185 years ago today - Apr 20, 1838

Heber C. Kimball and Orson Hyde leave Liverpool for America, leaving Joseph Fielding as mission president' and Willard Richards and William Clayton as his counselors. Since they arrived in Great Britain nine months earlier, about 1500 people have been converted and 26 branches established. Until the return of the Twelve two years later, almost as many would leave the Church in England as would join, due to a series of internal problems.

[James B. Allen and Thomas G. Alexander, Manchester Mormons: The Journal of William Clayton 1840-42 7-11; Conkling, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology]

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