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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 dogmas 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 Island 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 morning. 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

Dutch founded New Netherland colony, 1625. Incorporated under British control and renamed New York, 1664. Harbor contributed to economic and population growth of city; became largest city in American colonies. British troops defeated Continental Army under...

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, and one of our Liverpool

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brethren is there. There is about 70 baptized and the work is still progressing there is another place in the neighborhood of Liverpool

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, 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:
Liverpool

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160.Isle of Man70.
Ireland about25.Howarden30.
I mention this to show that I have not labored in vain, but that God has in some measure 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

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, 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 manifactory 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

North American constitutional republic. Constitution ratified, 17 Sept. 1787. Population in 1805 about 6,000,000; in 1830 about 13,000,000; and in 1844 about 20,000,000. Louisiana Purchase, 1803, doubled size of U.S. Consisted of seventeen states at time ...

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this next Spring we propose holding a general conference and setting in order the affairs of the church, and then taking our departure some time in the middle of April. Elder Parley P. Pratt

12 Apr. 1807–13 May 1857. Farmer, editor, publisher, teacher, school administrator, legislator, explorer, author. Born at Burlington, Otsego Co., New York. Son of Jared Pratt and Charity Dickinson. Traveled west with brother William to acquire land, 1823....

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however purposes staying. We have no intelligence yet of Elders [Orson] Hyde

8 Jan. 1805–28 Nov. 1878. Laborer, clerk, storekeeper, teacher, editor, businessman, lawyer, judge. Born at Oxford, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Nathan Hyde and Sally Thorpe. Moved to Derby, New Haven Co., 1812. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, ...

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and [John E.] Page

25 Feb. 1799–14 Oct. 1867. Born at Trenton, Oneida Co., New York. Son of Ebenezer Page and Rachel Hill. Married first Betsey Thompson, 1831, in Huron Co., Ohio. Baptized into LDS church by Emer Harris, 18 Aug. 1833, at Brownhelm, Lorain Co., Ohio. Ordained...

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, 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

14 June 1801–22 June 1868. Blacksmith, potter. Born at Sheldon, Franklin Co., Vermont. Son of Solomon Farnham Kimball and Anna Spaulding. Married Vilate Murray, 22 Nov. 1822, at Mendon, Monroe Co., New York. Member of Baptist church at Mendon, 1831. Baptized...

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, and Woodruff

1 Mar. 1807–2 Sept. 1898. Farmer, miller. Born at Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of Aphek Woodruff and Beulah Thompson. Moved to Richland, Oswego Co., New York, 1832. Baptized into LDS church by Zera Pulsipher, 31 Dec. 1833, near Richland. Ordained...

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have started. Elder Levi Richards

14 Apr. 1799–18 June 1876. Teacher, mechanic, inventor, physician. Born at Hopkinton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Joseph Richards and Rhoda Howe. Baptized into LDS church, 31 Dec. 1836, in Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio. Ordained a high priest, Dec. ...

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continues, he is I think in, or near Birmingham. Elder Hadlock

1809–5 July 1869. Printer, carpenter, journeyman. Born in U.S. Married first Susan Wheeler, 1827. Married second Lydia Fox. Baptized into LDS church, by 1836. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, and ordained an elder, by 1836. Appointed counselor to Alvah...

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will return with us. About 330 saints started from here about 3 weeks ago, upwards of 200, by Elder [Hiram] Clark, Ship “Sheffield.” Captain Porter, via New Orleans

Settled by French, 1717. Acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803. City, port of entry, and parish seat of justice. Population in 1840 about 100,000. Important trade center on Mississippi River. Branch of LDS church established in city, winter 1840–1841...

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, the remainder on Ship “Echo.” Captain Wood, also for New Orleans

Settled by French, 1717. Acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803. City, port of entry, and parish seat of justice. Population in 1840 about 100,000. Important trade center on Mississippi River. Branch of LDS church established in city, winter 1840–1841...

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. 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 before any of them arrive, as it goes to-morrow per Steam Packet. I have not room for politics, 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

North American constitutional republic. Constitution ratified, 17 Sept. 1787. Population in 1805 about 6,000,000; in 1830 about 13,000,000; and in 1844 about 20,000,000. Louisiana Purchase, 1803, doubled size of U.S. Consisted of seventeen states at time ...

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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,
JOHN TAYLOR

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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To President Joseph Smith. [p. 402]
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

Dutch founded New Netherland colony, 1625. Incorporated under British control and renamed New York, 1664. Harbor contributed to economic and population growth of city; became largest city in American colonies. British troops defeated Continental Army under...

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, and one of our  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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brethren is there. There is about  70 baptized and the work is still progressing  there is another place in the neighborhood of  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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, 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:
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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160.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

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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, 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

North American constitutional republic. Constitution ratified, 17 Sept. 1787. Population in 1805 about 6,000,000; in 1830 about 13,000,000; and in 1844 about 20,000,000. Louisiana Purchase, 1803, doubled size of U.S. Consisted of seventeen states at time ...

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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

12 Apr. 1807–13 May 1857. Farmer, editor, publisher, teacher, school administrator, legislator, explorer, author. Born at Burlington, Otsego Co., New York. Son of Jared Pratt and Charity Dickinson. Traveled west with brother William to acquire land, 1823....

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 however purposes staying. We have no in telligence yet of Elders [Orson] Hyde

8 Jan. 1805–28 Nov. 1878. Laborer, clerk, storekeeper, teacher, editor, businessman, lawyer, judge. Born at Oxford, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Nathan Hyde and Sally Thorpe. Moved to Derby, New Haven Co., 1812. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, ...

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and [John E.] Page

25 Feb. 1799–14 Oct. 1867. Born at Trenton, Oneida Co., New York. Son of Ebenezer Page and Rachel Hill. Married first Betsey Thompson, 1831, in Huron Co., Ohio. Baptized into LDS church by Emer Harris, 18 Aug. 1833, at Brownhelm, Lorain Co., Ohio. Ordained...

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, 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

14 June 1801–22 June 1868. Blacksmith, potter. Born at Sheldon, Franklin Co., Vermont. Son of Solomon Farnham Kimball and Anna Spaulding. Married Vilate Murray, 22 Nov. 1822, at Mendon, Monroe Co., New York. Member of Baptist church at Mendon, 1831. Baptized...

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, and Woodruff

1 Mar. 1807–2 Sept. 1898. Farmer, miller. Born at Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of Aphek Woodruff and Beulah Thompson. Moved to Richland, Oswego Co., New York, 1832. Baptized into LDS church by Zera Pulsipher, 31 Dec. 1833, near Richland. Ordained...

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 have started. Elder Levi Richards

14 Apr. 1799–18 June 1876. Teacher, mechanic, inventor, physician. Born at Hopkinton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Joseph Richards and Rhoda Howe. Baptized into LDS church, 31 Dec. 1836, in Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio. Ordained a high priest, Dec. ...

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continues,  he is I think in, or near Birmingham. Elder  Hadlock

1809–5 July 1869. Printer, carpenter, journeyman. Born in U.S. Married first Susan Wheeler, 1827. Married second Lydia Fox. Baptized into LDS church, by 1836. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, and ordained an elder, by 1836. Appointed counselor to Alvah...

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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

Settled by French, 1717. Acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803. City, port of entry, and parish seat of justice. Population in 1840 about 100,000. Important trade center on Mississippi River. Branch of LDS church established in city, winter 1840–1841...

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,  the remainder on Ship “Echo.” Captain  Wood, also for New Orleans

Settled by French, 1717. Acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803. City, port of entry, and parish seat of justice. Population in 1840 about 100,000. Important trade center on Mississippi River. Branch of LDS church established in city, winter 1840–1841...

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. 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

North American constitutional republic. Constitution ratified, 17 Sept. 1787. Population in 1805 about 6,000,000; in 1830 about 13,000,000; and in 1844 about 20,000,000. Louisiana Purchase, 1803, doubled size of U.S. Consisted of seventeen states at time ...

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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,
JOHN TAYLOR

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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To President Joseph Smith. [p. 402]
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John Taylor

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

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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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