Letter from John Taylor, 3 February 1841

ed them, and finally challenged any of them  to meet me before the public and prove the  Book of Mormon, and my doctrine false if  they could, but this they were afraid to do  and gave up the contest. I see sir, more clearly  every day the impossiblity of overturning the  principles of truth by any of the foolish dog mas or lame reasoning of this present gene- ation, and how should they? for God has re- vealed it, and his arm supports it. I went to  a country place on the Is[l]and and sat down  in the chimney corner, and talked to a few  neighbors, who came in, and baptized 8 and  and confirmed them the same night before I  left them, nor would they wait until the mor ning. I sent you several papers which no  doubt you will have received, I staid between  two and three months in the Island, Elder  Blakesley has been laboring there since I left,  now he is gone to New York, and one of our  Liverpool brethren is there. There is about  70 baptized and the work is still progressing  there is another place in the neighborhood of  Liverpool, a branch of this place, where  there is 30 members. The numbers in this  neighborhood that I have had a hand in, are as  follows:
Liverpool160.Isle of Man70.
Ireland about25.Howarden30.
I mention this to show that I have not la bored in vain, but that God has in some mea sure blessed my feeble labors.
The work in this country is beginning to  attract more general notice, and to assume a  more formidable and respectable appearance  in Manchester, in Liverpool, and also in the  Isle of Man, we have the largest Hall in this  place, and men of respectability and influence  begin to look at it: it has for some time been  almost exclusively confined to the lowest  grade of society, particularly in the manifac tory districts, but I think the time is not far  distant when the trumpet will sound loudly  through all parts of this land and all classes  will hear it.
You will probably be made acquainted with  our attentions of visiting America this next  Spring we propose holding a general confer ence and setting in order the affairs of the  church, and then taking our departure some  time in the middle of April. Elder P[arley] P. Pratt  however purposes staying. We have no in telligence yet of Elders [Orson] Hyde and [John E.] Page, nor  any of the Seventies arrived but three, two of  which returned. (Elders Winchester  and Blakesley) Elder Burnham will stay for  some time. It would be well if more of them  were here, if they were good men, and men  of intelligence. Elder [Lorenzo] Snow is in London,  from whence Elders [Heber C.] Kimball, and Woodruff  have started. Elder Levi Richards continues,  he is I think in, or near Birmingham. Elder  Hadlock will return with us. About 330  saints started from here about 3 weeks ago,  upwards of 200, by Elder [Hiram] Clark, Ship “Shef field.” Captain Porter, via New Orleans,  the remainder on Ship “Echo.” Captain  Wood, also for New Orleans. A small  company, expect to start the same route,  perhaps 50, to sail on the 12th, of this month  on the “Ulesto,“ perhaps you may get this be fore any of them arrive, as it goes to-morrow  per Steam Packet. I have not room for poli tics, in fact there is nothing particular at  present The Egyptian affair is settled.  France is coming to her reason again, and I  do not think that America and England will  go to war about McLeod, the sitting of the  Syrian question has of course opened a way  for the Jews. How the affairs of China will  terminate is yet, I believe a little uncertain.
As ever yours in the  bonds of the Ever  lasting Covenant,
To President Joseph Smith. [p. 402]
John Taylor, Letter, Liverpool, England, to JS, Nauvoo, IL, 3 Feb. 1841; in Times and Seasons, 1 May 1841, 2:400–402.