Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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fellow soldiers when they are murdered upon the soil whi that you and they defended breast to breast— but we are your children we love the constitution and the law and we will abide the same we love those hearts who from whose pure depths that constitution emmanated we love the hands that fought for us in our infant years we have your brethren in our midst some who battled by your side we honor and we cherish them and well and <we> love them. The scheme of our national salvation we dearly love but Oh the hands in which they are placed they will not take thee for their ensample— they have broken the Law therefore we go Mourning all the day long and the chain of the oppressor lays heavy on our ne[c]ks our feet are fettered an our hands are shackled and behold we are cast into prison still we have Nor in this all we are even Murdered and yet no one hath raised the yoke but still we bow down and bear our gr[i]ef—
Josep[h] remained with his brethren in untill a decision was had upon the subject while he was absent His ’s health was very feeble his cough increased and he became so weak that I often was often under the necessity of lifting from his bed one night <as> I was raising him up and he said I don’t know by but I shall die here alone with you and perhaps in your arms while you are lifting me— Oh no said I you will not for when you die you will have all your children round you A well said he if You say so in real earnest I believe it will be so I told that it was impressed upon my mind that such would be the case— and he was much comforted by this and <for> he had been very anxious to live untill Joseph returned if that he might bless him again before he died he however he got some better before spring so that he walked arround the neighborhood and even attended to blessing some few of the brethren among whom was Elder and his wife Mary [Judd Page] [p. [1], bk. 18]
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fellow soldiers when they are murdered upon the soil that you and they defended breast to breast— but we are your children we love the constitution and the law and we will abide the same we love those hearts from whose pure depths that constitution emmanated we love the hands that fought for us in our infant years we have your brethren in our midst some who battled by your side we honor and we cherish and we love them. The scheme of our national salvation we dearly love but Oh the hands in which they are placed they will not take thee for their ensample— therefore we go Mourning all the day long and the chain of the oppressor lays heavy on our necks our feet are fettered our hands are shackled and behold we are cast into prison Nor in this all we are even Murdered and yet no one hath raised the yoke but still we bow down and bear our grief—
Joseph remained with his brethren in untill a decision was had upon the subject while he was absent His was very feeble his cough increased and he became so weak that I was often under the necessity of lifting from his bed one night as I was raising him up he said I don’t know but I shall die here alone with you and perhaps in your arms while you are lifting me— Oh no said I you will not for when you die you will have all your children round you well said he if You say so in real earnest I believe it will be so I told that it was impressed upon my mind that such would be the case— he was much comforted by this for he had been very anxious to live untill Joseph returned that he might bless him again before he died he got some better before spring so that he walked arround the neighborhood and even attended to blessing some few of the brethren among whom was Elder and his wife Mary [Judd Page] [p. [1], bk. 18]
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