Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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together around me and said now mark what I say to  you. When I come up the stairs and raise my hand  you must every one of you run to me as fast as you  can and you must not stop a minute will you do so  they all answered heartily yes Maam we will,  and to their cr[e]dit I would say that they kept their  faith better that some very great folks do in these  days. for they never failed to do just as I told not  only in that but every thing else while I was with  them
When we got half way to the canal broke  and we were stopped from travelling this circum stance gave rise to many evil forebodings and and  much murmuring and discontentment. “We here we are”  said they “and what are we going the Canal is broke and  we can go no farther and what next we have left  our houses and Good homes and now we have no  means of getting a living and here we must starve  No said I you will not starve neither nor any  such thing only do stop murmuring and be patient  for I have not doubt that the hand of the Lord  is over us for good and after all it is quite likely that  the Steam boats cannot leave harbor and  the town is crowded with families who are waiting  for the Ice which blockades the Harbor to break away  so that the boatts to start and are we not more  comfortable here in habitation which is paid for and  we have not the trouble <expense> of hunting <renting> a house—  Well said the sisters I suppose you know best  but it does seem to me that we would have done  better to have remained at home for there we might  set in our rocking chairs and take as much comf ort as we were a mind to and here wea are tired  out and no place to rest ourselves— I could not  help reflecting upon the contrast between their care  and fatigue and cause for complaint— and my  own
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together around me and said now mark what I say to you. When I come up the stairs and raise my hand you must every one of you run to me as fast as you can and you must not stop a minute will you do so they all answered heartily yes Maam we will, and to their credit I would say that they kept their faith better that some very great folks do in these days. for they never failed to do just as I told not only in that but every thing else while I was with them
When we got half way to the canal broke and we were stopped from travelling this circumstance gave rise to many evil forebodings and much murmuring and discontentment. “We here we are” said they “ the Canal is broke and we can go no farther and what next we have left our houses and Good homes and now we have no means of getting a living and here we must starve No said I you will not starve nor any such thing only do stop murmuring and be patient for I have not doubt that the hand of the Lord is over us for good and after all it is quite likely that the Steam boats cannot leave harbor and the town is crowded with families who are waiting for the Ice which blockades the Harbor to break away so that the boatts to start and are we not more comfortable here in habitation which is paid for and we have not the expense of renting a house— Well said the sisters I suppose you know best but it does seem to me that we would have done better to have remained at home for there we might set in our rocking chairs and take as much comfort as we were a mind to and here we are tired out and no place to rest ourselves— I could not help reflecting upon the contrast between their care and fatigue and cause for complaint— and my own
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