Philadelphia, August 30, 1846.
Messrs. J. Taylor and Orson Hyde –
Knowing from your public proceedings, as well as otherwise, that you, and others associated with you, claim the right, and are attempting to use the power of dictating all the affairs of the Church of Jesus Christ in all the world, not under the directions of the first presidency thereof, but independently; I suggest to you the propriety of publicly showing by what means you are authorized to act as leaders to said Church, and offer to publicly discuss that question with you in this city, or any other proper place that will suit your convenience.
Your answer to this, left at the house of Jacob Gibson, on the N.E. corner of Third and Dock streets, near the postoffice, will receive immediate attention.
JAMES J. STRANG.
Answer to the Above
After Lucifer was cut off and thrust down to hell, we have no knowledge that God ever condescended to investigate the subject or right of authority with him.
Your case has been disposed of by the authorities of the Church, and being satisfied with our own power and calling, we have no disposition to ask whence yours came.