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Times and Seasons, 15 February 1842

and solicited more preaching. I also visited Salsbury, a place about 7 miles from the Little Falls, and preached twice, the people wished me to visit them again if possible. I have also visited, and preached in the towns of Litchfield, Kirkland, Madison, New Hartford, and many others. The calls for preaching in every direction, are so numerous and pressing, that I am not able to fill the tenth part of them, but I have some help at present. Elders John Mackley and —— Potter are laboring in Salsbury, and region about; and Elder C. Marsh, from Cayuga co. N. Y., is with me in this region, and the young priests of the Utica branch of the church, are some of them beginning to magnify their calling, a young man, (the only son of a lady in this city, who with her whole household, consisting of seven members of the family have embraced the New and Everlasting Covenant,) and the young man has been ordained a priest, and is preaching more or less every week, in my absence, besides teaching a high school in this city; he is a grest help to me (or in other words) to the cause in this place I assure you. We have taken the City Hall, in this place, for one year where we shall continue to meet for public worship every Sunday at the usual times of worship, and also at 7 o’clock in the evening of every Thursday, we have a council meeting once a week, generally, and a prayer meeting once a week also.
The saints here are in perfect unity, and are enjoying the gifts of the spirit of the Lord, such as, the gift of tongues, and the interpretation, and visions and also, the gift of faith, to be healed, and the gift of healing, and also, the gift of fervent charity, one for another; in short dear brother, we have a little heaven already begun in this city, and my soul feels to magnify the Lord while I write, and no tongue can describe the feelings of my heart; yea the gratitude of my heart to my Heavenly Father, for his blessings upon my labors.
There are many in this city now on the eve of obedience. The church where my family resides, (near the village of Rome,) is also in good fellowship and standing, and there has been one baptized in that branch of late, and more are believing.
The church at Hamilton Madison co. are in a good situation also, and the branch at Edmiston Otsego co. are in a good situation likewise, and the Boonville branch Oneida co. have had a number added to it of late and they are in a prosperous condition. There are several other branches which I have not heard from of late, but as far as I am acquainted with the situation of the churches, and of the work of the Lord in this region of country, the prospects are flattering. We wish the saints in that place, and in all other places, all the good things that the nature of their situations demand, and of our well beloved brother, Joseph Smith, we wish concerning him and will pray, that he may be preserved a prophet and seer, and revelator, unto the church of God for many years to come. We know him to be a true prophet of the most High, and as such he has the fellowship of this church of Latter-Day Saints at Utica. We desire an interest in the prayers of the saints in that place. Yours in the bonds and unity of the New Covenant.
JAMES BLAKESLEE.
 
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CONFERENCE MINUTES.
The Gennessee Conference met at the court-house in the village of Batavia, in the county of Gennessee, aggreeable to previous appointment, on Saturday the 25th day of December, A. D. 1841. at 10 o’clock, A. M., and proceeded to business. Elder Charles Thompson was chosen president and John L. Bartholf clerk in said conference.
Voted, that brother Coltrin, brother Moses Martin, and Ralph L. Young, take a seat with us in conference.
Voted, that a committee be appointed to examine candidates for ordination.
Elder Moses Martin, elder McWithee Joel McWithey, and elder Hiram Thompson, were appointed that committee.
Voted, that a committee for the trial of appeals be appointed. Elder Moses Martin, Elder Joel McWithee, and elder Hiram Thompson, R. D. Sprague, P. H. Winegar, Ralph L. Young, Josiah Tyler, elders, were appointed that committee.
Conference opened by prayer, by elder Moses Martin.
The branch in Batavia, Alexander, Elbee, and Bethany, were represented by John L. Bartholf, numbering 3 elders, 2 priests, 2 teachers, and 1 deacon, in all 41 members, in good standing.
The branch in Bennington was repre [p. 697]
and solicited more preaching. I also visi ted Salsbury, a place about 7 miles from  the Little Falls, and preached twice, the  people wished me to visit them again if  possible. I have also visited, and preach ed in the towns of Litchfield, Kirkland,  Madison, New Hartford, and many oth ers. The calls for preaching in every  direction, are so numerous and pressing,  that I am not able to fill the tenth part of  them, but I have some help at present.  Elders John Mackley and —— Potter  are laboring in Salsbury, and region  about; and Elder C. Marsh, from Cayuga  co. N. Y., is with me in this region, and  the young priests of the Utica branch of  the church, are some of them beginning  to magnify their calling, a young man,  (the only son of a lady in this city, who  with her whole household, consisting of  seven members of the family have em braced the New and Everlasting Cove nant,) and the young man has been or dained a priest, and is preaching more or  less every week, in my absence, besides  teaching a high school in this city; he is  a grest help to me (or in other words) to  the cause in this place I assure you. We  have taken the City Hall, in this place,  for one year where we shall continue to  meet for public worship every Sunday at  the usual times of worship, and also at 7  o’clock in the evening of every Thursday,  we have a council meeting once a week,  generally, and a prayer meeting once a  week also.
The saints here are in perfect un ity, and are enjoying the gifts of the spir it of the Lord, such as, the gift of tongues,  and the interpretation, and visions and al so, the gift of faith, to be healed, and the  gift of healing, and also, the gift of fer vent charity, one for another; in short  dear brother, we have a little heaven al ready begun in this city, and my soul  feels to magnify the Lord while I write,  and no tongue can describe the feelings  of my heart; yea the gratitude of my  heart to my Heavenly Father, for his  blessings upon my labors.
There are many in this city now on  the eve of obedience. The church where  my family resides, (near the village of  Rome,) is also in good fellowship and  standing, and there has been one bap tized in that branch of late, and more are  believing.
The church at Hamilton Madison co.  are in a good situation also, and the branch  at Edmiston Otsego co. are in a good sit uation likewise, and the Boonville branch  Oneida co. have had a number added to  it of late and they are in a prosperous  condition. There are several other bran ches which I have not heard from of late,  but as far as I am acquainted with the  situation of the churches, and of the  work of the Lord in this region of coun try, the prospects are flattering. We  wish the saints in that place, and in all  other places, all the good things that the  nature of their situations demand, and of  our well beloved brother, Joseph Smith,  we wish concerning him and will pray,  that he may be preserved a prophet and  seer, and revelator, unto the church of  God for many years to come. We know  him to be a true prophet of the most  High, and as such he has the fellowship  of this church of Latter-Day Saints at  Utica. We desire an interest in the  prayers of the saints in that place. Yours  in the bonds and unity of the New Cov enant.
JAMES BLAKESLEE.
 
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CONFERENCE MINUTES.
The Gennessee Conference met at  the court-house in the village of Batavia,  in the county of Gennessee, aggreeable to  previous appointment, on Saturday the  25th day of December, A. D. 1841. at  10 o’clock, A. M., and proceeded to busi ness. Elder Charles Thompson was  chosen president and John L. Bartholf  clerk in said conference.
Voted, that brother Coltrin, brother Mo ses Martin, and Ralph L. Young, take a  seat with us in conference.
Voted, that a committee be appointed  to examine candidates for ordination.
Elder Moses Martin, elder McWithee [Joel McWithey],  and elder Hiram Thompson, were ap pointed that committee.
Voted, that a committee for the trial of  appeals be appointed. Elder Moses Mar tin, Elder Joel McWithee, and elder Hi ram Thompson, R. D. Sprague, P. H.  Winegar, Ralph L. Young, Josiah Tyler,  elders, were appointed that committee.
Conference opened by prayer, by elder  Moses Martin.
The branch in Batavia, Alexander, El bee, and Bethany, were represented by  John L. Bartholf, numbering 3 elders, 2  priests, 2 teachers, and 1 deacon, in all  41 members, in good standing.
The branch in Bennington was repre [p. 697]
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