Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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I will now return to Waterloo after Joseph and His   left; being one of the teachers visited the  Church calling on every family (as our custom is) he pray ed with them and did not leave the house untill every  Member of the family prayed vocally that was over eig ht years old— A time was set when the church were  to meet at my house and Set off for in the  same boat When they were collected together we numbered  80 including the children We went on board a boat which  was owned by a man who was a methodist preacher and  his wife generally went on board the boat with him and cooked  for her husband and did his work but when she  found that he was going to take a company of  Mormon’s on his boat she refused to go and Sent a  hired Girl in her stead— On the When we were ready  to start the people from all the surrounding country came  in droves to bid us farewell which they did univer[s]ally  invoking the blessing of Heaven upon our heads Just before  we shoved off from shore an old Brother by the name of   came from . He was brought into the church  by ’s preaching when he went with his to   which circumstance I have before related  This was the oldest man in the church and I would  have been Glad if he to have if he had taken the  management of the affairs of th for the company but  he as well as Brother who was also with  us Entirely refused to do so saying that everything should  be done just as said and that I with my  sons and should have the entire dictat ion— <yes responded they all together just as says so we will do> Just then Esquire Chamberlain came to and enqui red if I had what money I needed to make my family  comfortable I told him I had abundance of everything  for myself and children but it was possible that he might  find some who had not been able to provide means suff [i]cient to take them through Well here is a little cash said  he (and handed me $17) you may spend it as you like I ag ain told him I did not need it then You can deal it [p. [2], bk. 11]
I will now return to Waterloo after Joseph and His left; being one of the teachers visited the Church calling on every family (as our custom is) he prayed with them and did not leave the house untill every Member of the family prayed vocally that was over eight years old— A time was set when the church were to meet at my house and Set off for in the same boat When they were collected together we numbered 80 including the children We went on board a boat which was owned by a man who was a methodist preacher and his wife generally went on board the boat with him and did his work but when she found that he was going to take a company of Mormon’s on his boat she refused to go and Sent a hired Girl in her stead— When we were ready to start the people from all the surrounding country came in droves to bid us farewell which they did universally invoking the blessing of Heaven upon our heads Just before we shoved off from shore an old Brother by the name of came from . He was brought into the church by ’s preaching when he went with his to which circumstance I have before related This was the oldest man in the church and I would have been Glad if he had taken the management of the affairs for the company but he as well as Brother who was also with us Entirely refused to do so saying that everything should be done just as said and that I with my sons and should have the entire dictation— yes responded they all together just as says so we will do Just then Esquire Chamberlain came to and enquired if I had what money I needed to make my family comfortable I told him I had abundance of everything for myself and children but it was possible that he might find some who had not been able to provide means sufficient to take them through Well here is a little cash said he (and handed me $17) you may spend it as you like I again told him I did not need it You can deal it [p. [2], bk. 11]
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