Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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My Sister now laid her <self> calmly back upon her pillow and said Mother brothers sisters and dear componions all farewell I am going to rest prepare to follow me for death tis <#> a Melancholly thought to those who have no God after repeating this Hymn she <and> placed her hands together across her breast and closed her eyes to open them no more in this world <the hymn was the <very> last of all>
Thus I have disposed of my oldest brother and 2 sisters next comes stephen Mack who volunteered to in the last war at 13 14 and fought by land and sea and travelled throug cold the hunger fatigue and endured every species of hardship that human nature could endure for 3 years in which time he recieved an office of honor in the army [blank] returned to his at 17 an At 21 he commenced buisness for himself in Gilsum where he entered upon merchandise He removed from thence to Tunbrige where he was very successful He built here a store a very large tavern and improve cultivated an extensive farm soon he was enabled to open a 2 wholesale and retail establishments <in the city of > whilst at this place was made a captain of a company by Hull although he had been for a long <some> time <previous> a Colonel at Tunbrige Hull at this time commanded his men to surrender Col. Mack broke his sword accross his knee and trew it into the lake His stores would have been robbed by the French both of mony and goods had it not been been for an old woman who washed for him she went into the stores and took out the money and hid it and by this means he was soon doing a <his stores Goods however were all taken but the money the old woman saved for him enabled him to recomence merchandize again com when he had done so he brought his family from tunbridge to but soon r[e]moved them> [p. [14], bk. [1]]
My Sister now laid her self calmly back upon her pillow and said Mother brothers sisters and dear componions all farewell I am going to rest prepare to follow me for death tis # a Melancholly thought and placed her hands together across her breast and closed her eyes to open them no more in this world
Thus I have disposed of my oldest brother and 2 sisters next comes stephen Mack who volunteered in the last war at 14 and fought by land and sea and travelled throug cold hunger fatigue and endured every species of hardship that human nature could endure for 3 years in which time he recieved an office of honor in the army [blank] returned to his at 17 At 21 he commenced buisness for himself in Gilsum where he entered upon merchandise He removed from thence to Tunbrige where he was very successful He built here a store a very large tavern and cultivated an extensive farm soon he was enabled to open 2 wholesale and retail establishments in the city of whilst at this place was made a captain of a company by Hull although he had been for some time previous a Colonel at Tunbrige Hull at this time commanded his men to surrender Col. Mack broke his sword accross his knee and trew it into the lake His stores would have been robbed by the French both of mony and goods had it not been been for an old woman who washed for him she went into the stores and took out the money and hid it his Goods however were all taken but the money the old woman saved for him enabled him to recomence merchandize again when he had done so he brought his family from tunbridge to but soon removed them [p. [14], bk. [1]]
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