Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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& examples before my children <whose lives I always besought the lord to spare> as also to secure the  confidence and affection of my that we  acting togather in the education and instruction  of our children that we might in our old age reap  the reward of circumspection joined with parental tender ness viz the Pleasure of seeing our children dignify the  thier s name by an upright and honorable course of  conduct in after life I have been gratified so far in  all this and more I have tis true been suffered many  disagreable disapointments in life with regard to proper ty but I now find myself very comfortably situated  to what any of you are what we have has not been ob tained at the expense of the comfort of any human being  we owe no man anything we he never distressed any  man this <which> circumstance almost invaribly attends the  Mercantile life of a so I have no reason to envy those  who are engaged. beside there is none present who have  this kind of wea[l]th that have not lately met with a loss  of chidren or othe[r] friends (which really was the case)  and now as for Mr Mrs. the minister’s lady I ask  you how many nights of the week you are kept awake  with anxiety about your Sons who are in habitual  attendance on the Grog Shop & gambling house—  they all said with a melancholly look that showed  conviction you have established the fact  <>reader> I merely relate this that you may draw a moral  therefrom that may be useful to you
We still continued felling timber and clearing land  and about this time we began to make preparations  for building a house—
In the spring after we moved onto the farm we  commenced making mapel sugar of which we  averaged each season 1000 lbs per year. we then  began to make preparations for building a house  as the Land Agent of whom we purchased our farm was [p. [9], bk. 3]
& examples before my children whose lives I always besought the lord to spare as also to secure the confidence and affection of my that we acting togather in the education and instruction of our children that we might in our old age reap the reward of circumspection joined with parental tenderness viz the Pleasure of seeing our children dignify thier s name by an upright and honorable course of conduct in after life I have been gratified so far in all this and more I have tis true suffered many disagreable disapointments in life with regard to property but I now find myself very comfortably situated to what any of you are what we have has not been obtained at the expense of the comfort of any human being we owe no man we never distressed any man which circumstance almost invaribly attends the Mercantile life so I have no reason to envy those who are engaged. beside there is none present who have this kind of wealth that have not lately met with a loss of chidren or other friends (which really was the case) and now as for Mrs. the minister’s lady I ask you how many nights of the week you are kept awake with anxiety about your Sons who are in habitual attendance on the Grog Shop & gambling house— they all said with a look that showed conviction you have established the fact >reader I merely relate this that you may draw a moral therefrom that may be useful to you
In the spring after we moved onto the farm we commenced making mapel sugar of which we averaged 1000 lbs per year. we then began to make preparations for building a house as the Land Agent of whom we purchased our farm was [p. [9], bk. 3]
Page [9], bk. 3