Orson Hyde stated that emancipation will empower Black people.

Jan 2, 1843
Personal Journal / Diary
Joseph Smith, Jr.
Scribed Paraphrase

Joseph Smith, Journal, January 2,1843, The Joseph Smith Papers website, accessed May 13, 2021

Willard Richards
Joseph Smith, Jr., Orson Hyde, Willard Richards
Reading Public

Elder [Orson] Hyde was present. & after Supper asked what is the situation of the Negro? They come into the world slaves mentally & phy[s]ically. change their situation with the white & they would be like tthem. they have souls & are subjects of salvation go into cincinati— & find one— educated rid[e]s in his carriage he has risen by the power of his mind to his exal[te]d state. of r[e]spectability. Slaves in washington more refind than the presidents. boys will take the shine off those they brush & wait on.— Says Elder Hyde put them on the level & they will rise above me.— Joseph[:] if I raised you to be my equal & then attempt to oppress you would you not be indignant, & Try to rise above me? . . . had I any thing to do with the negro— I would confine them to by strict Laws to their own Species put them on a national Equalization"

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