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Letter From David Udall to William Doust


27 Apr 1848

Putney, 27 Apr 1848

My Dear Friends,

I now take opportunity with pleasure to write you hoping this will find you and your partner in possession of every blessing that is needful both for your souls and bodies.  As it leaves me at present, I have often thought of you but I was told you were gone from Goudhurst, so that I did not know where to write to you, and I was sorry that I could not see you at Christmas.  Many seasons have passed since I saw you last, but I have many things to thank God for.  He has led me by a way that I knew not; he has led me from the giddy multitude and by green pastures.  I trust he is leading me into all truth, and I trust my face is Zion-ward.  I should like to converse with you upon doctrine and many other things, for there are not many that you can converse with.

I have often thought of our boyhood, and of your father and my father and the old farm house and of their conversation and their passions, and when I look back it seems like just the other day.  How near the grave is the cradle, but I am afraid we have seen the best of our days.  We are just going into the field of trouble, particularly you.  This is a world of temptation, tribulation and perplexity; and let us pray for faith that we may enter into that world of glory, honor and immortality.

There is one thing to be said Ė you have got beforehand of me in the way of marriage, for I have not thought of that Ė not yet.  Saint Paul says itís better to live single if you can contain yourself, but itís better to marry than to burn.  Give my sincere love to your wife.  (I remember the tea I had at her house.)  I hope that you prove a blessing to each other.

I am sorry to hear that father swears; I hope he will be led into all truth of the gospel and find his way to heaven.

I donít think that itís worthwhile to see for work if you are getting a living where you are.  I think I should come down to you if I were to leave here.  If a man has got a contented mind and a good conscience he is happier in the country than in a noisy city.

Please remember me to your father and mother and brothers and sisters and friends and relations, and I should like to hear from you soon.  Send me word how you are getting on at preaching, and who called you to the work of the ministry, and what made you preach first, and whether you think itís necessary for me to be baptized.  I have prayed to be led into all truth for some time, and since I have heard the Latter-day Saints preach I have had a different view of things.  Please excuse these questions and believe me to be your sincere brother.

D. Udall

Putney Common, Surrey

PS: I have just heard that W. Udall has fell off the cart drunk.  He has hurt himself very much.  I am a teetotaler still.

Wishing you every happiness in this life and afterwards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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