John, David - 1833-59

David John Journal

Volume One

I was born on the 29th day of January 1833, at 7:40 P.M. in the village of Little-new-castle, in the County of Pembroke, South Wales. My father Daniel John, was born, April 1, 1793, one mile distance from my birth-place, at a place named Martel Mill, in the Parish of Punchaston in the County of Pembroke, South Wales. He died in the house in which I was born, on the 31st of March 1856, aged 63 years to the day. He was 40 years of age, lacking 2 months and 2 days old, when he died. He was buried in the cemetry [sic], of the Baptist Church "Beulah", where his father Thomas John was buried. I attended my father's funeral, which was held at his own residence, conducted by the Rev. Benjamin Owen. My mother and my brother Thomas were present at the funeral. My father was an industrious, and honest man. He was strickly [sic] a moral man, in the fullest sense of the term, and was of a religious mind, and was a member of the Baptist Church. He attended family prayers, and called upon his sons, to pray in the household, in their turn, since they were 12 years of age. He taught his children to observe the Sabbath day strickly [sic], and to attend meetings, and Sunday School, in his Church. He was a kind husband and father and confered [sic] a liberal education upon his two sons, the only two of his children who grew to maturity, and survived him. My father was a clothier, and furnished employment to many men, he also carried on farming, and was always dealing in horn stock and sheep. His word was as good as his bond, and it was so considered, by all he dealt with, and who was acquainted with him. He kept me in school at his own expence [sic], to within seven weeks before his death, and then I left school of my own volition, for the purpose of preaching the Gospel.

My mother Mary Williams John, was born in the year 1801, at Llys-y-drew farm, in the parish of Punchaston, in the County of Pembroke, South Wales. She was 8 years younger than my father. He was 35 years of age, and my mother 27 years of age, when they got married. My mother was a religious woman, and was a faithful member in the Baptist Church, and taught her children, the religion she believed in. She was a kind and affectionate mother, and was devoted to the welfare of her husband and children. She died at her own residence in South Wales, on the 1st of July 1878, being 77 years of age. She lived a widow 22 years and 3 months, and was buried by my father's side. I have caused a tomb stone erected over her grave; although I have not seen it.

My brother Thomas John was born November 25th 1835, at 2:15 P.M. and died at 8 P.M. June 9th 1859, aged 23 years, 6 months, 14 days and 6 hours. He was buried in the same grave with my father. He was much beloved my me, he was a true friend to me in all my trials, I passed though after I united myself with the Latter-day-Saints, he was a member of the Baptist Church, and was inclined to be religious during his short life. He confessed to me, that he believed in the divinity of the Gospel as restored to earth, by holy angels, and promised to be baptized, but he died without being baptized. He was sick during the last three years of his life. When he died, I lost a true and loving friend. He was 3 inches taller then I was, but our countenances were much alike.

My sister Hannah John, the eldest child of my parents, was born, November 25th 1830, and died at 12:15 P.M. August 27th 1834, aged 3 years, 9 months, and 2 days. She was buried in the grave yard of Punchaston, by the graves of the parents of my mother. I was 1 year and 7 months old when she died. I can not remember seeing her, but I well remember her coffin, and the silver lace and plates which trimed [sic] it.

My second sister, also named Hannah, was born, at 9 P.M., November 12th 1837 and died February 20th 1841, aged 3 years, 3 months, and 8 days. She was buried in the [same] grave as her sister's.

One son and one daughter were born to my parents since the death of my sisters, the both died on the days on which they were born, the son was named Levi, and the daughter, Martha. Some children died at birth, and were not named.

My grandfather's name was Thomas John, he was born, in the same village, where I was, in the year 1769, and died December 11th 1834, aged 65 years. I was 1 year and 10 months old when he died. I do not remember him, but my parents told me that he nursed me many a time. He was buried in the same grave yard as my father was buried in. There were born to him, 3 sons and 3 daughters, namely Daniel, John, Thomas, Hannah, Ann and Mary. The maiden name of my father's mother, was Hannah Owen, she bore one child to my grandfather, which was my father, the name of the other--the mother of his 5 children was Mary--whom I well remember, she died on February 22nd 1855, aged 80 years, and was buried in the same grave as her husband. My father had two brothers, John and Thomas, and three sisters, Ann, Hannah and Mary. John was born in the year 1806, and died July 5th 1863, aged 57 years, he was a tall man 6 feet high, sandy complexion. He died un-married. I preached the Gospel to him many times, and I think, he believed it, but did not embrace it. He was an intelligent man, was a well to do- farmer, and was a member of the Baptist Church. His brother Thomas John, was a married man. I was present at his wedding, with my parents. The reception was held in his mother's house. He has raised a large family of children. I saw him last in the year 1871. He was a deacon in the Baptist Church. The three sisters of my father were married. Ann and Mary, had large families (of children) Hannah married to the Rev. David James, but bore no children.

My great grand father David John, was born in Cardiganshire, South Wales, in the year 1728, and died in the year 1792, aged 64 years. I can not vouch for the accuracy of these dates to be strickly [sic] correct, I received them from my mother, and she gave them me, from the best of her recollection. He was burried [sic] in the Parish of Little-New-Castle, Pembrokeshire, South Wales.

My great grand father David John had 4 sons and 3 daughters, namely John John, born in the year 1760 and died in 1841, aged 81 years. Wm. John born 1763, and died 1835, aged 72 years. Henry John born 1766, and died 1837, aged 71 years. Thomas John, ( my grandfather) born 1769, died December 11th, 1834, aged 65 years. The first of these four sons - was John John, (whom I well remember, and whose funeral I attended, when I was 8 years of age. The Rev'd Joseph James preached, at his funeral, from the text, "the Lord taketh the righteous away, before cometh the evil day." When I went home from his funeral, I repeated the text to my parents, and have remembered his funeral and the text ever since. He had born to him three sons and three daughters, namely, Charles, David, John, Ann, Mary and Hannah. All of these (except Mary and John) raised large families, and are still alive, so far as I know, at this date, being the 23rd of May 1891) John John died un-married. Mary married, gave birth to two children, and died, her children also died. I attended the funerals of John and Mary, when I was a boy.

The second son of great grandfather was William John. He had born to him three daughters, Ann, Martha and Mary. These three were married, raised large families, I was acquainted with them all, and with their children. They lived when I was a boy in "Dinas", a place between Fishguard and Newport, in the County of Pembrokeshire, South Wales.

His third son was Henry John, he had born to him five sons, namely, David, Thomas, John, William and Henry. Henry died when I was a boy, William died, when I was about 18 years of age. John was un-married in 1856. That was the last time I saw him. He was then about 50 years old. David and Thomas, moved to "Rhymney", Monmouthshire, England, when they were young men. I saw them when I was about 15 years of age, have not seen them since, and do not know their families. The fourth son was my grand father, whose history I have already given. I have failed to trace the genealogy of my father's house farther back, that [than] I have written above. As I have mentioned already, my great grandfather, went to Pembrokeshire from Cardiganshire, and I have failed to connect him with the family, he left on the old home-stead.

My cousins and second cousins and their families, I shall leave for the present, as my chief aim has been to connect myself with the past, for the benefit of my posterity. Again, having been absent from my birth place the most part of the last 40 years, I have no general knowledge of the families of my relatives, during that time. I have further details of my kindred on both sides of the houses, in this journal, from pages 345 to 375.

My great grandfather David John, (I will here add, died 41 years, before my birth) I have failed to learn his wive's [sic] name, nor the family, from whence she descended. His daughter Hannah John, was married, to the Rev'd Benjamin Davis, but she bore no children. She was born in the year 1770, and died 1840, aged 70 years. She raised my father, I well remember her; I was 7 years old, when she died.

Hannah Owen was the mother of my father. She was the daughter of Daniel Owen of "Ceryg" farm, (Rock farm) two miles from Newport, Pembrokeshire, South Wales. So near as I can learn, Dl. Owen, was born at Newport, in the year 1727, and died in 1792, aged 65 years. I do not know how many children he had. One of his sons named Daniel had two sons, one of them was the Rev'd Wm. Owen, who was a Baptist preacher, and whom I saw in the year 1871. He lived for many years, in Cardiff, South Wales. He was the Editor of "Y Gwir Fedyddiwr", (the True Baptist ) for many years. He was married, but had no children. One of his brothers named, Daniel Owen, and one sister, name un-known to me, went to America, when they were young. I have no knowledge of them further than this. After the birth of my father, his father and mother, separated, after which the both married again, my grand-mother married, one Wm. Thomas, to whom she bore some children, concerning whom, I have no knowledge, only I was acquainted with one of her grand sons, named Wm. Evans, and I learned, that he emmigrated [sic] to America, a few years after I arrived there. My grand mother, Hannah Owen, (according to the memory of my mother, was born in the year 1775, and died in the year 1840, aged 65 years. I remember visiting her twice, in company with my father. I was 7 years of age, when she died. She was a member of the Presbeterian [sic] Church. I had her sealed to Wm. Thomas with whom she lived as wife for the period of 50 years. She lived and died, at a village named "Bryn-y-berian" on the borders of Pembrokeshire, and Cardiganshire, South Wales. This is all that I can record, of my relations on the Owen's part of the house. I was told by my mother, that they were very religious family, and well to do farmers. I well remember Wm. Thomas, who married my grand-mother, he lived many years, after she died. He was a good and respectable man.

My kindred on my mother's side

My grandmother (the mother of my mother's) was Mary Harris Williams. She married David Williams of Windy-hill farm, in the parish of Punchaston, in the County of Pembroke, South Wales. He was born about the year 1740 as near as I can learn, and died in the year 1780, aged 40 years. He had born to him the following sons and daughters. James, Thomas, David, Benjamin, Levi and Ebenezer, my mother and Ann, the latter [David Williams] died when young. He died as already stated at 40 years of age, leaving a large family of young children, to be cared for by their mother, but she was an exceedingly industrious woman, she managed her farm in a masterly manner, and raised her children up to usefulness. She lived to see her children all married, and settled on farms before she passed away, except Levi, who never married. I have seen scores the descendants of this man, but time and space forbid me to write or dwell further on their names and history at present.

His father's name was also named David Williams (my great grand father) who was born in the year 1700, and died in the year, 1750, these dates were given me verbally by my mother, and gave them to the best of her recollection, when she was 70 years old.

My great grandfather had one daughter, named Mary, she married Benjamin Thomas, they raised a large family. I remember three of her sons, namely, Benjamin, David and John. I was also acquainted with the children of these men. They had one sister named Ann, who married William Lewis, I was acquainted with them and their children. I also remember the sister of my grandfather, and the husband - Benjamin Thomas, mentioned above. I never learned the name of my great grand mother, the wife of David Williams the first, nor the family from which she descended, or whether she had brothers of sisters, I know not. I have not been able to trace this family, further back, that I have here written.

My grand-mother Williams and her ancestors,

The name of the father of my grandmother Mary Harris Williams was Alban Harries, he was born in the year 1710 and died in 1770, aged 60 years. He lived in "Ty-Gwyrr" (white house farm) on the borders of the north of Pembrokeshire, and the South of Cardiganshire in the County of Pembroke, South Wales. He was a wealthy farmer, and gave one thousand pounds to each of his children, on the day they married. I do not know the names of his parents, nor the name of his wife, nor the family from which she descended. She had two sons, named Thomas and John, and three daughters, Mary, Ann and [blank] who died unmarried, she lived with her sister Mary for many years. Mary was my grandmother. Thomas and John settled in "Punchaston," and raised families whom I knew. Thomas had a son named Thomas, who was a first cousin to my mother, who also had a son and one daughter, named Thomas and Ann, the last Thomas Harris, married a second cousin of mine, named Ann John. His sister Ann Harris, married David Davies, "Fagwrfram" farm, near Punchaston, Pembrokeshire, South Wales. John the son of Alban Harris, raised a large family in Punchaston. John Harris, the grandson of Alban Harris, and the brother of Thomas above mentioned, lived in "Castellfwch," and raised many sons and daughters, all of his children, I knew in my boyhood. Ann Harris, daughter of Alban Harris, married the Rev'd David Rees of "Frogol," near Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, all of their children died un-married.

All of the descendants of Alban Harris were people, who had an abundance of means, wherever they settled, they were prosperous, in their circumstances. I will here say, that in the year 1882, I labored four months in the Temple in St. George, Utah, and while there, I did much work in behalf of the dead, an account of which is written in this journal - see dates from Sep. 1st 1882, to December 31st 1882. In consideration, of what is there recorded, I will now leave the History of my kindred, and shall give a short synopsis of my own history.

David John was born on the 29th of January 1833. From 5 years old, 'till I was 12, I attended day school taught by Mr. David Williams, he was a distant relation of mine on my mother's side of the house. During the seven years, he taught at Little-new-Castle, Punchaston, and Castellfwch, I followed him, wherever he went, 'till I completed my term of seven years under his able tuition. During 4 years out of the 7 mentioned, my dear brother Thomas, attended school with me. From the years of 12, 'till I was 23 years of age, I spent the most of the time in school. In the year 1845, when I was 12 years of age, I was baptized to the Baptist Church, by the Rev'd Thomas Griffiths Jones. I attended all their meetings and Sunday schools, for years in my boyhood. In the spring of the year 1848, I first met the Elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. Three of them visited my birth placed [sic], and preached in the open air. They were John Price, John Davies, and John Evans. They were native Elders. Their preaching had a great effect upon my mind, I believed their doctrine, when I first heard it. I followed them to their lodging house, and listened to a discussion between them, and many others, of various creeds of faith, thus listening deepened my convictions of the Divinity of their doctrine. When I entered my parents' house, I informed them, that I fully believed the doctrines advanced by the Elders. My father reasoned with me, saying "that visions, visitings of angels, prophecy, healing the sick, speaking in tongues etc., had long since ceased, and were not any longer necessary", I argued on the other side, and could not be convinced to the contrary. The Elders preached several times in the place during the summer's months and every time they preached, I attended their meetings. When the summer ended, they discontinued their preaching, for the reason that none were found willing to open to them, their houses, to preach in, and it was too wet and cold, to hold meetings in the open air in the winter season. In the month of February 1849, I met several of the Elders at Letterstone, two miles from my father's house, I attended a meeting a meeting [sic], on the evening of the day, I met them, when one Elder preached, by the name of Daniel Williams. My mind was fully made up to unite myself with the Church, at the close of the meeting. After the services were closed, I informed Elder Williams, that I was ready to be baptized. It was a dark night, and the rain fell in torrents, but we walked through it for two miles to reach water. On the way to the water, the power of God, and the powers of darkness, alternately were resting upon me, 'till my frame shook. Several times on the way I came to a came to a sudden halt, and could not, seemingly walk another step, my limbs and my whole body seemed powerless; Elder Williams, kept asking me, from time to time, what was the matter with me? I answered him, that some power whispered to me that I was deceived, and that I was bringing ruin on my head, and disgrace upon all my kindred. He replied "that is the power of the evil one, that endeavors to mislead you, and I rebuke it, in the name of Jesus Christ. Come, let me baptize you, and all your doubts will be drownded" [sic]. At his powerful rebuke, the powers of darkness departed, and my whole being was filled with the peace of God, and I was determined to be baptized. At length we reached the water, and he baptized me, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. When he raised me to my feet, a great and marvelous power from Heaven, rested upon me, and I shouted at the full strength of my voice, "Glory to God, and the Lamb, for ever, in the highest; I am born of the water and Spirit." Elder Williams responded, "Amen", in a loud voice. This incident occurred before we had left the water. We went back to the house, from which we went, and Elder Williams, confirmed me the same night. I remained in the house, all of that night, and the spirit of God, seemingly, without measure, abode with us, during that never to be forgotten night. O! how I should like here to define my feelings, my peace, and my joy, on that night, and that week that followed, but I can not, pen can not write, tongue can not tell, the wondrous powers of Heaven, manifested to us; not in signs, wonders, and visions, but in the calm, peaceful influences of the Holy Ghost. Next morning I left Williams, we separated, and we never met since. He died in "Tooele" Utah, a few years ago. I went to my parents house, with my heart full of joy and gladness, to tell them the wondrous story, that I had found the truth - the Gospel, the Priesthood restored, the establishment of the Church of God on earth. I rejoiced to bring them the good news that angels had visited the earth, and that the Father and the Son, had appeared and spoken to Joseph, but to my utter disappointment, the message was not credited. A spirit of opposition was manifested, in my father's house, and in the whole region around. People flocked to my father's house to learn, if the report was true, that I had been baptized by the Latter-day-Saints, and when they were answered in the affirmative, much bitterness, was manifested towards me.

The first Sabbath, after my baptism arrived, early in the morning, I was preparing to go and attend a meeting of the Latter-day-Saints, a few miles distant from my father's house, but my father forbade me. I remained at home that day, and refused to attend services in the Baptist Church. In the afternoon, I took a walk, alone, in my father's fields, in deep meditation, as to what course to persue [sic] in the future. The Spirit of God rested upon me, in a powerful manner. Every this [thing] became new to me. The earth appeared a paradise to me, the horses, cattle, sheep, colts, calves, etc., in the fields around me, appeared as they never did before, all the work of creation appeared majestic and grand. The land scape, for twenty miles before me, appeared to me, as the garden of the Lord. Still my best friends on earth, had turned the cold shoulder towards me. I offered a silent prayer to the throne of grace, "Lord what shall I do?" The calm answer came back to my soul, "Leave thy father's house, and go East to Glamorganshire for a season." I made my intentions known to my father and mother, they opposed my leaving home, but wished me to remain at home and attend school, for a few more years, and prepare me for the ministry of the Baptist Church.

One evening, after my parents had retired to bed for the night, I walked seven miles to a town, named Fishguard, where I had learned, a meeting of the Elders, would be held at 12 o'clock that night. The reason for the lateness of that hour, was, because they could not hold meetings, without being disturbed by their enemies, hence they met, after the masses had retired for the night. I reached the brethren, about mid-night, attended their meeting, laid my circumstances before them, and asked for advice. Elder Phillips Sykes, presided in that meeting. They advised me to obey my father's wishes 'till I came of age, and attend school, as he desired me to do, promising the time would come, when I should reach my majority, and become free to act on my own agency. I returned to my father's house, before any of the family, were up from bed. I then remained with my father from the spring of 1849, 'till the month of April 1850. I felt that I was in bondage of mind, during this year. I kept myself at home, and did not associate much, with any public meetings. In the mean time, I spent much of my time in reading, and studying the Scriptures. Towards, the latter end of April 1850, I told my father that I wished to go to "Bridgend", Glamorganshire. He told me that on conditions that I would promise him to keep away from the Latter-day-Saints, 'till I was 21 years of age, he should give his consent for me to go. I made him that promise. I left my father's house, and traveled on foot to "Maesteg," Glamorganshire. This was 100 miles from my father's house, but I walked that distance in three days. At "Maesteg", I found a man, named Henry Davies, I worked for him, early and late for seven weeks. I then left him, and went to "Black-Mill", near Bridgend. I found work with a man, named Hopkin Jenkins; I fell in love with him and his family, and they fell in love with me. It was only a few days, after my arrival, 'till I found they regarded me, as one of their own children. Their kind treatment of me, and their continual love and kind deeds towards me, made me feel, that I had met friends indeed. A few days, after my arrival, I learned that Mr. Jenkins was a Baptist preacher, and a minister of the Baptist Church at the place. I work [sic] for him and attended school alternatively. The day school was taught by one Mr. Martin, M.A. a refined gentleman, and highly educated. He loved me, and gave me, much extra attention and service in my studies, which I greatly appreciated. He taught me the English, Grammar; Latin, and Greek Grammars, and other branches of education. I made rapid progress, under his tuition, and he spared no time, to make my studies a success.

In one year from the time I arrived in Black-Mill, Mr. Martin, (who was a minister in the Presbyterian Church) suggested to Mr. Jenkins, that I should be recommended for the ministry, and educated to that end. Mr. Jenkins, submitted to me the recommendations of Mr. Martin, saying that he fully endorsed them, adding that as my parents belonged to the Baptist Church, that he thought I should be prepared, for the Baptist ministry. I told him, that I did not believe the Lord wished me, to be a minister in the Baptist Church. He urged that my doubts and fears in this regard, were strong evidences to him, that the Lord, had made the call, though Mr. Martin and himself, adding that the Lord does not call the conceited, the proud and haughty, to his ministry. The next Sunday after this conversation, to my astonishment the Rev. Mr. Jenkins, announced from his pulpit, "that D. John will preach in this church to-morrow at 7 P.M.". This was April 1851 ( I was at this time 18 years and 3 months and 3 weeks old.) Much against my desires, I filled my appointment, and preached to a full house. I did not at this time have a particle of faith in the Divinity of the Baptist Church. I believed in the scriptures, and preached from them, but I had a great thirst for education, and could see my way clear before me, to obtain it, by persuing [sic] this course, now opened to me. I remained with Mr. Jenkins and Mr. Martin, after preaching this sermon, one year and 9 months, preaching on Sundays in the Baptist Churches, as per appointments made by Mr. Jenkins. Then I made a partial change for 3 months, I left school, but remained in the neighborhood preaching. In the meantime, Mr. Jenkins, had made an application, to the Baptist College, "Haverfordwest," for my admittance as a student. An answer was received, that I should be admitted, in the month of May 1854.

I left Mr. Jenkins, and his kind family, in the month of Dec. 1853. After living with him 2 years and 8 months. I went to my parents, who received me with much joy. I left Jenkins with sorrow, for he had been a father to me, but joy returned to my heart, when I met my parents, and my brother Thomas. I yet lacked 2 months nearly, of being 21 years of age. I rested a few weeks with my parents, but I could not rest long, I was anxious to get a good education.

In the first days of January 1854, I entered an Academy, at Haver-ford-west, 9 miles from my father's house. The Principal of the Academy was the Rev. Mr. Brown, of the established Church of England. He was a highly educated gentleman, and gave much of his time and attention to me, and my studies for 4 months. My chief studies, under his tuition were, the Greek and Latin languages, also Geometry. During these 4 months, I preached on Sundays, in the Baptist Churches, and several times in the Churches of my parents-"Beulah," and "Smyrna." The first time I preached in Beulah, my father shed tears of joy, in seeing me, in the pulpit and Church, he loved so well. My mother, and Brother were also present on that occasion, and scores of my kindred. I entered College of the first of May 1854, and continued there, during school days, until, February 6th 1856.

In the month of September 1854, we had one month vacation, during this month, I preached in the Churches in Pembrokeshire. We resumed our studies in October 1854, and continued them, 'till June 1855. When we again had vacation, for one month. I was requested to visit the Baptist Churches, in Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Glamorganshire, and Monmouthshire. Which I did, and preached three times on Sundays, and every night in the week, excepting Saturday nights. I worked very hard during this month, traveled through 4 Counties, and preached 32 times. I returned in the month of July 1855, and attended College, 'till the 30th of September 1855. We had then a vacation for 7 weeks. We were commissioned to visit Baptist Churches, preach, and use our influences in behalf of the College, and to receive subscriptions to aid it. We received our various appointments, and I filled mine as follows. I went on board a Steamer from Milford Haven, to Liverpool, distance 200 miles, and labored there 9 days. I preached in all the Baptist Churches, in Liverpool. From there, I went to "Anglesey" [Anglesey], North Wales, Carnarvonshire [Caernarfonshire], Montogomreyshire [Montgomeryshire], Merionithshire, Cardiganshire, and preach in all the Baptist Churches, in the Counties named. It was indeed a hard mission, for the short space of time, given me perform it. From Cardiganshire, I returned to my parents, remained with them one day, and returned to College, at the end of October 1855. From the 1st of Nov. 1855, 'till the 6th of February 1856, I attended College.

On the night of January 28th 1856, the last day of my 22nd year, I had a remarkable dream, or night vision, while I was alone, in my bed-room, in the College building.

I dreamed that an angel of the Lord visited me, he placed his right hand on my left shoulder. His eyes were of a dark color brown color [sic], but full of glory. His voice was clear, and full of divine power, and authority. While in his presence, I beheld exceedingly high mountains. He told me, "they were the Everlasting Hills, over, or by which the Latter-day-Saints, were passing to their gathering place." He asked me, "Why are you, spending your time here, in vain? Why is it, that you will not join the Church of Christ?" "And spend your time there?" "I hoped that I was in the Church of God now," was my reply, "Am I not?" He replied firmly, "you know better", and added, "Do not ask questions, that you know perfectly well, but go on unto perfection". He directed me, to "look towards the firmament." I looked upwards, and beheld people of every sect and party. There, I saw Christ sitting upon his throne in great glory, and the people gathered themselves before him, to be judged. Those who had obeyed his commandments, He commanded to stand on His right hand, and those who had not, on His left hand. He judged one by one, that is one at a time, 'till they formed two single files, being about one mile in length. The two files faced each other, and appeared in the vision, to be about forty feet apart. Those on His left, were men of the different sects and parties of religion; they appeared to be much disappointed, and bowed down, with sorrow and grief. They turned their faces from Jesus, and could not abide His presence. Those who composed the file, who stood on His right hand, were Latter-day-Saints. They seemed to be full of joy, and satisfaction. They all smiled and appeared lovely. They looked on the face of Christ, with the most perfect freedom. Christ appeared, in the Majesty of His calling, and as the Great Judge of mankind. He appeared calm and greatly dignified, but there was no appeal from his decisions. I addressed the Angel, and said, "According to this vision the Latter-day-Saints are right, but the others are wrong". He answered kindly, but firmly, "You can see, who is right, and who is wrong." He then said, "look towards the right of thee", I looked and beheld an extensive valley. the most beautiful land I ever saw. We were standing on one side of the valley, which was even or flat on its surface, on the side, where we stood, were [a] high and beautiful row of trees, under full foliage, and under the shadow of one of them, we stood, from the heat of the sun, which was very powerful. On the other side were mountains, but not high ones. The mountains extended to the extremity of the valley, and beyond. The beauty and glory of the valley, which was full of precious fruits of various kinds, is beyond my power to describe it. It appeared to my view to be between 3 and 4 miles, wide 30 miles long. I exclaimed, "Oh, my God, I never knew before, that such a beautiful scene as this belonged to our earth". The angel replied, "This shall be thy inheritance, and thy seed after thee for ever, if thou wilt obey the commandments of God, and do right in the flesh." The Angel again spoke, and said to me, "Look behind thee." I turned around, and found myself in a large and beautiful building. There I saw one on the stand, preaching the Gospel (it was my brother Thomas, he was alive then, but he will be saved, for I beheld him in a saved condition.) The angel addressed me saying, "This is the house of the Lord." At this remark, I was arroused [sic], and I believe that the Spirit of God, and His holy angels, filled my room. I arose from my bed, and bowed myself before the Lord in solemn prayer, and desired Him, that if that messenger was sent by Him, to make it known to me, by the same messenger; if not, to hide the vision from me. I again, laid on my bed, and soon fell into a deep sleep, (at least it appeared so to me) when at once the same personage appeared by my side, and made known to me some of the same things as before; but he mildly rebuked me for spending my time where I was, He also said, Thou wast foreordained before the foundation of the world, to come forth in this age to assist to build the Kingdom of God upon the earth, and now the time is up. If thou will obey the commandments of God, thy days shall be long on the earth; if not, thy days shall be short, saith the Lord. These words pierced my soul, and I again awoke, and spent the remainder of the night, in deep reflection, and some what grieved in spirit, and at other moments, I rejoiced exceedingly.

On January 29th 1856, (my birth day) I could not attend my studies in College, that heavenly personage and his sayings, occupied my mind. I went to the house of an Elder and procured several books of the Church, I read them for 8 days and nights, till I was about worn out, my strength seemed to have left me. On Friday evening, February 1th 1856, I went home to my parents. I informed my mother, and brother, of my vision and of my intention to unite myself with the Church. They cried bitterly, pleading with me not to do so. They beged [sic] of me, not to inform my father, as he was quite feeble in health, and it might take his life. I obeyed my mother, and did not inform my father at that time. On Feb 2nd 1856, I returned to College. On Sunday evening, Feb 3rd 1856, I attended a meeting of the Latter-day-Saints. I did not attend any meeting of the Baptist Church on that day. On Monday, Feb 4th 1856, I visited Elder John Griffiths, who resided in the town. I also visited him, on Tuesday, Feb. 5th. Several of the Baptist ministers, waited on me, they having heard, that I intended, to unite myself with the Church of Jesus Christ, of Latter-day-Saints. They pleaded with me, not to do so, I firmly informed them, that it was my intention to do it, and gave them my reasons for the course, I was taking. On Wednesday, at 5 P.M., being February 6th 1856, I was rebaptized by Elder Jno. Griffiths, in the tide of the sea, in the town of Haverfordwest, South Wales. At 7:30 P.M. of this date, I was confirmed by the Elders, at a meeting of the Saints. Within five minutes after my confirmation, the Holy Ghost fell upon me in a powerful manner. The house was filled, with the spirit of God. I heard a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the house, in which we sat. All in the house heard it. Thus, we received the same manifestation, in every particular, as was received on the day, of Pentecost. The gift of tongues were also conferred on many present, and one sister had an open vision. I prophesied by the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and afterwards bore my testimony to the Divinity of the work.

My history since the above date is embodied, in this book and other books, hence, I need not repeat here. I married Miss Mary Wride, at Cardiff, South Wales, Feb 8th 1860. (see page 132 of this book. We lived in Nottingham England 16 months, before we emmigrated [sic] to America. I married Miss Jane Cree, at Salt Lake City, October 10th 1865. My first wife is the mother of 9 of my children, and my second wife, is the mother of 11 of them. On the following page, see their names, ages, etc.,

Children of David and Mary Wride John

Names

When and where born

When and where died

1 Annie Jane John

15th Dec 1860, Nottingham

20th Augst 1861, at "Devil's Gate"

2 Mary Jane John

23rd July 1862, at Provo

27 Mar 1934, Provo, Utah1

3 Martha Ann John

1st Oct 1864, [at Provo]

11 March 1927, Salt Lake City2

4 Hannah John

27th Aug 1866, [at Provo]

Nov 6th 1866, at Provo

5 David John Jr.

22nd Oct 1867, [at Provo]

 

6 Elizabeth John

2nd January 1870,

[at Provo]

7 Caroline Matilda

7th Feb 1872, [at Provo]

7th February 1872 [at Provo]

8 Rosella John

1st July 1873, [at Provo]

30th Sep 1874 [at Provo]

9 Sarah John

4th Dec 1879, [at Provo]

4th Dec 1879 [at Provo]

Children of David and Jane Cree John

1 Thomas John

15 June 1867, at Provo

Dead3

2 Daniel John

4th July 1869, [at Provo]

13th Sep 1869 [at Provo]

3 Emma John

15th March 1871 [at Provo]

 

4 Ada John

31st July 1873 [at Provo]

 

5 Alban Harries

14 Nov 1875 [at Provo]

 

6 Joseph John

3rd June 1877 [at Provo]

15th June 1877 [at Provo]

7 Wm. Harries

1st May 1878 [at Provo]

 

8 Estella May

29th May 1880 [at Provo]

15th March 1889, aged 8 years, 9 month 314 days

9 Alice Maud

15th Jan 1882 [at Provo]

11th March 1882, aged 7 weeks, 4 days

10 Jennie John

20th Oct 1885 [at Provo]

 

11 Benjamin Dean

1st June 1887 [at Provo]

31st July 1887, aged 2 months

Feb. 1856

7 Feb. I remained in Elder Griffith's house all day, and wrote a long letter, conserning [sic] the first principles of the Gospel, to the students of the Baptist College, but never received any answer.

8 Feb. I wrote another impressive letter on the same subject to my Father. I humbly and faithfully bore my testimony to him, but it was not received.

9 Feb. I was at Griffith's house when my mother and Bro. Thomas came to see me about 10 A.M. In consequence of hearing the news that I was baptized they came to see, and found it so, which made them to feel bad, they cried bitterly at times, during the day my mother brang [sic] another 11 to see me, all tried to overcome me but failed.

My mother went to the house of my cousin, John John, and there found my writing-desk, broke it opened, and found in it a Bank Book, containing receipts amounting to about £13 or £14 in my name; she took the Book with her. She also went to the Watchmaker's shop, and took with her my watch; in the evening I went for these articles, but they were gone.

She left me a commandment from my Father never to go near his house during his life. We parted in the afternoon, they went home and I remained where I was.

10 Feb. I was at Haverfordwest all day being Sunday. I attended the prayer meeting, in the morning, sacrament in the afternoon, and preaching in the evening, Elder John Gibbs, and John Griffiths preached.

11 Feb. I occupied the day in reading the "Stars", and Zion's Trumpet, (Udgorn Seion), in the evening attended a prayer meeting.

12 Feb. My cousin Wm. John (now dead) and John Morris Weaver visited me, after a long conversation they concluded, that I was insane.

13 Feb. I wrote a letter to my parents and brof. wrote lengthily on the first principles of the Gospel. Had a long conversation again with John Morris Weaver, his mind was greatly influenced and changed, and he made me a promise to be baptized.

14 Feb. I wrote letters to my uncles Charles John and David John, touching the principles of the Gospel, bore my testimony of them, and recommended them to embrace the same. They never answered them, but Charles (being very pious) told my mother afterwards, that I and my religion was too far beneath his notice, to make any reply.

15 Feb. I visited cousin John John and his wife, there met Wm. Charles an old apostate; had a long conversation conserning [sic] the Gospel and its Doctrines.

16 Feb. Capt. Dan Jones arrived Swansea, and many, Elders and Saints from the country branches, attended council in the evening.

17th [Feb.] Conference was held, attended three meetings, received profitable instructions and found myself blessed during the day. Many attended in the evening.

18th [Feb.] The Conference continued, I presented a piece of poetry to Elder Dan Jones which contained a short account of the persecution we suffered on the 9th inst; which was published in the "Udjohn" a week or two afterwards.

19th [Feb.] Elder Dan returned to Swansea, the Elders and Saints went to their respective holmes [sic]; and I accompanied Elder Thos. Evans, to Letterstone within 2 miles to my father's house.

20th [Feb.] I worked at my trade with Bro. Evans, saw many of my acquaintances, heard that my Bro. Thomas was sick, wrote him a letter.

21st [Feb.] I left Letterstone for Haverfordwest in company with Elder Thos. Evans (wodden [sic] leg) and Sis. Phebe John; on the way met many of my old friends, and had several conversations.

22 Feb. Left Pembrokeshire for Merthyr in company with Elders John Price, Thos. Evans, and E.D. Miles. Arrived at Merthyr in the evening, and saw very many of the Elders.

23 Feb. Conference was held, Captain Dan, delivered a discourse in the morning, and Elders, Whelock, Martin, Atud[?], (American Brethren) spoke in the evening.

24th Feb. Sunday. The Conference continued, held three meetings, during the day, Elders Joseph Young, F.D. Richards, Spencer, Whelock, Martin, Atud[?], Dan Jones, Daniel Daniels, Israel Evans, and Benjamin Ashby spoke. It was appointed Daniel should preside the Welsh Mission and Israel Evans and Ashby to be his counsellors [sic]. The Apostle Franklin D. Richards, spoke influentially on "digging deep" and to "get our faith founded on the principle of revelation." I formed acquaintance with many Elders, and spent my time mostly with Elder Benjamin Evans, Monmouthshire, afterwards the Pres. of the Welsh Mission.

25. Feb. The Conference continued, spoke during the day, many of the same Elders, had a concert in the evening.

26. Feb. Elder John Price and I left for "Morris Town," near Swansea, and lodged in the house of Elder Hopkin Jones.

27. Feb. Left for Swansea, went to the "Udgorn Seion's Office" in the afternoon, and there met Elders, Dan Jones, D. Daniels, F.D. Richards, Whelock, and Joseph Young. Took tea with them. Elders Richards, and Spencer left the town; in the evening attended meeting, Elders Whelock, and Young preached, our Hall was crowded.

28. Feb. Left for Haverfordwest, in the train by going, had a short debate with D. Harries, St. Cleals, conserning [sic] the spiritual gifts.

29. Feb. At Griffith's house H. West all day, engaged in writing and reading.

March 1856

1st March. At the same place, saw and conversed with some of my old acquaintances.

2nd March. Sunday. I attended 3 meetings Haverfordwest, and preached in the evening, the first time, I was ordained a Priest the previous night (1st March) under the hands of Elders Wm. Bowen, John Gibbs, John Griffiths, and E.D. Miles.

3rd March. I spent this day at Elder Griffiths' house, working at my trade.

4th March. In the same place and at the same work.

5th March. Engaged in the same, in the evening attended meetings, the Saints in this Branch were greatly blessed with the spiritual gifts.

6th March. At Griffiths' house at my work.

7th March. At my work all day.

8th March. Engaged in reading and writing, saw many from home, received a letter from home stating that my father was sick, and desirous to see me, before he would die.

9th March. Sunday. Attended 3 meetings at H. West Branch, but felt somewhat grieved conserning [sic] my Father's sickness.

10th March. Left for my Father's house arrived there in the afternoon. Met mother and Bro. with many relations within few yards to the house.

Mother called me and the Saints after nearly every evil and fowl name, so much was her rage this day, 'till all the neighbors gathered around us, and wondered at the spirit manifested. She told me that she did not want to see me "within her door". I told her that if that was the case, that I could return on my way "you sent for me and I came, but now you don't want me to enter the house, so I can return said I. You are at liberty to return said she, by this I returned a few steps, when my Bro. called after me and said, "David don't return, my father sent for you, and he wants to see you, the house belongs to him, not to mother go in, and listen not to her tongue". By this I turned and entered the house, and found my father by the fire side, very sick. "David my child", said he, "you came once more to see your Father, and it makes me glad, he clasped me by the hand, I offered to kiss him, but he refused saying, I can't find it in my heart to kiss you, after you have brought such disgrace upon yourself, upon me, and our family, by joining the Saints. By this my mother again rushed to the house and began saying as before. "Silence" said he, "I won't have it." Said he, "I don't intend to quarrel with you David, it is far from me, I brought you up as I thought was right, in the same faith as myself, 'till you grew up, I have discharged my duties towards you as my child, I have given you much education, for years, and now I feel my conscience void of offense, that I have done my duty, so from this time forth you must answer for your own acts. You have arrived to the years of maturity and you will be responsible for your own deeds in the future. But as I said before so say I again, I don't want to quarrel with you, but this understand, I will not reckon you any longer, as my son, and my house will be no longer a home for you, so remember you must not think to make a home here, but this week you can stay and then go, David David, how hast thou fallen to this disgrace and dishonour", and here he bursted out and cried bitterly for a long time, and my Bro. and I cried with him. But my mother began again to call me, and my father commanded her to quit the room, and she went by and buy. Thus all the evening was spent, 'till bed time.

11th Mrch. I spent at home all day, talked much with my father during the day; the spirit of persecution filled nearly all that came to see me.

12th Mrch. At home all day, met Captain Evans Tregwynt, an old apostate had a long conversation with him.

13th Mrch. At home, had a long talk with David Thomas Shoemaker, he promised me to be baptized. In the evening had a long talk with my uncle Dl. John.

14th Mrch. At home, talked much with my brother, he began to believe some principles of the Gospel.

15th Mrch. I left home in the afternoon, my father felt grievous, he gave me again my watch, on condition that I should keep it, "and not give it to the Mormons". It so happens that this was the last time I saw him alive. I travelled to H. West and attended council there.

16th Mrch. Sunday. Went to Sutton Branch in the afternoon, and H. West in the evening. Elder John Price preached his farewell address before leaving for Zion.

17th Mrch. I spent the day in the company of Elders John Price and E.D. Miles, attended prayer meeting in the evening.

Mrch 18th I spent the day at H. West.

19th [Mar.] I spent the day at Griffiths' house at my work.

20th [Mar.] At the same place and work.

21st [Mar.] Engaged in the same work.

22nd [Mar.] At the same place, saw many from home.

23rd [Mar.] Sunday. I attended 3 meetings at Haverfordwest Branch.

24th [Mar.] I worked all day, attended meeting (prayer) in the evening.

25th [Mar.] At H. West at work.

26th [Mar.] I spent the day the same, attended a Saint's meeting in the evening.

27th [Mar.] Spent the day at work, but every evening engaged in reading, or writing.

28th [Mar.] Spent the day at work again.

29th [Mar.] At H.West, some friends from home visited me, received a note from my bro. stating that my father was very sick and that he should like to see me home to see my Father. In the evening I attended a council, I was called and ordained an Elder, under the hands of Elders E.D. Miles, Bowen, and John Gibbs, Elder Bowen being mouth. I was also appointed to preside over the Fishguard Branch.

30th [Mar.] Sunday. I attended three meetings at H. West, was much troubled in my mind because of my father's sickness.

31st [Mar.] I went to Littlenewcastle in company with Elder Phillips Dell, part of the way. On the way met Richard Richards, a baptist preacher, had a long talk with him at "Cross Inn." Reached home at 2 P.M. and found father dead; he died 2 hours previous to my arrival. I spent the afternoon and evening in much sorrow, with my mother and brother.

In the evening many of my relations and neighbors came to see us, and all seemed united to persecute me; many told me, that I was the cause of my Father's death[!!] But my brother when he saw all united against me, felt sorry for me, and would not join them. I went to bed about mid-night, in grief and sorrow, I never saw the clouds so thick and dark before. I was far from the Saints, and all that surrounded me with a few exceptions, looked upon me, as though I was the murderer of my father. His case laid thus, when I joined the Church, he was unwell, when I joined he believed from his heart, that I did wrong, so it gave pain and anguish to his soul, so much so, that it influenced his mind, that he could not eat, drink nor sleep but little, and so he pined away, believing that I was going head-long to destruction. So he died in about 7 weeks after I joined the Church; and many said that I was the cause of his death. So when I went to rest I had a very remarkable dream, I dreamed that I saw two tall personages, which filled my heart with joy. They told me that they were Joseph and Hyrum Smith, and said one of them. "The Lord has seen thy trouble and the persecution against thee, yea, he has heard thy prayers; thou hast overcome thus far, and power will be given thee to overcome, inasmuch as thou continuest humble and faithful; and the day comes when thou shalt sit with us, and with our God; yea and with Gods higher than our God, says, the Lord", by this I awoke full of the good spirit and gave thanks to God.

April 1856

1st April. At home all day, many of my relations were with us, and the [sic] my uncles of Llys-y-drew and their familys [sic], felt Hellish against me.

2nd April. This day my father was burried in Beulah's Church Yard. Benjamin Owen a Baptist Minister preached in his funeral. My relations accompanied us home from the Church Yard. My uncle Charles John, and I had a discussion on the principle of the pre-existence of man. He gave way soon. My Father's will was read, my name was credited with £ 5,0,0, and all the rest to mother and my brother, some cross words passed conserning [sic] it. My Bro. took my part, offered me the will and told me to burn it, and give them what I pleased, I refused.

3rd April. At home all day, and tried to convert my brother.

4th [Apr.] At home all day.

5th [Apr.] I left for Haverfordwest, many met me on the road, going home from market. Evan Morgans Fynone and wife cursed me over and over again, I kept going, they then stopped the car and shouted after me, and told me over and over that I killed my father. So many were such tales, so I left the road, and walked through the fields for a long time. In the evening attended council at Haverfordwest.

6th April. I attended 3 meetings at H. West (being Sunday) felt myself greatly blessed and refreshed during the day.

7th April. At H. West. attended prayer meeting in the evening.

8th April. Spent this day at H. West.

9th April. Went to Milford Haven, with the immigrants, and meet others, on their way to Zion, they sailed with the Packet to Liverpool. Returned to H. West, and attended meeting in the evening.

10th April. Went to Littlenewcastle

11th April At home all day, talked to my brother and others all the time conserning [sic] the Gospel.

12th April. At home all day.

13th April. Went to Fishguard and attended meetings there, Elder E.D. Miles was with us, we had a good time together all day.

14th April. I spent the most part of the day with Dl. Williams Tailor Fishguard, he believed many of the principles, but his wife was near with evil spirits.

15th April. I returned to my mother's.

16th At home at work.

17th At home working.

18th At home working.

19th At home working at my trade all the week.

20th Went (Sunday) to Fishguard, held a Saint meeting in the afternoon and preached in the evening.

21st I went home to Littlenewcastle.

22nd At home working with my Bro.

23rd At home at work.

24th At home working.

25th At home again at work.

26th I went to Fishguard, held a prayer meeting in the evening, and after re-baptized one John Morris.

27th Sunday. We held 2 meetings at Fishguard, sacrament in the afternoon and preaching in the evening. Returned again home, 7 miles distant.

28th At home working, with my brother.

29th At home working.

May 1856

1st May. At home working.

2nd May. At home working.

3rd May. At home again, my brother was working with me these weeks.

4th May. Sunday. Went to Fishguard, attended prayer meeting in the morning, sacrament in the afternoon, and preaching in the evening.

5th May. Returned to my mother's and spent the day there.

6th May. At home in the morning, being a fair day, call [sic] St. Mark's Fair) I walked to the country, and spent some time with Elder John Jenkins in the fields, tried to convert his Bro. Thomas.

7th May. At home, the fair continued, saw many of the old friends, and bore my testimony to very many during the day.

8th May. At home at work.

9th May. At home working.

10th May. At home at work.

11th May. Sunday. Attended meetings at Fishguard all day, good time. Returned to my mother's.

12th May. At home at work.

13th May. Working at home.

14th May. At home working.

May 15th. At home worked all day.

16th At home working.

17th Went to Fishguard and Baptized Milia Davies, the daughter of John Davies, in the sea-tide.

18th Sunday. At Fishguard, attended three meetings.

19th Went home to Littlenewcastle.

20th At home working.

21st At home at work.

22nd At home at work.

23rd At home at work.

24th At home at work.

25th Sunday. Went to Fishguard, attended meetings as usual. Returned home at night.

26th At home working.

27th At work home.

28th At work home.

29th At work home.

30th At work home.

31st I went to Haverfordwest, in the evening attended, attended [sic] council. Elder D. Daniels and Israel Evans were present.

June 1856

1st June. Sunday. Attended three meetings at Haverfordwest, It was a Conference day. I was appointed to travel in the Pembrokeshire Conference.

2nd June. Spent the day in H. West, Elders Daniels and Evans, laid their hands upon me and blessed me, Evans being mouth.

3rd June. Bro. John Lewis Carmarthen, and I went to Fishguard, and preached in the evening to a large assembly in the open air.

4th June. We went to Mathry, the distance of about 10 miles, we offered tracks on the way, the people generally refused taking them gratis. Lodged in Elder Thomas John's house.

5th June. Went to "Coffirm Mountain Branch", preached in the evening, good attention was given.

6th June. Went to Pembroke, preached to a large congregation in the open air; had some disturbance among the people, but the meeting was not broken up.

7th June. We went to "Tenby" there met Elder Israel Evans, in the evening I rebaptized Prest John B. Lewis, and Evans re-confirmed him, we enjoyed the spirit abundantly. Travelled this week 64 miles.

8th Sunday. We held a conference in "Tenby", Elder's Evans, Wm. Bowen and myself preached, had our hall full in the evening.

9th We spent the day in Tenby, in the evening Elder Israel Evans, delivered a lecture on the "Geography of the Salt Lake Valley", good attention paid by the crowd.

10th Bro. Lewis and I went to "Manorbear Branch", preached in the open air in the evening. Afterwards I baptized and confirmed Thomas Harries, aged 19 years.

11th We went to Haverfordwest, met Elders, Israel Evans and E.D. Miles, Evans preached to a large assembly. Bro. John Lewis returned home, to his parents, he was a student in the College of Carmarthen, brought up to be a Clergyman; some time after he was baptized, his parents overcame him, and he left the Church.

June 12th Evans and I went to "Freystop Branch" attended meeting there in the evening, returned to Haverfordwest.

13th Brother Evans and I went to Fishguard, he lectured in the evening on the "Geography of the Salt Lake Valley".

14t h Evans returned to H. West., I went and attended Council at "Mathry Branch", returned again to Fishguard. Bros. John Davies and John Morris were with me. I travelled this week 63 miles.

15th Sunday. In the afternoon went and preached in the open air in "Gwdig?, when I was preaching, one sailor came on, and wanted to fight me, I told him that I did not come for that purpose, but one Morris Davies gentile, from my home, went to him and said that he came for that purpose, so let us begin said he, this caused disturbance, for a short time, but we finished our service after, in the evening preached in Lower town Fishguard, and had a large assembly in the open air.

16th Went home to my mother's and spent the evening in talking about "Mormonism" to the neighbors.

17th Went to "Wallis", Elder Thomas John and I preached there, on a little Hill in the open air, good attention given.

18th Went to H. West, in the evening attended the Saints meeting, many enjoyed the gifts.

19th Remained all day with Bro. E.D. Miles.

20th Went to Pembroke, found Sister Jones sick, administered to her, she was greatly blessed.

21st Elder Wm. Thomas Neyland and I went to Tenby, attended council there in the evening, we introduced the "Law of Tithing" to the council, and they promised to abide it. Travelled this week 43 miles.

22nd Sunday. Attended 3 meetings at Tenby Branch.

23rd Went to "Lydstep" preached in the open air, in the evening, one Benjamin Evans a Baptist preacher, came and opposed me, after the meeting was over, had a long and interesting conversation with him; he promised to meet me the following evening.

24th Went to "Manorbear", preached in the open air in the evening, the preacher fulfilled not his promise, he did not attend.

25th Went to Pembroke, met Bro. Miles there, in the evening preached out in the open air.

26th I went to H. West, and Miles to Manorbear, I found Sister Thomas Hyland sick, administered to her.

27th At H. West, visiting the Saints.

28th Went home to my mother's, visited my cousin Wm. John who was sick. Travelled this week 33 miles.

29th Sunday. Went to Fishguard held two meetings there, and one at Gwdig, preached in the open air twice.

30th Went home to my mother's saw cousin Wm. John 4:30 P.M. he was very sick, he knew me and talked with me, died at 8 P.M. aged 22 Years.

July 1856

July 1st . At home all day working with my brother.

2nd July. At home working.

July 3rd . Attended my cousin's funeral, in the evening went to Haverfordwest.

4th Spent the day with Bro. Miles, in the evening preached at "Porfield Gate;" 6 of the Baptist students were present, they made little disturbance.

5th I spent the day in H. West. Miles went on a visit to Monmouthshire. Travelled this week 31 miles.

6th Elder (Sunday) John Griffiths and I went to "Milford Haven" attended the sacrament meeting in the morning, and preached in the open air in the afternoon and the evening. I went to Neyland in the evening.

7th At Neyland all day at my work.

8th Went to Pembroke, preached in the open air in the evening, and had good attention.

9th Went to "Manorbear" and preached at "Jamestown" in the evening.

10th All day at "Manorbear" and preached there in the evening, in the open air.

11th Went to "Tenby," and attended the Saint's meeting, in the evening.

12th Remained at "Tenby" all day, Elder John Gibbs arrived in the evening, we had a council together. Travelled this week 42 miles.

July 13th Sunday. At "Tenby" all day attended three meetings.

14th I spent the day mostly at "Tenby", in the evening Elder Noot and I went to "Pineli", and preached to a large congregation, in the open air.

15th Went to "Steparside", preached in the evening in the house of Elder Benjamin Howells.

16th Remained in the same place; in the evening preached in the open air, in a place called "Moore".

17th I again remained there, and in the evening preached at "Sardis Mountain", had a large assembly.

18th I went to H. West, there met Elder Miles, and spent the evening with him.

19th I remained with him, and attended Counsel in the evening. I travelled this week 44 miles.

20th Sunday. I attended 2 meetings in a house, and preached in the afternoon, in "Shut" Street in the open air.

21st Spent the day in H. West in the evening went to "Sutton" with Elder G. Gibbs and attended a Saint's meeting there.

22nd We spent the morning at H. West, in the evening Miles and I went to "Brodway" and preached there in the open air.

23rd I went from there to "Coffirn" Mountain, and preached there in the evening to a small congregation.

24th I went to "Landylwy", I went round the village and invited the people to meetings; when the time for commencing came, no one was present; but I bowed alone before God in prayer, on a plain, in the center of the houses, and when I opened my eyes, after offering up prayer, the people by troops surrounded me. I preached to them and had good attention.

25th I went to Elder Thomas John near Mathry, in the evening we went to "Abercastle" and preached there. The people paid good attention.

26th I went home to my mother's. I travelled this week 41 miles.

July 27th Sunday. Went to Fishguard attended a Saint's meeting in the morning, preached at "Gwdig" in the afternoon, and at Lower town Fishguard in the evening.

28th I spent the day about the town and preached in the evening in the same place as the previous night.

29th I went home to my mother's and spent the evening with her.

30th I went from home to Abercastle to see my bro. who was at the time ill, attending the baths on the sea-side, returned, or rode back the same night. He was extremely glad to see me and felt sorry that he was not present to see and hear me, on the 25th; he happened to have gone to Pembroke in a boat, the distance of 20 miles.

31st I left home and went to H. West and from there to Freystrop and preached there in the evening.

August 1856

Aug. 1st I spent the day in H. West

2nd I went to Pembroke and lodged overnight. I travelled this week 60 miles.

Aug. 3rd Sunday. I preached once in Pembroke, and once in the country. Two Baptist preachers were present, and behaved honourable.

4th Visited the Saint's in the morning, spent the afternoon with Mr. Walker one of the above preachers, and lodged with him over night. At 7:30 P.M. I preached at New Zealand.

5th I spent the morning again with Mr. Walker, he told me that he believed "Mormonism", but he could not leave his salary just then. I spent the afternoon with his deacon Mr. Faithful.

6th Elders Israel Evans and E.D. Miles, arrived in the morning, we spent the day at Pembroke, and Evans and I preached at "Monkton" in the evening.

7th We went to Milford and held a Saint's meeting there in the evening.

8th We went to H. West and met Elder Ashby; Evans and he, preached out door in the evening.

9th We spent the day in H. West, and held a council in the evening. I travelled this week 31 miles.

10th Sunday. We held a conference in H. West, and had a good time together.

11th We spent the day there again, had a public tea party in the afternoon, Evans and Ashby, gave some good instructions after. This was a reformation time, so Evans re-baptized many of us this evening. I was re-confirmed by Elder Benjamin Ashby.

12th Evans and Miles went to Fishguard, and Ashby and I went to Pembroke; in the evening we spent a few hours with Mr. "Walker" and "Faithful" the Baptist minister, and took supper with them.

13th Ashby went to Swansea, and I to 'Tenby,' and in the evening to "Peneli" and preached there. When I was talking to the people, we were greatly disturbed, by a band of people going back and fore, singing and making riots. Playing tin pans; trays, etc. but they failed to break up the congregation. Then the Mayor of the place came, and a long conversation took place between us, he commanded me in the name of the Queen, and by authority of his Office as a Magistrate to quit the place; I in return commanded him in the name of Jesus to go home, and leave me alone; afterward he sent for the Police to take me up; he did not come for an hour, and when he arrived the congregation was dismissed and I was gone. Went with Elder John Davies to Manorbear.

14th I remained in Manorbear all day, and in the evening attended a Saint's meeting.

15th I spent the day there also.

16th I went to Tenby and spent the evening and night there.

17th Sunday. I spent the day at Tenby, and attended meetings during the day.

18th I went to "Steparside" and held a Saint's meeting there in the evening.

19th I stayed at the same place, and in the evening went to an open forest to preach but the rain prevented us.

20th Went to "Narberth", met Miles there, in the evening preached in the open air, to a large congregation, the people paid good attention; but after closing the service, an Independent preacher came to contend with us, and this caused the people to rage, "till we were stoned, and pushed and driven away, we called for the aid of the Police, and he kindly accompanied us to our lodgings.

Afterwards some applications were sent to us, desiring us for to preach in the same place, the following night, which we promised.

21st We spent the day in the town, and in the evening again preached; but the mob were worse, and the Police was not present to protect us; they followed us though the town, 'till we went to the country; we went to the fields after dark hour.

22nd We went to Haverfordwest.

23rd Spent the day there, and in the evening attended council.

24th Sunday. I went to "Coffirn Mountain" Branch, attended meetings there, and returned to Haverfordwest at night.

25th I remained at H. West all day, in the evening went to Sutton, attended a Saints meeting there. Returned to H. West after the meeting.

26th Remained there all day.

27th I spent the day there also, and in the evening attended a Saints meeting.

28th I went to Freystrop, and attended meeting there in the evening.

29th Went to Pembroke, and attended meeting in the open air in the evening.

30th I went from Pembroke to Tenby, and in the evening attended counsel there. I travelled this week 48 miles.

31st Sunday. Stayed at Tenby, and attended meetings there through the day.

September 1856

Sep 1st I spent the day at Tenby, and in the evening held a Saint meeting.

2nd Went to Lydstep, and in the evening attended a prayer meeting.

3rd Went to Manorbear, and preached there in the evening.

4th Went to Pembroke, and spent the evening there.

Sep. 5th Went to Haverfordwest.

6th I spent the day there and attended council in the evening.

7th I travelled this week 24 miles.

8th I went (Sunday) to Fishguard attended meetings there, and in the evening baptized, and confirmed, Catherine Jenkins.

9th Remained at Fishguard.

10th I spent the day there again.

11th I went home to Littlenewcastle.

12th I spent the day at home.

13th Remained with my mother's. This week travelled 23 miles.

14th Sunday. Went to meet Miles, returned to Littlenewcastle, and preached there at 12, many of my relations passed by, but only my uncle David John stayed. Went to Fishguard and preached before the Baptist Chapel at 4 P.M. and in the evening at Lower town Fishguard.

15th Remained in the town, and held a Saints meeting in the evening.

16th We went to Dinas, but it became too wet to preach out doors.

17th We went to H. West, in the evening, preached at "City Road," and held a Saint's meeting afterwards.

18th We spent the day in town, and preached at "Quay" Street in the evening.

19th We spent the day in town.

20th Remained in the same place. Travelled this week 44 miles.

21st Sunday. Spent the day there also, and attended three meetings.

22nd Went to "Sutton", and had a meeting in the evening there.

23rd I wrote all day in Elder Howell's of Sutton Branch, on the Branch Records.

24th Spent the day at H. West, attended the Saint's meeting at night.

25th Went to Freystrop, and held a Saints meeting in the evening.

26th Bro. Miles and I went to "Narberth", but could not preach out because of the rain.

27th Went to "Tenby", and in the evening, attended council there.

28th Sunday. Spent the day in "Tenby" and attended 3 meetings there.

29th I spent the day at Tenby, and in the evening, re-baptized Eliza Griffiths, Eliza Thein, Mary Williams, Sarah Richards and Anna Davies.

30th Went to Manorbear, and preached there in the evening.

October 1856

1st Oct. Went to Tenby, in the evening held a Saints meeting; and reconfirmed all of the above names, except E. Thein.

2nd Went to "Steparside", and attended meetings there in the evening.

3rd Oct Went to Haverfordwest.

4th Remained in the same town, and attended council in the evening. Travelled this week 34 miles.

5th Sunday. Went to Fishguard through Littlenewcastle, and preached at "Gwdig".

6th Spent the day at Fishguard.

7th Remained in the same place.

8th Spent the day again there, met my mother, being a fair day, and spent a few hours with her. Had a few cross words with my Uncle Charles John, about my father's will.

9th Went to my mother's.

10th Spent the day at home wih my Bro. Thomas.

11th Spent also this day with him.

12th Sunday. Went to Fishguard, preached out doors, and in the evening rebaptized Bro. John Jenkins.

13th Returned to my mother's.

14th Went to "Coffern Mountain" Branch, and attended prayer meeting at 7 P.M.

15th Went to H. West, and attended a meeting there in the evening.

16th Spent the day in H. West.

17th Remained there during the day.

18th Spent the day there again, and in the evening attended council.

19th Sunday. Went to Pembroke, attended a Saints meeting at 11 A.M. at 3 P.M. preached at Hamilton and at Pembroke at 6 P.M.

20th Spent the day there, met Miles and spent the evening together.

21st Went to Lydstep, and attended prayer meeting in the evening.

22nd Spent the day there, in the evening, re-baptized sister Dawkins and daughter.

23rd Went to Steparside, and attended meeting in the evening.

24th Went to Tenby, and held meeting in the evening there.

Oct. 25th Remained in Tenby, and attended council in the evening.

26th Sunday. Went to Lydstep, attended meeting there at 2 P.M. Returned to Tenby, and attended meeting there at 6 P.M.

27th Went to Pembroke, met Miles there in the afternoon I preached in the funeral of "John Hitchings" (child ) from Job 10 Ch. 2 I took a text.

28th Went to H.West with Miles.

29th Spent the day there, and attended meeting at 7 P.M.

30th Spent the day in the same place.

31st Remained there also all day.

November 1856

Nov. 1st Spent the day there attended council in the evening. I was appointed to take charge of Fishguard Branch.

2nd Sunday. Went to Fishguard, held meetings there, and in the evening baptized and confirmed William Evans aged about 20 years.

3rd Went to Steparside, held meeting there; met Elder Israel Evans, at "Narberth Road" Station.

4th We went to Tenby, and visited some in "Peneli" in the evening.

5th Spent the day in Tenby, and held meeting there in the evening.

6th Went to "Lydstep," and attended meeting there in the evening.

7th Went to Pembroke, and held meeting there in the evening.

8th Went to H. West and there met many of the Elders. Travelled this week 81 miles.

9th Sunday. We held Conference at H. West, Elders E.T.Benson, D. Daniels and I. Evans was present.

10th Spent the day there, the Elders returned, held meeting at 7 P.M.

11th Spent the day there in composing poetry against Swansea's "Sayree".

12th At the same place, engaged in the same, attended meeting at 7 P.M.

13th Went home to Litlenewcastle.

14th Spent the day at home.

15th Went to Fishguard and visited the Saints in the evening. Travelled this week 21 miles.

16th Sunday. I spent the day in Fishguard in the evening re- baptized and reconfirmed Elizabeth Williams, Eliza Davies, and Catherine Jenkins.

Nov. 17th Spent the day there, held a prayer meeting in the evening.

18th Went to L.N.Castle and spent the evening with mother and Bro.

19th I went to Pembroke through H.West, and visited the Saints.

20th Went to Milford, and had a Saints meeting there in the evening.

21st Went to H. West, and spent the evening there.

22nd Spent the day there, and attended council in the evening. Travelled this week 48 miles.

23rd Sunday. Went to Milford, held a Saints meeting there, and preached at "Priory".

24th Went to H. West and attended a prayer meeting at 7 P.M.

25th Spent the day there composing poetry.

26th Went to Fishguard.

27th Spent the day there.

28th Went home to L.N.Castle.

29th Remained in the same place. Travelled this week 44 miles.

30th Sunday. Went through much snow to Fishguard, spent the day there.

December 1856

Dec 1st Went from Fishguard to L.N.Castle, and from there to Punchaston fair in the afternoon.

2nd Went to H.West from L.N.Castle.

3rd Went to Pembroke and visited many of the Saints.

4th Went to "Lydstep" and attended meetings there in the evening.

5th I spent the day there.

6th Went to Tenby. Travelled this week 54 miles.

7th Sunday. Spent the day in "Tenby" received the "Udjohn", which published my appointments to preside the Flintshire Conference.

8th Spent the day at Tenby, in the evening baptized and confirmed Harriet Clarke, aged 19 years.

9th Went to Pembroke, through much rain.

10th Went from there to H.West, attended meeting at 7 P.M.

11th Went to L.N.Castle through "Cross Inn" by rail.

12th Went to Fishguard, and preached there to a large assembly.

13th Went to Littlenewcastle, wished good by to Mother and Bro. Went from there to H.West. Travelled this week 62 miles.

14th Sunday. Spent the day at H.West. We opened a new Hall there, Bro. B. Ashby was present.

15th Went to Sutton, held a meeting there in the evening.

16th Ashby and I went to Milford, and held a meeting there.

17th Went to Pembroke, and held a meeting there in the evening.

18th Went to Tenby and held a meeting there in the evening.

19th Went to "Steparside" and held a meeting there.

20th I returned to Tenby and attended council there at 7 P.M. This week I travelled 46 miles.

Dec. 21st Sunday. Attended 2 meetings at "Tenby" and 1 at "Lydstep".

22nd Went to H.West.

23rd Spent the day at H.West, met my mother, attended meeting at 7 P.M.

24th Went to Swansea, met Elders Daniels, Miller, Taylor, and many others. J.C. Jones, &c.

25th At the "Sayree" Eistedfod, received 3 prices [prizes] for poetry.

26th Spent the day at Swansea.

27th Went to Merthyr. Travelled this week 110 miles.

28th Sunday. Spent the day in Merthyr Conference, I preached at 6 P.M.

29th Spent the day in Merthyr, attended a concert in the evening.

30th Went with the mail to "Abergyfeny" and from there to "Hereford" remained there over night.

31 Dec Went to Cefn Mawr North Wales, to the Flintshire Conference and lodged with Elder John Roberts.

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For the poetry that I composed during this year, see Zion's Trumpet. "Udgorn Seion" for the same year.

During the year I baptized about 30, and travelled about 2,600 miles. Lost the friendship of nearly all my former acquaintances and made hundreds of new friends in the Church.

January 1857

January 1st /57. I spent the day at "Cefn Mawr" engaged in writing mostly during the day, attended meeting in the evening.

2nd I spent the day there, felt somewhat grieved after the South Saints.

3rd Met Elder Thos. Rees the late Conf. Pres. went with him to Rhosllanerchrugog, and visited the Saints there.

4th Sunday. Went to "Brymbo", attended two meetings there.

5th Went to "Mold," attended meeting with the Saints in the evening.

6th Went to "Flint"attended meeting there 7 P.M.

7th Went to "Bagillt" and "Trefor" and visited the Saints there.

8th Spent the day in "Trefor" engaged in writing during the day.

9th Went to "Holy Well" and from there to Flint, spent the evening there.

10th Went to "Chester" and "Wrexham" and from there to Rhosllanerchrugog, had a long conversation with a Baptist Minister.

11th Sunday. I spent the day in attending meetings at "Rhos" and "Cefn Mawr" Branches.

12th Went from "Rhos" to "Cefn" attended prayer meeting in the evening.

13th Went to "Rhos" and held a Saint's meeting at 7 P.M.

14th Went to "Brymbo" attended meeting there in the evening.

15th Spent the day in writing there.

16th Parted with Elder Thos. Rees, he left for Carmarthenshire South Wales, and I for "Mold" Branch, I composed the following verse to him in Welsh, on his parting.

[11 verses of Welsh Poetry]

17th I spent the day in "Mold".

18th Sunday. Went to "Flint," held a council at 2 P.M. and meeting at 6, went to Trefor in the evening.

19th Went to Holy Well, returned to Trefor, met Pastor J.E. Jones.

20th Went to Abergele, Denbighshire.

21st Went to Denbigh, attended meeting there in the evening.

22nd Went to Rhuthm.

23rd Went to "Mold", over a high mountain.

24th Went to "Brymbo."

25th Sunday. Spent the day at Brymbo, held a council in the morning and meetings at 2 and 6 P.M.

26th Went to "Rhos," preached there at 6 P.M. Composed the following poetry in Welsh as a conversation between J.E. Jones and I, on the Saints Emigrating &c. &c.

[19 verses of Welsh Poetry] [Welsh verses continued]

27th Went to "Cefn Mawr" and held meeting there in the evening.

28th Went to Brymbo, and held a Saints meeting there in the evening.

29th Went to 'Mold" through the Mynyo, ordained 2 to the Priesthood, at "Mold," and administered to the sick.

30th Went to Trefor and spent the evening among the Saints.

31st Pastor Jones left me, and went to Denbighshire, and I remained at Trefor.

February 1857

Feb 1st Sunday. Went and attended meeting at Bagillt in the afternoon, and preached in Trefor at 6 P.M.

2nd Went to "Mold," travelled through a deep snow.

3rd Went to Brymbo, at 7 P.M. attended prayer meeting there.

4th Spent the day at Brymbo, in reading and writing.

5th This day went to Rhos.

6th Spent the day there in reading and writing.

7th Went to Cefn Mawr, and spent the evening among the Saints.

8th Sunday. Spent the day in "Cefn" Branch, attended 2 meetings, and enjoyed the good spirit abundantly.

9th Spent the day there, attended prayer meeting at 7 P.M.

10th Went to "Rhos" Branch.

11th Went to Brymbo Branch.

Feb 12th Spent the day in writing there held prayer meeting at 7 P.M.

13th Spent the day in the same place attended meeting at the (Mynyo) at 7 P.M.

14th Went to Flint in company with Elder David Lewis.

15th Sunday. Held a council at Flint at 10 A.M. and meetings at Bagillt at 2 and 6 P.M.

16th Went to visit Elder Edward Williams Cacau [?] Denbigh Conf. Returned to Trefor.

17th Went to Bagillt, spent 6 1/2 hours, with John Owen Bapt. Minister, and conversed during the time on the Gospel principles.

18th Went from "Trefor" to "Mold," and preached there at 7 P.M.

19th Went to Brymbo, held a meeting there at 7.

20th Engaged in Brymbo in writing all day.

21st Spent the day there, went to Wrexham in the evening.

22nd Sunday. Spent the day at Brymbo, attended two meetings.

23rd Went to Wrexham, and returned again.

24th Went to "Rhos" Branch.

25th Spent the day there, attended meetings in the evening.

26th Went to "Cefn Mawr" attended meeting at 7 P.M.

27th Spent the day there, and composed the following poetry in Welsh, that is printed in (Udgorn Seion) on a dream that was given me January 27th 1856.

[20 verses of Welsh poetry]

Feb 28th Went from "Cefn" to Wrexham, and returned.

March 1857

March 1st Sunday. In the morning distributed tracks to the world, attended meetings at "Cefn", at 2 and 6 P.M.

2nd Spent the day there, in the evening attended prayer meeting; during the day, composed the following poetry in Welsh, on the subject "Come to Zion" (Lilin Lon)

[3 verses of Welsh poetry]

[4 - 17 verses of Welsh poetry]

[18 - 20 verses of Welsh poetry]

March 3rd Went to "Rhos" Branch.

4th Spent the day there, held a meeting at 7 P.M.

5th Went to "Brymbo" and attended meeting there.

6th Went to "Mold" Branch.

7th Went to "Trefor", through "Flint," and "Bagillt".

8th Sunday. Attended Conference in Abergele (Denbigh Conf.)

9th Pastor John E. Jones and I went to "Mold" through "Flint".

10th Went to "Rhos" visited the Saints, and from there to "Cefn"

11th Pastor Jones, left for Swansea, South Wales, to be re- baptized being the "reformation" time, at 7 P.M. I attended meeting at "Rhos".

12th Went to "Cefn", held meeting there in the evening.

13th Went to "Rhos" and spent the evening among the Saints.

14th Went to "Brymbo" Branch.

15th Sunday. Spent the day there, attended 2 meetings and distributed tracks in the morning.

16th Went to "Mold" Branch.

17th Went to "Trefor", and visited the Saints at "Bagillt" and "Flint".

18th Spent the day in writing, and reading at "Trefor".

19th Went to "Mold" Branch.

20th Went to "Rhos" Branch, visited the Saints at "Brymbo".

21st Spent the day in (St. Isaf. Rhos) making the quarterly afes of the Flintshire Conference.

22nd Sunday. Held our conference in "St. Isaf Rhos", had our hall crowded all day. [There is no page 55 in original journal]

23rd Went to Liverpool, met there many Elders and Saints, that were going to emmigrate[sic]. Spent the evening with Elder Israel Evans, Benjamin Ashby, and J.E.Jones.

24th Spent the day there, in the evening attended a Priesthood meeting, Elder E.T.Benson, was present, and talked on the reformation.

25th Spent the day there, a meeting was held in the evening, the Hall was crowded with Emigrants, and others, we had a good time, and all seemed to be edified.

26th The Emigrants, went on board of the ship "George Washington" I slept in it over night.

27th The ship sailed to the river, in the afternoon we left them.

28th At 5 A.M. the ship sailed bound for "Boston", having on board 817 souls. I returned by steamer to "Trefor" Wales.

29th Sunday. Spent the day in Trefor and "Bagillt," attended 2 meetings, administered to Sister Williams who was sick.

30th Went to "Mold" visited the Saints in "Flint".

31st Went to "Brymbo" attended prayer meeting at 7 P.M.

April 1857

April 1st Went to "Rhos" attended meeting there at 7 P.M.

2nd Went and held meeting at Brymbo.

3rd Went to "Rhos" Branch.

4th Returned to Brymbo.

5th Sunday. Attended 2 meetings at Brymbo during the day.

6th Engaged in writing there all day.

7th Went to "Rhos" Branch.

8th Spent the day there, held meeting in the evening.

9th Went and held meeting at "Cefn".

10th Went to Brymbo, in the evening re-baptized and re-confirmed Thos. Jones, Dl. Lewis John Humphreys, and Mary Roberts.

11th Went to "Rhos", and re-baptized and re-confirmed, Samuel Parry, Amos Clark, Charles Jones, David Thomas and John Morris.

12th Sunday. Attended 2 meetings at "Cefn Mawr" Branch".

13th Spent the day there, in the evening re-baptized and reconfirmed John Roberts, John Jones, Robert Williams, Joseph Dawson, Dd. Lewis, Yomg [?] Dawson, Sister Dawson Jun., Sister Rede, Roberts, Jones, and her three daughters, had the good spirit abundantly pourred [sic] upon us.

14th Went to "Rhos", re-baptized and reconfirmed, Thos. Phillips, Edward Vaughan, two sisters James and Parry.

15th Went to "Rhos" Branch.

16th Went and held meeting at Brymbo.

17th Went to "Mold" Branch.

18th Went to Trefor, visited the Saints at "Flint".

19th Went to Bagillt, held a council at 10 A.M. meeting at 2 P.M. in the evening went to Trefor and by the sea side, re-baptized and re-confirmed, Edwin Price, David Jones, Thos. Conway, Thos. Green Senior.

20th Went to "Caeau" found Sister Margaret Williams sick with a severe fever, administered to her, her pains were eased, but died days after. A few minutes before she expired she testified that the veil was rent, and that she saw clearly the spirit world, she shouted "Hosanah to God", and "Hurrah" to Mormonism" shook hands with all in the house and died, while yet in the vision.

21st Went and held meeting at "Brymbo".

22nd Went to "Mold" on the 21st and Brymbo this day.

23rd Visited the Saints of the Brymbo, Mountain.

24th Went to "Rhuthun" and met my Pastor.

26th Sunday. Went to "Rhos" held council in the morning and 2 meetings after.

27th Went through Wrexham to Brymbo, and held meeting there.

28th Went to Mold, and I re-baptized Joseph Lloyd, George Gettings, and James Borelton, they were also reconfirmed.

29th At "Mold" Branch.

30th April. Went to "Holy Well", bathed in it, Jones went in naked, the man that kept it was a Catholic, he saw Jones naked and went mad because he was "polluting the Holy Water without his garments", &c, &c. He threatened the law, but we gave him a glass to drink, and it brought him to good feelings and smiles. Jones went to Newmarket, and I to "Trefor". [In right hand margin:] I re-baptized John E. Jones.

May 1857

May 1st Went so far as "Flint" with tracts, but sold none.

2nd Went again to "Caeau" and the other Sister "Williams" was sick administered to her, but she died a few days after.

3rd Sunday. Attended meetings at Bagillt and Trefor, Elder Edwin Price rebaptized his own family in the evening.

4th Went to "Mold" attended meeting there at 7 P.M.

5th Went to Brymbo, at 7 P.M. preached at Moss, in the open air, good attention was given with a large assembly.

6th Went and held meeting at "Rhos."

7th Went and held meeting at "Cefn Mawr".

8th Went to "Rhos", at 7 P.M. preached in the open air to a large congregation.

9th Went to "Cefn" and spent the day in writing.

10th Sunday. Spent the day in "Cefn" attended two meetings there.

Composed the following verses on the reformation.

1.
The reformation came with might
From Zion's hill with Holy light
And all the meek rejoice
They always feast on every word
That comes with power from the Lord
Through Prophet Young's voice.

2.
The reformation from above
Adored with Michael's pure love
Sprang from the fountain head
And all the hypocrites do fear
Before the lightning of his spear
Tis God's annointing shed

3.
The reformation strongly grows
And Zion's blessings overflows
Which makes the pure to sing
And if the word beset me round
Through faith the Gospel I will sound
And serve my Lord and King.

4.
All faithful Saints with one accord
With willing hearts obey'd the Lord
Throughout the British Isles
They bade farwel to worldly sleep
And resurrected from the deep
And our Redeemer smiles

May 11th Spent the day in Cefn, attended prayer meeting at 7 P.M.

12th Went to "Rhos", preached in the open air at 7 P.M.

13th Went to Brymbo, Charles Jones accompanied me, preached out doors in the evening to a large assembly, a Weslean Minister came and contended with me.

14th Went to Brymbo Mountain, spent the evening and night there, because the rain and storm caught us.

15th Went and visited the Saints at "Mold" Branch.

16th To day went to Trefor and visited Flint, Bagillt and Holywell, returned to Trefor in the evening.

17th Sunday. Attended two meetings at "Trefor" and "Bagillt" at 7 P.M. preached in the open air.

18th Went to the funeral of Sister "Williams Caeau", met many of the Elders from Newmarket.

19th Went to Brymbo, accompanied by Bros. Edwin Price, Charles Jones, and Robert Williams. Held meeting in the evening.

20th Went and held meeting at "Rhos".

21st Went and held meeting at "Cefn".

22nd Bros. Edwin Price and Robt. Williams, left me, on their mission to preach, for 3 or 4 months, throughout the Welsh Mountains, I returned to "Rhos".

23rd Spent the day there writing and reading the Book of Mormon.

24th Sunday. Went to Brymbo, attended meeting there at 2 P.M. preached at Summershire at 7 P.M. in the open air; had an hour of discussion with a Methodist.

25th Elder John Humphreys accompanied me to "Mold", we offered tracts to the people on the way. Preached at 7 P.M. out doors, one "John Williams" a Wesleyan preacher, contended with us for about an hour which caused much disturbance among the people.

26th Went and offered books in every house by the road 'till "Flint," could not preach, every square was occupied with shows. &c. &c. (being a fair). Spent the evening there.

27th We offered tracts in hundreds of houses, and preached at 7 P.M. to a very large assembly on "Elgin" Mountain, had a perfect order and stillness for the course of 2 hours.

28th Offered tracts in all the houses between "Holywell" and "Mold" some received them, but the majority would not, stayed over night at "Mold".

29th Humphreys went to Brymbo, and I to Rhuthun, spent the evening with Elder Thomas Roberts.

30th Spent the day there, met Elders James Taylor and J.E. Jones, they returned to "Denbigh" and I remained there.

31st Went to Denbigh accompanied with Roberts, held Conference there, preached out doors twice.

June 1857

June 1st Went in company of Elders J.E. Jones and James Taylor to Rhuthun, preached out in the evening.

2nd Went to "Mold" too wet to preach out.

3rd Spent the day there, preached to a large assembly at 7 P.M.

4th Went and preached at Brymbo, were disturbed by a Methodist.

5th Went to "Cefn Mawr" preached out at "Rhosymedre".

6th Went to "Rhos" spent the evening there.

7th Sunday. Held a Conference at "Rhos", had 3 meetings inside, and preached once in the open air. Went to Wrexham afterwards.

8th Bro. Taylor went to Manchester and we to Brymbo, it was too wet to preach out doors.

9th I went to "Trefor," bro. Jones to Abergele, we parted at the Holy Well station, too wet again to preach out doors.

10th Spent the day in writing there.

11th Went to Mold and visited the saints at Flint.

12th Spent the day in writing and reading at Mold.

13th Went to "Rhos" Branch.

14th At 10 A.M. (Sunday) preached out at "Pentre", held a Saints meeting at "Rhos", at 2 P.M. and at 7:30 P.M. preached out doors at "Cefn Mawr".

15th Went to Brymbo Branch.

16th Went to "Mold", met Bros. Edwin Price, and Robt. Williams, felt [?] well on their mission.

17th At "Mold" all day, reading the Book of "Mormon".

18th Went to "Rhos" through "Brymbo" visited the saints in both Branches.

19th Went to "Cefn Mawr" preached out doors at 7:30 P.M.

20th Went to Brymbo.

21st Sunday. At 10 A.M. preached at "Pentre", at 2 P.M. held a Saints meeting, at 5 preached at "Freeth" and at "Green Brymbo" 7:30 P.M.

22nd Visited the Saints at "Brymbo" Mountain.

23rd Went to the house of Bro. David Lewis "Fron" preached there at 7 P.M. to a small assembly, returned to "Cefn".

24th Met Elder "Edward Burgoyne" from Merthyr, looking, for work, had some at "Cefn" in the evening preached to a large assembly at "Pentre", returned to "Cefn Mawr".

25th Went to Brymbo Branch.

26th Elder John Humphreys accompanied me to Mold, preached to a large assembly at 7 P.M.

27th Went to Flint Branch.

28th Sunday. Went to Bagillt, administered the sacrament at 11 A.M., and preached out doors at 1 at 5 and at 7:30 P.M.

29th Went to "Trefor".

30th Went to "Abergele" for some tracts, and visited the Saints there.

July 1857

July 1st Spent the day there in writing held a Saints meeting at 7 P.M.

2nd Went to "Trefor".

3rd Went to Mold Branch.

4th I spent the day there, Humphreys, returned to Brymbo.

5th Sunday. Held a Saints meeting at 11 A.M. preached out doors twice, had an hour's contention with one "Perkinson" a Wesleyan preacher. Ordained two Priests, Gittings, and Boulton; returned to Brymbo.

July 6th Went to "Cefn Mawr" met Robert Williams, gave him more Books, to go among the world.

7th I spent the day there in writing.

8th Went to "Rhos", preached out doors in the evening.

9th Returned to "Cefn", held a Saints meeting in the evening.

10th Went to Brymbo, received Books and tracts from the Office.

11th Returned to "Cefn", through Wrexham.

12th Sunday. At 2 P.M. held a Saint meeting there, and preached out doors at 5 and 7:30 P.M. to large assembles [sic].

13th Went to "Rhos", held a Saint meeting there at 7 P.M.

14th Went to Brymbo.

15th Travelled to Mold.

16th Spent the day there in writing, &c.

17th Spent the day there composing poetry after my father, and wrote the following verses in Welsh, which were printed in "Udgorn Seion", as an address, to Elder Thos. Lewis, Morris Town, Swansea, after his children, It was printed of course with little alteration.

[5 verses of Welsh poetry]

[12 verses of Welsh poetry]

Again the same day I wrote the following on the Martyrdom of Elder Parley P. Pratt, who was killed in America May 12, 1857.

[6 verses of Welsh poetry]

Printed in "Udgorn Seion"

July 18th Went to Rhuthun, stayed with Elder Thomas Roberts.

19 Jul Sunday. Roberts accompanied me from Rhuthun to "Denbigh" held a Saints meeting at 2 P.M. and preached in the Market Square at 5 P.M. Returned to Rhuthun.

20th Spent the day there.

21st Went to Mold.

22nd Went to "Trefor", visited the Saints at "Bagillt" and "Flint".

23rd Visited Elder Edward Williams "Caean", who was in a fever; administered to him. Returned to "Mold".

24th Went to Brymbo, met Sister Jane Roberts there, went to Wrexham, and returned after.

25th Spent the day at "Brymbo".

26th Sunday. At "Brymbo" administered the sacrament at 2 P.M. preached out in the evening, went to Wrexham, and returned.

27th Went to "Rhos" and had a public discussion with a baptist. great assembly present.

28th Spent the day there, and preached in the evening in the same spot as the previous evening.

29th Went to "Cefn Mawr" and listened to a lecture on the "Maine Law" [?] with one from "Manchester" .

30th Met Elder Edwin Price, he accompanied me to "Mold", there we met Pastor John E. Jones.

August 1857

Augt. 1st Went to "Rhos" Branch.

2nd Sunday. At "Rhos", administered the sacrament at 2 P.M. and preached out doors at 5 and 7:30 P.M.

3rd Bro. Price accompanied me to "Mold" J.E. Jones, remained at "Rhos".

4th At "Mold" all day.

5th Went to Brymbo, Price with me, he left for "Rhos".

6th Went and visited the Saints at Brymbo Mountain.

7th Travelled though much rain to "Mold".

8th Went to "Trefor", and visited the Saints at "Bagillt" and "Flint".

9th Sunday. Went to Newmarket, met Pastor Jones, had good time in the meetings during the day.

10th Jones and I visited, and administered, to Bro. Williams "Caeau" who was sick and went to "Abergele" in the evening.

11th Elder David Lewis, and I went among the world with tracts, called in every house, that we could see, and offered them to every person we met; went to "Bettws" tracted the village through; lodged there.

12th Engaged alike all day. Tracted "Llanelian" and "Llanfardolhaiarn" [Llanfair Talhaiarn] through, and lodged in the last place.

13th Travelled all day through Denbighshire over Mountains and through Valleys. The majority of the people were methodist, they were bittered against me, and my principles. Suffered the want to food, 'till I was nearly weak to talk to the people, nor to walk. Went to "Eglwysfach" met some Saints, and had some food. Lodged there over night.

14th We spent this day the same, and proved the people in the same condition, darkness covered their mind, the vail was over their eyes, and so great was the darkness, that they called it light, and the light darkness. Went and lodged in "Llanrwst".

15th We spent this day the same till we arrived at Cerrigydrudion, lodged there; nearly swarmed in innumerable company of flies.

16th Sunday. Preached there at 2 P.M. had a large assembly, went to "Llangwm", preached by the Parish Church at 7 P.M. Lodged there.

17th We tracted all the country round about "Pentreboilas" [Pentrefoelas], and "Ysbytty" [Ysbyty Ifan] and lodged in the last place.

18th We travelled all the country 'till "Bala", suffered the want of food, beged some in the houses, and last prospered, after being 30 hours without none. Lodged there.

19th Had a letter from my Pastor, calling me to return to the Conference to meet himself and Elder Daniel Daniels; I left at 12 A.M. and reached the "Cefn" Branch by night, the distance of 30 miles. Daniel Lewis, left for South Wales.

20th I went to "Rhos", met Elder J.E. Jones, in the evening Elder Daniel Daniels arrived, held a meeting in the evening.

21st We went to Mold, and visited the Saints at "Rhos", and "Brymbo".

22nd Went to "Rhuthun", I remained there over night, the brethren went to "Denbigh".

23rd Sunday. Went to "Rhuthun", administered the sacrament in the afternoon, and preached out at 6 P.M. had a large congregation.

Aug 24th Went to Mold spent the evening there.

25th Went to Brymbo.

26th I went to "Rhos", held a meeting there. I confirmed Edward Vaughan.

27th Went and held a meeting at the "Cefn".

28th Went to "Rhos", spent the day in writing.

29th I went to "Cefn Mawr".

30th Sunday. At Cefn held meetings at 2 and 6 P.M. administered to Sister "Rede" who was sick.

31st Went to "Cefn Bychan", worked at my trade all day.

September 1857

Sept. 1st In the same place; in the evening re-baptized Davis Price.

2nd In the same place; Sister Rede died.

3rd At "Cefn" at work, held a meeting in the evening; reconfirmed Bro. David Price.

4th Went to "Rhos" spent the evening, there.

5th Went to Brymbo.

6th Sunday. At Brymbo, held a meeting at 2 P.M., preached out at 5.

7th Went to "Rhos" worked in the afternoon held a meeting in the evening.

8th At "Street Isaf" at work, rebaptized John Williams, Elder J. E. Jones arrived.

9th At work all day, held a meeting in the evening.

10th At work, in the evening went to "Rhos" and held a meeting there.

11th At "Street Isaf" working.

12th Went to Holywell, accompanied by Elders J. E. Jones and Edwin Price, Jones and I lodged there.

13th Sunday. Went to "Caeau" administered to Priest, Robert Williams who was sick. Held two meetings in "Bagillt", returned to " Trefor".

14th Went to Flint, in the evening, re-baptized and re- confirmed, Roger Conway, by the sea side.

15th Went to "Mold", held a meeting there in the evening.

16th Spent the day there.

17th Went to Brymbo, spent the evening there.

18th Went to Rhos. At work.

19th At work at "Rhos".

20th Sunday. Spent the day in "Cefn" Branch, held meetings as usual.

21st At "Rhos" working all day.

Sep. 22. At Rhos. At work held a meeting in the evening.

23rd At work there, in the evening held a meeting in the "Cefn".

24th Spent the day there among the Saints.

25th Went to "Rhos". Working.

26th At Rhos.

27th Sunday. Spent the say at Brymbo Branch, and held meetings as usual.

28th Visited the Saints during the day.

29th At work, at Brymbo.

30th At work in the same place.

October 1857

Oct 1st Went to Mold, spent the evening among the Saints.

2nd Spent the day there.

3rd Went to Trefor through Bagillt and "Flint".

4th Sunday. Spent the day in Bagillt Branch returned to Trefor.

5th Went to "Mold" spent the evening with the Saints.

6th Went to Brymbo, held a meeting there at 7 P.M.

7th Went to "Rhos" held a meeting there.

8th Went to "Cefn" held a meeting there.

Oct 9th Spent the day in visiting the Saints of that Branch.

10th Went to "Rhos".

11th Sunday. Spent the day at "Rhos" Branch, held meetings as usual.

12th At work there.

13th At work again.

14th At work there held a meeting in the evening.

15th Went to Brymbo, held a meeting there at 7 P.M.

16th Went to Flint visited the Saints during the evening.

18th Sunday. Spent the day in Bagillt Branch, held our usual meetings.

19th Went from "Trefor" to "Mold".

20th Went to Brymbo, held meeting at 7 P.M.

21st Went to "Rhos" held a meeting there in the evening.

22nd Went to Cefn, held a meeting at 7 P.M.

23rd Spent the day there.

24th Went to "Rhos" and spent the evening among the Saints.

25th Sunday. Held 3 meetings at "Rhos" Branch.

Oct 26. Went to the "Cefn" laid a few hours on bed, being unwell, returned to "Rhos".

27th At work in the house of Robert Lewis, near "Rhos".

28th Went to Cefn, Wrexham, and Brymbo, visited the Saints, &c.

29th At Brymbo, at my work.

30th Went to Mold Branch.

31st Spent the morning in writing went in the afternoon to Trefor through Holywell.

November 1857

Nov. 1st Sunday. Went to Abergele, held our conference there.

2nd Spent the day there in the company of Elders, J. E. Jones, and W.Ajax, visiting the Saints, &c.

3rd Spent the day there, being a wet day, composed poetry.

4th Went to "Dalargoch" to the house of Elder Thos. Williams.

5th Went to Trefor, through Newmarket, visited the Saints in that Branch.

6th Went to Brymbo, through Flint, Bagillt, and Brymbo.

Nov. 7. Went to "Rhos" through Wrexham, in the evening met many of the brethren.

8th Sunday. Held our Conference at "Rhos", had good meetings through the day.

9th Went to Cefn, spent the day in writing.

10th Spent the day there, held a meeting in the evening.

11th Went to "Rhos" held a meeting there.

12th At my work all day.

13th At work.

14th At work.

15th Sunday. Went to Brymbo, held the usual meetings there.

16th Spent the day there.

17th Went to Cefn, held a meeting there at 7 P.M.

18th Went to the house of Bro. David Lewis Frine, near Cefn Mawr, at work all day.

19th At work there.

20th At work there.

21st At work there.

22nd Sunday. Held the usual meetings at Cefn Branch.

Nov. 23rd Went to the house of Bro. David Lewis, at my work all day.

24th At work, held a meeting in the Cefn in the evening.

25th At work in the same place.

26th Spent the day in Cefn.

27th Went to "Rhos" spent the day among the Saints.

28th Went to Brymbo.

29th Sunday. At Brymbo, held the usual meetings.

30th Went to Brymbo Mountain. At work in the house of Elder John Jones.

December 1857

Dec. 1st At work there, held a meeting in Brymbo.

2nd At work in the same place.

3rd At work all day.

4th At work again there.

5th Went to Trefor, lodged in the house of Sister Williams.

6th Sunday. At Bagillt, held the usual meetings.

7th Went to Flint, worked in the house of Bro Thos. Conway.

8th Went to Mold Branch.

9th Went to Brymbo, held a meeting there at 7 P.M.

10th At work in the house of Bro. William Roberts.

11th At work there.

12th At work again, in the evening went to "Rhos".

13th Sunday. At Rhos, holding our usual meetings.

14th At Rhos working.

15th At work there, attended meeting in the Cefn Branch at 7 P.M.

16th Working at "Rhos" held a meeting in the evening.

17th At work there.

18th At work -

19th At work Pastor Jones arrived, I received my appointment to be the second councilor to Elder Benjamin Evans, in the Welsh Mission.

20th Sunday. At Cefn in the afternoon and Rhos in the evening.

21st Jones and I went to Brymbo, through Wrexham.

22nd Went to Bagillt Branch.

23rd Went to "Dalargoch" to the house of Bro. Thos. Williams, saw Elder Wm. Ajax.

24th Spent the day there.

25th Went to Abergele, through Newmarket.

26th Went to "Llandudno" Carnarvonshire.

27th Sunday. Held a meeting there at 2 P.M. travelled ten miles to "Eglwysfach", held meeting there at 6 P.M.

28th At Eglwysfach, Elder Thos. R Jones, married to Sister Ellen Williams, we enjoyed ourselves in the party.

29th I parted with Bro. Jones and the rest, and returned by rail to Brymbo, through Chester and Wrexham.

30. Went to "Rhos".

31. Engaged there in working and writing.

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During this year I baptized 43 souls, and travelled about 3,000 miles.

At the end of this year I was released from the Presidency of the Flintshire Conference in North Wales, and appointed as 2nd Counselor to Elder Benjamin Evans, President of the Welsh Mission, there were 12 conferences in the Mission at the time including [blank]

January 1858

Jan. 1st At Rhos at my work.

2nd Spent the day there.

3rd Sunday. At Rhos, held a council in the morning, and meetings at 2 and 6 P.M.

4th Left Ruabon Station at 9 A.M. and reached Swansea at 8 P.M. met Elder John Davies at the Station, this day I left the North, for to labour throughout the whole mission (Welsh).

5th Spent the day in Swansea, saw Elder Daniel Daniels, and many of the Elders.

6th Bro. John Davies and I went to Morristown, visited the Saints, held a meeting there in the evening.

7th Spent the day in Swansea, Elder Benjamin Evans, and family, arrived from Monmouthshire for to live in Swansea. Spent time with Elders Enoch Rees, Richards Evans, Dl. Daniels &c., they parted for Liverpool on their way to the Mountains.

8th Went to Haverfordwest Pembrokeshire, met Miles, and many of the Elders and Saints.

9th I spent the day in visiting the Saints saw many of my old friends.

10th Sunday. Went and held meeting at "Sutton" at 2 P.M. returned to H. West preached there at 6 P.M. Had a very joyous time all day.

11th Left H. West, for my mother's house, met her and my brother, the both cried, with joy to see me, we had not seen each other for 13 months previous, my brother being still ill.

12th Spent the day with them.

13th Went to Fishguard, spent the evening among my old friends, and Saints.

14th Spent the day there, my Bro. arrived, talked much with him and others conserning [sic] the Gospel, he returned home, and I stayed.

15th Went home, spent the day in talking with Mother and Bro. Thomas.

16th Spent the day there.

17th Sunday. Went to Fishguard, held meetings at 2 and 6 P.M.

18th Went and spent the day at my mother's.

19th Spent the day there.

20th I also spent this day with them.

21st Left home, and went to H. West, went from there to Sutton in the evening, held a meeting there, and returned again to Haverfordwest.

22nd Spent the day in writing.

23rd Engaged at the same work.

24th Sunday. Spent the day there, held a council at 10 A.M., and meetings at 2, and 6 P.M.

25th Spent the day in writing and reading.

26th Went and visited the Saints in the Pembroke Branch, rejoiced exceedingly in seeing my old friends.

27th Went to Tenby, through Lydstep, and visited all the Saints, found some deader [sic] than they used to be.

28th Went to Steparside Branch, found many in the same spirit.

29th Went to Haverfordwest through Narberth, met and conversed with Bro. "Ulet" in Narberth Road Station.

30th Spent the day in H. West, met my mother, Bro. Edward Burgoyne arrived from Merthyr, to preside the Pembrokeshire Conference.

31st Spent the day there, held two meetings, and had a profitable time all day.

February 1858

Feb 1st Spent the day there, gave up the Books &c. of the Conference to Burgoyne, spent the day in writing and instructing.

2nd Engaged in the same work, went and held meeting at Sutton at 7 P.M. returned to H. West.

3rd Wrote an article to (Zion's Trumpet) on "love and the [sic] its true object," in Welsh. Went to Pembroke, through Neyland and "Pattirn"[sic], visited the Saints during the evening.

4th Went to Lydstep Branch, spent the evening among the Saints.

5th Went to Tenby, spent the evening in visiting the Saints.

6th Spent the day there mostly in writing.

7th Went to Steparside and introduced Bro. Burgoyne to the Saints, held 3 meetings.

8th Monday. Went to Haverfordwest, received a letter from Pres. Evans, who wanted me to return to Swansea, composed the following poetry in Welsh, on the "Signs of the Times", which was inserted in the Trumpet (Udgorn).

[8 verses of poetry]

[7 verses of poetry]

9th Spent the day in H. West, engaged in writing.

10th Left for Swansea, arrived there in the evening; attended meetings, few of the missionaries were present.

11th Spent the day in Swansea, this day the missionaries left for Liverpool, (not on the 7th ult.)

12th Spent the day in writing in Swansea.

13th Went to "Cyfyng" Branch, lodged in the house of Elder Thos. Evans, Elder Thomas Rees went to Carmarthenshire to see Elder Henry Harries, who was sick in the small pox, and was unable to return with the other missionaries.

14th Sunday. Held a council at 10 A.M. and meetings at 2 and 6 P.M.

15th Went to "Ystrad" Branch, held a meeting in the evening.

16th Returned to Cyfyng, I baptized and confirmed Ann Jones and Gwenllian Davies.

17th Went to "Alltwen" Branch, found Elder John Davies on his bed, having had broken his leg, in a coal pit.

18th Went to "Skewen" or Neath Branch, held a meeting there at 7 P.M.

19th Went to Morriston Branch, and held a meeting there.

20th Went and spent the day in Swansea.

21st Sunday. Held a Council there at 10 A.M. and meetings at 2 and 6 P.M.

22nd Spent the day in writing.

23rd Spent this day also in writing.

24th Elder Thomas Rees and I went to "Aberavan" [Aberavon], through "Cwmavon."

25th Went to Cwmavon, in the evening held a meeting there.

26th Went to Maesteg of "Llwyni", and lodged in the house of an apostate.

27th Went to "Saintbrides" [St. Brides] through Bridgend met cousin John John in the Police force there.

28th Sunday. Held a council at 10 A.M., administered the sacrament at 2 P.M. and returned to Swansea in the evening.

March 1858

Mrch 1st Spent the day there, in writing.

2nd Went to "Llanelli", held a meeting 7:30 P.M. had a joyous time.

3rd Elder David Davies and I went to Carmarthen, and held a meeting there.

4th Went and held a meeting in "Brechfa" Branch, in the house of Elder Evan Morgan, lodged there.

5th Went to "Pencader" held meeting there, Davies returned to Carmarthen.

6th Went to "Penywern" to Elder John Evans' house, lodged there.

7th Sunday. Travelled through much snow, to "Clwtyffwrn"[?], held a meeting there at 2 P.M..

8th Travelled 20 miles, through much snow,'till "Llanristyd"[Llanrhystud], lodged there in a public house; caught a severe cold, being ill all night.

9th Went to "Aberystwyth" Cardiganshire found out 2 families of Saints, was unwell all day.

10th Travelled through the snow 'till "Taliesyn" [Taliesin] lodged in the house of Bro. Edward Davies, being too ill to rest all night.

11th Travelled again through the snow 'till "Machynlleth", met Elder John Treharne, my health was worse.

12th Spent the day nearly in bed, Bro. Treharne kept me company.

13th Spent the day there being the same in health.

14th Sunday. Held two meetings, but being yet unwell.

15th Returned to "Aberystwyth" and was very weak in body, "Treharne" returned to Carnarvonshire [Caernarvonshire].

16th Spent the day there walked a little about the town.

17th Felt my health worse, placed a strengthening plaster on my side, laid in bed mostly during the day.

18th Remained there, felt myself recovering.

19th Left and travelled 30 miles to Clwt-y-ffwrn [?], and about 10 miles after. To left Clwtyffwrn about 6 P.M. for "Brechfa" but the night caught me, while on the top of a mountain, I travelled for miles, but could not see a man, nor house, I then prayed that I should be led to some house, and in a few minutes after, I found a large Farm House, went to the door, and asked the way to "Brechfa" the master said that I could not find it at dark hour, but offered me a lodging in his house, which I gladly accepted. I then told him whom I was and what my mission was to him and all others, I bore testimony of the Gospel to him, and he seemed much interested, he asked me to pray, which I did, and all the family bowed in prayer with me. All seemed greatly pleased that I had called there. The name of the house was "Trellwyllin".

20 Mar Left early in the morning, after having again prayed with the family. Called in the house of Elder Evan Morgan, Llawrbartt Bruhfa, and from there to Carmarthen.

21 Mar Sunday. Held a council at 10 A.M. Went with the rail to "Llanelli", held meetings there at 2 and 6 P.M.

22 Mar Elder Davis Davies and I went to "Waenylygen" held a meeting there at 7 P.M.

23 Mar Went and held a meeting at "Uangalch" Branch.

24 Mar Went and held a meeting at "Ponyberam".

25 Mar Returned to "Llanelli", held a meeting at "Glam-y-mor".

26 Mar Went to Swansea, met Elders Benjamin Evans and J.D. Ross.

27 Mar We went together to Merthyr, met Bro. Davies there,went all together to "Tredegar".

28 Mar Sunday. Went to "Nomtyglo" held a conference and had good instructions during the day.

29 Mar Spent the day among the Saints, held a concert at 7 P.M.

30 Mar Went to "Pinycae" in the company of Ross and Evans, spent the evening there.

31 Mar Went to "Victoria" Branch with W. Ajax, held meeting there at 7 P.M.

April 1858

1 Apr Went to "Tredegar" held a meeting there at the same time.

2 Apr Spent the day there being a very heavy snow.

3 Apr Went to Merthyr, met the same Elders, spent the evening together.

4 Apr Sunday. Held our conference in Merthyr, had a good time all day.

5 Apr Ross went to London; in the evening we held a concert in our Hall.

6 Apr Spent the day there, held a meeting (council) at 7 P.M.

7 Apr Bro. Dewi, Elfer, Jones, went to Trow-y-myw, and held a meeting there at 7 P.M.

8 Apr Went to "Dowlais" through a heavy rain, held a meeting there.

9 Apr Spent the day in Merthyr, Bro. Evans arrived from Swansea.

10 Apr Evans, Davies and I went to Cardiff, spent the evening there.

11 Apr Sunday. Held a conference there, in the afternoon saw Sister Ann Wride, in the evening saw her sister Mary, fancied her appearance greatly in the meeting. Sent (Accompanied) her home, walked with her two miles; and became afterwards my wife.

12 Apr Spent the day in Cardiff, visiting the Saints.

13 Apr Spent the morning there; went to "Whitchurch" Branch, held a meeting there, saw again Sister Mary. Bro. Henry Harries and E. D. Miles, was with me.

14 Apr Went to "Pintyrch" attended meeting there Miles was with me.

15 Apr Went to "Treforest", and held a meeting there.

16 Apr Spent the day there.

17 Apr Returned to Swansea, called at "Aberdare", stayed there 6 1\2 hours.

18 Apr Sunday. Held our conference there, had good time all day.

19 Apr At Swansea, held a council in the evening.

20 Apr Spent the day in writing.

21 Apr Went to "Llanelli", had a meeting at the "Sea side" Branch at 7 P.M.

22 Apr Spent the day in Llanelli, held a meeting in the evening.

23 Apr Spent the day in writing.

24 Apr Spent the day there, held a council in the evening.

25 Apr Sunday. Held a conference in Llanelli. Evans and Davies were present and H. Harries, he was appointed to preside the conference.

26 Apr At Llanelli, held a concert in the evening.

27 Apr Left for Haverfordwest, arrived there at 11 P.M.

28 Apr Spent the day there, held a meeting at 7 P.M.

29 Apr Spent the day there, went and held meeting at "Sutton" in the evening returned to Haverfordwest.

30 Apr Spent the day in writing.

MAY 1858

1 May Spent the day there, met my brother Thomas. Spent a few hours with him. He returned home. In the evening Elder B. Evans arrived from Swansea.

2 May Sunday. Held our conference there. Elder H. Harries was with us.

3 May Evans returned to Swansea. Harris and I remained.

4 May Harris left. I went home and met my mother and brother.

5 May Spent the day there.

6 May Spent the day there, being a fast day I had to defend "Mormonism" all day.

7 May Spent the day the same.

8 May Went to Haverfordwest, my brother sent me 1/2 mile, he was all this time ill.

9 May Sunday. Held a meeting at "Sutton" at 2 P.M. and at Haverfordwest at 6 P.M..

10 May Went again to my mother's house, my brother being very ill. They were very grateful to see me.

11 May Spent the day with them.

12 May Remained there till 4 P.M., my brother was no better. The pain in his back was severe. Arrived at Haverfordwest at 7 P.M.

13 May Went to "Steparside" Branch.

14 May Spent the day there. Held a meeting in the evening.

15 May Parted with Elder Edward Burgoyne. Went to Carmarthen and met Elder David Davies.

16 May Sunday. At 10 A.M. held a council in Carmarthen. At 2 P.M. held a meeting. Went by rail to Llanelli and preached there at 6 P.M..

17 May At Llanelli. Held a prayer meeting in the evening.

18 May Went to "Waenbaglan", held a meeting there at 7 P.M.. I lodged with a farmer called Fisher.

19 May Went to Llanelli and attended meeting at 7 P.M.

21 May Spent the day in writing there.

22 May Spent also this day there.

23 May Sunday. Brother Davies accompanied me to Pontynawgd (New Bridge) Branch. Attended council at 11 A.M.. Held a meeting in the home of Brother Thomas Morgan in the evening.

24 May Returned to Lanelli, was not well.

25 May Spent the day in writing on the Conference Records.

26 May Spent the day engaged in the same, held a meeting at the "Sea Side at 7 P.M.

27 May Engaged in writing, attended meeting in the town at 7:30 P.M.

28 May Spent the day in writing.

29 May Spent this the same, (on the Conference Records.)

30 May Sunday. Held two meetings at "Llanelli" Branch.

31 May Spent the day again in writing.

June 1858

1 Jun Spent the day there.

2 Jun Spent the day there, held a meeting at the "Sea Side" Branch at 7 P.M.

3 Jun Spent the day in writing held a meeting in the town in the evening.

4 Jun Went to Swansea, met Bro. B. Evans, spent the day with him.

5 Jun Spent the day there, Elder William Bridge arrived from Birmingham.

6 Jun Sunday. Held 3 meetings at Swansea, good many present, had a very profitable time.

7 Jun Spent the day there, in the evening attended council.

8 Jun Spent the day in writing.

9 Jun Left Swansea in the evening, after having spent the morning in the office arrived at Merthyr at 9 P.M. went to our Hall, Ross Bridge, Evans and Davis were present; Bridge and Evans left Swansea about 4 P.M. and I lost the train and had to follow, a few hours after them.

10 Jun Went together for Cardiff held a meeting there, parted with Ross and Bridge.

11 Jun Left Cardiff at 9 A.M. and travelled by rail to North Wales, arrived at "Rhosllanerchrugog" about 8 P.M. met Elder Edwin Price at the station.

12 Jun Spent the day in visiting the Saints there.

13 Jun Sunday. Held two meetings at Rhos went, to Wrexham in the evening.

14 Jun Engaged at "Rhos" in writing on the Conference Books. Went to "Cefn" in the evening.

15 Jun Went to "Rhos", Elder Thomas R. Jones, arrived from Caernarfonshire at 5 P.M., held a meeting there at 7;30 P.M.

16 Jun Went and held meeting at Brymbo, spent the day in visiting the Saints.

17 Jun Went to Mold, visited the few Saints that were there.

18 Jun Went to "Trefor", through "Flint" and Bagillt, visited many families of Saints during the day.

19 Jun Went to Newmarket, saw Elder Hugh Evans, from there went to "Meliden" lodged at the house of Elder Thomas Williams.

20 Jun Sunday. Held two meetings at Newmarket, had a good time together.

21 Jun Returned to "Meliden" to Bro. Williams' house.

22 Jun Went to "Rhyl" spent a few hours by the sea side, from there went to "Abergele", and held a meeting there at 7:30 P.M.

23 Jun Went to "Llandudno", Caernarfonshire, attended a meeting in the evening.

24 Jun Went to "Eylwysfach" spent the evening among the Saints.

25 Jun Spent the evening in fishing, caught a few dozen good fishes.

26 Jun Spent the day in writing.

27 Jun Sunday. Many of the Branches gathered together, held a council in the morning and attended meetings at 2:30 P.M. and at 6.

28 Jun Went to "Landudno" and from there to "Menai" Bridge with the Packet from there to Carnaroon and held a meeting there.

29 Jun Spent the morning in writing, walked about 27 miles to "Harlech" bathed in the sea; was very tired, my feet bled and were very sore.

30 Jun Travelled 23 miles to "Trwyn" Merinyd found and visited 3 Saints there.

July 1858

1 Jul Travelled about 20 miles to "Machynlleth" held a meeting there.

2 Jul Travelled 18 miles to "Aberystwyth" and saw a few Saints there.

3 Jul Elder Thomas R Jones, returned to the North and I travelled 30 miles to Clwtyffwrn" was there about 7 P.M. very tired.

4 Jul Sunday. At 10 A.M. held a council and meeting at 2 P.M. Went in the evening to "Pencader" about 10 miles distance.

5 Jul Walked to Carmarthen, met Elder H. Harris, spent a few hours with him. In the evening went by rail to Swansea.

6 Jul Spent the day there.

7 Jul Spent the day there attended meeting 7;30 P.M.

8 Jul Went to Haverfordwest and from there to my mother's house, my brother yet being very ill.

9 Jul Spent the day with my brother.

10 Jul Being St Peter's fair spent the day with my brother in the evening Elder B. Evans and wife arrived from Swansea. Spent the evening with him.

11 Jul Spent the day together there.

12 Jul Monday. Spent the day there.

13 Jul Also this day.

14 Jul Evans and wife left for Swansea, I remained at home.

15 Jul Spent the day with my brother he was continuing very ill.

16 Jul Spent also this day with him.

17 Jul At 6 A.M. left for H. West left my brother in bed sick. My mother accompanied me for short time.

18 Jul Sunday. Attended meeting at "Sutton" at 2 P.M. and H. West at 6.

19 Jul Spent the day in writing at H. West.

20 Jul Also this day.

21 Jul Spent the day there, held meeting in the evening.

23 Jul Went to "Tenby" visited the Saints there.

24 Jul Spent the day there in writing.

25 Jul Sunday. Went to Steparside, met Elder John Gibbs, held council at 10 A.M. and a meeting at 2 P.M. in the evening went to Narberth Road Station, accompanied with Bro. Gibbs, and Ulch, some of the Sisters sent us a few miles. Lodged in a public house at Narberth Road, Gibbs with me.

26 Jul Gibbs went to H. West and I to "Llanelli" held a prayer meeting at 7:30. Sister Annie Dee Swansea was there.

27 Jul Spent the day among the Saints.

28 Jul Also this day.

29 Jul Went to Swansea, met Elders B. Evans and John Davies.

30 Jul Spent the day in writing attended the "Theater".

August 1858

1 Aug Sunday. Went to "Cyfyng" at 10 A.M. held a council, at 2 and 6 P.M. attended meetings Elder Thomas Rees was with me.

2 Aug Spent the day in visiting the Saints, in the evening attended meeting in a place called "Little London".

3 Aug Visited "Ustradgynlas" and the Saints that lived there, went to "Cyfyny" and held a meeting there.

4 Aug Spent the day there being a very heavy rain all day.

5 Aug Went to "Morriston" at 7 P.M. attended meeting there, went afterwards to Swansea.

6 Aug Spent the day in writing there.

7 Aug Engaged all say in the Office.

8 Aug Sunday. At 10 A.M held a council in Swansea, and attended meetings at 2 and 6 P.M.

9 Aug Wrote an article in welch on "Confidence in the Priesthood", which appeared in the "Udjohn". Attended a Branch council in the evening.

10 Aug Spent the day in writing.

11 Aug Went to "Skewan" North Neath, held a meeting there.

12 Aug Went and held a meeting at "Caernarfon" Branch.

13 Aug Went to "Bryn Works", spent the evening there.

14 Aug Went to"Mercenfig" through Maesteg (Llwyni) saw cousin Margaret John and William Jenkins, and William Williams, formally from Black Mill.

15 Aug Sunday. Held a council at 10 A.M. and a meeting at 2 P.M. Went to "Pyle" afterwards.

16 Aug Went to Swansea, not well in health.

17 Aug Occupied the morning in writing, and the afternoon with Bro. Evans.

18 Aug Went to Llanelli, and Carmarthen, and from there to "Cerbine" Farm lodged there in the house of a sister to Elder Thomas Jeremy.

19 Aug Went to "Llawrbarth","Pencader", and "Clwtyffwrn", I was engaged these days in getting up the names of Individuals that had paid tithing, since it was first taught; with the amounts that each had paid.

20 Aug Returned to Carmarthen, and from there to Llanelli met Elders H. Harris and David Davis.

21 Aug Left for Swansea spent the evening with Bro. Evans and Rees, felt much pain in my left side.

22 Aug Sunday. Attended meetings at Swansea at 2 and 6 P.M.

23 Aug Spent the day with Evans, attended a council in the evening.

24 Aug Went to H. West and from there to my mother's, my brother being still ill.

25 Aug I spent the day there, felt myself sick all day.

26 Aug At home unwell.

27 Aug Spent it there, felt the same.

28 Aug Went to H. West mother accompanied me, felt my self very sick.

29 Aug Sunday. Spent the day there, but being too weak to preach, the Saints believed that I was in the decline.

30 Aug Spent the day mostly in bed, could not eat anything.

31 Aug Felt nearly the same.

September 1858

1 Sep Recovered in my strength in the evening attended meeting and was able to talk for a few minutes.

2 Sep Spent the day there, felt myself coming better and stronger, but could not eat much.

3 Sep Occupied the day in reading.

4 Sep Walked some out doors, for fresh air, began to at bread after being unable to eat it (bread) for 5 or 6 days.

5 Sep Felt better still (Sunday) went by rail to Swansea attended 2 meetings. Elder Morrison and wife from London were present.

6 Sep Spent the day with Elders Evans and Larrison, attended council in the evening.

7 Sep Spent the day with them.

8 Sep We left for Merthyr together held a meeting there in the evening.

9 Sep Spent the day there, in the house of Elder John Davis.

10 Sep Evans and Harrison went to Tredegar, Davis and I remained.

11 Sep Spent the day there.

12 Sep Sunday. Went to "Aberdare" held a meeting at 6 P.M. Davies was with me.

13 Sep Spent the day in visiting the Saints, Pres. Evans arrived from Cardiff, held a meeting at "Cwmbach"; Evans stayed with his brother at Aberdar.

14 Sep Went to Aberdar to meet Evans, he went home in the evening and I attended a council at "Aberaman".

15 Sep Spent the day visiting the Saints at 7:30 P.M. held a meeting at "Cap Cueh".

16 Sep Spent the day there, went and held a meeting at "Mountain Ash" in the evening.

17 Sep Brother Davis returned to Merthyr and I went to Treforest, and from there to Cardiff, met Bro. Miles there.

18 Sep Left Cardiff Station and went to North Wales, met Elder Edwin price at the Station spent the evening among the Saints.

19 Sep Sunday. Several Branches met at "Cefn Mawr" Elder Thomas R. Jones their Pastor was there, attended meetings during the day, and had a very profitable time.

20 Sep Went to Brymbo through Wrexham.

21 Sep Went to Rhuttun, found the Saints very dead in their feelings.

22 Sep Went to Denbigh.

23 Sep Went to Newmarket found Sister Evans ill, who died soon afterwards. Went to Meliden and lodged with Elder Thomas Williams.

24 Sep Went to Abergele.

25 Sep Visited the family of Parry "Park", and from there went to Eglwysfach.

26 Sep Sunday. Held a council there at 10 A.M. and meetings at 2 and 6 P.M.

27 Sep Went to "Llandudno" held a meeting there in the evening.

28 Sep Spent the day in visiting the Saints in the morning, in the afternoon returned to Eglwysfach..

29 Sep Spent the day there, made a trowsers to Bro. Jones, held a meeting at 7 P.M.

30 Sep Spent the day in writing there.

October 1858

1 Oct Went to "Mold" Flintshire.

2 Oct Went to "Rhos" waited 5 hours, in the Station for Bro. Evans, but did not arrive.

3 Oct Sunday. Held our Conference there, had good meetings all day.

4 Oct Spent the day in "Cefn Mawr".

5 Oct Went to Brymbo.

6 Oct Went to Mold.

7 Oct Went to "Trefor" through Flint, and Bagillt, visited the Saints.

8 Oct Went to Newmarket, and from there to "Meliden" and spent the evening with Bro. Williams.

9 Oct Went to "Abergele" through "Rhyl".

10 Oct Sunday. Held our Conference there, being a very wet day.

11 Oct In the morning visited the family of Parry "Park", in the evening went to "Llandudno" with mother Parry "Tan-y-Graig".

12 Oct Spent the day in writing there.

13 Oct Visited the Saints of that Branch, held a meeting at 7:00 P.M.

14 Oct Spent the day in writing.

15 Oct Went to "Eglwysfach" received many letters.

16 Oct Spent the day in writing and reading.

17 Oct Sunday. Held our Conference there, attended three meetings.

18 Oct Went in company of Elders Thomas R. Jones, to Abergele" young Sister Parry with us.

19 Oct Went to "Rhyl" parted with Jones, across the water about 86 miles to Liverpool, stayed 5 or 6 hours in the Office.

20 Oct Went by rail to Swansea South Wales, met Bro. Evans (Benjamin).

21 Oct Spent the day there in the company of Elders Evans and Rees.

22 Oct Spent the day in writing, Bro. Davies arrived from Merthyr.

23 Oct Evans, Davies, and I went to Haverfordwest, met Bros. Miles and Burgoyne.

24 Oct Sunday. Held our Conference there, attended three meetings, and had a good time all day.

25 Oct Went to "Pastor", went through the government Dock Yard. returned to H. West, held a Concert in the evening.

26 Oct Elders Evans, Davies and Miles returned home: I remained and attended a Musical Concert in the town Hall at 7 P.M.

27 Oct Went home to see my mother and brother, found him ill and weak.

28 Oct Spent the time at home.

29 Oct Spent the morning there, left in the afternoon for H. West.

30 Oct Spent the morning there, met my mother. Left for "Llanelli" there met Elders Evans, Davies, Harris and others.

31 Oct Sunday. Held our Conference, attended three meetings.

November 1858

1 Nov Spent the day with Evans and Harries, Davies returned home, held a Concert at 7 P.M.

2 Nov Evans went to Swansea, I spent the day with Harries in visiting the Saints.

3 Nov Spent the day mostly in writing.

4 Nov Spent the day in visiting the Saints, attended meeting at 7 P.M.

5 Nov Went to Swansea, met Evans, Rees and many of the Elders.

6 Nov Went to Cardiff met Bro. Miles and Sister Mary Wride, (Sister John) at the Station.

7 Nov Sunday. Held a council at 10 A.M. and meetings at 2:30 and 6:30 P.M.

8 Nov Spent the day in writing at Comton in the morning and the evening in visiting the Saints.

9 Nov Spent the morning in writing. Attended school in the evening.

10 Nov Went to "Cergy" Branch, attended meeting there at 7 P.M.

11 Nov Went to "Ely" held a meeting returned to Comton Cardiff.

12 Nov Went to Whitchurch, held a meeting there saw Bro. and Sister Barry and Ann Wride, [88] for a dance after the meeting.

13 Nov Went to "Graiy" Farm spent 3 hours with the Sisters Mary and Ann Wride, began our correspondence returned to Comton, Cardiff.

14 Nov Went to Newbridge (being a Sunday) held a council at 10 A.M. and two meetings after.

15 Nov Spent the day in Treforest, held a meeting in the evening.

16 Nov Went to "Cayner" held a meeting in the evening, Evans Richards with me. Returned to Treforest.

17 Nov Went to "Llanfabon" held a meeting there in the evening.

18 Nov Went through Treforest to "Pentyrch" held a meeting there at 7 P.M. had many present.

19 Nov Went to Cardiff, met Elder Benjamin Evans there.

20 Nov Evans returned to Swansea, his daughter Mary Ann was dead. In the evening Elder Aso. Caulkin arrived, and Elders Davies, Harries and Burgoyne.

21 Nov Sunday. Held our Conference there, Evans arrived 3:30 P.M.

22 Nov Spent the day there, held a concert in the evening, Evans went home.

23 Nov Bro. Caulkins returned to Liverpool, Davies and I went to Swansea, to the funeral of Mary Ann, she was buried in the afternoon.

24 Nov Spent the day there, held a meeting at 7 P.M. Davies went to Merthyr.

25 Nov Spent the day in writing on the Conference Books, attended a prayer meeting at 7 P.M.

26 Nov Spent the day there.

27 Nov Evans and I went to Merthyr.

28 Nov Sunday. Held our conference at Merthyr had a good time.

29 Nov Spent the day there, held a concert at 7:30 P.M.

30 Nov Spent the day there, at 7 P.M. attended a Gentile Concert.

December 1858

1 Dec Spent the morning there, went and held meeting at Rhymney at 7 P.M. Davis, Elfer Jones with me.

2 Dec Went and held meeting at "Tredegar" at 7 P.M. evans went to Pen-y-cae and his wife with him.

3 Dec Went about among the Saints, visiting all day. Bro. Ajax with me.

4 Dec Went to Penycae, met Evans there, he left for "Nangylo"; I wrote a note to Sister Mary Wride.

5 Dec Sunday. Held our Conference in "Pen-y-cae". (My proposition to my wife for marriage Dec 5, 1858.)

6 Dec Spent the day among the Saints, held a concert at 7 P.M.

7 Dec Went to Pen-y-cae, Evans and wife went home.

8 Dec Went to "Tredyar", held a council in the evening.

9 Dec Went to Comton, Cardiff.

10 Dec Wrote in the morning, visited the Saints in the evening.

11 Dec Went to Cardiff, spent 3 hours with Sister Mary Wride (John) went to Swansea, met Elders Evans, John Davies, and Thomas Rees.

12 Dec Sunday. Held our Conference, Barry and Ann Wride were there. Attended three meetings.

13 Dec Spent the day there, attended a concert in the evening.

14 Dec Spent the day there, attended a concert in the evening.

15 Dec Also this day.

16 Dec Spent the day in writing.

17 Dec Also this day.

18 Dec Also this day.

19 Dec Sunday. Attended a council at 10 A.M. and meetings at 2 and 6 P.M. at Swansea Branch.

20 Dec Spent the day there, attended a council in the evening.

21 Dec Spent the day there.

22 Dec Spent the morning there, went to Morristown, held a meeting in the evening.

23 Dec Went to "Lanelli" held a meeting there at 7:30 P.M.

24 Dec Spent the day at the same work.

25 Dec Spent the day at the same work.

26 Dec Sunday. Held a council at 10 A.M. and meetings at 2 and 6 P.M.

27 Dec Spent the day there, attended a concert at 7 P.M.

28 Dec Went to Swansea, met Bro. Evans, wrote a preface for the Trumpet (Udjohn).

29 Dec Spent the day in writing, attended meeting in the evening.

30 Dec Went to Cardiff, met Evans and Rees, held a concert in the evening.

31 Dec Went to Birmingham, stayed at Gloucester 6 hours there.

I travelled during the past year, somewhere about 4,838 miles. I did not baptize, I believe more then two Souls, also re-confirmed many, and ordained many to the Priesthood. I travelled through the Welsh nation through the year, I witnessed many Baptisms, administered by others.

During the year I visited the North 3 times, and went through the Conferences in the South many times.

I wrote a few articles to Zion's Trumpet (Udgorn Seion) during the year, which are inserted in the same year. I also composed many pieces of poetry, which are in print in the same volume. My travels during the year, made me acquainted nearly in every portion of the nation.

I had much joy in my labors; I labored with great pleasure, in connection with Elders Benjamin Evans and John Davies, which composed the presidency of the Welsh Mission.

I was young and unexperienced, for the large field of labor before me, nevertheless the Lord gave me power to do every thing, that I was told to perform, and my soul rejoices in the privilege many times to visit my relations during the year, I continued to bear my testimony to them, but not one soul obeyed the Gospel.

Many strangers received my testimony, but all my relations rejected it.

January 1859

1 Jan Spent the day in Birmingham, attended a council of the Priesthood of the European Mission. All the traveling ministry were present, had a most joyous time together.

2 Jan Sunday. Attended conference at the "Music Hall", a very great or large assembly were together, had a profitable time during the day.

3 Jan Attended council in the morning and the afternoon; I was released from being a counsellor to the Welsh Mission, and was appointed to preside the Nottingham Conference in England. Elder William Ajax succeeded me in Wales.

4 Jan We were engaged mostly all day in having our Portraits drawn, which were given to Elder Asa. Caulkin, according to his desire. In the eve attended the Theater.

5 Jan At 7 A.M. parted with the Welsh brethren, they returned to Wales, I felt somewhat grieved all day.

In the evening went with Elder John Cook to Nottingham; arrived there 7:10 P.M. Attended a prayer meeting.

6 Jan Spent the day mostly in receiving the Conference Afes from Elder Edwards Harding who was going to Scotland to labor. Walked out twice, Cook with me.

7 Jan Spent the day with Harding again receiving the accounts. Went to a circus at 7 P.M.

8 Jan Spent the morning in writing walked out in the afternoon, Cook, Harding, Sloan and myself received our covenants by baptism Cook administered to me, and I to him. Many families of the Saints we visited during the day.

9 Jan Sunday. Attended 2 meetings at Nottingham, Sloan with me.

10 Jan Spent the day in reading and writing, received a note from Sister Mary Wride (John).

11 Jan Elder Cook accompanied me to Mansfield Branch, held a meeting there at 7:30 P.M.

12 Jan Spent the day mostly in visiting the Saints. We went to a high spot about one mile from Mansfield, from the top of which we saw Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Rutlandshire, and parts of the other counties. Went to Sutton Branch in the evening, held a meeting at 7 P.M. met Elder Joseph Burrows there.

13 Jan Visited the Saints of that Branch in the morning, in the afternoon went and visited the Saints of the Portland Branch at 7:30 P.M. attended meeting Somercotes.

14 Jan Went to Eastwood, held a meeting there at 7:30 P.M. The Saints were dead there, and were quite indifferent seemingly to the principles and ordinances.

15 Jan Returned to Nottingham, spent a few hours in writing, the remainder of the day was spent in the company of Elders Cook, Sloan and Burrows.

16 Jan Sunday. Went to Hucknall, held a council at 10 A.M. and meeting at 2 P.M. went to the Basford Branch, and attended a meeting there at 6 P.M. Bro. Thomas Oaky was with one.

17 Jan Went from Nottingham to Calverton, accompanied by Elder Josiah Holmes. Held a meeting there at 7 P.M. Went to lodge to the house of an aged Bro. by the name of Wright.

18 Jan Visited the Saints all day, in the evening attended a meeting at church. Returned to Nottingham, received some letters from Wales.

19 Jan Went to the Heanor Branch. Held a meeting there at 7 P.M. Lodged with Elder John Parkins.

20 Jan Went to Swamick, Somercotes, and Portland,held a meeting at the last, visited the Saints in the other places.

21 Jan Left for Nottingham, spent the afternoon with Elder Cook, went together to Radford, attended a School there at 8 P.M. reading, writing and summing were going on, it was held over a week, Pastor Cook gave the charge of it to me.

22 Jan At home, spent the day in making out my monthly accounts, and gave the same to the Pastor, the incomes were as follows.

Tithing

53 4 7 3/4

Penny Fund

12 1 1/4

Book Money

7 10 -

Poor Offering

2 9 2 1/4

 

L 75 4 10 3/4

23 Jan Sunday. Went to Brimsley attended meeting there at 2 P.M. and at Somercotes at 6 P.M.

24 Jan Went to "Loscoe" had a very heavy rain on the way, spent the evening in the house of Elder John Parkins, in singing.

25 Jan Went to Eastwood, held a meeting there in the evening.

26 Jan Returned to Nottingham met Elder Cook spent the day with him.

27 Jan Spent the day in writing. Elder Holmes arrived with his district accounts.

28 Jan Spent the day in writing on the Conference Books. Attended the Radford School at 8 P.M.

29 Jan Spent the day in writing. Walked out in the evening.

30 Jan Sunday. Attended 2 Schools and 2 meetings at Nottingham, had a large assembly and good attention at 6:30 P.M.

31 Jan Spent the morning in writing, spent 3 hours in the house of Bro. Butterwick, visited the family of Elder William Orton. Lost a fine gold ring from my finger.

February 1859

1 Feb Spent the morning, in writing went to Mansfield at 4 P.M. Held a meeting there at 8 P.M.

2 Feb Spent the morning among the Saints there in the afternoon went to Sutton 4 miles distance many of the Saints accompanied me, held a meeting at 7:30 P.M. Sat down and talked with the Saints in Elder George Marriot's 'till 2' o'clock the following morning.

3 Feb Accompanied by Elder George Stringfellow to Pinxton, visited Elder Clark's, from there went to Somercotes and held a meeting there at 7 P.M.

4 Feb Returned to Nottingham, met Bro. Cook, having returned the previous night from Manchester. At 8 P.M. attended School at Radford.

5 Feb Spent the morning in writing at 2 P.M. Elder Williams from the Liverpool Office arrived on a visit; spent the evening with him.

6 Feb Sunday. Held a Priesthood meeting at 10:30 A.M. and meetings at 2:30 and 6:30 P.M. the 13 Branches were present.

7 Feb Elders Cook, Williams, Aaron Nelson. Charles R. Jones and I spent the morning in walking out. Williams left for Liverpool at 3 P.M. In the evening we attended a Circus.

8 Feb Went to Eastwood, accompanied by Elder Cook, attended meeting there at 7:30 P.M.

9 Feb Spent the day among the Saints, Cook returned home. I remained very wet in the evening. Lodged at Sister Rowland's.

10 Feb Went to Loscoe to Elder Parkins, and from there to Pinxton; held a meeting there at 7 P.M.

11 Feb Returned to Nottingham, lost my hat when in train, had to walk 7 miles in consequence, from it, and walked to Nottingham.

12 Feb Spent the day in Nottingham reading and writing.

13 Feb Sunday. Occupied the morning in reading, at 2 P.M.attended meeting at Radford at 6 P.M. at Nottingham. Took tea with Sister Elizabeth Burrows.

14 Feb Spent the day in writing, the names and amounts of Tithe payers in the pastorate, for to be sent to the Liverpool Office.

15 Feb Engaged in the same all day.

16 Feb Spent the morning at the same. Cook and I went to visit Sister Boot and family of Bulwell in the afternoon, attended meeting at Basford at 7 P.M. Returned to Nottingham.

17 Feb Occupied the day in writing.

18 Feb Spent the day at home, attended school at 8 P.M.

19 Feb Nottingham all day. At 3:30 P.M. I baptized Mary Ann Marley of Eastwood, Cook confirmed her.

20 Feb Sunday. At A.M. went to Hucknall, attended meeting there at 2 P.M. Returned to Nottingham and preached there in the evening.

21 Feb Spent the day in writing.

22 Feb At home in the morning, at 4 P.M. went to Mansfield. I was taken ill on the way, attended meeting at 7 P.M. I spent the night in severe pains.

23 Feb Spent the day sick in bed in the house of Elder Abraham Hanford, who was every kind to me, spent the day and night in great pains.

24 Feb Spent the morning very sick, in the afternoon, the pain left me miraculously, after having suffered most painful 48 hours in my life. It was the inflammation on the bowels. Returned to Nottingham met Bro. Cook well.

25 Feb Spent the day at home, felt my body very weak.

26 Feb Spent the morning in writing, made out my Monthly accounts, and presented the same to my Pastor (Bro. Cook) which incomes were as follows.

Tithing

51 2 5

Book Money

6 18 4

Penny Fund

11 11 4 3\4

Poor Fund

3 8 1 1\2

 

L 73 0 3 1\4

27 Feb Sunday. Bro. Cook and I spent the day at home, attended two meetings.

28 Feb Spent the day at home, at 8 P.M. attended a Branch council at Nottingham.

March 1859

1 Mar Spent the morning at home, visited the Saints in the afternoon. Attended meeting at 8 P.M.

2 Mar Elder Cook accompanied me to Arnold, visited a few Saints there, from there went and held meeting at Calverton, returned home, walked 7 miles after the meeting.

3 Mar Spent the day at home, Elder James Bond and wife arrived on a visit, and to see us and their friends, before going home to the Valley. Spent the evening together.

4 Mar Spent the day in writing attended the Radford School at 8 P.M.

5 Mar Spent the day at home with Cook; Elder Bond spent the evening with us.

6 Mar Sunday. At 6 :30 A.M. Elders Cook and Bond, left for Leicester, at 2 P.M. I preached at Radford and at Nottingham at 6:30 p.m. Had large assemblies in both places.

7 Mar Spent the morning in writing, the afternoon in visiting the Saints, and the evening in walking about, the town was crowded with people being a fair day.

8 Mar Cook and Bons returned from Leicester, went and saw the races 16 horses ran together; from there went to Brasford, and held a Social Party there.

9 Mar Went to Heanor, held a meeting at 7 P.M. In the afternoon spent a few hours visiting the Saints sister Fletcher and others.

10 Mar Visited Elder Parkins Loscoe and Elder Thomas Gamble, who had lately buried his son Thomas, who was a faithful Elder in the Church. There I met Elder Farnsworst, went with him to Somercotes, and held a meeting there at 7 P.M.

11 Mar Visited the Saints of that Branch in the morning. In the afternoon accompanied by Sister Singleton to Swamick at 6 P.M. held a council, the Branch was rising up against their President, Elder Samuel Otterway; through jealously. Held a short meeting afterwards.

12 Mar Returned to Nottingham, met Bro. Cook and in the evening Elder Edwards Oliver Manchester arrived and James Bond; Spent the evening together.

13 Mar Sunday. Held our Conference, had good time all day.

14 Mar Spent the day in the house, being very wet, Sister Bond and Sisters Books arrived in the afternoon, at 7 P.M. Elder Nelson and I attended the Circus.

15 Mar Spent the day among the Saints at 8 P.m. attended meeting. Elder Oliver talked in evening.

16 Mar Went to Eastwood, spent the evening with the Saints.

17 Mar Visited the Saints in the morning, returned home in the evening.

18 Mar Spent the day in writing at Nottingham, attended the Radford School at 8 P.M.

19 Mar At home, Elder Bond visited us in the evening.

20 Mar Sunday. Went to Radford in the morning, accompanied from there to Arnold by Bro. Taylor, held a meeting there at 2 P.M. returned to Radford and preached there in the evening.

21 Mar At home. Elders Cook and Bridge arrived from Leicester, in the evening went to the Theater, Mijs Godard acted the performance called Hamlet in a man's character.

22 Mar Went to see the Nottingham Castle, went through its cellars. At 4 P.M. left for Mansfield held a meeting at 8 P.M. Elder Budge talked on the subject, "what is a Prophet"

23 Mar Returned to Nottingham at 10 A.M. at 11:30 Budge left for Derby (and Cook). I went to Calverton and Arnold visited the Saints there.

24 Mar Went to Nottingham, wrote 3 or 4 hours in Arnold, on their Branch Book. At 7 P.M. went and saw. "Tom Thum" 31 inches in length and 25 pounds in weight. Aged 20 years. Met Bro. Cook.

25 Mar Engaged all day in writing out my accounts for the Conference. The monthly and quarterly Afes. The monthly was as follows,

Tithing

44 15 8

Book Money

5 14 8

Penny Fund

17 8 7

Poor Offering

1 15 11 1\4

 

L 69 14 10 3/4

26 Mar Occupied the most part of the day in writing.

27 Mar Sunday. Wrote in the morning attended two meetings in Nottingham.

28 Mar Spent the day in writing on the Conference records. Sent names of few Emigrants to the Office.

29 Mar Spent the morning at home writing went to Mansfield and held a meeting there at 7 P.M.

30 Mar Went to Sutton held a meeting there at 7 P.M. A Methodist preacher was present.

31 Mar I saw the "Midland Gazette" with the following lines inserted in it.

READ and PONDER the FOLLOWING FACTS.

1st- Mormonism is a system of Infidelity.
2nd- The leaders of Mormonism are wicked impostors.
3rd- The book of Mormons is a filthy romance.
4th- The doctrine of water baptism for the dead as taught by the Mormons is a false and soul-damning dogma.
5th- Mormonism when reduced to practice, produces evil, and evil only, and evil of the most debasing kind.
6th- Water baptism is not essential to salvation, nor will any person ever perish for not being immersed in water.
7th- The laying on of hands as taught by the Mormons, does not communicate the Holy Ghost, nor is it essential to salvation.
8th- The literal gathering together of the Mormons in Salt Lake Valley, is nowhere taught in the Bible, but is anti- christen, and the drift of political rebels.
9th- The Bible is the only divine revelation to teach men the way to heaven.
10th- Mormonism does not teach repentance towards God, and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as essential to salvation.

If any one disputes the above facts, the Rev. W. Rose of Somercotes, via Alfreton, Derbyshire, is prepared to prove them in public discussion with any Mormon in the world. "Mormons what say you to this-ALPHA.

Then I wrote the following lines in reply.

MORMONISM.

To the Editor of the Midland Gazette.
Sir,-An article appeared in yours of the 5th March.
Headed "Read and Ponder the following Facts" and it ends with the question "Mormons what say you to this?" We say:

1st- Mormonism is a not a system of Infidelity, but differs more from it, than any other sect, now existent upon the face of the earth.

2nd- The leaders of what is commonly termed Mormonism, or the "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints," are virtuous, faithful, and true to their God, and the honest in heart; and are clothed with Divine power, and authority to administer the ordinances of the Lord upon the earth.

3rd- The book of Mormon is the Word of God which contains a true history of a portion of the House of Israel, upon the continent of America, and is essential to expand the knowledge of the human family; inasmuch that it gives the history of the dealings of God among the people as the new Testament furnishes us with an account of his dealings with his people in Palestine.

4th- The doctrine of baptism for the dead, as taught by the Mormons, is a true and soul-saving principle; as taught by Paul. 1 Cor. 15th chapter, 29 verse and as touched upon with Peter, I Peter, 3rd chapter, 18th, 26th verses.

5th- Mormonism when reduced to practice produces virtue, and virtue only, and virtue of the most heavenly kind.

6th- Water baptism is essential to salvation, nor will any person be acknowledged of God without being baptized in water, mark 16th chapter, 16 verse; 1 Peter, 3rd chapter, 21st verse.

7th- The laying on of hands as taught by the Mormons, does communicate the Holy Ghost, and is essential to salvation, John 3rd chapter, 5th verse.

8th- The literal gathering of the people of God is often taught in the bible, and is one of the most glorious purposes of God, to be brought about in the last days, for the salvation of his people, Isaiah 14th chapter, 10-16 verses; Jer. 23-7, Micah 4,1,2, and a voice from heaven says "Come out of her, my people; that ye be not partners of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." Rev. 19; 4

9th- The Bible is a divine revelation to teach men, but it does not contain the whole truth. God has the same power and authority to speak from the heavens in these days as he had in ancient days. "The testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy," and when a man is possessed with his "testimony" he can, or the Lord through him will reveal his mind and will; "the righteous of the Lord is revealed from faith to faith," and again the scripture inform as "that the Lord doeth nothing without revealing his secrets to his servants, the Prophets."

10th- Mormonism does teach repentance toward God, and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, as essential to salvation, and all those that have read the Mormon Books can bear testimony to the same. "It is an honor for a man to cease from strife, but every fool will be meddling. Prov. 20, 3

If the Rev. W. Rose, of Somercotes, disputes the above facts, Mr. David John, 3 Phoenix Terraer, Simms Street, Nottingham, is prepared to prove them by private letter or through the public print. Reverends, what say you to this?

                                 BETA.

Went to Pinxton, held a meeting there. Went with Elder Farnsworth to lodge.

April 1859

1 Apr Friday. Went to Eastwood, spent the afternoon among the Saints. Returned to Nottingham, at 8 P.M. attended School at Radford.

2 Apr At home with Bro. Cook all day.

3 Apr Sunday. Went to Eastwood at 2 P.M. held a meeting at Heanor, and at 6 P.M. in Eastwood.

4 Apr Returned to Nottingham at 8 P.M. met Bro Cook. At 3 P.M. Eight Saints left us, for Liverpool on their way to the Valley. At 8 P.M. I attended council.

5 Apr At home writing all day on the Conference Record. At 8 P.M. attended meeting.

6 Apr At home, received a letter from Bro. Cook from Liverpool, which says that the Scandinavian Saints were caught in a Storm, but no life lost. Attended meeting at Radford at 8 P.M. April 1859

The following lines came out in the "Gazette."

To the Editor of the Miland Gazette.
     Mormonism.

SIR,-In your impression of to-day we find our challenge against Mormonism accepted. We hope our antagonist is a Giant. As he is willing to discuss the topics ( named in a former impression ) through the public press, we shall feel obliged, if you will favor us with space in your excellent paper. Should you accede to our request, we shall in your, next prove 1st- MORMONISM A SYSTEM OF INFIDELITY.

We are sir, yours, &c.,

ALPHA.
Somercotes, April end, 1859.

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To the Editor of the Midland Gazette.

SIR,-I perceive Mr. Alpha is courting discussion with the Mormons. Now would it not be better to let him give a few brief articles in the Gazette on the subject named, and others that would rise out of it, limiting him to space, so that the above should contain nothing personal or uninteresting, and allow the Mormons to answer for themselves; it would be instructive to us, your readers, far more so than cricketers, &c. The Mormons, I should think, would be more likely to accept the challenge, and the contest would not be injured by rows and foolish clamour.

Yours respectfully,
NOT A MORMON.
Pinxton, April 1st, 1859.

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The following appeared the week after.

MORMONISM A SYSTEM OF INFIDELITY.

Mormonism is a great evil; and the thought has been indulged that the monstrosity of the evil was so great that it would cure itself-it would have its day and then pass and then cease, but is this the way in which physical evil is met? Can bodily disease be cured by neglect? Is burning fever to be allayed by avoiding the necessary medicines; of the parched tongue to be cooled by the non-use of means? How then can moral evil and moral disease be cured but by the proper methods? Moral means should be used to meet the moral evil and moral disease be cured but by the proper methods? Moral means should be used to meet the moral evil. Religious influence and enlightened philanthropy should step in and stay the pestilence. By exposing the vileness of Mormonism,-and its debasing character,-untruthful pretensions,-and ruinous tendency, we hope to lead many from that awful vortex into which it is plunging them. That Mormonism is a system of infidelity we shall prove from the writings of the Mormons.

1st-Infidelity teaches that the Bible is a human production. So does Mormonism. Orson Pratt, in divine authority, p. 1, 2, says, We are persuaded that all the preachers and teachers of the day are without authority, that their teachings and interpretations are without authority, uncertain as to the truth; that the translations of the scriptures being done without inspiration are also uncertain! Melancholy thought! a deplorable picture, but a true one! The different teachers doing the best they can! all jarring! -all contending! The result division, multiplied division! And they have a right, if they think proper, to divide from an authority merely human." Here Mormonism, like infidelity, quarrels with the divine authority of the Bible. Again O.P. says, in his Kingdom of God, p.1, "Millions of modern Christians say they take the Bible as their rule of truth and practice! That the Bible is their law. But let me ask, What part of the Bible is the law of God unto man in this age? Is the history of any events recorded in either the old of the New Testament a law unto any man now living? No it is not." We say it is from Genesis to Revelations. "All scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works,"-2 Tim. iii 16, 17, see also I Cro. x. to 18 verse. Again in the doctrines and covenants, p. 28, Mormonism calls the Bible a human tradition. "What testimony have men in the first, instance, that there is a God? Humans testimony? and human testimony only." This language is so plainly infidel, that it needs no comment.

2nd.-Infidelity teaches that master is the only God to be worshipped, and that to talk of spiritualities is to talk of nonentities. Mormonism teaches the same. "What is God?" He is a material, intelligent person, possessing both body and parts. Could he be a being without body and parts? No, verily no. What form is he of? He is in the form of man. As the God of heaven possesses body, and parts, doth he also possess passions? Yes, he eats, he drinks, &c.."-Millenial Star, vol. xi., no. 5, p. 74, 75. What is this but infidelity? The Bible teaches that God is a spirit." &c., John iv., 24. Mormonism denies the omnipresence of God. "Can this being, God, occupy to distinct places at once? No."-Millennial star, vol.xi., p. 75. This infidel dogma is in opposition to Jeremiah, xxiii. 23, 24 verses.

3rd-Infidelity teaches that man is a mare animal machine, or a creature of circumstances, who ought to indulge in all gratifications of his animal passions are propensities, without restraint, as it is his only joy to do so. Mormonism teaches that man's cheif joy consists in yielding to gratifications of the animal passions and propensities, and that if he did not thus yield, he would have no children; and having no children, would have no joy. My authority for making this assertion is, Book of Mormon, p.58.

4th-Infidelity teaches that mirage is not lawful, but an unnatural crime. Mormonism teaches something equally bad, if not worse. "The nations of Europe, who believe in the one wife system, have actually forbidden a plurality of wives by the laws." How monstrous; how absurd; how un-Mormon like!" and the consequences are, that the whole country among them is overrun with the most abominable practices; adultries and unlawful connections prevail through all their villages, towns, cities, and country places, to a most fearful extent. And among some of these nations these sinks of wickedness, wretchedness, and misery, are licensed by law; while their piety would be wonderfully shocked to authorise by law the plurality system as adopted by many neighbouring nations."-The Seer, vol 1 p. 13.

Infidel Mormonism contradicts itself. Sometimes holding forth the doctrine of plurality of wives, and at other times condemning it, as we will show. "It is the doctrines of the church, that no woman can attain to celestial glory without the husband; nor can he arrive at full perfection in the next world without at least one wife; and the greater the number he is able to take with him, the higher will be his seat in the celestial paradise."-"Expedition to the Valley of the Great Salt Lake, &c., pp.136,137. "God has actually commanded some of his servants to take more wives. -The Seer, vol.I, p. 14. "But have not some of the Saints in Utah more wives than one? Yes; and they take good care of them to."-Seer. vol.2.p.30. Here yon perceive the Mormons hold forth the doctrine of -plurity of wives. But mark the following:-"Thou shalt love thy wife with all thy heart, and shall cleave unto her and none else."-Doctrines and covenants, sec. 13, par. 7. "Do you believe that them Book of Mormon is a Divine revelation? We do. Does that book teach the doctrine of plurality of wives? It does not. Does the lord in that book forbid the plurality doctrine? He forbids the ancient Nephites to have any more than one wife." -The Seer; vol.I p.30. "For Behold, thus saith the Lord, this people begin to wax in iniquity; they understand not the Scriptures, for they seek to excuse themselves in committing whoredoms, because of the things which were written concerning David, and Solomon his son. Behold, David and Solomon truly had many wives and concubines, which thing was abominable before me, saith the Lord."-Book of Mormon, p. 96. If an abomination then, why not now, unless the Lord has changed his mind, and looks favorably on that which was formerly accursed? "There shall not any man among you have save it be one wife; and concubines he shall have none."-Book of mormon, Jacob 2, 6. Now, I leave the public to judge, whether there can be worse infidelity than Mormonism. It is a mass of contradiction and falsehood. And now, if David John, of Nottingham, can overturn what I have written, let him do so.

Somersotes
W. Rose

The week after, I replied as follows.

MORMONISM

At present, we are under the necessity of answering objections, correcting misrepresentations, and entering the field of controversy, with those who differ from us, we shall "contend earnestly for the faith which was once delivered to the saints-"The servant of the Lord must not strive, but be gentle-patient towards all men." In meekness instructing those who oppose themselves." In matters of doctrine, we shall contend for the one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one Holy Spirit, one God and Father of all; and in short, for all the offices, ordinances, gifts, and blessings, which all the offices, ordinances, gifts, and blessings, which were set in order among the ancient saints.

As to Calvinism, Arminianism, Trinitarianism, Unitarianism, and a thousand other such like terms, which have confused, distracted, and divided the religious world, we know of no such terms in the Bible, and therefore have nothing to do with them. As to the "powers that be," we shall teach men to fear God, honor and respect the laws, and all who are in authority, until he (Christ) reigns, whose right it is to reign. I would remark, that we believe the Bible to be the inspired word of God; but let W. Rose remember, that it not the, "hearer of the word, "but the "doer, who justified." "How wilt thou say to thy brother, let me pull out the mote of thine eye; and behold a beam in thine own eye?" "Thou hyprocrite. first cast out the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye."-Matthew vii. 4, 5. Hence we shall weigh our opponent in his own balances; "the law and the testimony;" and if he shall find himself wanting, we earnestly invite him to become a member of the "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," for they hold, teach, and practice, those things contained in Scripture, and eternal salvation depends on our embracing the truth.

W. Rose, being acquainted with our books, has made garbled extracts, and withheld the truth, by wilful misrepresentations. Now had he been an honest man, he would have stated that orson Pratt, was relating a letter, that was received from a friend in London. (not a Mormon). where he says, "here Mormonism, like Infidelity, quarrels with the Divine authority of the Bible." ___________the last impressions, are to_________. Those words mentioned in the _____________ be found in the friend's letter, and not the words of Pratt. See Divine Authority, p. 1,2. Thy did you not state the truth, Mr Rose; was it because you could not find none in your heart? Again O. Pratt in his "Kingdom of God" p.1, does not say that the Scriptures were not given by the "inspiration of God," but he asks the question-"is the history of any of the events recorded in either the old of the new Testament a law unto any man now living? "No; it is not," decidely so. The Lord commanded Noah to build an ark, Lot to flee from Sodom, Moses to prepare a tabernacle; all those commandments were given and recorded, by inspiration, and are profitable to us now; but are they given as laws to the people of this age? Certainly not.

Rose says-"Mormonism calls the Bible a human tradition." This is a wilful lie, Sir; and before you could have written so you must have been inspired by the Fathers of Lies. It reads thus--"What testimony have men, in the first instance, that there is a God? Human testimony, and human testimony alone."-See Doctrines and Covenants. p.28. And again, sec. ii 56. It treats upon the existence of God, proved from the scriptures, and proves plainly that the people were destitute of the Spirit, by which the Scriptures were written, and then could not understand; hence their testimony was human. As a proof that the saints believe in the Scriptures, I will quote the following: -"Now what revelations has the Lord given for the government of the saints, we further quote- "Thou shalt take the things which thou has received, which has been given unto thee in my Scriptures for a law, to be my law to govern the Church."-Doc. and Cov. Sec. ziii. 16. "Hence that which is more or less," than a belief in the Scriptures, and in other revelations which God has given to the saints, cometh of evil and shall be attended with cursings and not blessings."-See O. Pratt's Remarks on Mormonism, p. 6. Is this infidelity? Let the public judge; has Mr. spoken the truth? Let his own conscience answer. Rose, in his second section says-"Infidelity teaches that matter is the only God to be worshipped, and that to talk of nonentities. Mormonism teaches the same." "What is God? He is a material, intelligent person, possessing both body and parts,"&c. Again, he says-"Yes; he (God) eats he drinks." &c.-Millenial Star, vol. xi., No. 5, pp.74, 75. "What is this but infidelity?" what then Mr. Rose? nothing at all. Do you prove it to be to the contary? No; you leave it there. Now if it could be proved, that we believe in some principles, as the ranters do. should that prove that the we are ranters? Verily, no; it is the same then with infidelity.

Nottingham.
DAVID JOHN.

[The extreme length of this letter precludes the possibility of our giving it entire in this impression. The remainder will appear in our next.]

MORMONISM.
(Concluded form our last.)

In the mist of the grossest darkness of idolatry, and while the sectarian world around us are engaged in the worship of almost innumerable imaginary Gods, it is of utmost importance that we come to the knowledge of the true God, and learn to "worship him in spirit and in truth." The sectarian churches around us, describe a God without body, parts, or passions. Indeed this can hardly be said to be infidelity, nor idolatry; for strictly speaking, it amounts to Atheism. It is as much to say-there is a God, and yet he does not exist; or there is a being, and there is no being; for reason teaches us that being or thing, which has a whole must as to say that it has no whole, and if it has no whole, it does not exist, and therefore it is not. But this God of half the Christian world-or rather this God and no God, is as contrary to Scriptures, as to reason and common sense. The old and new Testament everywhere reveal a God, with body, parts, and passions. The following are a few of the many texts which speak of his body and parts. Image-Gen.1.27. Eyes-prov.xv.3. Mouth-Isaiah, lv.11. Nose-Isaiah lxv. 5. Lips and Image-Isiah xxx.27. Ear-2nd Kings, xix. 19. Soles of his feet-Ezekiel, xliii.7. Arm-Jeremiah, xxi.5. Finger-Exodus, xxxi. 18. Fingers-Psalms, viii.3. Loins-Ezek. i.27. Hands, face, and back parts-Exodus, xxxiii.22. The foregoing abundantly show, that the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, hath both body and parts, to say nothing of Jesus Christ, who actually ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God, with flesh and bones. Hence, what can we say of the sectarian God, without body, parts and passions!" as compared with Jehovah and Jesus Christ, or with Scripture and reason? Indeed their God is not equal with the several Pagan Gods. The Pagan Gods are in the Scriptures described as having "eyes but they see not, "but the model God of Christendom, so called, hath no "eyes," let alone seeing; "ears but they hear not," but this God hath no "ears," &c., &c. Now we seriously exhort W. Rose, to neither love, serve, nor fear, the God of the Ranters, for he can neither see, hear, speak, think. or walk; he can neither harm us nor do us any good; he can neither love us nor hate us, because he hath no passions. In short, let us serve none but the living and true God, and him alone let us serve.

W. Rose further says, "Mormonism denies the Omnipresence of God." This, Sir, is a glaring misrepresentation. We believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and that the spirit is everywhere present. See Millenial Star, vol. xi.p.p. 235, 236. Again, the "Holy Spirit," by O.Pratt, p. 51. If Mr. Rose would read those passages, he would see that they correspond with the Psalmist and Jeremiah, and in fact with all the Scriptures.

W. Rose further says. "Mormonism teaches that man's chief joy consists in yielding to the gratifications of the animal passions." This is another palpable falsehood? (See Book of Mormon, p. 58). The sentences there plainly show, that man could not enjoy the sweet without tasting the bitter; and again, that there is much joy in being blest of the Lord with children; this is in accordance with Scripture and common sense. But "yielding to the gratification of the animal passions," has sprung from Rose's lustful heart, and not from the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon condemns the principles from beginning to end. When speaking of adultery and other sins, it says-"But woe unto such, for they are in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity."-See p.p. 511, 512. Again the "Doctrine and Covenants" says of the same character-"They shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. Verily I say, they shall not have part in the first resurrection."-p.p.149, 150.

W. Rose compares Mormonism with Infidelity, by saying that the infidels teach that "marriage is not lawful, but an unnatural crime," and the Mormons believe in pologamy I think; but every little boy can see that there is no comparison there. If Mr. Rose has been in the Ranter College, he came from there without learning the comparative mood. We would earnestly exhort him to learn the lesson before he attempts to compare again. He also says, that "Mormonism contradicts itself." "Sometimes holding forth the doctrine of plurality of wives, and at other times condemning it." He quotes the Seer, vol. 1, No. 1. p. 14; vol. 2, p. 30; Doc. and Cov., sec. 13, par. 7. He has taken up some parts to answer his own craft, but did not state the whole. I exhort my readers to carefully peruse the above quotations, and they can easily see that he has broken up the sentences to answer his own purposes, and kept the truth from the public. We shall prove this law (polygamy) to be of God, under the 5th proposition, namely-"Mormonism when reduced to practice, produces virture, &c.

Mr Rose, closes his tale, by saying that-Mormonism is a mass of contradiction and falsehood," but for ought he has told us, it remains full of truths and divine principles. His whole drift from beginning to end is--Mormonism believes thus, and so, then it must be wrong. Why does he not show us his "religious influence, and philanthropy?" It is because he has none, I fear; if he has any, I hope he will show it us in his next article. Infidelity contains the following principles--"The statue of Mary (the mother of Jesus) succeeded the statue of Diana of Ephesus."-See Thomas Paine in the Age of Reason, p.5. Again, he says, while speaking of the Bible-"That it would be more consistent, that we called it the word of a demon than the Word of God."-p.14. Again, says he--"They tell us that Jesus rose from the dead, and ascended into Heaven. It is very easy to say so; a great lie is as easily told as a little one." p. 224. Now, let the public compare these sayings with those we have quoted form the Mormon books, and they can see that the contrast is great indeed. Hence we say to W. Rose-"Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord; but they that deal truly are his delight."-Prov. xii. 22.

Nottingham.
DAVID JOHN.

 

To the Editor of the Midland Gazette.

Somercotes, May 2nd, 1859

Sir,-Being a constant reader of your most valuable paper, we were glad to find from your impression of the 2nd ult., that the Rev. W. Rose's challenge to discuss Mormonism was accepted, and anxiously awaited the arrival of your Somercotes Agent, that we might receive your paper containing the rev. gentle man's first letter on "Mormonism a system of Infidelity'" and from the perusal of that letter we were in hopes of having a rich intellectual feast; thinking that David John would follow in the steps of his antagonist and abstain from those low personalities and invidious remarks which are calculated to injure the cause which he is attempting to serve, and bring upon him the just contempt of your readers. But our hopes were doomed to perish, when we saw David John's reply was wrote ad captandum vulgus of his own sect, rather than bring forth arguments to refute the assertions of his opponent.

We have sat under that remarkable infidel, Joseph Baker, while he has been sending forth his invectives against all believers in orthodoxy. We have listened to the wild ravings of secularists, socialists, and political demagogues; but still we never met with one who made use of that low blackguardism which David John indulges in.

Now, sir, the reason that we write this, is to suggest to the Rev. W. Rose, whether it would not be better to condemn David John to "keep his own place," by his (the Rev. W. Rose) abstaining from all further correspondence on the subject, rather than give him the chance of writing in a style that suits the party with which he is connected, and to the disgust of all intelligent minds. Hoping you will find room for these few remarks in your next number,"

I remain, Sir yours, &c.
VINCIT VERITAS.

 

MORMONISM THE WORST, MOST DEGRADING,
AND MOST BLASPHEMOUS KIND OF INFIDELITY.

Sir.--We have read our opponent's letter, and we wish to say, we have nothing to fear from his puny efforts. Thus far our point is gained. We have nothing to do with sect and party names, as they have no relation to our subject. Mormonism is not to be found in the Bible. The word Mormon is derived from the Greek word Mormo, which literally signifies, Bugbear, False Terror, Frightful, Spectre, Deathly, Ghastly, Hobgoblin, Raw Head, and Bloody Bones. Mormon is indeed a foul name, but not more foul than the practices of some Mormons.

"Mormons are their names;
Mormo is their nature,
Mormon really means,
Mormo-frightful creature!
'Tis their own selection,
Their prophet, vile knave!
Coin'd their Mormon fiction!"

W. Rose is acquainted with the Mormon books.--

His acquaintance with them began as follows. Some few years ago, a Mormon Elder asked him to lend some money on the Book of Mormon; he complied with the request, and then read the book. One day, some time after, when the Elder knew that W. Rose was from home, he went to his house, and said, "I have come for the book of Mormon; I have seen Mr. Rose and paid him the money." But he had neither paid him, nor seen him, nor has he paid to this day. W. Rose has several Mormon books in his possession now, which were taken to a stationer to be bound; the stationer bound them according to order, but the Mormons were too dishonest to pay the binder. And these are the men, whom our opponent calls "virtuous, faithful, and true to their God," &c. They are true deceivers. But more of this when we prove- the leaders of Mormonism wicked imposters. Again, we maintain that we expressed the truth in our remarks on Divine Authority, p. 1, 2. Our opponent says Orson Pratt, was relating a letter, that was received from a friend in London, ( not a Mormon). Be it so ! But the friend in London, had learnt what he stated in his letter, from a book which had been lent him by Orson Pratt. The letter read as follows:-"My dear sir, I have the letters you so kindly left with me. As I informed you in my last, I cursorily read through the letters, and handed the book to Mr.-, with him it is at the present time." (Now mark), "The impression thereby made on his mind is very remarkable, and he requests me to inform you, that if you will allow him, he means to keep "the book, if you will please to let him know the price thereof. He and I concur in our view of Mormonism at present. Do you enquire what that view is? I will then proceed to state it. (It is the same the book has taught us). "We consider that the proofs which Mormonism gives of the apostacy, are, without question, clear and demonstrative, We entirely concur, also, in the personal appearance, and reign of our Lord; we are persuaded that all the preachers and teachers of the day are without authority; that their teachings and interpretations of the Scriptures, being done without interpretations are uncertain as to the truth; that the translations of the Scriptures, being done without inspiration, are also uncertain. Yes, all is uncertain! Melancholy thought! A deplorable picture, but a true one! The jarring, all contending! The result, division is a multiplied proof that they are all wrong; that they are without that spirit who guides unto all truth, and truth is one."-Divine Authority.-p.1, 2. Our opponent says, O.P. in his kingdom of God, p.1, asks the question-"Is the history of any of the events recorded in either the Old or New Testament, a law unto any man now living?" We refer your readers to 1 Cor. x 1, 18. Again, our opponent in dealing with our quotation, from Doc. and Cov. p. 28, refers us to Doc. and Cov. sec. 2, 56, and to see 13, 16. But what does he prove? Read and judge, "What testimony have men in the first instance, that there is a God? Human testimony, and human testimony only. Is the knowledge of the existence of God a matter of mere tradition, founded upon human testimony alone, until a person receives a manifestation of God, for himself? It is."-Doc. and Cov. p. 28. Here infidel Mormonism positively declares that the Bible is a human tradition. Now read the quotations made by our opponent from Doc. and Cov.; and you will find they flatly contradict the above quotation. But do two blacks make one white? If an author declares on one page of his book that the Bible is a "human testimony," and then on the next page declares it to be "divine testimony" What does that prove? Why, it clearly proves that such an author is a man of no principle. Such a man is Orson Pratt. To prove God a material being possessing body and parts; our opponent, refers us to several passages of Scriptures, which speak of the mouth, eyes, ears, hands, and feet of the Lord, &c. But, here he throws himself in a terrible labyrinth, for we may with equal propriety say, God is a Sun and shield-Psalm lxxxii. IL.- a fountain, Jer. ii. 13.-a rock, Duet. xxii. 4.-a bird, Psalm. lvii. 1., and Psalm xci, 4. According to Mormon theology, God is a strange being

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into a number of little joys, or we may accumulate a great joy by heaping together the solid parts of several little joys. We shall then have the colour and shape of a thought. It will be either white, grey, brown, crimson, purple, or it may be a mixture of two or more colours. Then we shall have a dark grey hope, a bright yellow sorrow, a round brown tall pain, and an octagonal green belief, an inch thought, a mile joy. Orson Pratt calls matter into existence of which the world knows but little. he has intelligent matter-all wise matter, and all-powerful matter. this matter is capable of division into parts; for all matter has length, bredth, and thickness. Then we shall have the half of an intelligent atom of matter, the eighth of all-wise atom, the thousandth part of an all-powerful atom, &c. Such are the absurdities of Infidel Mormonism.

(to be included in our next)
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Concluded from our last. If the Mormon god be a material being, 'now do they obtain their revelations? he must necessarily act mechanically. Therefore all his visions and revelations must be through some material medium, and not, as immaterialists would suppose, by spirit operating, and not, as immaterialists would suppose, by spirit operating on spirit, it must be body acting on body. the vision then must be some subtle gas, coming from the great seat of the fluid to the individual man.' Your readers may have heard of pills being made from the rays of the sun.-'PILULCE RADIIS SOLIS EXTRACTUM;'but the spirit of man is to subtle for reduction to such a use. Such are the glaring absurdities of this Mormonaterial scheme. Orson Pratt says.'The Father is a material being' "The elementary materials of his body are not susceptible of occupying, at the same time,the same, the identical space with other matter;'and 'a spirit is as much matter as oxygen or hydrogen. It has many properties in common with other matter. Kingdom of God, part 1. p. 4. orson spencer says in like manner-"The most subtle and refined spirit conceivable, is a material existence as far removed from immateriality as the east is from the west.' (Letter 8) But in the fifth Letter he says, the Holy Ghost is 'an unembodied personage.' So that matter is unembodied, or it is matter and not matter. If the spirit of man be matter, how can it occupy the same space with the matter of which the body consists. 'The spirit and the body are the soul,' Doc. and Cov. p.97. "Man is a spirit." Doc. and Cov. p.246. Now what is the soul according to this theory? Matter also? No doubt Orson Pratt would so judge. It cannot be immaterial, 'immortality' he tells us, is only another name for nothing.' But the soul is something. It must be 'a man beside himself,' Verily that man must be Orson Pratt. Mormons say, 'God does not differ materially in size from man, that man resembles him in the features and form of his body.' These puny mortals, liken the supreme and incomprehensible Jehovah to themselves. In this absurd system there is no perfection in God. The Mormon god not being an omnipresent and perfect spiritual existence, is no god; he is like unto themselves, and 'where he is they cannot tell.' This scheme is opposed to true philosophy and scriptural theology. Mormo-materialism contradicts itself; for if Christ were possessed of a body of flesh and blood, how could he become incarnate. Mormons believe in th incarnation, but this contradicts it. Their doctrine implies that he had a body before he was incarnate, or he had a body before he had a body and had not a body at the same time. It contradicts the scriptures, Christ Jesus being in the form of God, took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men; and being found in fashion as man, etc. (Phil. ii 5,8) It is opposed to the pre-existence of Christ. If a body be necessary to his existence, then he had none, and did not exist until born of the virgin, (Luke i 35). But "he was in the beginning with God." "The word was made flesh,'(John i 2,14). "He took upon him the form of a servant; he was made in the likeness of men." If a body be necessary to his existence, then he existed before he existed. He existed before he had a body; but as nothing can exist without, according to the Mormon scheme, and seeing Christ did not exist before he had a body, then he existed and did not exist at the same time. But which body are we to believe is really the true body that is to be called the Son of God? It is the body he possessed when as 'the angel of the covenant' he appeared unto Abraham? Or, the body 'which was made of the seed of David, according to the flesh? Or, that body the Church of which it is said'the church which is his body (Eph. i 22,23). Now which is really the body of Christ? He cannot have three bodies. Let the Mormons inform us if they can. If the spirit be a material substance, it cannot occupy the same space with other matter. How then can Mormons explain the case of Mary Magdalene? She possessed seven spirits. These were seven material substances in the same place. Our Lord cast out a legion of evil spirits in one case. Were they all material substance? If so, will our opponent inform us by what means they made their exit? We would like to say a great deal more on this material system were it not intruding too much on your columns. But in concluding this Letter we would say, bad as Paine, Hume and other professed infidels were, they are outvied by the Mormons. Robert Owen never uttered such awful blasphemy, as did Joe Smith, Orson Pratt, etc. And though our oponent contends for such an abominable, filthy scheme, beknows it is wrong, and your readers shall know it is wrong; for we intend, ere we cease, to give such an exposure of it, the world has never known before, Truth is mighty and will prevail.

W. Rose
Somercotes, May 2nd, 1859.

P.S. Mr John says, a man must taste the bitter before he can enjoy the sweet. "Man was obliged to sin to be made happy." System of Mormon Logic. He also says, we have taken up some parts to answer our craft, but if it will please him better we will make our quotations more lengthy, for it will answer our end much better.

 

MORMONISM

Sir, having carefully perused the prefatory remarks of my antagonist in the Gazette, I shall briefly allude to them. I thought we had come before the public to discuss doctrine, not characters; if characters he wished to examine, it would be better to commence between our two selves, but he took another course, for a reason better known to himself.

If some were too dishonest to pay their debts, that he had no bearing in the least on the faith and doctrine of the church: if so the same can be said of every 'sect and party' that existed in ancient dates as well as modern, and where could we find the end of it?

He says, "And these are the men whom our opponent calls virtuous, faithful, and true to their God." This is a base and mean insertion, his opponent never said about these he wrote of, but the leaders of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He never lent them any, neither has he seen them as yet. His writing 'mixed up with all sorts of fictions.' Hence common sense and reason, Sir compel me to forbear; for to follow him through all of his wanderings would be fruitless. But I would just remark, that the same blindness, darkness, and ignorance of the subject that he has taken upon himself to condemn, runs through the whole of it. 'He understands not what he says, nor where he affirms.' Hence I shall consider the most part of it far beneath my notice, and be as brief and pointed as possible.

I perceive that the terms 'most degrading - most blasphemous - bloody bones, etc' are favourite terms with him, but such as I should treat with contempt, when attempting to write or preach on divine principles. Light and truth, the law and the testimony, are what I want to have our principles tried by, and not by the creeds, opinions, and characters of men. If they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them - Isaiah, viii 20. But the apostle Paul declared in his days, - Now the spirit speaketh expressly, then in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron. 1 Tim iv. 1,2. When professors of religion so far degrade themselves, and their profession as to attempt to injure others by lying and misrepresentation, they should remember that when the devil was disputing with the archangel about the body of Moses, the Lord would not permit the archangel to bring a railing accusation against the devil; and until they can prove that the individual they wish to injure is worse than the devil, and they themselves are better than the archangel, the bible requires them to hold their tongues, and mind their own business.

My opponent says, 'To prove God a material being possessing body and parts; our opponent refers us to several passages in scripture, which speak of the mouth. eyes, ears, hands, and feet of the Lord, etc. But here he throws himself in a terrible labrynth, for we may with equal propriety say, God is a sun and shield, fountain and rock. According to our opponent's theory God has wings, feathers, etc. But mark, here he throws himself in a most terrible labrynth, and at the same time proves my principle to be correct. Therefore their inhabitants were of small power, they were dismayed and contended; they were as the grass of the field, and as the green herb, as the grass on the house tops, and as corn blasted before it be grown up. 2 Kings xix. 26. According to this theory, those inhabitants were strange beings, having wonderful bodies composed of many singular parts; for they were part grass, part green herb, and part corn.

My opponent takes the honour upon him to comment, for he attempts to tell us the reason why God is represented as having bodily parts. Let him furnish proof from the Bible.

He further quotes Millenial Star, where it says, -God is made of immortal flesh and immortal bones. He wants a scriptural proof: - when Jesus rose from the dead, he appeared unto his disciples and said, - Handle me and see, for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. But the Bible declares, -God is a spirit; true and the same Bible declares God is love. 1 John iv. 8. But the author's letter to the Hebrews, proves, without the least doubt, that God was a person, where it says that He, (Jesus), is the brightness of his Father's glory, and the express image of his person. See chap. i. 3. Is this infidelity, Mr. Rose? Again he remarks, - 'Yes, he (God) eats, he drinks, etc.' - Millenial Star. Yes, he eats. - See Gen. xviii. 1,7 And the Lord appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre, and he (Abraham) sat in the tent door in the heat of the day, etc. And he lift up his eyes and looked, and lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground. And he took butter and milk, and the calf that he had dressed, and set it before them, and he stood by them under the tree. Mark 'and they did eat,' A plainer proof cannot be produced, because it says the Lord appeared unto him, etc.

He also quotes (Book of Mormon, p. 321), where it says-that the brother of Jared saw the finger of the Lord; for he was struck with fear. But my antagonist did not quote the whole connection: Nothing could be more pleasing to me than seeing him inserting our sentences in his letters, and will answer our purpose; but he inserts one part of the sentence and leaves the other out, to answer his own craft. But mark the following, -'And the Lord said unto him, (the brother of Jared), because of thy faith thou hast seen, that I shall take upon me flesh and blood. And again, -Behold I am Jesus Christ, etc. Taking upon him flesh and blood was spoken of in the future tense, I shall take, etc.

Again, -Cursed is the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm.' True, but blessed is the man that trusteth in God, for he hath the everlasting arms. -(Deut. xxxiii. 27, Thou hast a mighty arm and strong is thy right hand - Ps. lxxxix. 13). Our opponent says, -That by the 'hand of God' we are to understand the strength of his power. I admit that his hand is powerful; but I refer your readers to Ez. viii. 1,4, when he was in vision, he said, -"As I sat in mine house, and the Elders of Judah sat before me, that the hand of the Lord God fell upon me. And he put forth the form of an hand, and took me by a lock of mine head, etc. And behold the glory of the God of Israel was there, according to the vision I saw in the plain. Again, see Dan. v. 5. In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over the candlestick upon the plaster of the wall of the king's palace: and the king saw part of the hand that wrote. Also see Deut. ix. 10 -And the Lord delivered unto me two tables of stone written with the finger of God. The foregoing quotations correspond with the testimony of the brother of Jared, in the Book of Mormon, and if Mr. Rose is an honest man, he must confess it. He further says - By his eyes and ears we are to understand his omniscience; by his face the manifestation of his will. Let him furnish your readers with scriptural proof. This is the Ranter scheme, or the system of the Ranter logic. But mark the testimony of the bible, -And the Lord spake unto Moses, face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. -Exo. xxxiii. 2. Again says he, -By his mouth the revelation of his voice. It seems by logic that he cannot speak. But mark the bible logic, -And as they went, I heard the voice of their wings, like the voice of great waters, as the voice of the almighty, the voice of speech. -Ez. ii. 24. What can be plainer than these words-'the voice of the almighty, (even) the voice of speech.' Again - and Jesus when he was baptized, went straightway out of the water: and lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God ascending like a dove, and lighting upon him. And lo, a voice from heaven, saying, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. -Matt. iii. 16,17. That was a manifestation of his will, but it came by his own voice, -This is my beloved Son.'

This is the bible logic, and it corresponds with the Mormon logic, or rather the last with the first. The Mormons believe the same as the prophets, patriarchs, and apostles of old did, as we have proven. But Mr. R. tries to prove that the Mormons are infidels; hence according to his theory the ancient prophets, and people of God were infidels. 'Most disgusting, most degrading, and most blasphemous kind of infidelity.'

The passages that I have inserted, are but few of the many, that may be with propriety applied as proof to establish the fact, that God is a real person, and not as my opponent contends, 'without body and without parts.' And if he, by his logic, can produce proof to confound the two books, (the bible and the book of Mormon), let him do it.

He further says, -'There is no such word in te English language, as the comparative mood.' True, but there is such a mode there, as the (mode of comparison). I advise him to learn the lesson and understand it, before he will compare again. If he fully understood the lesson great, greater, greatest; small smaller, smallest, etc. He should have compared doctrines and principles better. Again he says, -'He beholds nothing but deathly deformity,' why? because his eyes are heavy. Jesus met with, and spoke of the same class, while on the earth. Says he, -And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which sayeth, by hearing, ye shall hear and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive. For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes, they have closed; lest at any time, they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. -Matt. xiii. 14,15.

D. JOHN

(to be concluded in our next.)

MORMONISM
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(Concluded from our last.)

Sirs, Mr. R. gives a quotation, commencing, "If the mind be material, and the brain nothing but a large gland, etc." He goes on and gives many other quotations; it seems that he wants to claim these as original, while in fact, they stand in the pamphlet he quoted from, in the exact language he has used. I refer your readers to Taylder's tract against Materialism, where the quotations and arguments of Mr. Rose stand these many years, although he palmed them off as his own. All these arguments are to be found wisely considered, and logically answered, in "Absurdities of Immaterialism" in O. Pratt, and if any of your readers would like to see the said book, if they will send to my my address, I can lend them it.

Inasmuch then that all his quotations are already answered, I see nothing before me to argue against; hence I will proceed to favour your readers with a short account of the faith and doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

* * * * * * * * * *

Yours, etc.,

11, Promenade, Robin Hood D. JOHN
Street,Nottingham

[The extreme length of one portion of David John's letter, which, in fact, is the Mormon creed, copied from a reprint, and would occupy over three-quarters of a column, compels us, in mercy to our readers, to reject its publication. The arguments, pro and con, appear to have reached a climax that would puzzle the most astute theologian; indeed, as Mr. John expresses himself, he "sees nothing before him to argue against," consequently, we must conclude that the "War of the Roses" is at an end. We have frequently infringed on our limited space to the exclusion of interesting matter, and in some instances given offense to correspondents in reference to this Mormon question; but if we must, as a public journalists, express our opinion freely, a NEWSPAPER is not the proper vehicle wherein to discuss the truthfulness or deception of any religious sect. We have to cater for all parties; to give the current events of the week- NEWS, not religious controversy; if we deviate from this straight-forward path, the newspaper ultimately becomes a mere controvertist, and the circulation of the Gazzette would grow "small by degrees and beautifully less."]

7 Apr Spent the morning in writing at home. Went to Somercotes in the evening. Held a meeting there. Lodged with Elder Wm. Singleton.

8 Apr Spent the day among the Saints. Went to Swemick?. Held a meeting there at 7 P.M..

9 Apr Returned to Nottingham. Cook returned from Liverpool.

10 Apr Sunday. At 9 A.M. left home for Hawknall? Held a meeting there at 2:30 P.M. and at B??? at 6:30 P.M.. Returned to Nottingham.

11 Apr Spent the day with Bro. Cook in writing and walking. In the evening listened to a lecture by Mr. Ernest Jones London. on the "Reform Bill"; He wanted to be a member in the house of Commons for the borough of Nottingham.

12 Apr Went to Eastwood, held a meeting there in the evening.

13 Apr Spent the day among the Saints there. Left at 6 P.M. for Sutton and held a meeting there. Met Elder Holmes.

14 Apr Spent the day there visiting the Saints. Returned to Nottingham and met Bro. Cook.

15 Apr Spent the day at home and visited Sister Matthews. Attended the Radford ?????.

16 Apr Spent the day at home. Bro. Cook left for "Burton on Trent" Branch.

17 Apr Sunday. Attended two meetings at Nottingham. Had a large assembly at 6 P.M.

18 Apr Spent the day at home.

19 Apr Wrote at home in the morning. Went to Mansfield and held a meeting there at 7 P.M. Visited the family of one Mrs. Jones.

20 Apr In the morning walked about two miles seeing the country. Walked again 7 miles to Calverton and held a meeting there at 7 P.M.

21 Apr Returned to Nottingham. Sister Eliza Lister with me. Met Bro. Cook and walked out with him in the evening.

22 Apr Spent the day in making out my monthly accounts. Met Elder Josiah Holmes and attended the Radford School at 8 P.M. The income of the month was as follows, -

Tithing

51 2 8 3/4

Book Money

5 10 0

Emigration

??? 30 3 1 1/2

Poor Offering

4 11 3 3/4

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91 7 2

23 Apr Spent the day at home writing.

24 Apr Sunday. At Nottingham, held a council at 10:30 A.M., at 2 and 6 P.M. attended meetings. The majority of the Priesthood throughout the conference was present.

25 Apr Easter Monday. Spent the day at home, many were with us from the country, being a wet day, we could not walk much out doors. Held a social party at Radford at 7 P.M.

26 Apr Spent the day at home. Cook left for ????. I attended meeting at 8 P.M. and we had a good time together.

27 Apr Left Nottingham at 9 A.M. and reached Birmingham at 1 P.M. Went to a "Circus" at 3 P.M. Left again at 6:30 P.M. and arrived at Ch???????? at 10 P.M. Lodged with one Mr. Phillips, formerly from Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, South Wales.

28 Apr Left at 10 A.M. stayed in Gl????one hour. Reached the Cardiff Station (Wales) at 1 P.M. where Bro. Miles met me. Spent the eveining with him.

29 Apr Met Sister M. Wride (John) at Cardiff. Spent the afternoon with her, being a very wet day.

30 Apr Spent the day at C??? and Cardiff and saw many of the Saints. Spent a few hours with Sister M. Wride.

1 May Sunday. Went to M??? and attended a conference there. Elders J. D. Ross, B. Evans, J. Davies Jr. were present. Sister Wride rode with me a few miles on her way home in the morning.

2 May Ross left for Bristol. Bro. Evans and I to Cardiff ???? and met many friends in the evening.

3 May Spent the morning among the Saints. At 3 P.M. left for my mother's house. I arrived there at 9 P.M., a distance of 70 miles. Found my mother well but my brother Thomas very ill. They very kindly received me.

4 May Spent the day at home. My brother was very low in spirits, believing firmly that his days were short upon the earth. We tried to influence his mind to the contrary, but he was steadfast in his belief that he could not live long.

5 May At home. My brother desired to be annointed with oil and to have my hands laid upon him. I did so and he was comforted.

6 May At home. (being St. Mark's fair) the village was much crowded. Did not enjoy myself well, but spent the day with my brother.

7 May A fair day again. In the evening my brother walked with me to Mrs. Nicholas' house, but he was very weak.

8 May Sunday. Left home in the morning. My mother wept and my brother felt very sorry to lose my company. I felt somewhat the same. This day was the last time that I saw my brother. I left him leaning against the door. Met Elder B. Evans in Haverfordwest and attended meetings there all day.

9 May Left about 12 A.M. and arrived in Swansea at 3 P.M. Spent the evening in visiting the Saints. Lodged with ???? in the Office.

10 May Stayed in Swansea until 4 P.M. Left for Gloucester and met Miles at Cardiff Station. He went with me until Newport. Arrived at Gloucester about 7:30 P.M. and lodged there.

11 May Left at 6 A.M. called at Birmingham and Derby and arrived at Nottingham at 7:20 P.M. Elder Holmes met me at the station.

12 May Bro. Cook returned from Licester and I spent the day with him in reading, writing, and walking.

13 May Occupied the day mostly in visiting. Attended the Radford School in the evening.

14 May At home. Bro. Ross arrived from London.

15 May Sunday. A Pastoral Conference was held at Nottingham and we had a good time all day.

16 May Spent the day mostly at home. In the evening went to Derby and attended meetings there. Returned home after it was over.

17 May Engaged in opening a new Individual Emigration ??? Book. Bro. Cook went to bury his brother and returned at night. Ross and I took a walk in the evening.

18 May At 9 A.M. Ross left for Birmingham. Cook and I visited the Saints. Took tea with Sister Arnott Radford. Attended meeting in that Branch that evening. Returned home.

19 May At home writing.

20 May Spent the day in making new Pastoral Balance Sheets for 1858. Attended school at Radford at 8 P.M.

21 May Spent the day at the same work.

22 May Sunday. Went to Calverton and held a meeting there at 2 P.M. and at ???? in the evening. Bro. Cook and two sisters came to meet us on the way.

23 May At home. Wrote an article to the "Midland Gazette". Attended Branch conference at 8 P.M. Bro. Cook left for Leicester.

24 May Engaged in writing in the morning and then went to Mansfield. Held a meeting there at 7 P.M. Took a walk through the Arboretum in the afternoon.

25 May Went to Woodhouse. Sister Harriet Jones with me. Visited the Saints there. Went to Sutton in the afternoon. Attended meetings in the evening. Sent Sister Jones to the station.

26 May Returned to Nottingham and met Elder Holmes with his district ???. Met Bro. Cook. Spent the evening in writing.

27 May Spent the day in making my monthly ???. Presented the same to Cook. The ??? were as follows:

Tithing

19 15 6

Book Money

7 10 0

Individual Emigration

??? 20 11 9 3/4

Poor Offering

3 15 10 1/2

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81 13 ??

Attended School at 8 P.M.

28 May Spent the day in reading and writing. Received the "Gazette" with the discussion in it.

29 May Sunday. Attended two meetings at Nottingham. Posted the "Gazette" to Elders Asa Calkin and J.D. Ross. Took a walk in the evening.

30 May At home. Wrote an article to the "Gazette". Took a walk with Elder Holmes in the evening.

31 May Went to Swanick. Wrote a few hours there and attended meeting at 7:30 P.M.

1 Jun Wrote in the morning. Sent an article to the "Star". Went to ???. Elder ??? went with me and held a meeting at 7 P.M. Lodged at "Loscoe" with Elder Parkins.

2 Jun Visited the Saints during the day. Went to Somer??? and held a meeting at 7:30 P.M.

3 Jun Went to Eastwood and spent the day mostly there. Returned to Nottingham and attended Radford School. Met Bro. Cook.

4 Jun Spent the day at home. At 7 P.M. attended the "???" and saw a play acted called the "Death of Abel".

5 Jun Sunday. At home in the morning. Attended meeting at Radford at 2 P.M. and Nottingham at 6:30 P.M. Visited Elder ????'s family.

6 Jun About home all day. Took tea with Bro. Holmes and Sister Burrows. Attended council at 8 P.M.

7 Jun At home in the morning. At 4 P.M. went to Eastwood. Held a meeting there at 7 P.M. and had a good time together.

8 Jun Spent the day in visiting the Saints. Mother Rowlands with me. Lodged in her house in Eastwood.

9 Jun Went to ????. Held a meeting in Portland at 7 P.M. My Brother died this evening at 8 P.M. The following card is in remembrance of him

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| In Affectionate Remembrance of |
| THOMAS JOHN |
| Who Departed This Life 9th June, 1859, |
| Aged 23 Years, 6 Months, 14 Days, |
| and 6 Hours. |
| Born Nov 25, 1835 |
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The following is a card in remembrance of my father. See pages 30 and 31.

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| In Affectionate Remembrance of |
| DANIEL JOHN |
| Born April 1st, 1793 |
| And died April 1st, 1856, |
| Aged 63 Years |
| Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord. |
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10 Jun Returned to Nottingham and met Bro. Cook. Received a note from my Mother dated the 8th inst. stating that my Brother was worse and too ill to write himself.

11 Jun Engaged in writing mostly all day.

12 Jun Sunday. At 8:30 A.M. received a note from my mother stating that my Brother was dead. Left at 9 A.M. for home, but could not go farther than Derby because there was no train going. Spent the day there, being a General Conference meeting. Bro. Cook was present.

13 Jun At 12:30 Mid-night I started with the mail and reached Gloucester at 4:40 A.M. Left again at 6:40 A.M. and arrived at my mother's house at 3:30 P.M., the distance of 300 miles; but my brother was buried 30 minutes before I arrived. Spent the evening in sorrow and tears.

14 Jun Spent the day with my mother.

15 Jun Also this day.

16 Jun Visited my uncle's family of ???. Returned to my mother in the evening.

17 Jun Went to a Draper?? shop in Letterstone, accompanied by my mother and Aunt Martha Williams. Returned in the evening.

18 Jun At home all day.

19 Jun Sunday. At home. Many of our relations visited us and among them my uncle Levi Williams and cousin Jane Williams.

20 Jun Left my mother at 7 A.M. She cried bitterly and so did I.

After I left her I spent 6 hours with Burgoyne in Haverfordwest. Left again for Swansea and arrived there at 7 P.M. Met Elder B. Evans and lodged with him.

21 Jun Spent the day with him in the Office. Had a play at the ???.

22 Jun Spent the day with him. Visited a few Saints. At 7 P.M. attended meeting and had a good time with the Saints.

23 Jun Left Swansea at 3 P.M. and arrive at Gloucester at 8 P.M. I lodged there.

24 Jun Left at 6:20 A.M. and arrived at Nottingham at 1:20 P.M. Attended the Radford School at 8 P.M. At 11 P.M. met Bro. Cook on his return from "Calverton".

25 Jun Spent the day in writing my monthly ????. The incomes were as follows:

Tithing

36 3 11

Book Money

7 10 0

Emigration

??? 7 8 4

Poor Offering

3 11 5 3/4

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54 13 8 3/4

The quarterly incomes were as follows

Tithing

137 2 1 3/4

Book Money

20 10 0

Emigration

??? 58 3 3 1/4

Poor Offering

8 1 11 3/4

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223 17 4 3/4

26 Jun Sunday. Attended 2 meetings at Nottingham. Took tea with Sister Mary ??? Atkin.

27 Jun At home writing all day. Bro. Cook returned from Derby.

28 Jun Spent the day in writing. At 8 P.M. attended meeting at Nottingham.

29 Jun Wrote during the morning. Went to Calverton and attended meeting there at 7 P.M. Lodged at Bro. Wright's.

30 Jun Wrote a few hours on the Branch Records. Went to Arnold and did the same there. Returned to Nottingham.

1 Jul Occupied the day mostly in writing. Attended the Radford School in the evening.

2 Jul Spent the day in writing at home.

3 Jul Sunday. Went to Mansfield and held a meeting there at 12 o'clock. Returned to Nottingham and attended meeting there at 6:30 P.M. Sister Harriet Jones and her mother accompanied me on their way to America.

4 Jul At 7:30 A.M. the two Sisters Jones and Sister Mary Ann Webb left for Liverpool to go to the States. I spent the day at home. Attended council at 8 P.M.

5 Jul At home until 3 P.M. Left for Eastwood and held a meeting there at 7 P.M.

6 Jul Spent the day in Eastwood. Attended meeting at Ho???? at 7 P.M. Mother Mary Rowlands accompanied me. Returned to Eastwood. Elder William Bowers was with us.

7 Jul Left at 11 A.M. Went to Princeton and visited the Saints there. From there went to Som???? . Elder John Farnsworth was with me and we attended meeting there at 7:30 P.M. Returned to Farnsworth's house.

8 Jul Returned to Nottingham and met Elders J. Cook and R.R. Handson at the station. The last arrived from "Durham" and was coming to travel in the Nottingham Conference. He and I attended School at 8 P.M.

9 Jul At home all day.

10 Jul Sunday. At 9 A.M. I left for ???? and attended meeting there at 2:30 P.M. and at Nottingham (Radford) at 6:30 P.M. Returned to Nottingham through the "Arboretum" with Elder James Oakley.

11 Jul At Nottingham in the afternoon. Went to "Breeston" accompanied by Handson. Visited the Saints and afterwards returned home.

12 Jul Went to Mansfield. Sisters Burrows, Holmes, Whitaker, Cook and 2 Carlins accompanied me. Met Elders Cook and E.L. Sloan, and J Holmes there. Held a social party in the open air for 6 hours. Returned to Nottingham at 10 P.M.

13 Jul At Nottingham all day. Elder Sloan arrived and we visited the Saints. Attended meeting at Radford at 8 P.M. Elder Hudson was present.

14 Jul Visited the Saints at Nottingham in the morning. Went to "Bulwell" at 3 P.M. Visited Sisters B??? and returned again. Sloan visited with me.

15 Jul Sloan left for Lincolnshire. I spent the day at home. Attended School at 8 P.M.

16 Jul At home all day. The following article appeared in the "Star":

No. 29, vol. XXI. Saturday, July 16, 1859, Price One Penny

READING AND REFLECTION
BY ELDER DAVID JOHN

Among the many means of acquiring information and improving the mind is that of reading. Books are instruments of knowledge; but it requires taste and judgement to make a good and useful selection. It is possible to store the memory with romances and all kinds of light literature; but it should be taken into consideration, before choosing or reading a book, how much real and useful knowledge we are likely to gain by its perusal.

Again: It is in the power of the human mind to commit the whole pages of a valuable book to memory without discovering any truth or beauty connected therewith, because the reader does not think; and if not, he does not understand; hence he gains no knowledge and cannot progress. But when he thinks, reflects, and searches to the bottom of the subject of his reading, he will understand it, and his judgement will become more and more powerful. One author says--

"When we are searching out the nature and properties of anything by various methods of trial, or when we apply some active powers or set some causes to work, to observe what effects they would produce, this sort of observation is called experiment. So when I throw a bullet into water I find it sinks; and when I throw the same bullet into quicksilver, I see it swims; but when I beat out this bullet into a thin hollow shape like a dish, then it will swim in the water too. So when I strike two flints together, I find they produce fire: when I throw a seed into the earth, it grows up into a plant. All these belong to the first method of knowledge."

As it is not the amount of food which we eat that gives us strength, but the portion which we digest, so also it is not the number of books which we read that gives us knowledge, but the portion that we understand. One page carefully read and perfectly understood imparts more knowledge than a whole volume without reflection.

Those who have read the most are often supposed to understand the most, but this is not always the case. Reading only supplies the mind with the materials of knowledge: it is by thought and reflection that we make what we read our own. By reviewing what we read and meditating on the thoughts of others laid down before us, one idea begets another: reflection on one simple truth generates another; or, in other words, it will point it out; and those ideas and truths attained by reflectionmay be called our own. Thus man will progress or rise in the scale of intelligence by his own energies and mental exercise, which is the sure road to greatness and the only true foundation of power. Hence we may say that one hour's reading and two hours' reflection will be far more likely to improve the mind than two hours' reading and one hours' reflection.

Again: To render our reading hours profitable, we should be void of all prejudice. This has been a general complaint and cause of failure in every age of the world; but never has it been stronger than at present. It is a great hinderance to knowledge, and has in its very nature a tendency to lead its possessor into difficulties and error. Those who desire to tread in the footsteps of the wise and attain valuable and useful knowledge must rid themselves of this most dangerous impostor, for it dresses up error in the garb of truth and keeps men's minds in the dark, with a belief that they are more in the light than others.

Impartiality also should characterize our searching after truth. When this is not the case, we may give what is really false the force of truth, because we wish it to be true. We should not fall in love with any doctrine or principle and wish it to have such force from a mere opinion that it is true. We should contend earnestly for the true faith, but we should first be sure that it is the true faith. We should love the truth because it is truth, and for no other reason. Our opinion and zeal, though ever so sincere or warm, will not excuse us for taking truth for error, or error for truth. Examination and meditation will endow the mind of every man with power to judge for himself and enable him to determine the difference between what is reasonable and what is unreasonable.

We may attain much knowledge by reading histories of the past; but there is no history that can be so beneficially studied as that of the restoration of the everlasting Gospel in these latter days, the organization of the Church of Jesus Christ, and the modern revelations received through the Prophet Joseph. Nothing can be more useful and instructive than reading the works of our own Church and reflecting upon their sublime principles and truths. All the books of the Church, however, may be read over and over again without discovering the real character and worth of their contents. Hence reflection should always accompany reading, so that the reader may be edified and his mind improved.

17 Jul Left home at 9 A.M. and went to Princeton. Attended meeting there at 2 P.M. Went to Somer???? and attended meeting there at 6 P.M. Elder Josiah Holmes was present.

18 Jul Returned to Nottingham. At 6 P.M. went to a meeting of the "Spirit Rappers"; they profess to receive revelation. I had a conversation with a few of them. Attended our council at 8 P.M.

19 Jul Met at the Arboretum at 2 P.M.; the Saints met. Took tea at 5 P.M. We ????, sang, and danced until night. It was the ???? day with the gentiles.

20 Jul At home writing until 2 P.M. Cook and I left for the Nottingham Gardens. Took tea there with many of the Saints. Attended meeting at Radford at 8 P.M. Elders Cook, Nelson, Hodson were present.

21 Jul Went to Arnold?? in the afternoon. Attended meeting there at 7 P.M. Returned to Nottingham. Elder R.R. Hodson was with me.

22 Jul At home writing. Attended the Radford School at 8 P.M.

23 Jul At home all day.

24 Jul Went to A??? and held a council there at 11 A.M. Went and held meetings at Calverton at 2 and 6 P.M. The ??? Saints joined us, 3 from Nottingham were there. "Butterswick" and wife and Sister Underwood. Bro. Hodson and I lodged with father Wright.

25 Jul Returned home and visited Bro. Holmes and Sister Burrows. Spent the evening in writing.

26 Jul At home in the morning. At 3:30 P.M. left for Eastwood. Met Elder Holmes with his districts' ???. Received ??? from him and attended meeting there at 7 P.M.

27 Jul Left for Sutton and met Elder Holmes at the Princeton Station. The Saints from Mansfield joined us and had a party there (being their feast).

28 Jul Returned to Nottingham. Made up my monthly accounts and ???? the same to Elder Cook. The incomes were as follows:

Tithing

48 6 4

Book Money

6 10 0

Emigration

??? 6 9 0 1/2

Poor Offering

5 1 4 1/4

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66 6 8 1/4

29 Jul Wrote all day on the Conference Books. Attended School at Radford at 8 P.M.

30 Jul At home all day.

31 Jul Sunday. Went to Radford and held a council there at 11 A.M. and a meeting at 2 P.M. Returned to Nottingham and preached there at 6:30 P.M.

1 Aug At home. Attended council at 8 P.M. Cut off Hyrum Weston for "apostacy".

2 Aug Went to Eastwood accompanied by Elder Hodson. Visited the Saints and held a meeting at 7 P.M.

3 Aug Hodson left for Calverton and I for Haverfordwest. Held a meeting at 7 P.M. Went and lodged with Elder Parkin "Loseve??".

4 Aug Left for ???? and arrived there at 10 A.M. Wrote an article to (?????). Visited the Saints and attended meeting at S??? in the evening.

5 Aug Returned to Nottingham and met Elders Cook and Hodson. Visited a few Saints with the evening at B??? and Radford. Attended School there at 8 P.M.

6 Aug At Nottingham all day.

7 Aug Sunday. Attended meeting at Radford at 6:30 P.M. and at Nottingham at 2:30 P.M. Bro. Cook was with me all day.

8 Aug At Nottingham.

9 Aug Bro. Cook and I went to Mansfield and held a meeting there at 7 P.M. Took tea with Sister Elizabeth Dickinson.

10 Aug Visited the Saints in Woodhouse. Went from there to Sutton and held a meeting there at 7 P.M. Returned to Mansfield.

11 Aug Went to Sutton. Bro. Holmes accompanied me from there to Somer???? and held a meeting there. Lodged with Elder John Farnsworth.

12 Aug Returned to Nottingham at 12 A.M. Spent the evening in writing an article to the "Star" on "Truth". Attended the Radford School at 8 P.M.

13 Aug At home all day.

14 Aug Sunday. Went with Elder James Oakley to Bruston and held a meeting there at 2 P.M. and at Nottingham at 6:30 P.M. Spent 12 hours together.

15 Aug At home all day.

16 Aug At home. Attended meeting in the evening. Hudson and I went to the Baths.

17 Aug Visited the Saints at 7 P.M. Attended meetings at A??? and returned home.

18 Aug At home all day.

19 Aug At home. Budge and Cook arrived from Derby. Spent the evening at home.

20 Aug At home all day. The following appeared in the "?????".

The two articles that follows here is written in Welsh?

The following letter appeared in the Welsh periodical "Zion's Trumpet", in January. When I left Wales, I had no time to visit all the Saints in the nation. Hence, I addressed them all through the print and stated my feelings to them as follows:

The following letter was written in Welsh?

21 Aug We held our conference in Nottingham. Elder Wm. Budge was with us. We held 3 meetings during the day. Bro. Budge and I took tea with Bro. Whitaker.

22 Aug Took a walk in the morning. Went to the artist and had our Portraits drawn. Budge took mine and Cook's with him to Nottingham.

23 Aug At home writing in the morning. Bro. Cook and I went to the Mansfield ???? in the afternoon. Saw a balloon ascending call the "Queen". We met with many of the Saints there and returned home in the evening.

24 Aug Spent the morning in writing at home. In the afternoon walked 7 miles to Calverton and held a meeting there at 7 P.M. I lodged there with Bro. Reuben Marriott.

25 Aug In the morning left for A??? and visited the Saints for a few hours. Then returned to Nottingham. Received accounts from Branches from Elder Charles Whitaker and Elder James Oakley. Spent the evening in writing at home.

26 Aug Spent the day in making up my monthly ?????. The incomes were as follows:

Tithing

35 16 1

Book Money

6 10 0

Emigration

??? 14 9 11

Poor Offering

5 17 0 3/4

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62 13 0 3/4

Attended the Radford School in the evening.

27 Aug At home all day.

28 Aug Sunday. Attended meetings at Nottingham at 2:30 and 6:30 P.M. Took tea with Sisters Underwood and Arnott. Visited the families of Bro. James Ward and Thomas Lowe in the evening.

29 Aug Went to S????. Held a social party in New Matlog? Lodged in S????

30 Aug Went to Eastwood and held a meeting there at 7 P.M. Sister Mary Whitaker and Elizabeth Cook of Nottingham were there on a visit.

31 Aug Spent the day there among the Saints.

1 Sep Went to Princeton and P??? Row and held a meeting there at 7 P.M. Lodged with Elder ?????

2 Sep Returned home. Met Elders Cook and Hudson and attended the Radford School at 8 P.M.

3 Sep At home. In the evening a few Saints met in Bro. Butterwick's, to exercise the Drama "???? Family".

4 Sep Sunday. Went with Bro. Cook to Licester and attended 2 meetings there. Had a good time all day.

5 Sep Visited the "Museum" and walked through the town. Went to Lou??borough in the evening. Went to the town hall and saw a "????" with American views. Lodged with Bro. Thomas ???????.

6 Sep Cook and I went to Eastwood and his daughter Eliza with us. Held a social party in the evening in the house of Sister Mary Rowland until 10 P.M.

7 Sep Spent the day in visiting the Saints. I held a meeting at ????? at 7 P.M. Returned to Eastwood. Elder Hudson went to the ????? Branch.

8 Sep Visited the Saints during the day. Went to ????? and held a meeting there at 7 P.M. Lodged with Elder Farnsworth.

9 Sep Returned to Nottingham and attended Radford School in the evening.

10 Sep At home all day.

11 Sep Sunday. Went to Mansfield and attended two meetings there. The Sutton Branch joines us.

12 Sep Visited the Saints in ??????? and Mansfield. Visited Visited ??? Warren in the evening. Lodged with Elder Abraham Hansford.

13 Sep Spent the day among the Mansfield Saints an