Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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and we give our names unto the world to witness unto  the world that which we have seen and we lie not  God bearing witness of it
After the witnesses returned to the house the Angel again  made his appearance to Joseph and received the the  plates from his hands. <#> We commenced holding meetings  that night a in the which we declared those facts  that we knew to be true. These meetings were con tinued from time to time ever afterwards it  This was thursday The ensueing Monday the company went  to for the purpose of contracting with Mr. for printing of the book after they succeeded  well and <here follows a long detail— see notes March 22 1845 Pps #> expected to carry the work Straight forwa rd. without further But A revelation came to  Joseph commanding him to see that trans cribed the whole work as second time and never  take both transcripts to the office but leave one  and carry the other so that in case one was destroyed  the other would be left furthermore was commanded to remain at our house  to assist in guarding the writings and also for the  purpose of to accompany to the Office and  back when no other person could be spared from the  place to go and come with him as it was necessary  that should be accompanied by some one for  the purpose of protecting him in case of danger. that  if this <precaution> was not the case taken his enemies would be likely  to to waylay him a in order to get the manuscript aw ay from him— and also the house would be infest[ed] [p. [2], bk. 9]
and we give our names unto the world to witness unto the world that which we have seen and we lie not God bearing witness of it
After the witnesses returned to the house the Angel again made his appearance to Joseph and received the the plates from his hands. # We commenced holding meetings that night in which we declared those facts that we knew to be true. This was thursday The ensueing Monday the company went to for the purpose of contracting with Mr. for printing of the book they succeeded well and here follows a long detail— see notes March 22 1845 Pps # A revelation came to Joseph commanding him to see that transcribed the whole work a second time and never take both transcripts to the office but leave one and carry the other so that in case one was destroyed the other would be left furthermore was commanded to remain at our house to assist in guarding the writings and also to accompany to the Office and back when no other person could be spared from the place to go and come with him as it was necessary that should be accompanied by some one for the purpose of protecting him in case of danger. that if this precaution was not taken his enemies would be likely to waylay him in order to get the manuscript away from him— and also the house would be infested [p. [2], bk. 9]
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