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Letter from Orson Hyde, 17 July 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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Ratisbon, on the Danube. July 17, 1841.
Dear Bro. Joseph, and all whom it may concern.
With pleasure I take my pen to write to you at this time, hoping this communication may find you as it leaves me, in good health and enjoying a comfortable measure of the Holy Spirit.
On the 20th of June last, I left London for Rotterdam. in Holland, after writing a lengthy epistle to you, and also the copy of a letter addressed to the Rev. Doct. Solomon Hirschell, President Rabbi of the Hebrews in London, which I hope you have recieved ere this. The work of the Lord was steadily advancing in London under the efficient and zealous labours of our worthy brother, Elder Lorenzo Snow.
The fine Steamer, Battavier, brought me safely over the billows of a tremendous rough sea in about 30 hours. Never did I suffer more from sea-sickness than during this short voyage; but it was soon over and we landed safely in Rotterdam. I took my lodgings at the London Hotel at two florins per diem, about three shillings and five pence sterling, or seventy five cents. Here I called on the Hebrew Rabbi, and proposed certain questions to him; but as he did not understand a word of English, it was hard for me to enter into particulars with him. I asked him, however, whether he expected his Mesiah to come directly from Heaven, or whether he expected him to be born of a woman on earth. He replied, that he expected him to be born of a woman, of the seed and lineage of David. At what period do you look for this event? Ans. “We have been looking a long time. and are now living in constant expectation of his coming.” Do you believe in the restitution of your nation to the land of your fathers, called the land of promise: “We hope it will be so,” was the reply. He then added, “We believe that many Jews will return to Jerusalem

Capital city of ancient Judea. Holy city of Christians, Jews, and Muslims. Population in 1835 about 11,000; in 1840 about 13,000; and in 1850 about 15,000. Described in 1836 as “greatly reduced from its ancient size and importance.” Occupied and governed ...

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and rebuild the city—rear a Temple to the name of the Most High, and restore our ancient worship.” “Jerusalem

Capital city of ancient Judea. Holy city of Christians, Jews, and Muslims. Population in 1835 about 11,000; in 1840 about 13,000; and in 1850 about 15,000. Described in 1836 as “greatly reduced from its ancient size and importance.” Occupied and governed ...

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shall be the capital of our nation—the centre of our union, and the Standard and Ensign of our national existence. But we do not believe that all the Jews will go there, for the place is not large enough to contain them. They are now gathering there,” [p. 570]
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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Ratisbon, on the Danube. July 17, 1841.
Dear Bro. Joseph, and all whom it  may concern.
With pleasure I take my pen to  write to you at this time, hoping this com munication may find you as it leaves me,  in good health and enjoying a comforta ble measure of the Holy Spirit.
On the 20th of June last, I left London  for Rotterdam. in Holland, after writing  a lengthy epistle to you, and also the  copy of a letter addressed to the Rev.  Doct. S[olomon] Hirschell, President Rabbi of  the Hebrews in London, which I hope  you have recieved ere this. The work  of the Lord was steadily advancing in  London under the efficient and zealous  labours of our worthy brother, Elder L[orenzo]  Snow.
The fine Steamer, Battavier, brought  me safely over the billows of a tremen dous rough sea in about 30 hours. Nev er did I suffer more from sea-sickness  than during this short voyage; but it was  soon over and we landed safely in Rot terdam. I took my lodgings at the Lon don Hotel at two florins per diem, about  three shillings and five pence sterling, or  seventy five cents. Here I called on the  Hebrew Rabbi, and proposed certain ques tions to him; but as he did not understand  a word of English, it was hard for me to  enter into particulars with him. I asked  him, however, whether he expected his  Mesiah to come directly from Heaven, or  whether he expected him to be born of a  woman on earth. He replied, that he ex pected him to be born of a woman, of the  seed and lineage of David. At what pe riod do you look for this event? Ans.  “We have been looking a long time. and  are now living in constant expectation  of his coming.” Do you believe in the  restitution of your nation to the land of  your fathers, called the land of promise:  “We hope it will be so,” was the reply.  He then added, “We believe that many  Jews will return to Jerusalem

Capital city of ancient Judea. Holy city of Christians, Jews, and Muslims. Population in 1835 about 11,000; in 1840 about 13,000; and in 1850 about 15,000. Described in 1836 as “greatly reduced from its ancient size and importance.” Occupied and governed ...

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and re build the city—rear a Temple to the name  of the Most High, and restore our ancient  worship.” “Jerusalem

Capital city of ancient Judea. Holy city of Christians, Jews, and Muslims. Population in 1835 about 11,000; in 1840 about 13,000; and in 1850 about 15,000. Described in 1836 as “greatly reduced from its ancient size and importance.” Occupied and governed ...

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shall be the cap ital of our nation—the centre of our un ion, and the Standard and Ensign of our  national existence. But we do not be lieve that all the Jews will go there, for  the place is not large enough to contain  them. They are now gathering there,” [p. 570]
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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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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, 17 July 1841; in Times and Seasons, 15 Oct. 1841, 2:570–573.

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