Letter from Orson Hyde, 25 April 1844

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April 25th. 1844.
Hon. Sir,
I take the liberty to transmit, through you, to the council of our church, the result of my labours thus far:— I arrived in this place on the 23rd Inst. by way of , , and .
I found Elder here, having been called home to on account of his wife’s ill health. Elder has been indefatigueable in his exertions in prosecuting the business entrusted to his charge. His business has been before the Senate and referred to the committee on the judiciary, and the report of said committee is not yet rendered which is the cause of his delay in writing to you.
Yesterday we conversed with Messrs , , and , and last evening we spent several hours with the Hon. Mr. [James] Semple. They all appear deeply interested in the question, and received us with every demonstration of respect that we could desire. thought the bill would not pass from the fact, that there already exits between and a treaty for the joint occupancy of , and that any act of our government authorizing and armed force to be raised, and destined for that country, would be regarded by as an infraction of that treaty, and a cause of her commencing hostilities against us. But my reply was. These volunteers are not to be considered any part or portition of the Army of the , neither acting under the direction or Authority of the ; and said I, for men to go to there and settle in the character of emigrants [p. 1]
April 25th. 1844.
Hon. Sir,
I take the liberty to transmit, through you, to the council of our church, the result of my labours thus far:— I arrived in this place on the 23rd Inst. by way of , , and .
I found Elder here, having been called home to on account of his wife’s ill health. Elder has been indefatigueable in his exertions in prosecuting the business entrusted to his charge. His business has been before the Senate and referred to the committee on the judiciary, and the report of said committee is not yet rendered which is the cause of his delay in writing to you.
Yesterday we conversed with Messrs , , and , and last evening we spent several hours with the Hon. Mr. [James] Semple. They all appear deeply interested in the question, and received us with every demonstration of respect that we could desire. thought the bill would not pass from the fact, that there already exits between and a treaty for the joint occupancy of , and that any act of our government authorizing an armed force to be raised, and destined for that country, would be regarded by as an infraction of that treaty, and a cause of her commencing hostilities against us. But my reply was. These volunteers are not to be considered any part or portition of the Army of the , neither acting under the direction or Authority of the ; and said I, for men to go to there and settle in the character of emigrants [p. 1]
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