Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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[illegible] [re]ady cash and of course in no strait for <the> [4 words illegible] [illegible] replied the Quaker is buisness of my own [4 words illegible] <said> I can pay you $6 now the [4 words illegible] [2 words illegible] it for as a I have not got it for you”
[illegible] answered “the Quaker I will not wait one [4 words illegible] does not pay me the money immediately thee shall go [2 words illegible] to the Jail. unless” (going to the fire and shaking his hand viole[ntly] up and down over the fire) “thee will burn <up> these books of Mormon for if thee will throw them into the fire and burn them up I will forgive thee the debt”
My said but <very> little to this he merely sa rediculous proposition but merely answered in a cool decided manner “No si[r] I shall not do that” very
“very well” said the Quaker “thee shall go to jail then.”
Sir interrupted I taking my Gold beads <from my neck> and holding them [to]wards him These beads are the full value of the remainder of the debt— and we do not wish to owe any man I beg of you to take these and be satisfied to give up the note
No indeed ejaculated he in a tone of triumph Nothing wil[l] do but the money down or thy goes straightway to Jail—
Now here said I just look at it the thing his as it is because God has raised up my son to bring forth a book which was written for the salvation of the souls of people and for the salvation of your soul as well as mine you have com[e] here to distress me my family and me by taking my away to Jail and you think by this to compel us to deny the work of God and to destroy a book which has we know has be[en] brought forth by the gift of the Holy Ghost but sir we shall not burn the book of Mormon nor deny the inspiration of the Almighty
He then went to the door and called a constable whom he had directed to be close at his heels ready to take my in case it was possible to get any advantage of him The constable was not slack to <in the> perform<ance of> (what the circamstances gave <him> the circumstances gave power to do) for (will not say his duty.) clapping his hand on My ’s shoulder he said you are my prisoner. I entreated the [illegible] [p. [3], bk. [10]]
[re]ady cash and of course in no strait for the replied the Quaker is buisness of my own said I can pay you $6 now the it for as I have not got it for you”
answered “the Quaker I will not wait one does not pay me the money immediately thee shall go to the Jail. unless” (going to the fire and shaking his hand violently up and down over the fire) “thee will burn up the books of Mormon if thee will throw them into the fire and burn them up I will forgive thee the debt”
My said but very little to this rediculous proposition but merely answered in a cool decided manner “No sir I shall not do that”
“very well” said the Quaker “thee shall go to jail then.”
Sir interrupted I taking my Gold beads from my neck and holding them towards him These beads are the full value of the remainder of the debt— and we do not wish to owe any man I beg of you to take these and be satisfied to give up the note
No indeed ejaculated he in a tone of triumph Nothing will do but the money down or thy goes straightway to Jail—
Now here said I just look at the thing as it is because God has raised up my son to bring forth a book which was written for the salvation of the souls of people and for the salvation of your soul as well as mine you have come here to distress my family and me by taking my away to Jail and you think by this to compel us to deny the work of God and to destroy a book which we know has been brought forth by the gift of the Holy Ghost but sir we shall not burn the book of Mormon nor deny the inspiration of the Almighty
He then went to the door and called a constable whom he had directed to be close at his heels ready to take my in case it was possible to get any advantage of him The constable was not slack in the performance of (what the circamstances gave him the power to do) (will not say his duty.) clapping his hand on My ’s shoulder he said you are my prisoner. I entreated the [p. [3], bk. [10]]
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