Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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So that in 2 years from the time we entered strangers destitute of friends or home or employment. We were able to settle ourselves upon our own land a a snug comfortable though humble habitatino built and neatly furnished by our own industry And if we might judege by any external manifestation we had every reason to believe that we had many Good and affectionate friends for never have I seen more kindness or attention shown to any person or family than we received from those around us Again we began to rejoice in our prosperity and our hearts glowed with gratitude to God for the manifestations of his favor that surrounded us Permit me here to relate a little circumstance by way of illustration A friend of mine having invited several of her associates to take tea with her one afternoon sent an urgeant request for me also to call on her with the rest <the ladys invited were some wealthy merchants Wives and the minister’s lady> we spent the time quite pleasantly each seeming to enjoy those reciprocal feelings which renders the society of our friends delightful to us— when tea was served up we were passing some good natured remarks upon each other when one lady observed Well I declare ought not to live in that log house of her’s any longer She deserves a better fate and I say She must have a new house, so She should says another for she is so kind to every one She ought to have the best of every thing Now Ladies said I thank you for your compliments but you are quite mistaken I will show you that I am the wealthiest woman who that sits at this table Well said they now make those appear— I Now mark answered I to them I have never prayed for riches <of this world> as perhaps you have but I have always desired that God would enable me to use enough wisdom and forbearance in my family to set good precepts [p. [8], bk. 3]
So that in 2 years from the time we entered strangers destitute of friends home or employment. We were able to settle ourselves upon our own land a a snug comfortable though humble habitatino built and neatly furnished by our own industry And if we might judege by any external manifestation we had every reason to believe that we had many Good and affectionate friends for never have I seen more kindness or attention shown to any person or family than we received from those around us Again we began to rejoice in our prosperity and our hearts glowed with gratitude to God for the manifestations of his favor that surrounded us Permit me here to relate a little circumstance by way of illustration A friend of mine having invited several of her associates to take tea with her one afternoon sent an urgeant request for me also to call on her with the rest the ladys invited were some wealthy merchants Wives and the minister’s lady we spent the time quite pleasantly each seeming to enjoy those reciprocal feelings which renders the society of our friends delightful to us— when tea was served up we were passing some good natured remarks upon each other when one lady observed Well I declare ought not to live in that log house of her’s any longer She deserves a better fate and I say She must have a new house, so She should says another for she is so kind to every one She ought to have the best of every thing Ladies said I thank you for your compliments but you are quite mistaken I will show you that I am the wealthiest woman that sits at this table Well said they now make those appear— Now mark answered I to them I have never prayed for riches of this world as perhaps you have but I have always desired that God would enable me to use enough wisdom and forbearance in my family to set good precepts [p. [8], bk. 3]
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