Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

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  • Historical Introduction
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Book 17
We spent the evening relating our adventures in escaping from the hands of our enemies s’ Story was very interesting for he was compelled to fly with a company of others and leave his family behind he said that they suffered very much on their rout with hunger as there was several of them and they were pursued by their enemies for which cause they did not consider it safe to expose themselves th being seen by the inhabitants upon one occasion they became so faint that they were almost in despair after counseling together a short time they concluded to appoint to receive the word of the Lord and then unite in prayer for that the Lord would communicate <to> them his will concerning what he would have them to do after continueing in prayer for sometime it was signified to that in the course of 2 <½> or 3 hours they might obtain some refreshment by travelling in a certain direction he made this known to the company and he set out with 2 others in quest of the promised food and after travelling several miles they came to an indians wigwam They told them by signs that they were hungry and the squaw made some cakes with all possible speed and baked them in a pan over the fire and gave each one of them 2 they then told her that there was more of their friends in woods far off and in a trice She made a quantity more of her wheat cakes and gave them to the brethren on a piece of birch bark She also gave them to understand by signs that she would send but she had but little and her papooses would be hungry if she let them have any more— The brethren traveled on length of time after this but succeeded in getting sufficient food to sustain them so that none of the company perished in a short time they separated and took different routs through the country for where arrived some time before we got there [p. [1], bk. 17]
Book 17
We spent the evening relating our adventures in escaping from the hands of our enemies s’ Story was very interesting for he was compelled to fly with a company of others and leave his family behind he said that they suffered very much on their rout with hunger as there was several of them and they were pursued by their enemies for which cause they did not consider it safe to expose themselves being seen by the inhabitants upon one occasion they became so faint that they were almost in despair after counseling together a short time they concluded to appoint to receive the word of the Lord and then unite in prayer that the Lord would communicate to them his will concerning what he would have them to do after continueing in prayer for sometime it was signified to that in the course of ½ hours they might obtain some refreshment by travelling in a certain direction he made this known to the company and he set out with 2 others in quest of the promised food and after travelling several miles they came to an indians wigwam They told them by signs that they were hungry and the squaw made some cakes with all possible speed and baked them in a pan over the fire and gave each one of them 2 they then told her that there was more of their friends in woods far off and in a trice She made a quantity more of her wheat cakes and gave them to the brethren on a piece of birch bark She also gave them to understand by signs that she would send but she had but little and her papooses would be hungry if she let them have any more— The brethren traveled on this but succeeded in getting sufficient food to sustain them so that none of the company perished in a short time they separated and took different routs through the country for where arrived some time before we got there [p. [1], bk. 17]
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