Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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circle he was taken those who felt  as & saw the effects of His nobleness and generosity every  hour of his existence It was the wish of the princi ple physician that he should be opened to ascer tain the cause if possible of his disease and death  when this was done they found the calomel lodged  in <the> upper bowels & untouched by anything which  he had taken to carry it off, as near in its natural  State as it could be surrounded as it was with by  the highest gangrene & Dr. Robinson  performed the operation the last named Dr. was  70 years old of age he Spoke long and earnestly to the  younger physicians upon the danger of administering  powerful Medicines without a thorough knowledge  of <the practice of> physick here said he is one of the loveliest youths  that ever trod the streets of destroyed Mu rdered as it were by the hand him at whose hand  relief was expected. cast off from the face of Earth  by a careless quack who even dared to trifle with the  life of a fellow mortal. When the time for interm ent arrived the inhabitants of the surrounding  country gathered to gather and during the funeral  obsequies they the gave the most affectionate manifes tations of thier sympathy but there was one that  felt our grief more deeply than the rest a lovel[y] young  woman who was engaged to him be married to my  shortly after the time in which he died the discon solate girl was rendered most desolate by his unexp ected Death and as long as we knew her she never  recovered her wonted animation and Good spirits
The circumstances of this Death aroused the neigh borhood to the subject of religion
Now will the reader indulge me in a few reflections  Thus was our happiness blasted in a moment when we  least expected the blow it came upon us the poi [p. [6], bk. 4]
circle he was taken those who felt & saw the effects of His nobleness and generosity every hour of his existence It was the wish of the principle physician that he should be opened to ascertain the cause if possible of his disease and death when this was done they found the calomel lodged in the upper bowels & untouched by anything which he had taken to carry it off, as near in its natural State as it could be surrounded as it was by gangrene & Dr. Robinson performed the operation
Thus was our happiness blasted in a moment when we least expected the blow it came upon us the poi [p. [6], bk. 4]
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