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Letter from Brigham Young and Willard Richards, 5 September 1840

We have many things we would gladly say to you did time permit, & were we not afraid of wearying your patience, but, brethren, bear with us a little further, we beseech of you, for we want to tell you a little of what we have done, & ask a few question, & for your patience you shall have our feeble prayers that our heavenly father will multiply his blessings unto you.
According to council we have gathered from different parts of England & Scotland, a company of the Brethren, and sisters who are now in Liverpool

Seaport, city, county borough, and market-town in northwestern England. Experienced exponential growth during nineteenth century. Population in 1830 about 120,000. Population in 1841 about 290,000. First Mormon missionaries to England arrived in Liverpool...

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ready to sail for America

North American constitutional republic. Constitution ratified, 17 Sept. 1787. Population in 1805 about 6,000,000; in 1830 about 13,000,000; and in 1844 about 20,000,000. Louisiana Purchase, 1803, doubled size of U.S. Consisted of seventeen states at time ...

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on Monday next. Most of them are very poor; Those who had money have given most of it to help those who had need, as this was not sufficient; we, seeing the poverty & distress of some families, have made use of our own credit, among the brothers to carry them along with the rest, It was the decision of the council

A gathering of church leaders assembled “for consultation, deliberation and advice”; also a body responsible for governance or administration. As early as 9 February 1831, a revelation instructed that “the Elders & Bishop shall Council together & they shall...

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in July that Elder

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Turly [Theodore Turley]

10 Apr. 1801–12 Aug. 1871. Mechanic, gunsmith, brewer, farmer, blacksmith, gristmill operator. Born at Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. Son of William Turley and Elizabeth Yates. Associated with Methodism, by 1818. Married Frances Amelia Kimberley, 26 Nov...

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should lead this company to Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Christ, characterized by adherence to ideals of harmony, equality, and purity. In JS’s earliest revelations “the cause of Zion” was used to broadly describe the focus ...

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, & he goes accordingly.—
Brethren, our hearts are pained with the poverty & misery of this people. & we have done all we could to help as many off as possible, to a land where they may get a morsel of bread, & serve God according to his appointment; & we have done it cheerfully as unto the Lord, & we desire to ask you have we done right? Or is it a right principle, for us to act upon, to involve ourselves, to help the poor saints to Zion?
We have heard by the bye that Brothers Joseph & Hyrum

9 Feb. 1800–27 June 1844. Farmer, cooper. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Randolph, Orange Co., 1802; to Tunbridge, before May 1803; to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, 1804; to Sharon, Windsor Co., by...

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are coming to England next season. Is this good news true? May we look for you? [p. 10]
We have many things we would gladly say to  you did time permit, & were we not afraid of wearying  your patience, but, brethren, bear with us a little  further, we beseech of you, for we want to tell you a little  of what we have done, & ask a few question, & for your  patience you shall have our feeble prayers that  our heavenly father will multiply his blessings unto  you.
According to council we have gathered from different  parts of England & Scotland, more than 600 of the <a company of the> Brethren,  most of whom are very poor <and sisters> who are now in Liverpool

Seaport, city, county borough, and market-town in northwestern England. Experienced exponential growth during nineteenth century. Population in 1830 about 120,000. Population in 1841 about 290,000. First Mormon missionaries to England arrived in Liverpool...

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 ready to sail for America

North American constitutional republic. Constitution ratified, 17 Sept. 1787. Population in 1805 about 6,000,000; in 1830 about 13,000,000; and in 1844 about 20,000,000. Louisiana Purchase, 1803, doubled size of U.S. Consisted of seventeen states at time ...

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on Monday next. Most  of them are very poor; Those who had money have given  most of it to help those who had need, but as this was  not sufficient; we, seeing the poverty & distress of some  families, have made use of our own credit, <among the brothers> to carry  them along with the rest, It was the decision of the  council

A gathering of church leaders assembled “for consultation, deliberation and advice”; also a body responsible for governance or administration. As early as 9 February 1831, a revelation instructed that “the Elders & Bishop shall Council together & they shall...

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in July that Elder

A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...

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Turly [Theodore Turley]

10 Apr. 1801–12 Aug. 1871. Mechanic, gunsmith, brewer, farmer, blacksmith, gristmill operator. Born at Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. Son of William Turley and Elizabeth Yates. Associated with Methodism, by 1818. Married Frances Amelia Kimberley, 26 Nov...

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should lead this company to  Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Christ, characterized by adherence to ideals of harmony, equality, and purity. In JS’s earliest revelations “the cause of Zion” was used to broadly describe the focus ...

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, & he goes accordingly.—
Brethren, our hearts are pained with the poverty  & misery of this people. & we have done all we could  to help as many off as possible, to a land where they  may get a morsel of bread, & serve God according to  his appointment; & we have done it cheerfully as unto  the Lord, & we desire to ask you have we done  right? Or is it <a> right principle, for us to act upon,  to involve ourselves, to help the Lords poor <saints> to Zion?
We have heard by the bye that Brothers Joseph & Hyrum  Smith

9 Feb. 1800–27 June 1844. Farmer, cooper. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Randolph, Orange Co., 1802; to Tunbridge, before May 1803; to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, 1804; to Sharon, Windsor Co., by...

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are coming to England next season. Is this good  news true? May we look for you? [p. 10]
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