Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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This they agreed to <this> after a short consulting consultation; then  we went to the invalid the Doctor Said, My poor  boy, we have come again. “Yes,” said Joseph, “I see  you have; but you have not come to take off  my leg, have <you sir?”> Th No, Said the surgeon, “we it is your  s request, that we should make one  more <more> effort; and that is what we <have now> come for now.  My , look <who was constantly with the child,> seemed <for a moment> to contemplate my  countenance; [illegible] and then turning his eyes  upon his boy, <at once,> all his sufferings, <together with> and my <intense> anxiety,  seemed to rush<ed> upon his mind; [illegible] & he  burst into <a flood of> tears, and sobbed like a child.
The Surgeons now <immediately> ordered cords to be brought, and  to bind the patient <him> fast to the bedstead; But Joseph  <the <he> Subject child> objected. and When the doctor insisted that he  must be bound <confined,> the he said decidedly; “No, Doctor; I  will not be bound, I can have endure <bear> the process  better to be unconfined.” Then,” said Dr Stone, “will  you drink some brandy.” No” said the child, “not  one drop”. even Then said the Dr, “will you take some  wine?” for You must take something, or you  never can <never> endure <the severe> operation to which you must  be subjected. No answered <No, answered> the the boy, I will not  touch one particle of liquor; neither will I be  tied down: but I will tell you what I will  do, I will have my sit on the bed close  by me; and then I will bear do anything <whatever> that  is necessary to be done, <in order> to have the bone taken  out. But , I want you to leave the  room, I know that you cannot stand it end ure to see me suffer so. can bear it.  But you have carr[i]ed me so much, and watched  over me so long, you are almost worn out. Then  looking up <with his eyes swiming with tears> into with he for my face his, <eyes> swim[m]ing  with tears, he said beseechingly; Now promise [p. [1], bk. 3]

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they agreed to this after a short consultation; then we went to the invalid the Doctor Said, My poor boy, we have come again. “Yes,” said Joseph, “I see you have; but you have not come to take off my leg, have you sir?” No, Said the surgeon, “ it is your s request, that we should make one more effort; and that is what we have now come for . My , who was constantly with the child, seemed for a moment to contemplate my countenance; then turning his eyes upon his boy, at once, all his sufferings, together with my intense anxiety, rushed upon his mind; & he burst into a flood of tears, and sobbed like a child.
The Surgeons immediately ordered cords to be brought, to bind him fast to the bedstead; But he objected. When the doctor insisted that he must be confined, he said decidedly; “No, Doctor; I will not be bound, I can bear the process better unconfined.” Then,” said Dr Stone, “will you drink some brandy.” No” said the child, “not one drop”. Then said the Dr, “will you take some wine?” You must take something, or you can never endure the severe operation to which you must be subjected. No, answered the boy, I will not touch one particle of liquor; neither will I be tied down: but I will tell you what I will do, I will have my sit on the bed close by me; and then I will do whatever is necessary to be done, in order to have the bone taken out. But , I want you to leave the room, I know that you cannot endure to see me suffer so. can bear it. But you have carried me so much, and watched over me so long, you are almost worn out. Then looking up into my face his, eyes swimming with tears, he said beseechingly; Now promise [p. [1], bk. 3]
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