Dear family: Good morning! Here is Great-grandpa William Green Bickley's missionary journal kept while he was on his mission to England, which was on the CD typed by Jennie Lee Adam. This is long, (53 pages) but well worth reading. Have a wonderful day, and know that we love you. Uncle Jim
Missionary Journal of William Green Bickley
A journal of events which transpired during a mission to which, William Green Bickley, the grandfather of Jennie May Woodbury Lee, was called on the 18th of Aug. 1889, by Pres. Wilford Woodruff, to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in England.
According to the duties devolving upon me, in compliance with the call made upon me, I left my home in Beaver, Utah, Territory, U.S.A. on the 2nd day of Oct. 1889 and visited friends in Minersville, and arrived in Salt Lake City, on the morning of the 5th, in time to prepare for the Semi Annual conference, which I attended, accompanied by my wife and daughter, May.
Oct. 7th. Visited several prominent places in Salt Lake City and in the evening went down to Cottonwood and visited our brother and sister, Russell, and stayed with them until the afternoon of the 9th when we went to Provo to visit our daughter at the BYU Academy. On the evening of the 16th my wife left for home and on the morning, of the 11th, I returned to Salt Lake City, and busied myself for the business of the (Calders Music Palace) which I represent, and visited among friends.
On the morning of the 16th of Oct. I left Salt Lake City over the R.G.W. railway. At about 11 o'clock, the train being an hour and a half late. Upon our arrival at Provo, I had the pleasant privilege of a 20 minute visit with my daughter. Then we were rapidly whirled over the mountains, and thru the canyons of the Wasatch. It was a most delightful journey, the delay at the start, permitting us to go through the most delightful scenery of the route during daylight, which otherwise would have been done in the dark. Upon our arrival at Pueblo, where we changed cars, the providence of God in my behalf was manifested, in having left Salt Lake late as the train we should have taken at Pueblo, was gone, and we were compelled to wait for another, but at 9 o'clock the same evening, we left Pueblo over the A.T. and S.F. railway for Kansas City. When we got to Cimaron, Kansas we had to lay over 12 hrs. as the train we should have taken was completely wrecked, 9 miles west of Dodge City, and when we passed it about 4 o'clock in the afternoon of the 18th we fully and gratefully acknowledged the hand dealing of Heavenly Father in, preserving us from the fate, which might have been ours had we taken that train. Two of the cars had gone down a twenty foot embankment and were completely shattered, the trucks being torn from them and the cars turned over and over. One other was turned up so that the trucks were on top. While still another was over on its side and torn to pieces. It is a wonder anyone was left alive, but fortunately no one was killed at the time. One old lady, however, did die the same evening and others were not fully expected to recover. Large numbers were seriously injured, and more were bruised in a less or more degree. We arrived at Kansas City, on the morning of the nineteenth and changed cars to the Chicago Rock Island and Pacific Railway and passed over magnificent country, in the beautiful parlor chair cars, of that company to Chicago, where we arrived on the morning of Sunday the 20th. At 10:00 o'clock we steamed out of the city of crime and churches, over the Chicago and Atlantic Railroad and on Monday the evening of the 21st we reached New York and registered at the Smith and McNelle Hotel. The names of the Co. of Elders who were there, and who crossed the ocean with us were as follows: Walter Hoge, of Paris, Ida: Henry Dalrymple, St Charles, Ida; Wm. O'Niel, Vernal, Utah; Wm. Smith, Providence, Utah; E.H. Davis, Lehi Utah; James Evans, Lehi; A.B. Wilson, Hyrum; John H. Woodbury, S.L.; David Ward, Parowan, Utah; Chas. W. Booth, Spanish Fork, Utah; Jas. Wetherspoon , Ogden, Utah; Geo. Stephenson, Kaysville; Nephi Jackson, Nephi; Geo. Birchell, Nephi; and Wm. G. Bickley, Beaver. On Tues., morning, the 22nd we visited some of the various points of interest. I myself took in the sights on Broadway, and crossed over the Brooklyn Bridge. Went over on foot and back on the train. As this bridge is so well understood by the readers of the time, I will not enlarge upon it now. It is certainly a noble achievement of science. At two o'clock, we went on board the Steam ship Wisconsin, on the Guion line of steamers, and at three o'clock sharp, we left the dock. We made the following distances, as determined by the Ship officers on the days mentioned, at 12 o'clock. Oct. 23rd 233 miles; 24th 252 miles; 26th 250 miles; 27th 280 miles;28th 275 miles; 29th 300; 30th 336; 31st 320 miles. Arrived at Queenstown at 9 am, on the 1st of Nov., and at Liverpoole, on the morning of the 2nd. After what I thought was a prosperous journey. I cannot speak too highly of the courtesy of the officials, of the Steam ship, their solicitude for the comfort for the passenger, especially the sick was certainly commendable. I myself, had perfect immunity from sea sickness but some of the other brethren suffered seriously. The weather was quite propitious except upon the night of the 30th of Oct. when a very rough sea arose, and captain himself was somewhat fearful for the safety of the masts and smoke stack on deck. Upon our arrival on British soil and passing by the inspector of customs, we proceeded to the office of the president of the Church in Europe, at 42 Islington, Liverpool, where I presented my credentials as a missionary which I had rec'd from the hands of Apostle A.H. Cannon and Pres. S.B. Young in Salt Lake City, on the afternoon of the 15th of Oct. previous to my leaving, at which time I was set apart for that calling, and received a blessing, wherein I was promised great power, even to the control of the winds, and the waves, conditioned upon my faithfulness. S.B. Young was mouth.
After I had registered in the book for that purpose, I was assigned to the Birmingham conference, to labor under the presidency of Elder George H. Baugh. A number of us then registered at the Stewart Hotel and spent the evening looking at the magnificent buildings, for which Liverpoole, is so famous.
The next morning, the 3rd, I bade farewell to my fellow voyagers, and journeyed to Willenhall in Staffordshire, where my sisters Betsey and Hannah resided. The meeting between us was affecting, as well it may be after a separation of nearly 28 yrs. I spent that day and the following with them, and on Tuesday, the 5th I reported to my president, at B. 40, Roland Road Handsworth, Birmingham, when I was excused for two or three weeks, in order that I might visit friends and returned to Willenhall the same day. On the next morning I went to Manchester and visited with my very dear sisters, Sarah and Christianna. Oh, it was a joyable meeting, I myself was moved to tears. I found them both enjoying excellent health. We went to the home of Sarah at 3 Gilded Hollies, New Morton, where we devoted ourselves to the pleasures of the moment, in talking over old times when we were children, and congratulating ourselves on the happiness of our meeting. On Fri. the 8th we ”visited our cousin, Charles Jones, and family and were hospitably received and entertained. During this visit I had the pleasure of going into and inspecting some of the large cotton mills in that vicinity. The manufactore of cotton fabrics being the principle industry of Lancashire. On Sat. we went to Manchester, and I must confess, I was astounded and grieved at the sights of degradation and sorrow I witnessed, and all caused by the dreadful abomination "Drink". It is certainly a city of wealth and culture and is evidenced by the beautiful public and private buildings which greet the eye on every hand, but along side of the perhaps, millionaire, you may see the starving, pinched, haggard, faces of the occupants of the "slums". And, oh, the agony that is portrayed in the sunken eyes, and hollow features of the poor. We visited the royal Museum, in Peel Park, which is really a beautiful of natural scientific and artistic productions; we passed a very pleasant day, but as the museum contained such a numerous array of curiosities, it would be unnecessary to commence to enumerate them.
On Sun. 10th we spent the day in visiting our cousin ”Fanny, Uncle Thomas Green’s eldest daughter at Lees. Upon our return we called at the barracks of the sect known as the Salvation Army and attended their meeting. I had understood that they were in possession of some peculiar ideas, but I was hardly prepared to realize such things as came under my notice that night. Upon our entry into the lobby, the first thing which attracted our attention was a collection box in the hands of a lady officer of the sect. This box was the receptacle for the sum of one penny, cash, which each one was supposed to deposit, wishing to hear the "word", as preached by them, Wishing not to appear ridiculous, by being denied admission, I paid the price of admission and ascended the stairs and presented my ticket which I had received from the official in charge of the "Pennies". My ticket having been received and admission thus gained, we were ushered into the large hall and took seats. No sooner was this accomplished, than our ears were saluted by the cries of "War Cry, War Cry, Buy a War Cry!!!!!" in a voice more or less elevated or depressed. As the success of the vendors of the literature demanded. The solicitations to add to the treasury of the concern and to become possessors of their journal were continuous, the men, boys and women, alternately peregrinating among the audience, nor did it cease after the services had began. The devotional exercises, were similar to those of a large majority of the earnest mission workers of the times, during the singing and prayers, pious elation’s, could be heard, until there was a confused babel of sound. The sermon was delivered by a lady, a Captain, I believe and she certainly very ably handled her subject, which was the interpretation of the writing on the wall, by Daniel at the feast of Baltshazzer. At the close of her discourse, which lasted, I presume, about thirty minutes, the inevitable collection was announced, and taken up, the vendors of the "War Cry" continuing their refrain. There is no question but that the efforts of these people meet with marked results, in the reclaiming of the habitues of the slums and but of what duration the conversion, of such questionable characters, by such means is not easily to be determined. Many drunkards have been reclaimed, and many happy homes made by their means and for such results they are to be commended, but they nave nothing of a religious nature to offer except to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you are saved. But I cannot think that such a thing can be, that belief will secure salvation.
Monday 11th was spent socially by my sister, Christianna, and myself. In the afternoon I visited some friends of my sister Sarah, and in the evening I called upon cousin Charles. On the 12th C. and I again visited the R. Museum, and spent the day very profitable and pleasantly. On wed., 13th, we made our preparations for departure as C. was due at a new place of service with Mrs. Smith of 19 Town Hall Square, Bolton. We took supper with some friends, and at 8 o'clock, took a sorrowful departure for Willenhall. I called on my way upon Mr. T. Cooper. I arrived at Wolverhampton, and concluded to walk on the old familiar road to Willenhall, which place I reached about 4 o'clock, and spent the three following days in a pleasant manner with my friends.
Sun. 17th I attended the Sunday School of the church of St. Giles, where I had the pleasure of speaking to the children for a short time, and in the evening I attended Anniversary services in the Mt. Calvary, Baptist Chapel. On the following day I visited my Uncle Thomas of Brownhills, where I passed a very enjoyable two days visit. I returned to Willenhall to transact some business for my sister, Betsey and on Thurs. the 21st, I went to Rugby to visit with my wife's relatives. I found them all well except ”Mr. Thom and Henry Walton, who were considerably annoyed with Rheumatism, in fact ”Henry was hardly able to leave his room. That evening I went to brother ”James' family. He himself being Butler in Mr. Muntz, service at Dunsmare, Clefton, His wife was very glad to see me, and I formed a very warm feeling of friendship for her. I also called on ”Henry, but I was sorry I did, for his color arose at once and I could not stand to have those whom I loved abused, therefore I took my departure, bearing my testimony to him at his door. I was very hospitably entertained during the whole of my visit to Rugby, at Mr. ”Tom Walton's, my wife's brother, They were really kind, On Sunday I attended Sunday School, and Chapel with them at the Wesleyan Chapel, and saw the place where our father and mother worshipped, and saw the books and other things they used, and also the pew in which they sat. After the afternoon services, sister Martha and I visited the Cemetery, and saw the graves of ”Father and Mother Walton. Then we went to James' home to take tea with his wife. On Monday I spent the entire day with Martha and took in the sights of town and had a real pleasant day of it, seeing the old playgrounds where my dear ”Jennie passed her youthful days. During this visit I had the pleasure of seeing ”Aunt Mauley in the Rutlin Alms Houses. The poor lady was very glad to receive me, but could not see as she had lost the sight of her eyes. We had a pleasant hour's chat and we parted with mutual good feelings. Upon my departure from Rugby on Tuesday, I called at the famous city of Coventry, and took a hurried view of a few of the principle places of interest there, I arrived at the office on the same day, and found I should have a few days to spend at the conference house. As my travelling companion Elder Charles R. Lyman, was not expected to return just yet, I went to call upon my ”wife's brother, John Walton, at 2 Holly Grove, Heathfield Handsworth and found them very pleasant people indeed. They gave me "Carte Blanche" as to their home, and I spent several enjoyable evenings in their society. On Thurs. evening I attended meeting with the other Elders, at the Chapel in Huntersvale. The meeting was fairly well attended, and I had the pleasure of preaching my first sermon in England on that occasion. I occupied about three quarters of an hour on the first principles of the Gospel, and I do hope I do not boast, if I say that I felt the spirit of Inspiration. I walked around Town some and looked at the places of interest. On Sunday afternoon the 1st of December, I again attended a meeting in the chapel, being called on, I bore my testimony and occupied all the time except about ten min. which Bro. John F. Squires took up at the opening. After the meeting, tables were spread and a number of folks stayed to tea. After tea I was requested to practice some tunes with them to prepare for the conference. The evening meeting was addressed by Elders J.H. Ward, and S.W. Weston, quite a number of people were there, some strangers with them. At the close of the meeting, Elder Ward, and I visited a family named Cook, and had a nice time talking about matters pertaining to the Gospel, and discussing a bounteous supper which was provided for us. We left them feeling very well, and I think there is a good prospect to bring them in.
On Mon. I had the pleasure of visiting the art gallery and Museum of Birmingham, which is certainly a very grand affair and contains a number of beautiful works of artistic and scientific skill. Also a large number of relics of bygone days, not having a guide book, and my sight being defective. I am unable to particularize the great variety of objects there displayed trust however, I shall have another opportunity of seeing it again under more auspicious circumstances. As I was returning to the office I met with Elders Weston and Squires, who invited me to go with them to spend the evening at Bro. Spokes, the pres. of the Birmingham branch. I acceded to their request and found the Spokes family very kind, hospitable people. We had a most delightful evening. Elder Squires being quite a pianist and my being able to play the violin added to the part time of the occasion, songs, Duets, and instrumental music were the order of the evening until quite a late hour. We stayed all night, and after breakfast the next morning, I returned to the office and found a note awaiting me, desiring that I would go to ”Brown Hills as my Uncle Thomas Green was in a serious condition of ill health, I started at once, walking to Walsal, and took train to Brown Hills. I found my uncle very ill indeed, and at once endeavored to comfort him and the other members of the family. My uncle said he felt quite content with his prospects of the future state, but he could not hardly have felt so, for he would frequently call upon God for mercy in anything but a contented voice. My mind was sensibly impressed with the absurdity of a death bed repentance. I cannot at all understand how a person can live all his days in a dissolute manner, his body continually filled with intoxicants, and then at the last moment, when death stares him in the face, expect to have the mercy of God extended to him even so much as to take him to the realms of eternal Glory. I believe this to be the reason why wickedness is so rampant in the world, the parsons and lay preachers making the people believe that salvation is sure and free, simply by saying at deaths door, "Lord, I believe, Help Thou, my unbelief" with such an idea prevailing, how can we think the masses will trouble themselves, until they are certain they are through with this world. I stayed at uncles till Thurs., afternoon. Sat up with him both nights, and doing what I could for him. One of his friends, a local preacher, I believe, and myself entered into a conversation, as to the belief we entertained, and I tried in my humble manner to elucidate some of the fundamental principles to him, drawing largely upon the Bible to corroborate my testimony, he seemed quite pleased, and expressed himself surprised that we had such an array of biblical evidences of our doctrine. Just before leaving Uncles home, my aunt Sarah arrived and I must say I was a little disappointed at the cool manner in which she received me, after so long an absence, I do not think she interchanged a half dozen words with me but it is of no consequence. I must expect coolness in some directions, or I would not have the difference of kind treatment. I bid Uncle goodbye, and went to Willenham for a day or two, talking wherever I could on the Gospel, on the 9th, I went to the Wesleyan Chapel, after he had announced the difficult text to speak from. I thought we had scored a brilliant success in speaking But I returned to the office, and found a letter announcing my Uncle’s death the morning of the 6th., and desiring my presence at the funeral on the following day . I called upon John Salton in the evening and had an agreeable time. I went again to Brownhills on Tuesday and saw him laid in his last home on earth, and returned to Birmingham in the evening, and made preparations to start out on our regular missionary work with my companion, Elder Lymann. Dec. 11 about 10 o'clock, my companion and myself started out on our District making the journey to Maxtoke 14 mi. distant, on foot, through slush and mud, arriving at the end of our journey, about 5 o'clock at Bro. Martins and got tea, passed a pleasant hour with them after which we went to Mr. Allens and stayed there that night. They are investigating the gospel, and express themselves as ready for baptism, and made our stay as comfortable as they could, for which we felt grateful to them and to God.
Thursday 12th at Maxtoke, after prayers, and breakfast, we visited with Br. and Sister Stains and Bro. and Sister Nash, and found them very pleasant people, and very glad to see us. We engaged Bro. Nashes house to hold meeting on Sunday afternoon. We returned to Allens to spend the night. Awfully dark.
Friday 13th at Maxtoke a heavy rain in the night, but it was a beautiful morning, the brightest I have seen in this country. After prayers and breakfast, visited with Bro. Masters and Fallow's folks. They were feeling pretty well, and gave us some encouragement, that we might do something with the people here. And we hope that we can raise the branch again. It had been disorganized some months previous by our predecessors. During the afternoon we visited the ruins of a priory, erected in the 12th century by the Catholics. It must have been a noble building, when it was first built, although there is not much of it left to show its beauties. The entrance is through a massive and imposing archway which shows an amount of skill and artistic ability, far beyond my expectations, the roof is in especially fine construction, and shows but very little signs of decay, but the upper story is in a very ruinous condition, it has the appearance of a refectory. The grounds around are now occupied as a farm. It is said that there is a Subterranean passage from the Priory to the town of Coleshill, three miles distant, which was used by the monks, who occupied the monastery in the early times. There is an old church tower, a few yards distant, however the church is entirely gone. The tower is very high, and the Masonry shows skill, both in material and construction, the mortar is much harder than the rock, which is a red sand stone. The buildings were demolished during the time of Oliver Cromwell, and was never restored, from the fact that Protestantism, became the dominating religion after the Reformation from Catholicism.
December. 14 at Maxtoke. Weather fearfully foggy. So bad that it is impossible to see any one a few feet distant. We had our prayers in our room. It was necessary for me to go to Coleshill to post some letters. Called at Brother Masters and had a pleasant visit with them coupled with a bounteous dinner. Among the enjoyment of this day was the receipt of letters from Utah. One from May at the B.Y. Adacemy at Provo, and the other from home, and oh, how glad they made me. God bless all of the dear ones at home. Bro. Lyman also received a letter, and we mutually congratulated each other, hugging each other fraternally I spent the evening at home with Br. Lyman.
Dec.15 Sunday At Maxtoke. Went to Mr. Joseph Smith's to breakfast, by invitation. He is investigating the principles of the gospel, and promises to be baptized, and already had a daughter in Zion, who desires him to go to her. He is especially kind to the Elders when they visit him. We had a very pleasant visit with mutually agreeable conversation. We took dinner with Brother and Sister Fallow's. After which we adjourned to Bro. Nashes where we had arranged to hold meeting. The meeting was pretty generally well attended. The branch being disorganized, it fell to my lot to preside over the meeting. After the opening exercises of singing and prayer, we listened to a number of faithful testimonies from the brethren and sisters. After which the rest of the time was occupied by Bro. Lyman and myself in encouraging and instructing the saints. We went to Bro. Staines to tea, and passed a very nice evening. We returned to sleep at Allen's. and had a comfortable night of it.
Dec. 16th Maxtoke After prayers in our room and a good breakfast, we bade goodbye to our kind friends in this place, and started on foot to Coventry, 9 mi. distant. As we passed through Meriden, a Village three miles distant, we called upon a man by the name of Mills, who had received a number of tracts, from our missionaries, he did not seem very cordially disposed. And upon questioning him as to his opinions, as to what he had read, he expressed the idea that he did not think a religion that required works, was of any value. As he was of the opinion that the blood of Jesus Christ was all sufficient, without any effort on the part of the people. We tried to engage his attention but he slunk off without even saying goodbye. Upon arriving at Coventry, about 3 P.M. we called upon Sister Cleaver, and had a meal, before we left, we had quite a pleasant visit with her husband, who accompanied us to sister Daws, where we had a good time singing and playing the Harmonium. After we left there, we went to Temperance Hotel and took beds. Here we found a good piano, we took advantage of, having bread and cheese for supper. The next morning when we arose, some anxiety was expressed as to who, and what we were. We told them we were missionaries of the Gospel, and left them with good feelings. And left Coventry to walk to Daventry, calling on the way on Sister Bolton at Upper Stoke. The distance of today’s journey should have been 19 mi. but we were directed the wrong road and I estimated the distance we walked at about 24 miles. Most of the way through deep mud, which in fact was quite the rule on the roads all through, so far. We arrived at Daventry about 6 o'clock, quite tired, and stayed with Bro. Wilkins. They treated us very kindly, although we had to buy our provisions, as they were so very poor.
Dec. 19th Northampton. We had prayers in our room, as is our usual custom, we think much of the great goodness of God, that we feel it our duty to thank him for it. and to call His blessings upon our dear ones at home, as well as ourselves. We spent the day resting from our walk and reading, as I had quite a batch of papers from Utah, containing news of the nefarious schemes of the "liberals" of Salt Lake City To get control of the city. It is wonderful to note the state of vegetation in this land, here we can see cabbages and other garden produce, growing quite luxuriously, in the midst of winter. Ice and rain with the occasional snow, and in the midst of this, green grass, and flowers in abundance.
Dec 20th Northampton. Raining hard. Today my dear companion received a letter from home, in Parowan, and learned that his little son, Orion had died on the first of December. Poor fellow, I pity him, who can tell the feelings of a father under such conditions. He tried to bear his loss in a brave manner. I received a very kind invitation to go and spend Christmas with my brother in law, Tom Walton, at Rugby and wrote a reply expressing regret at not being able to accept owing to the urgent calls of the mission, having to make quite a tour before conference, it had also arranged for us to spend the holidays with the people of Northampton. During the afternoon we went to Wellingboro by train, a distance of 12 miles. Upon our arrival we went to Mr. Henry Fowlers. He is a local preacher of the Primitive Methodist denomination, but he always has a bed, and food for the Elders, when they go there. I went to call upon my wife's sister, Matilda and her husband Mr. Skinner and family, and took tea. After which I returned to Mr. Fowlers and requested the company of Bro. Lyman to spend the evening with me at Skinners. We went back, and had a splendid time. As there was a fine piano there, of course it had to be used. About 10 o'clock we bade them goodbye and were soon in the comfortable bed so kindly provided for our use by our worthy host, Fowler, and sleeping soundly.
Dec 21st We arose and had prayers in our room, and after a substantial breakfast, we visited with Sister Pearson and Sister Wyman. We then started to walk to Olney, in Buckinghamshire, a distance of 11 mi. still muddy, but the country looked, very nice, and filled me with pleasant anticipations of what pretty sights we should see during the summer months, if we should stay in this district. We got to Olney, about 3 o'clock, rather tired, and glad to sit down to the nice dinner we found awaiting us at Bro. Richard Freemans. He and his wife were very glad to see us. They have been baptized about five weeks, and seemed real pleased that they had complied with this requirement, and determined to continue in the good work and gather to Zion.
Sunday 22nd Olney Prayers and meals as usual. In the afternoon we had a really enjoyable meeting. Only six members of us, just the number that were at the first meeting of the church, when it was organized. Bro. Lyman and I gave the instructions that were needful and Bro. F. bore his testimony to the truthfulness of the Gospel. We all passed the evening together, singing from the hymn book, and in pleasant social converse I wrote a poem.
Monday Dec 23rd. After prayers and breakfast visited with Bro. Freeman and wife and had a nice dinner with them. Went around the town some. Among other places we saw was the church of St. Peter and St. Paul, erected in the year 1325. There are two of the original windows in the building, the rest are of a more modern date. Among them is a beautiful stained one, in which scenes in the life of our Savior are portrayed. A singular condition in the construction of the nave was pointed out to us by the Sexton. The window and nave both lean a little to the left, in order to demonstrate the idea that the Savior leaned his head to the left on the cross. The spire is 140 ft high, we had the pleasure of ascending the steps leading to the belfry, and clock tower, about 100 feet. There is quite an old organ in the church. At 6 o'clock we left our kind friend, and took train for Northampton, 12 miles. Arrived at Bro. Holtons about 8 o'clock, found them quite busy preparing for Christmas. I was suffering from a bad cold in the head, and lungs, and thought best to house up a little in order to recuperate.
Dec 24th. Prayers and meals as customary. This morning, I received a kind letter from the W.S.A. of Beaver Co. Utah containing compliments of the Christmas season. Also advises that they had sent me a present in the shape of $15.00 which I have not yet received, and am afraid it is lost. I at once replied, thanking them for their kindness. I also wrote a letter to each of my relatives, expressing good wishes for their enjoyment at the approaching Christmas time. During the evening we visited the market place and other places and found quite a fine display of goods tempting the purses of the generously disposed. Upon our return we spent the evening in conversation and singing until the bells announced Christmas morning, we shook hands all round, and spoke of home.
Christmas Day Dec 25 After our morning devotions and breakfast, we went down to Bro. Cullops to take dinner with them, and visited with them for a few hours, we then returned to Bro. Holtons, where a party was given to the children, and we had quite a nice time, after their tea, in songs, recitations and after which the older folks in the branch met and we passed a very enjoyable evening, with games, songs, and other amusement to a late hour.
The 26th, 27th, and 28th of Dec. we passed quietly, visiting among the saints. I stayed in the house most of the time, trying to recover from my cold, and conversing with the folks on the principles of the Gospel. I received letters and papers from home, and was greatly blessed thereby, and replied to the letters.
Sunday Dec. 29th, Prayers and Breakfast. At half past ten, met with the Sunday School, talked to them and found them quite intelligent, as to the principles of truth. Went Bro. Cullops to dinner, and had a nice meeting in the afternoon, and in the evening, I felt the spirit of the Lord while I addressed them. A number of testimonies were borne by the saints.
Monday, Dec. 30th After breakfast left Northampton for Daventry, walking through Harlestone, called upon a sister Goldby, very old and ill, blessed her, and on our coming down stairs found her daughter in law, and granddaughter awaiting us, with no good words, but rather a disposition to abuse us, we however took their unkind words mildly, and blessed them when we left them. We proceeded on our way to Daventry, and passed the night there with Bro. Wilkins.
Tues. Dec 31st. We walked today to Leamington, a distance of 17 miles, not mud today, but a little snow on frozen ground, very slippery walking. Arrived at Bro. Jacob Stowes, fearfully tired, and almost used up from the hard walk, took lunch with Stowes folks, and took train for Birmingham, arriving at the conference house about 8 o'clock, and glad to get to bed. During this trip our facilities for preaching to the people were quite limited, as we had to make a hurried visit to the branches, in order to make our report to the conference.
1890, Jan. 1st. Wednesday. Those of the Elders who had arrived, heartily congratulated each other upon the auspicious opening of the New Year. During the day I busied myself in writing to my dear wife and family, also the choir, of which I am a member, when at home. In the evening I called upon my brother in law, John, and passed a pleasant evening, discussing various matters, also a good supper, returned to the conference house, and to bed. Letters from home today, such happiness.
Jan 2nd. Passed the morning studying "Mesheims Church History". And writing. In the afternoon, walked to Willenhall, to see my relatives, found all well except my ”niece Polly Carter. She was suffering from hysteria produced by fright, a drunken man had threatened to cut her throat, and she is naturally quite nervous. I visited both of my sisters, stayed at Hannah’s.
Jan 3rd. My dear Williams birthday, 22 yrs. old today. God bless him, I trust he will have a prosperous year. Above all I pray, that he may be led in the path of the Gospel, and become a useful man. I returned to our conference house, and continued my study of "Mosheim". I am looking up modes of baptism during the earlier ages, and find it a very interesting study.
Jan 4th. Received papers from Salt Lake City. What a time they must be having there. Truly the evil one is raging but thank God, for the faith we have in the assurance of the final triumph of truth, and justice, it is sure. Went into town during the day. In the evening we were very much favored by having Apostle George Teasdale, President of the European mission with us, and a soul refreshing meeting was held, in which we received much valuable instruction from Bro. Teasdale.
Sunday Jan 5th. Conference day. Also the regular fast day in this mission, which we all observed. At 10 o'clock we had the first meeting in the chapel on Farn St. It was very poorly attended, but a good spirit prevailed. We were addressed by President Geo. H. Baugh, and by Elders E.C. Rich, Charles R. Lyman, Arthur F. Commings, John E. Huish, and Thomas H. Blackburn (Of Leeds conference. The statistical, and financial reports were also read by Pres. Baugh. After which Apostle Teasdale made some very encouraging remarks. After Meeting I went to Bro. Spokes for dinner. At half past two, meeting again convened, quite a number more in attendance. The speakers were Elders Samuel W. Western, William G. Bickley and Joseph H. Ward. At the close of this meeting a lunch of cake and other good things, was partaken of. And the rest of the time was taken up socially, until half past six o'clock. When meeting again assembled, a crowded audience listened to a discourse from Pres. Teasdale, that must have gone to all hearts, if they were in any manner susceptible to truth, and this closed the conference.
Wed. Jan 6th. At 10 o'clock we all met with our much loved President Teasdale, in council meeting, at Bro. Spokes, and were blessed indeed by his kind, and fatherly advice and council. God bless him. He is a thoroughly good man. In the evening, a social party was held, in the chapel, and a good time was had in dancing, singing, reciting, until 11:30 o'clock at which time we dispersed to our homes well pleased.
Tues. Jan 7th Passed the day in the house reading and writing. In the afternoon we administered to Bro. Cummings, who was quite poorly and he was greatly relieved by the ordinance. What a blessing it is that we can have such manifestations of the power of God when we go before Him in the proper manner. I read some more in Mosheim. Retired early.
Wed Jan 8th. After breakfast all the Elders went to the Photographers to have a group taken. After which we had a good dinner of beefsteak, (an Extravagance we are not often guilty of). And I read the newspaper for a little while. After which Bro. Lyman and I went to spend the evening with my brother-in-law John Walton, where we had a most interesting time, coupled with a good supper. We returned to our house about 10 o'clock. Bro. Lyman does not feel in the mind, and I pity him.
Thurs. Jan 9th. A wet miserable day. Stayed indoors all day, and wrote a long letter home, also one to the Utonian, a paper published in Beaver, and in reading. In the evening attended meeting, at our chapel in Hunters Vale. Elder Huish and myself addressed the meeting on the duties of the Saints, as to paying tithing, offerings, etc. A very good spirit prevailed. Elder Cummings has been ill for a day or two with influenza but is better.
Fri. Jan 10th. A real nice day, but as my companion was not quite ready, we concluded to defer our departure for another day, was very much disappointed that the postman did not bring me a letter today from Home. Spent a good part of the day in writing a letter to the Deseret News. In the afternoon I received pictures of my dear wife and eldest daughter, May. What a thrill of pleasure filled my heart upon opening the parcel, and see their loved faces. God bless them. In the evening I spent an hour or two with Brother John Walton, and took one of the pictures and gave it to him with which he was very much pleased.
Jan 11th. At 10:30 Elder Lyman and myself bade goodbye to our brethren at B. 40, and started on our way to Maxstoke, arriving at Bro., Masters about 2:30, took lunch with Bro. Fallow's folks, the walk was a bad one, owing to the rain, which made the roads quite muddy. We went up to Mr. Allens in the evening and spent the night there, very glad to see us, and it was a mutual pleasure. Called on our way up at Bro. Woodfields, where we received an invitation to tea on Monday afternoon. On our way today we left a number of tracts in the hands of some people we met on the road, and trust the seed will fall upon good ground.
Sunday Jan 12th After breakfast Bro. Lyman went to Bro. Nash's to arrange a meeting this afternoon. When he returned I visited Woodfields, Joseph Smith, Fallow's, and Masters, to inform them of the service. Took dinner with Bro. Masters, and walked with them to meeting. We had a good portion of the spirit of God with us. Elder Lyman then made some remarks on the duties of the saints. After which I took up the rest of the time on signs of the times, and their bearing upon the fulfillment of prophecy. Also upon the law of tithing. When we were dismissed Bro. Lyman and I went to Bro. Staines to spend the evening, returning to our home at Allens, at half past eight, and spent an hour or two in pleasant conversation.
Jan 13th Still at Maxstoke. Went to Joseph Smith's for breakfast, and stayed the forenoon, reading the scriptures and news papers. What peculiar system of administering justice by the magistrates in this enlightened country may be inferred from the following reports of the courts. A broker who had defrauded people out of hundreds of pounds, was simply fined a merely nominal fine, while a poor little boy, who had stolen some article worth a shilling, was sent to prison for one year, and two years more in the reformatory. Again a young lady, the daughter of a clergyman, who had stolen a large number of umbrellas, and they were found in her possession, too, had a sentence suspended, while a woman who had stolen a child’s jacket, of scarcely any value, was sentenced to Penal Servitude, for five years. What a humbug. We discussed the miraculous conversion of St. Paul, who concluded that those who did not believe in direct revelation and adult baptism could not accept Paul as a divinely inspired apostle, and there were many more evidences of the divine calling of the great prophet of the last days, Joseph Smith Jr. than there are of the calling of the apostle Paul. No one saw the person who spoke to Paul only the men who were with him heard the voice. Of course, I do not wish to doubt or cast reflection upon the word of the man who was certainly called of God to be His apostle, as recorded in Acts. 9. But as God does not change, He can appear to mankind now as easy as He could to the ancients, and I am proud to know that He has revealed Himself to man in this century, and conferred the everlasting gospel for the worlds acceptance or rejection. We called upon Bro. Masters, and Fallow's folks to get a record of their baptism. We did not get it however, and then went to Sister Woodfields for tea, returning to Allens at dusk, and found Mr. Allen not feeling well, had no oil with us but laid hands upon his head, and blessed him in the name of the Lord.
Tues. Jan. 14th Coventry. Left Maxstoke this morning in a drizzling storm at 9:45 arrived here at about 2 o'clock. After going to Mrs. C.M. Eates Commercial Hotel, and securing beds, we repaired to sister Cleavers. I left Bro. Lyman there, and visited an ancient building in the old part of the city, called St. Mary's Hall, erected in the year 1414 A.D. for the use of the Trinity Guild. It contains a great number of interesting relics of that period. The main Hall is 76 ft. 6 in. in length, 30 ft. broad, and 34 ft high. Adorned with portraits of Charles II, Queen Mary, and a number of other Monarchs who have visited it from time to time. The side windows are stained glass, beautifully embellished. The furniture is very antique. Among the articles is a very richly carved chair used on State occasions. I had the honor of sitting in it. The kitchen shows that they were in the habit of cooking, and consuming large quantities of food. There is a collection of Armour, and goodly array of antiquities that will amply repay anyone for the trouble of a visit. Among the rest I must not omit to mention the statue of the Lady Godiva, who rode through the streets of the city about the year 1050, at the request of her husband, "Earl Leofrie", in an entirely nude state, conditional that he would relieve the people of a grievous and oppressive tax. I returned to sister Cleavers to tea, and we both called on Sister Daws, and returned to our hotel about eight o'clock, pretty well tired, and ready for bed.
Wed. Jan. 15th. Rugby. Left Coventry this morning at 9 o'clock took some food with us, and got our breakfast at sister Boltons, after which we came to this place arriving about 2 o'clock. We went to Mr. Tom Walton’s, my bro. in law, and had dinner, after which we took a stroll around town and brother Lyman went to get some dentistry attended to. I gave them (Tom's folks) a copy of my wife and daughters' pictures, they were very much pleased with it, and they may be, for it is certainly very good. In the evening we went to call on Bro. James Walton’s folks, found them all well, and left a picture with them also, returned to Toms where we expected to sleep, but as one of their sons was ill, we had to lodge at a house nearby.
Thurs. Jan. 16th. Daventry. Passed a very good night and arose early this morning, after breakfast I called on my wife's sister Mattie, and left her a picture. I went around town some, and visited Miss Rose Walton, John's daughter, and then went with Brother Lyman to call upon Mrs. Sylvester. I ran to bid James' wife goodbye and returned to dinner at Sylvester's. After which we started about one o'clock for Daventry, arriving here about 5 o'clock, and stayed with Bro. Wilkins, read the Star through and retired to bed at 8 o'clock.
Fri. Jan. 18th Northampton. Left Daventry, at 10 A.M. and on the way left a number of tracts with people on the way, and entered into conversation, with them when possible. Arrived at Bro. Cullops, at 2 P.M. had dinner and rest and went to Bro. Holtons. Found all well. They have a family with them named Claydon, members of the church, glad to meet them, passed a very agreeable evening singing, and talking, but Oh, I do want a letter from home. Well, what fun, I have just got two this moment, and stop to read them before I finish this journal of today's business. All well at home, Thank God.
Sat. Jan 19th. Northampton. Raining early in the day, cleared up in time for Sunday School, which was held at 10:30 A.M. As Supt. Holton had gone to service at Olney, I was requested to conduct the school. After the opening services, the articles of faith were taken up as a study, I afterwards called on Elder Lyman and Pres. Cullop to address the school. Went to Cullops to dinner, at 3 P.M. and had a testimony meeting, and good spirit prevailed. A number of soul stirring testimonies were borne. In the interim between meetings, we went to Sister A. Camprans. During the evening meeting I addressed the audience on the comparison of the Theology of the early Christians and the confusion of the teachers of the present day, drew attention to the Apostasy of the Roman Catholics from the faith of the Savior. Gave the detailed account of the first principles of the Gospel in as comprehensive a manner, and the limited time would permit, and the meeting was very interesting, I pray God to keep me humble, so that I may be successful in my labors. After the meeting it was arranged, that three young men, who had been in attendance at the meetings of the saints, should meet with us and make preparations for baptism. I told them to consult their parents on the subject, as we did not desire to have them take such a step unknown to them.
Mon., Jan. 20th. Northampton. Passed the morning studying, went to take dinner with Bro. Farrar, in the afternoon I wrote to my sister, and sent them each a Bible as a birthday present. Hope they will make good use of them. Visited Mrs. Denton (by invitation) took tea with her. In a conversation with her, she said she felt that the Gospel was true, but she lacked courage to be bp. then, but I think she will eventually receive the truth. During the evening one of the young men mentioned, yesterday called and it is agreed to baptize him on Wednesday evening. We spent a very pleasant evening, singing from the S. S. Union Tune book, and sat up till quite late.
Tues. Jan. 21st. My dear daughter May's birthday. Also my dear sister Christianna's. I hope they both have pleasant reminders. During the early part of the day. I went to the public library, to look up some authority on the subject of baptism, during the dark ages. In the afternoon, I wrote letters to my dear wife, and daughter Agnes. In the evening another of the young men called on us, he had been detained from filling his appointment by His mother's illness. We asked him if he had talked with his people, in the matter, he said he had not but that he would do so.
Wed. Jan. 22. Northampton. Passed a feverish bad night, quite poorly this morning, thought it wise to stay in the house in order to recuperate, committed a few verses of scripture to memory. Elder Lyman administered to me in the name of the Lord, and I certainly received benefit from the ordinance. At 7 p.m. William Arthur Ives, and William Randall Campian, a little son of Sister Annie Campian's presented themselves for baptism. Charles Branson said his mother would not consent to his taking the step, His brother William did not report at all. Accordingly about 8:30 went down to the river "Nen" where the applicants were bp. by Elder Lyman. Upon returning to the house, a meeting was held, when the confirmations of the two who were baptized was attended to by Lyman being mouth in confirming Bro. Ives, and myself in confirming Bro. Campian. The sacrament of the Lord's Supper was then administered by Elders Claydon and Holton, remarks were made by myself and Elder Lyman, and concluded the meeting with our hearts full of gratitude to God, that he is so kind to us. The young Man Branson felt his position keenly. We encouraged him to make another attempt to remove the prejudice of his parents, and to live a blameless life, and promised him success if he would do so.
Thursday Jan. 23rd. Northampton. Another miserable wet stormy, day, in consequence of which we were compelled to remain here and also indoors. I followed up my study of the scriptures in relation to the signs of the times, and the prophecies concerning the days we live in, and am beginning to realize how little I am acquainted with the scriptures, compared with what I ought to know of them. If the traveling Elders were as earnest in their studies, and duties, at home as they are out in the world, what a different state of affairs would exist. Spent the evening together in a testimony meeting, had a real good time.
Fri. Jan 24. Olney Left Northampton this morning about 11, and walked to this place, through a sea of mud, from yesterday's rain. Arrived safe however, and found the people well, and enjoying the Holy Spirit, took dinner with Bro. R. Freeman’s folks, and then went to Bro. George’s, and passed the evening with, they are such nice people, will make our headquarters with them probably. A very profitable time was had talking over the principles of truth until quite a late hour.
Sat. Jan. 25. Olney. Rather a wet day. Our good friend, and brother George Freeman, took pity upon us, and generously volunteered to repair our boots. We being something like the poor fellows who had but one shirt, had to stay in doors while the repairing of our shoes was attended to. Consequently, we had the leisure to read and study, in the evening, Bro. Claydon came over from Northampton, and we had a most delightful time singing.
Sunday, Jan. 26th. Olney. During the morning, Elders Claydon, Lyman, and myself, went to Emberdon, a village about a mile distant from Olney, and distributed quite a number of tracts. Consisting of "Is belief Alone Sufficient?" "Glad Tidings of Great Joy", "The Only True Gospel", and in the afternoon, Bro. Freeman, Claydon, and myself essayed to go to Clifton, for the same purpose, but immediately upon starting a fearful storm of wind and rain came up, and we were compelled to relinquish the undertaking. As I desired to hear the organ, in the Parish church which I referred to in this journal, on the 23rd. of Dec. I attended church for that purpose. The tones of the instrument are peculiarly sweet and pleasing. The exercises of the service were not so impressive as the services of the Established Church usually are. The sermon was a very laborious effort to say nothing. The text was Isaiah 55th chapter. 1st v. "Lo, everyone that thirsteth". And I think such texts are sadly out of place from those who "preach for hire and divine for money". In the evening we had a most interesting meeting. Remarks were made by Elders Claydon, Lyman and myself. After meeting we indulged in singing until 10 o'clock.
Mon. Jan 27th. Olney. Spent the morning reading, the "Deseret News", the condition of things in Utah amply attest to the truth of the work, from the standpoint of the Savior when he said, "If ye were of the world, then the world would love you, but ye are not of the world, therefore the world hateth you." The Supreme Court seems as much disposed as any other body to favor corruption or any other evil, which is aimed against the Latter Day Saints, but when we consider that God rules, we can well afford to let Him rule in His own way. In the afternoon, Elder Lyman and I took tracts to Clifton, and spent the evening quietly, I wrote considerably.
Tues. Jan 28th. Olney Wind and rain, wind and wet, wet and rain, rain and wind. Oh, what a day! What a day! To go out was almost impossible. Read the report of Elder Francis Copes funeral, and Elder B.H. Roberts discourse in the Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, Utah. Jan. 1890. Studied up the mission of Elijah and Elias.
Wed. Jan 29th. Olney. Weather clear. Wrote to the first ward Sunday School and a number of local letters. Also sent in our monthly report. Find good results from our preaching. Anxious to get to Wellingboro, hope to go tomorrow. What a delightful day, like late spring. Sang all evening.
Fri. Jan. 30. Wellingboro. Left Olney this A.M. about 10 o'clock. And walked to this place, 12 miles over fearfully muddy road, arrived about 3 P.M. After we had washed and brushed up, which we needed badly, we called upon Sister Wyman, and spent a few hours with her, took tea there. In the evening I went to call on my ”brother”-in-law Skinners and passed a delightful hour, promised to go again tomorrow night.
Fri. Jan. 31. Wellingboro After breakfast, we called on Sister Pearson, found her quite poorly. She desired us to administer to her, which we did, Elder Lyman, anointed her, and I officiated as mouth in confirmation. Took dinner there. In the afternoon I visited the really beautiful cemetery, attached to this place, and I promised myself another visit in the summer, when the flowers are in bloom, it is a most delightful place. I also visited the fine Parish church. As previously arranged, we went to Skinners to pass the evening, and a most enjoyable time we had, singing and playing the piano, winding up with a fine supper.
Sat. Feb. l. Winwick. Well, this has been a day, and no mistake. We left Wellingboro, this A.M. by train for Thrapston, 9 1/2 miles, and proceeded onto this place by foot, 10 miles farther. Before starting, we had been advised of the mud we might expect to encounter, as our road led through fields, and by lanes, but our most sanguine anticipations were more than left in the distance by the perfect deluge of mud. There were some places, it was almost impossible to pull through, however by hard struggling, and earnest effort, we managed to get through, but we presented a sorry spectacle, I have no doubt. We went to Bro. Dickinsons, where we have our sleeping place. After we had had lunch we went over to Pres. Roses and visited with them. When we returned to our place of rest, we found Bro. Dickenson had returned from work, but was badly used up with rheumatism, which seems to be quite prevalent in this country. We passed an agreeable evening.
Sunday, Feb. 2nd. After breakfast went over to Bro. Jolley's, and passed the day, in the evening we held meeting at Roses, had some good testimonies. After which Elder Lyman and myself occupied the time instructing the few Saints who were there as to their duties, returned to Dickenson's to sleep.
Mon. Feb. 3rd. Spent the day distributing tracts and talking with those who would listen, on the first principles of the Gospel took supper at Roses.
Feb 4th. Wellingboro. Left Winwick this morning at nine, and traveled to Stanwick, over some mud, but not nearly so bad as it was on Sat. Passed through a number of real nice villages, where we will try to make an opening next summer. Upon arriving at Stanwick, where we expected to visit a Bro. Chas. Clark, we found that he had been buried the day before, called upon his sons, and then went to Higham Ferrers, (Which made us about 17 miles walking today) and took train for Wellingboro.
Feb. 5th. Wellingboro. Devoted the morning to replying to a letter I received from home. Oh, so glad. In the afternoon, visited with the saints here.
Feb. 6th Wellingboro. Studied some, visited Sister Wyman, and called on Skinners, in the evening and found them all well, and had a pleasant time.
Feb 7th. Northampton. Left Wellingboro today about 10 a.m. and walked over a beautiful country road to this place, arriving here about 2 p.m. . The scenery along the way today was really grand, and magnificent for quite a distance, the road is lined with fine old trees, and I am anticipating much pleasure from my journeys over the road when summer comes. We passed some ancient ruins of an Abbey about two miles from Northampton. I shall return, and examine them at my leisure, if I may be permitted to do so. I found some Utah papers awaiting, and devoted my attention to them. Studied some in the Bible.
Feb. 8th. Northampton. Wrote a letter to my daughter Agnes, and made her a birthday card. Looked up some of the prophecies in relation to the last days. Went and took a good plunge in the evening.
Feb 9th Sun. Northampton. Met with the Sunday School in the morning. Went to Cullops to dinner. Had a very nice testimony meeting in the afternoon. Went to Sister Campian's to tea, in the evening, the meeting was very good and introductions were given by Elders Holton, Lyman and myself. After meeting, we made arrangements to baptize 2 young men on Mon.
Feb 10th. Northampton. Visited some among the Saints. At 2 p.m. went to see a funeral procession. One of the civic dignitaries of the Borough having died. It was a really fine display of respect. I went out to the cemetery, in order to witness the interment, but the crowd was so dense, that it was impossible to do so. I was much impressed, however, with the many evidences of respect for the dead, in the shape of expensive monuments, and head stones. The grounds are beautiful, and quite extensive, and there is a nice edifice for holding services. In the evening, we went down to the river Nen, and performed the rite of baptism, on Charles Branson, and his brother William Branson, I doing the baptism. Afterwards we returned to Bro. Holtons where we confirmed the young man. Elder Lyman was mouth in confirming William and I in confirming Chas. After this we administered the sacrament of the Lord's supper. And gave instructions to those assembled to their conduct, both before the Lord, and before the world. As the world was on the alert to find fault with those who had obeyed the Gospel.
Feb 11th. Northampton. Devoted the morning to writing, and study. In the afternoon, Bro. Holton and I went to Abingdon Abbey, about two miles out toward the town of Wellingboro. The earliest dates that can be authenticated in relation to this place are about A.D. 1,000. And they are not readily accessible. Enough is known however to make the fact clear, that the Abbey was in existence at that early period. There is only one part of the original structure remaining, and that is the hallway and it is said to be very fine. We could not obtain a very near view of it, as the building is used as a Lunatic asylum for demented persons, of the higher classes. We however got a very good view of the outside. The church attached to the Abbey is a very neat building of a recent date of Architecture. The choir of it is still in its pristine state, and like the Abbey, can be traced back about 900 years. I got a piece of the stone from the original part of the Edifice, it is of a magnesium quality, very light and porous. And the building must have looked handsome when first erected. There is a very legible tombstone in the churchyard. which contains the record of the interment of Arthur Barrison buried in the year 1652. No doubt, there are many older ones, but they can not be deciphered. The one I refer to was found a few years ago completely covered up, and that no doubt accounts for this inscription being so plain. As all the other stones which are around are nearly bare, and not legible. There is a water tower nearby erected in 1678. We also visited a place known as Cliffords hill which is quite a large mound, supposed to have been thrown up during the time of the Danish invasion. It is perhaps, an acre in the extent on the top which is quite level, nearly circular in form. There is quite a deep moat all around it, now dry, and it must have been a formidable barrier, in case of attack. It is said to have been thrown up in one night, which must have been a tremendous undertaking. It approximates 100 feet in height, and quite steep, and is used as a pleasure resort during the summer months. Returned about 6 P.M. and passed quite a pleasant evening.
Wed. Feb. 12th Olney. Walked to this place from Northampton today, found the road very nice, dry, and hard. On the way, met a man who we had given some tracts, to on our previous journey, he had read them, and handed them to a young lady of the Baptist church, who felt quite interested in them. This person had been ousted out of her home by the minister of the Parish in which she lived, because she refused to attend the Parish church, this is one more evidence to me that the ministers of the present day, are afraid of their living, if any motivations should be made in the manner of religion. Entered into conversation, also with another man who claimed to be a member of the established church. When I questioned him, as to theology, I found him without any knowledge of it. I pointed out to him the comparison between the true doctrine of the Son of God, and the present conglomerate, mass of confusion, palmed off upon the world by the Christian? ministers. We bore our testimony to him. Arrived here about 2 p.m.
Feb. 13th. Olney. Bro. Lyman not feeling well, we laid up for recuperation, devoted the day to study.
Feb 14th. Olney. This day was spent in distributing tracts, in the towns of Newton, and Turvey. The latter town is in Bedfordshire. As we crossed the river "Duse", on the bridge, near the town, we observed a curious piece of statuary in the middle of the stream. It is said to be a representation of the Prophet Jonah, and the whale. Jonah is in a very complacent attitude, standing by a fish, both made of stone. It is a fearful day. It is not fit for a dog to be out, so we stayed home all day reading, writing and studying. Rain, Rain, Rain, Feb. 15th.
Sunday, Feb. 16th. Olney. Met with the little folks in Sunday School. Pres. Cullop, of the Northampton branch, came over in the afternoon, and a very enjoyable and instructive meeting was held, at Bro. George Freeman's house, in the evening we had a jolly good sing.
Feb. 17th. Northampton. Walked over here today and found all quite well, and pleased to see us. Met with the people in council meeting in the evening. Only question of a minor importance came up however. Thos. Clark and his wife were received into this branch by recommend, from Edinboro. I gave instructions on the object of fasts, tithing, and other matters, and made an appointment with two young men, to meet them tomorrow evening, to talk with them as to their baptism.
Tues. Feb. 18th. Northampton. Elder Lyman's birthday. Wrote letters to friends at home, in reply to some which I had received. Sad news reached me of the sudden death of my very dear sister and much esteemed, friend, Sister Isabella Clayton, of Minersville, Utah. Caused by rupture of a blood vessel, superinduced by "La Grippe." I was very much pained to hear it, as I looked upon her almost as a mother. I wrote a letter of condolence to Hon. F.R. Clayton, her son, and my very dear friend.
Feb. 19th. Northampton. Went with Bro. Lyman to the Dentists to have his teeth attended to, visited with some of the saints, trying to encourage them to good works, had a singing service in the evening.
Feb 20th Northampton. Another bad wet day, compelling us to stay indoors all the morning, in the afternoon went to call upon Mrs. Denton, a very nice person, she manifests belief in the gospel to some extent, but is an invalid, and cannot muster courage to go into the water to receive baptism. I have confidence, that she will do so before long. It is a real pleasure to visit her, she seems to enjoy our conversation, and society. In the evening the usual enjoyable weekly prayer meeting was had, and excellent time was spent.
Feb. 21st. Daventry. Left Northampton this A.M. and called at Sister Goldby's in Harleston, and was very, much gratified at finding her very much improved in her health, than she was upon our previous visit. She bore a strong testimony to the truth of the Gospel. We were favored by having the company of Bro. Holton. After we had taken dinner, we came on to this place, Bro. Holton went back to his home in Northampton. We were quite pleased with our visit and his company.
Feb 22nd. Leamington. Left Daventry at 9 A.M. and found a lovely dry road, and our walk of 17 miles was really enjoyable, arriving here at 4 P.M. This place is considered one of the cleanest and best kept towns in England. I think it fully sustains its reputation. I deign however taking an extended view of it. Went to Bro. Jacob Stowes place to stay. Very kind friends we find them. When I went down street to get shaved, a shocking sight met my gaze. Although I had seen some cases of drunkenness, I was pained beyond description, at the scene I was forced to witness. A number of drunken women, were on the street, and I was really almost, afraid to pass by them. I was glad such sights are spared my dear ones, at home.
Feb. 23rd. Leamington. A lovely morning. After we had taken breakfast, I took a walk around town and certainly was struck, with the beautiful appearance of it. The river Avon runs through a part of it, and adds to its beauty. The houses are built in a spacious manner, and in varied styles of architectural beauty. The business blocks are grand and imposing. A large portion of the residence portion of the place is laid out at right angles, as our towns are at home, in Utah. This is a very popular place for Medicinal bathing, as the waters are strongly impregnated with properties of its waters. And this has given it quite a phenomenal growth. In the beginning of the present century, it's population was 315 souls and its principal street was a bog. Now the population numbers 22,000, with beautiful streets and avenues, and a fine collection of the most beautiful buildings public and private, it has been my fortune to witness in England in any one place. In the afternoon Miss Annie Stowe took us for a pleasant walk in the suburbs and to Milverton. We administered to a little grandson of Sister Stowes and in the evening visited with Mr. Clark of Brook St. and had a lengthy conversation with him on the truths of the Gospel. Also called upon Mrs. Collett, who has relatives in Utah, and talked upon affairs in Utah.
Feb 24. Birmingham. This has been a very busy day. In the morning, we left Leamington, and passed through the old city of Warwuck, did not have time to see much of it, however. The original Arches of the gateways are still standing. One of them is surmounted by a building now occupied as a dwelling, the other one by a church in which the brethren of the Leycester hospital hold religious services. After we left Warwick and were on the road to Loxley, we had an opportunity of seeing a number of beautiful horses and carriages on the way to a hunt. This hunt consists of a large number of men and women gathering together with a lot of dogs, they find the poor little fox, and when he is frightened out of his cover or hole, they all ride after the poor thing, over hedges and ditches, fields and lanes, until the little fellow is either caught or worried, and this they called sport, it is a pity they could not spend their time in a more profitable manner. We reached the village of Loxley at 1:30 P.M. and met Bro. Wales in the field, he directed us to his house and we took dinner there. After this we went on the Stratford on Avon. Time would not permit us to visit the many places of interest here, however we saw a most beautiful fountain which was presented by Mr. Geo. W. Childs of the United States during what is knows as the Jubilee year (1887) being the fiftieth year of the reign of Queen Victoria, the gift is appropriately inscribed. We took a drink of water out of it, and then called upon an old brother named Ballard. We found him in a peculiar mood, as to the gospel, but very kind to us. We talked to him as to his duties, but he did not seem disposed to attach much importance to them. After supper with him, took train for Birmingham, where we arrived about 9 P.M. and found all well there.
Tues. and Wed Feb 25th and 26th was devoted to rest and recuperation. I visited with my brother ”John Walton's folks.
Feb. 27th Birmingham. Today was one of the "red letter days" of our life, it being the day of the council meeting. Our meeting commenced at 10 A.M. We had a most enjoyable time. The reports of the elders indicated a little improvement in the condition of the districts generally. Although one or two members had concluded they could not entertain the elders as they had been doing, the tone of the speaking was healthy and encouraging, and the meeting was a feast of goodness. I went to Willenhall in the afternoon and found ”my sister Betsy suffering severely with "La Grippe" the rest of the folks were well, had a good visit.
Feb 28. Failsworth. Afternoon visited with Brother Charles Jones folks, were kindly received and well treated.
Mar. 4th Tues. Failsworth. Left Willenhall early today, and took train for Congleton in order to try and effect a settlement with Mr. Cooper for Harry Hall, could do nothing. A meeting was arranged at the Brunswick Hotel on the 5th of Mar. at One o'clock, I then continued my journey to this place where I found my sisters Sarah and Christianna just recovering from Grippe. I spent Sat. Sun. and Mon., with them instructing them in the principles of the Gospel. On Sunday we had Elder Philip Hunt, who is Pres. of the Manchester Conference, to dinner. After which we all attended meeting with the Oldham branch. (I preached). And afterwards took tea with a sister Evans Nephi Jackson of Nephi, Utah, who came with me to England, during our talk on Sunday evening both of my dear sisters expressed their determination to enter the fold of God by baptism which gave me much joy. On Mon. evening I went with Chrissie to her new place of service.
Wed. Mar. 5th. Failsworth. Spent today in Manchester expecting to meet Mr. Cooper, as by appointment, he did not appear however, in the afternoon Sarah and I called upon Chrissie at her place, and returned to Failsworth.
Mar. 6th Thurs. Congleton, Cheshire. This A.M. I had the pleasure of meeting with the Elders of the Manchester Conference in council meeting, it was a mutual pleasure. I met with Elder George Marshall from Minersville and with Elder A.B. Wilson of Cache County, Utah. The reports and instructions were good, after a bountiful dinner, I came here to meet Mr. Cooper. I met him but could not accomplish anything, he made another appointment for Tues. the 11th. I had to get lodgings here as it was too late to leave here by rail. I wrote to Bro. Baugh explaining the situation and asking an extension of time, and asking an early reply.
Mar 7th. Birmingham. Left Congleton this morning after I had called on Mary Halls cousin in Buglaughton. I went to Willenhall and waited until 6 P.M. and not getting a reply from bro. Baugh, I walked to Birmingham, reaching there at 9 o'clock, the house was dark, as the brethren had gone on their usual visit to Pres. Stokes, and as I had no key I was forced to stay in the rain until their return.
Sat. Mar 8. Willenhall. Devoted this morning to a thorough good bath and writing home, in the afternoon I came here, on my way I spent a very agreeable half hour at the place where my niece ”Miss Polly Carter, came often to visit me. We took a walk out by Wednesfield, and returned by way of Portbello. In the evening my niece ”Polly Watterson accompanied her back to Darlacton. Talked to the folks on the beauties of the truths of the Gospel but made no impression.
Mon. Mar 10th. Willenhall. Spent today visiting among the folks and talking on Mormonism, and the Mormons found one young man who was reasonable as to the stories circulated by Mr. Jarman.
Mar 11th. Birmingham. This morning I took another unsuccessful journey to Congleton to arrange Harry Hall's matter but was confronted by objection as to Harry being the proper party to receive the money. Mr. Cooper promised me that the matter would be finally arranged satisfactorily. I was almost ready to give up the matter, but will hold on again and give it further attention. Came on the Birmingham and prepared to start out on our journey through our district.
Wed. Mar. 12th. Maxstoke. The most beautiful day, I have seen since I came to England. My companion and myself had a most delightful walk. Oh it was nice. We got to Bro. Masters about 2 P.M. As we passed through the town of Coleshill, our attention was called to what is known as the Stocks. It is a relic of English barbarity, now happily dispensed with. It consists of a seat and a board in which large holes were placed. the one to be punished had his legs and arms and head, fastened, and were held in one position, and passersby had the privilege of throwing rotten eggs or other filth upon them as they passed by.
It is rather a stigma upon the civilization of England that such things should ever have existed but when we learn that even in this century, the crime of stealing a sheep was punished by death, and a man was often sent to penal servitude for stealing so small an article as a pocket knife, and even in this late date, punishments are often left to the malice or ignorance of despotic aristocrats, we may well cease to wonder. It is a daily occurrence that poor folks who are accused of taking small articles, and of minor offences against the laws are unmercifully dealt with, but if the culprit happens to be a member of high (?)society, no notice is taken of it, or only very little penalties are exacted. We spent the day at Bp. Masters, and then went up to Mr. Allens to spend the night, found them well.
Mar. 13th. Maxstoke. Called upon Bro. Nash and were granted the use of his house for meeting on Sun. Visited at Bro. John Stains, took dinner and tea with them. Encouraged them in the work of the Lord, and returned to Mr. Allen/s in the evening, and passed a very pleasant hour singing, and talking.
Mar 14th Maxstoke. A wet day spent at Bro. Stains, after going to Bro. Masters for mail and getting a letter from home.
Sun. Mar. 16th.Maxstoke. Went to Coleshill to post our letters, calling at Bro. Masters, and took dinner with Br. and Sis. Fallows. Attended meeting in the afternoon, only a few were there.
Elder Lyman and I both spoke, but it was hard work indeed. Owing to the presence of an opposite influence. After the meeting was over we discovered that one of the sisters was full of an evil report from Salt Lake City and in talking over matters after the class, she expressed herself in no very complimentary terms. I did not enquire what was the news she had heard, it was some silly story, I have no doubt. After we left Bro. Nash's we went to Bro. Stains to tea and then returned to our lodgings at Allens, and passed a very comfortable evening, tried to interest them all in the study of the Gospel.
Mar 17th Daventry. Arose quite early and after prayers and breakfast, we bade our kind friends goodbye, and walked over to Coventry, to where we called upon Sister Bolton, and found her feeling pretty well in health, but with a firm testimony of the truth of the great Latterday work. We visited with her for about an hour, and then went to call upon Sister Cleaver and family found all well.
After we had dined with them, we took train for Rugby. Upon arrival there we waited upon my brother-in-law, Mr. Tom Walton, and family. I also went over to see Mrs. James Walton, but as she was absent from home my object was not accomplished. We took tea at Tom's and then came on our way here and found a warm welcome from our kind friends, Bro. Wilkins and wife.
Mar 18. Northampton. Left Daventry this A.M. about 10 and on our way out called at the poor house, not to ask alms however, but to see Mrs. Naomi Johnston, a half sister of Mr. Henry Russell, a brother-in-law of mine. I found her and her husband quite old, and almost helpless. I spent about half an hour with them. Upon conversing with the janitor, I was informed that there were not less than 15 young women, strong, and robust, who were inmates of that place owing to their habits being so bad that employers would not give them employment, and a large number of young men also, too shiftless to work for themselves. After we left the poorhouse, we took our way to this place, arriving at Bro. Cullops about 2:30, took dinner there and came up to Bro. Holtons, all well and glad to see us.
Mar 19 Northampton. Devoted the morning to writing, and study. In the afternoon Bro. Holton and I took a walk out to what is known as Queen Eleanor’s Pillar. It is about a mile from Northampton, on the London Rd. It was erected by King Edward 1st, about the middle of the 13th century, in memory of his Queen Eleanor. I tried to find room to inscribe the initials of my name upon it but there are so many heroes of earlier times have done so that I could not do it myself, it is a noble monument, and does not evince any signs of decay. We also visited an old and historical well, known as Thomas a Beckets well. This man who was archbishop of Canterbury in the 12th century. He incurred the displeasure of King Henry II and in the year 1246 A.D. he was summoned to appear before the council of the states. His demeanor was aggressive and brought on the displeasure of the judges. He was kept here at St. Andrews priory, and was afterwards made his escape to Flanders under the name of Dereman. The well referred to was erected in his memory, and was recently restored and rebuilt by the town council (1843), there are two fine jets of beautiful water, the front is finely embellished. After we had seen this relic of ancient Northampton, we went to the sewerage works where a cousin of Bro. Holtons is employed, I had the pleasure of bearing my testimony to the gentleman.
Mar 21st. Northampton. Anniversary of my marriage, in 1867. Spent a good part of the day in the public library, looking for items of history on this interesting old town. I mentioned a visit to Cliffords Hill. Upon referring to a work I found there, I notice that there were coins of the Romans found there while leveling the top of the hill, also a gold medal of Augustus with the reverse of Caius and Lucius standing, and two bucklers, and pontifical instruments were found while plowing 1/4 of a mile away from it. Other relics were also found from which it may be inferred that the hill was thrown up as early as the first century and was no doubt needed as a vantage ground during the troublous period.
Mar 22. Northampton. Devoted the forenoon to writing and study. In the afternoon took a walk over to a field known as the Hills and Hollows. It is certainly a peculiar looking place, and is historical as being the seat of a famous battle during the wars of the roses. It is said that the bodies of the slain were left upon the fields and were never buried. I can not gain any definite count of this fact however.
Sunday Mar.23rd .Northampton. Went to the Roman Catholic Cathedral in the morning, but it being a wet day, I did not arrive in time to see the earlier ceremonies of the Service. I saw sufficient however to convince me that their worship is idolatrous. The sermon was directed particularly to the communicants, exhorting them to prepare themselves for the sacrament of the Lord's Supper, which all members are expected to partake of on Easter Sunday, under penalty (if neglected) that their bodies are denied the right of burial in consecrated ground, no prayers can be said for them, at their death, nor can they have the consolation of a priest at their dying hour, and their souls will go to the regions of the damned, doing penance in order that they might receive the absolution of their sins. The services must be seen in order to be understood, as description cannot give an idea of the many alters, candles, images and costumes which enter into their worship. I must go again when I have leisure. Went to Bro. Cullops to dinner. At 8 P.M. we had the pleasure of meeting with the Saints in testimony meeting, and partaking of the sacrament. A good number of testimonies were borne, and an excellent spirit prevailed, and the meeting was addressed by Elder Lyman and myself.
Mar 25. Olney. Today we walked over to this place, on the way we had conversation with some men whom we had previously left tracts, but they did not seem disposed to obey the truth although they candidly admitted the truth of the doctrines we taught. Arrived in good time and were kindly received at Bro. Freemans, who were all well.
Wed. Mar 26th.Olney.Went to the village of Laendon and distributed tracts. Here we found a man who informed us that a good number of years ago,when he was a lad, the L.F.S. were in the habit of going to preach in this place, and the parson used to take every opportunity to annoy and vilify them. Upon one occasion, while the Elders were preaching, a tea party was in progress at the school and in order to annoy them, this Rev.Devine sent the children into the streets with special instructions to make all the noise they could, but the children were not permitted to disturb the speakers. While I was in one part of the village tracting, Elder Lyman met with an old man who had once been a minister, but who is now an invalid, who, when informed that he was a Mormon blurted out,"I drove them out of this place years ago, refuted them, overcame them. My brother sat down and talked to him and in the space of an hour he compelled the old man to acknowledge that our doctrines were founded on scriptural grounds, and quite cooled his ardor. Upon our return, we passed a very pleasant evening singing the songs of Zion.
Mar 27 Olney. Rested and read our books and talked on the principles of the Gospel, met altogether in the evening for a good sing.
Mar 28 Olney. This morning we went out to Weson, two miles distant, distributed tracts. This place is noted for its having been the residence of the poet Thomas Cowper, who is the author of the beautiful inspiring hymn, "God moves in a Mysterious way". We next went to Ravenstone, two miles further on, after we had finished our tracting, we had the pleasure of visiting the Church. It is quite an ancient building of the early English style of architecture. In a room off from the nave is one of the most beautiful pieces of sculptured marble, it has been my fortune to see. It is the reclining figure of a man, a raised marsoleum, surmounted by a canopy, of a rich design with four posts, from the canopy curtains hang in graceful folds, and are knotted around the aforementioned posts in a truly beautiful manner, bespeaking well the skill of the sculptor. The figure is in a recumbent position and is as perfect in detail as a human body can be, every vein and line of the skin is strongly marked. There is only one defect in the complete monument, which is that the pupils of the eyes are omitted, of which it is said the artist was so mortified, that he committed suicide, enquiry from the parish clerk failed to substantiate the truth of this story. The monument is erected over the remains of Henage (Earl of Nottingham) who died in 1682 A.D. The legend of his obituary is inscribed in Latin on one side, and English on the other, and if it can be relied upon, he must have been next to immaculate. In the afternoon I went alone to Sherrington
3 miles, and left tracts at the houses of all the people, and a good interesting talk with one man.
Mar 29th Olney. The dripping condition of the clouds rendered our stay at home compulsory, we therefore devoted ourselves to study.
Sunday Mar 30. Olney. Visited a tree known as Cowpers Oak, where the renowned poet used to sit and write his thoughts. It is a venerable tree being quite hollow, and a seat arranged inside. I had the pleasure of sitting where the poet sat, and an infusion of a poetic spirit came over me, under its influence I wrote an Acrostic for Elder Lyman at his request. Held a meeting in the afternoon with the people at Olney, had the pleasure of Bro. Holtons company from Northampton. A nice walk in the evening and a good sing closed the day.
Tues. Apr. 1. Wellingboro. Visited with the sisters. Left Olney this A.M. walked to this place arriving at one P.M. After resting a while we visited Sister Pearson, whom we found in a very bad state of health. Administered to her and she seemed to be a little better, after we called upon Sister Wyman, finding her well. In the evening we went to pass the evening with Mr. Skinner, had a pleasant visit.
April 3rd. Winwick.Took train this A.M. for Thrapston 9 ½ miles, walked from there to this place. Went to Bro. Roses place to take dinner and spent the rest of the day with them.
Apr 4th Winwick. Visited all the people who are members of the church, it being Good Friday we found them all. In the evening we went to the concert given by the independents. A goodly number of pieces were rendered. Singing, reciting and reading. Also an instrumental solo on the piano, well executed but the piano was in wretched condition and this rendered the piece almost unbearable. The expenses were defrayed by a collection.
April 5th, Wellingboro. Left Winwick about 7 A.M. and passed over a lovely country through meadows and fields and beautiful lanes to Stanwick, passing on the way the sequestered villages of Buthorn, Molesworth, Brington and Keystone. Also the town of Taundo. We anticipated seeing Thos. Clark at Stanwick but were disappointed as he was away. We then walked over to Higham Ferrers, and took train for Wellingboro. Passed a pleasant afternoon,called upon Sister Pearson in the evening, found her very ill.
Sunday April 6.Olney. Anniversary of the organization of the Church, in 1830. Left Wellingboro at 9 A.M. Rather an amusing episode took place today. I stepped over into a field and thought my companion would have continued walking on. I took the cutoff and went along the road under the impression that he was before me, he however had sat down to wait for me and got absorbed in study, not seeing me, he went in the town again to look for me, and got partly out in the miles round about, afraid I was ill or something. Upon arrival here I was surprised to find he had not yet come. He came along about an hour afterwards, and we had a very pleasant time with the people and a good meeting in the evening. I preached most of the time.
Apr 7th. Northampton. As we had received notice that Pres. Baugh was to be released and to return home, and our presence would be required in Birmingham, previous to his departure, we left Olney this morning and after a good brisk walk in the rain, we arrived here about noon, took a refreshing bath and having found papers from Utah I busied myself in their perusal, took a walk afterwards.
Apr. 8th. Northampton. Occupied the day in writing, mand visiting among the people. In the afternoon I visited quite an ancient building, used by the Roman catholics. The ground is raised so much that the doors are quite low. It was built originally for a sort of hospital or Alms house. There is a small chapel attached to it. In the chapel is a small statue of St. John of Jerusalem (the revelator) who is their Patron Saint. The title deeds are signed by Thomas Becket about the year 1160, the building stands its age pretty well, owing however to its having passed into the protestants during the Reformation, and only having been recently restored to its original owners.Its history is somewhat shaded, the date of the title deeds is unquestioned. Bro.Holton and I afterwards went out to an old landmark known as Danes Camp. This place was admirably selected and prepared as a battlefield, it is not very much elevated. I should think it covers about 4 acres,and is surrounded by a heavy embankment in erecting which quite a deep ditch or moat was made, it stands upon a high plateau and with efficient equipment, it would be a good place for offensive or defensive purposes, it is well known that the Danes occupied it, and from this its antiquity may be readily established.
Wed. Apr.9.Northampton. This morning called on sister Campain, Bro. Farrar and Mrs Denton. This afternoon in company with Bro. Holton I went to Brixworth to see the parish church. This is the oldest church in England having been built during the time of the Romans, additions were made by the Saxon's Danes, and Normans. There is a curious relic preserved here, which I did not see however, it is the throttle bone of a Bishop afterwards Pope Boniface. There is also an effigy of Sir John de Verdie, who was in the wars of the Crusades. In one corner of the Church a beautifully sculptured Roman Eagle is built into the wall. It carried our minds away back to the early days of this country, to see such evidences of the handicraft of those old Roman people. We ascended the steeple as high as the bells, and curious and vague thoughts filled our brain, as standing in the ancient tower we could almost fancy it peopled with those long gone to the regions beyond. There is one window which is known by its construction to have been placed in the building when it was first erected. It is of plain glass with lead casements of a very small diamond shape, the others are all modern, two of them of beautifully stained glass. The relic of St. Boniface I refer to is in a wooden casket, and this is enclosed in an iron cage. The verger who was in charge was redolent with the spirit of his work, if the fumes which emanated from his breathing apparatus can be relied upon, as they were strongly surcharged with alcohol. I managed however to extract the information I desired.
Apr 10th, Daventry. This morning we bade our good friends goodbye and left Northampton, about half past ten. Bro. Holton accompanied us as far as Harleston. We called on Sister Goldby, and found her just recovered from another attack of heart trouble, but feeling pretty well. We took a lunch with her, after which Bro. Holton returned to his home, and we came over here. Found Bro. Wilkins and his wife well, spent a comfortable and pleasant night with them.
Apr.11. Leamington.Left Daventry at 9 o'clock. After we had walked about a mile a very great and wonderful thing happened to us, for we were kindly invited to ride as far as Southam, about 10 miles, this was indeed a rare treat. We had an interesting conversation with our Jehu in which he told us the plans people adopted while poaching. The rabbits, birds, deer, and other game whether wild or tame, are considered private property, in this country, and are preserved as much as possible, in parks and other enclosures, and men are employed to look after them. These game keepers, as they are called, spend their time looking after the animals. It frequently happened that the poor people sometimes driven by actual hunger, and sometimes from an adventurous spirit, will make raids on the game at night. This is called poaching,and frequently results in the death of some of the combatants. We parted from our kind coachmen with many thanks for his kindness and wended our way to this place where we found real comfortable quarters, at our good friends, Mr and Mrs Clark of Brook street. Our stay was made very agreeable by our host and hostess and their charming dau. We visited Bro. Stowes family during the evening. Also Mrs Collet, who was ready to emigrate to Utah with Com. leaving Liverpool on 19th. I wrote some letters for her, and we then returned to our lodgings, and devoted ourselves to our kind friends, singing, talking etc.
Sat. 12th.Maxstoke.This A.M.our esteemed friend accompanied us out on our journey as far as the old town of Kenilworth about four miles. After we had parted from him we passed by the ruins of the Castle. As our time was limited and we had anew untried road to pass over we did not go into the grounds but made up our minds to do so the next time we came this way. Our way lay through a really lovely system of country lanes and was really enjoyable, leading us through the romantic and secluded village of Burkworth and thence on to Meriden from which place we were familiar with the road and we arrived at Maxstoke, and made arrangements to hold meeting tomorrow.
Sun Apr 13. Maxstoke. Weather delightful. Visited among the people during the morning. In the afternoon at 3 o'clock met with the saints at Bro. Nashes, had a real good meeting. I was the speaker on this occasion, and felt impressed to speak upon the duties of the saints in the education of their children. After the meeting went to take tea with Bro. Fallows folds, returned to friend Allens in the evening and passed the time instructing them in the principles of the Gospel,and exhorting them to study and prepare for baptism, which they promised to do.
Apr 14th. Birmingham. After leaving Maxstoke, we came here over a very pleasant piece of road, and arrived here, found all the brethren in and well. A new man had arrived in the person of Elder Wardle of Uinta, Ut. we had a good shake of the hand all around, and devoted ourselves to the enjoyment of the hour. I made a call in the evening on my “brother-in-law ”John Walton. This time the subject of Religion was brought up, and of course, the all absorbing topic of Polygamy, forced itself in and excluded any proper discussion of the tenets of our faith.
Apr 15th, Birmingham. This day was one of the happiest I have yet experienced while in England. I was informed that my dear sisters Christianna and Sarah were to have been baptized into the Gospel covenant yesterday, Bro. Baugh had just returned from Manchester, the reception of the news gave me exquisite happiness. Had a pleasant time in the house.
Wed. Apr 16th. Birmingham. This morning letters from the girls confirmed the report of their baptism, it did not take place how ever until yeaterday morning, but I am very, very happy to know that they have been led to see the right, may God help them to be faithful. In the evening the party or reception for the brethren who are leaving us was held.Elder Ward had secured a Magic Lantern and some good views of places in Switzerland, Germany, Italy, and the banks of the Rhine. Owing either to his lack of knowledge of the instrument, or from its poor quality the views were very defective in representation. The lecture showed an understanding which was very creditable. The rest of the evening was devoted to singing, reciting, and dancing. All were of the same opinion, it was a delightful party. Today I took Elder H. Tilley, who is from the Nottingham conference, to the museum and other places of interest.
April 17th. Birmingham.This morning I had my photograph taken,devoted the remainder of my day to study,bade farewell to Elder J.H. Ward with feelings of regret, attended meeting with the saints in the evening. Spoke on the present condition of the world
April 18th. Birmingham. Studied all day, and in the evening visited with John's folks.
April 19th. Birmingham. Devoted the morning in reading from the Book of Doctrine and Covenants. In the afternoon went to meeting, preached on the fulfillment of God's promises to the ancient Jews and comparison of the same conditions in our day. Elder A.F. Cummings also spoke. After the meeting we had lunch spread to which we did justice following it up with singing, until the meeting was again called to order upon which occasion we listened to a real good discourse from Elder E.C.Rich, and also Elder Chas. Lyman.
Apr. 21 Birmingham. Today I found my eye was pretty seriously inflamed and I felt impressed to abstain from study or reading in order that I may rest it, which I found very beneficial.
April 23. Birmingham. Studied on the subject of the various captivities of the Hebrews. In the evening it was proposed that we devote our time to talking to each other on the principles of the Gospel accordingly we organized ourselves into a meeting and each one spoke for a few minutes and the result was so gratifying that we concluded to often repeat the experiment.
Thurs.Apr 24th. Birmingham. My eyes continued to improve, consequently I devoted a little more time to study. Went to meeting in the evening again, I spoke on the duties of Latter-Day-Saints.
Apr. 25th. Maxstoke. Started again this morning on our district, arrived here about 3 o'clock. I learn that in the 15th century when this priory was in its power, six men and women with their children were sent here from Coventry on the charge of having taught their children to repeat the Lord's prayer, Apostle's Creed, and the Ten Commandments. Examination of the children proved the charge to be well founded against the men, the women were exonerated. As the guard was accompanying the woman to her home, in Coventry, he felt some papers in the sleeve of her dress and demanded to see them,and found them to be written copies of the prayer, Belief and commandments above referred to. He remarked that it was as good a time now as any, and took her at once before the bishop, where she was condemned to die, and was burned at the stake in Little Park, with the six men, and this was in England where people claim the Christian religion has always existed. Took dinner at Mrs. Woodfields, and went to Mrs Allens to stay the night, finding Mr. Allen quite poorly.
Apr 26th.Maxstoke. Called on all the families of the members of this place, and made arrangments to hold meeting tomorrow, passed a real happy evening at Allens.
Sun. Apr 27th. Maxstoke. Started early to Coleshill to look for letters, as there is no Sun. delivery here, took Breakfast with Bro. Masters folks, dinner at Allens, and held meeting in the afternoon at Nashes, only a few out, Elder Lyman talked most of the time. After meeting we visited with Bro. Stains, and took supper there, returning to Mr. Allens in the evening, during our conversation he and his wife and niece expressed their intention to enter the waters of baptism, shortly.
Apr. 28th Rugby. Walked to Coventry this A.M. visited Sister Cleaver and family, also waited upon a family named Judd. Leaving a note with them sent to Elder Huish from Payson. We next called upon Sister Bolton, finding her quite well, took train for this place, and got here about 8 o'clock where we stayed with my brother-in-law Tom Walton, and paid James’ family a short visit, enjoyed myself nicely, returning to Tom's about ten. Went to bed a little tired, feeling thankful for the many friends found who so generously administer to our wants.
Apr 29th. Daventry. Arose early today, and busied myself looking up some friends of my wifes, “Hobleys, and Hipwells”. Visited Aunt Mauby found her very ill, got a short account of her daughter, Betsey. After visiting her relatives and taking dinner we left Rugby and walked over to this place. I was quite tired and went to bed early.
Fri.30th. Northampton. Arrived here from Daventry about 1 p.m. called at Bro. Cullops for dinner came to Bro. Holtons in the afternoon hoping for some letters, but finding none. Wrote home.
May 1st. Northampton. Met with the Sunday School at half past ten. After the exercises,I talked to the children on the subject of obedience. Went to Cullops to dinner, then met with the saints in testimony meeting. We had a real good time, took tea at Sister Campians. In the evening the meeting was pretty well attended. Elder Lyman spoke on the second coming of Christ. I followed in testimony.
May 5. Olney. A bad wet morning, however we came over to this place arriving a little before two, quite wet and tired. We were more than repaid for our journey in the evening when we had the pleasure of initiating a believer into the church by baptism, Sister Sarah Elizabeth Davis, Elder Lyman officiating. After the ceremony, had been attended to we held a meeting when the ordinance of confirmation was administered I being mouth upon this occasion.We also partook of the Lord's Supper,and gave such instructions as were given us by the Spirit
May 7. Wellingboro. Came to this place today through the wet and mud this evening I called upon Mrs Skinners, and took some refreshment, spent the rest of the evening in conversation with our host Mr. Fowler, upon comparison of the U.S. government with the English form.
May 8. Wellingboro. This morning I began the study of a book entitled Mormon Doctrine, written by Elder C.W. Penrose. Spent the whole of the day at Skinners, in the evening and had a nice time, decided to follow up the study of Mormon Doctrine finding a very valuable book for the purpose.
May. 9. Olney. A wet day. Left Wellingboro this morning, hoping to get through without getting wet, in this matter we were doomed to disappointment. We found a bounteous dinner, and good fire awaiting us on our arrival so we soon put ourselves in our usual excellent trim, spent the evening singing at Bro. Freeman.
May 11. Olney. We met with the children in the morning. Reading the 5th and 6th chapters of St. Mark. Met with the saints in the afternoon. I conducted meeting. Spoke of the various conditions of faith and its results. Elder Lyman followed. Spent the evening in with Bro. Robt. Holton to see Mrs Brittian, his mother-in-law. We blessed Sister Davis's little girl today.
May 12th. Olney. Weather much finer. Devoted the day to study and conversation with some strangers on the principles of the Gospel.
Tues. May 13th. Northampton. Left Olney this A.M. on our way we tracted the village of Denton, in a pretty thorough manner, hoping the seeds thus sown will be productive of good.Arrived here at 3 o'clock. Wrote to Liverpool for emigration ticket for Robt. Holton.
May 14th.Northampton. Took a walk for the purpose of study out of the race course. This is a large piece of ground enclosed and reserved for the people to use as a pleasure ground. It is covered with quite a luxurious growth of grass. There is also fine and extensive walks around it. Also seats at convenient distances. It is patronized by a very large number of people, in the evening after the toils of the day are over, men, women, and children flock here by hundred, and it's pleasant to witness their various modes of enjoyment. I find it is a nice place for study. In the afternoon I visited the market place for a short time, but found nothing especially interesting. Took another turn in the evening with my books on the race course.
May 15th.Northampton. My footsteps with my books were directed in another direction this morning, along what is known as Wellingboro road. After I returned, I went to the public library to see the news. I was shocked at reading the reports of prosecutions of cruel parents and guardians,by the society for preventing cruelty of children. The details of some cases are almost too revolting for belief. If it were not that indications of it are so plainly manifest in the appearance of the little ones we see daily on the street, children who are only a few years old look careworn and haggard, with emaciated bodies, the consequence is that the English race is deteriorating in size,and look more like a race of pygmies than the large stalwart Briton of the earlier ages. In the afternoon Bro. Holton and I went over to the villages of Abingdon and Wesson, and delivered the word to them, in the shape of tracts "Glad tidings of great joy", and hope it will be successful. Took my walk for study over on the promenade which is a beautiful walk, nicely shaded by trees, and had a pleasant walk.
May 17th. Visited with some of the saints and made preparations for the baptism of Miss Amy Harris, and adopted daughter of Sister Campians, which I had the pleasure of officiating in.
Sun May 18th.Beautiful day. Took a long walk early in the morning with my books. Attended Sunday School in the morning, talked to the children. Went to Bro. Cullops to dinner. The afternoon meeting was well attended. We administered the ordinance of confirmation to the sister baptised last night. It was a testimony meeting. The evening meeting was the largest I have seen in this place. Bro. Lyman was first speaker, I followed. After meeting I went to visit a family named Reynolds, and had a pleasant time.
May 20th.Daventry. Left Northampton this morning, quite early called at Sister Goldbys, she was quite poorly. Spoke conforting words to her,and passed a very pleasant hour in her society, left her our blessing. Arrived here about 3 P.M. after a rest and supper I took a walk in the church yard, it is a beautiful promenade.
May 21st. Leamington. Arrived here at two o'clock, after a fatiguing walk of 17 miles, went to Clarks, where we anticipated getting accomodations, according to invitation but found they had changed their minds consequently, we had to return to Br. Stowes, where we found ample and agreeable comforts awaiting us. During the evening, I wandered about the town and was very much pleased with it. One of the finest things which I have listened to was the bands which discourse beautiful selections of inspiring music on the public streets. They are employed by the citizens who have subscribed very liberally for the purpose as one of the bands must have contained as many as 30 members, and equipped in the best manner with good instruments. I enjoyed myself most excellently.
May 22nd. This morning walked over to Loxley, and saw Bro.Wales folks. Then to Stratford on Avon, and called on Bro. Ballard found them all in good health. Missed our train and had an opportunity of walking around this interesting old town, among other sights we saw was the house in which Shakespeare was born. Took train for Leamington, reaching there about nine o'clock, and finding a bountiful supper awaiting us.
May 23rd. Maxstoke. Came over here yesterday. Stayed at Bro. Allens. Called on Bro. Nash to arrange for meeting but could not get the house, so cannot hold meeting here tomorrow. Spent the day with the saints, in the evening we had the pleasure of baptizing 6 children, three of Bro. Fallows, and 3 of Bro. Masters tonight.
Sun. May 25th. Birmingham, Called and took breakfast with Joseph Smith. Also called and confirmed the children of Bro. Falows we baptized last night. As we could not hold meeting we concluded to come to Birmingham where we arrived about 12:30, took a good wash and changed clothes, ready for meeting. I had the
pleasure of talking to the people in the afternoon meeting. In the evening, Elder Lyman occupied the time.
May 26th. Birmingham. Went over to see my sisters at Willen hall. Betsey was very poorly. I did not see Hannah, as she was not at home. On my way back, I called to see my niece. Polly Carter, but she was also away, got home about 7 P.M.
May 27th. Birmingham. Delivered tracts in the morning. In the afternoon, went over to see ”Bro. Johns folks who had moved to Smethwick. In the evening we had a real good little meeting our conference hour. Elder Wood and Rich addressed us, on the first Principles of the Gospel.
May 28th. Birmingham. Visited my sister Chrissas friends, Mrs. Willis in Rocky Lane. Was invited to come again. Hope to make some impression of a religious nature on them. Another little meeting tonight.
May 29th. Birmingham. Our council meeting was held today. An excellent spirit was manifested by the Elders. Good council from Elder Western. In the evening the regular meeting of the saints convened in the chapel. I occupied a part of the time.
May 30th, Manchester. I took advantage of a cheap trip to come and visit my dear sisters. Chrissie met me at the station and we went to Failsworth and passed a social afternoon together, walked out to the new cemetary. Called upon Cousin Charles Jones. Chrissie had to return to her place in the evening. I stayed with Sarah.
May 31st. Manchester. Passed the day very pleasantly with my sister, Sarah. In the afternoon, we took a run out to see Chrissie. When I was persuaded to stay until Monday. Returned with Sarah to her home.
June 1st. Manchester. Took a nice walk with my books for companion. Devoted the day to reading and instructing Sarah in the principles of the gospel. Chrissie and a friend came up in the afternoon, and in the evening we all went to meeting. I had the pleasure of preaching to the people on the establishment of
the Church of the Savior. Chrissie went to her home and I returned to Sarahs.
June 2nd. Birmingham. Left Manchester this morning, and took train to Congleton, hoping that I could have got the business of Harry Hall settled. But no more prospect of it, he promised he would do his best, but I have no confidence in him, continued my journey to our conference house. Found preparations under way for a party to be held in honor of Bro. and Sis Baugh. It came off according to program, and was quite a success.
June 3rd was devoted to rest and study.
June 4th Birmingham. Elder Cummings and I distributed tracts part of the day. In the evening we had another of our enjoyable meetings, at home.
June 5th Birmingham. Distributed tracts and studied. Attended meeting with the saints in the evening. I occupied part of the time.
June 6th. Tracting and study. Also June 7th.
Sun. June 8th. Birmingham. Attended service at St. Pauls Episcopal Church this morning. Meeting with the saints in the afternoon, and evening. I preached in the afternoon and Elder Cummings in the evening.
June 9th Wrote home in the morning and in the afternoon visited Bro. Genge and family, quite a long distance away, had a pleasant visit, however.
June 13th.Birmingham.After the usual duties of the day, Pres. Western, and I had the pleasure of attending a concert or rather recital at St. Pauls church, when Mons Weigland, a Belgian did
some very effective work on a fine organ they have.
June 14th. In the afternoon we were with the company of Elder R.F. Nelson of Salt Lake, who is traveling for his health.
Sun June 15th. Took an extended walk in company of Elder Nelson. att meeting in the afternoon. Preached on the Apostacy of the early church. In the evening Elder Nelson delivered quite a powerful sermon, on general principles.
June 19th. Went over to Willenhall to visit my sisters, found Betsey feeling some better in health, did not see Hannah, returned to attend evening meeting.
June 22. Sunday. Birmingham. In the morning read from the Doc. and Cov. At the afternoon meeting I preached to the people on the Restoration of the Gospel, taking Rev. 14th chapter and 6th verse, as the text upon which to base my argument. Had a good flow of the spirit. In connection with Pres. Western was sent for to administer the ordinance of administering, for the healing of the sick upon the head of Sister Cook, she was very ill and hardly expected to recover. We laid hands upon her, after we had prayed and felt to exercise faith attended and was addressed by Elder James Poulton, from Salt Lake City. He left Birmingham about 27 years ago and is over here seeking genealogical records.
Sun. June 29th. All this week spent in study, visiting, and tracting. Today I went to Broilys to go with him to visit his district in the morn. I had quite a pleasant time talking to the saints, instructing them in the principles of the gospel. The folks were glad to see us. Took dinner with Bro. Bailey. Afternoon meeting
was addressed by Pres. Spokes, followed by Elder Western. In the interval after meeting I had a very pleasant chat with Sister Cook, whom we laid hands on Sun. previous. She told me that immediately upon our leaving her room, she sat up in bed, and was quite well in a short time, and as a testimony she was out to meeting today, she bore a good strong testimony to the power of the Priesthood and expressed determination to live close to God. Evening meeting was addressed by Elder Rich, and I followed in general exhortation.
July 4th. The week thus far has been spent tracting, study, finishing reports and preparing for conference.
Jul 5th. Birmingham. Delivered 100 tracts during the morning. This evening at 7 o'clock, we had the pleasure of meeting with Apostle Teasdale, Pres. of the European mission. Our regular monthly council meeting was held. After the reports were in, Bro.Teasdale gave us some very fatherly and kind instructions, and we all felt blest by listening.
Sun Jul.6. Birmingham. At half past ten, we assembled in the chapel to meet the saints in conference. fter singing, Pres.Western made a few opening remarks, when Elders Rich, Wood,Cummings, each spoke for a short time followed by Bro. Teasdale, who read financial and statistical reports, and occupied the rest of the time. The afternoon meeting was addressed by Elders Wardle, Lyman, and Bickley. After which the general and local authorities were presented and sustained. Apostle Teasdale occupied all the time during the evening meeting in his usual interesting manner. It was truly a season of rejoicing.
Jul 7th. Another council of the Elders with Pres.Teasdale was held today. A general good time was held. A social party was gotten up tonight, the Elders and Saints enjoyed themselves with singing and dancing until 11 o'clock when Apostle Teasdale pronounced the benediction.
Jul. 8. Spent the time today in writing home, and also to the Pres. and saints in Beaver. In the evening all the Elders went to Bro. Spokes' to pass an hour in Bro. Teasdale's society. Had an agreeable time.
Jul 9th. The early part of the day was devoted to preparation for departure to my field of labor. In the afternoon we went tracting, and in the evening I went to Bro.Holers to help get the minutes out of our last conference, for publication.
Thurs. Jul 10,1890. Wolverhampton. Bro. Western desired me to accompany Elder A.F.Cummings on his district this month, in accordance with this we left our quarters at the conference house, and started at 11 A.M. walked to West Bromwick, took the train for Dudley, and thence walked to Wolverhampton. On our way we called at the Dudley Union (poor house) and got permission to go through the place. It is quite an extensive establishment and will furnish accomodations for 1000 persons. At present, there are about 600 inmates. An
excellent school is provided for the children of whom there are 80 in attendance. One ward in which the little ones who have been deserted by their parents was peculiarly interesting. One poor little babe was shown us who had been left in a mountain for the purpose of death by exposure, and was found and taken to this
place after 24 hours of exposure to the dreadful weather. It is very puny and grave doubts are entertained as to its ultimate recovery. The imbicile ward was next visited, there are 70 or 80 of these poor creatures who are deprived of their reasoning faculties and are dependent upon the promotors of the Union to be provided for. It is a pitiable sight indeed to witness them, and to have the knowledge that the great majority of the cases are caused by the use of strong drink and that thousands are taking the course to bring themselves the same condition of things. What a fearful responsibility the governments of the earth are entailing upon themselves by permitting such a state of things to exist. Among the idiots are two dwarfs, very small indeed. As we visited the various rooms the attention to cleanliness and comfort was everywhere apparent. Some of the pleasant things we saw was an organ in the chapel. It is really a fine little instrument and was bought at a cost of $325 by the proceeds of concerts, by the children of the Union. One old gentleman I saw there was 104 years of age,
and an old lady was 98. The sick are paid every attention, and I must give the management, great credit for the kind manner in which they appear to treat them all. There is one class of guests who finds but cold comfort here, the tramp. Each one of the fraternity who partakes of the hospitality of this place is provided with food and lodging for two nights, and one day, in return for which he is compelled to break 13 cwt of stone as compensation, and even upon these terms our guide informed us they had numerous applications. We found the people in charge very nice, kind and courteous, and were much pleased with our visit. We arrived at Wolverhampton about 5 P.M. and went to Sister Hardings to stay as we had a room rented there.
July 11. Wolverhampton. Went to visit my sisters at Willenhall and wrote the folks at Manchester.
July . Haley Green. Came here today from Wolvehampton passing through Sedgly, Upper Gernal, Dudley, Netherton, Old Hill, and Halesowen. On our way through the latter place called on Sister Hutton and Bro. H. Fieldings Folks. Stayed at Bro. Stephen Coleys, the president of the Branch.During a walk we took in the evening met with sister Willetts, and had a pleasant chat.
Sunday, July 13. Haley Green. This has been one of the red letter days of my Mission, it being the day upon which I have preached out of doors. We went over to Hales Owen and distributed a number of our tracts, and at the same time invited the people out to hear us. We had quite a large audience and very attentive. Our position was also a fine one to be heard. After singing a hymn Eldler Cummings offered prayer. I talked to them upon the restortion of the Gospel, and its first principles,and was followed by my companion in strong testimony. We felt quite elated at our success and promised that we would visit them again. At the afternoon meeting at Bro. Coleys we had a good number of strangers, who had come in response to our invitation while tracting. Elder Cummings spoke first, and I followed him and spoke about 50 minutes I felt splendid. In the evening accompanied Sister Coley and a lady friend of hers, we took a walk through Hagley Wood, a beautiful place of forest, passing by the castle of the same name. We could not see it however on account of the deep growth of trees. We then ascended a high hill called Clent Hill, from the summit of it can be seen a most
grand view of the surrounding country and the sight is beautiful indeed. Near the top there are four quite large rocks, set in the ground in an upright position. Their former use is lost in mystery but I am strongly inclined to the belief that they are the remains of the ancient Druidical worship. As most of their ceremonies were performed in the open air. I do not see for what other purpose they could have been used. One was about 4 feet and the others ranging to 8 feet high. After looking upon the beauties of the surrounding country, and thinking upon the ages and people who have passed away, and what might have passed in these parts in centuries long since passed. We continued our ramble along beautifully wooded path, and across verdant and sweet scented meadows, until we arrived at Clent Church. Here we are confronted with a venerable pile so ancient that the town which once surrounded it has entirely disappeared. It is only a small place and carries upon its walls
unmistakeable evidence of its antiquity. It is called St.Kenelms, and the following legend is understood to be the origin of the name. About the year 820, during time of the Saxon Heptarchi, there was a young king named Kenelm, He was only 7 years old and his sister was very desirous of getting possession of the throne. She was 14 years of age and it is said she prevailed upon an intimate friend to assasinate the young king. This was done near a well or spring, a few yards from the church. Lower down the Glen in which it stands. It is not known whether his sister did the deed, or the young man. The body was found in a short time after. The legends also state that the news of the murder was carried by a white dove to Pope Leo III, while he was in the act of celebrating Mass at the altar in St. Peters church in Rome and he directed that the body should be shrined, and canonized, hence the title. Pilgrimages of pious persons who believed its waters to be possessed of healing properties, and for centuries it was considered a sacred spot. I drank from it, and stood upon the large flat rock upon which it is said the murder of the little king was done. A rude piece of Sculpture adorns the south wall of the Church, the young king's body with a cow mourning over it forms the subject. It is a really pretty place in which the church stands, and I am informed that about 1 year since the last remains of the old town were removed to build a building some distance away. Thoughts of a peculiar nature spring up while contemplating such scenes, and the question arises, what will the next thousand years develope. Our way home lay along meadow paths, lined with fragrant and pretty wild flowers, and coupled with a lovely sunset made this day one long to be remembered.
July 14, Hagley. This morning soon after we left Haley Green we passed a high hill, upon whose top is a quite large obelisk about 80 feet high. It is said to mark the spot where quite a battle was fought during the wars of the Roses (houses of York and Lancaster) there is no date upon it to trace the period of it’s erection. It is the largest monument I have yet seen in England. A little distance from the obelisk stands a small building of one
room, all stone, floor, walls, and roof perhaps 15 by 30 feet. It is somewhat after the style of a grecian temple, with a prostyle of five columns. Enquiry into its origin and uses revealed that it was used by the Roman Catholics for worship. It has nothing about it’s construction which would convey such a conclusion to the
mind. If it were erected for worship, it was certainly idolatrous. It is certainly a landmark of quite ancient date. It is a pity its origin is lost in obscurity. We continued our journey until we arrived at Bro. Taylors at Hagley. We were there all day. In the evening we took some tracts into the village and distributed them after which we held an open air meeting. I preached to a few listeners for about half an hour.
July 15th.Wolverhampton. We left Bro. Taylors at 9 o'clock this morning and went to Stourbridge, where we called on Bro.Tilley's folks. After which we went to Brierly Hill and saw Sister Clark. Arrived here quite tired.
July 16. Whampton. Most of this day we spent in rest and study. In the afternoon delivered 200 tracts. Found a very good piano at Sister Hardings where we have a room, and of course, I took advantage of it.
July 17th. Whampton. A wet miserable day, necessitating our remaining indoors nearly all the time, went out in the evening to find some place to preach, but there was no chance, as the excitement was high in regard to an Horticultural show. We had the pleasure of witnessing a fine processing of Bicycles,about 300 of them gaily decorated. It took some little time for them to pass. Distributed tracts.
July 18th.Whampton. Went to the public park in the morning. This is a nicely laid off place. Fine walks lined with parterres of beautiful and fragrant flowers, shrubbery and decidiuos trees. .A nice large lake forms quite an attraction. Upon the surface of which a number of swans, white and black,disport themselves. The grounds are really nice, and no doubt add greatly to the pleasure of all who like pleasant surroundings. We went in the afternoon to Darlaston, 5 miles, and visited an aged faithful Bro. Samuel Smith, from there to High fields, calling upon Bro. Law, and Bro. A. Wooton, whom I found was an old friend. Our pleasure was mutual at our meeting (3mi.) after which we returned home (4 mi.) Rained all the way.
July 19th . Visited the church of St.Peter. Quite an ancient building, recently restored. A beautiful decoration is noticeable here illustrating scenes in the life of Jesus Christ. The grounds are noticeable from the number of curious grave stones, some of which are very old, in fact the lettering is entirely obliterated. I found one dated 1695. Apparently the oldest of these and the most interesting is a stone perhaps 20 feet high, and from 2 to 3 feet thick, tapering to almost a point with a flange upon the apex, no dates are visible. We next proceeded to the art gallery and museum. A magnificent array of skillfully arranged productions of the painter's brush here awaited us, some of them real gems. The museum is not extensive. The statuary,and sculpture are fine however, one of Augustus Caeser exceptionally so. Tracted this afternoon and in the evening visited the market.
Sunday, July 20th. Delivered tracts in the morning,and held out door meeting in the afternoon. Met with the saints at Bro.Turners. Only 6 people present beside ourselves. Went to Sister Stanleys to tea, and afterwards went to church and witnessed a scene of idolatry.
July 21st, Wolverhampton. Took a walk out to Tettenhall to visit the old church and other places. One of the finest avenues of Lime trees is here. We found many interesting monuments of the long ago. The church is quite old. However when they were restoring it a few years ago,there was a stone communion table, and font found just a few feet below the surface, indicating the existence of a building prior to this, and this one dates away back. Upon our return we distributed tracts.
Tues. Jul 22. Whampton. Our duties called us to visit the picturesque village of Womborne. Our way was through a lovely country lane. We had the pleasure of visiting with Sisters Dean and Timmins. On our way back we called to see the Womborne parish church. It is a pretty little place. A charming piece of sculpture
by the renowned artiste, Chantry, adorns one of the walls. Also a piece of Marble work, portraying the parable of the good Samaritan, brought from the city of Rome about 200 years ago, we had a pleasant chat with the Curate. We got home quite tired. It has been a beautiful day.
July 23. Whampton. After our usual study we went and distributed a large number of tracts.In the evening we went to see a family whom we hope will investigate, but he was not at home. We visited the church in the vicinity, found it a very nicely designed structure. Listened to their choir rehearsing.
July 24th. Whampton. Passed a quiet day but long looked for letters from home quite a treat. In the afternoon performed our usual amount of labor in tracting.
July 25th. Walsall. After reading a batch of papers we recceived from home this morning we started out upon another trip among the saints and friends. We visited a gentleman and his wife in Willenhall, and had a very interesting chat with them upon the doctrines of Mormonism and took tea with them. Mr Charles Wood is his name. Mr Wood accompanied us to the house of a mutual old friend by the name of Charles Madely. He was not at home.We however, promised to call again. We next went to Walsall and to the house of Bro.Thomas Mills, where in company of Bro.T.Joint we had a very instructive time. We left our friends a little past 9 o'clock and came to sleep at a hotel. Our anticipations of restful slumber were not realized in the least degree, as our dormitory was close to the railway line, and our sleep was constantly broken in upon by the passing trains. Early rising was not indulged in.
Sat. July 26th. GentleShaw. After we left our hotel this morning, went to visit the church. It is a large, well lighted and finished building, nothing noticeable about it, except the steps on the outside, of which there are about 60 leading to the entrance. A more easy way of access has been provided, however, by grading
the street.About 9 o'clock we started on our way, passing through Blakely and calling upon a lady named Cottrell. Her husband is a sort of Latter-day Saint but she is entirely opposed to it. She seems to treat the Elders in a kindly manner. Bloxwich was our next point, here we visited Sister Price. Her case is the opposite
of Cottrells. Had a few minutes talk with each of them. Next we proceeded to Brown Hills, and called upon my Aunt Green. Found all well, had dinner, and came on to this place, passing through Gannock Chase, Chase Terrace, Bony Hay, and arrived here about 4 P.M. pretty well tired with our long tramp, but the appearance of our home for a day or two was very inviting and our host, and his wife,very nice people, Bro.and Sister Wilbur.
July 27th. Gentle Shaw. This has been a very busy day. We held out door meeting this morning at Chase Terrace. I talked to the people about 30 minutes. Bro.Cummings followed. We had good attention. We returned to Bro.Wildburs to dinner. After this we walked over to Wimblebury, 4 mi.and held meeting in John Wildbur's house, where we also had tea. We then went to see a sick brother over a very steep hill, and from the summit of which we had a splendid view of the surrounding country,as it was a clear evening. We returned
to Wimblebury and held an outdoor meeting and had the pleasure of talking to quite a few. We were accompanied on this occasion by the Bros.Wildbur, and their wives, and this added encouragement. At the close Bro. Cummings, and I went round another way to visit a family named Lees, and came to our home, making about 14 miles walk and three meetings.
July 28th. Lichfield. I called upon the vicar of this place in order to get some data if possible as to the time some earth works and rifle pits were made upon Gentle Shaw Common. I could not get the information as to the existence of ancient ruins in this vicinity. If I shall come this way again, I shall try to visit them. We came over a very pleasant country lane to this city,and after our dinner, at Bro.Wrights I went to see the beautiful Cathedral for which the place is justly noted. As one approaches it from the west, he is confronted by a large magnificent front flanked with two spires rising more than 200 feet high. This front is ornamented with 110 figure pieces, which represent different saints, Prelates, and ecclesiastics of the various periods in the history of the Cathedral under its present established condition, as the"Church of England", as well as its original founders, the church of Rome. This front has recently been restored at a cost of $180,000. Upon passing through the massive doors, the beauty of the internal arrangments is apparent but an attempt to enter into detail would require volumes. The length of the main building from East to west is 379 ft.inside. The height of the ceiling, which is superb in its construction, is 60 ft.Most of the windows are of the most beautiful stained glass,containing legends and scenes in the life of the Savior and Apostles. The walls are used as receptacles for tablets, which contain memoirs of people interred under or near the building. Also a number of beautiful pieces of fine sculpture are in the building, adding to its attractiveness. Among which is a white marble statue of Arch Bishop Ryder in an attitude of prayer. Also an exquisite piece called the "Sleeping Children". These are both the work of the famous "Chantry". The floor in the choir and Chancel is in "Mosaic" and is lovely. The furniture altars, Bishops throne, are all of the most ornate description. The building is in the form of a cross, and was erected in the 12th century. It passed from the hands of the Roman Catholic during the Reformation and is the headquarters of a large Diocese.The Bishops palace is contaguous. A short distance from the Cathedral is a stone over a doorway, Which states that during the troublous times of the 17th Century, on the 2nd of March, 1643,a man was on that spot killed by a shot from the top of the Cathedral. It is a remarkable place, and was a treat to me to see Chads, the oldest church in the shire. In the evening Bro. Cummings and I visited the Churchyard of St. Michaels, and obtained a beautiful sunset view, the finest I ever saw in England.
July 29th Birmingham. Left Lichfield at 9 P.M. and came over to visit a sister at Aldridge, and then took train into Birmingham arriving here at 3 P.M. Glad to rest.
July 30th Wed. Birmingham. Devoted today to rest, and in the afternoon distributed 100 tracts. Also wrote home.
July 31st Sham .Went into town to make some purchases and deliver some tracts.
Aug. 1st Sham. Delivered the usual number of tracts, and read the papers.
Aug.2. Sham. Made preparations for another trip out in the district. In the afternoon listened to an Organ recital at the town hall by Mr. C.W. Perkins. It was grand. Took Bro.Wood through the Museum and Art Gallery.
Sunday Aug.3rd. Dudley. This morning at 11 all the Elders, who were in Sman went to Bro. Merideths in order to administer to a little grandson who is very ill. After that Bro. Cummings came out to this place, where we held meeting with the saints at 6 o'clock. I preached for about 30 minutes and then prepared to go
Aug. 4. WolverHampton. Came over here late last night. As this is what is commonly known as a bank holiday, and is kept by all classes. We took a holiday also. I spent the day visiting with my sisters at Willenhall, and had a very good time. During the day I called at Arthur West's and administered to him, I also blessed a little baby of a neighbour of my sister Betseys.
Aug. 5th Whampton. Wrote letters home and attended to some other matters. Received a letter in the afternoon from Br.John Cox, in Frisco, desiring me to call upon his father and mother. I called upon them and found them really nice people. We spent a very pleasant evening.
Aug. 6th Whampton. Went to Morely village, near here, to distribute tracts. I thought I had seen sights of squalor and wretchedness before this, but I think the most fearful sights met my gaze today and in a community where work is plenty, and wages good, but the curse of intemporance rules here. After tracting the town I continued to Willenhall returning to our room in the afternoon.
Aug. 7. Whampton. Visited with the Saints. In the evening in company with Mr Cox I paid a visit to Mr. Parker, and had a most interesting conversation with him on many topics .
Aug.8th. Whampton. Wet and dreary, in consequence of which we were housed up. I had the use of the Piano, and my books to whileaway the time.
Aug. 9th Haley Green. Left Whampton about noon and came over to
this place in order to hold meeting with the saints here tomorrow. All well.
Sunday Aug.10th. Haley Green. The heaviest rain I have seen fall in England fell this morning and the prospects for a meeting were very small but it was less severe during the middle of the day, and we had a very nice meeting considering the weather. Bro. Cummings spoke first and I followed on the subject of the importance of obedience. After the meeting the clouds all disappeared, and we went over to St .Kelems church, I was shown a stone on the spot where a cross formerly stood when the town was in its popularity. I also found from a historical sketch, that this region was the scene of a series of engagements between the Romans and Britains in the first part of the fifth century. By referring to history we find the Romans evacuated England in that century. And near this spot their most signal defeats took place. I hope to be able to explore here.
Aug 11. Birmingham. Left Haley Green about 9 A.M. Came over to a town called Lye, and visited a sister there, afterwards called Bro.Tilleys at Stourbridge, and Sister Clarks to Briarley Hill, arriving at W.Hampton about 4 P.M. and discovered that our room had been let to another party. It was too late to get another place to stay, we came on to our home here.
Aug. 12. Beham. Went to town today, and got an affidavit prepared for my sister in order to comply with the requirements of the immigration laws of the U.S.Visited Bro. John Waltons folks at Smethwick,all was well. Found James Walton's daughter Louie there passed a very agreeable evening.
Aug 14. Hagley. Elder Cummings and I left Birmingham this morning via Hagley road. Rode about a mile on an Omnibus. As we neared Hales Owen we had an animated conversation with a very pious old
lady. She was in a fearful way about our people practising the Abrahamic system of marriage, and could not talk reasonably upon any other subject. We called at Sister Price's, a little out of Hales Owen . Visited with her and daughter, an hour or more. After leaving there,our way led us through a really beautiful estate called the
Leazows. The way the grounds are laid out is delightful, and as the road is public, I am sure the people living in the vicinity have a real pleasant resort when they desire to rest in a pleasant place passing through Hales Owen we afterwards called at Bro. S. Coley's in Haley Green. After which we came on to our friends home, Bro. and
Sis. Taylor, where we affected arrangements to stay a week, in order that we might look over the country and see the prospects for prosecuting our labors in new fields.
Aug. 15. Hagley. We began the study of the history of the Jews in their settlement in the land of Canaan, read copiously in the book of Joshua. In the afternoon we went to a village called Staken Bridge, and delivered tracts.
Aug 16th Hagley. Fearfully wet. We however continued our studies. In the evening we went over to Broome thinking to hold an out door meeting, found no place to do so, but we left tracts with some
of the people and told our business. Could not find any anxiety to investigate.
Aug.17th. Hagley. Our anticipation of preaching out doors this morning were not realized, owing to the set state of the weather. We attended to services of the Church in Lower Hagley, in the afternoon. In the evening we went to Staken Bridge, and asked the people to attend an outdoor service. We had the pleasure of addressing quite a number and advertised ourselves to hold meeting on Tuesday. I spoke about 25 minutes, Bro. Cummings followed about 15 min.
Monday Aug.18th Hagley. Our study of the Jews was continued, and we went for an extended walk, to try and find new places to do good. During our walk we saw some of the methods of harvesting and I must say I think the people are good long way in the background. The machine was of the most primitive kind, drawn by two horses, each one led by a man, the dropper was a hand affair operated by another man upon the machine. There were ten binders and with this number the machine was under the necessity of stopping quite frequently in order that the binders might catch up. One noticeable feature was the regularity which all hands displayed in attacking the contents of certain jugs and stone bottles, which were placed in a very tempting manner at the head of the land, perhaps in order to animate them to hasten their rounds. I am not advised as to the wages paid but I think such a state of things would be ruinous to the farmer in Utah.
Aug 19th. Hagley. Our studies of Old Testament history were followed up and a good long walk. In the evening we went to keep our appointment at Staken Bridge but owing to the late hours the people worked in the field we couldn't get any listeners. We then went over to church Hill and found a very pretty church, with a nicely kept graveyard. A remarkable large tree is seen here and some of the gravestones indicate antiquity. I could not diserne any early dates upon them.
Aug.20th Hagley. After we had had our usual study, we went over to see our friends at Haley Green, returning by way of the Clent Hills. Got a grand view as the atmosphere was beautifully clear. This region is wonderfully attractive from the many historical features connected with it. I should like to devote some time
in research, did my other duties permit it. Today I had the opportunity of witnessing the labor of making nails, which is largely done by women and girls. I watched the process of manufacture, and secured a specimen which was made by a sister Coley. Chains are also made in this location and also by females. The conditions of the society in these sections are very low, and the morals of the people lax to the lowest degree. As a consequence illigitamacy as to birth is a prominent feature. The appearance of the faces shows the depth of the degradation to which they have sunk. Intoxication is a common condition.It is very sad to contemplate such a state of things as meet the eye and ear in this region, what the next generations may become is a mystery.
Aug 21.Hagley. The rain induced us to stay indoors most of today. We followed up our course of study.
Aug. 22. Walsall. Left Hagley this morning, and came to this place, calling on the way upon my sisters at Willenhall. This evening we spent in company with brothers Mills and Joint. Had a very pleasant conversation. Are at a hotel for the night.
Aug.23, Gentleshaw. Arrived at this place about noon, and finding papers awaiting us we gladly perused them. In the evening we took a stroll, and went up a hill called "Castle Ring". This is unquestionably a place of historic interest. The hill itself is a large circular one and is surrounded by earth works. It commands quite an extensive and picturesque view. The foundation of a large building either castle or Abbey have been recently discovered. They were buried under the surface of the ground. The walls must have been very thick. It is claimed to be the Roman date and the surroundings confirm the claim. An underground passage is said to extend from the ruins to the hall, a mile or more distant. I should like to explore one of these wonderful tunnels I have heard and read so much about. There is no doubt of their existence. As they were dug and used by the Catholic Monks as a means of protection during the troublous time of the dark ages, when efforts were made to exterminate the monks from their possessions, which were quite extensive.
Sunday Aug 24th. Gentleshaw. Took a walk in company with Bro. Joseph Wildber. Went to meeting in the afternoon at Wimblebury. Held our outdoor meeting in the evening, upon which occasion Bro. Cummings spoke first and I followed upon the mission of Prophet Joseph.
Aug. 25. Gentleshaw. A large demonstration of the coal miners Federation was held today at a place called Five Ways. We walked over to witness the affair and found a motley gathering of Stump Orators. Members of the Parliament and Colliers with their wives, all excited and eager. Here could be seen to perfection the causes that lead to the low condition and poverty of this class. I saw a number of women with jugs of beer and giving the same to their little babies. Oh, how fearful must be the punishment of those who will delberately induct the dear little children given to their care to such a life of vice and degradation. We listened to a few of the speakers in their canny remarks and were well convinced that under such a state of excitement the miners would do anything however absurd suggested by their leaders. A number of really excellent bands were in attendance. We returned to Wildburg and after tea, Bro. and Sister Wilber and I visited the grounds and saw the hall I made mention of Saturday. It is a large structure of different days of architecture from the early "Norman" to the "Elizabethian". The lateness of the hour and the rain made our survey of the place much shorter than was agreeable. I deign to make another visit however.
Aug. 26th. Lichfield. Came here today over a different route than we came last time. Found Bro.Wright's folks all well. Devoted the day to reading. Had a nice country walk in the evening.
Aug. 27th Birmingham. Arrived at conference house about noon, finding all OK. Had a rest.
Aug. 28th Birmingham. Visited the blind institution. It is wonderful to witness the results which have been achieved in the education of this class of unfortunates. Reading, writing, arithmetic, and other branches of mental study are taught in a successful manner. While rugs, mats, brushes, baskets, and other articles are produced by the inmates of this establishment. Last in order but first in interest of the things which I witnessed was a concert of Vocal and Instrumental music. The ability manifested by the pupils in the rendition of the various numbers of the program was truly marvelous. Difficult compositions by the most eminent musicians were rendered in an excellent manner. But the crowning feature of the entertainment was a piano solo by a young lady, which indicated talents of a remarkably high order. Read papers in the afternoon.
Aug. 29th. Bham. Attended to some necessary duties of study and other labors. Went to Bro.Spokes in the evening, and had an enjoyable time.
Aug. 30th. B'ham. Devoted to study and reading and attended to duties.
Sunday Aug 31st. B'ham. This morning we spent at our room until 11 o'clock. I went to fill the baptismal font, at the chapel, as some baptisms were expected. Elder Thomas and I then visited at Merediths and administered to a sick boy. Attended meeting in the afternoon. I occupied about 20 minutes in instructions and in the evening also I spoke about half an hour upon the importance of present revelation. Had a good influence.
Sep. 1st B'ham. Wrote home and studied and read papers.
Sep. 2nd B'ham. Distributed tracts and in company with Bro.Wardle went to visit Bro. Genge and fam.
Sep. 3rd. B'ham. Distributed tracts and in the evening accompanied Elder Wood and Cummings to hold an outdoor meeting, after singing and prayer. I spoke first on the first principles of the gospel for about half an hour and was followed by Bro.Wood. Had quite a good time.
Sept. 4. B'ham. Our council meeting was held today.All the elders Wood, Wardle, Cummings, and I went to hold outdoor meeting. I did speak upon this occasion. We afterwards attended the regular Thurs
evening meeting at the chapel.
Sept. 5th. B'ham. Went to visit Mrs Willis, Chrissies friend but found she had left her house, and did not see her. Distributed tracts in the afternoon and in the evening our outdoor meeting was addressed by Elders Lyman, Thomas and myself. An excellent time was had.
Sun. Sept. 7th. N'ham. In the morning visited in connection with Bro. Cook. In the afternoon went to meeting and talked for a few minutes. This evening preached on present revelation and for about half hour.
Sept 8th B'ham. Delivered tracts and studied Jewish history.
Sept 9th B'ham. After tracting and study, held outdoor meeting in the evening. I spoke for about half an hour.
Sept. 11. B'ham. The usual distribution of tracts, study and regular outdoor meeting in the evening. Testimonies.)
Sept.13th. Visited my sisters at Willenhall, all well.
Sept 14th B'ham. Elders Rich, Cummings, Lyman, Thomas, and myself held two outdoor meetings in the morning. At the second one, I spoke for half an hour. Regular meetings in the afternoon and evening Mon, Tues, and Wed. passed in usual manner.
Sept. 18th. B'ham. Today I wrote an article for the Birmingham Daily Post, on the subject of a Press Dispatch, containing strictures on the Mormon people. Attended outdoor meeting. Also the usual
testimony meeting in the chapel.
Sept 19th. Walsall. Bro.Cummings and I left this morning for a trip through a portion of District. Visited Bro. Mills this evening. We stayed at our usual hotel.
Sept 20th Gentleshaw. Upon arising from bed this morning Bro. Cummings felt himself too ill to travel and it was necessary to visit the people so I continued my journey alone, calling on Uncle Greens folks as I passed through Brown Hills. Found Bro. Mills folks quite well.
Sept 21st. Gentleshaw. Met with the Saints at Wimblebury this afternoon in testimony meeting and preached to them in the evening. Returned back to Gentleshaw.
Sept 22nd. Lichfield. Arrived here early this morning. Wrote home and visited some of the interesting places.
Sept 23rd. B'ham. Walked from Lichfield home 17 miles very tired and glad to get rest, found papers awaiting me.
Sept 24th. B'ham. Visited my bro-in-law, John Walton today. Upon my return I discovered that my article was published in the post on the 25th and was being read industriously.
Thurs. Sept. 25th.B'ham. Devoted to study and research after truth.
Sept 26th. Willenhall. Today Bro. Cummings and I started out to visit. After we arrived at Darlaston, he went round by Bilston and I came here. Seeing a good opportunity to preach on the market place I took advantage of it and had a splendid time, from two to three hundred listeners had an excellent flow of the spirit.
Sept 27th, Willenhall. I joined Bro.Cummings this morning at Wolverhampton and we went out to Womborne Common, to visit some saints there. I returned quite tired.
Sunday Sept.28th. Willenhall. I held three outdoor meetings today, at Porte Bellow had only a few to listen, but very attentive. In the afternoon I found an excellent place and a real good audience. Except a few roughs who tried to make a disturbance but were promptly sat down upon by those who desired to listen. In the evening I held forth on the market place and as it is the general rendezvous, for the people on Sunday nights I had a splendid time. After the meeting, while distributing tracts, I was accosted by two or three gentlemen on the Jarman question and Polygamy. I gave them all the information they asked for, then they seemed satisfied
that Jarman was a fraud. This is a red letter day for my mission.
Monday. Sept 29th. Willenhall. Met my sister Sarah at Wolverhampton. Had a joyful meeting.
Tues. Sept. 30. Willenhall. Received news from home today. My poor boy has met with a very severe accident, barely escaping with his life, but thank God owing to the blessings of God and the power of
the Priesthood, coupled with the untiring devotion of his mother, he is recovering nicely. Had a pleasant day in company with Sarah.
Wed. Oct.1st. Willenhall. Visited with my sister and wrote home.
Oct. 2. Willenhall. Talked to a number of people upon the principles of the Gospel.
Oct. 3rd. Birmingham. This morning Sister Sarah and I came over here, and were kindly met by Pres. Western. In the afternoon, we had a very nice time visiting with my brother in law, John Walton's folk and stayed to spend the evening it was almost like as though I was going home. To see our sister bidding goodbye to them.
Oct .4th. B'ham. We spent the morning in the house and in the afternoon went to a grand organ recital in the town hall by Mr.Perkins. It was a treat. We next visited the art Gallery and saw the many beautiful pictures and antiquities to be seen there. We were well repaid. In the evening we met our dear sister Christianna and went to Bro.Bailey's where arrangements had been made to lodge them.
Oct.5th.B'ham. Christianna and I visited Mrs Willis, and in the afternoon we all attended meeting. We had a grand and soul inspiring time. I was especially gratified with my sisters testimony. After meeting I baptized Sister Coley, both for the remission of sins and also for her health. Meeting also in the evening.A very good time was had.
Oct. 6th. B'ham. Spent the day with Mrs Willis and walked down town.
Oct. 7th. Willenhall. We came over here from Birmingham this morning and had a pleasant time on the way.
Oct. 8th Willenhall. Christianna and I took a pleasant walk and visited some friends.
Oct. 9th, Birkenhead. Left Willenhall this A.M.at half past eight. Came over to Liverpool and after going to the office at 42 Islington to arrange for Sarah's passage, we came over to this place, were kindly received by a very pleasant family, a cousin by marriage. They were very glad to see us, and we equally so. I attended meeting with Mr. Edwards at the mission. We had the pleasure of going through the Iron works where he is employed, and I was struck with the advance which has been made in the manufacture of iron and steel since I was in the works before. The easy manner in which the men are able to manipulate and handle the ponderous machinery, and immense pieces of iron is wonderful. A man can move 50 or more tons of iron with a turn of his hand. It is all accomplished with hydraulics.
Friday, Oct. 10th LIVERPOOL. I arose early this morning and walked out to the Docks where the process of loading coal was going on. It was quite a novel sight to me to witness. As I had been so many years absent from any large works. In loading coal on to the vessels they would run a car on an elevator, and would take the whole concern up by means of hydraulic pressure and by a simple plan raise one end of the car and pour the contents down a chute into the ship. After we we had breakfasted Chrissie, Sarah and I, went to Liverpool over the Ferry, across the river Mersey. I took them to the Railway Station and proceeded to the office where I completed the arrangements for SARAH'S journey. At 5 o'clock , the company of saints who were about to emigrate, with their friends went over to the Alexandria Docks and on board the S.S.Wisconsin. In consequence of a strike among the teamsters, the loading of the steamers had been delayed, and a good deal of confusion was caused in getting on board. The luggage was quite late in coming and it was very late before the folks got settled for the night. I met a number of friends, both from Utah and different parts of England. After I had got things nicely fixed for the comfort of my sisters, I retired to rest in a comfortable State room.
Oct. 11th Birkenhead. The greater part of today was spent on board ship. As we desired to have the
company of SARAH as much as possible. At 3 o'clock the passengers passed the Doctor, and all others were told to leave, so we said goodbye to our dear sister, and went on shore about 4 o'clock. At five the ship left the Dock and we saw her as far as possible. After which we came back to Edwards home and prepared to pass the Sabbath with them.
Sunday Oct 12th. Birkenhead. I went to the Wesleyan Chapel in the morning with Mr. Edwards, and in the afternoon he and I with Christianna, went to Liverpool in order to attend the L.D.S. meeting. We were
disappointed,as there was no afternoon service, so we looked around the town until the evening, and went to meeting then. I was called upon to speak, and I felt a good influence. I occupied about 40 minutes. After which Pres. Brigham Young, who had just assumed the oversight of the British mission spoke in a feeling manner. We returned home about 9.
Monday Oct. 13th. Manchester. Bade goodbye to our kind friends this morning,and came over to Liverpool by the tunnel under the Mersey.After we had seen a few of the sights and called to say good
bye to the Elders at the office,we came on to Manchester and went to Mr. A. Roaches. Where I stayed the night, after I had seen Chrissie on her way home. I found the pople very nice and had a pleasant evening.
Oct. 4th Birmingham. On my way here this morning I called at Congleton, to see Mr.Cooper on H. Halls business, but I could not get much satisfaction. I arrived here about 1 o'clock and found a card from Sarah at Queenstown stating that all was well. I feel that the past two weeks have been very profitably spent. I am glad to say that quite an interest has been awakened in the truth of the gospel in a number of places. Friend Edwards is investigating seriously,and I hope with a prospect of receiving it.
Oct. 15th Birmingham. Devoted myself to my correspondence,which had become somewhat backward during my long absence.
Oct. 16th. Birmingham. The anniversary of my leaving Salt Lake City, one year ago. Wrote home and attended meeting in the evening. A very good one was had. I am quite proud of our Elders.
Oct. 17th Walsall. Started out today to pay a visit to the saints in the Boneyhay and Gentleshaw district. Went first to Willenhall and there met my traveling companion, Elder Cummings. After visiting Mr. Woods family, we came on to this place and met with Bros. Mills and Joint. Passed the night at our usual place.
Saturday Oct. 18.Gentleshaw. Came here today calling on the way upon sister Pritehard of Bloxwich, found our friends all well.
Oct. 19th Gentleshaw. Went over to Wimblebury to hold meeting today, but some difficulties had arisen it was deemed the best course to devote today to a settlement of them, which was satisfactorily accomplished. We returned by way of Sister Lee's place in order to visit her, but I could not notice any appreciable good in
October 20th.Gentleshaw. In consequence of the rain we stayed indoors all day devoting the time to home correspondence.
October 21st. Lichfield. Came over here today in a miserable drizzling rain and were glad to get into Shelter.
October 22nd. Willenhall. Left Lichfield this morning and walked to Aldrich. I here left my companion and he went to Wolverhampton, while I went over to Brownhills to look after some business for my sister Chrissie. After I had attended to it, I came to Willenhall, and to my usual place of sleeping. Mr. Jonah Maritons, tired, wet, and muddy after a long walk in the rain, 15 miles.
October 23rd. Willenhall,still raining. Went over to Whampton to get some tracts. While there went to see Bro. A. West in the hospital. Found him very ill. Not much hope of recovery, returned in the evening.
October 24th. Willenhall. Occupied the time in correspondence during the forenoon and in the afternoon delivered 160 tracts, and bore my testimony to their truth in all cases I had an opportunity to do so.
October 25th. Willenhall. Wrote home and distributed 150 tracts, had an interesting conversation with Mr. Mariton upon religion in the evening.
October 26th. Birmingham. Attended the service of the Wesleyan Church in the morning, and in the afternoon walked over to Dudley to hold meeting with the saints. I spoke upon personal duty for about 40 minutes. Administered to Sister Fallows, Came on to Birmingham late at night.
October 27th. Birmingham. Spent the day in preparation for another visit to the District.
October 28th. Birmingham. Owing to the disagreeable state of the weather, our departure was postponed until tomorrow, and our time was devoted to study.
October 29th. Wolverhampton. Started out at noon today, Elder Cummings rode,but I felt impecunios, and walked over to this place, and found comfortable quarters at Mrs. Davis' in Heath Town.
October 30th. Wolverhampton. Visited the general hospital, in order to see Brother Arthur West,who is very ill, and I am very much afraid he is past ultimate recovery. I left my blessing with him. Visited some of the saints in the afternoon.
October 31st. Wolverhampton. Another bad wet day, but I managed to see Arthur. Called at Henleys, andministered to Sister Hendley. Read the rest of the day.
November 1st. Hagley, left our home at Wolverhampton this morning and walked to Wombourne common, where we visited at Sister Deans and Sister Timmons. After dinner we continued our journey to this
place, through Stourbridge, arriving here about 5 o'clock. After a hard days' walk, found Bro. and Sister Taylor well.
November 2nd. Wolverhampton. Went over to Hales Owen today, and had a very good meeting at Bro. Fieldings some strangers and quite a few children were present. I talked about half an hour upon the ten commandments and Bro. Cummings followed on the first Principles. After meeting we came here, a distance of twelve miles in a miserable driving rain and fearfully dark.
November 3rd. Wolverhampton. Devoted to series of letter writings, to friends in Utah.
Novenber 4th. Wolverhampton. Nothing but rain rain, rain, still I managed to go to Willenhall in order to find out the status of Elder Grants Brothers, in order to write him I did so the same day.
November 5th. Birmingham. Walked over here from Wolverhampton about 12 miles pretty tired, in order to hold council meeting tomorrow.
November 6th. Birmingham. Our regular council meeting was held today and the reports of the Elders showed some improvement in the various districts which had been visited, quite a number had emigrated a few places were left for the elders to stay at, but they were getting very scarce. The elders were very much pleased with their labors, and felt like extending them. A prayer and testimony meeting was held in the evening at the chapel, all the elders were there, and all bore their testimony. It had been a fearfully stormy day, and is still blowing a heavy gail.
November 7th. Birmingham.Owing to the bad weather it was next to impossible to get out of doors, so I wrote home, and in the evening, as the wind had gone down in some degree, I went to visit John Walton's family I heard there of the death of our brother Henry's daughter Clara, by drowning, she having committed suicide in the river Avon, at Leamington. John's family was all well, and we passed a pleasant evening.
November 8th. Maxstoke. Elder C.R. Lyman and myself, having been appointed to labor in the Northampton district again, left Birmingham this morning, and came to Maxstoke. We first visited Bro. Masters family and found them all well, and very much pleased to see us again. As we were to see them. They are real nice people, and very sincere Latter-Day-Saints. We also called upon Bro. Fallow's family, and found them in the same condition. We next went to Sister Woodfields, where we put up for the night, being pretty well tired.
November 10th. Leamington. Left our friends at Maxstoke this morning. On our way we called upon Sister Staines and got some dinner. She is a fine woman. Always cheerful and happy, kind to the elders. We then came on to Leamington, and to Bro. Stowes place where we were kindly entertained, as we always are when we come here. Their folks were all in good health, and anticipate getting out to Zion next year.
November 11. Daventry. Oh how it did rain this morning. Just in torrents, but about 10 o'clock it partially cleared, and we started upon our 17 mile walk, to this place. But tired indeed I was tired. I don’t recollect having felt so badly used up since I have been in England, but I will be all right in a few days. Our friends here treated us royally,as far as they were able.
November 12th. Northampton. We arrived here this afternoon, and after calling on our friends Bro.and Sister Holton, we went to Mr. Reynolds place, where arrangements had been made for us to stay, while in Northampton.They are not members of the church, but are exceedingly nice people, and treat us finely, and I am sure I appreciate their kind treatment.
November 13th. Northampton. Devoted the day to writing letters looking to the Emigration of Brother Holton and wife, and family.
November 14th. Northampton. Finished up writing on Bro. Holtons business, and in the evening accompanied him to the office of Mr. Cleave J.P. where his signature was witnessed by that functionary.
November 15th. Northampton. Wrote home, and visited some of the saints in the evening took a walk down town.
November 16th. Northampton. Attended Sunday School in the morning, talked to the children on various subjects. After which we went to President Cullops to take dinner. At the afternoon meeting we had a real good time in bearing testimonies, and I went with Bro. Farrar to tea. In the evening Bro. Lyman took up most of the time, but I talked about 15 Minutes upon the present condition of the church. We did not have one woman at the evening meeting.
November 17th. During the morning I went down to the library, and reading room to see what was going on in the world, and went in company with my companion to take dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Langhorn who were very kind to us. Bro. Richard Holton had requested Mr. Lang horn to extend this kindness to us. Richard is in Salt Lake City. In the evening,a really pleasant surprise awaited us, in the shape of an elegant supper. Provided by the bounty of the Young men of the Branch. We afterwards spent the evening in the Social Manner. Singing and reciting forming the programme. Dispersed at 11:30.
November 18th. Northampton. Today we made an earnest beginning in a somewhat aristocratic part of the town, to give them warning of the gospel by leaving what is known as Morgan Noll tract, with them, intending to substitute it with others. Passed the evening at Mrs.Dentons.
November 19th. Northampton. Continued our tracting, and devoted the rest of the day to studying.
November 20th . Northampton. Same as yesterday, with the exception that I held a real interesting conversation on the Doctrines of the Church with Mrs. Reynolds. The Lady who has been so kind in
furnishing us with a bed for some time.
November 21st. Northampton. Completed the distribution of Morgan tracts, and visited some of the Saints.
November 22. Olney. I started over to this place this morning and had quite a good trip. Found all well except Brother Richard,who was rather poorly.
November 23rd. Sunday. Olney.At 10 o'clock this morning I met with the little ones in Sunday School, had a most interesting time with them. Went to dinner at Bro. Georges, after which we had a grand sing. In the evening we held meeting. I concluded to read a sermon which was preached by Elder Geo. Q. Cannon. At the late conference in Salt Lake City. It was listened to with interest. Altogether this has been a lovely grand day.
November 24th. Olney. Wrote home. In the evening we met again, and read the two sermons preached by President Woodruff and Geo.Q.Cannon upon the issuance of the manifests in relation to the Celestial order of marriage. Also had a good sing.
November 25th. Wellingboro. Met Elder Lyman here today. Called upon Sister Wyman. In the evening we went to see my brother-in-law Skinner and family, found all well but, regretting the loss of their
son who died last summer, the last time we were there he was with us. Enjoying ourselves very much.
November 26th.Winwick. Took train at 10 A.M. and rode to Thrapston, after which we walked over to Winwick and found Bro. Dickenson improving from his illness caused by a fall last summer. Went to Bro. Dickenson to sleep.
November 27th. Winwick. A real old fashioned snow storm greeted us upon awaking today. Oh, how it came down, and it was not long until it was quite deep, rendering pedestrainism difficult in the afternoon we managed to get down to Bro. Parnells, with him we had a long talk upon the duties of Saints, and urging him to renewed effort in the direction of good. Very little good was done however by the visit, he does not seem to comprehend the importance of the work of God. Upon leaving there we called on Bro. Rose, Sister Jolly was there, who was very much pleased to see us. Bro. Rose promised to take us to the Railway station tomorrow morning, which would have been acceptable at any time, but doubly so now when the snow is nearly knee deep.
November 28th. Wellingboro. About 10 A.M. the sound of wheels admonished us that our Charioteer Bro. Rose was at our service. We had a cold but dry ride over the snow covered roads to Barnwell, 5 miles distant from whence we rode by train to this place, and after we had dined at Mr. Fowlers we spent the rest of the day at Sister Wymans.
November 29th. Northampton. I came over here today over quite a good road caused by the travel of many teams over the snow.
30 November Sunday. Northampton. Met with the children and took charge of the Sunday School. In the afternoon an excellent testimony meeting was held, and in the evening I addressed the meeting upon the Separation of the church of Jesus Christ from the world.
December 2nd Northampton. I was very much behind with my writings and devoted myself to it. This evening a pleasing session of the Y.M.M.I.A. was held, and considerable interest was manifested by the members who were only few however.
Sunday 7th. Northampton. During the intervening days from the last entry in this journal I have been quite busy in the various departments of our duties. This morning attended Sunday School, and had a very pleasant and instructive time catechising the children. Afternoon meeting was characterized by the excommunication of Bro. Gibbs, at his request. Bro. Cullup also resigned his position as President of the branch, until some difficulties were disposed of. I bore my testimony to the truth of the work. In the evening meetings I spoke for about half an hour upon the early persecutions of the Church.
Monday December 9th. Northampton. Visited Bro. Cullops family at Far Cotton and took dinner and tea with them. In the evening a very enjoyable session of the Mutual Improvement Association was had.
December 10th. Northampton. Followed up our studies, and writings, as the weather was bad, and foggy and unfit for outdoor pursuits.
December 11th. Northampton. Among other things today. I visited some opticians to try and get some useful spectacles. Unsuccessful attempt I then called upon Mrs.Denton and passed some time with them. Their daughter is very ill.
December 12th.Wellingboro. Left Northampton this morning, and walked over to this place. Mrs. Page is a daughter of sister Wyman, our reception was kindness itself. They are charming people. Our evening was delightfully and profitably spent in song, and interesting conversation.
December 14th. Corby. Today we arrived at the home Bro. S. Holman he has recently been found,after having lost track of the saints for many years, he has maintained his faith in, and allegiance to the Gospel, and in the years gone by he suffered severe persecution, he was turned out of his home, and forced to leave the village in wh ich he lived, because he would not give up his faith. We passed a very nice time there in conversing, and I think his wife will renew her covenants. In the evening I accompanied Mr. Holam and her daughter to the Wesleyan chapel.
December 15th. Kettering. I passed the day with our friends, Bro. Lyman was unable to travel. I copied some songs for Mrs. Page. She is an excellent singer. We sang during the evening.
Dec. 17th. Northampton. Came over to Northampton today over a new road. Found all well.
Dec. 21. Northampton. Since arriving here on Wednesday, last, the weather has been so dreadfully cold and stormy snowing most of the time, that it has been out of the question to do anything but sit in the house and read. It is supposed that a cold has not been so intense for more than a hundred years in England. I took the opportunity to read the Book of Mormon to Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds, and was pleased that they gave attention to it. I hope they will be led to receive the Gospel. I attended Sunday School this morning,questioned the children upon matters of church history. Sacrament meeting in the afternoon, and addressed the evening meeting. Upon comparison of the true and false doctrine of the world.
Dec. 24th. Northampton. More and more bad weather still confining us to the house but giving us time to write and study.
Dec. 25th. Northampton. Passed the day as the guest of Bro. and SisHolton, it being Christmas day. A very pleasant time was had. In the evening we had singing, reading and etc.
Dec. 26th. Northampton. Another day of pleasure enjoying the hospitality of Mr and Mrs Reynolds.
Dec. 27th. Northampton. Still one more day of merry making. Ag ain at Bro. Holtons. This has certainly been a week of Christmas pleasure.
Dec. 28th. Northampton. Met with the Sunday School, in the mornning, and in the afternoon in testimony meeting. In the evening I had the pleasure of addressing a goodly number of Saints and strangers on the first principles of the Gospel.
Monday Dec. 29th. Bade goodbye to our dear friends at Northampton and came to Daventry, where we stayed all night with Bro. Wilkins.
Dec. 30th. Leamington. Walked over to this place, found our friends Bro. Stowes family all well. We received of their hospitality.
Dec. 31. Birmingham. It was a bitter bad day, and Bro. Lyman and I concluded it would be cruelly unjust to us to expose ourselves to it so we took train for headquarters, where we arrived all safe, and well. All the elders were in.
1891 Jan 1st. Birmingham. We had a pleasant fast meeting at the conference house in the morning, after which I took a short stroll. In the evening the regular meeting was held at the chapel. I had the pleasure of meeting with Bro. and Sis. Kershaw, from Ogden, Utah. Also my dear Brother David M. Stewart whom I had the privelege of knowing a few years ago, under somewhat different circumstances. As we were the honored guests of our esteemed “Uncle Samuel”. It was a pleasant meeting to us both. During the service I spoke about 20 minutes.
Jan 2nd. Birmingham. Passed the day in writing letters, and reading up.
Jan 3rd. Birmingham. Made preparations for conference tomorrow. In the evening a most excellent council was held. President Brigham Young was with us and we did indeed have a good time. The reports were somewhat similar to those on former occasions. My son's birthday.
Jan. 4th. Birmingham. Our conference convened today. We were favored with the company of quite a large number of visiting elders from other parts of the mission. I was appointed to act as clerk of the conference. The morning session was occupied by testimonies and Apostle B.Young, making the closing remarks. In the afternoon Sacrament was administered and the financial and statistical reports read. Also the general authorities of the church sustained. Remarks were made by a number of Elders. In the evening I was the first speaker, for only a short time, however. Elder J. C. Cutler, D. M. Stewart, and B. Young occupied the time. Near the end of the service a stranger desired to ask some question and was politely requested to wait until the meeting was dismissed. At this he got a little put out of temper, he was at last induced by threats of calling in the aid of the Police to take his seat quietly. After the meeting was over, a spirited discussion took place between him and some of the elders and he went away seemingly in a good humor, and complimenting us very highly. Altogether it has been a delightful conference, and we felt fine.
Jan 5th. Birmingham. Another interesting meeting was held today at the conference house. Bro. B.Young gave us alot of valuable advice and counsel, and I know it was well received, and determinations made to profit by it, Pres. Young with Elders Cutler and R. Smoot then left us. Upon reading the daily mail tonight, we discovered an article written upon the Mormon conference. It was not signed by anyone, but it was a villainous attack upon the whole matter. It was concluded not to let it pass unnoticed and I was the one chosen to reply to it, which I did, and there was quite a sensation. The bulletin Boards had in large letters "A Mormon's Reply." The papers sold rapidly.
Jan. 7th. Birmingham. Another short but dirty article in tonights "Mail" contained the information that the writer of both was the person who tried to create disturbance at the Sunday meeting, and it was a meanly written affair, demanding to know the number of females sent out last season and etc. I at once looked up the necessary data, and compiled it in a concise note, but the Editor did not publish it for some reason. I am a little pleased at being the means of adding a testimony to the world in this manner and have received many compliments from honest people, and I know my letter will stand as a rebuke and testimony against the unbelievers at the judgement.
Jan 6th. Birmingham. Attended the usual meeting in the Chapel. Preached upon the law of tithing etc.
Jan 9th. I was requested to stay in Birmingham for awhile as one of the elders was about to be released to return to Utah on account of illness, Bro. C. W. Mann. So Brother Lyman went out without me and I fell in line as a worker in Bham.
Sunday Jan 11th. Bham. Attended the meetings as usual, in the afternoon. President Western and I were favored with an invitation to tea with Mr and Mrs Oakes, who are reading and investigating our doctrines. At the evening meeting I spoke about 30 minutes and was followed by Elder Stewart.
Sun. Jan 18th. B. Ham. The last week was spent in the usual routine of study and etc. Today Bro. Western and I called at the home of Bro. and Sis Kershaw, and dined with them. Among other nice things we
had were some Utah peaches, and it was certainly a pleasure to eat them. The afternoon meeting was well attended. I occupied a part of the time.
Mon. Jan 19th. Bham. We had the very great pleasure of visiting Mr. Hands and family. One of the sons, a boy of 14, is quite a skillful pianist, and entertained us nicely, we also had the pleasure of talking to them upon Mormonism.
Jan 20th. Bham.Visited the family of Bro.Gauge, and in conversation with them I learned of the utter destitution the severe weather had entailed upon the poor people. They told me of one case, next door to them, where the husband was ill, and the wife was doing her best to get a little money and was sewing buttons on cards at 16 cents for 12 gross, and during the week previous to my visit all they had to eat was kindly given to them by Bro.Gauge, who was out of work himself, owing to the frost, and for 3 days, they had neither food nor fire, in the coldest part of the winter.
Jan 24th. Bham. I have paid numerous visits in different parts and find the distress simply awful. Yesterday I went to Willenhall, and found there was no hope for my ”Brother in-law, George, to retain
his sight. I done what I could to render them assistance. It is a sad case, and I should be glad if I could render their lot better, but regrets are not of any avail.
Sunday 25th.B-ham.attended the regular meetings,In the evening I was the only speaker. I gave a detailed account of the rise of the church and of the call of the prophet Joseph and followed it up with an epitome of the first principles.
Jan 28th,Wed.Ledbury.Last night Bro.Western and I witnessed one of the scenes I have often read of,a Birmingham Crush,a grand and important political meeting was held in the town hall,and an organ recital was given previously, we desired to be at the entertainment and went early as we thought, but early as we were there were thousands before us,and upon the doors being opened such a crowding crushing mass of humanity as I never witnessed before in my life. It gave the black eye to any idea of respect, Englishmen, may lay claim to have for the fair sex. It was a pit at the same time that such scenes should exist in this enlightened and,although our card should have admitted us to the most respectable part of the building, we were not able to gain admittance and returned home. This morning I had prepared to go out to Northampton,but upon opening the letters, it was found that Elder Rich had been released from the B-ham conference and had to go to Wales. So I was then assigned to go to relieve him at Ledbury. This morning's Post brought me the news of my release from laboring in the B-ham conference, also my appointment to Manchester Conference, I am rather pleased with the exchange,as it will afford me a chance to see my sister Chrissie once in a while. After we had breakfasted, we prepared our tracts and went to deliver them. I was successful in a few cases in getting to say a few words, but the general tone of the people indicated their dislike of us and our institutions, quite a number positively refused to have a tract in their houses. I got into one yard and received a lot of abuse and felt good to get away without mobbing.
Sat.Jan 31. I took a look around the town today. It is a very ancient place and many of the buildings are still standing from the time of King Edward. The church is peculiar in it's construction. The tower or spire in which the bell and clock are, is separated from the main body, I fortunately met the clergyman, who told me it was erected in that manner as a means of defense during the troublous time of the reformation. The windows of the church are so adjusted that should anyone fire into the building it would be almost impossible to hit a person inside. There are some of the old fashioned narrow streets in the town, but in the newer part there is an effort to modernize the place and some very beautiful buildings are to be seen.
Feb.1st.Brownsberrow Heath. Bro.Card and I left Ledbury and came on to Bro. Sheens where we held meeting, we then came over to this.
Thurs Feb.12th.Manchester. Arrived here at noon and after reporting to Pres. Cutler, I devoted the rest of the day to visiting my Sister Chrissie, had a lovely time, during the evening we went to see our friends the Roaches and talked to them upon the principles of the Gospel and other matters and they promised to attend our meetings on Sunday.
Feb.14th.Manchester, In consequence of my bad state of health owing to a severe cold, I was compelled to house up yesterday and today. This afternoon Elders Reed Smoot,and John F. Squires of the Liverpool office paid us a visit,and will stay until Monday.
Sunday Feb.15th.Manchester. I attended the service at the Cathedral this morning. More in order to have a look at the building itself than anything else. As the service was invariably the same and I have heard it many times. There is nothing particularly attractive about the cathedral. It is small and no signs of antiquities. The music was grand however. In the afternoon, we had the usual testimony and sacrament meeting. In the interim between the meetings my sister and I went to tea with Bro. Howarths family. The evening meeting was very well attended and Reed Smoot, J.F. Squires and I were the speakers. After meeting I and Chrissie went with Mrs, Roach nearly to her home. She expressed herself as well satisfied with what she had heard. I promised to visit them,and explain our faith. I then walked home with Christianna.
Feb.16th. Manchester. In company with the visiting Elders, I went over to Queens Park Museum. This is a small, but highly interesting collection of curiosities and among other things are several very carefully prepared analyses of the value of the various grains as to their food qualities. Also the elements and component parts of the human system. I must return some day and get a better view of these things. We also visited the Roayl Art Gallery, but it would be impossible to give a description of the grand pictures so I will not try. I spent the evening at Bro. Howarths.
Feb.17th. Manchester. I visited Mr.and Mrs. Bolton at Hollinwood, today and had a really interesting talk on Mormonism, upon my return Brokershaw was at the house and we had a quiet chat.
Feb.18th. Manchester. After getting the stars mailed, I went to spend the afternoon with Chrissie. Oh how hard servants have to work, in this country, and I shall be glad when she is out of it. I do not see how she stands up to the terrible strain upon her body. I spent a few pleasant hours in her society.
Feb.19th. Manchester. Well, I have read and heard of London "fog" but if we are not having a sample of the worst fog it is at all possible to have, I am very much mistaken. It is positively dense,and beastly dirty. Black soot-like stuff settles upon the clothes and persons of all who are compelled to expose themselves to it. Last night cabs and all other means of Locomotion were compelled to suspend business, and it is almost impractible, by daylight. I stayed indoors and wrote letters, and my promise to the Roach family was foregone for I could not have found my way.
Feb 20th. Manchester, Today has been a kind of a red letter day, Bro. Cutler and I felt desirous for a change from the fog, and took a trip out into the country as far as Alderly Edge. As soon as we began to leave the confines of the city, we felt the difference in the fog,and it was entirely gone by the time we arrived at the
first station, 2 miles or so on our journey. Our railroad ride to Alderly Edge, was 12 1/2 miles. After which we took a walk across country to the village of Tresbury. We took dinner there, nd called in to look at the old Parish church. Here we found a peculiarly shaped building, erected in the time of the Normans, a small place,
entirely devoid of furniture, as it was not used now this doesn't matter. The church proper is a modern affair, but some efforts have been made to give it a venerably ancient appearance. There are some few monuments in the way of brassed and etc. On the outside lying close to the tower is a rude stone coffin!-----------!
something like this in shape, the place for the !-----------! body being chiseled out and the place for the head being separate except a narrow place for the neck. The coffin was at one time occupied by a Baronet who was buried in it in the year 1250 A.D. It was discovered a few years ago and was placed in its present position. There was a number of peculiarly shaped grave stones, and odd epitaphs but our time being by now limited, we continued our walk and passed through the villages of Adlington, Poynton, and Hazel Grove and on arriving at Stockport, took train for homeand felt well paid for our exertion.
Feb. 21st Manchester. Took my bath for the first time in this city. Excellent accomodations are provided by the corporation for this purpose. A really good bath with warm water, soap and flesh brushes, and two towels, and toilet fixtures can be had for 4 pence, which is 8 cents in U.S.Money,and a good second class bath for 2 pence, and a large swimming bath for 1 pence, so there is no excuse for anyone not getting clean for any length of time. It is out of the question. In the evening I went to an entertainment in the Central Hall, which is a place held and controlled by the religious organization known as Methodists. Whatever the character of their religious services may be, I certainly think they deserve credit for providing an entertainment of the excellent character I witnessed on Sat. evening, at the low price of one penny, exceptionally good artists are secured both vocal, instrumental and elocutionary and I must say, the various numbers of the program were rendered in a very creditable manner, and drew frequent manifestations of approval.
Sunday. Feb 22nd Manchester. I took the place of Bro. George Davis in visiting his district this morning, and waited upon Bro. Adshead, his companion in order to accompany him. We visited three
families, Bro.Morgans, Sister Greenwoods, and Sister Walkers. I cannot say that I was agreeably impressed with their assertions of realty to the truths of the Gospel, a further acquaintance may perhaps turn my first formed opinion more favorably towards them. We returned to Bro. Adsheads to dinner and then went to meeting, and met with the Saints, Bro. Cutler and I took tea at Bro. Howarths. In the evening I occupied the whole of the time upon the necessity of gathering as a means to the end of God's purposes.
Feb. 23rd Manchester. Bro.Cutler and I today visited Elders Ogden and Merrill in the Patricroft division of their district, when we arrived at their home they were not there, but we were nicely entertained with music on the violin by Bro. Eden's son until their return. Upon their arrival an extremely profitable discussion, as to the best means of getting to the people with the Gospel was had. We dined with them and afterwards took a walk. In passing through the town of Eccles we noticed an antiquated building which it is claimed was erected in the year 1094 A.D.nearly 1000 years ago. It is certainly quite ancient. We then bade our brethren goodbye and walked home, arriving about 7 P,M.
Feb.24th Manchester. Another fearfully dark morning, but as we had papers from home, we found occupation in reading them.
Feb.25th Manchester. Still foggy: Oh, it must be horrible to have to endure this continually. Got out tracting during the middle of the day. Had the pleasure of sisters company to our meeting and accompanied her home afterwards.
Thurs. Feb. 26th The fog is beginning to clear away. Some report of a large number of accidents are current, in consequence of last night's opaque condition of the atmosphere. I tracted part of the day and in the evening Bro. Cutler and I visited a gentleman by request of distributing tracts today we made a call upon Mrs. Allen and husband. Mrs. Allen is sister of Elder Geo.Goddard of S.S. fame in Salt Lake City. We had a most enjoyable call and received invitation to take tea with them on Wednesday next. Visited Sister Walker in the evening, read history afterward.
Feb.28th Attended to correspondence. Visited the Manchester Art Museum. It is quite an ancient Hall and in wandering through the rooms, my mind was carried back to the days of yore, when the sound of pompous merriment or perhaps conferences of intrigue might have been witnessed in them. The front entrance and the picture gallery, are unique in construction, and bear the impress of taste in the constructor, attended a concert in the evening at Central Hall
Mar.1st Rochdale. Today by appointment I went to Oldham, in order to attend the meeting. I attempted to walk, but it was raining so bad that I concluded to take train. I arrived at Bro. Littlefords at 1:30 P.M.and after dinner went to meeting. There was one family, and one man and Bro. Woolstenhulme, and I there but we felt well. After meeting, the program was to have been to go to Haywood, to preach in a tent, which had been used for several weeks by the elders and excellent and instructive meetings had been held, but owing to representations of intolerance, it was deemed prudent to discontinue them. Elder Woolstenhulme and I went to Rochdale, where I had the pleasure of talking to quite a good congregation. I spoke upon the
fulfillment of prophecy. Stayed with the Elders at Sister Williams that night, and slept well.
March 2nd Manchester. After breakfast this A.M. I accompanied the Elders as far as Haywood and made a call at Bro. Dawsons, where we took dinner, I afterwards took train for M.
March 3rd Attended to tracting and did some reading.
Mar. 4th M. The usual routine of business in getting the "Stars" mailed, having been attended to and tracts being disposed of, I had a very pleasant visit with some of the saints, at the conference house. We should have held meeting but not enough came, consequently we devoted the time to social conversation.
Mar. 5th M. As this was the day for general council meeting, all the Elders were in and our meeting was similar in reports and other matters to other meetings. After dinner Bro. Cutler and I made the promised visit, (which I find I said was to be Wednesday, it should be Thurs) to Mr. Allens. We had a most agreeable time, and as there was a piano there, I contributed to the amusement. After we left there I made a visit to Christianna.
Mar. 6th Attended to tracting, and studied some, in the evening Bro. Cutler and I visited Mr. Greenwoods family, he himself unfortunately is not in the church, at present his wife and part of the family are and we had a nice time. Mr.G. treated us kindly.
Mar.7th M. Delivered tracts, took my bath and went to concert at Central Hall.
Sunday .Mar. 8th Farnsworth. This morning Bro.Cutler and I attended service in the large cathedral, after which we took train for Farnsworth. We met with the saints in testimony meeting. I preached to quite a good congregation in the evening, from Romans 4 chp.18 verse, felt well. I stayed all night with Elder Nephi Jackson. As he was with me on my journey to England, we had much to talk about.
Mar 9th Farnsworth. Went to Bolton and called upon Bro.Grimshaws sister, called also at the place where my niece Polly Carter was living the last we heard of her. She had left there so I did not see her. Mr. Brocklehurst was quite pleased to see me however, and was marked in his attentions. After we teaed with them, he took us to an excellent museum, where many curiosities are kept. One case was devoted to the coffins of Egyptian mummies, there were four of these receptacles, and one of them is claimed to be the resting place of one of the ancient Pharoas. I doubt this however, as rel ics are too common in these countries for all to be genuine.There was much to admire. It was provided by Mr.Chadwick.
Mar.10th Manchester. Stayed last night with Bro. Jackson, and waled in today. I had no sooner left Farnsworth, for a 9 mile walk than a violent snow storm came on, and I was exhausted by the time I arri ved at home.
Mar. 11th M. Attended to the mailing of the "stars', tracted in the afternoon, and the evening visited Mr. and Mrs. Roach, in company with my sister, spent a delightful evening.
Mar.12th M. This was one of the wet days, forcing all who could do so to stay indoors. I took time to read up a little on the principles of the Gospel. Attended a fine concert at Free Trade Hall under the direction of Mr. Sir Charles Halle.
Mar 13th M. Bro. Cutler and I took a good number of tracts and went out to Busholme. After we had distributed them, we went over to Birchfield Park, and also through Victoria Park. The former is quite extensive and country air close to the city. It is a really fine thing that pains are taken to give the people of the large cities such places of recreation. As the confinement of town life is of comfort in taking a stroll through the parks.
Sat. Mar.14th Wrote home, and read. In the evening went to what was advertised to be a good concert but was horribly disappointed
Sun. Mar 15th M. Took train at 9 A.M. in order to spend the day with the saints at Patricroft at half past 10 we attended a very nice Sunday School. The largest I have attended in England of the L.D.S. Went to dinner with Bro. Edwards of Moorside. An interesting time was had in Sacrament meeting,and in the evening I had the pleasure of addressing a goodly company of saints and strangers. After meeting returned home by train, where I found Chrissie awaiting me and we had a real pleasant walk to her home.
Monday Mar.16th M. Bro.Ogden being with us, we devoted ourselves to him, during the morning. In the afternoon went out to call upon a relative of Bro. Barrels in Old Trafford, he is a member of the Police force and we did not see him but were kindly entertained by his wife, and made promise to call again, when we are to see the children at the large soup kitchen.we also took a distant view of the ship canal,and then went to call upon Broadhead where we spent the evening, in a profitable and agreeable manner
Found in the J.H. of the Church
Deseret Evening News
29 October 1891
--Brother William G.Bickley of Beaver, has returned from a mission to Great Britain.Brother Bickley left for his field of labor in Oct. 1889,and labored in the Northampton District of the Birmingham Conference. The last nine months he spent in Manchester. He returns after a faithful mission having enjoyed the best of health and spirits during his absence from home. He goes on to Beaver this afternoon.