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Letter from Brigham Young and Willard Richards, 5 September 1840

Much has been said in history, of the learning & neatness of the English people, of the latter subject we have neither time nor disposition to say much, although we are not short of matter, but simply ask how can it be expected that neatness, should be a very prominent trait in the habits of a people who are obliged to improve evry moment, to get a morsel of bread?— And as to learning such a thing as a news-paper is scarcely to be found among the common people, & if it was the English papers are filled with little else than “cold blooded murder”, “Horrid Tragedies” “Roberies” “Thefts” “Fires” “Notice of the Queens Dinner” or Prince Alberts Ride out.” or visit to the Theatre,” or Rail Road accident,” “&c, Hunting excursions— &c, &c, which is calculated to harden the heart & prepare it for far still greater wickedness. Such is the poverty of the people that but few of the saints can afford to take the Star we are publishing once a month, price 6 pence
Neither have the priests much more information thin [than] the people, indeed there are many of the common people whom they dare not meet in argument, although they have their livings, thousands upon thousands, & some of their own whole townships or parishes, & will tell their Parishioners & tenants if they allow any one to preach in their houses they will be turned out of doors, or if they are baptized

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they will face no better, & thus may simple souls who believe our message dare not be baptized, because they have not faith sufficient, to screen them from the threats of an insolent priest,or factory master knowing they will worry them to the utmost if they displease him, our hearts mourn for such. It is apparently, starvation on one hand, & damnation on the other. The Lord have mercy upon them.— Amen. [p. 8]
Much has been said in history, & story of  the learning & neatness of the English people, of the  latter subject we have neither time nor disposition to say  much, although we are not short of matter, but of the farmer  how can it be but simply ask how can it be expected that  neatness, should be a very prominent trait in the habits of a  people who are obliged to improve evry moment, to get  a morsel of bread?— And as to learning such a thing as  a news-paper is scarcely to be found among the common  people, & if it was it would only abo the English papers  are filled with little else than “cold blooded murder”, “Horrid  Tragedies” “Roberies” “Thefts” “Fires” “Notice of the Que[e]ns Dinner” or Prince  Alberts Ride out.” or visit to the Theatre,” or Rail Road accident,”  “&c, <Hunting excursions— excursion> &c, &c, which is calculated to harden the heart & prepare it for  far still greater wickedness. Such is the poverty of the  people that but few of the saints can afford to take  the Star we are publishing once a month, price 6 pence
Neither have the priests much more information  thin [than] the people, indeed there are many of the common  people whom they dare not meet in argument, although  they have their livings, thousands upon thousands, & some of  their own whole townships or parishes, & will tell their  Parishioners <& tenants> if they allow any one to preach in their houses  they will be turned out of doors, or if they are baptized

An ordinance in which an individual is immersed in water for the remission of sins. The Book of Mormon explained that those with necessary authority were to baptize individuals who had repented of their sins. Baptized individuals also received the gift of...

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 they will face no better, & thus may simple souls who  believe our message dare not be baptized, because they have  not faith sufficient, to screen them from the threats of  an insolent priest,<or factory master> knowing they will worry them to  the utmost if they displease him, our hearts mourn  for such. It is apparently, starvation on one hand, & damnation  on the other. The Lord have mercy upon them.— Amen. [p. 8]
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