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To the Saints in England: Impressions of a Mormon Immigrant

TitleTo the Saints in England: Impressions of a Mormon Immigrant
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1978
AuthorsAllen, James B.
JournalBYU Studies Quarterly
KeywordsClayton, William; Conversion; England; Missionary Work; Second British Mission

The reader will find several items of interest and importance in this tender yet powerful letter: the deep feelings Clayton had for the saints in England, which was probably typical of the Mormon spirit of the times; comments on the hardships of the journey; the determined faith of the Saints; brief comments on the new country and words of advice to prospective emigrants. But perhaps as important as anything else to the Saints in England were Clayton's comments on Joseph Smith, the prophet, whom they had never seen and yet whose words had brought them to a dramatic turning point in their lives. Clayton's immediate attachment to the American prophet and his powerful conviction of the divinity of Joseph Smith's mission is an important central theme in this letter to his friends in Manchester, England.