicked man & the rest of the mob following us shouting, hooting, & yelling as though a part of hell at least had broke loose. The Saints were strengthend seeing that they were not of the world but the world hated them & we also went our way rejoicing that we were counting worthy to partake of thes things.

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We clensed our feet by the way side as a testimony against Mr Pitt for rejecting our testimony, & forbiding, & hindering, others from Entering into the kingdom of God. May the will of God be done conserning that man, I pray that we may ever be reconciled to his will in all things.

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We walked to Froom hill & found Br & Sister Benbows both in Better spirits than I have ever seen them before. Baptized one, & administered unto one that was sick. Spent the night at Brother Benbows. 8. Total 2 Baptized one confirmed one healed.

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June 20th I spent the day in company with Elders Richards & Kington in making arangments for the conference. It was an exceding busy day. We had a great variety of business on hand. Among the rest I Baptized 8 Persons & we confirmed 14 & administering to 2 that were sick. Elder Richards received 2 letters. I Blessed 3 children.

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The power of God is among the People. The Lord is making a short work in this part of the Land. The Churches in this part of the vineyard now number more than 500 souls  whare a little more less than four months since ther was not one to be found or [p.463] the fulness of the Gospel herd. Praise the Lord O my Soul for all his goodness to the children of men, Prase ye the Lord O his Saints.

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Spent the night at Br Benbows.

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Minutes of A Conference held at Standly Hill Bishop Castle Froome Herefordshire England on the 21st June AD 1840.

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The Preachers & members of the Frooms Hill Circuit of the United Brethren met at the house of Elder John Cheese on Stanly Hill Herefordshire England June 21st AD 1840 at 10 oclock AM according to previous notice. When the meeting was called to order by Elder Thomas Kington & Elder Willford Woodruff was chosen President & Elder John Benbow Clerk of the meeting.

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After Prayer by Elder Richards, & remarks by the president concerning the business of the day it was Moved by Elder Kington seconded by Elder Benbow that this meeting be hereafter known by the name of the Frooms Hill Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Organized & esstablished by the will & Commandment of God in the United States of America on the 6th Day of April A.D. 1830. This being the 15th Day of the third month of the eleventh year of the rise of the Church. Carried Unanimously.

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Mooved by Elder Richards Seconded by Elder Kington that

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Thomas Clark           James Hill

Charles Price            Samuel Jones, be Ordained

Elders

Also John Jones      John Morgan

Joseph Shinn           Samuel Badham

Henry Jones John Dyer

James Baldwin         be Ordained Priest

Also that Robert Hill            James Shinn

George Brooks         James Watkins

Be Ordained Teachers

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Carried Unanimously & Ordained under the hands [p.464] of Elders Richards & Woodruff.

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Mooved by Elder Kington seconded by Elder Richards that John James Priest have the care of the churches at Frooms Hill.

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John Morgan            Assistant

John Parry Priest                 Standly Hill

Joseph Pullen          Assistant

Robert Hill     Teacher

James Barnes Priest                       Ridgway cross

William Dossons Priest                   Moorend cross

William Jinkings       Assistant

Thomas Jenkins      Teacher

Jonathan Lucy         Priest  Colwall

Thomas Jones                      Pale house

William Williams       Teacher

John Preece Priest  Ledbury

Joseph Firkins          Assistant

Samuel Warren        Priest  Keysend Street

Joseph Shinn           Assistant

James Shinn            Teacher

James Baldwin         Priest  Wind Point

John Allard   Teacher

George Allen Priest             Woferwood Common

Rough Leasowe

Birchwood

Tunbridge &

Duns Close will

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all be united in one branch called Duns Close branch Samuel Badham Priest Care of church at Duns Close.

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James Williams        Priest  Assistant

Edward Philips                     Priest  Ashfield &

George Brooks         Teacher                     Crawcutt

John Meeks  Priest              Old Starridge

Henry Jones             Assistant

John Gaily     Priest              Hope Rough

Benjamin Williams                           Shucknell Hill

Ishmael Philips                    Assistant

John Powel   Priest              Lugwardin

John White               Assistant

John Dyer     Priest              Mardon

Francis Burnett                    Assistant [p.465]

James Watkins                     Teacher

William Evens          Priest              Stokes Lane

William Davis                        Assistant

John Sanders                       Assistant

Thomas Vernon                   Teacher

John Fidoe    Priest              Bishop Froome

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Mooved by Elder Richards seconded by Elder Kington that Elder Thomas Clark have charge of the Churches at

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Duns Close

Old Starridge

Ashfield &

Crawcutt

Elder Samuel Jones            Keysend Green

Wind Point

Colwall

Pale house

Malvern Hill

Elder Philip Greene Shucknell Hill

Lugwardin

Mardon

Elder John Cheese Stokes Lane

Woferwood Common

Bishop Froome

Elder Charles Price Ledbury

Ridgway Cross

Elder James Hill       Hope Rough

Stanly Hill

Elder John Benbow            Frooms Hill

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Carried Unanimously

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Mooved by the President & seconded by Elder Richards that Elder Thomas Kington be the presiding Elder of all the Churches composing this conference. Carried unanimously.

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After remarks by the President Meeting adjourned to 2 oclock P.M. During recess 10  persons were Baptized. Assembled at 2 oclock according to [p.466] adjournment & administered the Sacrament to several hundred Saints after which 20 were Confirmed & 20 children blessed under the hands of Elders Richards & Woodruff accompanied with observations from the President explanitory of the ordinance.

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Mooved by Elder Richards seconded by the President that Elder Thomas Kington represent this Conference to the general conference at Manchester on the 6th Day of July next. Carried.

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Mooved & carried that the clerk of this Conference present to the presiding Elder Thomas Kington a copy of the minutes of this Conference for safe keeping Also a copy to present at the general Conference at Manchester.

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These minutes were then read article by article & accepted by the conference.

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The President followed by Elder Richards then proceded to give such instruction to the Saints concerning the order of the church & the duties of the members, as the Spirit directed, & bore testimony to the multitude of the truth of the work followed by Elder Kington. When it was moved by Elder Richards & Seconed by the President that this conference adjourn to the 21st Day of September next 10 oclock A.M. Carried Unanimously.

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After prayer & singing the assembly dispersed & the Elders & Officers went into Council & chose Elder W Woodruff President & Elder John Benbow clerk. Opened by prayer by Elder Richards. Moved by Elder Richards & seconded by Elder Kington that we procede to establish & organized monthly Councils of the Officers of the frooms Hill Conference to Commence on Friday the 3 day of July next 7 1/2 oclock PM in the several Divisions respectively assigned to the different Elders Viz Standing Clerk Elder Thomas Clark President & James Meeks Duns Close

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Elder Samuel Jones = William Williams = Wind Point

”           Philip Green = Francis Burnet = Lugwardin

”           John Cheese = George Allen = Stokes Lane

”           Charles Price = Thomas Jenkins = Moorend Cross

”           James Hill = Joseph Pullen = Standly Hill [p.467]

”           John Benbow = John Morgan = Frooms Hill

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Carried unanimously

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Moved by Elder Richards seconded by Elder Kington that a monthly general Council of the Officers of this conference be holden at Standly Hill to commence on friday the 17th Day of July next 7 1/2 oclock P.M. Elder Thomas Kington President & Elder John Benbow Standing Clerk.

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Carried Unanimously

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The President then Proceded to explain the nature of the Priesthood & the duties & privliges of the several Offices & gave such instruction as their situation required followed by Elder Richard who explained many Important principles connected with the building up the Kingdom.

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The minutes of the council were then read item by item & accepted. When the council adjourned & after singing “the spirit of God” &c & a blessing by Elder Richards the Brethren seperated with feelings of Gratitude & thanksgiving that God had been with his people & the spirit of union & Love had prevailed in all the deliberations of the DAY.

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Willford Woodruff President

John Benbow Clerk

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Remarks: The different Branches in this region are so scattered that it has not been possible to assertain the No of members Connected with each individual Church but the whole number of the Churches connected with the Bran Green & Gadfield Elm & the Frooms Hill Conference together with a small branch of 12 members 1 priest 1 Teacher at little Gurney is 33 Churches 534 Members 75 Officers Viz. 10 Elders 52 Priests 13 Teachers & for the comforting of the Saints & with hartfelt gratitude to our Heavenly [Father] we would say that it is less than four months since the fullness of the gospel was first Preached in this region, which is a proof that God is beginning to make a short work in these last days. W. Woodruff.

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[p.468] I Baptized 4, Jointly Confirmed 20, Blessed 20 children Ordained 4 Elders, 7 Priest, & 4 Teachers. 8 miles.

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Reflections

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From Adam man decended & prospered & blessed untill he polluted the earth by sin & wickedness to that degree that God destroyed the whole world by a flood except 8 souls & they went forth & again peopled the earth & was always blessed when they kept the Commandments of God & was cursed when they broke them. God blessed Abram & made Covenants with him & his seed. Though Israel was in slavery as it were under Pharro yet when they cryed unto God & was humble God raised up Moses & delivered them & Cursed the Egyptian nation & overthrew them. God overthrew the Canaanite & gave the land to Israel.

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Nation after Nation has risen flourish & fallen from generation to generation. Babylon the excellency of the Chaldeans, & the glory of kingdoms was in her turn lade in the dust, & while the curse of God rested upon many nations for their sins & for Israels sake, Israel forgot her God & turned to Idols, & proved the Lord to be equal in all his ways by Scattering Israel to the four winds of heaven overthrowing Jerrusalem laying her pallaces, Synnagogues, & Temples, in the dust to be trodden down by the gentiles while Judah was driven like the dumb Ass under his burthen scatterd among all nations as corn was sifted in a sive.

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The gentile nations took her lands was grafted in whare Israel was broaken of & partook of the fatness of her olive tree & for a short season broat forth her fruit. Then Rome arose & Greece in her turn have both spread themselves like a green bay tree & strove to have their branches reach to heaven while built upon Judah ruin, who at the same time is recieving double at the hand of God for all his sins, Greece & Rome in ther turn fall to the  ground, & out of Rome Comes forth ten kingdoms who are now [p.469] struggling for the mastery to sway the septure oer the earth.

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But in vain, in vain, do ye strive O! ye gentiles for this thing. Ye are ownly fuel for the fire & tinder for the Breath of the Almighty. Ye have not continued in the goodness of God neither have ye sought to recover Israel. WO, WO, WO, unto you Rome for you are the mother of harlets & Wo unto all your daughters England & America not excepted. Your destruction is sure. Your condemnation lingereth not & your Damnation Slumbereth not. For you are all drunk with the Blood of Saints. You have spoiled Judah & Ephram you have trodden down. But he will rise again & fullfill the word of God on thee!!

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June 22d Elders Richards & myself spent the morning in aranging the minutes of the Conference at Elder John Benbows. We confirmed one Blessed 4 children. I then Baptized 5 persons & confirmed them & also 2 others were Baptized by Elder Clark which we confirmed. This was Just as we were about to leave of Frooms Hill to start on our Journey for the Conference at Manchester, & I never before left a field of labour with as much Satisfaction as on this occasion & I felt to render up the gratitude of my heart to God for his Goodness to me on this occasion by giving me many souls as seals of my ministry, for being led to this country by the spirit of God.

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I had traveled 80 miles through a country of Dens population & stoped at John Benbows & Preached for the first time on the 5th day of March 1840 & I am this day blessed with the privilege of leaving a fruitful field in this land with 33 Organized Churches, Numbering 541 members 75 Officers viz. 10 Elder 52 Priest, 13 Teachers.

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300 of the above named Persons received the ordinance of Baptism under my hands, & 241 were Baptized under the hands of Elders B Young, W. Richard, T Kington, J Chees,  C. Price, D Browett, T Clark, S Jones, P. Green, Also Priest John Parry, J [p.470] Barnes, T Oaky J Palmer J. Morgan, W Jinkins, J Spires, B. Williams W. Parsens, W. Evens & J Gaily.

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Elder B. Young laboured with me in this vineyard about one month. I obtained much benefit, as well as all the Saints from his instruction & council for he is mighty in Council & endowed with much wisdom. Elder W. Richards Also laboured with me two months which was a great Blessing unto me as well as many Saints for he has passed through a great school of experiance and learned much wisdom & sound Judjment which is readily manifest in all Councils & conferences in which we have set together.

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I Also Baptized one at Ledbury & confirmed him & ordained him to the Office of a Priest Robert Gomery.

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Business of the day: I Baptized 6, Br Clark 2. Elder Richards & myself confirmed 9 Ordained one Priest Blessed 4 children walked to Ledbury & spent the night. Distance 8 m.

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23d Elder Richard & myself parted with the Saints in Ledbury & took Coach & rode to Worcester. 16 miles. From thence to {Birmingham}. 24 miles. This is the first time I ever visited Birmingham which is the centre of England. After spending several hours together in visiting the city we took the parting hand with each other & Elder Richard took the cars for Manchester & I took Coach for West Bromich 5 miles & called upon Sister Mary Packard at Mrs Duffrell Church Tavern West Bromich. She informed me that Elder Turley was in another part of the town & had commenced Baptizing. Sister Packard accompanied me to Brother John Robinson Grits Green near Bromwich. Thes friends received me kindly but informed me that Elder Turley had gone to Birmingham.  I wrote him a letter to return & see me.

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I had not been in the house but a short time before two men came in full of wrath & anger & brought a blind girl & demanded me to heal her & work a miracle that they might have a sign to make them believe. After telling them what the character was of those that  sought signs one of them by the [p.471] name of John Hadley brought much railing accusation against me & rejected my testimony.

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Elder Turley had been preaching hear three weeks & had commenced Baptizing. He had Baptized 9 persons. Several came in in the evening to inquire into these things & 4 offered themselves for Baptism. I spent the night with George Murall. 46 m.

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24th I had an interview with Elder Turley. I was truly happy to see him. He read a letter to me that he had received from his wife Containing many important things. Amoung the rest sayes that Elder Orson Hide & John E Page were set apart at the conference in Commerce Illinois in the United States on the 6th Day of April 1840 to go to Palestine to visit the Jews there &c. & will Call upon us on their way. The letter also stated that my wife Phebe W Woodruff was at the conference, & in good health.

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I preached in the evening at west Bromwich at the house of Br Walker. 4 were Baptized by Elder Turley which we Jointly Confirmed. I spent the night with Mr Murretl.

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25th I spent the day in West Bromwich & preached in the evening. One was Baptized by Elder Turley. We ordained one Priest & one Teacher. I spent the night with Elder Turley at Enoch Wood.

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26th We took the Omnibus at the Junktion & rode to Lane end at the Staffordshire Potterries Via Wolverhampton & Stafford. 38 miles. It would be a difficult task to give a description of the Country from Birmingham to Wolverhampton. I never saw any thing that comes so near the description of the Lake of fire & Brimstone Spoken of by the Revelator John as several miles of that country for it is one universal mass of coal pits & Iron mines & while thousands of human beings are under ground at work in the midst of fire, Brimston, sulpher, Gas & cole &c. the whole face of the earth & heavens air &  horizon men, women, & houses, are filled & Coverd [p.472] with the composition of fire, cinders, Gas, sut, & smooke of their miserry & labours that assended up out of their piles, firnesses, & pitts from day to day & from year to year. In fine, it is more like Hell in comparrison than any place I have as yet visited.

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(Uncommon) A boy by the name of Thomas Skelsey 15 years of age is becomeing quite noted between Wolverhampton & Burslem by following the coaches or omnibus on foot & keeps pace with them the whole distance. He runs about 40 miles in 6 hours. He has run through & returned in one day making 80 miles in about 12 hours. When he gets weary he takes hold of a strap on the hind end of the Coach with his hands but runs as usual. On one occasion he run 14 miles in one hour & fife minutes. He is a poor boy & his ownly object is to get a living by recieving what money the passengers saw fit to give him about one shilling per day. He does this running with bare feet on accadamized rodes.

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We Called upon the Saints at Lane end. From thence to Stoke & felt truly to rejoice to once more meet with the Saints in this region. We Preached in the evening at Stoke. Had an interview with Elder Cordon. Spent the night at Stoke. Distance of the day 40 mile.

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27th  I had an interview with Elder G. A. Smith & I wrote a letter with Br G. A. Smith & T. Turley to President Joseph Smith jr. I spent the day in Burslem. I herd a Letter wrote read from Sister Tailor in Commerce giving an account of the Conference in that place. 70 were Baptized. Elders Hide & Page were set apart to visit the Jews at Palestine. The President of the United States had rejected the Petition of the Latter Day Saints to have their wrongs redressed, & as the Judges, Governors, & President of the United States had rejected the Saints & turned a deaf ear to their cries, the Saints have now appealed to the highest tribunal even the Court of HEAVEN & called upon God as their  deliverer. May the Lord spedily answer their [p.473] Prayers I Pray. I spent the night at Mr Battleby.

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28th Sunday We held a Camp meeting at Stoke. We had a large Congregation. Elders G. A. Smith T Turly, & A Cordon Preached in the fore part of the day & Elders W. Woodruff, H. Glover & G A Smith preached in the afternoon. 2 were Baptized & Confirmed. 2 were healed by the laying on of hands. Spent the night with G. A. Smith at Sister Battlebys. 6 miles.

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29th Minutes of a conference held at Hanly, Staffordshire, England, on the 29th Day of June 1840.

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The various Churches of the Staffordshire Potteries met in Conference at the preaching room in Hanly on the 29th of June 1840. Meeting was called to order by Elder A Cordon. Elder George A Smith was chosen President. Elder Alfred Cordon was chosen Clerk. Meeting opened by Prayer.

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Moved by Elder W Woodruff seconded by A Cordon that Isaac Whittaker be Ordained an Elder

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Also James Lockett  Samuel Johnson

William Bradbury     John Rowley

Samuel Hancock Orsmond Shaw be Ordained Priests

&         John Hulme  Charles Stephenson

John Warrail be Ordained Teachers

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Carried Unanimously

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The above persons were then Ordained under the hands of Elders W Woodruff & George A Smith.

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The President then Called upon the Official members to represent each individual branch.

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James S Walker Prst. Represented the Church at Tunstall

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Wm. Bradbury Prst. Rep Bursleto

& Hanly          61 members 3          6          2          1

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New Castle   13 members 0          1          1          0

Wm. Hulme Priest Rep Stoke        17 members 0          2          2          0

Issac Whittaker Elder Rep

Lane End      35 members 1          0          0         0

Also                     Cheadle    1 member      0          0          0         0

Richard Rushton Prt. Rep

Leek               36 members 0          2          0          1

Total   168 members            4         13        6          2

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It was Moved & Carried that the above Branches be organized into a Conference Called the Conference of the Staffordshire Potteries.

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Moved & Carried that James S. Walker Priest

take charge of the church at          Tunstall

Williams Vernon Priest       Burslem & Hanly

William Bradbury Priest      Assistant

William Smith Priest            New Castle

William Hulme Priest           Stoke

Elder Isaac Whittaker          Lane End

Richard Rushton Priest take charge of the Church at Leek.

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Moved & Carried that Elder Alfred Cordon be the Presiding Elder over the churches comprising this conference. Also Orsmond Shaw be the Standing clerk for the Same.

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Moved & Carried that Elder Alford Cordon be a delegate to represent this Conference to the general Conference at Manchester on the 6th day of July next.

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Moved & Carried that the Delegate present the minutes of this Conference to the general Conference.

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The minutes were then read & accepted by the Conference.

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Moved & Carried that this Conference adjurne to the 28th Day of September next.

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Conference closed by Prayer by the President.

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George A Smith President

Alfred Cordon Clerk

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Business of the day. I jointly ordained 1 [p.475] Elder 6 Priest & 3 Teachers & confirmed 2. I set in council with the Officers after conference & also Preached at night to the Saints. Spent the night at Sister Battleby. 4 miles.

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30th I walked to Burslem. From thence to Hanly & attended Meeting. Elder Turley preached <–>. I spent the night at Sister Battlebys. 5 mi.

July

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July 1st I rode in company with Elders Smith & Turley to Manchester whare I found Elders B Young, H. C. Kimble P. P. Pratt W. Richards at 149 oldham road Manchester. Distance 35. We had a Pleasent time together. Elder Richards & myself spent the night together at Brother Brewshers No 4 Gray cr.

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2d I spent the day at 149 Oldham road in writing. I was informed of a remarkable vision of Sister Ann Booth which I have written on the following page. I spent the night at Br John Walkers Cookson Strt No 10.

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A Remarkable Vision

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I Ann Booth wife of Robert Booth of the Town of Manchester England had the following vision on the 12th Day of March in the year of our Lord 1840.

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Being Carried away in a vision to the place of departed souls I saw {12} prision one above another vary large & builded of Soiled Stone. On ariving at the door of the uppermost prision, I beheld one of the 12 Apostles of the Lamb who had been martered in America Standing at the door of the prision holding a key with which he unlocked the door & went in & I followed him.

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He appeared to be of a large size thick set, Dark hair Dark eyes & eyebrows of a smileing  Countenance, & on his head was a Crown of Gold or sumthing [p.476] brighter. He was Dressed in a long white robe with the sleeves plaited from the Sholder to the hand. Upon his breast were four stars * * * * apparrently like gold and a golden gridle about his loins. His feet were bear from above the ancles downwards, and his hands were also bear. As he entered the prision he seemed to stand about 3 feet from the floor (which was of Marble) as if the place was not worthy for him to stand upon. A vary brilient and glorious light Serrounded him while the rest of the Prision was dark. But his light was peculiar to himself & did not reflect upon others who were in the Prison who were surrounded with a gloom of darkness.

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On the right hand near the door stood John Westley who on seeing the glorious Personage raised both hands & shouted Glory, honor, Praise, & Power be asscribed unto God & the Lamb forever & forever. Deliverance has Come. The Apostle then Commenced to Preach the Baptism of repentance for remission of Sins and the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands, when the hunderds of Prisoners gave a shout with a loud voice Saying Glory be to God forever & ever.

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The marble floor was then removed & a river of water Clear as Cristle seemed to flow in its place. The Apostle then Called to John Westley by name who came forward quickley and both went down into the water & he Baptized him & coming up out of the water he laid hands on him for the gift of the Holy Ghost at the same time ordaining him to the Priesthood of Aaron.

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The Apostle then retired to the place whare he stood at first and John Westley then proceded to Baptize A man by the name of Killham the leader of the New Connection of Methodist and next John Madison & then Scott, & John Tongue. The three latter were Methodist Preachers with whom I had formerly been acquainted. The next he Baptized was my Grandfather (Edmund Whitehead) & the next was my uncle (John Whitehead) & the next was my sister (Elizabeth Oiland) & next Joseph Lancashire & next Samuel  Robinson & then next was my own Mother. All these had [p.477] lived & died Methodist & I had been personally acquainted with them all. And after this he Baptized all the prisoners amounting to many hundreds.

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After they were all Baptized the Apostle laid his hands on them & Confirmed them evry one. Then instantly the darkness dispersed & they were all Surrounded & envelloped in A Brilient light such as surrounded the Apostle at the first & they all lifted their voices with one accord giving glory to God for deliverance.

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My Grandfather then Came to me & blessed me saying the Lord bless the forever & ever. Art thou come to see us deliverd? My mother then came to me & clasped me in her arms & kissed me three times & said the Lord Allmighty bless thee forever & ever.

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I then awoke out of the Vision & felt so happy & overjoyed that I knew not how to remain in bed. But waking my husband we arose & taking the Bible I opened Providentially to the text Isaiah 24th they shall be gathered together &c. More & more astonished, I again opened the Bible to the 1st of St John The light shineth in darkness &c. And again the third time I opened it & immediately cast my eyes upon the 3d chapter of Peter 18, 19, 20 speaking of the spirits in Prison. Being before ignorant of these texts & opening upon each Providentially I was asstonished beyound measure.

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I would further state that at the time I had this vision I had never herd of the Death of David W. Patten whom I have since learned was one of the Twelve Apostles of the Latter Day Saints in America & was slain in the late persecution in the fall of 1838. But in the Vision I knew it was an Apostle who had been slain in America.

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Perhaps many will think lightly of this vision But I hereby Sollemnly testify that I actaully Saw & herd in a vision what I have here related & I give my name & set my seal in witness to the Same well knowing that I must stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ & answer for this Testimony. [p.478]

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SIGNS IN THE LAST DAYS

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On the 9th of Aug 1840 their was a sign in the Moon. The people at Great Marlvern Hills in Herefordshire Eng took a view of it through their glasses. The appearance of the moon was as if it were painted red & while looking at it one part of it fell in peices & the appearance of a soldier was seen in the moon with a white feather in his Cap. The Number that was on his Cap was vary plain & a figure 8 on his shouldJer. They saw his firelock & gun ready for Battle & his dress was clearly seen.

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On the 7th of October 1840 while the man that tends the gas lights at the Carpenters Hall was lighting the Chandaliers for a publick discussion 12 of them burst in peaces. Elder O Pratt stood beside of me at the time. The man said he had never seen such a thing before. This was to light the Hall to accomodate Mr Berry who pledged himself to prove the Book of mormon fals & water Baptism not essential unto Salvation.

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A Dream. On the 25th of Oct I fel asleep & Dreamed I was at my Fathers house in Farmington Con. My father had Caught some fish. I thought I would go to fishing to. I went under the saw mill & the trench was full of pickerel. Father shut down the gates & the fish started to run down stream with the water. I run down to the bottom of the Island jumped into the trench, & caught a great many large fish with my hands as they came down. I then went to the mill & Brother Asahel Woodruff who has been dead two years came & broght many fish & showed me which he caught in the trench. We then commenced eating peaches with other friends & talked about & rejoiced in the glories of IMMORTALITY.

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“The Rev. R. Aitken A.M. of London says, As the prophecies concerning the birth, life, & death, of our Lord were litterly fulfilled at his first Coming, to the division of his garments  and to the casting of lots upon his vestures so evry prophecy & [p.479] promise respecting his second Coming, throne, kingdom, reign judgment, power, with the Changes predicted in the world, elements, nature, condition of animals and the like, Shall be literally accomplished.” Truth Una, Kila, Shile, Oshena.

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July 3d In Company with the Twelve I visited the musiam at Manchester England which was an interesting sight to behold. Every kind of Beasts, Animals, fowles & birds fish & evry creeping thing, serpents, & all things that live on land or in the sea. Also evry kind of fruit & minerals ores & Precious stones.

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We saw the greatest Dimond in the world that has as yet ever been discoverd. It was nearly the size of a goose egg. It cost £122,000,000 one hundred & twenty & two million Lbs stirling. This was not the dimond itself but its representation in a cristol stone. I also saw one Animal 16 feet high.

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After spending several hours in visiting this place I then visited the printing office of W. R Thomas 61 Spring gardens. I saw them print a form of the Hymn Book printed by the Latter Day Saints. I dined at Br Rigby, 149 Oldham road.

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4th of July I took an interesting walk with the Brethren through the Zoologicall gardins near Manchester. When we returned to Manchester I found Elders Kington & Browet at the Star Office. I spent the night at the Star Office. 6 m.

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5th Sunday I met with the Elders & Saints & a large Congregation of the Citizens of Manchester at the Joiners Hall for public worship. The Saints have hired this hall. It will seat an assembly of about two thousand. I preached in the fore part of the day. In the afternoon I communed with 4 or 500 Saints. The whole Congregation would number near 1,000. Elders Hadlock, Kington, Fielding, Cordon, & others testified to the Congregatior. Elder Cordon preached in the evening to a large congregation. Several were baptized.

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MINUTES OF THE GENERAL CONFERENCE

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A general Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was held in the Carpenters Hall Manchester on the 6th day of July 1840, It being the 1st day of the 4th month 11th year of the church when the following officers of the travling high council were present Viz. Elder B Young P P Pratt Wd. Woodruff J. Taylor Wd. Richards H. C. Kimball & G A Smith other officers, viz., high Priest, 5; elders 19; Priest 15, Teachers 11, & Deacons 3.

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The meeting being Called to order a little after 10 oclock by Elder W Clayton. It was moved by Elder Young seconded by Elder Woodruff that Elder Pratt be chosen President of the Conference which was Carried Unanimously. Elder W Clayton was chosen Clerk. The meeting was opened by prayer by the President &c. *

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After which there was 41 Churches represented in England & Scotland containing members & Officers as follows. Officers are included in the first Number given.

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Churches           41

Saints 2,513

Elders      56

Priest     126

Teachers            67

Deacons             13

Sum Total of Official members         256

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Increase for the last three months is (see April 15th)

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Saints 842

Elders   22

Priest    74

Teacher           23

Deacons            5

Total   124

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[p.481] Moved & Carried that Elders Thomas Kington, Alfred Cordon, & Thomas Smith be ordained High Priest And John Albiston, John Blezard, William Berry, John Sanders, John Parkinson, James Worsley, & John Allen be ordained Elders & Joseph Slinger George Walker John Smith Robert Williams, William Black John Melling & John Swindlehurst be ordained Priest.

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The above named persons were Ordained Under the hands of Elders Young & Richards.

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Much other business was transacted & the meeting Closed by Blessing by Elder Young.

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{P P Pratt President}

{Wm. Clayton Clerk}

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Elders B. Young & P. P. Pratt ordained a man to the office of an Elder in the Army of the English about the last of June who is going direct to the east Indies & will carry the gospel to that People. He Sailed in good spirits & determined to preach the gospel to the people of the East Indies. He set sail about the [      ] of July. May the Lord bless him & make him an Instrument of doing much good. July 18th.

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Elders G. A. Smith & A. Cordon Ordained William J. Barret of Burslem England 17 years of age to the Office of an Elder on the 11 day of July & he set Sail at London for South Australia a voyage of 16,000 miles on the 17th of July 1840 to preach the gospel to that far distant people. South Australia is a new colony settled by the English now about 10,000 souls & rapidly increasing.

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Thus doors are opening in all parts of the world for the rapid spread of the fulness of the gospel. We received a letter yesterday from Elder Barret which he wrote Just before he Sailed. He exhorted us to be faithful & Pray for him. He was clothed with the power of  the Priesthood & the Holy Ghost the spirit of Prophecy & Revelation & the [p.482] Importance of his mission. He testifyed in the name of God that he should return to Zion bringing his sheaves with him. He took our address & J. Smith jr. in the U.S. & says he will write. O Lord bless him.

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July 7th I met with the Twelve & many officers in council at the Star Office whare much important business was transacted & council given. A place of labour in the vineyard was assigned to each officer untill the next Conference. I dined in Company with Br & Sister Richards at Brother Bewsher No 4 Gray street. We then met the 12 in front of the Infirmary & we walk to a paper storehouse whare Elders Young & Pratt had made a Contract for Paper sufficent to Print 5,000 copies of the Book of Mormon. After seeing the Paper weighed & Paid for which amounted to £107 we then walked to Br Millers & eat & drank with about 20 Elders which was a plesant time. We then walked to the Star Office & the quorum of the Twelve sat in council & voted that P. P. Pratt might go to New York & get his family & Elder Theadore Turley Should lead a Company of Saints from England to Commerce in the USA. & after some other business the Council adjourned untill tomorrow morning to meet at this room. I spent the night with Elder Fielding at Sister Ann Booth. <Distance of the day> 6 miles.

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8th  I wrote a letter to Phebe. <I spoke of some thing I should send her by Elder Taylor.> I spent the Day in Manchester & the night with Elder Tailor at Brother Greens.

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9th I wrote a letter for the Star. Spent the night at Br Walker at No 10 cookson street.

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10th     I wrote 4 Letters directed to the following persons Ezra Carter, Eunice Woodruff, Ilus F. Carter, Lucian R. Foster and forwarded to New York by P. P. Pratt  who was going to New York to Bring his family to England. I spent the night with [p.483] Elder Kimble at 76 Loom Street at Allise Whipp.

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11th I spent the day mostly at the Star Office in writing. <I purchased several small articles to send to Phebe.> In the evening I assisted Elder B. Young & several of the Sisters in doing Up (325) of the 3d No of the Millennial Star which was sent to Liverpool for P P. Pratt to take with him to New York.

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12th I attended meeting at the Joiners Hall Manchester with the Saints. B. Young preached in the morning. We communed with the Saints in the afternoon & I preached in the evening. We confirmed 4 & Blessed 2 children. I spent the night 148 oldham road.

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July 13th {Letter from Phebe W W} I received a lengthy & interesting Letter from Phebe W. Woodruff from which I made some extracts to be inserted in the Star which will appear in the 4th No.

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My wife informs me in this Letter that the Rev Mr Bogart a Methodist Preacher who was the Leader of the Missouri mob in the persecution of the Saints, has Shot a man during the Election who died in few hours. Mr Bogart has had his trial & is to be hung on the 4th day of July next.

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Also that an Indian with his wife & daughter has embraced the fulness of the gospel & Been Baptized in Commerce. The Indian is an Interpreter of six tribes, & the Indian says all of those tribes will receive the work, & two Elders with their families (Brothers Butler & Emmit) have gone out among the Indians on a mission &c. As this is the first commencment of the work among the Lamanites I Pray God the Eternal Father in the name of Jesus Christ to roll on his work among that people & turn ther captivity & spedily overshadow them with the light of the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Roll on O ye mighty wheel of the Kingdom of God untill ye becom a mountain & fill the  whole earth. [p.484] Let the day which has now broke close no more untill Judah rejoices & Israel is made glad & Ephraim’s Nobles are of himself & his Governour procede forth out of the midst of him. Let the prayer of the widow, & the cry of the Orphan assend into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. Let the heavens witness their tears & record them on high, untill the Almighty shall come out of his hiding place & avenge those widows & orphens of the spilt Blood of their Martered husbands & Fathers which was shed by the Iron hand of the Inhabitants of Missouri for the word of God & the testimony of Jesus Christ. Let the American Nation spedily learn that their is still a God in Israel who holds the destinies of all nations in his own hand & at whose command goes forth the issues of life & death.

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O Lord Cloth thy Saints with Salvation & thine Elders with the Power of God. Give thy Prophets wisdom, means, & power, to esstablish Zion & her stakes to be throne down no more forever; Make thy Apostles men after thine own heart & swift witnesses to the nations of the earth. Let Council, wisdom, & the fear of God rest upon them untill all thy purposes are accomplished concerning them which thou wilt Deign to perform!!

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14th Sarah Emma is two years old this day. May the Lord Preserve my wife & Children from Sickness & Death Untill my return. O Lord I commit them into thy hands, feed, Clothe, & Comfort them & thine shall be the glory.

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I spent the day in Manchester, in company with Elder Young I took supper at Br John Smiths. <I went to the city and bought Phebe a dress, for Emma a dress, Wilford> 3 <yards of flannel and> 22 <dollars which I left with Elder [-] to send to my wife [—-].> I preached in the evening at Br Blacks & spent the night at the Star Office with Elder Young. I had an interview in the afternoon with sister Richards.  I wrote a letter to Phebe & sent it with the <parcel and [goods?]>.

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[p.485] 15th I Parted with Elder Young & the Saints in Manchester & rode to Burslem. Had an interview with Elder G A Smith & Cordon & the Saints. Spent the night at Bursleto. I Brought 110 Stars for A Cordon & 550 for T. Kington & about 100 hymn Books. 35 miles.

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16th I visited Stoke & Lane End. The Saints were Joyful to see me or manifested themselves so. I Preached at Hanly & Baptized one. * I was Presented with a small Splended China Box as A Present from the Saints in Stoke upon Trent England <with the following inscribing: Phebe and Wilford Woodruff. A present from Stoke Trent England. It was worth about> 3. <The names were spelled wrong and I had them altered. They were spelled as follows:> Willeard, Pheab, Woodrooff. <We supplied the jeweler for it. I also have> 3 <china [-].> One <to Phebe,> one <to Sara> one <to Emma or myself and four thimbles. They were from Kurt and Sally.> 10 m.

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17th  I wrote two letters to Phebe to go in a bundle of things. We received a letter from Elder William J. Barret of Bursleto who is now at London. He was Ordained an Elder under the hands of Elders G A Smith & A Cordon. He this day sets sail at London to carry the gospel to South Australia a voyage of 16,000 miles. He was in good spirits & felt the power of God & the spirit of his mission. He took our address & J Smith Jr. & sayes he will write, as soon as he esstablishes his mission.

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/* {S[arah?]} Sarah Emma died this day./

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18th  I wrote two letters one to Elder Turley & one to the Saints from fox Islands at Montrose. I walked to Leek in company with Elder G A Smith. Leek is the Metropolis of the Morelands. We saw a large stone Cross in the Church yard erected many centuries since in honor to some of the Cardinal. In 1645 the rebels of Scotland broke the head of it  of & built a fire around it & the smoke [p.486] of it still remains. 10.

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19th Sunday I Preached in Leek. John Jones came to oppose us & his carriage broke down & flung him in the mud. He came to meeting but the Lord shut his mouth & he could not utter a word but left the room as soon as I closed. Elder Smith Preached in the evening & 6 were Baptized under his hands. We ordained one Priest & one Teacher. Several were healed by the laying on of hands. I then walked to Burslem & spent the night with Br Simpson. I saw a letter direct from South Australia which spoke well of the country. <Distance of the day> 10 m.

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20th I done up my bundle with much pains to sent to Phebe by Elder Turley. I enclosed 5 <sovereigns and a china box>.  I wrote a letter to Elder Young.

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21st Elder Smith & myself sent our bundle to Manchester to the Care of Elder B. Young. We Also parted with the Saints at Burslem & took coach & rode to Birmingham whare we spent the night & it was not unprofitable to us in many respect.

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We attended the Seventeenth Anniversary of the Birmingham Auxilliary to the Baptist Missionary Society at the town Hall on tuesday evening July 21 18[40?]. This Birmingham town Hall is one of the most Splended buildings in Europe. It Contained the largest Organ in England if not in the world. It was 52 feet in hight. It contained 3,000 Pipes & 63 stops. The pipes were from 3 feet square inside down to the smallest dimentions.

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The hall would seat about 5,000 & it was full. The chair was taken at six oclock. The best talents in Europe were gatherd together & displayed on this occasion. The object of the meeting was to get money & send missionarys.

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We left the house about 10 oclock & called upon John Turley. Here I had an interview with the Saints from West Bromwich. I took lodgings near Mr Wm. Turley. Charlotte  Turley is worthy & is ready [p.487] to be Baptized. Distance of the day 45 m.

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22d We took Coach & rode [to] Worcester. From thence to Ledbury. Elder G. A. Smith remained in Ledbury & Preached. I walked to Dymock held a metting & spent the night. 45 miles.

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23d We walked to Frooms hill & found the saints strong in the faith & increasing fast in numbers & preparing to emigrate with the Saints in the United States. 12 mile.

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24th  I received a letter from Father & Mother & Sister Eunice Woodruff which I was truly glad to get. I found Brother & Sister Benbow strong in the faith & willing to make evry sacrafice in their power for the gathering of the Saints. We had an interview with Elder Kington. We spent the day at Br Benbows. Had an interesting meeting.

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25th  I wrote a letter to Bishop Ripley & Confirmed one person & administered to 6 that were sick. I walked to Moorends Cross & spent the night. 4 mile.  I received a letter from Elder W Richards.

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26th Sunday I walked to ridgway cross & Preached & confirmed 8, Blessed 8 children, & lade hands upon many that were sick. I walked to Moorends Cross & Preached & confirmed 2. I returned to Ridgway Cross & Communed with the Saints & had an interesting time which will be the last time that I break Bread unto many of those Saints, as they are about to emegrate & gather with the Saints in Commerce & Montrose. A Company of about 50 is about to start for America from Herefordshire England about 40 of which will go by the free charity & Philanthropy of Elder John Benbow. I walked after meeting to Froom Hill & spent the night. <Distance of the day> 9 miles.

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27th  I wrote a letter to Elders Young & [p.488] Richards. I Preached at Frooms Hill & confirmed 2 & lade hands upon many that were sick. Elder Smith Preached at Standly Hill.

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28th  I wrote a Letter to Elder Taylor & wrote a recommend for Elder John Benbow & Jane Benbow. I spent the day in writing.

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29th  I wrote a letter to Phebe which I sent by the hand of Sister Benbow. I walked to Br Fidoe & Preached at Br Pullins & returned to Frooms Hill & spent the night. Distans 4 miles.

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30th I walked to Ledbury in company with Br G. A. Smith & spent the night at Br Pullins. 7 miles.

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31st Elder Smith & myself took the dimentions of Ledbury Church. Found it 200 feet long 100 broad covering 1/2 acre & occupying one acre. The Tower was seperat from the main building. Was 40 feet square at the base 260 feet in highth. We walked to Keysend street & to Turkey hall. 10 m. One window cost £200 or $1,000.

August

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Aug 1st We walked to Haw Cross & to Dymock & spent the night. 8 miles.

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2d Sunday I Preached twice in Dymock & Elder G. A. Smith Preached in Ledbury. I am happy to learn on our return to the Churches in Herefordshire & adjoining Country that the work of God [is] rolling on rapidly upon evry hand. The Elders & Priest are universally blessed in ther ministry in this part of the vineyard. They are Baptizing daily. Elder Richardson has Baptized about 40 since his arival & Elder Key about 20. Elders Kington, Browett, Benbow, Cheese, Clark, & others have Baptized many. We have Baptized 40 this day in different parts of the vineyard in this region. There has been about 250 Baptized in this region since the Conference which we held in this region.  /{repetition}/ The churches here now number about 800 all [p.489] of which have embraced the gospel within five months from the Church of England & all other Protestant churches. We have Baptized Several Clarks of the Church of England & [.]osm of the leading Musicians.

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Elder G. A. Smith & myself have not Baptized any ourselves since we came this last time But we Preach the Gospel, Council, & lay on hands for confirmation but call upon others to Baptize.

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We are looking for Elder Kimball evry day & as soon as he arives we shall take our leave of the Saints here & go to the city of LONDON & warn the inhabitants thereof & Preach the gospel unto them. I Pray the Lord to send the Angel of his presence before us & prepare the way that much good may be done in the name of the Lord. I feel thankful to our Heavenly father for opening such a spedy & effectual door in this region of country. I confirmed one at Dymock & spent the night at Elder Kingtons.

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3d I walked to Ledbury & met with Br Smith.  I wrote two letters one to Elder Young, & the other to Turley. I forwarded two Blank license to Elder You