Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

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  • Historical Introduction
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and walked the floor she sobbed again and then looked up into my face with an appearance of natural life breathing freely. My soul was satisfied but my strength was gone I laid her on the bed and sank beside <by her side> her overpowered by excess of feeling you will anticipate me in the fact of her <final> recoverey so and I shall here be under the necessity of turning the subject to my 3 son Joseph who had so far recovered that he sat up when he <one day> sudenly screamed out with a severe pain in his shoulder and seemed in Such e[x]treme distress that we were fearful that something dreadful was about to ensue and sent immediately for the Doctor who said he was of the opinion it was a sprain but the child said this could not be the case as he had not been hurt but that a sharp pain took him very suddenly that he had not been hurt and <he> knew [no] cause for it. The physician insisted upon <the truth of> his first opinion and anointed his the shou[lder] with bone linament but the pain remmained as severe as ever for 2 weeks when the Doctor made a close examination and found that a very large fever sore had gathered between the breast and shoulder which when it was lanced discharged a full quart of of Matter As soon as this sore had discharged itself the pain left it and Shot shooting like ligh[t]ning as he said down his side into the marrow of his leg on the same side, The boy was almost in total despair Oh said he the pain is so severe how can I bear it His leg immediately began to swell and he continued in the most excutiating pain for 2 weeks longer during this time I carried him in my arms continually sootheing him and doing all that my utmost ingenuity could suggest untill to ease his sufferrings until [p. [11], bk. 2]
and walked the floor she sobbed again and then looked up into my face with an appearance of natural life breathing freely. My soul was satisfied but my strength was gone I laid her on the bed and sank by her side overpowered by excess of feeling you will anticipate me in the fact of her final recoverey and I shall here be under the necessity of turning the subject to my 3 son Joseph who had so far recovered that he sat up when he one day sudenly screamed out with a severe pain in his shoulder and seemed in Such extreme distress that we were fearful that something dreadful was about to ensue and sent immediately for the Doctor who said he was of the opinion it was a sprain but the child said this could not be the case as he had not been hurt but that a sharp pain took him very suddenly and he knew [no] cause for it. The physician insisted upon the truth of his first opinion and anointed the shoulder with bone linament but the pain remmained as severe as ever for 2 weeks when the Doctor made a close examination and found that a very large fever sore had gathered between the breast and shoulder which when it was lanced discharged a full quart of Matter As soon as this sore had discharged itself the pain left it shooting like lightning as he said down his side into the marrow of his leg on the same side, The boy was almost in total despair Oh said he the pain is so severe how can I bear it His leg immediately began to swell and he continued in the most excutiating pain for 2 weeks longer during this time I carried him in my arms continually sootheing him and doing all that my utmost ingenuity could suggest to ease his sufferrings until [p. [11], bk. 2]
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