President Wm. Budge.
Dear Brother,—I left Liverpool the same evening I received my appointment to labor in the Sheffield Conference, for Bradford, Yorkshire, to visit my relatives. They received me very kindly, and tried to make my visit pleasant, urging me to stop a month, at least; but on hearing that brother Geo. R. Emery was laboring alone, I could not content myself to remain with them but a very few days. On May 28th, I bid them farewell, and started for my field of labor. Brother Emery met me at the station, and took me to the conference house. He and I spent the remainder of the day visiting an uncle I have living in Sheffield. The next day we started through the conference. The Saints everywhere receive us kindly, and do all they can to assist in spreading the Gospel. We held fourteen out-door meetings last month. The weather was so bad we could not hold any more. At all of these we received good hearing, and but very little opposition. On one occasion, at Whittington Moor, two men came to oppose us, but our hearers would not let them speak. They had quite a row among themselves, after which Brother Emery induced them to go with us to Brother Yates’s house, and show us where we were in error; but I think they left us much wiser men. They have never tried to oppose us since. The Saints turn out well at our out-door meetings, enabling us to have good singing, which generally brings us an audience.
We have baptized some few into the Church, but we realize that to-day is the "gleaning after the vintage is done." We are blest of the Lord in our speaking. Many believe our message, but few have the heart to embrace it and leave the old and venerated, long-established faiths of their fathers. With the help of the Almighty we try to speak plainly and pointedly, following your instructions, when bearing our testimonies, by showing them the position they are in after hearing the Gospel preached; that it leaves it with them and their Maker, clearing our skirts from their blood, so that when we meet at the bar of God, they will have to give an account for not having received our testimonies.
Brother Goddard is now traveling with me. We held an out-door meeting yesterday morning, on Brimington Common. We had a first-class hearing and no opposition. We have another appointed there on Tuesday next.
Your Brother in the Gospel,
W. B. Parkinson.