haven and organized a small branch of the church to the number of twelve, and broke bread unto them. On the day following we left the Islands, as Elder Hale was desirous to return to his friends in . While on our way to Portland we preached in the town of Bath, to a large and respectable con gregation of citizens who met in Pier ces Hall: We were treated with ev ery mark of respect and civility, and solicited to meet with them again. I took the parting hand with Elder Hale in South Berwick Me. And after spending a season among the Saints and friends in and Scarborough, I left Portland on board the Bangor (in company with Mrs. [Phoebe Carter] Woodruff) for the purpose of returning to the Islands to spend the winter. Notwithstanding we passed through a severe snow storm by the way, we arrived at North Fox Island safe and in good spirits, on the 31st Oct. and found the Saints strong in the faith, and I think growing in grace. I have as yet, mostly, confined my labors since my return to North and South Fox Islands. I have had more calls for preaching than I can fill I find a deep interest manifested in the minds of many while investigating the subject of the fullness of the gospel. The people are more noble in Vinalha ven than in many places, they are gen erally willing to hear the matter before they judge it. I have baptized a num ber since my return, and others have offered themselves as candidates. The church now numbers 17 in this town; and I consider it as only the beginning of the work of the Lord upon the Isl ands of the Sea. I would here re mark, that I have visited the Isle of Holt since my return. The vessel in which I sailed left the Island the day following our arrival, consequently I had but little time with the people. I had the privilege of preaching the gos pel unto them and leaving the book of Mormon. I have had an interview with persons from several Islands where we have not as yet proclaimed the gospel, and some of the number have manifested their faith in the cause, by inviting me to visit them and offer ing to open their doors for preaching. Thus doors are open not only upon the maine land, but upon the Islands of Sea for faithful laborers in the vine yard. The enemy of all righteousness is busy in opposing the Saints, and stri ving to stop the progress of truth in this country, as in all places where truth is proclaimed, by creating and setting afloat every falsehood and fool ish story that human ingenuity can in vent, or wicked men devise. The doc trines of the shakers, and and others I might name with all the ap pendages of stories added unto them that have long since been worn out and found a grave, have of late appear ed upon these Islands of the Sea, as though they had risen from the dead with redoubled strength and are heaped up on the heads of the Latter Day Saints. But notwithstanding this exertion a gainst the truth the work of God rolls on and will continue to roll until his Kingdom fills the whole earth. I need the prayers of all the Saints as I am a lone and much is required at my hands.
I wish to say a word concerning a statement made by Mr. G. J. New ton, in his letter under date of Oct. 12, 1837, published in a Baptist paper at Portland called Zion’s Advocate. In speaking of the fruits of their seven days meeting in the Baptist church on North Fox Island, Mr. Newton (the Pastor of the church,) made mention of two converts that had been impress ed before this protracted meeting: one of which he says was afterwards bap tized. It is a well known fact that the two mentioned persons were his own son and daughter. He then speaks of several others who had re ceived the fellowship of the Church as candidates for the ordinance of bap tism, Mr. Newton sums up the subject by saying “It is worthy of remark that those who have obtained a hope are some of those who stood aloof from hearing the “Mormons” (as he is pleas ed to call us.) Now what can Mr. Newton think by presenting such a “Sentiment” before the publick, for it is a truth too notorious to be denied, that not only his son and daughter, but some, if not all of the other converts of which he speaks as well as himself attended our meetings from time to time. The cloud of witnesses is to[o] great on this subject to convince the citizens of Vinalhaven that such a state ment is correct, and wherever else it may find credit or be believed, it will not be on North Fox Island. When ever men who profess to be teachers of the people and ministers of the gos [p. 18]