Ragensburgh den 22stan June 1842

Bro. Pratt,

I cannot but express my grattitude to you for giveing me notice of Bro. Snider’s arrival, and for the favorable news from my family. I feel thankful to the Lord that they are alive and well, and am glad that Bro. Snider, has come to England again, as he is an old friend of us both, I shall be particularly pleased to see you both together.

Bro. Snow says, “come ahead”! I can see in my imagination every mussle and feature of bro. Snow’s countenance as he said those words. My respects and good wishes to him, and to Bro. Snider, yourself and family.

I think that I shall be able to come to to London by the 1st of Sept. My book is nearly all ready for the press and I have made partial arrangements for it, being printed, but as there are some things that indirectly lays the ax at the root of papacy, I know not but the police will take it away from me before I can get it out of the press. But if the Lord prosper, they shall soon have the trials. I have a printer engaged to undertake it. But, at best, I think it will be <like> throwing stones into a hornets nest.

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Now Bro. Pratt, let <me> suggest to you some things concerning the proprity of not going on board the ship you mention, by way of New Orleans.

I shall have been absent from my family nearly three years. Thir clothes, thir beds, thir articles to keep house <with> will be worn out. They have no cow I suppose, and in fine, no nothing. I shall have just about money enough to go to Nauvoo, and nothing over prehaps, so that I shall arrive at home after this long absence without a dollar to make glad the hearts of my family. Now as I have been at Jerusalem, and may on that account excite the people to come together to hear me preach, would it not be better for me to go to new York, and preach my way home, and g do all the good I can and for my families sake get all the good I can. I need not say more upon this f matter, for you will readily understand it.

Yet I will be subject to counsel, but if you counsel me to go by new Orleans with a company of Saints, I hope you will counsel them <to> do something for your hous my family

From New Your York to Nauvoo is the only ground <from> which I have calculated to reap a little harvest and if I pass by that, I must go into post nearly under bail poles.

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Will you write me on receipt of this and let me know what you think still further about the matter [large rectangle missing in the center of the page]Wha…wil me to do, I think after…will do the Lord being… [unreadable]

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You ne…any more about me, I d…know where I am or what I am doing. The Lord certainly knows, and I expect the Devil does also. If he does not, he will soon find out. And hope to make the Lord my trust. They It is no use to avid trials here. We have got got to suffer just about so much before we can Reign with Christ and the sooner they come, the sooner they will be over. The Lord give strength according to our day, and let the battle move, is my prayer.

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Pray for me, and I will even do so for you. Concerning old Mr. Brotherton I am not disappointed, but I hardly the old hardly the old lady would go by the board. Tell Sister Jane and Bro. William Hardman, that I hope they will not let these things move them. My good wishes to them to them when you see them, and also to Bro. Richards

May the Lord bless you all


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[Transcribed by Mauri Pratt and Suzanne Taysom, Oct. 2015]

“Orson Hyde letter, Regensburg, to Parley P. Pratt, 1842 June 22,” Parley P. Pratt correspondence 1842-1855; MS 897, folder 1, document 6, p. 1-4 (https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE1738096 : Retrieved 12 Oct 2015), Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Ut.

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