DISCOURSE OF PRESIDENT B. YOUNG.
Delivered in the Tabernacle, G. S. L. City, February 20,
1853, in the afternoon.
TRULY happy is that man, or woman, or that people, who enjoy the privileges of the Gospel of the Son of God, and who know how to appreciate his blessings. Who is that person, or that people? We are ready to reply, “The Latter-day Saints” are the only people on earth, that we have any knowledge of, to whom the everlasting Gospel has been given in these days; they are the only people who are the heirs to it, with all its blessings and privileges. Not to our knowledge is there any other people on the face of this globe that enjoy this inestimable blessing. True all mankind enjoy to a certain degree its influence; the manifestations of the Author, Proprietor, and Giver of the Gospel of life and salvation to fallen man.
All the offspring of Adam, from his day to this, have enjoyed, to a greater or lesser degree, the light, the glory, and the manifestations of the countenance of the Lord. But they have not enjoyed in all ages, the Gospel with its ordinances, blessings, and privileges. This is the only people that now enjoys such signal favors. The Priesthood has been upon the earth from time to time, and the kingdom of God has been organized to certain degrees; but we can truly say, this is the time of times, we live in the day of days, we enjoy the blessings of the blessed; and have bestowed upon us, in the fullness of times, privileges that surpass all privileges hitherto bestowed upon mankind.
In this dispensation all things will be gathered together in one, and, strange and marvelous as it may appear to the world, these are the people who are the instruments in the hand of God to bring it to pass. This is a truth that no arguments can successfully bear down. No matter how it is despised, persecuted, or neglected, as a frivolous, trifling, and childish work, it is true, and it will remain; it is the kingdom of heaven upon the earth. Here is the plan of salvation, here are the words of life, here is the light of eternity, here is the intelligence that will instruct kings, and impart judgment to rulers. It is embodied here in the midst of this people, and from there the rays of heavenly light, wisdom, and intelligence have spread upon the wide earth, and the Spirit of the Lord, that fills immensity, has been poured out upon its face, giving light to every man and woman that cometh into this world.
Brethren and sisters, can we realize its greatness? Arouse the reflecting and reasoning faculties with which you are endowed; reason upon your past experience in this Church, and then inquire if you are as happy as you anticipated you would be; if you have received that which you desired; if you enjoy that which was once in the future to you. And what will be your reasonable conclusions? What would an enlightened judgment tell you? What would the Spirit of truth decide? That here are the pure rays of light;—here is heaven on earth; and no argument, no intelligence, no influence of earth and hell combined could disprove it, or produce one good reason to the contrary.
You may then ascend to the powers supreme, and consult the intelligence that fills the bosom of eternity; you may inquire of the Creator, Organizer, and Preserver of the universe, our Father who is in heaven; you may associate with the glorious retinue of Saints, angels, martyrs, and the spirits of just men made perfect, and they will all, with one voice as it were, testify to the truth of this work in which we are engaged.
On the other hand, nothing short of the power of the Almighty, nothing short of the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ, can prove to you that this is the work of God. Men uninspired of God cannot by their worldly wisdom disprove it, or prevail against it. Neither can they by their wisdom alone prove it to be true, either to themselves or to others.—Their not being able to prevail against it does not prove it to be the Kingdom of God; for there are many theories and systems on the earth, incontrovertible by the wisdom of the world, which are nevertheless false. Nothing less than the power of the Almighty, enlightening the understandings of men, can demonstrate this glorious truth to the human mind.
When you were in your native homes in the old countries and in the United States, before you gathered with the people of God, what were your thoughts and expectations, when you looked forward to the period of your being embodied with the Saints? What were the vision of your mind, and the operations of the Spirit upon your understanding? When you were gathered with the Saints of the Most High, and became associated as a brother, a sister, and a neighbor with that blessed society, you expected to enjoy the manifestations of the Lord Jesus Christ; to walk in the light of his countenance, and by the power of the Holy Ghost have the oracles of truth revealed to you continually; and that you would be in heaven, and in the Zion of the Lord.
These were your expectations. You did not expect to hear the name of the God we serve blasphemed from morning until evening. You expected to be delivered from hearing the blasphemies of your wicked shopmates; from the tyranny of your ungodly employers, and from the persecutions of the bigoted religionists, who were all united to pick you to pieces, and destroy you both temporally and spiritually, if it were possible. On one side you were sheared, and on the other shaved.
You were annoyed with the ungodly conversation and filthy deeds of your neighbors. Your peace was destroyed, and you could not enjoy that happiness held out to you in the Gospel. Yet you felt the influence of the Spirit of Truth burning in your hearts, which kindled in you a longing desire to mingle with the Saints. You would exclaim, “O that I could enjoy the society of the Saints, and make my escape from this ungodly place. O that I had means to gather up my little family, and journey to the place of the gathering of the Saints of the Most High.”
This was your feeling, and this your prayer. You anticipated deliverance from hell, to find a heaven with the Saints; you expected to exchange confusion for a Zion of order and beauty, misery for peace and happiness, blasphemy and tumult for quietness and reverence to the name of God, starvation for plenty. In short, you expected to find a place where all evil had ceased, and iniquity and sorrow were brought to an end; and where you would bask undisturbed in the smiles of the countenance of your Lord from day to day. I think I have drawn a faithful picture of what were the thoughts of the majority of this people, before they were gathered to the body of the Church.
Now, brethren and sisters, what hinders you from enjoying all you anticipated? The calm reflections of your own minds, and the conclusions of a well balanced judgment, enlightened by the Spirit of the Lord, will give you a correct answer to this question. I can answer it for myself, and perhaps for many of you.
If I do not enjoy all I anticipated; if my happiness is not as complete as I anticipated; if the light of the Holy Spirit is not in my heart to that degree which I expected it would be; if I have not obtained all I anticipated when I was down in yonder world, mingled with the wicked, the cause is in myself,—in my own hear,—in my own disposition,—in the weakness of human nature; it is my own will that prevents me from enjoying all I anticipated, and more. It is a mistaken idea to suppose that others can prevent me from enjoying the light of God in my soul; all hell cannot hinder me from enjoying Zion in my own heart, if my individual will yields obedience to the requirements and mandates of my heavenly Master. He has set me a pattern to copy, which, if I imitate faithfully, will yield to me all and more of heaven in my own heart than I can anticipate. This is my answer.
Brother Erastus Snow asked a question, i.e., “If my neighbor shall do wrong to me, am I thereby compelled to do wrong to my next neighbor?” I say, no. If a brother shall tread down my grain, that is ripening in the field, am I thereby compelled to run through and tread down yours? No. When a person steals my poles from the fence, am I compelled to steal yours? If my neighbor, or my brother in the Church, shall swear, and take the name of God in vain, does it necessarily follow that I must use the same language? If my brother shall do wrong in any way, it does not follow that I shall be justified in committing one single evil in all the acts of my life.
Let each Latter-day Saint examine himself, and inquire, “Am I one of those persons who will do right in all things, though others may do wrong?—Am I that person that will serve the Lord with my house, that will cease from every evil act, and from every evil word, though my neighbors, or my brethren and sisters, may do the opposite?” Let the spirit within you reply to these questions, and in every breast the response is, “let me be that person; let me do right from this time henceforth and forever, without committing another evil.” Then what have you got? You have got heaven in your own bosoms, you have got Zion in your hearts; you have obtained all the glory, all the peace, all the joy, all the comfort, and all the light you anticipated when you were mingling with the wicked world. If you are deceived, who will deceive you? If you are wronged, who wrongs you? If you are cheated out of your crown at last, who has cheated you?
These questions may apply in different ways; they may apply to the business operations of the world, as well as to the grace of God in the heart, and the salvation of the soul; it is to the latter I wish them more particularly to apply. Who has influence over any one of you, to cause you to miss salvation in the celestial kingdom of God? I will answer these questions for myself. If brother Brigham and I shall take a wrong track, and be shut out of the kingdom of heaven, no person will be to blame but brother Brigham and I. I am the only being in heaven, earth, or hell, that can be blamed. This will equally apply to every Latter-day Saint.
Salvation is an individual operation. I am the only person that can possibly save myself. When salvation is sent to me, I can reject or receive it. In receiving it, I yield implicit obedience and submission to its great Author throughout my life, and to those whom He shall appoint to instruct me. In rejecting it, I follow the dictates of my own will in preference to the will of my Creator. There are those among this people who are influenced, controlled, and biased in their thoughts, actions, and feelings by some other individual or family, on whom they place their dependence for spiritual and temporal instruction, and for salvation in the end. These persons do not depend upon themselves for salvation, but upon another of their poor, weak, fellow mortals. “I do not depend upon any inherent goodness of my own,” say they, “to introduce me into the kingdom of glory, but I depend upon you, brother Joseph, upon you, brother Brigham, upon you, brother Heber, or upon you, brother James. I believe your judgment is superior to mine; and consequently I let you judge for me; your spirit is better than mine; therefore you can do good for me; I will submit myself wholly to you, and place in you all my confidence for life and salvation; where you go I will go, and where you tarry there I will stay, expecting that you will introduce me through the gates into the heavenly Jerusalem.”
(To be continued.)
Trans. WILLIAM LEWIS.
DIRECTIONS FOR THE EMIGRATION.
(From the “Millennial Star.”)
EMIGRATION hence to Utah for this year will be through Philadelphia and Cincinnati to St. Louis, and from that place it will be managed by President Erastus Snow. The time of embarkation will be February and March, and it is thought that two months will be the average time of passage to St. Louis on this route, instead of ten weeks as through New Orleans.
As near as can be ascertained, the price of passage to Philadelphia will vary but little from that to New Orleans. From thence to Cincinnati, it will be £1 10s; to St. Louis £2 2s—provided emigrants are in companies, and can have the advantage of a contract; but in cases of individuals, or a family, it will probably be several shillings more. From St. Louis to the place of outfit, it will cost about £1. These are but approximate estimates of prices, and do not include provisions.
Good wagons made to order, delivered at the place of outfit, and complete with bows and projections, will be furnished for 70 dollars (about £14 10s); without bows and projections, 67 dollars (about £13 17s 6c).
A wagon, two good yokes of oxen, and yokes and chains, will cost £50. Perhaps for £55 two cows may be included.
Tenting and wagon-covers are supplied by us. It requires 54 yards for a tent, and 26 for a wagon-cover. The material is 6¾c per yard, and is delivered to the purchasers on their embarkation at Liverpool.
Passage by the new route will cost not less than £15, and perhaps £16, but we will undertake to emigrate such as can advance £12, provided that is the extent of their means, the balance to be paid in Utah.
Those emigrants who desire me to furnish them with a team and wagon, cows, tent, or wagon-cover, should forward to me money for the same immediately after they have decided to emigrate.
All who determine to cross the plains this season, either by the £15 company, or by paying £12, should immediately forward to me £9 each, to enable me to order their teams, wagons, &c.,—that the most active preparations may be making both here and in St. Louis, for the faithful accomplishment of the immense labors of the present emigration. The usual deposit of £1 each should accompany the £9.
Those who are unprepared to adopt either of the above-named plans can go to St. Louis, Cincinnati, or Philadelphia, as their means may determine.
All Latter-day Saints who have more than enough to pay their passage to the point of destination, should pay their Tithing before leaving this country.
From now on the Perpetual Emigrating Fund will manage the groups of Emigrants who pay £10 and £13, and thereby secure such emigrants the advantages and preparations of the Society. Should the expense to the Valley not exceed the £15, those who have paid that will be free from debt when they arrive there; should it be less, the balance will be returned to them at the end of their journey as soon as the cost of their transport has been determined. It is anticipated that this arrangement will produce a more effective accomplishment of the overland journey, but of the sea and river passages as well. The Saints will also feel more satisfied in committing the entire control of their emigration to the systematized operations of the P. E. Society. Infants on leaving Liverpool will be charged £9 each, and will count one in the number attached to each wagon. A wagon, two yoke of oxen, and two cows, with a tent, are considered sufficient for ten souls, their luggage and provisions.
Other emigrants to Utah, who do not wish to come under the Society’s arrangements can make all their preparations except for provisions through us. Orders for wagons, &c., with a remittance to the amount of the things ordered, should be sent in forthwith, and those persons who have ordered will receive a check from us, on our Agent in St. Louis.
All emigrants should forward to us the following particulars—their names, ages, occupations, and name of their native country.
Applicants for passage to the United States only can embark at whatever time they wish, as we intend to send a ship there whenever there is sufficient call; they need forward only £1 for deposit.
Those who wish to purchase teams, &c., should send their money with their £1 deposits, and their names, &c.; if that is impossible at that time, they must state the date they can depart, and that they will send the money so that their teams, &c., will be ready.
All applicants must state the time they wish to embark, and we shall endeavor to accommodate them as near as we can; and when we are prepared, we shall inform them of the date of sailing, and when to be in Liverpool.
Those persons who have been notified by us that the P. E. Fund has sent for them from the Valley, will please to hold themselves in readiness to come forward quickly if need be.
FRANKLIN D. RICHARDS.
[There is no need for us to add anything to the foregoing clear directions, except to call for the close attention of the Presidents of the Welsh Conferences in following them carefully.
We wish for the Presidents of the Conferences to send information to us without delay as to how many are in their Conferences who wish to donate £10 to the P. E. Fund on the condition of being taken this year, by covenanting on departure to repay to the Society the full price of their passage.—ED. OF THE TRUMPET.]
SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, 1855.
ADDRESS TO THE PRESIDENTS OF THE WELSH CONFERENCES.—Dearest fellow laborers in the vineyard of Jesus—We are compelled by the Spirit that is in us, which proves the strength of the covenant that binds us as one, which portrays to us the importance of our work, and which fills our souls with a desire to save men to the kingdom of our God to His glory; this Spirit urges us—and obliges us to stir up your pure minds again at this time to the following duties that rest on all our shoulders to be carried out.
Let our contemporaries believe what they will about us; let the arrogant sophists hold in contempt our efforts as they will; and let the world condemn our testimony and our boldness if they choose to do so; that will make no difference, for, to us it is a fact, indeed it is a divinely proven fact that the Almighty God has entrusted to us a part of the last, most remarkable, greatest, and most glorious dispensation which has ever been presented to the sons of men: it is a fact to us that through the instrumentality of such as lowly as we, he shatters all the castles of hell that oppose us; through us He will subject every opponent to Himself, and in this age He will victoriously establish a government of justice and peace on the ruins of countries, and on the rubble of the great Babylon. These facts are known to us , Brethren! Our souls are undeniably aware of this through ineffable proofs that are incomprehensible to all who are deprived of the Spirit of truth from above; and there is another important fact connected to that which merits being carved on the tables of our memory, so that we are unable to forget it; that is, our divine placement each one in his area to be leaders—guides—SEERS ensuring that the flock under our care follows our examples in all things that we instruct them. Were our own great Master to leave us destitute of his will, to set up our own organization or to form our own measures to bring about the majestic effects of the restoration of the old world to make the new, and of emptying the old world of its inhabitants and filling the new in an ultra-angelic and immortally glorious way, as he leaves all the sectarians of the world to form their articles, and to “excavate world pits for themselves” according to their notions, the soul would ask immediately, “who is equal to this great task?” However, thanks to His goodness, that is not the case with us; we have been given the plan; his Spirit has portrayed in the presence of our understanding the perfect engine which will bring all this about, and will accomplish it all, every jot and does so with a promptness corresponding to the diligence of the engineers; this engine was given as if into our hands—we are engineers. A keen awareness of this will show us our responsibility, and the proper consideration of this will encourage us, yes, and motivate us to accomplish the honorable and excellent work that pertains to our stewardships. Since we would consider it a pointless task to offer proofs of the divinity of the work which has already been placed beyond contention in your hearts, the main aim at present of this address will be met by the degree to which it reignites the divine gift which is in you to greater diligence; and we shall thereby rejoice to the extent that the great works of your Saints are seen in all parts of God’s work. Shall we experience this rejoicing, Brethren? The most joyful rejoicing for our souls! Can we not be given to understand that this is in your hands to accomplish! We think you will see—to reform, and to strive this year far beyond the work of the preceding one. We believe there is no need to note every weakness there has been in everyone and in everything before an improvement is seen; but we hope that reflections on the foregoing, under the influence of the Spirit of the work will open your hearts, and ignite your zeal with all wise measures, and to see that they are being implemented effectively, in order to bring about the improvements you think beneficial.
A close look at himself and his Conference in the accurate mirror of their actions, is what is to be seen in our semi-annual account—in the balance sheet of debts for books,—the contributions towards the Perpetual Emigrating Society, and a second look at what his Conference contributed towards the Temple, which will suggest or should teach every President which are the lessons that deserve his closest attention! Facts such as these, more loudly than the sound of words or the voice of a whirlwind, bear witness to the need for the present remarks; and will establish the character of a Conference President more effectively than anything else can do. Although we do not believe there to be better men in our country than those to whom we appeal, neither do we believe that there are no improvements you could make, which would bring you glory, and would benefit the Saints and the world. Nothing proves presidential inability more than failing to get those presided over to do what is asked of them. And there is no clearer proof of a President’s disobedience than that he has failed to implement the measures required of him. His obedience rather than his effort will overcome rebellion, will merit and win the obedience of others to him; while, on the other hand, if he neglects the counsel he receives this will teach others to emulate him by disobeying his counsel. Since nothing is asked of any one of us except what is asked by the righteous God who promises to help us to accomplish it, the faithfulness and virtue of every one of us should force each other to believe that a command and seeing it implemented are one and the same; or that the doing is inextricably linked to the counsel. If we were in heaven now, would we wait until the second or the third call before we started? Oh no, that would be considered a sin which would excommunicate the disobedient from that place. Well, according to degrees of knowledge, why is disobedience to this Priesthood not a sin? And if it is found in the President, is it not a natural consequence to expect the Saints to be disobedient too? Let it be every President’s pride that the Saints in his care walk in the spirit of the law, and may their feats do him credit.
In case not all Presidents understand in detail the duties of the stewardship they operate in; and since we have not previously had the time to perform the old custom by giving a “New Year’s gift” to our friends, we hope the correct instruction of their duties will be considered now the best “New Year’s Present.”
Every President should watch over the temporal and spiritual welfare of all in his Conference, with fatherly precaution; advise and instruct the Branch Presidents about everything which tends to spread knowledge of the gospel, and to build the church in purity and strength; to see that all counsels given, and all measures highlighted by the Star, the TRUMPET, or which come to him in any other way from his Presidents are carried out effectively, thoroughly and promptly throughout all the Branches of his Conference; call, ordain and send out the most suitable people to preach the gospel in new areas in his neighborhood, so that everyone within his reach can hear the gospel; watch carefully that no doctrines are taught in the churches contrary to those that emanate from the First Presidency, or are ordered to be taught through the regular authorities and God’s Revelations; be careful not to allow any immoral doctrine or custom to lurk in any of the Saints’ churches, and that he who refuses to walk in a manner worthy of his holy profession, after being warned in accordance with the church ministry, be banished from the midst of the righteous, so that Christ’s church may be pure, and increase in knowledge of God through the gift of the Holy Ghost; teach the wealthy to pay their TITHE; inform himself about, and look into the distribution of the books in the Conference and in the Branches; set everyone to work selling the printed word to insure circulation of all books published by the Church, so that they are not left on hand anywhere in his Conference, and that the Branch Distributors do not sell them on credit; that the Pamphlet Societies, where they exist are maintained, and established as much as possible where they do not exist, and make proper use of the contributions to their proper purposes; that the Branches sell the Star and the TRUMPET which are on hand, and particularly that the Distributors transfer all the money owing to the Officers promptly, so that the hands of those who wish to carry out the work are not tied; put into operation wise measures to pay his Conference’s debt; and particularly it falls to every president to facilitate and assist all who can to emigrate to Zion or to the United States. In particular the Perpetual Emigrating Society, and the contributions to the Temple, deserve the strong and continual support of every Conference President.
Finally, Presidential Brethren, You can see that there is no need for you to be without anything to do, when you visit the Branches; here is some work to begin with, there will be more by the time this is finished. Yet we know of no way to omit one jot of the above, nor to approve the President who neglects one word of it; it is all an obligation to God and his work, and only our loyalty with these few small duties will enable us to accomplish, and to be worthy of stewardship of greater things. If these little matters we mentioned were accomplished in the present quarter, the performers would be repaid an hundredfold from heaven and earth; if this is doubted, it is easy to test, and have God settle the argument. Why can we not expect that this will be done? If he be unable, the God who asks it is unjust! If this reasoning causes fear, let the President who fails feel fear; for the same reasoning proves him unfaithful as proves his Almighty Father as good as his word in strengthening him if he makes the effort he should.
By now, Brethren, you know what Spirit obliges us to greet you thus, and the purpose of it too. May this Spirit fill your soul too, and may it enable you to accomplish all these duties to the letter. It makes us bold to write clearly to you, taking into consideration that you are excellent spirits of the pre-existence—about whom your Father said, “These shall I make rulers,” in their age and times; our confidence in your greatness encourages us to ask and expect a great deal of help from you; as would befit the noble braves of the Lord’s host, who profess to be the generals of an invincible army, and who are to turn the world back right way up in a short time, bring every officer and member who belongs with you—come forward to this last great battle, as brave and honorable as would befit your profession. With shining weapons, demonstrative of purity of heart, with the force of sons of God, battling for the perpetual crowns which are before you—there for you—shining in your eyes already, come forward. Come now, yes, come with all your heart and with every weapon of the kingdom, come to the battlefield to help us win the promised and certain victory for us! What do you say? The King awaits your answer! Let us see our heart’s desire, namely to see every Conference like a bannered host dressed in all the armor of their King, rushing forward from victories to eternal victory. We offer this greeting instead of a letter of appointment to all Presidents in their present areas, and as proof of our confidence in them and our hope for great success through them. May the Spirit of the God of the armies of Israel rest on each one of you with greater force and strength from now on than ever; and may it kindle in you the divine fire like embers from the altar, until your zeal is like a flame lighting fires throughout all your Conferences, the zeal and devotion which would befit, and which is deserved by the great work which is in our hands; may your hearts overflow with the words of life in their time in divine wisdom from your lips; let the counsels of the Holy One be your rule, and may your favorite work be feeding his flock, cherishing his lambs and administering salvation to a world about to die; this is and will be the fervent and constant prayer of your fellow-soldier for all of you, in the name of our King. Amen.
Let the Saints receive our “New Year’s Gift” to them also, the best present we can give, namely their current Presidents; make the most of your privilege in having them; administer to them comforts in your possession to satisfy their needs, walk according to their counsels, and be of one mind with them in every part of the Lord’s work; so may the one who owns us all repay you an hundredfold.
We ask every President to send us without delay the names of the Traveling Elders in his Conference.
The President should inform us of the name of the person whom he chooses as a Traveling Elder, and no one should be sent from now on without that, and until he receives the appropriate license.
The Emigrants this Year.—We notify the Saints that our revered Counselor, and our dear fellow worker for years now, namely Elder Thomas Jeremy, intends to return to his family and to the bosom of the church back to Zion in the coming spring. As an obedient servant for his God, Brother Jeremy left a wife and a young and numerous family in Utah; at his own cost he came across the continent and over the sea; for more than two years now the Welsh Saints have enjoyed his faithful and constant service throughout the south and throughout Gwynedd, and certainly thousands of them have enjoyed more benefit, blessings, and goodness through him than they can ever repay him; yet, we believe that they are awaiting the opportunity and the honor of proving their love by doing what they can to assist him in returning home comfortably; well, here is the Saints’ wish granted, and may their Presidents give every opportunity to them to contribute to this, and let them send it all here promptly.
We take the pleasure of requesting their kindness toward our honorable President Spencer also, who is about to return to Zion; never has a more worthy petition been put before the Saints than this one; a beloved, faithful, and remarkable man, he will be missed, and those who can but do not pay tribute to assist him will regret it. We shall leave this also with the Presidents to tend to, and to transfer the donations here with the rest, along with their contributions to the “Overseas Elders” also, according to the request of President Richards.
THE “Guide to Zion.”—We urge this small Treatise to the attention of the Saints, and especially to the emigrants this year—no one of them should be without it. It should be in their pockets always to answer every question, and to guide them correctly in every circumstance; it instructs every group how to prepare to depart; how to avoid loses and costs along the way, and there is no counsel in it that is not worth far more than a penny and a halfpenny! Its directions to the States, and indeed to those who travel the entire distance, are as correct and useful this year as they were last year, until the arrival. May the Saints learn that the old proverb is not true that says, “Instruction that is purchased with experience is the best;” many are those who have failed to reach Zion because they did not believe the “instruction” that others had experienced; but let not the Welshman follow their example, because of a penny and a halfpenny.
BOOK DEBTS FOR THE VARIOUS CONFERENCES, FOR
THE QUARTER ENDING, DEC. 31, 1854.
Monmouthshire, £46 11s 11¾c; Breconshire, £10 10s 3¼c; West Glamorgan, £117 1s; Llanelli, £44 15s 5¾c; Carmarthen, £25 11s 4½c; Cardiganshire, £15 19s 3¼c; Merionethshire, £12 16s 10¼c; Flintshire, £21 1s 9¼c; Denbighshire, £19 9s 2½c; Conway Valley, £11 13s 11¼c; Anglesey, £16 8s 7¼c; North Pembroke, £6 13s 5¾c; East Glamorgan, £136 15s 6½c; Liverpool Welsh Branch, £3 1s 8½c; Herefordshire, £4 8s 7c.—Total, £492 19s 0¾c.
RECEIPTS FOR BOOKS FROM JAN. 1 TO 15.—Thomas D. Evans, 17s; Thomas Morgan, £2 10s.
A very interesting letter from the former Editor of the TRUMPET, Elder John Davis from the Valley, will appear in the next issue.
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