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Letter from John Taylor, 3 February 1841

that I may be kept humble, and that I may be  able to realize continually the importance of  my calling and finish my work with joy.
I have no doubt but that the rest of my  brethren in the Quorum have all written to  you, and no doubt will have put you in pos session of all general information in relation  to the work here; you have also received in telligence of our movements through the me dium of the “Star” it would therefore be su perfluous in me to enter into, those things  generally. I am happy to state, however, that  we have been united in our councils to the  present time; that there has been no discordant  feeling, nor jarring string; we were very hap py to receive a communication from you, and  to hear that things were prospering so well  in Nauvoo, and wi the church generally;  we were pleased to have your approbation  and council which at all times is very accep table. We have also received your letter in  the “Times and Seasons” which also gave  us satisfaction: and we feel thankful to our  Heavenly Father that in all things we have  gone right both in regard to our publishing  the Hymn Book, the Book of Mormon and  to our purposes in regard to coming home,  and in regard to our labors. We find that in  all things our proceedings have precisely ac corded with your council.
As it regards the work in general it is pros pering here on all hands, in Preston, where it  first commenced; they are continually add ing to the church in Manchester, Glouster shire, Herefordshire, and in Lancashire. In  London, the work is beginning to break out,  and in Edinburg, and Glasgow it is prosper ing. In the Isle of Man, and in Wales, it is  rolling forth and to use a Sectarian expres sion “there has been a going among the  mulberry trees” “a shaking among the dry  bones.”
Perhaps it may not be altogether uninter esting for me to give a brief history of my  proceedings since I left Nauvoo in company  with Elder [Wilford] Woodruff, it would be superflu ous for me to state the route we took to New  York. Our mode of traveling, my sickness on  the road, and our visit to Kirtland &c. Suf fice it to say, Elder Woodruff, Elder [Theodore] Turley  and I landed in Liverpool January 1840 and  immediately proceeded to Preston, to council  with the Persident of the church in England  and his council, as to our best mode of pro ceeding until the rest of our Quorum came,  when it was agreed upon that I should go to  Liverpool, Elder Woodruff and Turley go to  Staffordshire and then go to Birmingham if  they thought proper; we took the parting  hand the day following and each one took his  respective course. Elder [Joseph] Fielding accom panied me to Liverpool where we imme diately commenced our labors: the first Sab bath we visited several places of worship I  asked liberty to make a few remarks in one  and had an opportunity of speaking in their  vestry to 18, or 20, preachers, and leaders  while I was delivering my testimony some  wept and others shouted Glory be to God,  but when on being asked; I informed them  what society we belonged to, they were  afraid of us, having heard so many reports.  One of their preachers, however, invited us  home in the evening, and we appointed a  meeting at his house in the week—members  attended, to whom we conversed. We then  took a room that would hold 4 or 500 people  and in the meantime visited all that we could  get access to. We called upon many of the  leading ministers of different denominations,  and delivered our testimony to them, some  received us kindly, some otherwise but none  would let us have their Chapels to hold forth  in, they were so good in general, and so pure,  that they had no room for the gospel, they  were too holy to be righteous, too good to be  pure, and had too much religion to enter into  the kingdom of heaven.
Our being in town soon got rumored about  and I suppose about 300 attended our first  meeting, in preaching the power of God res ted upon the people, and on my asking them  if it was not good news they responded “yes” —while many wept under the influence of  the spirit; and after preaching, ten persons came  forward to be baptized, some of which felt  convinced as soon as they saw us that we  were men of God, and others had dreamed  about us. Thus we see that the power was  of God and not of man and to him be the  Glory. Things have continued to progress  in this place from that time to the present  we have now about 160 in society: 3 El ders, 5 Priests, 2 Teachers, and 2 Deacons.—  We have taken the largest Hall in Liverpool,  and in the most eligible situation for twelve  months, and things seem more likely for pro gressing than ever they have done from the  commencement.
I visited Ireland some time ago and plan ted the standard of truth in that nation I  stayed there something over a week, preached  in several places, and baptized 2 before I left.  Elder Curtis is now there and there is be tween 20 and 30 baptized. I did purpose  making a stand in Belfast, but as I had other  engagements in Scotland and Liverpool, I  knew that I would not commence without  giving our adversaries an advantage which I  knew that they would make a dishonorable  use of; so I thought it best not to com mence, as I had not time to stay. From  thence I went to the City of Glasgow in  Scotland where I met with Elder Hadlock [Reuben Hedlock],  who had raised up a small church, to whom  I preached. On my way to Glasgow a gen tleman on the same boat informed me that  Elder [James] Mulholland had written a letter to his  friends concerning the persecution and that  as he was acquainted with him he, had pub lished it in a periodical of that City (Belfast)  I preached several times also in a place called  Paisely in Scotland, where Elders [Samuel] Mulliner  and [Alexander] Wright had raised up a church and ob tained considerable influence, from thence I  returned to Liverpool, soon after I started to  the Isle of Man, where I hired a large room  capable of containing 1000 persons and com menced delivering lectures: great excitement  prevailed and a persecuting spirit soon mani fested itself. I held a discussion with one  man, a preacher which had a tendency to en lighten the eyes of the public. Another  wrote in the papers, and I answered him, a nother published pamphlets, and I answered  them; another delivered lectures and I answer [p. 401]
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John Taylor, Letter, Liverpool, England, to JS, Nauvoo, IL, 3 Feb. 1841; in Times and Seasons, 1 May 1841, 2:400–402.

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