Letter from Orson Hyde and John E. Page, 1 May 1840
- Source Note
While en route to Europe, and wrote a letter on 1 May 1840 from , Ohio, to JS in , Illinois. At a 6 April 1840 general of the held in Nauvoo, Hyde was appointed to serve a proselytizing mission to , , , Constantinople, and the Holy Land with the specific objective of gathering the Jews and restoring the house of Israel. Page was selected to accompany him at another session of the same conference two days later. Hyde left Nauvoo on 15 April and met Page the following day in , Illinois.While in other letters and provided fairly detailed accounts of their activities during the first months of their missions, they devoted this 1 May letter almost exclusively to asking JS for permission to translate the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants into German and to publish a new hymnal. In letters they wrote on their missions, members of the frequently discussed the need for new editions of church publications. On 22 November 1839, wrote to JS requesting authorization to publish the Book of Mormon in , and on 7 May 1840 wrote to JS asking permission to publish the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants in . In the letter featured here, Hyde and Page also requested JS’s direction on their plan to write a book to be published in , in which they planned to describe the church’s organization and teachings and summarize the origins of the Book of Mormon. JS responded to these questions in a 14 May 1840 letter addressed to Hyde and Page in .The original letter has not been located. copied the letter into JS Letterbook 2 sometime in 1840, likely in June or July.