Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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It was agreed by each one of us that it was <most> advisa ble to aply all our energies together and endeavor to  obtain a Piece of land as this was then a new country  and land was low being in its rude state  but it was almost a time of famine wheat was  $2.50 per bushel and other things in proportion how  Shall we said My be able to sustain ourse lves and have anything left to buy land As I had  done considerable at painting oil cloth coverings for  tables stands &c it I concluded to set up the buisness  and if prospered I would try to supply the wants  of the family. In this I succeeded so well that it  was not long till we not only had an abundance of  good and wholesome provision but I soon began to  replenish my household furniture a fine stock of  which I had sacraficed entirely in moving  My and 2 oldest sons set themselves about  raising the means of paying for 100 Acers of land for  which contracted and which was then  in the hands of a land agent Mr [blank]. In one  years time we made nearly all of the first pay ment The Agent Agent adivised us to build a  log house on the land and commence clearing  it we did so; It was not long till we had 30  acres ready for cultivation But the second pay ment was now coming due and no means as  yet of meeting it accordingly proposed to  his that he should take the buisness at  home in his entire charge whilst I said <he> will go  abroad and <to> see if I cannot make the second payment  and the remmander of the first By the dilligence  industry of my By my ’s persevering indus try he was able to return to us after much labor  Suffering and fatigue with the necessary amount  for of money for all except the last payment [p. [7], bk. 3]
It was agreed by each one of us that it was most advisable to aply all our energies together and endeavor to obtain a Piece of land as this was then a new country and land was low being in its rude state but it was almost a time of famine wheat was $2.50 per bushel and other things in proportion how Shall we said My be able to sustain ourselves and have anything left to buy land As I had done considerable at painting oil cloth coverings for tables stands &c I concluded to set up the buisness and if prospered I would try to supply the wants of the family. In this I succeeded so well that it was not long till we not only had an abundance of good and wholesome provision but I soon began to replenish my household furniture a fine stock of which I had sacraficed entirely in moving My and 2 oldest sons set themselves about raising the means of paying for 100 Acers of land for which contracted and which was then in the hands of a land agent Mr [blank]. In one years time we made nearly all of the first payment The Agent adivised us to build a log house on the land and commence clearing it we did so; It was not long till we had 30 acres ready for cultivation But the second payment was now coming due and no means as yet of meeting it accordingly proposed to his that he should take the buisness at home in his entire charge whilst I said he will go abroad to see if I cannot make the second payment and the remmander of the first By my ’s persevering industry he was able to return to us after much labor Suffering and fatigue with the necessary amount of money for all except the last payment [p. [7], bk. 3]
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