Letter from Orson Hyde, 15 December 1835

mine honor be not thou united.
If each one has the same right, take the  baskets off from our noses or put one to Will iams nose or if this cannot be done, reconcile  the parable of the twelve sons with the sup erior priveleges that William has.
Pardon me if I speak in parables or  parody.
A certain shepherd had twelve sons  and he sent them out one day to go and  gather his flock which were scattered upon  the mountains and in the vallies afar off  they were all obedient to their fathers mand ate, and at Evening they returned with the  flock, and one son received wool enough  to make him warm and comfortable  and also recd of the flesh and milk of the  flock, the other eleven received not so much  as one kid to make merry with their freinds
These facts with some others have dis qualified my mind for studying the Heb rew Language at present, and believing, as I  do, that I must sink or swim, or in other wor ds take care of myself, I have thought that  I should take the most efficient means in  my power to get out of debt, and to this end  I proposed taking the school, but if I am  not thought competent to take the charge  of the it, or worthy to be placed in that station,  I must devise some other means to help  myself; altho having been ordained to  that office under your own hand with  a promise that it should not be taken  from me.— [p. 73]
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.