Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

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  • Historical Introduction
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that was always as feint hearted as any woman and far more  so than his <own> wife for had his faith patience and courage  been as genuine as Sister Rigdons he would not have been  where he is now when those wh the 12 many of whom  were then cheerful to take the brunt of danger and har dship that he recoiled from are Shining as much bri ghter in comparison to him as the Light of the Sun is  brighter than the smoke of a tar hill
The next move the mob no I will now return to the Mob  for we have said little of their proceedings for sometime  principally because they were not of suficient importance  to demand attention. but when they found that des pite their best endeavors we had built our the   and that we were to in midst of our  comfort which we enjoyed on account of it beco me divided they began to renew their diligence  to effect the desire of their hearts which was our  overthrow Their first movement towards this was to  commence sueing My son Joseph for debt and with this  pretense they would Siezed upon every any <every> piece of property  which they could have least pretext to lay hold upon and  they considered it quite sufficient if the article in question be longed to any one of the family Their great they determined to  have <get> the possession of some Mum[m]ies and the records  which attended them and declared that they  would fetch them all from the Mormon meeting   and burn them and accordingly they  levied an execution upon them claiming that  they belonged to Joseph and he was owing them a  debt of 50 dollars this was an unjust demand and for  we was not oweing any man out of the church any  thing but as Joseph had and by various stratag ems we kept them out of the hands of the rabb le who were joined to with the appostates in devis ing every invention for our to get these things  into their hands possession in order to destroy the  only then existing evidence in writing of the book [p. [11], bk. 14]
that was always as feint hearted as any woman and far more so than his own wife for had his faith patience and courage been as genuine as Sister Rigdons he would not have been where he is now when the 12 many of whom were then cheerful to take the brunt of danger and hardship that he recoiled from are Shining as much brighter in comparison to him as the Light of the Sun is brighter than the smoke of a tar hill
I will now return to the Mob for we have said little of their proceedings for sometime principally because they were not of suficient importance to demand attention. but when they found that despite their best endeavors we had built the and that we were in midst of our comfort which we enjoyed on account of it become divided they began to renew their diligence to effect the desire of their hearts which was our overthrow Their first movement towards this was to commence sueing My son Joseph for debt and with this pretense they Siezed upon every piece of property which they could have least pretext to lay hold upon and they considered it quite sufficient if the article in question belonged to any one of the family they determined to get possession of some Mummies and the records which attended them and declared that they would fetch them all from the Mormon meeting and burn them accordingly they levied an execution upon them claiming that they belonged to Joseph and he was owing them a debt of 50 dollars this was an unjust demand for we was not oweing any man out of the church any thing and by various stratagems we kept them out of the hands of the rabble who were joined with the appostates in devising every invention to get these things into their possession in order to destroy the only then existing evidence in writing of the book [p. [11], bk. 14]
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