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 perh aps back to — by our enemies who had obtai ned 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 rema ined 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 calami ties 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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