Letter from Orson Hyde, 17 April 1841

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, April 17th 1841.
Dear Bro. Joseph:—
Once more I take my pen to write a few lines to you; most gladly would I embrace the opportunity of a personal interview with you, did it offer; but vain is the indulgence of such thoughts at present. [p. 482]
You will undoubtedly have learned that I sailed from on the 13th of February, and landed in on the 3rd of March following. We had a good passage but a rough one—I have learned that the rougher the voyage, the sooner we arrive at our destined port.— Something so is the voyage of life. To meet once more with the Twelve, brought fresh to mind, many scenes of by-gone time; and caused my heart to swell with gratitude to Him whose providential care has preserved and restored me to the embraces of that honorable body. Let the name of Jehovah be forever praised for his condescending mercy towards my brethren; and more particularly towards me.
I have sent a little present to you and , by . He will hand it to my , and she will give it to you. It is only a little token, that I have not forgotten you; for when we were sick, you took us in. I hope you will accept it, with the best wishes, and grateful acknowledgments of an absent friend and brother.
In my last to you, from , I requested you to write me a letter about the propriety of going on without and direct it to in this country. But I feel perfectly justified at present in doing as I have; and I calculate to hasten on, just as soon as the brethren sail for . Yet I should be extremely glad to hear from you at any time, and shall be happy to abide by your advice and counsel. But if I hear nothing from you to the contrary, I shall if the Lord will, hasten on as fast as possible without him. I have been greeted with a hearty welcome in this by the saints where we were acquainted, I do assure you.
I can assure you, that although you are a stranger here in one sense, yet your name is engraven as with an iron pen, upon the tablet of many warm and affectionate hearts—and it is my faith and prayer that you may be delivered from the snares and violence of wicked men—Your days many on the earth.—and your name embalmed in the memory of the just forever. And in all your blessings I hope and trust will be a happy partaker.
I wish all the saints every good thing that I can think of, and hope they will pray for me that I may have power to “lay the foundation of ,” and return again to them. I do not feel at all disheartened at the prospect of going alone. I fully believe that the Lord will open my way before me. I trust that I shall have your faith and prayers, which I most earnestly desire. I should ask you to write me, but I cannot tell you where to direct, for I know not where I may be.
I hasten to a close, by saying, may the Lord bless and prosper you; and the saints and kingdom over which you are made a steward, and preserve you and me spotless until we meet again.
Pres’t. J, Smith. [p. 483]