Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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and arrived at sister Lawrence’s house near  just after dark here we staid over night and  the next day came to where we found those  of our family who were there in good health We moved into a  small log room near Joseph’s dwelling here we might  have enjoyed ourselves in quiet retirement but my ’s health still failed and we found that medicines  were of but little benefit for he was fast sinking into  the consumption but as the season advanced the brethen  who had settled here began to feell the effects of their har dships which joined to the unhealthiness of the climate bro ught them down with agues bilous fevers to such an  eitent [extent] that there was some whole families <in> which there was  not one Who was able to give another a drink of cold  water or even th to help themselves Joseph s fam ily were mostly sick My youngest daughter was also very  sick and there was in fact but few of the inhabitants of the  place who were well Joseph and had the Sick  sick brought to their house and took care of them there  and they continued br have them brought as fast as they  were taken down untill their house which consisted of  four rooms was so crowded that they were under the necess ity of spreading a tent in yard for the reception of that  part of the family who were still on their feet. Joseph  and devoted their whole time and attention to the care of the  sick during this time of distress. (Elias came up from Pike County  to consult my upon some upon some church buisness and  returned with the intention of bringing his family but was  taken sick and died before he returned we ever saw him  again here follows the story
Here follows the story told by Aunt Mary
if this be the correct time) (if not proceed as  follows)
came from and informed us that he had  sent to for the remmainder of our furniture and  the provision which we left there and that nothing [p. [7], bk. 17]
and arrived at sister Lawrence’s house near just after dark here we staid over night and the next day came to where we found those of our family who were there in good health We moved into a small log room near Joseph’s dwelling here we might have enjoyed ourselves in quiet retirement but my ’s health still failed and we found that medicines were of but little benefit for he was fast sinking into the consumption but as the season advanced the brethen who had settled here began to feell the effects of their hardships which joined to the unhealthiness of the climate brought them down with agues bilous fevers to such an eitent [extent] that there was some whole families in which there was not one Who was able to give another a drink of cold water or even to help themselves s family were mostly sick My daughter was also very sick and there was in fact but few of the inhabitants of the place who were well Joseph and had the sick brought to their house and took care of them there and they continued have them brought as fast as they were taken down untill their house which consisted of four rooms was so crowded that they were under the necessity of spreading a tent in yard for the reception of that part of the family who were still on their feet. Joseph and devoted their whole time and attention to the care of the sick during this time of distress. ( came up from Pike County to consult my upon some upon some church buisness and returned with the intention of bringing his family but was taken sick and died before we ever saw him again
Here follows the story told by Aunt Mary
if this be the correct time) (if not proceed as follows)
came from and informed us that he had sent to for of our furniture and the provision which we left there and that nothing [p. [7], bk. 17]
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