WINSLOW FARR JR. DIARIES - PART 9
There is a gap in Winslow Farr Jr'.s diaries from may 1863 to March 1869. We presume these diaries were lost because the next entry we have begin with the date March 18, 1869 and the notation second missionary diary.
We know from other sources that in the spring of 1868 Winslow was called to serve a mission in Great Britain.
The following letter written by Winslow to the President of the British Mission, provides an outline of his missionary service on the British Isles.
LETTER WRITTEN BY WINSLOW FARR JR WHILE ON MISSION TO ENGLAND July 19, 1870
Liverpool, July 12, 1870
President Horrace S. Eldredge
Dear Brother, As it has been the custom of the Elders before leaving Europes's shore to give a brief sketch of their missions to these lands, I may say that in April, 1868 at a conference held in Salt Lake City I was called to go on a mission to Europe, or the British Isles. In response to that call and in company with Elder J. M. Ferrin I left Ogden in June and joined Capt. Loveland's mule train, bound eastward for the emigrating Saints.
We arrived at Laramie City in July, then the terminus of the railroad. We were soon joined by more of the missionaries, and we took our departure by rail for New York arriving there safely after a pleasant ride. We went onboard the steamer France , and arrived in Liverpool July 31, came up to 42 Islington and were kindly received by the brethren in the office.
Soon after my arrival, I was appointed to labor as Traveling Elder in the Liverpool Conference, under the direction of President M. Ensign. In August 1869 President Ensign was released to return home and was succeeded by brother George Romney as President. I continued my labors with brother Romney until October 1869 when I was appointed to preside over the Kent Conference. In connection with brother George Barton I labored there to the best of my ability to build up the Saints and to forward the interests of the kingdom of God in these lands.
As I soon expect to return to my mountain home, I take this opportunity of bidding the Saints farewell, and thanking them kindly for their kindness unto me since I came to England. I feel to say may God bless them, preserve them in the truth, and open up their way to be gathered to the peaceful vales of Utah in the due time of the Lord.
I will now conclude, praying God to Bless you, brother Eldredge, that you may have joy in your labors in this mission, and may similar blessings rest upon all your co-laborers in the cause of truth.
Yours in the Gospel covenant, Winslow Farr
Winslow's letter to President Eldredge indicates he served as a traveling Elder in the Liverpool Conference. A map of Great Britain and Winslow's diaries reveal he spent time in villages situated north of Liverpool. His territory covered the area as far north as the communities of Preston and Kirkham (approximately 50 miles).
His diaries reveal he and his companion Br. Moroni Ensign traveled by train, bus or in many instances walked as far as 10-15 miles to reach the next village. On rare occasions they stayed at a hotel; however, most of their meals and sleeping quarters were provided by the members of the church.
His dairies reveal that after a week or two of travel he and his companion returned to spend a day or two at a boarding house in the village of Bottle (a small seaside village 5 miles north of Liverpool). Here they received their mail, answered letters, studied the scriptures or perhaps enjoyed a stroll along the sea shore or visited the harbor to observe the activity on the shipping docks.
Winslow's second missionary diary covers March 1869 to May 1870.
[March 18, 1869] Southport, Lancashire (Southport is a seaside community 20 miles north of Liverpool). Eat breakfast at Br Bartons went up to Thomas Carrs ate dinner then we went for a walk on the seashore We called a meeting at Br. Carrs for bearing our testimony I addressed the Saints for short time Staid all night at Thomas Barton
March 19 Left Southport by train at 12:30 for Leyland. Got off at Croston station walked three miles it rained very hard Staid all night at farmer Tattersal.
March 20 Walked from Leyland to Preston. Eat dinner at Mr. Parkinson Lanz Merchant Eat supper at John Topping home Staid all night at Hugh Claytons
March 21 Fine morning went to meeting . I addressed the Saints eat dinner at Mr. Parkinson Br. Clayton's girls called for me and we went to see Mrs Gregson that once belonged to our church. Eat supper with them It is the first place that Br. Kimball and Hyde staid all night when they came to Preston went to meeting and addressed the Saints for 3/4 of an hour staid all night all Hugh Claytons
March27 met with Br. Ensign we visited Mr. Kays had a talk on the first principles of the gospel also visited one John Golden and enlightened his mind on the gospel eat supper with him we then came up to Br. John Kays and met with those that desired to be baptised I officiated the names of those that were baptised they are Mrs Harriet McDonald, Mrs. Ann Holden and Alma Briggs, John Holden, and Benjamin Kirkhan. Staid all night at Br. Briggs at Bull Hill Br. Ensign was with meMarch 28 Very windy we were waked up by the call of some more that wanted to be baptised we got up and we walked two miles to a place that nature had formed for the purpose. I went into the water and baptised four persons, Ms. Fheobe Briggs, Ms. Catherine Briggs, Mrs. Henert Fish, Mrs. Dorothy Knowles. We came back to Br. Briggs eat breakfast and went to meeting half past two o'clock we confirmed the new members and addressed the saints. Slept that night at Br. John Briggs.