David King Udall Missionary Journal
At least some of the journal appears to be a handwritten copy of the original. There are marginal notes throughout, and ellipses where sections were not included. I have transcribed the version available from the LDS Church History Library. Spelling and grammar corrected, with alternative spellings and guesses indicated in parentheses.
Tuesday 18 Apr 1876,
I have been down town this morning doing a little shopping. I bought a gold ring for my wife as a present (it was a wedding ring). I bought myself some studs, then went and had a bath and returned to the office and stayed there a short time, then took train from Dalston to Palmer’s Green, a distance of 6 ½ miles, to see my Aunt Mary White and family. She was delighted to see me. I had a good long talk with her on the principles of the gospel. She is very much set against them though she cannot tell me why or bring proof against them to satisfy her own feelings.
Wednesday 19 Apr 1876
I felt ill this morning when I got up, giddy and dizzy. A feeling I have never had before in my life. I talked again with Aunt upon our principles and she says she can’t believe they are true though I prove to her that they are scriptural. I have found out that without the convincing of the spirit all the talk and proofs you can bring amount to nothing. The spirit must impress upon the mind the necessity of obeying. Aunt Mary’s children are fond of me. I left Aunt’s at 5 P.M. by train for Dalston, called at the office and then walk down to White Chapel meeting house, a distance of three miles. I talked for fifteen minutes on the principles of the gospel. I got off my subject by a woman getting up and going out and I did not gain myself again and I had to sit down. Then Brother White the president of the branch spoke for fifteen minutes. I felt well though I could not talk as I wanted to.
Thursday 20 Apr 1876,
I wrote a letter to
Mrs Hallards (?) of Chilsfield this morning in regard to her son’s
emigration money. I cannot
assist her as I thought I could.
I expected to get some money that was paid into the Church many
years ago. It was paid to the
Emigration Fund by a sister that once lived in
Friday 21 Apr 1876
Brother Binder is not
as friendly with me as I would like.
I think it is his business responsibilities that keeps him from
being as sociable as others are.
I bought myself an album today that cost 6s. I marked all my clothes this
afternoon and wrote a note to John Claridge of
Saturday 22 Apr 1876
Had breakfast at Bro.
Clemenshaws and there bade them odieu for a few days and walked to Brother
Garmer’s a distance of four miles.
Had dinner with them.
They were pleased to see me again. From Brother Garmer’s I went to
Battersea and called on young Brother Leadbetter who was baptized a few
months ago. He is feeling
splendid. Had tea with him
and his wife and then walked to Clapham and called on Brother
Armatage. His wife is going
to get me some flower-seed.
They think I going to
Sunday 23 Apr 1876
After arising from my
bed of slumber the first move I made was to take hold of the water jug
which had two gallons of water in it. As I lifted it from the wash bowl,
crash it went to the floor, the handle having given way. I was only half dressed and had to
call to Mrs. Toe (?) to fetch something to sop up the water on the
floor. I can’t keep from
laughing about it, though it will cost me three shillings to pay for
it. This morning I took a
walk over to Barnes to see Uncle George Udall’s family. Uncle was at work in the soap
factory. Albert was in bed as
he works nights. Aunt has
been confined lately and so I did not stay long. I ate dinner at Gaius home and
enjoyed the lamb and vegetables very much. After dinner I went over to
Wansworth to meeting. It was
a good meeting. We blessed
four children. I was mouth in
blessing one. I had tea with
Bro. Morton and Bro. Cross at Bro. Hardings. Ate young radishes, the first of
the year. Had meeting at 6
PM. There were forty
present. I can see a giant
improvement in this Branch since I first came to this country. I spoke 30 minutes and felt
well. Bro Cross spoke 30
minutes. We have had a good
spirit in our midst today. I
went with Miss Terrell to Bro Gibb’s home. Sister Gibbs is very ill – all
being well they will emigrate to
Had breakfast this
morning at Gaius Udall’s and then took a walk with him in the garden and
also looked at his horses, pigs and so on. Had dinner at Mrs. Howicks. They joked me considerable. I called at Bro. Armitage’s and
had tea. He showed me some of
his paintings. Some of them
are magnificent. I left
Battersea at 6:10 PM for King’s Cross. Called on John Claridge at
Tuesday 25 Apr 1876
This morning I went
to Brother Clemenshaw’s after my trunk which he has kept for me. I walked six miles and reached
there before he was up. I
stayed until noon and then took train back to King’s Cross and from there
walked to the office. Brother
Binder was waiting for me to give me some information in regard to my
intended trip to
Wednesday 26 Apr 1876
I got up this morning at 9:30. I have been up so late the last few nights that I overslept and then too they give me such a comfortable bed here at the Howicks. I wrote to my dear wife during the day. I called at Bro. Hardings on the way from Wansworth to Putney. I had dinner at Gaius’. I do not like Emma’s spirit, she is so distant and cool while the rest of the family are extremely kind to me. From Gaius’ I walked to Barnes and called on Uncle George who was pleased to see me but could spend only a few minutes with me as he had to go to work at 6 PM for the night. Cousin Albert was going with him. I took the train from Mortlake at 6:49 PM for Egbon (Egbom?), then walked two miles to Inglefield where I took my uncle and aunt by surprise for they had not received my letter. They gave me a nice supper and were pleased to see me. It has been nearly 9 months since I was here.
Inglefield, Thursday 27 Apr 1876
Today I wrote to my
cousin Louisa Udall and gave her some instructions on Mormonism and told
her where I have been since I saw her etc. I also wrote to Bro. Spackman
Inglefield Green near
Today I wrote Brother
Harley in Nephi in regards to Sister Holland’s boy not coming – also a
card to Uncle Charles King of
I have conversed with my aunts more on Mormonism today. Aunt Maria is pious and old-maidish and very talkative and pleased to be with me.
Saturday 24 Apr 1876
Aunt Maria and the
girls walked with me as far (?) as the Long Walk in
Elders Bryan, Payne
and Hopkins left
Reading, Sunday 30 Apr 1876
I talked to Mr. Frewin this morning and advised him not to be too hasty in giving up their plan to emigrate next month. I told him I was sure to get a letter from Brother Binder about it very soon. I had breakfast with the Frewins. My drinking only water almost offends some of the people here when I call on them. Sister Frewin is a nice little woman and a good Mormon. I had dinner with Bro. Spockman’s. He is the president of the branch. At 3 o’clock I went to call again on my cousin Annie King, daughter of Uncle Charles. I had tea there and spent three hours with her. She is house-maid in a Mrs. Boucher’s home. She is one of the pleasantest, nicest cousins I have. She says she always thinks of me when she drinks tea because when I was here before I drank hot water and milk. I saw and met (?) her young man. She looks much like my sister Mary and has another such a temper. We visited two and a half hours in the kitchen and talked of many things. When I left I gave her Geo. A. Smith’s “Answers to Questions”. This evening we held meeting at Bro Spockman’s. There were twenty present. I spoke for twenty minutes but could not talk freely this evening for some reason. I got acquainted with a Brother Slaymaker who seems to be nice.
Reading, Monday 1 May 1876
I wrote a long letter to my wife today – eight pages and felt splendid. I received an encouraging letter from her, short but sweet. Letters also from my dear father and Aunt Rebecca. Wm. R. May has married at last – two of Bro. Pitchforth’s (?) daughters. The snow fell a foot deep on the 9 or 10 of April. Hay is very scarce and the stock are dying by the hundreds. It is the hardest winter known there since we settled the place. This morning I went to a coke factory but had to wait too long for a permit and left.
I called at Sister
Frewins and had dinner with them.
From her place I went to see Brother Slaymaker. I had tea with his wife, a nice
old lady. She gave me six
pence. I visited the May-day
Fair hear in
I wrote a letter to
Brother and Sister Lawrence this morning encouraging them to
emigrate. Again this hour I
went and waited an hour at the Coke Factory office for a permit to go
through the factory, but Mr. Palmer did not come and I got tired and
left. The factory covers some
six acres of land and employs 3000 to 4000 men and women. I regret leaving
This morning I wrote to Bro Wager of Sheerness giving him an outline of my travels since I last saw him and also I wrote him upon the principles of the everlasting gospel. I have also written today to my dear brother Joseph and sister Mary advising them to struggle always to do right. This evening Aunt took me down to Uncle William Kings. We stayed only a short time as he was not in and his wife has been ill for three months. Her illness came from an accident working with a chaff cutter. Here at Uncle Charles I have one of the best beds I ever slept on and they are very kind to me. They have a nice home and live well. This evening we talked on religion, which suited me and I also got some more of my genealogy.
I wrote to Aunt
Rebecca and Mary today, giving them the general news. This morning I went across the
fields to Mrs. Taggs, my Grandmother King’s sister and she gave me several
names of my ancestors on grandmother King’s side. Before marriage her name was
This morning I went
again to see Aunt Tagg and got some more genealogy. She gave me a goblet that belonged
to my great, great grandfather Anderson. She was so happy to see me that
she was frustrated. I had
lunch at Uncle Charles. His
wife is very kind to me – has a nice, pleasant way with her and has waited
on me “hand and foot”. I left
This morning Aunt and
I took a walk to the cemetery.
At 4 PM I left Twickenham.
I had received the kindest treatment from Uncle John and his family
– I called on Uncle George Udall at Barnes and stayed two or three hours,
then called at Putney and had supper with Mrs. Udall and her brother, then
walked to Wansworth and saw Mrs. Howick for a few minutes. Her sister Julia Udall who went to
the West Indies died there on 31 Mar 1876 – I reached the office in
Deptford (?) Sunday 7 May 1876
Went to Priesthood meeting this morning at 10:30 and met Bro. Hawkins of Nephi for the first time in four months. Had a chat with him. Priesthood meeting was very interesting. I went to Deptford with Bro. Perry and had two meetings and blessed a child for sister Waterfall. We also laid hands on a sick woman who is not a member but who had faith that God would answer our prayers in her behalf and she promised the Lord she would be baptized if He would heal her.
This morning I have
written to my wife and visited with Bro. Hawkins about home affairs and
our missionary labors. He is
not enjoying his work as he would like to. He has not yet received an
appointment from Bro. Carrington to labor in any conference – this
afternoon we went down to the Angle and I had my photo taken at a cost of
10s per dozen. Then I went to
Written on margin: We talked about the gospel for two hours.
This morning I
finished writing my wife, Bro. Paxman started from the office to travel in
Sat for my likeness again – the other was no good. Had dinner at John Claridge’s. His wife is poorly. Mother Claridge is very ill today also. As I left her she put two shillings in my hand. Spent five hours today with Mrs. Chew and her three daughters and preached the gospel to them and answered many questions to the best of my ability. I had tea and supper with them and they invited me to come again. They have an independent income. I went from their home to Brother Clemenshaws and stayed all night.
Had breakfast with
Brother Clemenshaws and then went to the office where I received
instructions from Bro Binder pertaining to the welfare of my district with
his blessings. Started for
Penbury, Friday 12 May 1876
Had breakfast and
dinner with the Barbers – a nice family and he is as good man and faithful
LDS. Left them at 1 PM and
called on Sister Turner, an old lady living in Tunbridge Wells and the
only member there – the poor old lady, I pity her. She shed tears while we
talked. She is not very well
and asked me to administer to her which I did. Before I left she wanted to give
me 6d to help me on my way, but I did not take it and I blessed her just
the same. Took train for
Ashburnham, Saturday 13 May 1876
I have been uneasy today – tried to read the Bible but did not make any head way and so I went for a long walk this afternoon. Stopped at Bro. and Sister Isteds and then in the evening went to see Sister Honeysets who has been ill and was healed by the power of the Priesthood, she tells me. She has grown children and we talked for an hour on the gospel and then I returned to Mr. Winchester for the night. She is a good woman, kind to the elders.
Ashburnham, Sunday 14 May 1876
This morning I was
much oppressed in spirits and went off in the woods and prayed to be
relieved from this down-cast feeling. The saints are very kind to
me. After dinner I held a
meeting alone as Bro. Ransom failed to come from
Ashburnham, Monday 15 May 1876
Wrote for several hours to my wife and to Bro Binder today. Went into the woods for a while to read and study the Old Book. This evening Mr. Winchester and I walked over to see Mrs. Honeyset. I returned with him for I have stayed in their home most of the time since I came to Ashburnham. There is a great deal of talk in the village today about my preaching yesterday. They say I talked too much about Joseph Smith and not enough about the Bible.
Ashburnham and Powder Mills, Tuesday 16 May 1876
The Saints in Ashburnham gave me several shillings when I left. They are a very free-hearted lot of Saints. Sister Winchester felt so bad when I was leaving that I think she shed tears. I ate breakfast with them and dinner with Sister Isteds. I left Ashburnham at noon and walked 10 miles to Powder Mills. Bro Whatman and family were very pleased to see me and made me welcome. I walked through Lord Ashburnham’s park for two or three miles. He owns thousands of acres and has a great house in the park which covers half an acre of ground. They say he has forty servants in it. The country here looks like fall. There have been some late frosts and the leaves are as yellow as saffron. I feel well in body and spirit today.
I slept with Bro.
Whatman last night. He and
his wife started to
Have written Bro. Binder for some tracts. Wrote to Sister Isted of Ashburnham telling her that Brothers Griffin and Wells will hold meeting there on Sunday out of doors and ask (?) her to ask the saints to notify the neighborhood. Had breakfast and dinner with Bro. Griffins. She feels unhappy about something of not much consequence; mostly because her son who went to the valleys has not sent her money to emigrate. I gave her my mind on the subject and encouraged her to be patient. This afternoon I returned to Bro Whatmans at Powder Mills. They are kind saints, living their religion. In the evening I went out into the wood reading.
This morning I walked out in the woods for the purpose of being by myself so that I might study and read the good old Book. I also wrote to Brothers Riches in Nephi. I had dinner with Bro. Wellers – he and his wife live in an old house way out in the field, all alone. It is so lonesome and dull I pity them. He thinks of emigrating this season. I walked five miles to Bro Larkins – I had the wrong directions and walked three miles out of my way. I had tea with them. They are 76 and 77 years old and have never been in a railway car. She has never seen but one train in her life. Strange to have lived only seven miles from the R.R. I went a mile from there to Bro. Alpheck’s who is a gardener by trade and has a large family of nice children. I am staying with them tonight. We have talked on religion this evening.
This morning Brother Alpheck took me through the garden he keeps for his master Sg. Frewin. He has some of the finest Yew trees and hedges I have seen. They are cut into splendid forms. He has a pear tree that runs along a wall for 100 feet. While on the premises I had a talk with four of the workmen on Mormonism and thought I might hold some very good out-of-door meetings in this neighborhood. Had dinner with Bro Alphecks and have enjoyed staying with them. Returned for the night to Bro Whatmans.
Powder Mills, Sunday 21 May 1876
Received letters from wifey, Wm. R. May, Joseph Wright at home and from cousin Louisa Udall and a short note from Bro. Binder. Wm. R. May says 2000 head of stock in Nephi country died because of the severe winter. Joseph Wright wants to know the price of accordions. Louisa says she wishes to be baptized soon and would like to be baptized in the Old Mill Pond near where she was born. She sent me a picture of herself. My wife felt a little dull when she wrote and says our team has wintered poorly at Hillsdale and can’t understand why father allowed Bro. Richey to send it there. This afternoon Brother Ransom of Hastings, the saints who live near and some forty strangers and my self held an out-door meeting. Brother Ransom spoke and then I occupied 35 minutes and felt splendid. Bros Griffin and Whatman held meetings in Ashburnham today. I felt there is good to be done in this neighborhood.
Brede & Hastings, Monday, 22 May 1876
I have stayed four
nights at Bro Whatman’s during this past week and have enjoyed myself very
much rambling in the beautiful woods close by. I had dinner today at Sister
Griffins. She is still
grumbling and I fear the evil propensities are leading her astray. I have written to my dear wife
today – eight pages – and felt well in doing so as I usually do. Reported our Sunday proceedings in
a letter to Bro. Binder. I
left Brede and walked to
This morning I went
Monkshead (?), Wednesday 24 May 1876
Had breakfast and
dinner with Mr. Robert Hinckleys.
This morning he took me all over the farm of which he is foreman –
1000 acres. They have on it
1700 head of sheep, 100 head of horned stock and a few teams of
horses. I met the owner of
the place and had conversations with him about Salt Lake City
We had a beautiful
rain yesterday, last night and today. It was needed for the ground was
getting very dry and the vegetation was beginning to suffer. I ate breakfast and dinner with
Bro Higgens family. They are
dear, kind people to me, always the same. We have been talking about their
son John going to
I slept with Bro.
Goodsell last night. He and
his boys get up at 4 and 5 oclock for they walk two miles to work. I ate breakfast and dinner with
Sister Goodsell’s. I wrote a
letter to Louisa; also to Bro. Sutton of Faversham to inform him that I
would be at his home on Saturday evening the 27th. I walked to
I wrote to my dear sister Eliza Ann Tenney this morning. I had dinner with Bro. Higgins and he gave me a shilling to help pay my way. I walked to Faversham a distance of 11 miles and had tea with Bro Counts (Courts?). They treat me cool and oppose anything I say. I felt anything but at home and after staying an hour and a half I walked to Capton where Bro. Stevens and Sutton live. I called on Bro Stevens who was burning a kiln of brick, that being his business. He feels well in his religion for a new beginner. I am staying at Bro Sutton’s. Sister Sutton can talk a donkey’s hind leg off. They have a nice comfortable home and make me feel welcome.
Faversham, Sunday 28 May 1876
We had meetings at
2:30 and at 6:30 today. Bro
Simons from Gray’s Branch in
Faversham, Monday 29 May 1876
This morning I wrote
to my wife and to Bro. Binder.
Sister Sutton went out to work and left her daughter and me to keep
house. They have a well
furnished house and are industrious, hard working people. They have made me comfortable and
I feel quite at home with them.
I had dinner at Bro. Stevens.
His wife is embittered against Mormonism and says she will never go
I wrote to Alma
Kendall, Nephi, this morning.
I have stayed at Bro. Sutton’s for three nights. He is a very wise, quiet man. They have made me welcome. I left the Sutton’s at 9:30 AM,
called at Bro. Millgate’s for mail, but was disappointed in not receiving
any, then went to Sister Cornford’s and had dinner with her and her
children. The children were
very pleased to see me. She
is a good woman and striving to live her religion. Her husband is not in the
church. I waited from 3:30 to
4:45 for the ferry boat to take me across to
Wednesday, 31 May 1876
This morning I wrote
to Joseph Wright of Nephi. I
have talked to Sister Cripps about their striving to emigrate. Her husband is a good spirited
man. I feel at home with them
and welcome. At 1:15 I left
their home and walked 12 miles to Sittingbourne in four hours. I had tea at Bro. Tapps. Sister Tapps fried me some ham and
eggs. She is always good and
kind and provides the best of food.
I have talked to them about the necessity of emigrating etc. This evening I walked up to Bro
Swinyards and stayed for an hour and then called to see Mr. Spillit who
was formerly in the church and then returned to Brother Taps. By the way between Bro Swinyards
and Mr. Spillits Carrie Swinyard, Sarah Ann Simons and myself had a good
Sittingbourne, Thursday 1 Jun 1876
I wrote to Wm. R. May
of Nephi, this morning in jovial mood. I have had my meals and spent the
day with Bro and Sister Tapps and have talked to them again about
emigrating and told them about what they would have to put up with. This evening I had a pleasant time
at Bro. Swinyards and Mr. Simons who was at one time in the Church and
president of the Milton Branch.
He was cut off the Church for refusing to preach gathering etc. and
all on account of his brother who went to
Sittingbourne & Woodside Green, Friday 2 Jun 1876
I slept last night at
Mr. Willis Simon’s who has given in his name for re-baptism this
morning. I had a long talk
and walk in the fields with him and he has humbled himself and wishes to
renew his covenants and strive as formerly to live his religion. I called at Sister Spillet____ and
then on Bro. Swingard’s where I ate dinner. At 1:30 I left for Woodside Green
with Edward, Hyrum, and Walter Stedman who came here to arrange for some
foot-racing they are going to undertake at
Woodside Green and Stone Still, Saturday 3 Jun 1876
I wrote a letter to
my cousin Louisa Udall to tell her I would be at her brother David’s the
7th of this month.
I walked over to Stone Still to inform the saints I would hold
meetings tomorrow at Woodside Green.
I called on Bro. Clifford who says that Bro. Miller has again been
interfering with Bro. Clifford’s wife. It is something we cannot longer
tolerate in this church. I
feel the Lord will be displeased with us if we do. Bro Clifford is about half-witted
and pays too little attention to his duties as a husband. I returned to the “Green” this
afternoon. This evening we
talked about the coming (“coming” crossed out) foot races at
Woodside Green, Sunday 4 Jun 1876
This morning I went
out and notified the neighborhood that a Mormon Elder from
Woodside Green, Monday 5 Jun 1876
I wrote to my wife and wrote letters reporting my labors and travels to Bro. Binder and Bro. Millgate. I took a walk to Lenham, one mile, for some stamps. This evening I read in the Doctrine and Covenants the writings of the Prophet Joseph Smith to the Saints in Nauvoo pertaining to baptism for the dead. Oh what a glorious dispensation I have been permitted to come forth in. How thankful I feel. It is my soul’s desire to do my duty so I will be worthy to obtain some of the great blessings and glories that Joseph the prophet speaks of. It brings a happy feeling when we contemplate the glorious principles of the restored gospel and that we can do work for our dead as well as ourselves. How energetic and persevering we should be. I feel well today.
Woodside Green, Tuesday 6 Jun 1876
Today I wrote to Bro.
Whatman of Powder Mills and Bro. Alpheck at Northiam informing them that I
would see them soon. Bro. and
Sister Stedman have gone to the
Flishinghurst, Wednesday 7 Jun 1876
Cousin Louisa and I
took a walk this morning down to the Old Mill Pond where she was
raised. We went to look for a
place in which to baptize her.
After our return her father called in to have a look at us. I told him his daughter was to be
baptized and asked him what he thought about it. He said she would have to suit
herself, she was old enough to know right and wrong. I asked him what conclusions he
had come to about his own baptism and emigrating to our country. He said when I went home to ask my
father and see what he said, and then to write to him and that greater
wonders might happen than for him to go to
Flishinghurst, Thursday 8 Jun 1876
I wrote a letter to
father this morning. I got up
at 4 AM to see Louisa off.
She had to start for her home at 5 o’clock and I wanted to see her
before she left. I walked
with her a short way. During
the day I went to
It has been very rainy this morning and I talked a good deal with David. At 10:30 I left and walked to Northiam – I walked the whole distance of 14 miles without any food or drink (“without any food or drink” crossed out). When I reached Bro. Elpheck’s one heel was bloody and blistered and I was tired and hungry – I had no food or drink nor did I find a good place to rest while on my way. Brother and Sister Elpheck seem glad to see me. I retired at 10:30.
Northiam, Saturday 10 Jun 1876
Mrs. Elpheck washed
some clothing for me this morning.
She is a very reserved woman, but both of them are kind to me – I
wrote to Don Johnson of Springville and sent him my photograph. I called to see Bro. Larkings of
Brede, Sunday 11 Jun 1876
I had a splendid rest
last night. At 2:30 PM Bro
Whatman and wife and two children and myself walked to
Brede, Monday 12 Jun 1876
Wrote to my wife and Brother Binder. I have been indoors nearly all day alone as the Bro and sister and children went out in the fields and woods to work. This season of the year the women work in the bof (?) field tying the vines to poles. It is a beautiful day and these folks are so good and kind to me. Bro Whatman and I went two miles to Saliscombe to hold an out-door meeting in the evening. The power of hell was at work and it was almost impossible to overcome this spell, but we took our stand after going through the village to let the people know about meeting. When I gave out the hymn and read it there was scarcely a person in sight. Then we each preached about 40 minutes. Before we got through we had an audience of nearly 100. I now feel well and as though I have done my duty.
Brede and Wrotham, Tuesday 13 Jun 1876
At 9:40 I left Bro.
Whatman’s and walked 4 miles to Battle – along the way in a blacksmith
shop, I heard someone say “there goes that Mormon” and they stared at me
as though I were not human. I
took the train from
Wrotham, Wednesday 14 Jun 1876
I wrote a letter to
Brother F. M. Lyman of
Wrotham & Wellhill, Thursday 15 Jun 1876
I have studied the
Bible and “Spencer’s Letters” and talked to Aunt Kate this morning. I received a letter from Cousin
Louisa. She sent me a tract
that Mr. Sutton gave her, entitled “The Reason I Cannot Become a
Mormon”. It is a ridiculous
thing, void of purpose. It
says we are anything but Christians – and calls us imposters and a lot
more clumsy nonsense. I left
Wrotham at 3 PM. Uncle and
Aunt have treated me well as usual.
I walked to Wellhill, 12 miles to Bro. Jacksons. They were glad to see me. It is inconvenient for them to
lodge me and I will sleep tonight on the floor. Bro. Jackson seems afraid for
people to know that he is a Mormon and acts ashamed of his religion. I called on Sister Holland’s this
evening. The little child
that was ill when I was here before has recovered. The doctor was very surprised when
he came in the
day after I administered to her, for he thought she must not
live. It is another testimony
to us of the power of the Priesthood. I wrote some time ago to young
sister Edith Holland whom I baptized last winter. It was a letter of instructions
and quotations from the scripture.
Her mistress for whom she works in
I slept on a rug (?)
last night in front of the fireplace and left my clothes on, but was cold
when I woke up for want of more covers. From Bro. Jackson’s I went down to
Green St. Green and had dinner with Bro. Charles Jackson and family. They are not living their religion
as I see it. I took train for
This morning we boys
have had a jolly time and been up to all kinds of devilment in the
office. We went sight-seeing:
House of Parliament,
This morning Bro.
Paxman and I left Notting (?) Hill and attended our conference. President Carrington of the
European Mission was with us.
Other elders present were W. L. Binder, H. C. Fowler, W. Paxman, H.
Harris, A. O. Smoot, and myself, all traveling elders in the
I have very good news from that dear little wife of mine. Her letters are all meat to me.
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We elders stayed in the office joking and visiting until 7 PM when we went to a concert in Albion Hall. I went to bed tired and sleepy.
Enjoyed the morning
in the office and then took train for
Palmer’s Green, Wednesday 21 Jun 1876 – the longest day in the year
Had dinner at Aunt Mary’s and a walk and a talk with Uncle George and at 3:30 left for the office. I cleaned up and then Bro Smoot and I took train for Poplar Grove where I called on Bro. Wells for my clothes. We went to our meeting house in Whitechapel Branch for an evening meeting. Bro Carrington spoke all the time and gave us good instructions on “gathering” and on our treatment of the outside world. We returned to the office and had a j___l (jovial?) hour playing games and cutting-up.
This morning I wrote
to my “ducky” and visited Aunt Boyce, father’s half sister and had a
gospel talk and dinner with them.
They promised to come to our meeting this evening, but for some
reason did not. She is an
uncouth woman. She tells me
of a tradition that the Drawbridge family about two hundred years ago come
from the ancient Britons who were a dark race of people. It is only a tradition. (Note:
Last three sentences – beginning with “She is an uncouth…” – are crossed
out. Margin note reads, “In
or out?”) I then went
to call on Mrs Chew, Bro. Claridge’s sister. They gave me a shilling to pay my
fare to and from their place.
I went to meeting in
I left the office at
11 AM for Putney and Wansworth.
Called at George Howick’s and had dinner with them and from there
walked to Putney and called on Gaius Udall’s. Emma was very cool as usual. Then I went to Barnes to call on
Uncle George Udall. He and
Albert his son were at work, not to be home until the next morning. I visited an hour or two with Aunt
and then returned to Putney and soon went on to the Howicks in
Wansworth. Mr. Howick and I
talked until 2 AM on emigration, the laws of the
I got up late after a
sound sleep. The Howicks are
very kind to me. Had dinner
with Bro. Harding’s and encouraged him to continue his efforts to emigrate
Forest Hill, Sunday 25 Jun 1876
This morning Elders Smoot, Harris, Farrow, and myself came here. During the day we had two out-door meetings. I spoke in each meeting. Only a few people stopped to listen to us. We returned to the office at 9 PM feeling well.
Bro Thomas Williams
We went to the train
to see some of our emigrants off this morning, Bro. Binder accompanying
them as far as
Green St. Green, Wednseday 28 Jun 1876
We spent part of the day posting our journals and writing letters home. Bro Jackson is kind to us, but I am afraid he is ruled too much by his eldest daughter who would like to treat us mean if she dared to. At 10:30 we left them and walked three and a half miles to St. Mary’s Cray (?), from there took train to Sittingbourne where we called on Sister Spillet and then went to Bro and Sister Swingards for the night. We spent a pleasant evening and all is peace and quietude and they feel well.
Sittingbourne, Thursday 29 Jun 1876
Posted my journal and
wrote to my dear wife this morning.
Left Bro. Swingard’s where we received kind treatment, called on
Mr. Simons and had a gospel conversation with a young investigator working
for Mr. Simons, and then went to
Sheerness, Friday 30 Jun 1876
Bro. Geo Wager went
off to work before we got up and Charley brought word at noon that his
father could not come home to dinner as he had to repair an engine. It looks like he has stayed away
on purpose. I wrote to my
wife and to Bro. Stedman of Woodside Green and to Bro. Sutton of
Faversham. We called on
Sister Batchlor of
Dear Bro. and Sister
Cripps have been extremely kind to us. Indeed I always feel well when
with them. They are not
ashamed of Mormonism as some of the Saints are. We left
Faversham, Sunday 2 Jul 1876
I had breakfast with at Sister Sutton’s. She beats any woman I know for talking – her tongue runs at a powerful rate and she says nothing interesting. She has plenty of room and an extra bed but we know she does not want to lodge us the next two nights. It shows plainly that she is not enjoying the spirit of her religion. We called on Bro. Stephens and Bro. Courts to notify them of our meeting at 3 o’clock. Bro. Paxman took up a labor with a letter about sending his children to a Protestant Sunday School. Had dinner at Bro. Millgate’s and didn’t feel very welcome. He and Bro. Swingard spoke for a short time. The financial report was read. Last quarter’s tithing was only 3 pounds – a disgrace for as many saints as there are in this branch. Bro. Paxman spoke for a half hour on our duties and he spoke well. None of the Saints asked to go to tea with them and so we went to the recreation grounds and spent two hours wandering around like a couple of boys lost in the woods. We felt vexed all the time because there are several families belonging to the church here in Faversham. At 6:30 we held our evening meeting. I spoke for 20 minutes on the necessity of LDS people living according to our principles and taking the counsels of the Priesthood. Bro. Paxman spoke for a half hour on the Saints honoring the Priesthood of God and why as Elders we come forth in the manner we do. He spoke well and warmed up some of the Saints a little. It struck home because of their treatment to us. The Saints from Sittingbourne came in a pleasure van and brought some strangers with them. I have felt miserable in my feelings today.
Faversham, Monday 3 Jul 1876
We spent the morning
at Bro. Sutton’s writing.
Sent letters to Cousin Louisa and Cousin David. I asked him if we come to see them
for a day or two and hold some meetings in the neighborhood. Had dinner at Bro. Stephens. He is very free-hearted and a good
LDS for a beginner. We showed
him Bro Paxman’s view of Salt Lake etc. He gave us two shillings as we
were leaving. His wife is
bitter and says she will never go to
Faversham, Tuesday 4 Jul 1876
Slept at Bro.
Sutton’s for three nights and had breakfast and a bit of supper with them,
but we have felt anything but at home. When we left and I thanked her for
her kindness she said, “You are welcome this time” – she didn’t want us to
come back. This morning I
received a letter from my cousin Mrs. Sutter, the wife of the man who
closed the door on me and she said she was so sorry it had happened. She wants my photograph. Uncle Bird of
Today is the greatest
Woodside Green, Wednesday 5 Jul 1876
I wrote to Uncle Bird
Went to Bro. Ransom
Woodside Green, Thursday 6 Jul 1876
Today I have not done any writing, just been negligent all day. Bro. Paxman and I went to Bro. & Sister Clifford’s for dinner. Bro. Miller’s case was brought up again. He has been before a council at Bro. Stedman’s and if he does not repent of his sins and make acknowledgement he will be cut off the church. We returned to Bro. Stedman’s in the evening. She had washed our clothes today – such a dear good sister. They are so very kind and make us feel so comfortable while in their humble home that I am always pleased to be with them.
I wrote a note to
Louisa to say we would not be in Flishinghurst on Sunday. When we left Bro. Stedman’s the
boys gave us two shillings to help us on our way. I do not know how to express my
feelings of gratitude for the many kindnesses of the Stedman family. We walked to Ashford, 11 miles,
and then took train for
I have written to
young Sister Matilda Alpheck who is in service here in
This morning Bro.
Paxman, Whatman and myself walked over Sealscombe and Huesest to notify
the people that we hold a meeting at 7 o’clock at Waddle Hill and then we
returned to Powder Mills and at 2:30 held an out-door meeting with 40
present. I spoke a short time
and Bro. Paxman occupied the remainder of the time. We went indoors and had a
testimony meeting. Bros
Powder Mills, Monday 10 Jul 1876
Today we wrote letters home. Bro. Paxman is such a sociable man, full of jokes and fun. This evening we went to Sealescombe to hold meeting as we announced last evening. We stood on the Green for an hour but no one came and we returned without having a meeting. We regretted it but felt we had done our duty. The people are so (?) busyboying (?) that it is difficult to hold weeknight meetings. We have stayed at Bro. Whatman’s all the time we have been here. He is a farm laborer.
We left Bro.
Whatman’s at 9 AM for Ashburnham.
Sister Whatman has been very kind to us and is going to wash our
clothes while we are away for a few days. We walked to Ashburnham – 12
miles. Going through
Ashburnham, Wednesday 12 Jul 1876
gave us fish and a bowl of bread curd milk for breakfast. We took a walk this morning in the
fields. Had dinner at Sister
Isted’s. Spent the afternoon
writing. I wrote to my dear
sister Mary and gave her advice about getting married and to Bro. Binder
reporting on proceedings in this district. Also to Bro. Joseph Alpheck to
tell him we would be at his place Saturday evening the
15th. This evening
we held a meeting in front of the
Powder Mills, Thursday 13 Jul 1876
We have slept at
Sister Winchester’s the last two nights. She is one of the kindest women I
have ever seen, in her rough way, and she is not ashamed of her religion,
nor of us. Her husband is a
peculiar man who does not know his own mind in religion and is a tyrant
over his wife. This morning
Bro. Paxman and I went out in the meadow and helped an old gent make
hay. I also used his scythe
and find it cuts better than ours do at home. Sister Isted, Honeyset and
Bro Whatman and wife are anxious to emigrate and they want me to interest Bro. Binder in their behalf. They are extremely kind to us and I always feel well in their house. Bro. Paxman, Whatman have slept together since we came here.
In company with Sis.
Whatman we walked 2 ½ miles to Brede Hill and had dinner with Bro. and
Sister Alfred Griffin in their home.
This afternoon I wrote to Ammon Tenney and talked and joked with
the sisters. Sister Jolen (?)
Brede Hill and
I have written to Bro. Jas Belliston of Birmingham Conference and told him of my travels. Have had all the ripe currants and gooseberries I would here at Bro. Griffin’s. In the afternoon Bro. Paxman and I walked to Northiam, a distance of 4 miles. It was so hot we raised our umbrellas. Bro. Elphick and family welcomed us. She is a reserved woman and has clean, polite children. Bro. Elphick feels well in the gospel but is fearful of losing his job as a gardener if he is too bold in his conversation and actions in the church.
We slept here at Bro.
Elphick’s last night. Sister
Elphick and her children went to an outside church and when she came home
she said “Oh what a good sermon the minister preached.” Bro. Paxman gave her a good
talking to, and both he and I felt very warm about it. We went through Bro. Elphick’s
master’s garden – the master’s name is Irwin. (?) It is a fine garden. We saw a pear tree that runs along
a brick wall for 90 feet. We
were not offered one thing to eat of all the nice things we beheld. We had dinner and tea with the
Elphick’s but we do not feel too well for they keep us at a distance. We held an afternoon testimony
meeting at Bro. Larkin’s. The
saints feel well and we had the spirit of the Lord with us. In the evening we had a meeting at
We slept at Bro.
Whatman’s and they are as kind as ever to us. He is anxious in regard to the
spreading of the gospel. We
left Bro. Whatman’s at 9:10 and walked 8 miles to
Have written letters
to Bro. Higgins of
I feel lonesome with
Bro. Paxman gone. Bro. &
Sister Ransom have been kind to us.
xxx I left
I slept well last
night in a rooming house and ate breakfast with the
The Hinckleys are
very kind to me and I am fond of their nice quiet children, but Charlotte
the oldest daughter is too forward and I have to keep her at a
distance. I left the
Hinckleys and came to
I copied a letter
that I sent to Prest Carrington and wrote one to my cousin Louisa. After dinner with the Marshes I
visited the Admiralty Pier built of granite and black concrete. It is 40 feet high and runs out
into the sea for ½ mile. A
great boat, “Castalia”, goes from
I left Sister Marshes
at 9 AM. I had received very
kind treatment from her and her son.
I called on the Saints and encouraged them to the best of my
ability. Then young Marsh and
I walked to Ratling through
Ratling, Sunday 23 Jul 1876
This morning Bro.
Goodsell, Bro. Marsh and myself walked over to see Mr. Atkins who had
invited me through Bro. Goodsell to call on him. He formerly belonged to the
church. We talked upon the
gospel. I think he knows that
it is true. He has many of
the books of the church and is well informed. He says he was cut off from the
church unjustly by the counsel (Note: could be
council. Word is spelled
“counsil”) of L. J. Harris and others who were in the Dover Branch
at that time. I advised him
to let the past be the past and to renew his covenants etc. etc. He said he never would and he said
other things I have not the time or paper to write about. We had a meeting at Sister Best’s
this afternoon and evening. I
spoke at both meetings. In
the evening I spoke for 40 minutes upon the duties of the Saints and the
first principles of the gospel.
I felt well and so did the saints; some of them had come from
This evening in company with young sister Louisa Higgins and John Marshall I walked to Bro. Higgins home at Gutteridge Gate. I enjoyed talking to John about the gospel. He has applied for baptism which will be attended tomorrow evening. Sister Higgins got up and gave me her place in her bed and I slept with Bro. Higgins. They are as pleased as ever to see me and I feel well.
Today I wrote a card
to Bro. Tapp (Topp?) at Sittingbourne informing him I would be at his
place on Wednesday the 26th. I wrote to my wifey today and this
evening. I baptized John
Marshall and re-baptized Louisa Higgins in a pond in
Faversham, Tuesday 25 Jul 1876
I finished my letter
to my wife this AM. Sister
Higgins was very talkative this morning. She washed my clothes and mended
my pants. I left Bro. Higgins
at 2 PM for Faversham. Walked
all the way through the hot sun, a distance of 11 miles. Had tea at
Sittingbourne, Wednesday 26 Jul 1876
I nearly vomited this morning at Sister Millgate’s house and their ways are so dirty. I can’t even kiss her children without shutting my eyes, and I kiss them very seldom. I called at Bro. Allsworth’s. He is out of work as usual, his clothes in the pawn shop, and they are destitute. I walked from Faversham to Sittingbourne and had dinner at Bro. Swingard’s. They appeared pleased to see me again. I wrote to Aunt Rebecca today and also to Bro. Sutton of Faversham and Sister Atkins of Sheerness. I had a long talk with Sister Simmons this evening. She told me her grievances and how her husband has acted and treats her. If he does not turn from his drunkenness and whoredoms they will sink him into hell. This evening I came to Brother Tapps. Sister Tapps and the dear little children were so pleased to see me again.
Sittingbourne, Thursday 27 Jul 1876
Today I wrote home to Bro. Joe (Joel?) Grover, giving him a report of my doings since I left home. This afternoon and evening I spent at Mr. Simmons’ and Bro. Swingard’s. I do not feel free at these places. Mr. Simmons has been drinking again, fearfully. I do not know whether he will repent or not and be baptized. He shows no signs of repentance. I feel very much at home with Bro. Tapp’s family. They are very kind to me in every way. They think of emigrating in September. I counsel them to do so for their own good and future happiness.
Sittingbourne, Friday 28 Jul 1876
Today I have written cards & letters to Bros. Wagner of Sheerness, Cripps of East Church, and Steadman of Woodside Green informing them that I expect to be in Faversham on Sunday July 30th. I had dinner here at Bro. Tapp’s. He is a very quiet man. Sister Tapp is extremely kind to me. They are making all (?) plans to emigrate in September. This afternoon I called on Sister Spilets and had tea with her and her niece and chatted with them for a few hours. After that I called on Mr. Simmons and talked for a few hours on the principles of the gospel with him and a young man who is working for him. The young man seems to be very interested. This evening I called to see Bro. Swingard’s and spent a short time with them and then returned to Bro. Tapps to lodge for the night.
I have not felt well
all day, stiff and sore. I
must have caught a bad cold.
I have been out of money for several days. Sister Tapp gave me 1.6. When she gave it to me I said,
“Did you ever know an elder to be out of money.” I told her I was until she gave me
this. She then wanted to give
me a half sovereign, but of course I would not accept it. Their children are very fond of
me, especially their oldest girl of 8 years, Lizzie. I walked to
Faversham, Sunday 30 Jul 1876
Sister Cripps and I
left their home with the blessings of Bro. Cripps at 7:30 to walk to
Faversham. The old lady told
me her history and we talked about the surrounding country as we went on
our way. Sister Cripps went
to her sister’s at Upless and I went on to Faversham, arriving at 11:50
PM. Found letters at Bro.
Millgate’s from Dan (?) Johnson with his photograph, Cousin Louisa, Walter
Whitehead and Bro. Binder.
All had good news. I
went at once to meet Bro. Binder at the Faversham Station. He had come from
I have been writing to my dear wife today, I have felt dull but writing to her drove some of it off. I always give my wife all the news I can and generally write 8 pages. I wrote a note to cousin Louisa telling her if all goes well that I will be at her Bro. David’s on Thursday, Aug 3.
Had dinner at Bro.
Swingard’s and spent the evening at Sister Tapp’s. Her mother came in for a short
time. She has not been well.
We dedicated and consecrated a bottle of oil and then administered
to her, her son Ed Spillet being mouth. He has been a sea captain and been
round the world several times and I enjoyed myself very much indeed with
him and his folks here this evening.
I returned to Bro. Swingard’s and got to bed at 12:30. The folks seem very glad to see me
and are very kind to me. They
have a son, Henry, 17 years old and a blacksmith by trade. After I return home I want to send
him money to emigrate to
Sittingbourne, Tuesday 1 Aug 1876
The last two nights I
have slept at Bro. Swingard’s in a comfortable bed all to myself. They are kind to me. I fear Sister Swingard is too much
inclined to the ways of the world.
This morning I had a short talk with Mr. Simmon’s wife and daughter
and one son. I went to see
him but he had gone to
This morning I got up
at 4:30 and went as far as the stile in the park with Cousin Louisa. She had to start on account of
going to Standen, 7 miles, with the mail carrier who was to leave
Northiam and Beckeley, Sunday 6 Aug 1876
Today is our fast day and I am fasting as usual. I can’t feel free at Bro. Elphick’s. They are kind to me but very reserved and I think they are not living their religion. They did go to church this morning. This afternoon Sister Clair Elphick and I walked one mile to Beckeley to Bro. Larkin’s and held a sacrament meeting. With the assistance of the Spirit of God I had to perform all the labors. Old Sister Larkins is up and downstairs again, something I did not expect to see. We had two or three strangers in our meeting, one was the Sexton of Beckeley Parish. We came back to Bro. Elphick’s and had tea and then returned to Beckeley to fill the appointment made three weeks ago to hold an outdoor meeting at 6:30 PM. To my surprise Bro. Griffin nor Bro. Whatman nor any of the Brede Saints were there to assist me. I read the hymns, did the praying and the preaching myself and occupied about one hour in all. I had good attention generally speaking, although one Mr. Bryan who caused a slight disturbance when we were here before, laughed and made sport of me. A few others joined him in it. There were about 400 present, if not more. I had control of myself and spoke more slowly than usual. I spoke on the subjects of faith, repentance and baptism and upon the necessity of having living prophets to guide the church upon the earth. Bro. Elphick and two sons were there but could do nothing to assist me. I returned home with them after meeting. I rejoice in having had the great privilege of hearing my testimony to so many of my fellowmen.
Northiam, Monday 7 Aug 1876
I wrote to my wifey today. I left Bro. Elphick’s at 4 PM and walked 4 miles to Powder Mills. Bro. Elphick is feeling better in his religion. His circumstances are difficult. A man threatened to smash his nose the other evening because he is a Mormon. I arrived at Bro. Whatman’s at 6 PM and found he is out harvesting and will not be home for two or three weeks. The family was pleased to see me.
Powder Mills, Tuesday 8 Aug 1876
I wrote a letter to
Bro. Paxman this morning reporting my labors since he left me at
Bro. Defriez and I
have been talking on the principles of the gospel a good part of the
day. He is very humble and
prayerful. This evening while
in a nice mood he said, “Let us pray” so he was mouth. He prayed a most beautiful
prayer. I have enjoyed myself
very much today. We left Bro.
Whatman’s at 2:30 and went to Bro. Griffin’s, Sister Whatman going with
us. Sister Griffin was
pleased to see us. I wrote a
card to Bro. Ransom of
Brede Hill, Thursday 10 Aug 1876
Bro. Defriez and I have talked a great deal today about the principles of the gospel. I wrote to father in answer to his letter of July 16th. I have had a happy day. I talked to Sister Mary Griffin and gave her advice in regard to her feeling low-spirited. We stayed the night at Bro. Whatman’s.
Bro. Defriez and I
saw a threshing-machine at work this morning. It was driven by a road steam
engine and will thresh 550 bushels per day. The cost for an eight-horse power
vehicle is 440 pounds. I have
spent most of the day reading tracts and the good book. At 4 o’clock we left Powder Mills
and walked ten miles to Ashburnham arriving at 8 o’clock. We are staying at Sister
Winchester’s. She was pleased
to see us as were we to see her.
She is always kind.
(Following the above is a copy of a letter written to Prest
I copied a letter in my journal this morning that I wrote to Bro. Carrington in July. I enjoy being with Bro. Defriez. He is very well educated and is humble and prayerful. This evening we called on Sister Isteds and from there went to see Bro Vialers and talked to him about attending to his duties for he has been dilatory since joining the church. We also talked to him about having his children baptized. Then we had a short walk and returned to Sister Winchester’s to stay for the night. I feel my lack of an education very much indeed. It would be comforting to me if I had more, but I am determined to keep pressing on and doing the best that I can in filling this glorious mission. I realize to an extent what my reward will be if I fill my mission honorably and to the best of my ability. I feel well today and very much pleased with the company of Bro. Defriez.
We got in at 8
o’clock, washed and put on clean clothes and then went down under the
trees in the garden and stayed until 2 PM. We are fasting today. Mr. Winchester came down and had a
long talk with us in regard to our country and how much money it would
take to emigrate him and his family to
I wrote to my wife today, giving her all the news of our past week’s travels. We have stayed at Sister Isteds all day and had our morning meals here. This evening we baptized Sister Winchester’s daughter Mary Martha Winchester, 8 years old. She was born in the Ashburnham Parish and was baptized in a small brook called Baroborn (?), Bro. Defriez being mouth. I was mouth in confirming her at the water’s edge. I have felt well today. The Saints living here treat us very kindly. If we were to stay long I am afraid they would spoil us by feeding us so well.
We have been given
five shillings while in Ashburnham.
I wrote Sister Richards of Ewell,
This morning Bro.
Defriez and I had a bath in the sea going down at 6 AM (AM crossed out)
o’clock and returning at 8.
It was very refreshing.
Yesterday I received a letter from wifey, and also one from Bro. F.
M. Lyman in Filmore. Both
were full of good news and words of encouragement. Part of today I have spent in
studying the Bible and other church works. I also spent some time
transferring the addresses of the Saints from an old book into a new
one. This evening Bro.
Defriez and I went down to the pier to hear the band play and see the
crowds of people who gather there.
The girls were a delicate, puny, bloodless lot of girls dressed to
the top notch in their finery.
I asked myself when would such pride and folly end. I wrote a note to young Sister
Mat. (?) Elphick of St. Leonards near
We left Halton at 6
PM and walked to Brede except for a ride of a mile or two with a man who
picked us up. It is extremely
hot. I feel the heat here
more than I do at home. I
believe Bro. and Sister Ransom are beginning to lose faith in getting
money enough from the town of
I wrote two short notes today to tell George Drake of Linton and Bro. Stedman of Powder Mills when we would visit them. We walked out to post the letters. We have spent the day reading the scriptures and conversing on the gospel. It has rained a little.
Powder Mills, Saturday 19 Aug 1876
I notice that the letter I wrote to Prest Carrington has come out in the Millenial Star this week. Although it is not in full, it is enough to make it a nice letter. We left Sis. Mary’s at 4 PM and walked down to Brede Powder Mills to Bro Whatman’s and as usual they were glad to see us. This evening we took a walk over Staple Cross, a distance of 6 miles there and back to notify the people that we would hold an out-of-door meeting there tomorrow evening at half-past 6 o’clock. We went into several shops and homes and told them and asked them to notify their friends and they promised they would. Bro. Defriez went into a gentleman’s house to notify them, and they kept him talking to them for an hour and I was waiting outside. The mistress of the house took the Bible out of the room and said she would not have it twisted and turned as she thought Bro. Defriez was doing with it. We stayed at Bro. Whatman’s.
Powder Mills, Sunday 20 Aug 1876
It has been raining all morning. We had the heaviest thunder shower of the summer last night. I have written to Bro. Binder and told him where to send our mail until Aug 28. This afternoon at 3 o’clock we had a sacrament meeting. Only a few of us but we had a good spirit in our midst and we felt well and bore our testimonies and encouraged each other to live our religion. This evening we walked to Staple Cross or (on?) Wattle Hill to keep our appointment made last evening. We found some 25 people waiting for us and they kept coming until we had 100 present. I spoke on faith, repentance and baptism for 25 minutes and felt well. I also dismissed the meeting. Bro. Whatman offered the opening prayer and spoke 15 minutes. We returned home at 9 PM feeling satisfied that we had done our duties etc.
We have slept at Bro. Whatman’s the last two nights and been treated very kindly by him and his wife. We left there at 7 AM for Linton. Called to see Bro. Elphicks at Northiam for a few minutes. He gave us two shillings to help us on our way. We walked the whole distance from Powder Mills to Clockhouse, Linton, which is 30 miles. It was a very warm day. We stopped and rested several times and called at several houses and asked for some water. Sister Whatman gave us some bread and cheese and cake which we ate for our dinner. We reached Bro. George Drake’s at 7 PM. They were pleased to see us and gave us some supper and we went to bed tired and sleepy.
Woodside Green, Tuesday 22 Aug 1876
I have written to my wife this morning and also a card to Bro. Swinyard of Sittingbourne telling him when we would be there. The Drakes have been kind to us. Bro. Drake gave us 1.6 as we left him. We blessed their baby who is two months old and gave him the name of George Edward. I was mouth and felt well in blessing the baby. We left Bro. Drake’s at 2 PM and walked to Woodside Green a distance of 12 miles. It rained a little on the road. I was more tired today than I was yesterday after our long walk. We reached Bro. Steadman’s at 7 PM and had some singing etc and retired to rest at 9:30, feeling well.
Woodside Green, Wednesday 23 Aug 1876
The following is a copy of a letter we wrote today to John Miller:
Mr. John Miller,
Dear Brother: We hereby notify you to appear before a council to be held at the Latter-day Saints chapel, Faversham, on the 29th of October 1876 to answer to the following charges. Namely, neglect of duty and insulting the Priesthood. Should you fail to appear to answer to the forgoing charges, unless justifiable reasons for absence are sent in, you will be cut off from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We remain yours in the gospel.
D. K. Udall
E. G. Defriez
PS: The council will meet at 4 PM
Note: The part of the entry for 23 Aug 1876 quoted above appears again below it in, crossed out.
This morning I
received a letter from my wife.
All was well at that date, July 23rd. I have written today to Bro.
and Sister Cripps of
Sheerness, Thursday 24 Aug 1876
Sister Tapps has sold
her furniture and expects to go to
Bro Wager’s land-lady
furnished us a bed last night.
This morning we went through the Sheerness Dock Yards. They were repairing gov’t ships –
2000 men working in the yard.
We left Sheerness and walked to
We have stayed
indoors today until evening when we went to the seashore and had a
bath. It was cool. Bro. & Sister Cripps are kind
to us. She washed and ironed
our clothes, the lady from
Faversham, Sunday 27 Aug 1876
We left Bro. Cripps and walked the eight miles to Faversham this morning. We held two meetings today and had about one half dozen in each. We felt well though. We ordained Bro. J. M. Goodys to the office of a teacher, I acting as mouth. Bro. Defriez occupying nearly all the time in the evening meeting. He is a good speaker for so young a man. The Saints gave a vote of thanks for my labors in this branch. I do not expect to be this way again. It has rained a little today. We had dinner and tea at Bro. Millgate’s. The Saints I am sorry to say are very luke warm as a general thing in this branch.
We slept at Bro.
Millgate’s last night, at least we tried to sleep. There were so many fleas and
bedbugs and they bit us so terribly that we did not get to sleep until 3
o’clock. This is the worst
place in the district for sleeping.
This morning we spent the time straightening out the Council Book
of this Branch (Faversham).
The report of the meeting held for the investigation of Bro. Miller
Simmon’s cash (?) was not written correctly. We had dinner at Bro.
Goody’s. He gave us two
shillings each as we were leaving.
He superintends a brick yard.
We left his place at 1:30 PM and walked to
This morning Bro.
Defriez and I administered to Sister Spillits. Bro. and Sister Tapp (her mother)
gave into my charge 60 pounds 0 g
(& 9?) in gold coin to carry to the office for their
immigration. That shows the
confidence they have in an Elder, you might say I am almost a stranger to
them and they trust me with this money they have worked so hard to save
during the past five years.
This is the most money I have had in my possession in many a
day. As we left them they
said, “We have treated you well for we have fed you and lodged you and put
your dinner in your pockets for you and given you all the money we
have.” We walked to
We left Green Street
Green at 2 PM. Had dinner at
Bro. Jackson’s. Took train at
Oping (?) Station to New Cross and there the porter directed us wrong and
we went to
I have been very idle
most all day, just talking to Sister Farrow and the boys. This afternoon Bro. Smoot and I
walked downtown as far as the city road and did a little business for Bro.
Binder. I had my hair cut and
called for my photograph taken two months ago. We then went to have baths at
Pentonville Baths. Then we
returned to the office for Priesthood meeting. There were eight of us Mountain
Boys at the meeting – Bro. W. L. (?) Binder president of the London
Conference, Wm. Paxman, A. O. Smoot Jr., E. G. Defriez, J. N. Miles, J. S.
Hawkings, and myself all traveling elders in the London Conference. Bro. W. M. Evans, president of the
Bristol Conference was also present.
There was a goodly number of the local priesthood of the Conference
present. Very favorable
reports were given in. The
work is rolling on. Bro.
Evans talked to us and gave some good instructions in regards to
emigrating. Then Bro. Paxman
spoke. He was full of the
good spirit and it did me good to hear him. Bro. Binder gave a short discourse
as this is the last Priesthood meeting he will attend in
I have been in the office nearly all day. This evening I took train and went to Wandsworth. I gave Mr. Howick and family an invitation to attend our meetings on Sunday Sep 3rd and gave them a handbill announcing it. They are rather cool towards me.
Last night I stayed at Mr. Howick’s. This morning I called in to see Sister Harding and then went on to Putney and had dinner with Gaius Udall’s. They were pleased to see me again. This afternoon I went to Barnes on purpose to invite Uncle George and his family to attend our meeting on the morrow. I returned to the office. Brother Carrington and wife and Bro. Callister and two sisters from the north had arrived. I was pleased to see them. This evening I took train to Lettermer (?) and went to Bro. Pentock’s to stay for the night. I feel well tonight.
(this closes Journal Vol. II)
(don’t copy Volume 3)
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