Letter from Reuben Hedlock, 10–21 January 1844

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at 5, O Clock P. M. it was a cold windy night I sufered much with the cold and when I arived in site of the Scoch coast the Barren hills Were covered with snow but how Dieferent was my landing hear at this time to what it was when I first Landed in the on Scotias Shores in <​on​> the 26 of may 1840 then Not <​but one​> saint in Glasgow to Welcom me to that great city but now 262 the faces of some I never saw before Welcomend me with tears of Joy and after an absence from them of two years and Eight months I felt as though it I <​was​> paid <​Rewarded​> me better than I deserved for all my <​the​> sacrafise that ever I made and all my persecution with the saints in the west in one day With those who were once Strangers to me and the Gospel of christ but were <​are​> now Rejoicing with all their harts in the same <​Plan of Salvation​> I found some faithful laborers in the Glasgow Conference When I left scotland to Return home there was only 6 Branches of the church in the Conference comprising 368 members it now numbers 14 Branches 768 members in good standing. Bisides many that have Removed <​making an increase of 400 members in two years and seven months——​> I met With the saints in a Conference meeting on the 6th. of Nov 1843 Where the following Branches were Represented
Eld[er]s Priests Teah [Teachers] Dea[cons] M[embers]
Glasgow—— 4 10 4 4 262
Paisley & Neilston— 2 4 4 4 67
Johnston & Eldersley— 3 3 1 33
Bridge of Weire—— 2 1 1 1 38
Greenock & Helensbourgh [Helensburgh]— 3 2 3 2 57
Bonhill—— 1 3 2 2 30
Balfron [Balfron]—— 1 1 12
Kilbernie [Kilbirnie]—— 1 2 3 1 47
Irvine Dalry & Kilmernock [Kilmarnock] 1 18
Thorny Bank [Thornliebank] & Tolock Shaws [Pollokshaws] 3 4 2 2 62
A[i]rdrie—— 4 5 6 3 100
Campsie—— 3 1 2 21
Renfrew—— 3 3 1 1 1 21
Total number 28 38 28 20 766
ordained at this conference 1 High Priest 4 Elders 6 Priests 1 teacher 6 Confirmed 3 Baptised many calls for preaching in Diferent towns adjoineg [adjoining] a disposission ammong the Elders and Priest to attnd the calls a great Desier among the saints to Emigrate the church in Glasgow was united memb united with there had Been considerable many cut of[f] from the Paisley Branch and much Dissadisfaction among the Saints against their Persiding Elder I thought it Wisdom for Elder James Houston to perside over the Paisley Branch at present Late news from there informes me of a number of baptisms and good feelings Restored in Paisley [p. 3]
at 5, O Clock P. M. it was a cold windy night I sufered much with the cold and when I arived in site of the Scoch coast the Barren hills Were covered with snow but how Dieferent was my landing hear at this time to what it was when I first Landed on Scotias Shores on the 26 of may 1840 then Not but one saint in Glasgow to Welcom me to that great city but now 262 the faces of some I never saw before Welcomend me with tears of Joy and after an absence from them of two years and Eight months I felt as though I was Rewarded better than I deserved for all the sacrafise that ever I made and all my persecution with the saints in the west With those who were once Strangers to me and the Gospel of christ but are now Rejoicing with all their harts in the Plan of Salvation I found some faithful laborers in the Glasgow Conference When I left scotland to Return home there was only 6 Branches of the church in the Conference comprising 368 members it now numbers 14 Branches 768 members in good standing. Bisides many that have Removed making an increase of 400 members in two years and seven months—— I met With the saints in a Conference meeting on the 6th. of Nov 1843 Where the following Branches were Represented
Elders Priests Teah [Teachers] Deacons Members
Glasgow—— 4 10 4 4 262
Paisley & Neilston— 2 4 4 4 67
Johnston & Eldersley— 3 3 1 33
Bridge of Weire—— 2 1 1 1 38
Greenock & Helensbourgh [Helensburgh]— 3 2 3 2 57
Bonhill—— 1 3 2 2 30
Balfron [Balfron]—— 1 1 12
Kilbernie [Kilbirnie]—— 2 3 1 47
Irvine Dalry & Kilmernock [Kilmarnock] 1 18
Thorny Bank [Thornliebank] & Tolock Shaws [Pollokshaws] 3 4 2 2 62
Airdrie—— 4 5 6 3 100
Campsie—— 3 1 2 21
Renfrew—— 3 1 1 21
Total number 28 38 28 20 766
ordained at this conference 1 High Priest 4 Elders 6 Priests 1 teacher 6 Confirmed 3 Baptised many calls for preaching in Diferent towns adjoineg adjoining a disposission ammong the Elders and Priest to attnd the calls a great Desier among the saints to Emigrate the church in Glasgow was united there had Been considerable many cut off from the Paisley Branch and much Dissadisfaction among the Saints against their Persiding Elder I thought it Wisdom for Elder James Houston to perside over the Paisley Branch at present Late news from there informes me of a number of baptisms and good feelings Restored in Paisley [p. 3]
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