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Letter from John Taylor, 3 February 1841

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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, 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 chosen 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 fulness 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, upheld 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 energies of dead (living saints) to accomplish, even Abel, Enoch, Noah, Melchizedek, Abraham, Moses, Eligah, Our Savior, Peter, Moroni, 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 mercy 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 received 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]
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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, 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]
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1 Nov. 1808–25 July 1887. Preacher, editor, publisher, politician. Born at Milnthorpe, Westmoreland Co., England. Son of James Taylor and Agnes Taylor, members of Church of England. Around age sixteen, joined Methodists and was local preacher. Migrated from...

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, Letter, 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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, England, to JS, Nauvoo

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, IL, 3 Feb. 1841; in Times and Seasons, 1 May 1841, 2:400–402.

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