Letter from Orson Hyde, 28 September 1840
, Letter, , NJ, to “Dear Brethren” (including JS), [, Hancock Co., IL], 28 Sept. 1840. Featured version published in Times and Seasons, 1 Nov. 1840, 204–205. For more complete source information, see the source note for Letter to Isaac Galland, 22 Mar. 1839.
On 28 September 1840, wrote to JS and other leaders in , Illinois, reporting on his recent proselytizing efforts. On 6 April 1840, Hyde spoke to a general of the church in Nauvoo of an earlier prophecy that he “had a great work to perform among the Jews” and afterward stated his intention to undertake a mission to preach to the Jews. He proposed to visit and gather information from Jews in , , , Constantinople, and the Holy Land, a plan the conference approved. At another session of the conference two days later, apostle was appointed to accompany Hyde, and the two men departed Nauvoo a week later. Hyde and Page made their way eastward, procuring funds for their trip and proselytizing en route. They spent much of the time separated, and Hyde eventually traveled through Europe and on to alone.On 28 April, and wrote from , Illinois, to the editors of the church’s newspaper, Times and Seasons, regarding their travels and the results of their proselytizing efforts up to that point. Hyde wrote to the newspaper again from Franklin, Ohio, on 7 July. Page wrote to JS and church members in Nauvoo about his recent travels on 23 September, five days before Hyde wrote this 28 September letter. In this letter, Hyde described the events of his mission beginning with his separation from Page in at the end of August. Hyde related the details of his journey through and , noting his own successes and the efforts of other missionaries in developing church throughout the area, especially in and , Pennsylvania.The original letter is apparently not extant. The version featured here was published in the 1 November 1840 issue of the Times and Seasons.