The rector did not know what to make of it, so he sent two
clerks of the Church of England as spies, to attend our meet-
ing, and find out what we did preach.
But they were both pricked in their hearts and received the
word of the Lord gladly, and were baptized and confirmed
members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The rector became alarmed and did not dare to send any-
The ministers and rectors of the South of England called a
convention and sent a petition to the Archbishop of Canter- bury, to request parliament to pass a law prohibiting
the “Mormons” from preaching in the British dominion.
In this petition the rector stated that one “Mormon” mis-
sionary had baptized fifteen hundred persons, mostly members
of the English church, during the last seven months.
But the archbishop and council, knowing well that the laws
of England gave free toleration to all religions under the
British flag, sent word to the petitioners that if they had the
worth of souls at heart as much as they had the ground where
hares, foxes and hounds ran, they would not lose so many of
I continued to preach and baptize daily.
On the 21st day of March I baptized Elder Thomas Kings- ton. He was the superintendent of both preachers and
members of the United Brethren.
The first thirty days after my arrival in Herefordshire, I had
baptized forty-five preachers and one hundred-sixty-mem-
bers of the United Brethren, who put into my hands one
chapel and forty-five houses, which were licensed according to
law to preach in.
This opened a wide field for labor, and enabled me to bring
into the Church, through the blessing of God, over eighteen
hundred souls during eight months, including all of the six-
hundred United Brethren except one person; also including
some two hundred preachers of various denominations.
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