Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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On [blank] Joseph and came to this place  which was then called to look at the <a> situation  and make a purchase of land in order to gather the  saints togather again if possible on the same land  He succeeded in buying a large tract of land from  [blank] [Hugh] White who was one of the proprietors of  and returned for their families we remained but I but  a short time in after they left as we were  not ready to leave at that time but in a few days  my sons sent a team after us to bring us from  to for my s health was so poor that  he was unable to attend to any kind of buisness and  they wanted to have their near them Jacob  Bigler came after us but when he saw how poor my  s health was he thought best to leave the hea vy waggon which he had brought and get a carri age that would be more pleasant to travel in  In this vehicle The morning before we were started Mr. Messer  came in and said that he could not go to work for he wan ted to stay with us while we remained ‘this’ siad Mr M  “is the first time I ever left my work on account of a  neighbor leaving the place”. he remained with us all the  forenoon and in the afternoon returned with his wife and  staid till near dark and when they I have always had  the warmest attachment for this family and I pray God  that his choicest blessings may rest upon them—
The next morning we set out for commerce and proceeded  about 20 miles when our carriage broke down and leav ing us in the middle of the Prarie unable to proceed  on our journey untill Brother Bigler some distance and  get assistance another waggon here my and I  sat in the burning sun nearly 3 hours before the nec essary aid could be obtained we then started on and  soon arrived at Bear creek below this stream  was very high and it was very dangerous for strangers  to cross it at all but by Providentialy we took the right  course and with much difficulty got across [p. [6], bk. 17]
On [blank] Joseph and came to this place which was then called to look at a situation and make a purchase of land in order to gather the saints togather again if possible on the same land He succeeded in buying a large tract of land from [blank] [Hugh] White who was one of the proprietors of and returned for their families we remained a short time in after they left as we were not ready to leave at that time but in a few days my sons sent a team after us to bring us from to for my s health was so poor that he was unable to attend to any kind of buisness and they wanted to have their near them Jacob Bigler came after us but when he saw how poor my s health was he thought best to leave the heavy waggon which he had brought and get a carriage that would be more pleasant to travel in The morning before we started Mr. Messer came in and said that he could not go to work for he wanted to stay with us while we remained ‘this’ siad Mr M “is the first time I ever left my work on account of a neighbor leaving the place”. he remained with us all the forenoon and in the afternoon returned with his wife and staid till near dark I have always had the warmest attachment for this family and I pray God that his choicest blessings may rest upon them—
The next morning we set out for commerce and proceeded about 20 miles when our carriage broke down leaving us in the middle of the Prarie unable to proceed on our journey untill Brother Bigler some distance and get another waggon here my and I sat in the burning sun nearly 3 hours before the necessary aid could be obtained we then started on and soon arrived at Bear creek below this stream was very high and it was very dangerous for strangers to cross it at all but Providentialy we took the right course and with much difficulty got across [p. [6], bk. 17]
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