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David King Udall Missionary Journal


Vol II, 18 Apr 1876 - 2 Sep 1876

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, London

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, London

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 Chelsea and now lives in Kent.  Today I bought myself some shirts, collars, and socks.  Shirts are very cheap, 6s 6 each.  This evening I called at Brother Crosses, 22 Mount Pleasant, Clerkenwell and had tea with them.  He has a very nice family of children, all in the church.  He has a good business in harness making.  From his place I went to call on Brother Allen Frost’s mother.  He lives in Kanab.  I had no trouble in introducing myself.  She took me into her parlor where we chatted for a half hour.  Her health is poor though she still works in Bond Street.  Every Saturday she goes a few miles out of London to stay over Sunday with some relatives, returning Monday morning to her work.  At one time she thought she might go to Utah, but she feels now that she could not stand the trip.  She invited me to come again.  From her place I went to the North London Branch meeting and spoke for thirty five minutes.  President Murton (Morton?) spoke for a short time.  After meeting a choir practice was held.  They have the best meeting and singing of any in the Conference.  Today I had a letter from Alma Kendall in Nephi.  He says they are having some law suits over some of the men in the town forging money.

 

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 Oakley Square to tell him I would be there to see him on Monday evening the 24th.  Brother Paxman came in this evening from his Essex district.  He has a noble spirit, a big heart and a wise mind.  Brother Paxman and I left the office at 5 PM for Brother Clemenshaws in Edgeware Road.  I have not been so full of devilment for many a day as I have been today.  We went to bed at 12 oclock.  Brother Clemenshaw says he is going to work all night.  Young sister Polly Deaks still lives with Brother Clemenshaw and his wife.  Bro. Clemenshaw is a very industrious man and has a noble heart as is shown by his assistance to the Elders etc.  I have felt very fine today.

 

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 America this season.  From Clapham I took the train for Putney.  Gaius Udall and family all appeared glad to see me.  Gaius gave me a good scolding for not writing them of my where-abouts & I told Emma how I felt about her way of slurring me at times.  I went to bed at 12:30 after a long confab.  Uncle was half drunk so I did not feel much like talking to him though I said considerable one way and another.

 

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 Zion in June.  From Brother Gibbs I went to Howicks.  They were glad to see me again.  I stayed there an hour and then returned to Putney.

 

London, Monday 24 Apr 1876

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 38 Charington St., Oakely Square.  I met Bro Samuel Claridge’s mother.  She was eighty years old and she was so impatient to see me that she was almost ill.  She talked a great deal about Samuel and she things a wonderful lot of him and says he is a good boy.  She is embittered about polygamy.  She wants to have a letter directly from Samuel’s first wife and then she thinks if the first wife is satisfied and contented she herself could be happy about it.  She put a shilling in my hands as I left her.  Lizzie Claridge McCune is a great deal like her grandmother in her talk and actions.  She takes hold of you if she wants to speak to you and is very jolly and free-hearted.  There was a number of her children present this evening.  There was a son-in-law (“There was a son-in-law” is crossed out) Mr. Chew who is independent and retired from business, and Kate Bro. Claridge’s youngest sister and her husband.  She thinks a great deal of Samuel and also of our principles for she belonged to the church in her younger days when her brother was here.  They served me a nice supper and all appeared to appreciate my company, although they would talk about polygamy which I did not like.  I did not get to the office until 1 AM.  I enjoyed myself very much today.

 

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 Berkshire.  I wrote a letter to Aunt Maria King telling her I would be with them tomorrow evening.  This afternoon I packed my books and letters into bundles.  I left the office at 7 PM for Wansworth.  On my way I called at Bro Westes who is a book-binder and left with him to bind the supplement of the History of Joseph Smith.  I took train from Aldeis (?) Gate to Wansworth Road and then walked 3 miles to Mr. Howick’s.  We talked and did not go to bed until 12:30.

 

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 of Reading to inform him that I would be there on Sunday to hold meetings.  I have today recorded the names and dates of birth of my mother’s brothers and sisters as given me by Aunt Maria and Aunt Ann.  This evening Aunt Maria and I took a walk to Inglefield Green.  Aunt Maria is very religious and sincere in her belief.  She has a desire to do right in her honest way.  I talk to them a great deal about the principles of the restored gospel.  They say they cannot refute my explanations and they do not try to very hard.  Aunt Anna has two nice (?) daughters, Kate 14 and Emily 12, who think a good deal of their “Cousin David”.  Aunt Ann is a hard working woman.  She has a nice home and does all she can to make me comfortable.  Uncle William was half drunk last night.  I do not think much of him.

 

Inglefield Green near Stains (?), Surrey, Friday 28 Apr 1876

Today I wrote Brother Harley in Nephi in regards to Sister Holland’s boy not coming – also a card to Uncle Charles King of Waltham telling him that I would be there on Tuesday, May 2nd.  Dropped a card to cousin Annie King in Reading to say that I would have tea with her tomorrow and finish my day.  I wrote to Brother James Belliston of Nephi, now laboring in Birmingham Conference.

 

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 Windsor Park when I left for Reading today.  When we parted Aunt Maria said “may the Great King watch over you and protect you in all that you do.”  She is a church going woman, Presbyterian, I think.  Aunt Ann has not much to say but she has seemed to take pleasure in waiting on me and making me feel perfectly welcome.  I called on young brother Spry at Windsor and delivered the message Brother Binder gave me in regard to his emigration.  I walked ten miles from Inglefield to Taplow.  The last three miles I ran a good deal in order to catch the train.  My legs got tired but I made the train just in time.  I reached Reading at 5 PM.  I received a good letter from my dear wife again.  I called to see Cousin Annie King but found she left this morning to visit some friends and had not received my card.  I had tea with Brother Spackman’s (?) this evening.  I went to see Sister Frewin and will stay in her home tonight.  I wrote to Brother Binder in regard to her and her family emigrating this next month.  Her husband is not in the church but he is willing to go because his wife is so anxious to go.  They have three children living in Salt Lake City.

 

Elders Bryan, Payne and Hopkins left England for home on the 12th of this month.  President Carrington, wife and two sons, Brother John Shays, E. J. Young and A. D. Young started on the 11th on a continental tour.  They will be away for about two months.  I hear a disastrous explosion occurred in Salt Lake on the 5-9th of April.  Twenty-five tons of powder exploded, very many windows were broken, five or six people were killed and others badly hurt.  Most of the people were so frightened that they ran into the streets.

 

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 Reading.  It is held every year and of all the nonsense I ever saw this was the most of it there.  All kinds of toys and noisy things for sale.        Hollering, fat country gals dancing together – a terrible hubbub that I do not care to see again.

 

Reading and Waltham, 2 May 1876

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 Reading without having gone through the noted place.  I had dinner with Bro. Spockman’s and then took a walk down to Mr. Frewin’s to tell them I had not received an answer from my letter to Brother Binder about their emigrating.  From there I went to Sister Nabers – the mother of Sister Golden in Nephi.  She was glad to see me and gave me a shilling to help pay my way.  I left Reading at 4:30 and walked to Waltham, 8 miles.  I called on my cousin Charles King who had forgotten me.  I stayed with them an hour and went on to Uncle Charles King to stay for the night.  They joked me about staying away from my home and wife so long.

 

Waltham, St. Lawrence, Wednesday 3 May 1876

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.

 

Waltham, Thursday 4 May 1876

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 Anderson.  I got names as far back as my great, great grandfather.  She is 75 years old and she tells me my grandfather lived to a great age.  I had dinner at Uncle Charles.  They treat me very kindly.  This evening at 5 oclock I started walking to Binfield to call on Mr Brooker, Aunt Emma’s husband.  She is now dead.  He gave me some old relics preserved by his wife.  They had belonged to my grandmother.  There was a china bowl which came from grandmother’s parents, also a wine glass and a wooden that Aunt Maria brought from Italy.  Mr. Brooker took a walk with me to Binfield and we went to the old brick house where my dear mother was raised, not her birthplace, however.  There are the same rose bushes grandmother planted and the grape-vine still hangs round the door.  I went into the house where the family spent so many happy hours.  The old stair case (“The old stair case” crossed out)  My grandparents died here.  Grandmother took great pains with her neat little flower garden I am told.  The house is situated on a hill facing Billingsbury Park.  An oak avenue leads down to the great house in the park.  Behind grandfather’s house are nice fields.  In the yard is a stile, an old mill, and a woolhouse or barn.  I rejoice in being permitted to visit these old places of my ancestors.  My folks here tell me that grandfather King was not a very large man, but was a hard worker.  Grandmother was a very stout woman.  I feel well (swell?) today.

 

Waltham, Friday 5 May 1876

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 Waltham at 11:30 AM and went to see the houses where my dear mother was born in Sirlic St., Waltham, Berkshire.  It is red brick with a thatched roof and has great timbers of oak running through the walls.  It is a nice little house set in a meadow, with great oak and elm trees surrounding it.  It is ¼ mile from Waltham Village.  I was sorry I could not go into the house as there was no one home.  From there I walked on to Bracknell and called at the house where I was yesterday.  In Binfield I went to the churchyard where my grandparents are buried.  Their graves are under a large yew tree.  I left Bracknell by train at 2:15 for Twickenham.  I laughed more tonight than for months passed.  Uncle John King and my cousins all appear pleased to see me.  I went up to uncle’s farm this evening.  It is a fine farm and everything is in its beauty now.  Aunt Maria is here from Englefield and is not very well.  I walked from the farm with a nice young lady and had an agreeable chat with her.

 

Waltham, Saturday 6 May 1876

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 London at 1 AM.  Of all the drunkenness I ever saw it was on streets between the office and Common (?) St.  Women lying on the pavements drunk at this our of the night – I received a good letter from wifey when I reached the office.

 

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.

 

London, Monday 8 May 1876

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 King St. and found my Aunt Boyce, wife of father’s half brother who died 15 years ago.  His wife married again, this time to father’s cousin on his mother’s side.  They doubted my claims to be their relative.  She was half full of beer.  My two cousins were delighted to have a cousin from America call.  I called on Bro. Frost’s mother. 

 

Written on margin: We talked about the gospel for two hours.

 

London, Tuesday 9 May 1876

This morning I finished writing my wife, Bro. Paxman started from the office to travel in Essex where he is assigned to labor.  He has a power in him that draws those around him to love and respect him.  I left the office at 11:15 to go to Mr. David Claridge’s and spent four or five hours talking upon the principles of the gospel and other subjects.  He invited me to come again.  I had dinner and tea with him.  I went to Bro. Crosse’s and stayed until 11:15 and reached the office at 12 midnight.  Found letters from Eula (?) and my sister Eliza.

 

London, Wednesday 10 May 1876

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.

 

London Thursday 11 May 1876

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 Kent at 4 PM. Walked as far as Cannon Street and then I took train for Tunbridge Wells.  Reached there at 6:30 after traveling 36 miles through a beautiful part of the country.  Walked three miles to Penbury to visit Bro Barber and family.  He was pleased to see me.  He has made a good impression on a man and his wife who reside near him and they want to be baptized before Bro Barber moves to Brighton in June.

 

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 Battle Creek (Creek crossed out) and then walked six miles to Ashburnham and put up for the night with Mr. Winchester whose wife is in our church.  There is a scandal about Elder Smoot here.  Strange what the old devil will cause people to tell.  I was here and know there’s nothing to it.  He was to my knowledge not close enough to the little hussey to even have touched her that evening.  Mr. Winchester gave me a shilling tonight.  He is very kind though not a member of our Church.  I am tired tonight.  For the first time in England I saw three yoke of oxen in Battle today – it seemed natural to me.  They were hitched to a wagon loaded with grain.  The finest oxen I ever saw.

 

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 Hastings.  I was the only one holding the Priesthood so I did all the praying and the preaching.  I held an evening meeting out-of-doors and preached to 50 or 60 people up and down the road and others who listened in their houses near by.  I felt well while speaking on the first principles.  We had no singers and so I read the hymns.  Two or three old Sisters stood by me or I should have been alone.

 

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.

 

Brede, Sussex, Wednesday 17 May 1876

I slept with Bro. Whatman last night.  He and his wife started to Maidstone this morning before I was up.  It is the annual Labor Union Holiday for this section.  This morning I had a walk in the woods for exercise and to hear the birds sing.  I walked from Brother Whatman’s to Brother Griffins’ where I stayed today and tonight.  I wrote a letter to Brother Claridge in Utah and                 one to Bro. Ransom in Hastings.  Received letters from Don C. Johnson, W. L. Binder and Aunt Maria.  Good news from all.  Sister Griffins is the greatest grumbler I ever saw.  She almost gives me the fidgets now I am here.  It’s all about emigrating – she wants to go on the first ship and cannot because her son has not sent her the money he promised this spring.  She says she has never loved her husband and doesn’t want him here and a lot more stuff.  She has raised a family for him and then to talk that way makes me out of patience.  I counseled her to drive such thoughts out of her mind.  We are having cold wind and rains like fall.  It is miserable.

 

Brede, Sussex, Thursday 18 May 1876

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.

 

Brede, Sussex, Friday 19 May 1876

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.

 

Beckley, Sussex, Saturday 20 May 1876

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 Hastings and am staying with Bro. Ransom and family.  He and I went down to the Hastings Pier which runs 400 yards out into the sea.  At the further end is a large concert hall.  We attended a play there in honor of the Prince of Wales who had recently come home.

 

Hastings, Tuesday 23 May 1876

This morning I went through Hastings Castle.  It is now just old walls and some flower beds inside.  It was built 600 or 800 years ago.  Bro Ransom and family treated me with the greatest of kindness.  They are anxious to emigrate.  They think of getting permission from the Mayor of the city to take up a subscription for 33 pounds – the amount they lack for their expenses.  I left Hastings by train at 5:10 PM for Ashford.  From there I walked 8 miles to Monksbarton in two hours.  The fastest walking I have done, I think.  Mr. Hinkley and wife were pleased to see me, gave me my supper and a shilling to pay for my lodgings.  Asked me to call on them any time and said I was perfectly welcome to anything they had.  I made my own bed without sheets tonight.  The lady of the house was confined.  I have perspired freely today.  (Last three sentences crossed out.)

 

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          etc.  The gardner showed me the water ram that throws water 80 feet high and waters the stock and furnishes the house.  I do not thoroughly understand the principle on which the pressure is applied in forcing the water up.  Mr. Hinckley was very kind to me indeed, also his wife.  I think someday they will join the Church.  I have talked to them about Mormonism a good deal.  I left them and walked 12 miles to Canterbury and it rained all the way.  Bro and Sister Higgins where I am staying were in bed when I reached here, but they got up and gave me some supper.

 

Canterbury, Thursday 25 May 1876

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 Utah when I return if they can raise the money by then.  He is doing all he can to raise his family in the right way.  I left the Higgins and walked six miles to Ratling.  The country is beautiful after the rain.  Bro Goodsell and family were pleased to see me, but I just can’t forgive him for begrudging Bro Smoot and me the food we ate.  Sister James Richards from Ewell near Dover came here on purpose to see me, a distance of 7 miles.  We spent an interesting evening singing etc.  Mother Goodsell died on the 15th of April at the age of 89.  She left 8 children, 41 grandchildren, and 43 great-grandchildren, most of them living.  She had belonged to the church for 25 years, and was in good health when I saw her last.

 

Ratling, Kent, Friday 26 May 1876

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 Canterbury, six miles and am staying with the Higgins family.  Sister Higgins got some bath water ready and then they went to bed and I enjoyed my bath very much.  They are extremely kind to me.  Their daughter Louisa is 25 and has no companions, male or female, and she is a nice girl.

 

Canterbury and Faversham, Saturday 27 May 1876

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 Essex was with us.  He spoke for a few minutes in the afternoon and for forty minutes in the evening.  I spoke a few minutes in each meeting.  Three or four strangers attended each time and a good number of saints in the neighborhood.  We had a good spirit with us and the Saints bore their testimonies to the work of God.  Among those attending were Bro. Stedman’s sons from Woodside Green, Bro and Sister Swinyard, Bro and Sister Simons and daughter.  A few people stood and listened on the outside of the chapel.  I had dinner with Bro Millgate, whose wife has recently been confined with a nice girl.  I called at Bro Allsworth’s this evening.  They are so poor and destitute of clothing that they cannot attend to their meetings, no clothes except those they stand up in, scarcely nothing in the house to eat and but little furniture.  It seems terrible to me and I feel for the poor things with all my heart.

 

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 to Utah, that she would die first and that he can go if he chooses.  At 3 PM I went to Bro. Millgate’s and stayed until 7 o’clock.  He is a rough, uncouth although I believe he is striving to do his duties.  This evening I went to Bro. James Allsworth’s and he half-soled my boots while I waited.  He is a very talkative man.  I returned to Sister Sutton’s at 10:30.

 

East Church, Tuesday 30 May 1876

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 East Church a mile away.  I walked all the way to Bro and Sister Cripps who were pleased to see me.  I feel at home with them.  We visited of Sister Cripps and talked religion and did not return home until after midnight.

 

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 race down High St.  I don’t know what people thought of us.

 

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 Utah and returned and brought back reports that were not pleasing.  We went to bed at midnight.  I have felt well and that the spirit of my mission is resting upon me.

 

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 Canterbury in what is called the “Witsentide”.  On the way to Bro. Stedman’s I called on Bro John Higgins at the lime kiln and promised to be at the “green” on Sunday the 4th.  We reached Woodside Green after walking 8 miles and Bro. & Sister Stedman were real pleased to see me again.

 

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 Canterbury and Sittingbourne this coming week.  Three of the Stedman boys are entering the races.  I feel well today.

 

Woodside Green, Sunday 4 Jun 1876

This morning I went out and notified the neighborhood that a Mormon Elder from Salt Lake City was going to preach on the green in front of Mr. William Turner’s at 5:30.  I went to about 20 houses myself and the Stedman boys went to some places.  I fasted today until 5 PM and went into the woods to pray for help and assistance for I feel my weakness in addressing a conjugation.  We had a sacrament meeting at 3 PM.  Bro Higgins from Dodington was here and Sister Miller from Stone Stile.  The Spirit of God was with us.  At the appointed time we went out on the green.  I talked to 75 to 100 strangers, far more than I expected, for one half hour.  I had the assistance of the spirit of God.  I felt only middling about my talk, but (first part of sentence crossed out) and I felt I had done my duty today.

 

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 Canterbury foot-races today.  Their sons Edward, Hyrum and Walter are in the races.  I kept house alone until I left for Flishinghurst, a distance of 20 miles.  I took some bread and cheese in my pocket and ate as usual at noon.  I walked all the way, at different times I sat down to rest and read the good Old Book.  Cousin David and his wife were pleased to see me.  He and I traded watches this evening.  At 10 o’clock Louisa came in from Biddendon.  She has come to be baptized and had written before and told her folks.  I feel well tonight for I feel I have done a little good since coming to this country.

 

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 Utah.  He seemed not to know his own mind about being baptized.  Louisa’s brother David said nothing against Louisa being baptized.  About 10 o’clock we started for the Mill Pond.  Emily, cousin David’s wife went along to assist Louisa in dressing etc.  We asked her father Uncle John and her brother David to go with us but they would not.  The ordinance was performed in a pond of nice water that covers several acres lying at the foot of a beautiful hill covered with fir and pine trees – a lovely spot.  I wished for an Elder to assist me.  This afternoon Louisa and I went to Ammon Farm and had another look at the place where our fathers were raised.  We went to the old work house where father was born.  I felt lazy and dull all day.  (sentence crossed out)

 

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 Cranbrook to have a further talk with Mrs. Drawbridge on the principles of the gospel.  Then I had a good time with Uncle this evening.  We went to bed at 12 o’clock.  I kept house alone today and was lonesome for a while.

 

Flishinghurst, Kent, Friday 9 Jun 1876

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 Beckley.  His wife is very ill and it looks as though she will never get up again.  She is high-spirited and is continually singing our hymns – “All is well” – etc.  I had family prayers with them and then his daughters gave me tea, as they call it in this country.  From there, I walked four miles to Powder Mills and went to Bro. Whatman’s.  My feet were so sore I could hardly walk.  I received a letter from father telling me the waters are higher than ever before in Nephi and nearly all the fruit was killed.

 

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 Beckley, nearly five miles and held an out-door meeting.  Bro. Whatman occupied most of the time.  I conducted the meeting and spoke about 15 minutes at its close.  There were 75 to 100 present.  I felt well.  On our way to Beckley we called at about 25 homes to tell them of our coming meeting.  I called at a rich farmer’s home to give him an invitation.  He refused it and offered me a glass of beer and I said I didn’t drink and he said “how do you live then”.  My temper rose in a minute and we had words, not high words but I felt the spirit of the devil in me (“in me” crossed out) and had to battle to overcome it.  Losing my temper was unbecoming in a man holding my position – how watchful I need to be.  I offered the man a tract which he refused and then I bore my testimony to him.  I think he was half drunk, the rate he carried on about polygamy – we reached Bro. Whatmans at 5 o’clock (tired).

 

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 Battle to Seven Oaks and walked from there to Ightam, six miles through a most beautiful forest.  I had dinner at cousin Gordon Stanleys where I stayed five hours and then went to Wrotham where Aunt Kate Udall Stanley (“Udall Stanley” crossed out) lives.  She was pleased to see me again.  My feet have punished me fearfully again today.

 

Wrotham, Wednesday 14 Jun 1876

I wrote a letter to Brother F. M. Lyman of Filmore, Utah, this morning.  I have been indoors all day.  I have had a good long talk with Aunt Kate and she admitted that she had not made my message of Mormonism a matter of prayer.  I advised her to ask in prayer whether it is true or not and referred her to John 1: 2nd verse.  This evening I went out and saw the boys play at cricket.

 

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 London got the letter and from accounts it went the rounds among a high class of people, but Edith had to leave on account of it.  I feel well today.

 

Wellhill and London, Friday 16 Jun 1876

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 London Bridge and walked to Bro. Wells in Poplar Grove and had tea and tried on the clothes he is making for me.  My trousers are so worn I am ashamed to walk along the street.  I reached the office at 9 PM after an absence of one month and a little more.  I trust I have learned something on this trip that will be beneficial to me in after life.  Bro. and Sister Farrow and Bro. Binder in the office received me with great kindness.  All the boys are in from different fields – Elders Harris, Paxman and Smoot and I had a good handshake and after we went to bed, a long, quiet talk.

 

London, Saturday 17 Jun 1876

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, Westminister Bridge and Abbey etc. etc.  I made a trip to Poplar Grove for my clothes but they were not ready.  Went to sleep at Bro. Banters.  Enjoyed myself today. 

 

London, Sunday 18 Jun 1876

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 London conference.  **** (A report of the meeting follows, but is omitted here)  (parenthetical is in original manuscript)

 

I have very good news from that dear little wife of mine.  Her letters are all meat to me.

 

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London, Monday 19 Jun 1876

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.

 

London, Tuesday 20 Jun 1876

Enjoyed the morning in the office and then took train for Paddington St. where we saw Elder Holloday off for Birmingham.  He is a fine young man.  He starts for home this month.  Elder Smoot and I called on my cousin May who lives in Cumberland Yard, High Street, Kensington, and as she, my cousin, was not home we did not stay long.  Then we went to the Bath House and after our baths returned to the office.  A little later I took train for Palmers Green to visit aunt Mary White and family.  They seemed pleased to see me.

 

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.

 

London, Thursday 22 Jun 1876

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 Penton Street.  Among other speakers was Bro. Carrington who gave us from the store of his great mind much of value on our glorious principles.  I have felt well today.

 

London, Friday 23 Jun 1876

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 US, etc. etc.

 

London, Saturday 24 Jun 1876

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 to Zion.  Walked to Nottinghill and met Bro. Smoot there at Bro. Bantocks (?) where we had tea.  Spent the evening with the nice Cross family.

 

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.

 

London, Monday 26 Jun 1876

Bro Thomas Williams from Salt Lake City is visiting here.  He wished me to go with him as a guide to some prominent places here, which I did.  We visited Albert Hall, the Indian Museum, South Kensington Museum, Regent’s Park, the Zoological Gardens.  I have guide books of some of them.  Bro. Williams paid all expenses, a good dinner included.  On our return at 9 o’clock I found letters from my sister Mary and Aunt Rebecca.  Mary informs me that she is engaged to Isaac Grace.  I am surprised but have nothing against the young man.

 

London, Tuesday 27 Jun 1876

We went to the train to see some of our emigrants off this morning, Bro. Binder accompanying them as far as Liverpool.  After a bath at a bath house we returned to the office.  About 4 o’clock Bro. Paxman and I started for the Kent District.  After calling on the saints in a number of places we went to Green St. Green and put up for the night at Bro. Jacksons whose daughter feels devilish about our staying.  I am highly pleased to have Bro. Paxman with me on this tour.  I enjoy his company and feel well about our work.

 

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 Milton where Bro. Tapp and family live and had dinner with them.  We played with the children and talked to Sister Tapp about emigrating.  We walked to Sheerness a distance of 10 miles.  We went direct to Bro. Geo Wager’s.  He had not received our letter and was away, but the landlady where he lives prepared a bed for us, it was even scented with perfume.  Young Charley Wager went to look for his father but could not find him.  The Lord is blessing us with friends.

 

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 Blew Town (?) whose husband died in April.  She is left with a large family to raise.  It was one of the lowest neighborhoods I was ever in and I fear Sister Batchlor is partaking of that spirit, though I hope not.  We then went to call on Sister Atkins and then returned to Bro. Wager’s and had dinner, his son Charley taking charge.  A good spirited boy.  We left at 3 PM for East Church, chose our route along the beach.  From the high cliffs we had a beautiful view of the sea and the surrounding country.  In East Church we found Bro. and Sister Cripps well.  They had notified the neighborhood of our evening meeting to be held in a nice meadow in front of a house.  We sang a Wesleyan hymn and our outside friends joined, in fact took the lead of one hymn.  I conducted the meeting and Bro. Paxman spoke for a half hour and then I spoke for 10 minutes.  We had about 50 listeners and they listened.  We felt well.  Sister Cripps is a thorough Mormon and is not ashamed of her religion.

 

East Church & Faversham, Saturday, 1 Jul 1876

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 East Church at 10 o’clock and walked 12 miles to Capton.  Called at Uppers and saw Sister Crawford and stayed there an hour or two and then had tea with Bro Millgate’s and from there called on Bro. James Whitesides who promised to come to meeting tomorrow.  His wife appeared kind – then we went to James Alesworth’s and on to Bro. Sutton’s.  They did not come home until 11 o’clock and I felt they had stayed away on purpose.  After they came she growled and grumbled until we felt miserable.

 

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 Utah.  We spent two hours at Bro. Alsworth’s and Sister Cornford’s families.  They sing well.

 

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 Birmingham sent me the only picture in existence of my dear mother.  It was taken 25 years ago is only a profile in black – an old fashioned photograph.  It is a prize to take home.

 

Today is the greatest day America has seen – 100 years since the Declaration of Independence was signed.  That was one of the most important events in the world’s history as I see it.  This is my second “4th” spent in England in the ministry.  Bro. Paxman and I had dinner at Bro. Millgate’s and did not feel welcome.  We left Faversham at 1:30 for Woodside Green.  On the way we notified people we would hold an open-air meeting the next evening.  We went into all the shops and many private homes.  We reached Woodside Green and Bro. Stedman and family are glad to see us.

 

Woodside Green, Wednesday 5 Jul 1876

I wrote to Uncle Bird of Birmingham.  Gave him a short account of my self and my folks and said a little about our religion and enclosed a tract which I hope he will read.

 

Went to Bro. Ransom of Hastings to say we would be there on Friday.  In the evening Bro. Stedman and boys went to Dodington with us to our meeting. There were very few considering all the notifying we did.  There is an influence in this village against the principles of light.  We returned after meeting to good Bro. and Sister Stedman’s.  I ran a foot race with Hyrum, one of the fastest runners in Kent and I beat him a short distance.

 

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.

 

Hastings, Friday 7 Jul 1876

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 Hastings.  We stayed at Bro. Ransom’s.  He tells us that Bro. Griffin of Brede had a meeting at Beckeley last Sunday and there were 300 present.  This is a new place I opened up 3 Sundays ago with Bro. Griffin’s help.  I feel pleased to hear of this success in the new field.

 

Hastings, Surrey, Saturday 8 Jul 1876

I have written to young Sister Matilda Alpheck who is in service here in Hastings.  I gave her counsel and instructions as to how to carry herself as a Latter Day Saint.  I also dropped a card to Sister Winchester asking her to notify the neighborhood that Bro. Paxman and I would be there

 

Powder Mills, Sussex, Sunday 9 Jul 1876

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 Ransom, Whatman, Griffin and ourselves and several sisters bore testimony and felt well generally.  At 6 we started for Powder Mills and there held our meeting as appointed.  At first we had but few and then they came along by the scores until we had an audience of 200.  Bro. Whatman spoke first, I followed and Bro. Paxman wound up the evening.  We felt well.  It was the best out-door meeting I have attended in England.  We have been well-paid for our day’s work.  We have held three meetings and walked 14 miles.  We have faithful testimonies to the restoration of the gospel and had good attention.  Bro. Paxman is one of the best companions I have traveled with – kind, jovial, fatherly – and I feel well in laboring with him.

 

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.

 

Ashburnham, Sussex, Tuesday 11 Jul 1876

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 Battle we saw the blackest, lamest (?) –looking women I have ever seen.  They are worse than our old squaws.  Sister Winchester got us a splendid dinner – mutton chops, raspberries, etc.  She is kind indeed.  This evening we called on several of the Saints.

 

Ashburnham, Wednesday 12 Jul 1876

Sister Winchester 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 Winchester home.  Had about 40 in attendance and they paid good attention.  Both of us talked but did not feel as well as we have done at other times in preaching.  The sisters here feel well in the gospel, much better than the men.

 

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 Winchester gave us a shilling each.  We left Ashburnham at 1:30 and walked to Powder Mills, a distance of 10 miles.  It is one of the warmest days of the season.  We arrived at Bro. Whatman’s at 7 PM, tired and fearfully dry.

 

Brede Hill, Sussex, Friday 14 Jul 1876

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 (?) Griffin was here during the afternoon.  She has been cut off the church but says she still has a testimony of the gospel.  We gave her some good advice about coming into the church again.  At 7:30 in the evening according to appt we had a meeting on Brede Hill.  I read the hymns and spoke for half an hour on the first principles and felt well.  Brother Paxman then spoke for a half hour and bore a strong testimony.  We had a goodly number in the audience.

 

Brede Hill and Northiam, Sussex, Saturday, 15 Jul 1876

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.

 

Northiam, Sussex, Sunday 16 Jul 1876

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 Beckley.  500 people attended and were attentive.  Two policemen came to keep order.  Bro. Paxman spoke 50 minutes and I spoke 20 minutes.  We all felt well and we were thankful for the opportunity of bearing our testimony to so many of our fellowmen.  We went home with Bro. and Sister Whatman.  (Note: In a report made by letter to President Binder in London copied later in journal it is stated that there had been no Elders voices heard for nearly 20 years in Beckley.)

 

Hastings, Sussex, Monday 17 Jul 1876

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 Hastings in company with two of Sister Ransom’s daughters who came over to our meetings yesterday.  The sun shone powerfully.  When we reached the Ransom home Sis. Ransom had a nice dinner ready for us.  That evening some of the Saints came in and we went to a concert on the Pier.  We stayed the night with Bro. Ransom’s family.  Bro. Paxman is one of the best men I know, full of life, wisdom, counsel, and integrity.

 

Hastings, Tuesday, 18 Jul 1876

Have written letters to Bro. Higgins of Canterbury and Bro. Goodsell of Ratling informing them we would hold meeting at Ratling Sunday the 23rd.  I have received letters from my dear wife and Cousin Louisa.  Today I baptized young Sinclair Elphick, 18 years of age who walked 12 miles to come to us for baptism.  I baptized him under the cliffs in the sea among the rocks about one mile from Hastings.  Brother Paxman confirmed him and there we enjoyed a bath in the sea.  At 4 o’clock Bro. Paxman left for Grave’s End.  I went to the station with him, I can truly say I enjoyed laboring with Bro. Paxman and have learned lessons from him that I will ever remember.  I returned to stay the night at Bro. Ransom’s.

 

Monksbarton, Kent, Wednesday 19 Jul 1876

I feel lonesome with Bro. Paxman gone.  Bro. & Sister Ransom have been kind to us.  xxx  I left Hastings on the 10:10 train for Ashford and walked to Monksbarton to stay with Mr. Robert Hinckley’s who are not in the church but are always glad to see me and are kind.  They have a daughter living in Pres’t Young’s home in Salt Lake.  They seem to be seeking the truth and I hope they will come into the church.  I went into the meadow with Miss Charlotte Hinckley and helped her make some hay.

 

Dover, Kent, Thursday, 20 Jul 1876

I slept well last night in a rooming house and ate breakfast with the Hinckley’s.  We had a lot of excitement over a fire that started close by the barn.  We were in time to stop it and by doing so save about one thousand pounds in property.  When Mr. Hinckley told his master about the fire he said, “Has that Mormon been smoking around and thrown a match down to start it?”  Mr. Hinckley told him I did not “smoke or drink beer.”

 

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 Dover by train in the evening and went direct to Sister Marshes where I was made welcome by her and her son.

 

Dover, Friday 21 Jul 1876

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 Dover to Calais every day.  I called on some of the saints and talked to them about our religion.  None of them offered me anything to eat.  I guess they did not think about it.  I saw Richard Pay’s (Pray’s?) father who is 80 years old and spry as a young man.  They would be pleased to see Richard (who lives in Nephi).  I talked with Sister Townsend, who came to see me.  She is a nice old lady who feels well in her religion.

 

Ratling, Kent, Saturday 22 July 1876

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 Waldershare Park.  It is a fine park and is said to have 1000 deer in it.  Brother Goodsell and family seemed pleased to see me.

 

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 Dover and Canterbury.  We had singing and a general time of rejoicing.

 

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.

 

Canterbury, Monday 24 Jul 1876

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 Old Park.  Mother Higgins went with us.  She appears to be very sincere in her belief.  It was very cool and the wind was blowing and when baptized the two people caught their breath.  I feel fine in spirits today.

 

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 Brother Court’s and then went down to Bro. Millgate’s and put up for the night.  He was in a very good humor and talkative, but not very liberal for they did not ask me if I wanted supper.  He smokes his pipe and has his beer every night as does his wife.  No wonder he has no influence among the Saints here.  They have the dirtiest house I have been in for many a day.  It is full of fleas and their poor children are covered with bites.  It is a shame for a mother to let her children suffer as they do.

 

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.

 

East Church, Saturday 29 Jul 1876

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 East Church, a distance of 12 miles, by way of King’s Ferry.  I saw the first shocks of wheat today for this year.  Sr. Cripps and her husband were pleased to see me again.  I could not hold an out-of-door meeting this evening as I had anticipated because there are so many rough characters in the neighborhood to help with the harvest.  I have felt tired and low-spirited today.

 

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 London to spend the day with us at Faversham.  Bro. Wager came by the same train from Sheerness.  He has been drinking and carrying on so much the last two or three months that he has come to ask our forgiveness and he wants to be re-baptized.  We forgave him as far as we are concerned and promised to re-baptize him at some future date.  We held meeting at 3 PM.  Had a very good attendance from all parts of the Faversham Branch.  We confirmed two members, Bro. John Hassy Marshall and Sister Louisa Higgins.  Bro. Binder was mouth in confirming Bro. John, and I am confirming Sr. Louisa.  Bro. Walter Whitehead spoke a short time on the necessity of the Saints living their religion and I spoke on the same subject for about 10 minutes.  Following the regular meeting we held a council meeting upon Bro. John Miller’s case for not attending to his duties etc.  We gave him the chance of making things all right between now and the 30th of October and if he does not come up and make restitution he is to be cut off from the Church.  I went to tea to Bro. Edward Spitt’s daughter’s home.  We had meeting at 6 PM, Bro. Binder occupying all the time.  He gave a splendid discourse on the higher principles of the gospel.  We blessed Sister Court’s baby, giving him the name of George.  There we laid hands upon a sick child belonging to Bro. Millgate’s nephew who is not in the church.  I promised her she would grow up to be a great woman in the church.  I came as far as Sittingbourne with Bro. Binder by train this evening.

 

Sittingbourne, Kent, Monday 31 Jul 1876

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 Zion.

 

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 Chatham.  I had dinner with them.  They have been in the church once and were cut off for not preaching the principle of gathering.  One of their workmen (?) by the name of Thomas Rouse is very favorable to Mormonism.  He gave me a shilling, which I did not want to take.  He said the Lord had told him to give it to me and then of course I took it and gave him my blessing.  The Lord has blessed me wonderfully of late with some money.  A few days ago I did not have a penny and now I have several shillings.  I called to see Sister Spillet who is very poorly.  She and her grand daughter each gave me a shilling.  I walked this afternoon from Sittingbourne to Woodside Green straight to Bro. Stedman’s.  This evening I had a long talk with Bro. John Higgins.  His wife has accused him of adultery.  He denies it.  I believe him.

 

Northiam, Sussex, Saturday 5 Aug 1876

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 Cranbrook at 5:30.  Louisa and I talked about her saving her money etc.  She is very earnest and determined to get means to emigrate but she has given up any hope of going when I do.  It looks dark to me too.  I have had long talks with Cousin David about our religion and other principles.  It appears to me that he will not accept Mormonism.  He fights against it and says he pities me.  He believes I am honest, but thinks I am deluded.  I bear my testimony to him and he acknowledges I have done my duty.  They have been very kind to me as far as it lies in their power for they are very poor and live in a very humble place.  I left David’s about 1 PM and walked to Northiam through a nice part of the country for 14 miles.  As I came through the town the people stared at me and kept saying, “There goes that Mormon.”  I am staying at Bro. Elphick’s and they are glad to see me.

 

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 Hastings.  This afternoon I walked four miles to Battle to meet Bro. Ebinezer Defriez who came from Cannon St., London, by train.  We had no difficulty in making ourselves known to each other.  He embraced the gospel four years ago, in Australia, emigrated to Utah soon after and has worked on the temple in St. George all the time until he started on his mission.  He and a Bro. Miles left St. George, starting on their missions.  They went to Salt Lake City on foot as they had no money.  By the time they reached Salt Lake they had enough money to take them to New York.  The Ship Company took them to Liverpool free of expense as both of them were experienced sailors.  He is a young man 24 years old, is not married and this is his first preaching tour.  I dropped my watch today while getting over the stile and broke something in it.

 

Brede, Sussex, Wednesday 9 Aug 1876

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 Hastings to tell him we would be in Hastings on Monday or Tuesday.  Also I wrote to Sister Winchester of Ashburnham that we would be there Friday evening the 11th, and then I wrote to Bro. Binder to tell him where to send our mail.  (The journal here quotes a long message from the “Deseret News” on the details of the “Colorado River Disaster” at the time Bro. Roundy was drowned.  This article is omitted.)

 

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.

 

Powder Mill, Sussex, Friday 11 Aug 1876

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 Carrington in London from Dover, 21 Jul 1876 and signed by David K. Udall and Wm Paxman.  It is a report of their labors from the latter part of June to July 21st and as the substance has been given in the daily journal there seems no need to repeat it here.)

 

Ashburnham, Sussex, Saturday 12 Aug 1876

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.

 

Ashburnham, Sussex, Sunday 13 Aug 1876

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 Utah.  I believe he will soon come into the church for he says he knows the principles are true and he treats us with great kindness.  Bro. Ransom of Hastings came up and attended our meetings.  We held a sacrament meeting at 2:30 for a half a dozen of us.  Bro. Ransom, Bro. Defriez, and I each spoke for about ten minutes, and felt well.  In the evening we held an out-of-door meeting.  I read the hymns, Bro. Ransom offered prayer and Bro. Defriez spoke for 25 or 30 minutes, I followed for about 15 minutes and Bro. Ransom spoke for a short time.  There were about 50 people attended and paid strict attention.

 

Ashburnham, Sussex, Monday 14 Aug 1876

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.

 

Ashburnham, Sussex, Tuesday 15 Aug 1876

We have been given five shillings while in Ashburnham.  I wrote Sister Richards of Ewell, Dover encouraging her to live the gospel etc.  We left Ashburnham at 4 PM and walked 12 miles to Hastings.  It was dreadfully warm.  Bro and Sister Ransom and family are pleased to see us.

 

Halton Near Hastings, Sussex, Wednseday 16 Aug 1876

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 Hastings, giving her an invitation to come and see us this evening.

 

Brede, Sussex, Thursday 17 Aug 1876

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 Hastings to pay for the emigration.  They have collected 10 pounds and need 20 pounds more by going from house to house with a paper drawn up for that purpose.  Bro Ranson is one of the quietest men I ever knew.  He pays his tithing as promptly as any man can.

 

Brede, Sussex, Friday 18 Aug 1876

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.

 

Linton, Kent, Monday 21 Aug 1876

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:

Woodside Green, Kent, Lenham nr Maidstone, 23 Aug 1876

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 East Church to notify them we will be in East Church on the 25th.  Also wrote a letter to Bro. Wager to say we will be in Sheerness on the 24th, and to Charles Clifford at Stone Stile Statesfield (?) to let him know we would be at Faversham on Sunday the 27th and would like to see him and his wife there.  We wrote the above letter to Bro. John Miller, because we desire to do all of our business correctly.  We need not have written to him because he has transgressed enough to warrant being disfellowshipped.  This morning I went out in the fields and helped Bro. Stedman cut some wheat and ____ (find? feed?) a little.  I cut nearly ¼ of an acre.  It was awkward to work, especially with the kind of scythe they use.  We left Bro. Stedman’s at 3 PM and walked to Sittingbourne, a distance of 8 miles.  Sister Stedman gave me a blessing before we left.  I think this is the last time I will see her in these lands.  I can truly say they have been very kind to me ever since I have been in this district.  She has been just like a mother to me.  We called at Bro. Swinyard’s in Sittingbourne.  His wife was offish and said she could not lodge us and so we left there and went to Sister Tapps who gave us a bed on the floor.  That was the best she could do as she is preparing to go to Utah.

 

Sheerness, Thursday 24 Aug 1876

Sister Tapps has sold her furniture and expects to go to Zion with the Sep. Co.  We administered to Sister Spillet, she has been ill and wants to be well enough to go to Utah with her folks.  We left Bro. and Sister Tapps and walked ten miles to Sheerness, reaching Bro. George Wager’s at 5 PM.  We had a long talk with them on the principles of the gospel.  Bro. Bull came in to see us in the evening.  He is a very quiet man.  We are staying here tonight.

 

East Church, Friday 25 Aug 1876

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 East Church, seven miles, arriving at Bro. Cripps at 4:30.  In the evening we had a quiet talk on the first principles with Sister Cripps’ sister and her daughter who are visiting here from Manchester.  Bro. and Sister Cripps were very pleased to see us and we were just as pleased to see them.

 

East Church, Isle of Sheppey, Saturday, 26 Aug 1876

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 Manchester ironed our shirts.  We feel well here.

 

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.

 

Milton, Monday 28 Aug 1876

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 Milton – eight miles.  As we went through Sittingbourne we called at Bro. Swinyard’s blacksmith shop and talked with him for a few minutes and then called on Sister Spillit’s.  She and her daughter and son-in-law plan to immigrate to Utah in Sept.  She is 71 years old.  She has a good deal of faith in me as a brother in the gospel and she wishes I were going home when they go so I could look after her.  We are stopping at Bro. and Sister Tapp’s tonight, one mile from Sittingbourne.  She is a dear good sister and they are always kind to us.  We live well here.

 

Green Street Green, Tuesday 29 Aug 1876

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 Chatham a distance of twelve miles leaving Milton at 8:30 AM.  Then we took train to St. Mary Cray’s 18 miles and walked 3 miles from Cray to Green Street Green.  We called on Bro. Siney’s (?) at Orpington for a few minutes and told him we would like to have a meeting there tonight but he said little about it and we decided not to have one.  We had tea at Bro. Chas. Jackson’s at Green Street Green.  He is the president of the Branch but I am sorry to say he is only lukewarm.  After tea we walked 1 ½ miles to call on James Jackson who is 83 years old.  His daughter Mrs. Ashdown has a babe two months old whose one foot is turned back.  Bro. Defriez felt he would like to administer to it and so we did.  The mother is not in the Church.  We are staying at Green Street Green.

 

Green Street Green, London, Wednesday 30 Aug 1876

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 London Bridge and had to return to New Cross.  The extra trip cost us nothing.  We then took train under the Thames to Shoreditch.  Bro. Defriez took me to see his parents who live in Bethnal Green Road.  We stayed there a short time and had tea etc.  His mother has just come in to the Church.  Her oldest son is also a member.  We reached the London Office at 8 PM, feeling well.  I have not been here for two months and truly the Lord has blessed me with health and strength and has opened up the way for me to bear my testimony to many of my fellow-men.  For some reason Bro. Binder throws a damper on my feelings every time I come to the office.  But I will say no more about it.  I was highly pleased to see the brethren of the Conference again.

 

London Office, Thursday 31 Aug 1876

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 England.  He expects to leave for home with the Sep 13th Company.  He felt well and gave us some excellent instructions and said he was well satisfied with the labors of his brethren of the traveling and local Priesthood for they had without exception done as they had been counseled to do.  He blessed us by the power of Priesthood which he holds.  I have enjoyed myself very much this evening.  These are times never to be forgotten.  I felt well shaking hands with Bro. Binder and he gave me words of encouragement.  I was much pleased to see Bro. Evans, an old friend of mine from Nephi, as also Bro. Hawkins.  Bro. Evans came with us to the office.  It has rained part of the day.

 

London Office, Friday 1 Sep 1876

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.

 

London, Saturday 2 Sep 1876

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)

 

London, Sunday 3 Sep 1876

(don’t copy Volume 3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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