Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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being fulfilled but if it proves to be true I will never dispute you again while I live— I asked him if he would stay in town long enough to see if I told him the truth and he did so that night upon lieing down upon my bed to go to sleep I saw my sons in vision on the prarie in they appeared to be very tired and hungry they had but one horse and I saw them stop and tie the horse to the burnt Stub of a sappling after which they laid down on the ground to rest themselves and as they lay there oh how pale and faint they looked I sprang up in bed oh <I> said I I see Josep[h] and and they are so weak they can scarcly stand and now they are lying on the cold ground asleep Oh! how I want to give them something to eat begged me to be quiet saying I was nervous but it was impossible for they were still before my eyes and I saw them untill they had lain there near 2 hours then one of them went away to try to get something to eat and but did not succeed and they traveled on rode at this time and Joseph walked by his side holding himself up by the stirrup leather I could see him almost reel with fa weakness and yet I could not help him My soul was grieved and I could not sleep so I arose from my bed and spent the night walking the floor the next day I commenced making preparations for their reception as confidently as though I had received word that they would be there to supper but oh the day was so long so tedious I though in the afternoon near sunset I went upstairs to consult with about my cooking and as we came down she was before me and when she came to the bottom of the stairs She screamed out there is this man had been in prisoners with my sons Oh My brothers!— said She where are they told us that and Joseph were then [p. [4], bk. 17]
being fulfilled but if it proves to be true I will never dispute you again while I live— I asked him if he would stay in town long enough to see if I told him the truth and he did so that night upon lieing down upon my bed to go to sleep I saw my sons in vision on the prarie in they appeared to be very tired and hungry they had but one horse and I saw them stop and tie the horse to the burnt Stub of a sappling after which they laid down on the ground to rest themselves and as they lay there oh how pale and faint they looked I sprang up in bed oh I said I see Joseph and and they are so weak they can scarcly stand and now they are lying on the cold ground asleep Oh! how I want to give them something to eat begged me to be quiet saying I was nervous but it was impossible for they were still before my eyes and I saw them untill they had lain there near 2 hours then one of them went away to try to get something to eat but did not succeed and they traveled on rode at this time and Joseph walked by his side holding himself up by the stirrup leather I could see him almost reel with weakness and yet I could not help him My soul was grieved and I could not sleep so I arose from my bed and spent the night walking the floor the next day I commenced making preparations for their reception as confidently as though I had received word that they would be there to supper but the day was so long so tedious in the afternoon near sunset I went upstairs to consult with about my cooking and as we came down she was before me and when she came to the bottom of the stairs She screamed out there is this man had been in prison with my sons My brothers!— said She where are they told us that and Joseph were then [p. [4], bk. 17]
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