Letter from Alfred Cordon, 17 February 1842

Hanly, Stafford Co. Eng.
Feb. 17th, 1842.
Pres’t. J. Smith,
Dear Brother, Whom, having not seen,  I love—I take it upon me this morning  to write a few lines to you, hoping they  will find you and your’s in good health;  feeling confident they will be read with  interest. The work in which we are  engaged, rolls on well in this land, and  in spite of all its enemies, moves onward  in majesty and Power; there are many  who devote all their time, and talent in  endeavoring to overthrow it; but I dis cover they can “do nothing against the  truth; but for it.” Many tracts have  been published against us, containing all  manner of lies, but in the end good will  be the result. “He that knoweth God  heareth us.” Some of the tools of satan  are doing more in spreading the truth  than we are able to do, one in particular,  a Mr. Brindley is publishing a Periodical  shewing the errors and blasphemies of  Mormonism, and in order to do this he  publishes many of our Revelations, (or  the Revelations of God given to us) and  through this means, the testimony is vis iting the mansions of the high and migh ty ones—the Reverends, Right Reverends,  and all the noble champions of sectarians  receive them as a precious morsel; and  they are read with much interest; whereas  if we had sent them, they would have  been spurned from their dwellings, and  would not have been considered worth  reading. The state of this country is  very awful, and is according to prospects  on the eve of a mighty revolution; all  confidence is gone between master and  men, and men are afraid of each other,  peace is fast removing from this land;  in the course of the last few days, in  many parts of this Isle, they have been  burning the effigy of the great men of  this nation—poverty, and distress, and  starvation abounds on every hand. The  groans, and tears, and wretchedness of  the thousands of the people is enough to  rend the heart of demons; many of the  saints are suffering much through hun ger, and nakedness; many with large  families can scarcely get bread and wa ter enough to hold the spirit in the taber nacle; many, very many, are out of em ploy; and cannot get work to do, and  others that do work hard fourteen or  fifteen hours per day, can scarcely earn  enough to enable them to live upon the  earth. Surely there is need of deliver ance in Zion, and I am ready to exclaim  thanks be to thy name O Lord, for rem membering thy covenants! and that the  “set time to favor Zion is come,” and  that he has chosen the west for a refuge  for his people. Yet in the midst of all  these troubles and calamities, there is  something in the bosom of the saints that  is very cheering, it often makes my heart  to rejoice when I am in their company.  They talk of gathering to Zion, and of  building up cities and temples to the  Most High; and at the same time scarce ly know how to live day by day; though  poor and destitute, they are rich in faith,  firmly relying upon our testimony; be lieving most assuredly that God has  spoken from the heavens.
I was conversing the other day with a  young lady respecting the glories of Zion,  she has not as yet been baptized, but as  a proof of her faith in the testimony she  gave me a guinea (which is equal to 21  shillings of our money), desiring me to  send it to you to be appropriated to the  use of the Temple according to your  judgement, or the judgement of those who  are appointed to govern the concern;  this circumstance transpiring is the cause  of this letter being written to you. [p. 795]
Alfred Cordon, Letter, Hanly, Stafford, England, to JS, Nauvoo, IL, 17 Feb. 1842; in Times and Seasons (Nauvoo, IL), 16 May 1842, vol. 3 no. 14, pp. 795–796.