Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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me you will not stay, will you? The Lord will will help me, to <therefore> <So> & I shall get through with it; so do you leave me, and go away off till they get through with it. I consented to do so; <To this I consented; So,> and after bringing a number of <folded> Sheets to fold <lay> under the <his> leg, I left and <him,> went <going> some 100 <hundred> yards from the house. The surgeons began by boring into the bone, first on one side of the affected part, then on the other, after which, they broke it loose with a pair of forceps or pincers: thus, they took away, 9 large pieces of the bone. When they broke off the first piece, he screamed so loud with the pain <of his legs,> that I could not repress my desire of <to> go<ing> to to him but as soon as I entered the room <he cried out> Oh go back! go back! I do not want you to come in I will tough it if you will go when the 3 fracture was was taken away I burst into the room again and Oh! My God what a spectacle for a Mothers eye the <wound> torn open to view my boy and the bed on which he covered with the blood which that was still gushing from the wound he was pale as a corpse and the big drops of sweat were rolling down his face every feature of which depicted agony that cannot be described I was forced from the room and detained till they finished the opperation and <after> placed placing him upon a clean bed with fresh clothing clearing the room from every appearance of blood and any apparatus used in the extraction I was permite [permitted] to enter he now began to recover and when go he was able to travel his own he went with his uncl Jesse Smith to Salem for the benefit of his health hoping that the Sea breezes might help him in this we were not disapointed for he soon became Strong and healthy [p. [2], bk. 3]
me you will not stay, will you? The Lord will will help me, So & I shall get through with it; so do leave me, and go away off till they get through it. To this I consented; So, after bringing a number of folded Sheets to lay under his leg, I left him, going some hundred yards from the house. The surgeons began by boring into the bone, first on one side of the affected part, then on the other, after which, they broke it loose with a pair of forceps or pincers: thus, they took away, 9 large pieces of the bone. When they broke off the first piece, he screamed so loud with the pain of his legs, that I could not repress my desire to going to him but as soon as I entered the room he cried out Oh go back! go back! I do not want you to come in I will tough it if you will go when the 3 fracture was taken away I burst into the room again and Oh! My God what a spectacle for a Mothers eye the wound torn open to view my boy and the bed on which he covered with the blood that was still gushing from the wound he was pale as a corpse and the big drops of sweat were rolling down his face every feature of which depicted agony that cannot be described I was forced from the room and detained till they finished the opperation after placing him upon a clean bed with fresh clothing clearing the room from every appearance of blood and any apparatus used in the extraction I was permite [permitted] to enter he now began to recover and when he was able to travel he went with his uncl Jesse Smith to Salem for the benefit of his health hoping that the Sea breezes might help him in this we were not disapointed for he soon became Strong and healthy [p. [2], bk. 3]
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