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Letter from Orson Hyde, 17 July 1841

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 and re build the city—rear a Temple to the name  of the Most High, and restore our ancient  worship.” “Jerusalem 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, Letter, Ratisbon, Bavaria, to JS, Nauvoo, IL, 17 July 1841; in Times and Seasons, 15 Oct. 1841, 2:570–573.

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