<1842 Jan 29> retailed out to satisfy the malice of the enemies of truth. The Manchester Courier has had several articles against our society and principles, and the old Spaulding romance has been recusitated for the occasion. <The Rev. Chas. Burton Doctor of Laws, minister of “All Saints” has been several times to see me lately, and upon one occasion> invited me to his house where I went and discussed our principles for several hours, until he was glad to withdraw from the contest; I found him ignorant in a great measure of what the bible contains respecting the latter days. He admitted that the Saints would reign on earth.
The great work of the Lord is still progressing in spite of all the opposition of— lying priests and their auxiliaries of the newspaper press. I baptized Elizabeth Smith, who resided with us when you were in England, and she purposes coming out to along with us. There is very great distress among the operatives and the poor generally, and great excitement respecting the agitation of the repeal of the corn laws. Great fires have frequently occurred at the commencement of this year; a large carrier’s warehouse was consumed by fire, about from £200,000. to £300,000, ($1.000, 000 to $1,500,000) worth of cotton and grain &c. destroyed. It was the Union Co’s carrying warehouse. Picadilly. There is great depres sion in almost every branch of manufacture, and great perplexity, and I am daily more and more convinced that the time is not far distant when Babylon the great will be fallen, and become a desolation and the kings and the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her and she will be cast down even as a great millstone cast into the sea, and will be found no more at all.
I opened a place for preaching at Blakesly, about six weeks ago, and there were three baptized and confirmed there last week. I was with Elder John Brotherton at Middleton on Sunday last, where he and Elder Hardman had obtained a room to preach to the Chartists. We have also a place opened at Didsbury and Heaton. About three weeks ago there was a letter inserted in the Manchester Courier by a writer who signs himself R. P. calling upon the clergymen of the Church of England, the respectable <inhabitants, and the most respectable> and intelli gent of the police, to attend our meetings at the Carpenter’s Hall, as they had fondly hoped that the system would have fallen to the ground by the weight of its own absurdity; but they found that there was method and consistency in the apparent madness of these deluded people, and that experience had taught them that such expectations were vain; as they observed that there was considerable consistency displayed, [p. 54]