with the intention of breaking up the work upon these islands, but it did not accomplish it.
11th, I was visited by Elders Townsend and Milton
Holmes, who attended conferences with me upon both islands, and
bore their testimony to the people, but the spirit of opposition
increased to a great height. I was warned by the spirit ^of the Lord^
to leave for a season, and take a western mission; after visiting
the saints from house to house, and praying with, and encour-
aging them, I left on the 28th, and went to the main land
with Elders Townsend & Holmes. Mrs. Woodruff returned to her Fathers;.
We walked to Scarborough;— & I left May 7th, and walked to Brad-
ford where I left Elder Holmes, and proceeded to Boston.
11th, I gave out an appointment to preach at Sister Vose's room, & I went to Cambridgeport to visit Elder A. P. Rock-
wood who had been imprisoned in jail on pretence of debt,
but in reality out of religious persecution; the jailor locked me
in until 10 p.m.; but while it disappointed a congregation of
people, it gave me a happy visit with Elder Rockwood, conversing
upon the work of God. On my return to Boston the people
were waiting to hear me, I spoke to them a short time.
"Autobiography 1857-1858 Draft 2," p. 29, The Wilford Woodruff Papers, accessed October 19, 2021, https://wilfordwoodruffpapers.org/documents/e82ce128-a80d-4ce6-982e-3b0e87b154b4/page/417ba824-c21d-43d8-9cdd-c9e952f46c74