Letter from John Taylor, 3 February 1841

Liverpool, Feb. 3rd, 1841
Very Dear Brother:—
Peace be to you and your  household, and may the blessings of the God  of Abraham, of Isaac, and Jacob rest upon  you, and abide with you for ever, and ever,  Amen.
I have to apologise for being so long in  writing to you, as month after month has  rolled along in quick sucession since ever I  performed that duty, or dropped a line to  that man whom above all others upon the  face of the earth, I have the greatest reason  to respect; because God has done it, and cho sen him from among all the nations of the  earth as the honored instrument to whom he  would reveal himself, commit the keys of the  kingdom unto; and by whose means he would  usher in the “fulness of the dispensation of  times,” gather his Israel, being in the ful ness of the Gentiles, redeem the earth from  under the curse, and prepare a people for  that time when the earth should resume its  paradistic glory, creation be delivered from  under the curse, and all creation praise  the Lord, that dispensation which cheered  the hearts of Patriarchs, and Prophets, and  Apostles, that restitution the thought of  which dried the martyrs tear, soothed the  pillow of the dying saint; supported his  prophets when strangers, and pilgrims, up held and cheered them in prisons, in dens, in  caves, and dungeons, in death; for they had  respect to the recompense of reward. That  dispensation which employed the ener gies of dead (living saints) to accomplish,  even Abel, Enoch, Noah, Melchizedek, Abra ham, Moses, Eligah, Our Savior, Peter, Mo roni, Alma, Amalek, Nephi,—and Michael,  and all the priesthood, who according to the  councils of God, the decrees of heaven, the  order of the priesthood, the eternal purpose of  Jehovah have selected the man, set in order  the priesthood, ushered in that dispensation  of which they all wrote, all prophesied of, all  looked forward too, all anticipated, all died in  the faith of: which faith we participate of,  which blessing we enjoy; which glory we  expect to see brought about through the mer cy of God the intercession of Jesus, and the  united energies of living and dead saints, we  being made perfect by them and they by  us.—
I thank God my Heavenly Father, that  ever I heard the sound of this gospel, and re ceived a part in this priesthood. I received it  with greater joy than earthly treasures, than  the effervescent praise of man, or all the  empty bubbles of earthly honor. And I pray [p. 400]
John Taylor, Letter, Liverpool, England, to JS, Nauvoo, IL, 3 Feb. 1841; in Times and Seasons, 1 May 1841, 2:400–402.