Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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After one whole year of affliction dis we were able once more to look upon our children and each other in health, and I assure you my gentle reader we realized the blessing for I believe <we> felt more to acknowlege the hand of God in preserving our lives through such a desperate siege of disease pain and trouble than if we had enjoyed health and prosperity during the interim When health returned to us it found us as may well be supposed in very low circumstances as we had hired nurses all the time and been upon continual expense Sickness with all its attendant expenses of nurses medical attendance and other necessary articles It Reduced us so that we were now compelled to make arrangements for going into some kind of buisness to provide for present wants rather than future prospects as we had previously contemplated.
My now determined to change his residence accordingly we moved to Norrige in New Hampshire <> and established ourselves on <a> farm belonging to Squire Moredock, The first year our crops failed and we bought our bread with the proceeds of the orchard and our own industry the 2nd year they failed again In the ensuing Spring said if that he would plant once more on this farm and if he did not succeed better he would go to where they farmers raised wheat in abundance This year was like the preceeding seasons blig vegetation was blighted by untimely frost and which well nigh produced a famine, My now decided upon going to and one day he came to <the> house and sat down and after meditating sometime he said if he could so arrange his buisness he would be Glad to set out shortly for <with> one Mr. Howard who was going to and [p. [3], bk. 3]
After one whole year of affliction we were able once more to look upon our children and each other in health, and I assure you my gentle reader we realized the blessing for I believe we felt more to acknowlege the hand of God in preserving our lives through such a desperate siege of disease pain and trouble than if we had enjoyed health and prosperity during the interim When health returned to us it found us as may well be supposed in very low circumstances Sickness with all its attendant expenses of nurses medical attendance and other necessary articles Reduced us so that we were now compelled to make arrangements for going into some kind of buisness to provide for present wants rather than future prospects as we had previously contemplated.
My now determined to change his residence accordingly we moved to Norrige in and established ourselves on a farm belonging to Squire Moredock, The first year our crops failed and we bought our bread with the proceeds of the orchard and our own industry the 2nd year they failed again In the ensuing Spring said that he would plant once more on this farm and if he did not succeed better he would go to where the farmers raised wheat in abundance This year was like the preceeding seasons vegetation was blighted by untimely frost which well nigh produced a famine, My now decided upon going to one day he came to the house and sat down and after meditating sometime he said if he could so arrange his buisness he would be Glad to set out shortly for with one Mr. Howard who was going to and [p. [3], bk. 3]
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