Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Book 19
The ne My children were all there save Who did not arrive untill 2 days later <the evening of the 2 day> but we were compelled to attend his obsequ[i]es the day following that on which he died or run the risk of have Seeing and Joseph torn from their s corpse and carried to prison and perhaps back to — by our enemies who had obtained another writ which they were hurrying to the in order to serve upon my sons— for this cause My was interred before I arrived. after which my sons again fled from the and I returned to my desolate home
arrived that evening bringing her on a bed sick with the ague she remained with us a length of time for we all felt so desolate that I we could not bear to be seperated
My own heart was broken and I had but one inducement <reason> to desire life which was as said in his dying moments that I might comfort my children <and> all that has passed with me since that time except the calamities which have befallen my own family is like a shadow or a dream except the calamities all that has transpired since that period <of my own family> has been as though I looked upon it from another world like a dream as a night vision— every nerve of my mind being then drawn to its utmost tension was <not> left <to much relaxed to be> in a situation to be acted by any thing but a like circumstance— from this time I shall enumerate <the events of> my life as rapidly as possible and whilst shall endeavor to relate supress my feellings <altogether> untill I have related the remainder of what I have to tell The evening after my was buried retur arrived at home at our house [p. 1, bk. [19]]
Book 19
My children were all there save Who did not arrive untill the evening of the 2 day but we were compelled to attend his obsequies the day following that on which he died or run the risk of Seeing and Joseph torn from their s corpse and carried to prison and perhaps back to — by our enemies who had obtained another writ which they were hurrying to the in order to serve upon my sons— for this cause My was interred before arrived. after which my sons again fled from the and I returned to my desolate home
except the calamities all that has transpired since that period of my own family has been like a dream as a night vision— every nerve of my mind being then drawn to its utmost tension was left to much relaxed to be in a situation to be acted by any thing but a like circumstance— from this time I shall enumerate the events of my life as rapidly as possible and shall endeavor to supress my feellings altogether untill I have related of what I have to tell The evening after my was buried arrived at our house [p. 1, bk. [19]]
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