Letter from George Teasdale, 20 August 1889

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    [sideways text] Aug 20 [18]89 Pre Geo Teasdale. Liverpool Rec Sep 2 [18]89 Ans Sep 27 [18]89 [end of sideways text] I LATTER-DAY SAINTS', EUROPEAN PRINTING PUBLISHING AND EMIGRATION OFFICE. 42 Islington, Liverpool. August 20th 1889. President Wilford Woodruff Salt Lake City, Utah. Dear Brother: President J. U. Stucki of the Swiss and German Mission has been down with the small pox which he contracted in Bohemia at the house of Bro.
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    Bro Stucki reports that while he was in Reichenberg he sent for Bro. L. M. Cannon in Saxony as he thought it would be a good plan for Bro Dittritch to have some help, but through a couple of traitors in the Church a strong persecution arose. Bro. Dittritch was arrest ed for committing the crime of teaching an unauthor- ized religion, baptizing &c and the prospect was he would get perhaps a year and a half imprison- ment so ...
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    II they do not seem to have much faith in the Turkish Mission or in Bro Hintze. They say he tells the people too much from pre-existence to Adam being the God of this earth and that God is only man perfected. The principle topic is a coloni- zation scheme, means for printing, and house rent and "backshish" which I am informed "is absolutely necessary." Bro Hintze says "I cannot say what we may need in means because it is all so uncertain where ...
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    in the using of means for instead of one establishment there are three expecting to draw on this office. One in Constantinople one in Aintab and one in Palestine. With the exception of Bro. Sjodabl the brethren do not seem, to have much faith in the Turkish Mission only to kill time. They have got the experience of Elder Clove and have seen how he has passed his time and of the labors of Elder
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    III telling him that I did not think we wanted to buy the government for the sake of the privilege to preach the gospel, that called for the remarks I have quoted from his letter. Some time ago the brethren got some printing done in germany and all the tracts were confiscated. In No 34 Star we have publish- ed a letter from Prest Hintze. I think some policy should be defined with regard to this Mis- sion. Prest H. writes Our house rent ...
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    and John H. Smith to assist me and when I wrote to him about the twenty pounds I personally bor- rowed of your office he did not even answer; He is not a bad man but I understand my case is among the common ones." Well I think I have said enough about the Turkish Mission. If it was now a question of dollars and dimes I should hesitate to bother you with so long a letter. The ani-mormons have been breathing out threatnings and this office is ...