175 years ago today - May 11, 1838

[Wilford Woodruff Journal] ...I went to the goal in order to have an interview & to comfort Elder Albert P. Rockwood who had been cast into prison by his enemies for debts in order to trouble and distress him. When I arived at the prison the Jailor permitted me to enter into the room whare he was & it was truly a happy meeting. For althoug we were strangers after the flesh yet we were united in the Spirit.

This was the first time I ever entered into a prison to see an Elder of Israel but after the keeper of the prison doors had turned the key upon us & left us together to comfort each other in the midst of Iron grates & bars I began to inquire into the state of his mind and it gladdened my Soul to find him strong in the GOD of Abram Daniel & Eligah. He was rejoicing in God Contented in his mind & strong in the faith once deliverd to the Saints. Brother Rockwood had the Bible, Book of Mormon P. P. Pratts voice of warning & the Evening & Morning Star as his companions which he constantly read.

We conversed together about three hours in this solitary abode & our souls were made glad. ...

At half past 8 oclock PM the Jailor came & unlocked the prison doors & I took the parting hand with this worthy Brother while he manifested much Joy for my visit. Well whose soul would not be cheered to have a friend visit them while cast into prison? I left him in good spirits & bent my way back again to the City of Boston....

[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

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