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Letter from Orson Hyde, 15 December 1835

these circumstances this establishment refused  to render me that accomodation which a world lings establishment would have gladly done,  and one too, which never <received> a donation from my  me nor in whose favour I never raised my  voice or extended <exerted> my influence.
But after all this, thought I, it may be  right and I will be still— Un[t]il not long since  I asertained that Elder Wm Smith could go  to the store and get whatever he pleased,  and no one to say why do ye so, until his  account has amounted to seven Hundred  Dollars or there abouts and that he was a  silent partner in the conce[r]n yet not acknow ledged <as> such fearing that his creditors would  make a hawl upon the Store.
While we were abroad this last season  we straind every nerve to obtain a little  something for our familys and regularly  divided the monies equally for ought  that I know, not knowing that William  had such a fountain at hom[e] from  whence he drew his support. I then  called to mind the revelation in which my self, McLellen [William E. McLellin] and [David W.] Patten were chastened  and also the quotation in that revelation of  the parable of the twelve sons; as if the origi nal meaning referd directly to the twelve  apostles of the church of the Latter day  Saints, I would now ask if each one  of the twelve has not an equal right  to the same accomodations from that  Store provided they are alike faithful.  If not, with such a combination [p. 72]
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Orson Hyde, letter, Kirtland, OH, to JS, Kirtland, OH, 15 Dec. 1835; handwriting of Warren Parrish; in JS, Journal, Sept. 1835–Apr. 1836, pp. 70–74; JS Collection, CHL.

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