Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Now my dear readers I shall introduce to your <attention> having given a slight sketch of each individual of my s household preceeding me I take up myself in order I was born in Gilsun <State of New Hampshire> July 8th 1776 Of the friends of my youth witho Schooll mates with <me> in childhood (who will probably r[e]cognize in the author their old associate) theirthere remains the chi[l]dren of one Mr. Harmon John Josiah Martha called patty by her mates also the daughters of Colonel <ebenezer> Bill (whose brother Married my sister Lydia) These were <Rachel> Mahettable Anne From Gilsum moved to Monteque here I became acquainted with the Family of Captain Gun, Thankful Unice Abel <&> Martin <also> Mr Harvey chi[l]dren I mention these as I shall also others as I pass along I<n> hopes that this may reach them for and by this means I shall be able to make myself known to them 2 <years> befor sister lovina’s d[e]ath I visited sister tuttle who was then sick at south Hadly where <here lived one> C<olonel> Woodbridge <who> bought a large Church bell about this time which was hung while I was there and I undersand remains till this day day a company of young folks went to see it when it was first hung I was one of the member and was the first who ever rang the Bell this Colonel W afterwards built a large Establishment for the educaton of poor children before I returned home my moved back to Gilsom where I continued with my parents untill my youngest sisters death Shortly after this my Brother Colonel <right> <Stephen> Mack <came from tunbridge on a visit> persuaded me my parents to let him take me with him to tunbridge in order to divert my mind from the death of my sister as the Grief it occasioned was preying upon my <health> and [p. [1], bk. 2]
Book 2
Now my dear readers I shall introduce to your attention having given a slight sketch of each individual of my s household preceeding me I take up myself in order I was born in Gilsun State of New Hampshire July 8th 1776 Of the friends of my youth Schooll mates with me in childhood (who will probably recognize in the author their old associate) there remains the children of one Mr. Harmon John Josiah Martha called patty by her mates also the daughters of Colonel ebenezer Bill (whose brother Married my sister Lydia) These were Rachel Mahettable Anne From Gilsum moved to Monteque here I became acquainted with the Family of Captain Gun, Thankful Unice Abel & Martin also Mr Harvey children I mention these as I shall also others as I pass along In hopes that this may reach them and by this means I shall be able to make myself known to them 2 years befor sister lovina’s death I visited sister tuttle who was then sick at south Hadly here lived one Colonel Woodbridge who bought a large Church bell about this time which was hung while I was there and I undersand remains till this day a company of young folks went to see it when it was first hung I was one of the member and was the first who ever rang the Bell this Colonel W afterwards built a large Establishment for the educaton of poor children before I returned home my moved back to Gilsom where I continued with my parents untill my youngest sisters death Shortly after this my Brother right Stephen Mack came from tunbridge on a visit persuaded my parents to let him take me with him to tunbridge in order to divert my mind from the death of my sister as the Grief it occasioned was preying upon my health and [p. [1], bk. 2]
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