we were joined by Elder Milton Holmes.
There we went aboard the steamer San- dusky, and made our way to Buffalo, and
proceeded thence to Syracuse, by way of
the Erie Canal. We then walked to Richland, Oswego County, New York,
where I met my twobrothers, whom I
had not seen for several years.
Here we found a branch of the Church,
presided over by John E. Page and James Blakesly. We accompanied them
to their place of meeting, and attended
a conference with them, at which three
hundred members of the Church were
Thirty-two persons presented them-
selves for ordination, whom I was re-
quested to ordain, in company with
Elder William Draper. We ordained
seven elders, nine priests, eleven teachers
and five deacons.
We spoke to the people several times
during this conference, and at its close
we were called upon to administer to a
woman who was possessed of the devil.
At times she was dumb, and greatly
afflicted with the evil spirits that dwelt in
her. She believed in Jesus and in us as
His servants, and wished us to adminis-
ter to her. Four of us laid our hands
upon her head and commanded the
devil, in the name of Jesus Christ, to
depart out of her. It was immediately
done, and the woman arose with great
joy, and gave thanks and praise unto
God; for, according to her faith, she
was made whole from that hour.
A child, also, that was sick, was
healed by the laying on of hands, ac-
cording to the word of God.
We walked thirty miles to visit another
branch of the Saints at Leeds, where
we met with John Gordon and John Snider. Here we held a meeting and
bore our testimony to the people.
A Sister Carns here came to us and
requested to have the ordinance for the
healing of the sick performed for two of
her children who were afflicted. One
was a suckling child, which was lying at
the point of death. I took it in my
arms and presented it before the elders,
who laid their hands upon it, and it was
made whole immediately, and I handed
it back to the mother entirely healed.
We afterwards laid hands upon the
other, when it was also healed. It was
done by the power of God, in the name
of Jesus Christ, and the parents praised
God for His goodness.
After leaving the Saints in this place,
we returned to Kingston, and crossed
Lake Ontario in company with Isaac Russel, John Goodson and John Snider.
Brother Russell seemed to be con-
stantly troubled with evil spirits, which
followed him when he subsequently went
on a mission to England, where Apostles Orson Hyde and Heber C. Kimball,
when administering to him, had a severe
contest with them, as Brother Kimball
has related in his history.
Brothers Russell, Goodson and Snider
continued with us to Schenectady, where
they left us to proceed to New York, to
join Elders Kimball and Hyde to go
upon their mission to England.
We held a two-days' meeting with the
Saints in Canaan, and I ordained Julian
Moses and Francis K. Benedict elders.
After holding several meetings in the
town of Colebrook, and visiting my
half sister, Eunice Woodruff, who taught
school there, I proceeded to Avon, the
place of my birth. There I visited
many of my former neighbors and rela-
tives, and the grave of my mother, Beulah Woodruff, who died June 11th, 1808,
when twenty-six years of age. The fol-
lowing verse was upon her tombstone:
A pleasing form, a generous heart,
A good companion, just without art;
Just in her dealings, faithful to her friend,
Beloved through life, lamented in the end.
At the close of the day I walked six
miles to Farmington, where my father, Aphek Woodruff, was living, and I had
the happy privilege of once more meet-
ing with him and my step-mother, whom
I had not seen for seven years. They
greeted me with great kindness, and it
was a happy meeting.