Sunday Jan 6 - 1853. Went to Hull accompanied by sister Ann Clegg on account of several American brothers being in Hull, Viz. Elder Orson Spencer and Moses Clough for Berlin in Prussia. Elders Pursey, Myres & Peter O Hansen on other missions. [fn28] Chauncy G. Webb to succedd Bro Harmon as pastor over the Hull, New Castle & Carlisle Confs. We started from Bro. Larks 8-30, and reached Bro. Abraham Smiths house about 11-30 O'clock, distance 10 miles. In the afternoon Elders Pursey, Hansen, Blough & Spencer spoke on the position of the saints in the valleys of the mountains etc. We took refreshments at Bro Smiths in company with Elder Hansen, John Hill & sister Christiana Vernon. In the evening Elder Orson Spencer delivered a lecture on the Plurality of wives to a numerious audience. [fn29] We walked home with Bro. & Sister Adamson, reaching Beverley by 11-30 O'clock.
Railway Street in Beverley
Sunday Jan 23. Elder C.G. Webb and President J.T. Hardy came to Beverley by the 9 O'clock Train [fn30] and staid with us the morning and afternoon. We received some excelent teaching from Elder Webb while with us. The afternoon meeting closed about 3-30 O'clock when most of us accoumpanied the visiting brothers down to the station. On our way down I met George Ellis, whom I had formed an intimate acquaintance he was at one time a member & officer in the church. He had come over from Hull to bid me goodbye as he was going to Leeds to work. He went along with us to the station, and took the train for Hull at 4 O'clock. Before he left me he gave me a letter making some inquires about religion as he thought there was something connected with the saints he had never been taught of. Meeting again comenced at 6 O'clock in our room. I opened the meeting by singing and prayer. Elder Wm Pidcock then spoke awhile and E. Wm Lark ocupied the remainder of the meeting.
On Monday evening Jan 24 I attended singing meeting at Bro. Larks which was instituted for the saints to practice. I was placed president of the same.
Tuesday 25 - Went with E. Wm Lark to visit Bro Spencer. He was in good standing and rejoicing in the truth, but sister Spencer was much cast down about the plurality of wives doctrine. She had some good teachings given her.
Friday 28th. Went down to Bro & sister Larks Bro & sister Adamsons, sister Jenkinson and Isaac Jenkinson. Sister Lark & Jenkinson had been out to sister Hutton to get some money to pay the rent of room, They met Bro. Lark in the kitchen and began to talk about the same, and did not come into the front room on account of I Jenkinson being there. Bro Lark called of me to bring what money I had on hand. I did so and we raised about 1"16.0. He then asked me to take it up to Wm Johnson to appease him untill we could get the whole ammount said which was 1/2 year rent due Jan 6th. Bro Adamson took affence because he was not questioned about it and sent to pay the rent as he was on the third of October called to be treasurer for the room fund, but owing to not having money to hand over at the following counsels and his own instiblity and on this occasion it quiet passed Bro. Larks memory. [fn31]
Sunday 30th. Met at our room at 10-30 O'clock opened by singing & prayer by E. Wm Lark who then spoke awhile & E. Wm Pidcock, the remainder of the morning gave the benediction. Afternoon met at 2-30. I gave out a hymn & E Wm Pidcock engaged in prayer. E. Wm Lark then advised the saints after which the sacrament was administered by my self, the saints then had the privilidge of leaving testimony, benidiction by E. Wm Lark. Night met at 6 O'clock meeting opened by myself. E. Wm Lark ocupied the whole time and gave the benediction.
Monday 31st. Met in singing class. Prayer by myself. We could not get on with it on account of an oposite power being present & oposing our efforts. E. Wm Lark said he felt like speaking a short time and said whence it sprang was one of the branch being in bad standing and altho he was not present in person he was strong against us, which was T.J. Adamson after we sang a little but not too much effect, closed at nine. Benediction by E. Wm Lark. [fn31.1]
Friday 4th. Met T.R. Spencer at T Adamsons to visit. Bro L. put the usual question to him, he replied he was not getting on in the gospel work. Bro S then asked him his reasons which he stated as being those things which I have recorded on Friday Jan 28th. Then spoke to him about it & reasoned with explaining how things were and gave him counsel how to act when I had done I put the question as to how he felt about it to which he replied he was still the same. We engaged in prayer.
Sunday the 6th. Went to Bro. Larks and from there went with E. Wm Pidcock to meet Elder Moses Blough who came to spend a short time in Beverely (on a mission to Prussia) at 10-30 O'clock we met at our room. Meeting opened by Pres. Lark. E.M. Blough spoke a little & after Elders Pidcock & Lark. Benediction was given by E. Pidcock.
Monday 7th. Attended singing meeting opened by myself. Benediction by E. Pidcock.
Tuesday 8th. Went with T.R. Spencer to visit Allen & Bro. Clegg & family found them in good standing.
Wed 9th. Attended Preaching meeting.
Thurs 10th. Attended Covenant Class
Sunday 13th. Attended meeting at 10-30 prayer by myself. E.A. Smith from Hull preached, benidiction by E. Wm Lark. Afternoon meeting opened by Wm Lark who then spoke for a short time & A. Smith the remainder of the time who dismissed meeting and returned to Hull by the 4 O'clock train. Evening meeting opened by myself Wm Lark preached, benediction by myself.
Thursday 17th. E. Thatcher left Wm Lark house to go by train to Hull at 7-30 but on account of storms the train did not come so he returned to Bro Larks at 12 O'clock, and stayed untill 7-30 the next morning he will labor in the Gool district.
Sunday 20th. Attended morning meeting opened by myself. I spoke for a short time & Wm Lark the remainder benediction by Thos Adamson. Afternoon comenced at 2-30. Prayer by Wm Lark who exorted the saints to their duties administered the sacrament and left for the Saints to bear their testimoneys benidiction by my self. Evening 6 O'clock meeting oppened by my self Wm L. preached. We were few in numbers but had good meetings bened. by Thomas Adamson.
Monday night 21st. The saints assembled at the singing class, meetings opened by myself. On account of a bad cold I was unable to lead the singing, so we held a testimony meeting and enjoyed ourselves in speaking of things pertaining to the kingdom of God. Benediction by W.L.
Wed 23, Attended a council meeting called by Pres. J.T. Hardy for the purpose of knowing the feelings of the officers. Prayer by Pres. Hardy. I then read over the minuets of the preceeding council & received correct. Then Pres Hardy gave us some teachings on the order of carrying on council meetings etc. The officers expressed their feelings concerning the work and after talking over the things for the welfare of the bros. Prayer by E. Wm Lark.