Letter to Orson Hyde and John E. Page, 14 May 1840

to you, which you may get translated, and printed into  any language you please. Should we not be able to send  some to you, and there should be a great call for Hymns  where you may be; then I should have no objections to  your publishing the present one. Were you to publish  the Book of Mormon, Doctrine & Covenants, or Hymn Book;  I desire the copy rights of the same to be secured in my name.
With respect to publishing any other work, either  original, or those which have been published before, you  will be governed by circumstances; if you think nece ssary to do so I shall have no objections whatever— It  will be well to study plainness and simplicity in what ever you may publish “for my soul delighteth in pla[i]n ness”. I feel much pleased with the spirit of yo ur letter, and be assured, Dear Bretheren, of my hearty  co-operation, and my prayers for your welfare and sucess.
In answer to your enquiry in a former letter, relative  to the duty of the seventies in regulating churches &c;  I say that the duties of the seventies is, more particularly  to preach the Gospel, & build up churches, rather than  regulate them.— that a high priest may take charge of them.
If a high priest should be remiss in his duty, &  should lead, or suffer the church to be led astray; de part from the ordinances of the Lord, then it is the duty  of one of the seventies, acting under the special direction  of the twelve— being duly commissioned by them with  their delegated authority, to go that church and if agree able to a majority of the members of said church to pro ceed to regulate and put in order the same— otherwise  he can have no authority to act
<J Smith Jr> [p. 147]
JS, letter, Nauvoo, IL, to Orson Hyde and John E. Page, Cincinnati, OH; handwriting of Howard Coray; in JS Letterbook 2, pp. 146–147; JS Collection, CHL.