Letter from Orson Hyde and John E. Page, 1 May 1840

of God. We wish to be co-workers with you and with  the spirit of the Lord. We did not convers so much  upon these literary works as we should have done before  we left. The fact was, we did not begin to see the  greatness of our mission before we left home; our minds  were in a nutt shell. It seems to us that we should  spread this work among all people, Languages and  tongues so far as possible; and gather up all jewels  among the Jews besides.— who is sufficient for these  things; As agents for the Church abroad; and as  co-workers with yourself in spreading this Kingdom  to the remotest corners of the Earth; are we at liberty  to translate and publish any work, that we may think  necessary, or that the circumstances in which we are  placed seem to require whether original or works pub lished by the Church? If we are not at liberty to  take this wide range, please tell us how far we may  go. We are setting this great work before the people  as an inducement to them to help us. If we are setting  our standard too high, a word from you will bring  it down.
We have held a two days meeting in this place  But in consequences of continual rains which swelled  the creeks so high that the people could not get to  us. The meeting was 4 miles from Columbus, one  only Baptized. We have now an opportunity to ride  as far East as Indiana, beyond this Metropolis,  and have the privilege of stopping to preach by the  way
Will you write to us at Cincinatti and much  obliged— Your Bretheren in the Kingdom of God.
P.S. Will you please send word to Marinda [Nancy Johnson Hyde], that I  want her to write to me at Cinciniatti Ohio  please bear it in mind and oblige thy,
Orson Hyde and John E. Page, letter, Columbus, OH, to JS, Nauvoo, IL; handwriting of Howard Coray; in JS Letterbook 2, pp. 144–145; JS Collection, CHL.