Chapter 1 (part A)
The Missionary Years
[p.3][Thursday, June 25, 1874 – Salt Lake City] I was busy during most of the day getting ready for my mission. The following is my Fathers blessing on my head.
John Henry my son, in the name of Jesus Christ and in the authority of the holy priesthood and apostleship and in the office and calling of a Patriarch and father in Israel in accordance with the blessing[s] which were bestowed upon my head through the lineage of my fathers, I lay my hands upon your head and I bless you with a fathers blessing, that the power of the holy priesthood may rest upon you, which is descended unto you through your ancestors for many generations, that you may live to enjoy the blessings, powers and privileges of the same, that you may go forth as a messenger of salvation and as you are about to leave your family and friends to go abroad and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and magnify the office and calling of a seventy, we bless you with this blessing, that you may have wisdom, knowledge and understanding and apt[itude] to teach, that you may lift up your voice and proclaim the everlasting gospel, that you may understand the law of the lord, and the blessings which pertain to the work of the last days; that you may be apt to teach, quick to understand, have wisdom to learn from the things which others suffer, and not be compelled to suffer yourself to learn wisdom as many have to do; and that your mind may be stored with wisdom, knowledge and intelligence, that your heart may be filled with integrity, and that the power of the Holy Ghost may be upon you, that you may have faith to know for yourself, and understand for yourself; the Holy Ghost may rest upon and quicken your system, enlighten your mind, enlarge your capacity, that you may understand the law of the Lord: that you may go forth and perform this mission, travel from land to land, and from sea to sea that blessings of the almighty may be over you, that in this mission that you may be a [p.4]blessing to many, and have it in your power to return in due season to your family, and rejoice in the principals of the everlasting gospel in the midst of the Saints to a good old age, that the blessings and powers of the holy priesthood may be upon you and your posterity forever; that you may rejoice in the truth; that you may have power to take part in the gathering of the Saints, and establishing them in the land of Zion; and in the building of the temples to the name of the most High God; that you may have wisdom to defend Zion, to lift up your voice in the defense of Zion, to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to bear testimony of the truth and if need be to wield the sword of Laban in the defense of the children of Israel; that you may have power to stand in the midst of [Israel, crossed out] Zion to a good old age, and until you have accomplished all that you desire in earth in the building of the kingdom of God, we bless you with this blessing upon your head, and upon the head of your wife and children and all that the lord has given unto you, that you may be blessed therein, and that your posterity may be exceeding numerous, that your name may be had in everlasting remembrance; that the powers of the holy priesthood may be over you for good, and that you may rejoice in the light of truth forever, that all the blessings which pertain to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the Patriarchs may be upon you, that you may know and understand for yourself, hearing the voice of the holy angles and the whisperings of the Holy Spirit, and the majesty, and the power of the Almighty making known unto you those things that you must do, that under all circumstances you may have wisdom, knowledge and inteligence, that the Lord may deliver you from the power of the distroyer and from the hands of wicked men; that you may have wisdom to overcome every temptation, shun the wiles of the devil, be humble, seek the Lord with all your heart, and the power of the Almighty will rest upon you. All these blessings, with all the blessings to exaltation and to the holy priesthood in all its fulness will rest upon you in due time. These blessing[s] and privileges my son, I seal upon you in the name of the Father and the son and the Holy Ghost, and in the office and calling of a patriarch and father, which I have received from my father by lineage and also by right. That all these blessings may be upon you and that you may be authorized in all things to bless your children, and prophesy concerning them things that shall be fulfilled to the latest generation. All these blessings, powers and privileges we therefore confirm upon you in the name of Jesus of Nazareth. Amen.
In the evening Father and I went to the Theatre and saw Charles the Twelveth of Sweden played.
[Friday, June 26, 1874 – Salt Lake City] Today Father is 57 years old and his wife Susan gave a birthday dinner in honor of the event. There was about forty persons present, Judge Elias Smith among the number. My wife and children were with me.
Elders D. Mackenzie, L. J[ohn]. Nuttall and myself were set apart for our missions under the hands of Prest. B. Young, Elders O. Pratt & John [p.5]Taylor, David Evans reporting. Prest. B. Young was mouth with D. Mackenzie and Elder Orson Pratt with bro. L. J. Nuttall, and Elder John Taylor gave me the following.
Brother John Henry Smith in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by virtue of the Holy priesthood, we lay our hands upon thy head and we set thee apart to the mission whereunto thou has been appointed, and we ask God the eternal Father to cause that his Holy Spirit may rest down upon thee and flow into thee from this time forth in mighty power, that thou mayest possess the spirit of wisdom and intelligence, that thou mayest be filled with the revelations of the mind and will of God in regard to all of thy movements, that thine understanding may be enlightened, and thy judgement enlarged, and that thou mayest go forth in the name of the Lord, and accomplish a good work in the land whereunto thou goest; that thou mayest be filled with the Holy Ghost and the power of God, that the spirit of revelation may flow into thee day by day, and from thee to others; that thou mayest be full of Counsel and wisdom and intelligence and which the Lord God shall impart unto thee in thy mission and that thou mayest be great in Counsel and intelligence and that thou mayest be preserved on thy Journeying both by land and sea in whatever climate thou mayest be or whatever land thou mayest visit, and by whatever conveyance thou mayest travel thou mayest be preserved from danger and from harm, and feel that the hand of God is over thee and his Angels attend thee, that the spirit of the living God is with thee, that thou mayest accomplish a good work and return again to the bosom of thy family in peace, and we seal upon thy head thy Father’s blessings and all the blessings that have heretofore been conferred upon thee; and we say unto thee go in peace and let the blessings of the most High God rest upon thee and fulfill thy mission and return again in peace to the bosom of try family, that thou mayest rejoice among the Saints of the Most High God, and we seal upon thy head these blessings by virtue of the Holy Priesthood in the name of Jesus, Amen.
I took a good bath and changed my underclothing for the last time at home before leaving for my mission. It was 10 p.m. when I retired to rest.
[Saturday, June 27, 1874 – Salt Lake City] My wife and I got up at 4 a.m. and got ourselves and children ready for our ride to Ogden. We ate some breakfast at Aunt Lucys. I bid a number of my relatives and friends good bye and rode to the depot 6 a.m. I left Salt Lake City for Ogden and my mission in company with the following named persons who are going to Brigham City to hold a two day meeting, Prests. Brigham Young and three wives, Geo. A. Smith and wife, D[aniel]. H. Wells, Elders Orson Pratt sen., John Taylor, W[ilford]. Woodruff, Erastus Snow and wife and son E. W. Snow, H. S. Eldridge, W. H. Fulsom, David Evans, and at Sessions Settlement we was Joined by Wm. Muir. We all rode in Prest. Youngs car. My wife and children were with me. At Ogden I left the train and was met by Newton Farr who took us in a carriage to my [p.6]father-in-laws. I spent the day in visiting with our friends. John F. Gay gave me a five dollar gold piece and E. Farr five in green backs.
It was late when I retired to rest.
[Sunday, June 28, 1874 – Ogden] I spend the entire day visiting my friends. It was today J. F. Gay and E. Farr gave me the money instead of yesterday. In the evening I met the Prest. party returning to the City and bid them good bye. Father went to Prest. Farrs and stayed over night.
[Monday, June 29, 1874 – Ogden] I got up and had breakfast and bid my friends good bye and kissed my wife and children and placed them in the hands of the Lord and left them, mine and my wifes Father going with me to the station where we met Elders D. McKenzie, L. J. Nuttall and P. Sinclair. I bid my Fathers and many friends good bye and at 9:30 we were steaming away in a fine Pulman Palace Car. Gov. Woods of Utah went out to Evanston to lecture. We had much conversation with strangers and passed the day very pleasantly. Some of the scenery was grand, and we saw some desert. Bro. L. J. Nuttall and I slept together.
[Tuesday, June 30, 1874 – Union Pacific Railroad, Wyoming Territory] I rested just as well as if at home. We breakfasted out of our grub basket we had brought with us. About 12 miles from Cheyenne we met Bro. G[eorge]. Q. Cannon returning home from Washington. He was in good health and spirits. We had some splendid chats with strangers. We passed through some fine country and saw many deer and Elk.
[Wednesday, July 1, 1874 – U.P.R.R., Wyoming Territory] During the night I got up and took a look at the North Platte Bridge I mile long. The Country along the Platte is lovely and many farms are being made. The country is level and covered with grass. About 10 a.m. we ran into Omaha. It is a fine city. We changed cars and was soon on the move for the Council Bluff side accross the celebrated Bridge. Now I am in the neighborhood of where I was born. We made our arrangements for tickets with the Chicago and Northwestern Rail Road for Chicago. Again we are in a palace car, and moving through some of the finest country I ever saw. It is Iowa. We saw nice villages and splendid farms. Harvest is now on hand but crop[s] do not look as well as in Utah.
[Friday, July 3, 1874 – T. Fort & Wayne R.R.] The Country is well wattered and covered with grass and Timber, the crops as a rule looked very bad.
We breakfasted at Alliance and had a very good meal. About 4 or 5 p.m. we reached Pittsburgh. It is a black dirty looking City. We spent an [p.7]hour in looking about the City and then got into our old Car that had been attached to a Pennsylvania Central train and we begin to climb the Alleghaney Mts. I sat up untill late into the night to see the Curve in the Mountain that was like a horse shoe. Ohio was hill and dale.
[Saturday, July 4, 1874 – Philadelphia] Our nations birthday, and what changes. I got up at five a.m. and was looking at the Country before we reached the City. The Crops look better to me than they did down the road. On our arrival in the City at 6:30 a.m. we got some breakfast at a restaurant, and at 7:15 a.m. we was soon on the move again through some fine Country, and at 10 a.m. reach Jersey City. We cross the River to New York and go to bro. W. C. Stains office and found him looking for us. He took us to the Astor House [hotel]. Bro. Nuttall and I had room 215. We visited Central Park. It is a magnificent place, and we had a very fine time. In fact I was very tired.
My expenses to this place is $83.45. In the evening we went to Neblos Theatre. The Play was Ivanhoe. The scenery was grand but the acting was misserable. 11:30 p.m. we return to rest.
[Sunday, July 5, 1874 – New York City] We took our meals in eating house. The a.m. was spent in looking about town. P.M. we went to Williamsburg and attended meeting with the saints, bro. Bywater presided. All of our party spoke as also bro. Staines, J. Richards and Spencer Clawson. A splendid feeling prevailed. It was stormy.
[Monday, July 6, 1874 – New York City] Today some 750 saints with some returning Elders arrived in this harbor. Elders John Clark & G. F. Gibbs are returning home. Bro. Nuttall and I went to Staten Island, distance 7 miles. It cost 20 cents to go and return.
In the evening bros. Sinclair, Nuttall, and myself witnessed a grand exhibitlion of fire works at Union Squair. There must have been thirty thousand people present.
[Tuesday, July 7, 1874 – New York City] We took a ride around the Central Park to day, bro. D. Mack. having returned from Shrewsbury. The saints that arrived yesterday left here to day for the vallies. In the evening we all went to Barnums Hipodrome and had a splendid evening. It was again Quite midnight before we got to our hotel.
[Wednesday, July 8, 1874 – New York City] At five p.m. I went on board of the steamer City of New York and booked by steamer to New London and from there by rail to Whitefield. The scenery along the sound is lovely. At 10 p.m. I went to bed.
[p.8][Thursday, July 9, 1874 – New London] At 4 a.m. I left the steamer and took train. The Country is hill and dale with many fine towns. The land is covered with trees and grass.
At 4 p.m. I reached Whitefield and went in a hack [carriage] to my Uncle Charles Libbey. Him and wife received me kindly and seemed very pleased to see me. They have three sons and 1 daughter. I had supper and we went to Uncle George Libbeys store, where I saw Webster, Henry, Jeremiah and George and all were glad to see me. I stoped overnight at Uncle Charles.
[Friday, July 10, 1874 – Whitefield, N.H.] I have seen all the brothers that are at Whitefield. There are six of them here. Charles, wife and four children, all men and women. Henry, wife and 2 children, Jeremiah Cole, wife and three children. John & wife, & he has no children. George, wife and 2 children. Webster, wife and 3 children.
New Hampshire women have quit having babies or only two or three because it aint fashionable.
My uncles are all wealthy men except one and he is well to do. They own a great deal of timber land and run Saw Mills and keep small stores. I visited them all at there homes, and had a good time. They are fine men and women of the world. I stoped over night at Uncle Websters.
[Saturday, July 11, 1874 – Whitefield, N.H.] I breakfasted at Uncle Websters and took dinner at Uncle Henrys. He was away from home, but his wife treated me kindley. Uncles John, George, and Webster went to the station with me. I bore my testimony to them and I told them I was Irredeemably a Mormon.
2 p.m. the train moved of[f] and at Manchester I was joined by Uncle Charles Libbey and we went to Boston together. We arrived at 8:30 p.m. at Boston and put up at the Sherman House.
[Sunday, July 12, 1874 – Boston] We took breakfast at a Restaurant and sallied out to see Boston the hub of the universe. The streets are crooked and narrow but some of the buildings are very fine. The day was spent in running about. I saw two old [battering] rams that was used during the war.
At 6:30 p.m. I bid Uncle Charles Good bye at the old Colony R.R. station to New Port and by steamer Bristol for New York. The steamer was fitted up elegantly and there was hundreds of passengers on board. About 11 p.m. I retired to rest.
[Monday, July 13, 1874 – Steamer Bristol, Long Island Sound] I got up very earley and was looking at the scenery skirting the sound. At 9 a.m. we reached New York. Distance 250 miles. A confidence man tried to play me a trick, but I gave him the sack.
[p.9][July 24, 1874 – Liverpool, England] At 1 p.m. [cousin and European mission president] J[oseph]. F. Smith, Ernest Young and J. E. Graham met us on board the steamer.
How pleased we were to meet our friends.
[Saturday, August 1, 1874 – Liverpool and Sheffield] I left Liverpool with J. F. Smith for Sheffield at 3:30 p.m. Arrived at Sheffield at 6:30 p.m. We met E. N. Freeman & Br. Haybourne at the Station and went to the Conference House, 65 Dorsett Street, Sheffield, England. I gave Elizabeth the money I had brought for her.
[Sunday, Aug. 9, 1874] Bro. Morris and myself [went to] Hockley Station & went to Old Hill nine miles and then walked to Hillsowen two miles and took dinner with Bro. Cutler. Then we went about one mile farther to Bro. Oxfords and held meeting. We partook of the sacrament and then some of the brethren and sisters bore testimony, after which Bro. Morris and myself talked to the saints on being faithful living up to the requirements of their religion. After meeting we returned to Bro. Cutlers and held a meeting in the street. Bro. Morris talked on the first principals. I followed on the same subject. This going on to a street corner to preach went against the grain and it was indeed the hardest strugle of my life to do it. Our meeting was short on account of its raining but we had a very good attendance and the people were very attentive. Two men came with the intention of interupting us but never said a word. We left Halesowen at 4:45 p.m. and were again at Hockley about 11 p.m. We think on the whole we had a very fine day.
[Wednesday, Aug. 12, 1874] At 9:42 a.m. we left Walsall for Wolverhampton where we arrived at 10:30 a.m. We met up with Mr. Walsh who is a town Councillor and has formerly belonged to our church.
Mr. Walsh took Morris and myself to the races where we spent the p.m. At 6:58 p.m. We left for home. Was going to Dudly but it was raining and we thought it unwise to stop. On our arrival at home I found a card from J.F.S. [Joseph F. Smith]. Evening we read some in Scriptures and at 10 p.m. we went to bed.
[Thursday, Aug. 13, 1874] I copied my blessing and have been reading the Gospel according to St. Luke the ballance of the time. No letters for me from home yet. It almost gives me the blues.
[Friday, Aug. 14, 1874] We visited the Editors of the Gazette who agreed to Publish J. F. Smiths letter in relation to Taylors [anti-Mormon] charges.
[p.10]We Started from Swan Hill Station and went [to] Swan Village and went to Greets Green to See bro. George E. Woods. We found him and he took us to see the House where bro. Young & Kimball preached first in this place. Also where my Father preached, also where bro. Wood was raised and where he was with Bro. John Needham ordained Elders in 1840.
[Monday, Aug. 17, 1874] We took dinner at Bro. Cardwells and sat at the dirtyest table & meal I ever eat in my life.
[Tuesday, Aug. 18, 1874] Bro. Morris and myself took dinner and tea with sister Pendery. Dinner was well cooked and clean, best meal on the road. In the evening we went to Counsel meeting at Hockley chapel and had a very good time.
[Sunday, Aug. 30, 1874] Spent the a.m. reading the Deseret News. At 12 m. we went to Bro. G[eorge] Smiths and took dinner and went to Hockley Chapel at 2:30 p.m. Bro. Morris myself and Several other brethren spoke on first principals.
We went to tea with sister Hadley and again to Chapel at 6:30. Bro. Rhodan Morris and Myself took up the time.
[Wednesday, Sept. 2, 1874] I spent the day at the Conference House reading.
A socialist called upon me and I had an hours chat with him. He was a dirty looking rogue.
[Monday, Sept. 7, 1874 – Birmingham] We spent the p.m. at Bro. Benchs where there was a weding took Place. The Parties were Mr. E. Bench and a young lady from Leominster. We had a good time and nice dinner and got home sober at 10 p.m. notwithstanding they had an aboundance of beer and wine.
[Friday, Sept. 11, 1874] We are at Bro. Johnsons. We slept in the best bed I have been in in England. It was so clean and nice. We took breakfast and dinner at Bro. Johnsons and then we went to the races. After the races were over we called on Bro. Hughes and took tea and returned to Bro. Johnsons at 8 p.m. and had Supper.
[Tuesday, Sept. 15, 1874 – Ridgeway Cross] We had a bad nights rest. The fleas bit like wrath.
[Friday, Sept. 18, 187] I am 26 years old to day. We spent the forenoon in reading and at [p.11]12 m. went to sister Starmens to dinner and after dinner we went to Bro. Hardings and took tea.
[Monday, Oct. 5, 1874 – Nottingham] We took breakfast at the Conference House and about 10 a.m. Bros. J. F. Smith, F[rancia]. M. Lyman, J. Squairs, R. V. Morris & Myself took a walk through Town. First to the cemeterey in which the caves are located which are famous as having been the place where Robin Hood and his band used to conceal themselves after they had robbed some traveler and these caves were then supposed to be in the center of Sherwood forrest but the woods have disspeared and one of the handsomest towns in England covers the ground in the neighborhood once so terrible to the rich people or those who oppressed the poor people in those early days.
We then went to the Nottingham General Cemetery to the grave of Bro. Cherry.
We then took a look at the castle. It stand on a Cliff of rocks. Everything is grand in this part of town. We took dinner at Bro. Burts.
[Monday, Oct. 12, 1874 – Loxley] I had another goodnights rest. Bro. Hyrum Seal slept with me. I took breakfast with bro [crossed out] Mr. John Seal. He was formerley in the Church but could not see the law of Tithing so he was cut off.
[Monday, Oct. 19, 1874 – Birmingham] Bro. Morris has gone to Stafford to see Sister Clark who is again very sick. I spent the day at bro. Spokes taking dinner and tea there. In the evening bro. Spokes and I went to the Theatre Royal to see Barney Sullivan play Macbeth. He did it splendidly and indeed all hands played well. The Theatre itself is considered very fine. The Choir met for practice at C.H. [Conference House]. Some one put a nice Lucious pear in my slipper.
[Thursday, Nov. 5, 1874 – Cardiff, Wales] We had a splendid nights rest and we took breakfast at Bro. Bassetts. It was the only genuine milk and butter that I have eat since I came to England. Sister Bassett gave me 6 pence.
At 8 a.m. we left Bro. Basaetts and walked to the station and at 9:25 a.m. we left for Birmingham. The country from Cardiff to Newport was flat and covered with grass. There is lovely scenery between Newport and Gloucester. We crossed a magnificent Iron Bridge over the Wye. We had one hour at Gloucester and so we visited the Cathedral and at 12:55 p.m. started again for Birmingham, passing through Cheltenham & Worcester and arriving at Birmingham at 4 p.m. We went to the Conference House and there met Bros. Morris & Hanham and I huged Bro. Morris good.
I was much pleased with the Welch people for they are kind and hospitable.
[p.12]We went to Hockley Chapel. There was a very good attendance.
[Friday, Nov. 6, 1874 – Birmingham] We had a first class nights rest and got up at 7 a.m. had breakfast at 8 and at 8:50 a.m. Bro. Lyman left New Street R.R. Station by the Midland road for Nottingham. I shook his hand and went to the baths and had a splendid wash and put on clean clothes. Bro. Morris and I called at the Gazette office and thanked them for their kindness in printing his article on Poligamy which apeared in this mornings Paper. We took dinner at the C.H. and I wrote letters to my Brother C. W. Smith and my sister S. M. Smith. I hot a necktie and 2 boxes paper colars, cost 2 +.1 1/2.
I mailed the Gazzette to Father containing bro. Morris letter on Patriarchal Marriage.
[Sunday, Nov. 8, 1874] It was a very cold night. I rested well and took breakfast at Conference House and at 10:34 took train for Dudley. I took 1 + 4 1/2 to pay my fare with. I had a very pleasant ride through the black country and arrived at Dudley 11:15 a.m. and called upon Sister Rowberry and her little girl showed me the way to bro. Fellows and I went their and took dinner and bro. Fellows and I walked up to Dudley Castle and enjoyed ourselves among the ruins. At 2:30 we went to the meeting house and had a very good Testimony meeting.
I Called and took tea with Sister Wedge after meeting and stoped until 6:30 p.m. and I went to meeting and talked 50 minutes and enjoyed tolerable freedom. The brethren gave me 3 + 2. Our meeting was very good and we all seemed to feel well.
At 8:15 I left for Birmingham where I arrived safely and found a lot of the Saints [and] called upon Bro. Hurst.
[Tuesday, Nov. 10, 1874 – Birmingham] At 4:30 a.m. Sister Hurst called me and said bro. Hurst was failing and at 5:53 he breathed his last, passing away without pain just as if going to sleep. I took breakfast at C. H. Mr. Hollis and Wife and myself laid Mr. Hurst out. I went to Clarendon Road and informed Miss Hurst of the death of her Father.
In the evening I went to the Chapel to attend Council. All passed of pleasantly. Bro. Robinson walked back to C. H. with me and tried to comfort Sister Hurst.
11 p.m. I retired to rest. I had an attack of wind collie but I took some brandy and it passed off
[Thursday, Nov. 12, 1874] I took dinner at C. H. and spent the p.m. in reading from Isaiah and Bro. O. Pratts Pamphlet on the Holy Spirit. It has been very cold and [p.13]quite clear for Birmingham and seemed very much like November weather in Utah. I am cold and chilley and my head aches a little. Bro. Hurst is to be burried on Sunday. He is keeping very nicely. I have been thinking of home and feel happy in the anticipation of meeting them all well in the great future in our own pure atmosphere and at the foot of those majestic old mountains so dear to a freeman and lover of truth.
[Friday, Nov. 13, 1874] The Weather still continues cold & it seems quite clear for this black old town of Birmingham.
I spent the evening reading from a little book entitled the Mirage of Life, and was very much interested.
My cold seems worse to night. At 9:30 p.m. I sought the arms of Morpheous.
[Saturday, Nov. 14, 1874] I arose at 8 a.m. feeling rested but my cold seemed bad & throat sore. The morning is cold and smoky. I feel well & happy in spirits. I took Breakfast at C. H. and spent some time reading from the Mirage of life. At 10 a.m. I went to the reading room and from there to Bro. Spokes. I had a most splendid romp with the children. We had dinner at 3 p.m. and Bro. Spokes and I spent the time untill 5 p.m. in conversation.
I returned to C. H. and found another daughter of Sister Hurst, Mrs. Chambers and I spent the time until 12 at night explaining the principals of the gospel to the three daughters and son. Miss Pendry was also by and all hands felt well.
I explained some of the workings of Plural marriage and talked very freely to them on that doctrine.
At 12 midnight I went to bed.
[Sunday, Nov. 15, 1874] I had a very severe coughing spell in the night. I got up at 9 a.m. and breakfasted.
The inscription on Bro. Hursts coffin is as follows, the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
died Nov. 10th 1874
Aged 59 years.
Bless the Lord of my soul
There were present at the funeral of his children Mr. John Hurst, Miss Mary Ann Hurst and Mrs. Maria Kite and of Sister Hurst children Mr. John Willis, Mrs. Ann Wright and Mrs. Jane Chambers and Mr. Alfred Willis and there were quite a number of other friends.
[p.14]Bro. Robinson conducted the service in the chapel at the old Cemetery. After his remains were deposited, the company returned to C. H. and had dinner and beer to drink. It seemed strange to me but such is the custom.
[Tuesday, Nov. 17, 1874] I had a good nights rest & did not cough any in the night and I seem better of my cold this morning. I had breakfast at the G. H. and spent the a.m. reading from the prophet Isaiah. I wrote to E. N. Freeman. I took dinner at Bro. George Smiths and spent the time until 3 p.m. I then returned to the G. H. and took tea at 4 p.m. Sister Hadley came in and had tea with us. I was reading from my guide book untill 8 p.m.
Mrs. Pendrey came in and brought a chicken for our breakfast on Thursday morning and some medicene for me. At 8:15 p.m. I went to chapel and there was a very good attendance of the brethren and we had a good time.
[Friday, Nov. 20, 1874 – Priestfield] At 4:30 p.m. I walked out to Priestfield [from Wolverhampton] and am now at Bro. Bush’s. It has been a very fine day for this time of year but to night the fog is very dense. I can bark like a Trojan. I am in what is called the black country and it is black enough from here to Birmingham to satisfy any body on earth. I guess every bit of ground has been undermined and it presents a fearfull aspect.
[Saturday, Nov. 21, 1874] This morning the fog was very dense and so it has continued all day. I feel it very much on my lungs as it makes me cough. A person can not see only a few rods ahead of them.
[Sunday, Nov. 22, 1874 – Chasetown] I did some hard coughing in the night but rested moderately well. I breakfasted at bro. Godridges and I read a while in [Orson] Spencers letters and We called on Mr. Sterling who invited me to come back to dinner.
We called on Mr. Proffit and he seems a good deal like a dry branch. I returned to Mr. Sterlings and had a good dinner of roast mutton, cabbage, potatoes, and an apple dumpling to eat and ginger beer to drink. After dinner I again went to bro. Godridges but only two brethren came so we had no meeting. The brethren told about a man who had said if he could he would drown Prest. B. Young and now within a week he had been drowned himself. His name was George Cooper.
We had tea at bro. Godridges at 5 p.m. I had bread and butter and cold watter.
I went to Mr. Sterling and we chatted until 10 p.m. and then I went to bed in a good dry clean bed.
[p.15][Tuesday, Nov. 24, 1874] I left Brown hills by train for Walsall where I arrived at 11:50 a.m. and went to Sister Bullars and had dinner with her. I then called on a sister Hammond whose husband aint in the church. I conversed a little while with her and then called on bro. H. Hammond but he was away from home. His wife is not in the church but she treated me very kindly, gave me some ginger beer to drink. She sent the little boy with me to show me where her husband worked. I found him and talked with him a few minutes and I think him a very good man, but without much energy.
I left Walsall at 3:15 p.m. and arrived in Birmingham at 4 p.m. I went to the Conference House and found bro. Morris well and we just huged one another good. I found letters from my Wife, Aunt Lucy, Ann Cable and G. B. Taylor. All are well at home and they have plenty to eat thank the Lord.
[Wednesday, Nov. 25, 1874] I rested first class and did not cough but very little during the night. Bro. Morris is not well this morning.
I went to bro. George Smiths to dinner. I had a nice rabit stew and then returned to C.H.
I wrote letters to my Mother, sister, Wife, son & Aunt Lucy and took tea at home or hot watter and bread & butter. It has been raining all day like wrath. 9 p.m. it is snowing Just like it does in Utah. At 10 p.m. we retired to rest.
[Saturday, Nov. 28, 1874] We rested splendidly, and breakfasted at C. H. and fixed up and went to Bro. Hardings to dinner and at 1 p.m. took train for Redditch where we arrived at 1:52 p.m. and called on Mrs. Chambers and then we went to Bro. Perry and visited a while and then returned in the evening and took tea with Mrs. Chambers. At 6 p.m. Mr. Perry, Bro. Morris and myself called on Bro. James Simons who seemed perfectly dead, but said he knew the Gospel was true but he was behind the times. At 8 p.m. Bro. Morris and I went to the Temperance Hotel and at 9:50 p.m. we retired to rest, feeling satisfied that Bro. Perry was a bad lot. Perrys sons both had been committing adultery with his hired girls and hell is to pay and no [?] hot. I hope he himself aint tarred with the same stick.
[Sunday, Nov. 29, 1874 – Redditch] We rested well and went to Bro. Perrys to Breakfast and we also took dinner there and spent the most of the day in talking on principal and in relation to the course his boys had taken.
At 4 p.m. we called on Mr. John Willis and took tea and spent the time untill 6 p.m.
[p.16]6 p.m. we returned to Mr. or bro. Perrys and took super and spent the evening untill 9:50. His Eldest son was there and was a nice looking young man.
We went to sleep again at the Temperance Hotel. We rested or slept in a good clean bed and it cost us one shilling each a night and Bro. Perry, a man that is making lots of money is to[o] stingy to give us anything to pay for our beds with.
[Monday, Nov. 30, 1874] We rested well and went to Bro. Perrys to breakfast and had toast and he spit out his screed[?] at Miss Godfrey. Mrs. Perry gave me 1 shilling but I dont think she let her husband know.
[At the railroad station] we met Miss Godfrey and bro. Morris had a chat with her about the Perry trouble and at 2:40 p.m. we left Stoke by Rail for Birmingham where we arrived as hungry as wolves not having anything only a little toast during to day. My feet as also bro. Morris’ were very sore.
[Tuesday, December 1, 1874 – Birmingham] We rested well and I got up and found a letter from Aunt Lucy dated Nov. 15th and it contained the news that Prest. Youngs health was on the improve and that father and all at home were well. Also a letter from Cousin J. F. S[mith].
[Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1874] We walked over to West Bromwich and took dinner at Bro. Barbers and then walked to Grits Green and called on Sister Mumford and had a glass of old ale to drink. We then walked to Dudley Port and took tea at Bro. Stanfords. His wife is not in the church but treated us very kindly. From there in company with Bro. Stanford we walked to Dudley and went directly to meeting. Their was 6 persons present. I spoke about 20 minutes and Bro. Morris about 30 minutes. We both felt free. At 9 p.m. We took train for Monument Lane and reached C. H. about 10 p.m. It cost 8 pence each. In all we walked 11 miles.
We had a bowl of gruel and at 11 p.m. retired to rest. It is cold freezing Weather all day to day, and I felt first class and we both enjoyed our out very much.
[Thursday, Dec. 3, 1874] We went to bro. Furgersons to dinner and then returned to C. H. and We went to Bingley Hall to the Cattle Show and it was worth almost any price to see the different kinds of Cattle, sheep, Hogs, ducks, geese and the great number of fowls and their was machinery of all kinds and a great many kinds of vegetables and Samples of oil cake and other kinds of food for all kinds of animals.
[p.17]We paid a shilling each and I felt amply paid.
We went to Chapel at 8 p.m. and had very good time in testimony meeting.
[Friday, Dec. 4, 1874] We got up at 9 a.m. after a good rest and went to the baths and had a splendid wash. We had breakfast at 10 a.m. at C. H. The [Millennial] Stars1 came at 12 M. and at 12:25 p.m. I left Birmingham for Coventry where I arrived at 1:25 p.m. and went to Bro. [George] Smith’s & took dinner, and then him and I went to St. Marys hall. It is a grand old place. I saw the Statue of Lady Godiva, the Pictures of a number of the kings and Queens of England and a piece of Tapestry was hanging across the end of the hall. Their was also Some old armor and spears. This place is called the Guild hall of Coventry. We went into St. Michael’s Church. It is a fine large place. From their we went into the Trinity church. This is also a fine place but not so large as the other. We then went and took a look at Peeping Tom and from their to the Market Hall and looked at a number of other places of interest and returned to Bro. Smiths and had tea.
We then called on Bro. Reynolds and found him almost broken hearted. He had hurt his foot and had been unable to work for some three days, and his family were without the necessary amount of food. I comforted him as well as I could and Bro. Smith & I returned to Bro. Smiths house and spent the evening untill 10:30, and then I went to the Greyhound lodging house to sleep. The bed was dirty but I made the best of it and used my two coats to make out sufficient cover to keep me warm.
Bro. Smith is also out of work and very hard up but he makes the best of it and dont give up to trouble.
[Saturday, Dec. 5, 1874] I rested tolerably well and got up at 8:15 a.m. and went to Bro. Smiths and had some toast & lard spread on it for breakfast. I wrote letters to my wife, Aunt Lucy and Joseph F. Smith. I took dinner at Bro. Smith’s, a nice pork steak and potatoes. Bro. G. Smith and I took a walk around town. Coventry is a very fine specimen of an old English town. Many of the buildings are very old and date back hundreds of years. We had tea about 7 p.m. and I drank a glass of beer.
[Sunday, Dec. 6, 1874] I rested very well and never got up until 8:30 a.m. I had breakfast at Bro. Smiths, after which We went to Bro. Reynolds and the three of us called on several of the saints and then Bro. Smith and I took dinner at Mr. Porters and then we went to Meeting and the Brethren and sisters bore testimony [p.18]and the sacrament was administered and I spoke about 45 minutes and after meeting I went to Sister Porters and took tea and spent the evening untill 9:30 p.m.
[Monday, Dec. 7, 1874] I did not sleep very well. Was very restless. At 8 a.m. I got up & went to bro. Smith and had my breakfast of toast and lard and warm milk & watter & Sugar.
Sister Hayward sent me one shilling in penny stamps.
I had dinner again at bro. Smiths. Sister Porter gave me 1 shilling and the p.m. was spent in conversation. I had tea at bro. Smiths and we was reading in the Bible untill 10:15 p.m. when I retired to rest.
[Sunday, Dec. 13, 1874 – Stratford] At 8:20 a.m. I got up having had a good nights rest. It looks very dark and threatening. I had my breakfast at Mr. John Seals, a slice of bacon and some toast and lard. I spent the A.M. reading in the compendium [by Franklin D. Richards]. I went with bro. George Seal and had dinner of some roast mutton and potatoes & a sewit dumpling.
At 2:30 p.m. the brethren and sisters came together and the sacrament was administered and the brethren and sisters bore testimony. Sister John Seal spoke in tongues. I talked a few minutes.
[Thursday, Dec. 17, 1874 – Birmingham] We went to bro. Spokes to tea. From their returned to Chaple and bro. Morris baptised Miss Julia Morgan. We had a meeting. Bro. Halliday spoke a few minutes and so did I. Bro. Morris confirmed Miss Julia Morgan. We returned to C. H. and at 11 p.m. we turned in.
[Friday, Dec. 18, 1874 – West Bromwich] [At 12 m.] bro. Halliday and I left Birmingham for West Bromwich. We went to Sister Barbers and had dinner and spent the p.m. visiting her.
Mr. Mathews, the man for whom sister Barber keeps House for came home drunk and had a little accident with his bed room door and a pair of old shoes he got to making them dance about. He went to bed and then we turned in. The devil took possession of him and he got up and went down stairs and told Sister Barber that she might trust us but he would not so he dressed himself and went of but about 12 midnight he came back and talked about putting us out doors but he changed his mind and went to bed.
The day was very cold and biting.
[Saturday, Dec. 19, 1874 – West Bromwich and Priestfield] Bro. Halliday nor myself never slept a bit. I was coughing all night. Old Mr. Mathews laid quiet enough after he went to bed the second time.
[p.19]We had breakfast with Sister Barber and then walked 2 miles to Grits Green. Called on Sister Mumford and Sister Rowley who gave us our dinner and a glass of good ale. She gave us a shilling each and we walked to Swan Village station and booked for Priestfield. We had a little conversation with some gentlemen on the first principals [of Mormonism].
[Sunday, Dec. 20, 1874 – Priestfield] I coughed some during the night but rested very well. We had breakfast at bro. Bushs and then Walked to Wolverhampton and visited the Sunday school. Went to Sister Walsh and to dinner and tea.
We had a testimony meeting. Bro. Halliday and I both advised the Saints to live their religion. Their was but few present. In the evening I talked on first principles and celestial Marriage 30 minutes. I did not feel very free. Bro. Halliday spoke 17 minutes and exhorted the saints to be firm and showed how God had blest his Saints in the past. After meeting we walked out to Priestfield and spent the evening in reading Pauls 1st Epistle to the Corinthians and we retired to rest satisfied with our days work and both feeling well.
[Friday, Dec. 25, 1874 – Birmingham] We got up about 11 a.m. had a few mouthsful to eat and at 12:30 p.m. Went to Mr. Smiths. Prof. Thomas Hadley and wife had come down from London. Our party consisted of Mr. Smith, wife, son & Daughter, Sister[s] Hadley & Hurst, Elders R. V. Morris, G. C. Halliday and Miss S. J. Pendry and myself. Had dinner and tea their and spent the evening in fun and frollic until 1 a.m. and then returned to C. H. We also had supper.
Retired to rest about 2 a.m.
[Sunday, Dec. 27, 1874] We got up at 9 a.m. and had breakfast at C. H. Bro. Morris went to bro. Furgersons to dinner. Bro. Halliday and I took dinner at C.H. and went to Chapel at 2:30 p.m. All three of us spoke. Bro. Halliday and I returned to C. H. and spent the time untill six p.m. reading in the Bible and O[rson]. Pratts [pamphlet entitled] Devine Authority. At 6:30 went to chapel and I spoke 55 minutes and bro. Halliday 10 minutes.
A crowd of young Ladies and Gentlemen came in and spent the evening singing Hymns.
11 p.m. we went to bed.
[Friday, Jan. 1, 1875] We had a very good nights rest, and breakfasted at the Conference House on pigs feet, and spent the morning in conversation, and bro. Morris gave me eight shillings to pay my fare through to Hereford.
[p.20][Sunday, Jan. 3, 1875 – Ridgeway Cross] I slept with bro. Hind and rested very well. I did not take any dinner or breakfast and we visited and at 2 p.m. we all went to meeting. Their was 25 persons present. The sacrament was administered and I spoke on the first principals for one hour and then several of the brethren and sisters bore testimony. I felt very well and talked quite free. After meeting some of the brethren and sisters went to bro. Hinds and had tea and they sang hymns and we enjoyed ourselves very much.
[Tuesday, Jan. 5, 1875] I did not rest very well. The fleas and coughing made it a very bad night for me.
At 8 a.m. I got up and had my breakfast at bro. Hinds and at 8:50 a.m. left Ridgeway Cross for Colwall where I arrived at 10:30 a.m. after a very nice walk through a lovely piece of country. I bought a R.R. ticket for Hereford cost 2 + 0. The warm rains has caused snow to melt and it has made regular lakes along between Colwall and Hereford.
It is a lovely day. Seems more like May than January. I left Colwall at 11:06 a.m. and arrived at Hereford at 12 m. I went to bro. Johnsons and found the folks all well and a letter from bro. Morris containing letters from my Wife, Mother, Aunt Lucy and Sister Clarissa. I sat down to a good harty dinner after which I wrote to my wife, Mother, Aunt Lucy, and Sister Clarissa.
I feel very happy and comfortable. Sister Johnson is a curious woman but she treats me very kindly and I feel perfectly at home.
[Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1875 – Hereford] I did not rest much for I was chilling and feaverish and did a good deal of coughing. I got up about 9 a.m. and drank two cups of tea and then wrote a letter of six pages to my Father and a card to bro. Morris. It is another beautifull day, but I feel fearfull bad. My cold has settled all over me, and it makes me feel about a hundred years old. At 1 p.m. we had a very good dinner but I did not want anything to eat.
I read awhile from the Acts of the Apostles but I felt so ugly I did not enjoy it much.
We had a very nice supper of fish (Pike) and was chatting all the evening. At 10 p.m. I went to bed feeling fearfull bad.
[Friday, Jan. 8, 1875 – Hereford] I coughed most all night just as hard as I could bear. I got up at 9 a.m. and had my breakfast of some bread, butter and a cup of tea.
I went about 2 miles out of Hereford to see bro. Kempe, who is sick with a cold. I administered to him and spent 3 hours and a half in conversation. I did not have any dinner.
[p.21][Saturday, Jan. 9, 1875 – Hereford] I had a most splendid nights rest and did not cough but very little during the night and I feel this morning very well indeed.
I had my usual allowance of bread and butter and cocoa for breakfast only the cocoa was sompthing new to me. I was reading in the Testament for a short time and sleeping in the chair untill dinner time.
[Sunday, Jan. 10, 1875 -Hereford] I rested first class and got up and breakfasted at 10 a.m. It is raining this morning.
I went to bro. Hughes and had dinner and had a very pleasant time untill 2:30 p.m. When we went to meeting. Their was about 12 persons present. The brethren bore testimony and I spoke 25 minutes and would have talked longer but it hurt my lungs.
[Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1875] I rested very good and got up at 8:20 a.m. and had a hot buiscuit for my breakfast.
Bro. Johnson gave me 4 + 10 and at 9:50 a.m. I left Hereford and at 11:10 a.m. arrived at Worcester and went to bro. Balls and had dinner and then walked to Powick four miles to bro. James Jones. His wife was very much pleased to see me and I felt very much at home.
[Thursday, Jan. 14, 1875 – Birmingham] I did not rest very well was coughing a great deal and very restless. I spent the day at Conference House. At 6 p.m. I had my supper and went to Hockley Chapel at 8 p.m. There was about one dozen persons present. The brethren bore testimony and then I bore my testimony speaking 15 minutes.
At 10 p.m. I retired to rest after taking a dose of castor Oil.
[Sunday, Jan. 17, 1875 Birmingham] I feel horrid bad. My face and head aches like wrath.
I did not eat any breakfast, dinner or supper and stoped in the House all day reading and trying to get a little sleep. It seemed to me one of the longest days that I had ever experienced in my life.
At 8 p.m. Bros. Morris & Halliday came home and we had a good hug all arround and we were chatting untill 11 p.m. when We retired to rest.
[Tuesday, Jan. 19, 1875 Birmingham] I feel better this morning than I have before for ten days.
We got up and went and had a splendid bath and bro. Morris and I had our breakfast at 11 a.m. Bro. Halliday is observing fast and writing letters. Bro. Morris and I went to bro. Hardings and found him sick and [p.22]administered to him. We had supper and then returned to Conference House and found bro. Halliday reading. At 8 p.m. We all three went to Hockley Chapel to Council and found a very good turn out and we had a very good time. A good spirit prevailed and all felt well.
We returned to Conference House at 10 p.m. and just had a good time visiting untill 11 p.m. when we turned in.
[Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1875 – Stratford] I am all o.k. this morning and we again seperate to our places of labor.
At 11:40 a.m. I left Birmingham for Stafford where I arrived at 12:40 p.m. I went to bro. Clarks and had dinner. Found Sister Clark improving slowly but I think surely.
I called on bro. Flamank and had supper and chatted untill 8 p.m. He gave me 3 shillings. I returned to Sister Clarks. She gave me 2 shillings to pay for bed with and I went to the Three Tons Inn to sleep.
[Saturday, Jan. 23, 1875 -Liverpool] I did not rest much their was so much confusion in the street.
I breakfasted at 42 [Islington Street, the mission headquarters] and spent most of the day in reading Aesops Fables. Joseph F. was writting a leader for the Star. It was raining of[f] and on all day.
We had a very good dinner of corned beef and Potatoes. The boys live well at 42 but not extravagantly. I am very near as well as it is possible for a man to be.
[Sunday, Jan. 24, 1875 – Liverpool] We had a good breakfast and at 11 a.m. we went to meeting.
In the evening went to meeting and I attempted to speak but felt perfectly tied.
Had supper at 42 and talked a while and at 10:15 p.m. retired. Bro. J. F. [Smith] and I was conversing untill 12 mid night.
[Monday, Jan. 25, 1875 – Liverpool] I rested moderately well but got up with a head ache. We had breakfast and I spent the forenoon in reading in Macaully Essays.
I visited Browers Museum and was inspecting the vast accumulation of very interesting relicts from every part of the world, also some paintings, one of which the death of Lord Nelson to me was very perfect.
[Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1875 – Southport] At 8 a.m. We got up and had our breakfast and at 9:10 a.m. bro. Nuttall and I booked at Exchange Station for Southport where we arrived at [p.23]10 a.m. and visited the market and then we walked out on to the Pier, for the privilege of going cost 2 pence each.
At 5 p.m. we again returned to bro. Carrs and had bread and butter and shrimps for tea. At 5:30 p.m. we went to the Aquarium and spent an hour looking at the seals, sharks & other fishes. The Picture Gallery and winter gardens were very fine. Although we could not get into the latter we looked through the glass doors. The building is fine and the collection of live fishes is first class. Our visit cost a shilling each and I felt amply paid. At 7 p.m. bid bro. Carr goodbye and was of[f] for Liverpool, where we arrived at 7:50 p.m. tired but happy and feeling well paid for our days work.
I forgot to say that the country between Liverpool and Southport is sand hills and looks very much like portions of Utah dixie [in the southern part of the territory].
At our usual time we turned [in] but not to sleep but to talk until 1 a.m. Good night Joseph.
[Monday, Feb. 1, 1875 – Liverpool] I breakfasted at 42 and the day was mostly spent in reading from the life and travels of Elder Parley P. Pratt. We had a good dinner and supper and spent the evening in conversation.
[Wednesday, Feb. 3, 1875 – Liverpool] It is a most beautifull day for old England. Prest. Joseph F. Smith, bros Nuttall, George Ball and myself crossed the Mersey [River] and went to what is called the float and hired a boat and took ride. It cost 1 shilling an hour, and we was gone from the starting place, one and a half hours and had a splendid time. Although it was so clear and bright when we started it gave us a shower before we got back to the landing.
We got a joke on one another on board of the ferry boat. There is a cabin fitted up for ladies and a notice stuck up to that effect but we did not see it, and so went in and took seats. Directly it began to fill up with ladies, and no other gentlemen put in an appearance, so I sneaked out & J. F. S. and L. J. N. [L. John Nuttall] followed all feeling as if we had been in some mischief.
At 8 p.m. Cousin J. F., L. J. N. & self went to see Mr. R. Heller, the wizzard, give one of his entertainments. It was very pleasing, and we enjoyed it very much. About 11 p.m. we returned to 42 and turned in.
[Thursday, Feb. 4, 1875 – Liverpool] Bro. L. J. Nuttall and myself went to the Alexandria Theatre and witnessed the performance of the pantomime of Jack and the bean stock. The scenery was the most beautifull that ever I have looked upon, the house was crowded and we paid 1 shilling each for standing room. We returned to 42 about 11:30 p.m. and retired to rest.
[p.24][Friday, Feb. 5, 1875 – Liverpool] I slept just as well as it was possible for man to sleep. We arose at the usual time and sat down to a good breakfast. The forenoon was spent by me in reading in the Bible and snoozing. We had a most excelent dinner, and the afternoon was spent in reading and the evening in playing games untill 10:15 p.m we turned in.
[Sunday, Feb. 7, 1875 – Liverpool] I got up with a head ache, having taken a little cold from a bath I took on Saturday. I was reading home papers during the forenoon untill 11 a.m. when we went to chapel. All hands, myself among the number bore testimony.
It is snowing tonight and it is cold and disagreable, the air very heavy. Moody and Sankey the American Revivalists are holding forth in Victoria Hall to 8 thousand people. How the world runs after its own.
[Monday, Feb. 8, 1875 – Liverpool] I wrote a short piece for the Star entitled Christian Revivals. It is my first attempt at anything for a Paper.
[Tuesday, Feb. 9, 1875 – Liverpool] I wrote letters to my wife, Newton Farr and T. B. Taylor, and in the evening Cousin J. F. Smith and bro. L. J. Nuttall & myself went to Victoria hall and heard Mr. Moody preach for about 40 minutes. It was in my opinion a miserable effort, consisting of little storys that were calculated to operate upon the feelings of the weak minded. He is about a fourth or fifth rate speaker. Their was probably seven thousand people present.
[Wednesday, Feb. 10, 1875 – Liverpool] In the evening Cousin J.F.S., bro. L. J. Nuttall and myself went again to hear Mr. Moody preach. I came away satisfied that St. Paul in his writtings 2 Timothy 38 fourth chapters was right. The room was again crowded and Mr. Moody spoke 40 minutes. We came away feeling disgusted to think mankind could be taken in by such nonsense.
[Monday, Feb. 15, 1875 – Liverpool] I was reading in the Bible most all day. In the evening bros. Nuttall, Greenwood and myself went to Victoria hall, but it was so crowded we could not get in.
[Thursday, Feb. 18, 1875 – Birmingham] In the evening we went to Hockley chapel. There was 30 persons present. All hands seemed pleased to see me back.
[p.25][Tuesday, Feb. 23, 1875 – Birmingham] At 5 p.m. we returned to 26 [Tenby Street] and I found a letter from my wife dated Feb. 4th enclosing the following telegram St. George, Feb. 4th, 1875 Lucy Smith, S. L. City
Prest. Young says the Turkish bath will cure John Henry of his cough. Mail dispatch to him. All well.
Geo. A. Smith
and a card from my wife with the words (ever true) on the front and on the back the following lines
If with true love a heart can beat
I know that love is mine
Each hour I pray that I may meet
The faithfull love of thine.
[Sunday, Feb. 28, 1875 – Birmingham] At 1:30 p.m. we went to a Council and bro. Morris removed bro. Sharp from the presidency of the branch and appointed bro. Edwin Brewster president and he chose bro. Boddison and Henry Haynes his councillors.
[Wednesday, March 10, 1875 – Walsall] At 2:40 p.m. Bro. Halliday and I left Birmingham for Walsall, where we arrived all right, and we went to Mr. Jones the Photographer and looked at a picture of Bro. George Halliday, and from there we went and called on Sister Sylvester who treated us very kindly. She gave me 9 pence. We called at Mrs. G. Bullers who is in the church, but we could not get a bed here. We left our satchels, and called on Sister B. Hammond and she gave us some supper. We went to Ball St. to see bro. M. Cooper but the House was shut. We returned to or Called on bro. Henry Hammond and spent the evening there. We tried all the saints to get a place to sleep but did not make it out. We then tried to hire a bed, but it seemed as if it was impossible, including the Saints. We tried at fifteen places before we succeeded in getting one at last. At 10 p.m. we went to the Dragon Inn and hired a bed. It cost us a shilling each. At 11 p.m. we went to bed.
[Saturday, March 13, 1875 – Chasetown and Litchfield] We rested very well and we got up at 7:30 a.m. and went to Bro. J. Ashtons to breakfast. We had some ham and bread and our usual suply of warm water and sugar. At 9 a.m. we started for Litchfield where we arrived at 10 a.m., the distance is five miles. We went to Bro. J. Wright and they received us very kindly. At 11 a.m. we visited the Cathedral and spent an hour in listning to the music which was very good, the praying to us seaming to be a mockery.
[p.26] [Sunday, March 21, 1875 – Wolverhampton] We had a good bed and rested well and we got up at 9:30 a.m. had breakfast and walked to Priestfield and changed our clothes and then walked to Bro. Hands at Coppice. Shortly after our arrival Bro. Morris came in & we had a good shake of the hands and then went to the Temperance Hall. There was about a dozen persons present. Bro. Halliday spoke 15 minutes, I then talked 30 minutes on faith, and Bro. Morris asked the people to come in the evening and bring their friends with them. A man in the audience asked Bro. Morris how many wives he had, and Bro. Morris told him enough to leave his neighbors alone.
At 6:30 p.m. we again met, and Bro. Morris spoke 40 minutes and I 10 minutes. We had a very good attendance. After meeting we walked to Great Bridge & took train and we reached 26 Tenby St. [Birmingham] at 10:30. I received two letters from Father and 1 from sister Sarah telling me of the death of my sister Marys son John Henry Wimmer, and also that my son Don Carlos had been very sick but was a little better.
[Friday, March 26, 1875 – Worcester] I rested very good indeed and got up and went to Bro. Balls and had some toast and a bun and a cup of coco. Everything is dirty & nasty, the children dirty and with their hair uncombed.
We went to the Cathedral and attended the morning services. Praying and singing seems to be their fort. The building inside is the finest that I have visited. The carving is magnificent. Everything has been over hauled and put in new. I saw an old gate to the grounds on which was inscribed the following King Edgar A.D. 957. I had some dinner at Bro. Balls, and then walked through a lovely country to Beauchamp Lane to Bro. James Jones and found Sister Jones at home.
Sister Jones daughter (Mrs. Niel) came over from Worcester. She is a tall fine looking woman. She is not very healthy looking. Miss Fany Jones, another daughter about 19 years old is at home, a very good looking young lady. Sister Jones keeps her house as neat as a pin. A young man by the name of Caswell came in and spent the evening. All passed as merry as a marriage bell.
The flowers begin to bloom in the fields, and everything is gradually beginning to assume the appearance of spring.
[Saturday, March 27, 1875 – Beauchamp Lane] I rested the best kind and got up at 7:30 a.m. It is another beautiful day. At 9 a.m. bid sister Jones good morning and stroled along through some splendid country. Where ever you look you see signs of thrift, splendid farms covered with grass, grain and trees with now and then an old fashioned house and out buildings, with large lumbering carts, and the great heavy cart horse, with his driver dressed in corduroy trousers and duckin jacket, happy and [p.27] contented. You find him always the same ploding good natured man trained to toil from years end to years end and always at the same kind of work.
I passed through Malvern link and called at Bro. Carns and had some plumb cake for my dinner, after which I walked on to Ridgeway and found all well at Bro. Hinds. During part of the day the wind blew so that it was very disagreable, as the road was dusty and the dirt flew arround at a fearfull rate.
[Sunday, March 28, 1875 – Ridgeway Cross] It is a cold morning and looks like snow. I had a bad night with the fleas, but on the whole I slept very well.
[Monday, March 29, 1875 – Ridgeway Cross] At 7:30 a.m. I got up and had some breakfast. During the night the fleas went for me. It is 9 months to day since I left Ogden, the time seems to have flown. Miss Betsey Williams acted as guide for me for 4 miles to Bro. Davis where we spent the day. This part of the country is most beautifull at the present time and the scenery is grand, it being hill and dale, with small clumps of trees, fine pastures in which is seen the white faced cattle and sheep of various breeds, with farm Houses scattered about in valley and on hill with the Ivey clambering up the walls and old out buildings that must have been put up hundreds of years ago. As you wander along the hard road you cross a small brook which is fringed with different kinds of underbrush and the silvery water goes dashing over the pebley bottom and moves on to the sea. A man begins to think that he is in fairy land when the dream is broken by the gruff good day of some laborer wending his way to the adjacent field. All nature seemed in repose.
We, accompanied by young Bro. Davis returned to the Cross at 6:30 p.m. At 7 p.m. we went to the room and found four strangers and quite a number of the brethren and sisters. I talked 1 hour. Bros. Davis and Hadley gave me 6 pence each and at 11 p.m. I went to bed satisfied.
I slept splendidly and did not cough at all during the night. The bed was nice and clean and dry and there was no fleas, so I went in for a first class rest. I did not get up untill 10 a.m. It is another most beautiful day.
At 11:40 a.m. I left Hereford and walked to Bushbank 9 miles to see Sister Clark. I was just 2 1/2 hours in making the trip. I found the old Lady rather feeble and her neice quite out of sorts.
I had a very good visit with the old Lady, but I took some cold as she had but little fire, and my clothes were wet with sweat. I had some bread and cheese for dinner, and a glass of cider and for Supper about 10 p.m. I had some Potatoes and bacon and two fried eggs. At 11:30 p.m. I went to bed.
[p.28][Tuesday, April 6, 1875 – Hereford and Birmingham] I had breakfast at Bro. Johnsons and he gave me 4/9 to pay my fare. I left Hereford at 9:50 a.m. and after a pleasant ride I arrived at Birmingham at 1:30 p.m.
I found Bro. Morris quite well and the friends at Counsel were all well. I received a letter from my wife dated 14th and Deseret News bearing date 17th and Bro. Morris had Herald up to the 20th which gave notice that Chief Justice J. B. McKean was about to be superceded as Prest. Grant had nominated a Mr. Parker to fill the place and our people must feel good over this another victory of Gods cause.
[Friday, April 9, 1875 – Birmingham] At 12 m. Bro. Morris and I went to Bro. Spokes and had lunch and from there Bros. Spokes, Morris, and myself went to Curzon street station and booked for Hampton Station and we then road two miles to the race course or steeple chase. There was 8 races, different distances. It rained most of the day but all went pleasantly, and I enjoyed myself very much. We returned to Birmingham, and found Bro. Halliday at 26 harty and well. The evening was spent in visiting untill 11 p.m. when we went to bed.
[Monday, April 12, 1875 – Manchester and Liverpool] We [had] breakfast at C. H. [Conference House] and at 10:30 a.m. Bros. J.F.S., D. McK., L.J.N. and myself bid the brethren good by for the present and left for Liverpool, where we arrived in time to eat a good dinner. We found all well at 42. Bros. E. Young, L. J. Nuttall, David McKenzie, W. B. Carrington and myself took a walk around the town and finally brought up at the Turkish Baths in Duke St. W.B.C. left us and the rest of us went in and took a good heavy sweat. We all enjoyed it very much. After we got out we went for a walk, and then returned to 42. I weighed with overcoat and rest of clothes 227 lbs., without overcoat 218 lbs. and naked 204 3/4 lbs. W. B. Carrington and I had a little sparring and wrestling. At 10:30 p.m. we all went to bed.
[Tuesday, April 13, 1875 – Liverpool] I received letters from my wife, Lorin Farr and R. R. Anderson in which I received an order for two sovereigns or $11.10 Eleven dollars and ten cents. Aunt Bathsheba sent me $6.10, Aunt Lucy $5.00.
[Wednesday, April 14, 1875 – Liverpool] I spent the forenoon reading in a history of Mexico and the p.m. was principally spent in taking a Turkish bath, the hotest room and 212 degrees boiling heat. Evening Cousin J.F.S. [and] myself played three games of chess. 10 p.m. we went to bed.
[p.29][Thursday, April 15, 1875 – Liverpool] I wrote a letter to Father asking him to assist me to go to the continent. Also a letter to Bro. W. C. Staines asking him to send a letter [crossed out] telegram to Father asking for the same thing.
Joseph bought my steamer ticket to Scotland cost 12/6.
[Friday, April 16, 1875 – Liverpool] We got up and had our breakfast at the usual hour, and Bros. Lyman, Squires, Nuttall and Myself took a walk to St. James cemetery and neighborhood and returned [to] 42 and had our dinner and then E. I. Young and Myself took a walk to Duke St. and had a Turkish Bath which I enjoyed very much. It took us about two hours. On my return to 42 I found a suit of clothes and I was much pleased with them. They cost £3.15.0 Bro. Lyman and I went to Mr. Biers the Tailor and he was measured for a suit of the same kind of goods.
We returned to 42 and had supper and at 8 p.m. Prest. Jos. F. Smith, F. M. Lyman, J. Squires, L. J. Nuttall and Myself went on board of the steamer called the Bear but we did not leave the dock untill 9:20 p.m. when we moved out under flying collors, and we stood on deck and watched the lights on shore as they blazed and flickered in the distance. The sea was smooth and we moved along at a lovely pace.
[Saturday, April 17, 1875 – Irish Sea] I got up at 7 a.m. and went on deck and learned that we had passed the Isle of Man and were in sight of the Scottish coast which raised very abruptly up from the sea, making an impossing scene. The shore was doted here and there with some fine dwellings, and the old tumbledown huts of the peasantry. The sea was as placid as it was possible for it to be. The sun shown in all of its splendor and occasionally a ship would come dancing along under full canvas or the smoke of a steam ship would be seen in the distance. All was peace, and we all felt free and happy. Just before noon we passed a huge rock lifting its head 1,100 hundred feet out of water. It name was Ailsa Craig and it seemed to be the home of gulls as it was literally white with them. This island or rock was on our right. The coast of Scotland was in sight part of the time, and part of the time was obscured by fog.
As we steamed up the Clyde [River] some beautifull scenery stretched away to the right and left, the remains of old walls, fine residences, with clumps of trees and little villiages were nestling as it were in some little glen. As we move on all kinds of crafts are seen moving in all directions. We run into Greenock and our boat stops and begins to discharge her cargo. Greenock is a great ship building Port and all was bustle and busy. It was 5 p.m. when we arrived and we was to remain untill 8 p.m. before we were to leave for Glasgow. We went on board of a ferry or river Boat and started for our destination. It cost 6 pence for 21 miles ride. Our fare from Liverpool was 12 + 6 and I had two meals which cost 5/3. But now I am on board the river [p.30]boat and it is of[f] for Glasgow, and as we move rapidly along we find ourselves in the midst of great Iron ships both complete and in skeleton shape. We pass yard after yard. In the background is some splendid homes, and the glourious hills rise gradually untill they are lost in the distance.
We passed Dunbarton Castle where M. Wallace was betrayed into the hands of the English. It was a large rock and on the top stood the rouins or some of them of the Old Castle. It is in the Edge of the river and stands entirely alone. We gradually moved up the stream untill we came to Bells Monument which was erected to commemorate the launching of the first boat on the Clyde. It stood among the ruins of Dunglass Abbey. We ran on to Glasgow and got on shore at 7 p.m. and went to the Allans Temperance Hotel. We had some supper and Bros. A. McFarland and Chester Call came in also Bros. McKenzie and Peter Sinclair and two other valley Elders. We spent a very pleasant evening together and at 11:30 p.m. went to bed.
Note We visited the Salt Market and I never saw such drunkenness & debauchery as was aparent on every hand. Men and women by hundreds were runing about in mad confusion. They were almost nude, and so profain as to almost make ones blood boil.
We also went to the green but all was quiet and peace. I received a letter from my wife with check for £2.00.
[Sunday, April, 18, 1875 – Glasgow] It is a lovely morning. We had our breakfast, and at 11 a.m. went to the City Hall. Present on the stand J. F. Smith, F. M. Lyman, John Squires, A. McFarland, C. Call, D. McKenzie, Peter Sinclair, R. Hogg and Ingram and myself. We had three good meetings, a splendid spirit prevailing all the day through.
Our meetings were well attended, the room being comfortably full, and all was peace and Joy.
[Monday, April 19, 1875 – Glasgow] Prest. J.F.S., L.J.N., John Squires, C. Call, A. McFarland and Myself visited the Glasgow Cathedral which is built in the Gothic style. Portions of it is very old. We also visited the Necropolis. It is located on a hill overlooking a large portion of the city. On the highest point is a monument in memory of John Knox the great reformer of Scotland. Arround it are many other monuments in all styles and shapes. I pronounce it the finest Cemetery that I have seen in England.
We had our dinner and at 1:45 p.m. took train for Balloch on Loch Lomond. We hired a boat and went up on to the Lake. It is a beautifull sheet of watter. 24 miles long, it is about 1 1/2 miles wide and is surrounded by sloping hills, covered with grass, and small groves with castilated mansions scattered over a wide extent and which were reflected in the watters of the calm and glittering loch.
[p.31]Cousin J. F. Smith returned to Glasgow and F. M. Lyman, L. J. Nuttall, John Squires, Chester Call and Myself walked 1/2 mile to Dunbarton Casde [a] place celebrated as being the place where Sir William Wallace was imprisoned by the English. The Castle was built on a rock 360 feet high which stands alone, right on the banks of the Clyde. It is now a government fortress or quarters for a few troops. One of the soldiers acted as guide. We clambered up the stone steps, passing through the gates and in a few moments stood on the top of this lump of sand stone which is made one of the Historical spots of Scotland. We saw what was said to be the two handed sword of Wallace and also the battle ax of Robert Bruce.
We descended leisurely to the bottom of the rock, and I walked away in a revere, and could but let my mind wander back over the past, when the feudal lords were all powerfull, and held the masses in almost bondage and were continually striving to overthrow each other. My revere was broken by our arrival at the station, where we again got aboard of the Cars and were soon of[f] for Glasgow, where we arrived tired and hungry.
[Tuesday, April 20, 1875 – Glasgow and Edinburgh] We got up in good season and had our breakfast, bid sister Ure good bye and walked to Queen St. R.R. Station where we were met by D. McKenzie, P. Sinclair, S.J. Nuttall, F. M. Lyman, J. Squires, A. McFarland, C. Call, and we all booked for Edinburgh.
The scenery was lovely on all hands . . . and in a few minutes we were in Edinburgh, and climbing the steps to get up from the station, and one of the finest sights of a life time burst on my view. A short walk brought us to Drumonds Temperance Hotel, where we engaged rooms, left our things and went to Sir Walter Scotts Monument and paid two pence to ascend it. It is built in the Gothic style and out of red sand stone, is 180 feet high and is the second finest monument in England. From there we went to Castle. It covers a good many acres of ground and is now used as barracks for the troops. [We] were shown all over it, and visited the room in which Queen Mary gave birth to James the first of England and James the sixth of Scotland. I looked out of the window from which he was lowered down the rock two hundred feet when only 8 days old. We also saw the crown and Swoard and some other relics of the ancient kings of Scotland.
At 5 p.m. we returned to the hotel and ordered dinner and while it was cooking we went to Nelsons on Carlton hill. We got sight of Holyrood Palace, the firth of forth and a Mountain called Arthurs seat where bro. O. Pratt erected an Alter and asked the lord to give him two hundred souls and after much labor he baptised that number and two over.
We took a walk through the town and saw some of the fast women moving around. At 11 p.m. we went to bed.
[p.32][Wednesday, April 21, 1875 – Edinburgh] At 6 a.m. I got up, and at 8 a.m. we had our breakfast, and our bill was 3/9 for two meals and a bed. Bro. C. Call and I went to Arthurs Seat a high mountain about one mile from Edinburgh and where Bro. O. Pratt went to ask the Lord to give him two hundred souls. We knelt down and asked the lord to bless us, and guide us to his praise. Bro. Call prayed first & I after. We had a splendid view of the country, and felt amply paid.
I feel well satisfied with my visit to Edinburgh and vicinity, and I think it the finest City I have yet visited in this country.
[Thursday, April 22, 1875 – Cawdenheath] When I got up this morning I found that Sister Ellen Drybury had went to work and washed out my stockings and got them dry for me. It is the first time one of the sisters had been so thoughtfull, and I shall ever remember her thoughtfullness as my stockings were very nasty.
We had breakfast with her and at 8:30 a.m. we left by R.R. for Lock Leven where we arrived all safe and sound. We hired a boat with two men to rowe for five shillings for two hours. It is most splendid fun and we enjoyed ourselves very much. We visited the old Castle where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned. It is on a small Island and is mostly covered with trees.
[Sunday, April 25, 1875 – Hebburn] We got up in good season and took a short walk and came in and had a good breakfast. We went to the station at 10 a.m. and took train for South Shields where we arrived all safe and went to Central Hall, and at 10:30 a.m. our services commenced and I opened by Prayer.
[At the 6 p.m. meeting] a man got up and asked to talk but was refused as we only had ten minutes to dismiss meeting and get to the station. The man was supposed to be (Taylder) to whom Bro. O. Pratt wrote [the pamphlet entitled] absurdities of immaterialism in reply to some pamphlets by the above named man.
8:20 p.m. we returned to Hebburn and to Bro. B. S. Newton and had supper.
[Tuesday, April 27, 1875 – Hebburn] We got up in good season and had breakfast and bid Sister Newton and her children good by for the present. She is a most splendid woman and treated us like a mother. We went to New Castle by train and in doing so crossed the celebrated bridge. At new Castle we bid Bros. MacFarland and Call good by. Bro. Lyman and I booked for Liverpool and Bro. J. Squires for York. We passed through some lovely country and saw many fine towns and cities and among the number was Durham, who like imperial Rome sits on her seven hills, has her historic Castle and Cathedral and with all is a fine City of fifteen thousand inhabitants. We passed through Carlington and in a [p.33]short time we were in the City of York which has a fine Cathedral and the City is surrounded by a high stone wall.
4:15 p.m. the shout is raised Lime Street station [Liverpool]. We were 7 hours making the trip of one hundred and eighty miles. We called at 42 and found Bros. Joseph F. Smith and L. J. Nuttall Just returned from Wales. All hands were well.
Bro. Lyman and Myself had some business with Prest. J. F. Smith pertaining to Bro. C. Call who labors in the Durham & New Castle Conference.
On the arrival of Bro. A. MacFarland at Hebburn on Saturday April 24th he fonnd a letter from John Simpson Sen. and J. Simpson Jr. informing him that Bro. Chester Call had been perpetrating a fearfull outrage upon a 12 year old daughter of Bro. Scott. The letter was shown to Bro. Call, and he owned to the fact that he had put his hand under her clothes and fingered her privates. The brethren decided that Bro. Call should stop away from meeting on Sunday which he did. On Monday Bros. Lyman and MacFarland went and saw the parents of the child, who told substantially the same story as bro. Call with the exception that the child said he put his finger up her three times. During all of this fearfull scene, the child’s parents were in the room. Bro. Call did not try to go any farther in this affair. He went away from the House and was gone three days and returned to Bro. Scotts and asked them to forgive him and they said they would. This Job was done April 9th.
Bro. Call feels very humble and desirous to do all in his power to make it right, but alass one false steep blackens a whole life time of good works. After Bro. Lyman and I had made our report of the affair Prest. Smith wrote to Bro. MacFarland that Bro. Call was to return home as soon as possible. I did not intend to write the above but Prest. J. F. Smith said I must keep an accurate history of facts as they occur. At 10:30 p.m. we all went to bed, I sleeping with J.F.S.
[Wednesday, April 28, 1875 – Liverpool] In [evening] walking to 42 we met hundreds of abandoned women seeking whom they could catch in their fearfull web. One of them said to me as I passed good night brother. On our arrival at 42 all hands were in bed and we soon followed suit.
[Thursday, April 29, 1875 – Liverpool] We had our breakfast at 8 a.m. Prest. Smith [received] a letter from Br. A. MacFarland stating that Bro. C. Call was at Lime Street Station, and also that an other story was started about bro. Call but did not say what it was. At 9 a.m. Bro. F. M. Lyman left the Central station for Nottingham.
Prest. J. F. Smith Sent Bro. C. Call home by the Inman Steamer City of Berlin. He seemed to feel very penitent and was sick at heart. He said to Prest. Smith it is great to come out here like a missionary and go home like [p.34]a dog. He would not own to anything else, said he was perfectly dear except in the one case.
I was reading in the home papers during most of the p.m. In the evening Prest. Smith, Bro. L. J. Nuttall and myself took a walk and called at the young mens meeting. (Quite a number bore testimony of how good they felt since they had given their heart to Jesus. Oh! how fearful it is that young minds should be so misled as regards Gods sacred truth. We returned home at 11:30 and went to bed.
[Friday, April 30, 1875 – Liverpool] Mr. Brier sent up the overcoat I had ordered. It cost £2.20. I like it very much. I paid for it with the money sent me from home.
[Saturday, May 1, 1875 – Liverpool] The morning is wet, but the Town seems alive with interest and people are moving in all directions as this is the great annual horse fair day. At about 11 a.m. the Horses of the rich companies of Liverpool came out in all their silver mountings and dressed off in flowers and gay trappings.
At 7:10 p.m. we left Lime street station in a third class car. At Crewe a Presbyterian by the name of Campbell came into the car where we was and we got in to a protracted conversation on religion untill he left the car at Spon Lane. Before leaving he asked me to call on him. At 10:30 p.m. we got off the cars at Monument Lane [Birmingham] and a few minutes walk found us at 26. We found M. H. Hardy, H. S. Gowans, E. N. Freeman, R. V. Morris and V. L. Halliday. All were in good health and spirits. We were visiting untill 12 or 1 and then we turned in.
[Sunday, May 2, 1875 – Birmingham] I went to Hockley Chapel and Baptised Caroline Mountford, aged 25 years July 9th, 1875 and she was confirmed by Prest. Smith.
[Tuesday, May 4, 1875 – Birmingham] We got up in good season and had breakfast, after which we received some good brotherly advice from Prest. Smith in relation to our being to[o] free and social with the Saints. [He] advised caution, to be kind to all but not to allow to much freedom.
[Wednesday, May 5, 1875 – Birmingham, Dudley, Priestfield] We had dinner at 96. Bro. Halliday and I bid Bro. Morris good by for the present and we went to the Monument Land Station and booked for Dudley Port at 5:34 p.m.
We went on to Dudley and met with the saints, there being seven persons present. I talked 45 minutes and Bro. Halliday spoke ten minutes and Bros. Stanford and Price talked a few minutes each. We asked the Saints to give us a bed but there was none present that was able to do so. I had 1 + 6 given me and Bro. H. had the same. At 10:90 p.m. we left Dudley for [p.35]Priestfield where we arrived at 10:40 p.m. I asked the station Master if he knew where two Mormon Elders could get a place to sleep. lie said he did not but thought we had better go on to Wolverhampton. We thanked him and went to Sister Bush who was up, and made us welcome. We had prayers and were soon in bed reflecting upon the experiences of the day. A man can always be learning. I forgot to say we went to one Public House to hire a bed but failed.
[Friday, May 7, 1875 – Wolverhampton] We got up at 10 a.m. having rested first class. We had breakfast and dinner at Mr. Walsh and called at Bro. H. Haynes and spent four hours. I had some genuine good bread and milk for tea, and you may guess I enjoyed it as it is seldom that good Milk can be got hold of.
[Tuesday, May 11, 1875 – Wymbleberry] I laid in bed untill 8 a.m. when I got up and had some breakfast and I spent the forenoon in conversation with Mrs. Wilbur who is not in the church. She told me that Joshua Ashton had tried to put his hand under her clothes once when tiding in a trap [carriage] with him and some other little bits of what had occured between them. I had dinner at Wilburs, bid [goodbye to] him and wife and the rest of our friends on that side and walked back to the Chase. Went to Bro. J. Ashtons, told him what she had said about him, but he denied it all saying he had been free with her but had made no improper advances to her. I had tea with him and at 7:30 p.m. I went to Bro. Goderidges, had some supper and spent the evening in conversation with him and his son in law. 1:30 p.m. I went to bed.
[Saturday, May 15, 1875 – Birmingham and London] The scenery along the road [to London] is very fine, and the time was passed very pleasantly in conversation with some gentleman. We stoped at Bedford a few minutes, and again steamed along, arriving in London at 8 p.m. and took buss for Ball Pond Road where we arrived all safe and sound, and found Bros. R. T. Burton, M. H. Hardy, W. L. Binder, H. C. Fowler, F. M. Lyman, B. Eardley, W. B. Barton, E. N. Freeman. All were well and a general good time was enjoyed. Cousin J. F. Smith came in about 10 p.m. Sister Ellis keeps Conference House. I eat a hearty meal at 11 p.m.
[Sunday, May 16, 1875 – London] We got up early and went to the C. H. and found all hands stiring. We had a good breakfast, and then went [to] Dalston and took seats on a buss and was driven to Elephant & Castle. We then walked about 3/4 of a mile to Kennington Park and we took a walk around and at 10 a.m. went to Horns Assembly rooms and at 10:30 a.m. our services commenced.
Our meetings were well attended and all hands gave good attention. I am satisfied that good must result from it.
[p.36][Monday, May 17, 1875 – London] We got up at 6 a.m. and took a walk returning to C.H. 7 a.m. We had breakfast at C. House, and Bros. Barton, Eardley, Watts and Myself went to the Crystal Palace and spent the time until 6:30 p.m. looking over this Grand building of Glass and Iron with its millions of interesting reflects, and its refreshment stands. I bought three views of the Palace and Grounds. We took train for Victoria Station and walked up Victoria Street and the Strand. We saw the Grand old Westminster abbey with its legion of Kings, Queens and statesmen and scientific men buried there. Just across the street stands the House of Parliament in all its Grandeaur, but it is shut out from sight by the many buildings. We passed along the left side coming from Victoria station of St. Pauls Cathedral and soon found ourselves at the Albion Hall where the saints were holding a concert. It passed off very pleasantly untill 11 p.m. when Bro. Morris and I left and went to our loging house. I forgot to say that I passed by Trafalgar Squair, the Horse guards and Mainly places of interest. My days work cost me 10 + 0. I felt first class all day and was not as tired as I thought I should be. I hope I have learned much that will be of use to me in the future.
[Tuesday, May 18, 1875 – London] Bros. Morris, Fowler, Freeman and Myself started out on a visit around the City, Guild hall we visited first, and from there we went to St. Pauls Cathedral and we all went to the very top. We then went to the Albert Memorial which is the grandest piece of work I ever saw. We looked at Albert Hall, and from there went to the Kensington Museum and spent hours in looking at its wonderfull collection of antiquities and paintings.
Bro. Morris and I went with Mr. Hadley to his house and had tea, and from there we went to Madam Tussaud & Sons Wax works, where we spent 3 hours. It is the finest thing of the kind in the world.
[Wednesday, May 19, 1875 – London] At 10 a.m. Prest Smith returned from Liverpool bringing the following Telegram
Salt Lake City U. T. May 3d
8 Battery place, N. Y.
W. C. Staines
Write forthwith. Joseph F. Take John. Money will be forwarded.
George A. Smith
I wrote Father a few lines acknowledging the receipt of Telegram and stating that we were off [to Europe]. The brethren all went with us to St. Catherines wharf, where we bid those not going good by, got into a skiff and was pulled to the steamer Virgo.
When on board our party was found to consist [of] Prest. J. F. [p.37]Smith, F. M. Lyman, E. N. Freeman, M. H. Hardy, & Myself. We took a first class passage which cost £2.3.0. fare and my food was 9 shillings.
12:30 p.m. we glided swiftly down the River Thames with occasional rain and sunshine spoiling our view of the River.
[Friday, May 21, 1875 – Hamburg, Germany] We went a walk into the Park and from there to the Zoological Garden where we spent some time looking at the hundred and one curious animals, fowls & snakes. All was confusion and hubbub. From there we went to a hill over looking the River Elbe and took a splendid view of the forest of masts and wonderfull crowd of steamers and boats of all classes.
I was well pleased with Hamburg. Its buildings are good, and the countanances of the people agreeable. The Population is 270,000 thousand and it is the fourth commercial city in Europe. At 5:10 p.m. we left Hamburg by Rail for Kiel. At Altona we passed through the German customs house. The officers were quite civil. We moved slowly along through a level country dotted here and there with small villages, and farm Houses scatered about on the fertile spots. Our route lay through Schleswig Holstein which was taken by the Germans from the Danes in 1864. It is a hard looking country and I cannot see why the Germans were so hungry.
We arrived at Kiel and went on board steamer Hermod and left our traps and took a look around the Town. 10:30 p.m. I went to bed and at 12:30 a.m. the boat left Kiel, and in a few minutes a fearfull shreak broke on the still night. The Padle wheel had caught a small boat with a man in it and had ground it to powder and must have mangled the man all up. Boats were sent out but he could not be found.
[Saturday, May 22, 1875 – Copenhagen, Denmark] 11 a.m. we arrived in Copenhagen and was met by Bro. C. G. Larsen and several other valley brethren who guided us to Lorentzensgade No. 14 where we found all well. We went and took a bath and put on clean clothes and returned to C.H. and had a good dinner. Bros. Hardy, Brown, Geertsen and myself took a short walk in the town and returned in time for supper. After which we all went to the Saints meeting room where the Presidents of the several branches in the Copenhagen Conference made their reports which showed 959 members in good standing in the church. A splendid spirit prevailed and the reports were made with ease.
[Sunday, May 23, 1875 – Copenhagen] 10 a.m. the meeting was opened and the Conference business was transacted after which a few of the brethren talked and a good life giving spirit was manifest in the room. Between the morning and afternoon meetings we all took a walk. 2 p.m. our services again commenced. Prest. Smith spoke and Bro. P. C. Geertsen gave the interpretation to the Saints. Bro. Lyman spoke a few words and P.C.G. explained what had been said to the [p.38]Saints. I spoke and I must say I never felt better in my life. It seemed to me as if I was enwraped in the spirit of the living God and that It fairly glowed in my soul. The Saints and the brethren arround me also seemed filled with the spirit of life, and Joy and peace pervaded the entire assembly, both Saints and strangers.
At 7 p.m. we again met and the same good influence was manifest. Bros. Hardy and Freeman bore Testimony and bro. Geertsen gave it in Danish. The Danish brethren bore Powerfull testimony. The Hall was filled. There was between 5 & 6 hundred persons present at all three meetings and they were principally young men and women. Some midle aged and but few old ones. This is one of the days in my little history that I shall remember with Joy & look back to as the crowning scene in my mission up to the present time.
[Monday, May 24, 1875 – Copenhagen] We had breakfast and Bros. Lyman, Hardy, and myself went to a Photographer and sat for a picture. From there we went to Princes Palace and visited the galery of coins & medals and returned to 14 and found five Elders just arrived from Utah, two of which are to go to Greenland.
[In the evening] we passed through the Kings Gardens, saw a fountain in full play, walked along side the Botanical Gardens, The Hospital and finally drew up at the Saints meeting room, which we found filled. The entertainment consisted of songs and disolving views.
At 11:30 p.m. we found ourselves again at the Mission House. Sister Ane Olsen had provided us with a rare treat in the shape of fruits, flowers & nuts fixed (on a vase) in a pyramidal shape. 1:15 a.m. we turned in feeling very thankfull for our heavenly Fathers many mercys extended unto us. The day was beautifull and we enjoyed it very much.
[Tuesday, May 25, 1875 – Copenhagen] I rested very well and got up quite late and had a good breakfast. Bros. J. A. Brown, Hardy, Lyman and Myself went [to] Thorvaldsen’s Museum of Sculptures and we spent two hours in looking at the Paintings and Statues. We saw a representation in Plaster of Christ and the Apostles. From there we went to the round Tower which over looks the City. It gave us a splendid view of the whole city. We also passed under the shades of the Tower of an old Church that was shot to pieces by Nelson when he bombarded Copenhagen. The Tower is left by the Danes as a monument of the barbarity of the proceeding. The church is all torn away but the Tower remains perfect.
We returned to the mission House and had dinner and we all went to see the King of Sweden arrive, which we did. I saw Royalty in all its glory, The Kings and Queens of Denmark and Sweden and the Crown prince and princess and other bloods and officers of the two kingdoms. Thousands of people we[re] present on the ground and many cannon were fired in welcome. [p.39]The two Kings and Grown prince and some servants rode in one carriage and the two Queens and two or three princesses rode in the same carriage. All seemed to feel well and even the horses seemed to have a quiet pride in hauling Royalty.
We all returned to the Mission House and held a Council. Several of the brethren spoke and the spirit of the Lord was with us, and all felt well. We had a good supper and went and paid for a ride to Tivoli & Vauxhall but sompthing was wrong with arrangments in the cars passing each other, so we got down and walked. We soon arrived and paid our way in and went and took a walk arround. It is a magnificent spot with its arches in all colors, with its palaces lighted in the same way. We witnessed dancing, singing, Pantomimes, Bands of music, Beer Gardens, Swings.
At 11 p.m. there was a display of fire works, and when that was over we all returned to 14, had prayers and was soon in bed. Our day was well spent and joy and satisfaction the result.
[Wednesday, May 26, 1875 – Copenhagen] We had breakfast. Called at picture galery, took a walk through the Town. On returning to the Mission House I found a letter from Father dated May 3d. Also one from R. W. Anderson containing a check from Father for £20.0.0. I wrote to Bro. Morris and to my Wife. I gave the check to Prest. Smith in return for the £20.0.0 borrowed.
We visited the Rosenburg Slot (Palace) and saw many very interesting relicts, Such As paintings and Tapestry, Crown Jewels, Gold and Silver Services, China & Glasware, Silver Lions, the throne, and thousands of other very rich and interesting things. The most remarkable place is the looking glass room. The sealing, sides and floor are looking Glasses. It was built by the King in order to fully exhibit the charms of his wife in her nude state and which I am satisfied it could not fail to do for you can see yourself in any position. I felt well paid for my visit to this place.
We had a good supper and went to the Saints meeting room where Counsel was held. The District Prest. made their reports and Bro. C. G. Larson talked after which Prest. Joseph F. Smith gave some good instructions and Bro. John Frantzen gave the interpretation.
[Thursday, May 27, 1875 – Copenhagen] The p.m. was spent at 14. We had supper and went to the Kings Theatre and had seats in the Parquet which cost 4 shillings each. The scenery was very fine. The building inside is about the same size ours is in Utah but outside it is a great deel finner.
[Friday, May 28, 1875 – Copenhagen] Sister Olsen Provided us some supper, and at five p.m. we went to the steam packet King Sverre, bid the brethren good by and steamed of[f] from the landing. My visit to Copenhagen is ever to be remembered. The [p.40]City is fine, the People Genteel, the pavements slipery and uneaven but clean.
The sea was smoothe and all went lovely with us, and at 11 p.m. we went to bed.
[Saturday, May 29, 1875 – Stettin and Berlin] We steamed across the Oder and at 10:30 a.m. we arrived at Stettin all safe and went to the Railroad station and bout 3[rd] class tickets for Berlin.
12 m. left for Berlin and after a ride of 1 1/2 hours through a farming country we arrived in Berlin and took a Cab and went to the Hotel D’Angleterre, took rooms, washed and took Table D’Hote. There was 13 courses. Cousin J.F.S. & I drank Clarret. We all took a walk over the squair in front of the Royal Palace and inspected the Paintings in front of the Museum. We crossed the squair to the front of the Palace, and had the pleasure of seeing William 1st Emperor of Germany, Oscar King of Sweden, the Empress of Germany and Queen of Sweden, Prince Bismarck, the Crown Prince and wife, Von Moltke and Von Roon, and many other dignitaries of Germany. They bowed to the people as they passed along going to the grand opera. We walked down the U. den Linden, passing by the splendid Bronze Equestrian Monument of Fredrick the Great.
This street has four rows of trees, and the buildings along its sides are very fine. We passed under the Triumphal Arch, surmounted by Mars in his War charriott. We walked into the Park and spent an hour wandering amidst the cool shades on the fine gravel walks with the glourious old trees. We stoped at the foot of the magnificent monument being erected to commemorate the German victories over France. The immense column is surmounted by a hugh figure representing victory.
One thing is very evident here, and that is military rule, troops and Police on every hand, and the people seem afraid of them.
[Sunday, May 30, 1875 – City of Berlin, Germany] 12 m. we all went to the Museum and spent two hours among the sculptures and paintings which are very fine and gave us great pleasure only our time was so short at each object of interest. We passed through the court of the Royal Palace and returned to the Hotel. 4 p.m. we sat down to table d’Hote and took 13 courses. We sat 75 minutes. At 6 p.m. we visited the aquarium and spent two hours very pleasantly.
The women here are the Homliest I have yet seen, and I call the men hardley average.
[Monday, May 31, 1875 – Berlin en route to Switzerland] We got up at 6 a.m. had our breakfast and paid our bill which was [p.41]light we considered. At 8:45 a.m. We took a third class Ticket for Basel with the calculation of stoping at Potsdam but did not stop, for fear of trouble not being able to talk the German.
The country [near Magdeburg] seems very fertile and every inch of ground is cultivated. The fields were not fenced and the farms seemed alive with women and children, with occasionally a man with a cigar in his mouth, hands in his pockets bossing the Job.
We passed through some beautiful country hill and dale covered with forest.
We crossed many streams of watter, saw numb[er]less vilages, many old Castles, located on rocks or hills.
[Tuesday, June 1, 1875 – on train and in Zurich, Switzerland] Vinyards for the million on all sides both in valley and on hill. Now we turn a point of a hill and are in full sight of the Wonderfull Rhine River, its banks covered with meadows and trees and the hills rising boldly up and covered with trees and vines.
Most beautiful scenery was on every hand, fine rivers and rivulets dashing over rocky beds, the watter as clear as crystal, the Mountains rugged and covered with timber and grass and where possible covered with grape vines.
At Zurich we were met by Bro. Theurer who was well and pleased to see us. We went to a Restaurant and had a splendid dinner, and it cost only 34 cents. Two kinds of meat, Potatoes, soup, and dessert.
We all went to the lake took a boat and we had two hours ride on its beautifull watters (Lake Zurich) nestling as it were in the shades of the vine clad hills. We walked three miles to Bro. John Kramer’s where we had supper. We all slept at the meeting room. All the buildings in Zurich are clean and neat in appearance.
[Wednesday, June 2, 1875 – Zurich, Switzerland] We went to Bro. J. Kramers had some supper and went to meeting.
Prayer by Bro. F. M. Lyman, bro. Stucki spoke a few minutes. Prest. Smith spoke and bro. Eyring gave the interpretation. Bro. F. M. Lyman and I spoke Bro. Eyring giving the interpretation. Bro. Stucki made a few closing remarks. Benediction by Prest. J. F. Smith. There was but few people present but they felt well and seemed loath to go, after we had dismissed the meeting. 11 p.m. we went to bed.
[Thursday, June 3, 1875 – Zurich and Lucerne, Switzerland] We are off [on train to top of Mount Rigi] and the thing begins to climb at a snails pace and up about 1/4 pitch up and still up we go crossing the Iron bridge passing through a short tunnell. On every hand the vegetation [p.42]is shooting forth. We pass the herdsmens cots and reach the first station where stands a Palace of a hotel. Again we move on slowly, passing a few fine buildings or hotels and in one hour the word is given we are at the top where stands three fine structures, one of which was floating the stars and strip[e]s among many other standards. We rush to the top and find ourselves above the clouds, with everything shut out from our view. The mist gradually lifts and at our very feet as it were lies 9 silvery lakes.
As far as the eye can reach are seen nice clean looking villiages surrounded by hills and embowered by trees and vines. All nature seems to smile and be at peace in the vales at our feet. We turn and look and the Mighty Alps rears his snow crested head toweringly above us and we feel as if the Gods had combined to make an everlasting impression on our mind by the grandeaur of their conceptions, by this never to be described panorama. Man has not the language or the power to give it as it is.
[Sunday, June 6, 1875 – Bern, Switzerland] Statistical report of the Swiss and German mission Five valley Elders, 20 Branches in 3 conferences, 36 Local Elders, 14 Priests, 40 Teachers, 4 deacons, 509 members, 10 cut off, 73 baptised, 2 died and 5 Emegrated since January 1875. Total 603.
[Monday, June 7, and Tuesday, June 8, 1875 – Berne and Paris] We got up at 7 a.m. and spent the forenoon in setling up our little accounts. I borrowed £5.0.0 of Prest. J. F. Smith. We had two good meals with the brethren at 33 Postgasse. Our visit with Bros. Stucki, Eyring & Walser has been very pleasant. They did all in their power to make us comfortable. At 1:50 p.m. we bid them good by and went into a second class Car and steamed of[f] at a lively pace.
[After changing trains at Dijon] we left by Express 12 midnight and arrived in Paris at 7 a.m. June 8th. We took cab to Hotel D Russe but changed to Hotel D Castile as English was not spoken. We took three rooms at the Hotel, had some breakfast. Went to St. Jacques tower and had a splendid view of the city, from there to Notre Dame, The Tuilleries and garden, Place De La Concorde, Place Vendome, churches of Mary Magdeline and St. Augustine, the Arc D Triomphe.
[Wednesday, June 9, 1875 – Paris] We went to Notre Dame and paid M. DuLoris 10 fr. each to go to Versaille by the Bols de Boulogne, St. Cloud, Montretout, Buzenral, Ville d Array. We saw the rouin of St. Cloud Palace, went to Versailles, saw the Beautifull Trianons, the wonderfull carriages and then went to a hotel and had dinner which was very cosrive & not much account. We visited the Palace, the paintings are grand the finest I have yet seen. The dancing hall is all Marble and glass and is the grand of grand.
[p.43][Thursday, June 10, 1875 – Paris] On the 8th we also visited the Industrial museum or the Museum of the Conservatoire des Arts et Metiers. On the 10th we visited the Louvre Museum of Paintings and Sculpture, also the Exposition Building, The Panorama of the seige of Paris, Hotel Innlades, the Tomb of Napoleon the finest thing of the kind on earth.
In the evening Bros. Lyman, Freeman, Hardy and Myself visited Jourdin Boulliers or Student College as it is called, a place where the lower class of Nymphs de Pave congregate and hundreds of fast young men. They have music and dance.
[Friday, June 11, 1875 – Paris] In the evening we went with an Irishman by the name of Smith to the Grand Opera. We went to the third circle. The building is the finest of its kind in the world, and gallant men and beautiful women congregate here by hundreds. The marbel staircase in this building is the finest I have ever seen in fact it is beyond anything I had conceived. For me to give a description of it is out of the question. Bro. Lyman and I both were in raptures over it. 11 p.m. we returned to our hotel. Saw thousands of people on the streets or Boulavards. Men & women drinking but none of them drunk. I have seen the finest looking men and most beautiful women I ever saw in my life. They were simply superb. 11:30 p.m. in bed tired and ready for sleep.
[Saturday, June 12, 1875 – Paris to London] I was called by the servants at 5 a.m. We got up and had some breakfast paid our bill and went to Du Nord R.R. Station and booked for London and at 7:15 a.m. we were on the move. We passed through some lovely country and halted for a few moments at Amiens and was soon on the tramp again. We passed by many small Villiages and again we halted but this time it was at Bologne. Again we move on and the angry sea soon comes in sight. We reach Callais and go on board the Steamer and eat a hearty dinner. The Steamer moves of[f] and soon begins to pitch about like fury, the waves breaking clear over the boat, wetting every body on deck. Very soon the people begin to get sick. Bro. Lyman among the rest soon lost the dinner he had eaten. 2 1/2 hours brought us to Dover and on board of the Cars. Away we fly to London passing some lovely scenery in Kent. 1 1/2 hours and we are at the station. We take buss for Islington where we arrive all safe finding Prest. Smith, Elders Burton, Hardy, Binder, Fowler, Johnson and Udell well, and Sister Ellis as cross as she could very well be.
[Thursday, June 17, 1875 – Birmingham] At 8 a.m. I got up, when I received the following letter
42 Islington Liverpool
June 16th 1875
[p.44]My Dear Cousin:
This morning Bro. Earnest received a letter from his wife dated May 28th which reports your Father in a dangerous condition. The [Salt Lake] Herald of same date just received confirms the Letter statement, and says President Geo. A. Smith is in a critical condition. His near relatives are watching him with anxiety, and his many friends are solicitous concerning the changes in his health for the better. This is all I know. I have received no letters from home since May 23d. I felt deeply affected when I first heard the report this morning, but somewhat relieved since I cannot allow myself to think that the Lord will take him away yet, or can spare him from his important position I do not think any greater calamity could befall God’s People today than would be involved in the death of your Father. I am looking for letters or other news every mail delivery. Will drop a line or telegram if I get any more intelligences good or bad. The company cleared in fine order, all feeling well, went out at five p.m. 125 adults, 5 returning Elders. Bro. Morris is here, expects to leave tomorrow.
With very kind regards in which the brethren Join me I am your brother and Kinsman.
Jos. F. Smith
P.S. Herald of 30th just come. Father not so well as on 28th. hopeful&co.
Wednesday, June 23, 1875 – Birmingham
We breakfasted at C.H. and I got ready for the [Millennial] Stars. We went to an eating House and got dinner. And bro. Morris went to Coppice to attend to some business And I returned to 26 and got ready the Stars and sent them off. I also wrote a letter to Prest. Joseph F. Smith asking him to let me return home with June 30th Company and after mailing it I received the following from him
42 Islington, Liverpool
June 23rd, 1875
Elder John H.
I hasten to say the S.L. Herald of 5th inst. contains the following notice:
“Recovering” Prest. George A. Smith is rapidly recovering his usual health and strength. Yesterday he was out carriage riding for a short time.”
The Paper came this morning. We received the Herald of the 6th yesterday but it contained nothing about him.
Edna says the doctors say he was troubled with fat on the lungs.
I cannot see how that can be. He is so much thinner now than usual.
[p.45]Yours of yesterday Just came & read. All well.
I am happier than I was
Truly Jos. F. Smith.
I wrote to Prest. Smith requesting him to tear up the letter I had just mailed asking him to let me return home. I went to bed at 10 p.m. and Brs. Morris, Belliston & Halliday returned about 11 p.m. looking well and hearty.
[Sunday, June 27, 1875 – Redditch] I rested well and at 8:30 a.m. got up and went to Mr. Chambers and had breakfast. I received the following letter from Prest. Smith
42 Islington, Liverpool
June 26th, 1875
Elder John H. Smith
Your favors of the 23rd came duly to hand but pres[s]ing duties, Earnest being gone, and preperations for the next company have to be made, prevented me from answering sooner. This is your Father’s birthday. 58 years old, and I thought I would write him a few lines if I can get time. I am expecting every day to hear more directly from him, and if thought wisdom I believe he will suggest your release, but untill then I believe you will never regret standing to the ruck-hay – &c &c.
We could arrange for you to go home at any time if necessary. Cousin John there is sompthing very unpleasant to me in the thought of failing to fill a mission to my utmost. I regard my brethren in the same light as myself—failure and defeat are synonimous, and generally as we begin so may [we] be expect to continue. I feel as you expressed yourself. I would rather have died twenty times if possible than to have taken the course our poor little “Toot” did, in any degree. No Sir. Like the boy on the burning ship, let us stand at our post until father calls!
I am your friend and cousin.
Jos. F. Smith
I also received a long letter from bro. Morris giving me instructions in relation to bro. Perry’s course and a few lines from bro. Ash in regard to being unable to make my boots this last week.
We went to bro. G. Perrys and took dinner, and at 3 p.m. our meetings commenced. I took the Presidency and bro. Belliston opened by prayer and I offered Perrys resignation but the saints did not vote but we acepted it and appointed bro. Simons to preside. Bro. Belliston talked 20 minutes and I about 30 minutes. After which bro. Perry got up and poured out his vials of wrath against the Course bro. Morris had taken. He showed the venom in his soul and We suspended him untill he makes reperation for his course. I spoke to the saints a few minutes and then dismissed the meeting. [p.46]After meeting the saints said they misunderstood what I said but that they upheld me in what we had done. We returned to Mr. S. Chambers and took tea.
A letter from my Mother dated Provo June 5th and the following letter from Father.
Salt Lake City June 6th 1875.
John Henry Smith
My dear son-
The dates of the receipt of your several letters have passed by unanswered. I have been compelled to keep to my house pretty snugly ever since [April church] Conference. During the past two weeks, I have been dangerously ill. My malady being of such a nature that I could not sleep and breathe at the same time. By the blessing of the Lord and the prayers of the Saints, I have been enabled to get some sleep, and breathe at the same time lately, and am making up for lost time, and gaining strength. Hannah has been here for the last two weeks waiting on me. She went home today but will return tomorrow. Lucy, Bathsheba, and Susan have all had their hands full. Our neighbors and friends have been very kind.
As soon as my health is good enough, I expect to start South with the President via Sanpete to make the matter of finishing the [St. George] Temple a fixed fact. The families are all well but very much fatigued with their extraordinary laboar in taking care of me.
May the Lord bless you.
Affectionately your father
George A. Smith
P.S. I hope the arrangements made for the money £20.00 for your trip to Scandinavia will prove satisfactory. Elders Nuttall and Gowans Calledon me two nights ago. Forty years ago to day I preached my first sermon.
Oh! How pleased I was to get the above—it gave me peace and joy. 10:30 p.m. I went to bed and to sleep. Today sister Win. Stanley gave me 1 shilling.
[Tuesday, June 29, 1875 – Stoke Salt Works] One year ago today I kissed my wife and children goodbye and shook hands with many friends, and for the first time started from my mountain home to search for the souls of men. I have learned much that I hope will be of use to me in after life, and I sincerely hope I have done good to others.