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Letter from Orson Hyde, 15 June 1841

LETTER FROM ELDER Orson HYDE

8 Jan. 1805–28 Nov. 1878. Laborer, clerk, storekeeper, teacher, editor, businessman, lawyer, judge. Born at Oxford, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Nathan Hyde and Sally Thorpe. Moved to Derby, New Haven Co., 1812. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, ...

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London June 15th, 1841.
President Smith:
Sir, With pleasure I take my pen to write you at this time, and through you to the Times and Seasons; and through it, to the saints at large; and to all whom it may concern.
May grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, rest upon you abundantly, and enable you to serve him acceptably—secure to yourself that honor which cometh from above—guide the counsels of the saints in wisdom, that peace and good will may reign predominant in Zion, and joy and gladness swell every grateful heart.
Most gladly would I embrace an opportunity of a personal interview with you, did one offer, but such a favor is beyond my reach at this time. I have just seen the 12th No. of the Times and Seasons, containing the minutes of your conference—the report of the presidency—the celebration of the anniversary of the church; and the laying of the foundation of the Temple

JS revelation, dated Jan. 1841, commanded Saints to build temple and hotel (Nauvoo House). Cornerstone laid, 6 Apr. 1841. Saints volunteered labor, money, and other resources for temple construction. Construction directed by committee, which included Reynolds...

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. This, to me, was a precious gem. It brought tidings from my own country; and from the place rendered doubly endearing from the fact that there is the home of my wife

28 June 1815–24 Mar. 1886. Born in Pomfret, Windsor Co., Vermont. Daughter of John Johnson and Alice (Elsa) Jacob. Baptized into LDS church, Apr. 1832, in Hiram, Portage Co., Ohio. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, 1833. Married Orson Hyde, 4 Sept. 1834...

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and children.
I was sorry that Elder [John E.] Page

25 Feb. 1799–14 Oct. 1867. Born at Trenton, Oneida Co., New York. Son of Ebenezer Page and Rachel Hill. Married first Betsey Thompson, 1831, in Huron Co., Ohio. Baptized into LDS church by Emer Harris, 18 Aug. 1833, at Brownhelm, Lorain Co., Ohio. Ordained...

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had been so tardy in his movements, that objections were made to him. Most gladly would I have hailed him as a companion to the Oriental Continent; but my hopes of that are fled. I shall go alone, or find some other person in all probability to go with me.
I have written a book to publish in the German language, setting forth our doctrine and principles in as clear and concise a manner as I possibly could. After giving the history of the rise of the church, in something the manner that Br. Orson Pratt

19 Sept. 1811–3 Oct. 1881. Farmer, writer, teacher, merchant, surveyor, editor, publisher. Born at Hartford, Washington Co., New York. Son of Jared Pratt and Charity Dickinson. Moved to New Lebanon, Columbia Co., New York, 1814; to Canaan, Columbia Co., fall...

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did, I have written a snug little article upon every point of doctrine believed by the saints. I began with the Priesthood, and showed that the saintswere not under the necessity of tracing back the dark and bloody stream of papal superstition to find their authority, neither were they compelled to seek for it among the floating and trancient notions of Protestant reformers; but God has sent his holy angel directly from heaven with this seal and authority, and conferred it upon men with his own hands: quoting the letter and testimony of Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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. Next was on the use and validity of the holy scriptures in the church. Next on faith, set forth from the scriptures and the book of covenants—then on repentance—then baptism—then laying on of hands—then the different offices of the church. Next the power and authority of each one; and in fine the whole order, doctrine and government of the saints. I have not written it as a law binding on the German saints; but have taken this course to illustrate and set forth the true principles of our doctrine to them, fully believing that it would meet with the cordial approbation of those whom I have the distinguished honor to represent, could they but see it. I have written a lengthy preface and introduction to it. I here copy an extract from the introduction.
“When in the course of Divine Providence, it becomes our duty to record one of those remarkable events which gives birth to a new era. and lays the foundation for the renovation of the moral world; it fills the mind with wonder, astonishment, and admiration: How welcome are the rays of the morning light, after the shades of darkness have clothed the earth in gloom! So after a long and tedious night of moral darkness under which the earth has rolled, and her inhabitants groaned for the last fourteen hundred years; an angel! an angel!! commissioned from the Almighty, discended, and rolled back the curtains of night from the minds of some, and caused the sun-beams of truth to enlighten, cheer, and warm the hearts of many. Welcome! welcome to our earth, thou messenger of the Most High! and thrice welcome, the tidings which thou hast borne!!” [p. [551]]
LETTER FROM ELDER O[rson] HYDE

8 Jan. 1805–28 Nov. 1878. Laborer, clerk, storekeeper, teacher, editor, businessman, lawyer, judge. Born at Oxford, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Nathan Hyde and Sally Thorpe. Moved to Derby, New Haven Co., 1812. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, ...

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London June 15th, 1841.
President Smith:
Sir, With pleasure I take  my pen to write you at this time, and  through you to the Times and Seasons;  and through it, to the saints at large; and  to all whom it may concern.
May grace, mercy, and peace, from  God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus  Christ, rest upon you abundantly, and  enable you to serve him acceptably— secure to yourself that honor which com eth from above—guide the counsels of  the saints in wisdom, that peace and good  will may reign predominant in Zion, and  joy and gladness swell every grateful  heart.
Most gladly would I embrace an op portunity of a personal interview with  you, did one offer, but such a favor is be yond my reach at this time. I have just  seen the 12th No. of the Times and Sea sons, containing the minutes of your con ference—the report of the presidency— the celebration of the anniversary of the  church; and the laying of the foundation  of the Temple

JS revelation, dated Jan. 1841, commanded Saints to build temple and hotel (Nauvoo House). Cornerstone laid, 6 Apr. 1841. Saints volunteered labor, money, and other resources for temple construction. Construction directed by committee, which included Reynolds...

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. This, to me, was a pre cious gem. It brought tidings from my  own country; and from the place ren dered doubly endearing from the fact that  there is the home of my wife

28 June 1815–24 Mar. 1886. Born in Pomfret, Windsor Co., Vermont. Daughter of John Johnson and Alice (Elsa) Jacob. Baptized into LDS church, Apr. 1832, in Hiram, Portage Co., Ohio. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, 1833. Married Orson Hyde, 4 Sept. 1834...

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and chil dren.
I was sorry that Elder [John E.] Page

25 Feb. 1799–14 Oct. 1867. Born at Trenton, Oneida Co., New York. Son of Ebenezer Page and Rachel Hill. Married first Betsey Thompson, 1831, in Huron Co., Ohio. Baptized into LDS church by Emer Harris, 18 Aug. 1833, at Brownhelm, Lorain Co., Ohio. Ordained...

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had been  so tardy in his movements, that objections  were made to him. Most gladly would I  have hailed him as a companion to the  Oriental Continent; but my hopes of that  are fled. I shall go alone, or find some  other person in all probability to go with  me.
I have writ[t]en a book to publish in the  German language, setting forth our doc trine and principles in as clear and con cise a manner as I possibly could. Af ter giving the history of the rise of the  church, in something the manner that  Br. O[rson] Pratt

19 Sept. 1811–3 Oct. 1881. Farmer, writer, teacher, merchant, surveyor, editor, publisher. Born at Hartford, Washington Co., New York. Son of Jared Pratt and Charity Dickinson. Moved to New Lebanon, Columbia Co., New York, 1814; to Canaan, Columbia Co., fall...

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did, I have written a snug  little article upon every point of doctrine  believed by the saints. I began with the  Priesthood, and showed that the saints were not under the necessity of tracing  back the dark and bloody stream of pa pal superstition to find their authority,  neither were they compelled to seek for  it among the floating and trancient no tions of Protestant reformers; but God  has sent his holy angel directly from  heaven with this seal and authority, and  conferred it upon men with his own  hands: quoting the letter and testimony  of O[liver] Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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. Next was on the use  and validity of the holy scriptures in the  church. Next on faith, set forth from  the scriptures and the book of covenants —then on repentance—then baptism— then laying on of hands—then the differ ent offices of the church. Next the  power and authority of each one; and in  fine the whole order, doctrine and govern ment of the saints. I have not written  it as a law binding on the German saints;  but have taken this course to illustrate  and set forth the true principles of our  doctrine to them, fully believing that it  would meet with the cordial approbation  of those whom I have the distinguished  honor to represent, could they but see it.  I have written a lengthy preface and in troduction to it. I here copy an extract  from the introduction.
“When in the course of Divine Provi dence, it becomes our duty to record one  of those remarkable events which gives  birth to a new era. and lays the founda tion for the renovation of the moral world;  it fills the mind with wonder, astonish ment, and admiration: How welcome  are the rays of the morning light, after  the shades of darkness have clothed the  earth in gloom! So after a long and te dious night of moral darkness under  which the earth has rolled, and her in habitants groaned for the last fourteen  hundred years; an angel! an angel!!  commissioned from the Almighty, dis cended, and rolled back the curtains of  night from the minds of some, and caus ed the sun-beams of truth to enlighten,  cheer, and warm the hearts of many.  Welcome! welcome to our earth, thou  messenger of the Most High! and thrice  welcome, the tidings which thou hast  borne!!” [p. [551]]
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Orson Hyde

8 Jan. 1805–28 Nov. 1878. Laborer, clerk, storekeeper, teacher, editor, businessman, lawyer, judge. Born at Oxford, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Nathan Hyde and Sally Thorpe. Moved to Derby, New Haven Co., 1812. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, ...

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, Letter, London, England, to JS, Nauvoo

Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...

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, IL, 15 June 1841; in Times and Seasons, 1 Oct. 1841, 2:551–555.

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