Letter from Orson Hyde, 28 September 1840

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Burlington co. N. J. Sept. 28, 1840.
Dear Brethren.
I left at the latter part of August, and  came on up the Ohio river as far as  Wellsburgh, Va. I stopped with fa ther James, who received and enter tained me with great kindness and  hospitality. He and his daughter, a  very fine amiable young lady, were  keeping house together; and very pleas antly situated on the delightful banks  of the beautiful Ohio. Here I preach ed twice and three persons.—  Had a very pleasant visit with a broth er of Elder ’s; came on by  stage and Steam Boats to :  from thence took the canal to Leech burgh, where I stopped and preached  to a small number of saints, raised up  by the instrumentality of father Nick erson—all in good spirits. As I left  this place, about 9 o’clock in the morn ing, the most remarkable phenomenon  occured in the heavens that I ever wit nessed. There appeared two bright  and luminous bodies, one on the north,  and the other on the south side of the  sun: in length about ten yards, in clining to a circle resembling a Rain bow, about fifty yards distant from the  sun; apparently east of the sun, about  twenty-five yards, was a body of light  as briliant, almost, as the sun itself;  and on the west, a great distance from  the sun, appeared a white simi-circle  passing half way round the horizon,  and another crossing it at right angles,  exhibiting a scenery of the sublimest  kind. It was a great wonder to the  passengers on board the boat. Put this  with the fact that the Jews are [p. 104 [204]]
Burlington co. N. J. Sept. 28, 1840.
Dear Brethren.
I left at the latter part of August, and came on up the Ohio river as far as Wellsburgh, Va. I stopped with father James, who received and entertained me with great kindness and hospitality. He and his daughter, a very fine amiable young lady, were keeping house together; and very pleasantly situated on the delightful banks of the beautiful Ohio. Here I preached twice and three persons.— Had a very pleasant visit with a brother of Elder ’s; came on by stage and Steam Boats to : from thence took the canal to Leechburgh, where I stopped and preached to a small number of saints, raised up by the instrumentality of father Nickerson—all in good spirits. As I left this place, about 9 o’clock in the morning, the most remarkable phenomenon occured in the heavens that I ever witnessed. There appeared two bright and luminous bodies, one on the north, and the other on the south side of the sun: in length about ten yards, inclining to a circle resembling a Rainbow, about fifty yards distant from the sun; apparently east of the sun, about twenty-five yards, was a body of light as briliant, almost, as the sun itself; and on the west, a great distance from the sun, appeared a white simi-circle passing half way round the horizon, and another crossing it at right angles, exhibiting a scenery of the sublimest kind. It was a great wonder to the passengers on board the boat. Put this with the fact that the Jews are [p. 104 [204]]
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