Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

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  • Historical Introduction
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<october 3. 1843 Sophronia & daughter of died of the scarlet fever>
this transaction <there> was <now> followed by a season of peace which lasted untill the winter of 1844 when the Police <of the > was organized Joseph in addressing them said that if it there were not such men as brutus in the church he might live as long as ceasar would have lived but he feared this was construed into an insinuation that Some one of the brethren suspecting that Joseph had allusion to mentioned it to an intimate friend this friend was of a very immaginative disposition turn of mind and his suspicions being roused he went to and told a treme[n]dous tale which believed and when he asked Joseph about it a councill was call and Joseph proved what he did say and this satisfied and he said that [he] believed that no harm was intended to him or any other person— about this [time?] a man by the name of Jack who had been several months in the place asked for his daughter Lovina [Smith] for he wished to make a wif[e] of her not choosing to have his daughter marry a man who did not belong to the church refused for this and other reasons to give her to him this [illegible] then asked Joseph to his influence with to get the girl for him Joseph refusing to do so went to to get his assistance in stealing Lovina from her father heard of this and wa asked me what he should do <came to me several times for advice> he said he was alarmed about her that he felt worse than he did when he was in prison— went from one to another wherever he could learn that any one had any feeling against our family and called <he held> secret me meetings and till finally he succceeded in getting a number to join [p. 6, bk. [19]]
october 3. 1843 Sophronia & daughter of died of the scarlet fever
there was now a season of peace which lasted untill the winter of 1844 when the Police of the was organized Joseph in addressing them said that if there were not such men as brutus in the church he might live as long as ceasar would have lived one of the brethren suspecting that Joseph had allusion to mentioned it to an intimate friend this friend was of a very immaginative turn of mind and his suspicions being roused he went to and told a tremendous tale which believed and when he asked Joseph about it a councill was call and Joseph proved what he did say this satisfied and he said that he believed that no harm was intended to him or any other person— about this [time] a man by the name of who had been several months in the place asked for his daughter Lovina [Smith] for he wished to make a wife of her not choosing to have his daughter marry a man who did not belong to the church refused for this and other reasons to give her to him this then asked Joseph to his influence with to get the girl for him Joseph refusing to do so went to to get his assistance in stealing Lovina from her father heard of this and came to me several times for advice he said he was alarmed about her that he felt worse than he did when he was in prison— went from one to another wherever he could learn that any one had any feeling against our family secret till finally he succceeded in getting a number to join [p. 6, bk. [19]]
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