I was called upon to visit the child.
I found it in great distress, writhing
in its mother's arms. We laid hands upon
it and cast the devil out of it, and the evil spirits had no power over the house-
This was done by the power of God,
and not of man. We laid hands upon
twenty in Manchester who were sick,
and they were mostly healed.
On the 21st, I arrived in Burslem by
coach, and met, for the first time, with
Elder Alfred Cordon. This being my
field of labor, I stopped and commenced
I received a letter on the 10th of Feb-
ruary, from Elder John Taylor, who was
at Liverpool, saying they had commenced
there and baptized ten persons.
I labored in the Staffordshire Potteries,
in Burslem, Hanley, Stoke, Lane End,
and several other villages, from the 22nd,
of January until the 2nd of March,
preaching every night in the week and
two or three times on the Sabbath.
I baptized, confirmed and blessed
many, and we had a good field open for
labor. Many were believing, and it ap-
peared as though we had a door open to
bring many into the Church in that part
of the vineyard.
March 1st, 1840, was my birthday,
when I was thirty-three years of age. It
being Sunday, I preached twice through
the day to a large assembly in the City
Hall, in the town of Hanley, and ad-
ministered the sacrament unto the
In the evening I again met with a large
assembly of the Saints and strangers, and
while singing the first hymn the Spirit of the Lord rested upon me, and the voice
of God said to me, "This is the last
meeting that you will hold with this peo-
ple for many days."
I was astonished at this, as I had
many appointments out in that district.
When I arose to speak to the people,
I told them that it was the last meeting
I should hold with them for many days.
They were as much astonished as I was.
At the close of the meeting four
persons came forward for baptism, and
we went down into the water and bap-
In the morning I went in secret before
the Lord, and asked Him what His will
was concerning me.
The answer I got was, that I should
go to the south, for the Lord had a great
work for me to perform there, as many
souls were waiting for the word of the Lord.
On the 3rd of March, 1840, in fulfill-
ment of the word of the Lord to me, I
took coach and rode to Wolverhampton,
twenty-six miles, and spent the night
I found Mr. Benbow to be a wealthy
farmer, cultivating three hundred acres
of land, occupying a good mansion, and
having plenty of means. His wife, Jane,
had no children.
I presented myself to him as a mission-
ary from America, an Elder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who had been sent to him by the
commandment of God as a messenger of
salvation, to preach the gospel of life
unto him and his household, and the in-
habitants of the land.
Mr. Benbow and his wife received me
with glad hearts and thanksgiving. It
was in the evening when I arrived, hav-
ing traveled forty-eight miles by coach
and on foot during the day, but after
receiving refreshments we sat down to-
gether, and conversed until two o'clock
in the morning.
I rejoiced greatly at the news that Mr.
Benbow gave me, that there was a
company of men and women—over six
hundred in number—who had broken off
from the Wesleyan Methodists, and taken
the name of United Brethren. They
had forty-five preachers among them,
and had chapels and many houses that