History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​October 12​> Oxfordshire, leaving the Oxford university a little upon our left, this University consists of twenty colleges endowed, five halls not endowed, <​and​> is considered the largest and most noted University in the world, we then took the railroad and travelled seventy miles, had a <​splendid​> view of — Windsor Castle as we passed along, we landed at the <​terminus of the​> Great Western Railway — — — — — at four oclock in the evening, from thence we took Coach and rode a few miles into the , we walked over London Bridge and called upon Mr. Allgood, 19. King Street Borough, Mrs. Allgood is Sister to Elder ’s Wife, she treated us kindly, gave us such refreshments as we needed and directed us to Lodgings in the neighborhood where we spent the night. After which we immediately commenced our researches through this great Metropolis, for the honest in heart and the meek of the earth; we first commenced by visiting the Ministers and Preachers of the various orders, and requested the privilege of delivering our Message unto the people in their Churches and Chapels, but of course you will not be astonished, when we inform you that they denied us this privilege and rejected our testimony. We next went to and fro’ through the City of from day to day endeavoring to get some door open whereby we could warn the people and search out the honest in heart, when on diligent search we found the whole city given to Covetousness (which is idolatry) priestcraft, tradition, superstition and all manner of abominations, wickedness and uncleanness and all doors closed against us, we did not hesitate to stand in the midst of the Streets, and Jonah like cry repentance unto the inhabitants of that mighty city— The Me[HC 4:221]tropolis of England— the pride and glory of Britain— the boast of the Gentiles and the largest commercial city in the world— containing <​over​> one million five hundred thousand souls who are ripening in iniquity and preparing for the wrath of God; and like the ox going to the slaughter, know not the day of their visitation— We shall long remember standing together in the midst of that people and bearing a message which will prove a savor of life unto life, or of death unto death, not only unto them, but unto all they, unto whom the sound of the Everlasting gospel shall come, even unto the whole — — world; and the judgment of the great day shall manifest the truth of it unto all nations— And it will ever — — — — — — — sweenten the memory of that eventful period of our lives, to know that our labors on that occasion, were not in vain; but we were enabled through the great mercy of God, toil, labor, diligent search and perserverance, to find some of the blood of Ephraim, a few honest souls who were willing to receive and obey the gospel, and that we were enabled to lay the foundation of a work in the City of , which will not be removed until the City is warned, so that they will be left without excuse, and the Saints gathered out to stand in holy places, while judgment works: until that time, the seed which we have sown there, will bring forth fruit, and the fruit will redound to the honor and glory of God. We have baptized 11 only in the city of , but through faith and the mercy of God, we ’ere long expect a harvest of souls in that place; but we are willing to acknowledge, that in our travels, either in or Europe, we have never before found a people, from whose minds we have had to remove a greater multiplicity of objections, or combination of obstacles, in order to excite an interest in the subject, and prepare the heart for the reception of the word of God, than in the city of , while conversing with the common people, concerning the gospel, we found their highest attainments [p. 1111]
October 12 Oxfordshire, leaving the Oxford university a little upon our left, this University consists of twenty colleges endowed, five halls not endowed, and is considered the largest and most noted University in the world, we then took the railroad and travelled seventy miles, had a splendid view of — Windsor Castle as we passed along, we landed at the terminus of the Great Western Railway — — — — — at four oclock in the evening, from thence we took Coach and rode a few miles into the , we walked over London Bridge and called upon Mr. Allgood, 19. King Street Borough, Mrs. Allgood is Sister to Elder ’s Wife, she treated us kindly, gave us such refreshments as we needed and directed us to Lodgings in the neighborhood where we spent the night. After which we immediately commenced our researches through this great Metropolis, for the honest in heart and the meek of the earth; we first commenced by visiting the Ministers and Preachers of the various orders, and requested the privilege of delivering our Message unto the people in their Churches and Chapels, but of course you will not be astonished, when we inform you that they denied us this privilege and rejected our testimony. We next went to and fro’ through the City of from day to day endeavoring to get some door open whereby we could warn the people and search out the honest in heart, when on diligent search we found the whole city given to Covetousness (which is idolatry) priestcraft, tradition, superstition and all manner of abominations, wickedness and uncleanness and all doors closed against us, we did not hesitate to stand in the midst of the Streets, and Jonah like cry repentance unto the inhabitants of that mighty city— The Me[HC 4:221]tropolis of England— the pride and glory of Britain— the boast of the Gentiles and the largest commercial city in the world— containing over one million five hundred thousand souls who are ripening in iniquity and preparing for the wrath of God; and like the ox going to the slaughter, know not the day of their visitation— We shall long remember standing together in the midst of that people and bearing a message which will prove a savor of life unto life, or of death unto death, not only unto them, but unto all they, unto whom the sound of the Everlasting gospel shall come, even unto the whole — — world; and the judgment of the great day shall manifest the truth of it unto all nations— And it will ever — — — — — — — sweenten the memory of that eventful period of our lives, to know that our labors on that occasion, were not in vain; but we were enabled through the great mercy of God, toil, labor, diligent search and perserverance, to find some of the blood of Ephraim, a few honest souls who were willing to receive and obey the gospel, and that we were enabled to lay the foundation of a work in the City of , which will not be removed until the City is warned, so that they will be left without excuse, and the Saints gathered out to stand in holy places, while judgment works: until that time, the seed which we have sown there, will bring forth fruit, and the fruit will redound to the honor and glory of God. We have baptized 11 only in the city of , but through faith and the mercy of God, we ’ere long expect a harvest of souls in that place; but we are willing to acknowledge, that in our travels, either in or Europe, we have never before found a people, from whose minds we have had to remove a greater multiplicity of objections, or combination of obstacles, in order to excite an interest in the subject, and prepare the heart for the reception of the word of God, than in the city of , while conversing with the common people, concerning the gospel, we found their highest attainments [p. 1111]
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