Letter from Orson Hyde, 28 September 1840

ing home, and also, that all Europe is  in commotion, and on the eve of break ing out in open hostilities; and also,  the tree of liberty which has long flour ished in the Republican soil of Ameri ca, has been girdled, and her green  foliage which has shielded and protect ed the sons of oppression from the  scorching rays of despotic power, al ready begins to wither like the accursed  fig-tree. What language do these  speak to the saints? “lift up your heads,  for your redemption draweth near.”
I came on and met with the Saints in  Chester county, Pa. and labored there  about one week with brother [Lorenzo] Barnes,  where we added six to their number.— Br. Barnes is a kind hearted faithful  laborer in the vineyard, his blessings  are great. As the evening Sunbeams  tinge the distant landscapes with a gol den hue, so his name shall reflect hon or upon those with whom he may be  connected in the bonds of the covenant.  Br. Snow is a good yoke-fellow with  him. I preached about one week in  Philadelphia and baptized twelve.— Came on to this place with brothers  Snow and Barnes and held a two days  meeting at which sixteen were baptized,  baptism administered by brother Snow.  There is truly a great prospect here.— If three of four elders, like unto Br.  Samuel James, could be sent here, great  good would undoubtedly be done. Br.  James would be welcomed by hundreds  to this country again, will he not come?  It requires good faithful and able men  here, and every where else. Br. Ivins  will give you more particulars about  the people in this country. I shall re turn to Philadelphia in a few days  where I expect to meet brother Page,  and then, if the Lord will, after holding  a few meetings in this country, we shall  proceed on to New York, there take  ship and sail over the seas. We were  in hopes of sailing earlier: but it has  been impossible to get away from the  people any sooner. I have a great de sire that some able defenders of the  faith, should be sent into this country.  There are many populous towns and  cities here, and we want men who are  able to stand up and declare the whole  counsel of God.
I have preached this day to a large  audience in the woods. At our meet ing was an old gentleman who accused  me of lying in my preaching, and inter rupted the discourse. He was so bad ly intoxicated that he could not tell a  lie from a bottle of rum. He was soon  taken off the ground by the civil au thority. Here we had a fair specimen  of the depravity of that spirit and heart  that oppose the work of God. The  minister in the pulpit, the profane per son, the thief, the liar, and the drunk ard wallowing in filth and mire, all  join to put down the truth and accuse  the servants of the Lord of lying, etc.  What an honorable, worthy and pious  company, they, all actuated by one  spirit, serving one Master, traveling  the same road, and going to the same  hell!! If ever there was a time when  the trump of repentance ought to be  sounded in the ears of sectarian priests  and drunkards, it is now. But the day  is at hand when these agents of the  lower house” will be called in, and  the truth of Heaven roll forth in glory  and fill the whole earth. Roll on thy  kingdom, O Lord! Hasten thou the  day when truth shall triumph in the  earth. Brethren, God bless you all.  pray for us, and we will do the same  for you.
Orson Hyde, Burlington County, NJ, to JS, Nauvoo, IL, 28 Sept. 1840; Times and Seasons, 1 Nov. 1840, pp. 204–205.