180 years ago today - Mar 15, 1841

[Wilford Woodruff]

As soon as meeting closed multitudes crouded around me. Many hands were presented on evry side to bid me farewell, many calling for me to bless them before I leave them, others crying out do lay hands on me & heal me before you go. Br Woodruff I am turned out of Doors for my religion. What shall I do? I am all ready to go to Zion. My wife wont go with me. Shall I go & leave her? My Husband beats me & turns me out of Doors because I have been Baptized. I have got money enough to carry me & the children to Zion. Will you let me go without him? Br Woodruff one word with you. My Mother is over 80 years of age & has willed me £60 pounds at her Death but will not emigrate with me. Now I want to go with the Saints. Must I stay for her to die or may I go & leave her? Br Woodruff I have sold my little place. Shall have £30 pounds tomorrow but must go out of the house into the street. This will not quite carry my family to America. Can you help me to a few pounds or tell me what to do? An Elder cries out how much longer must I preach In England before you will let me go to America? Br Woodruff cant you come & preach to us in Cheltenham? Wont you go home & take some tea with me? My head is in great pain. Wont you heal me? I want you to consecrate these bottles of Oil before you go. Good by. Good by. Good by. God bless you Br Woodruff. The friends are waiting a long time for you. Are you going? I want a little council from you. Br Woodruff may I go to America with you? Say may we take an English Ship to Nauvoo via of Quebeck in Canida? Shall I be Justifyed if I have an opportunity of Going to miss of the opportunity for the purpose of tarrying a while for my mother? Will you write to me? Remember me to Mrs Woodruff (Margarett Morgan). Good by. I have been waiting a long time to get a chance to speak to you.

THESE and a thousand other questions were asked me in the term of an hour or more...

[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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