Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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< and contemplating the various comforts with which I found myself surrou nded—>  were surrounded with that seemed to surpass our most flatt ering expectations I fell into an very agreeable train of  reflections and I poured out my soul to God in thanks & prai se for the many blessings which he had conferred upon  us as a family the The day was e[x]ceeding fine and would of  itself produce fine feelings but every thing seemed to  contribute to raise in the heart those warm soothing  and grateful emmotions that that we all have seasons  of enjoying when the mind is at rest and the circum stances favorable. As I stood musing upon the busy  bustling life we had led and the apparent prospect of  quiet and comfortable old age my attention was suddenly  attracted across the yard to a a trio of strangers who  were entering upon nearer approach I recognized Mr.  Stodard the man who took charge of the building this the  house that we now occupied. When they <they> entered I seated  them and we commenced commonplace conversation  but one of them soon began to ask impertinent questions  as to our making the last payment on the place and if  we did not want to sell the house. where &  my son had gone &c. &c. Sell the House I replied No— sir  we have no occasion to sell the house we have made every  necessary arrangement for getting the deed and have an  understanding with the agent so we are quite secure about  the matter— They made no answer but went out to meet   who was then coming in & propounded the same  questions to him and received the same answers when  they had experimented in this way to their satisfaction they  proceeded to inform my that he need not put him self to any unnecessary trouble for said they we have  bought the place and paid for it and we forbid you  touching anything on the farm and moreover we warn you  to leave forthwith and give possession to the lawful owners  as we have got the <deed> in our possesion We were thunderstruck [p. [11], bk. 4]
and contemplating the various comforts with which I found myself surrounded— were with I fell into a very agreeable train of The day was exceeding fine and would of itself produce fine feelings but every thing seemed to contribute to raise in the heart those soothing and grateful emmotions that we all have seasons of enjoying when the mind is at rest and the circumstances favorable. As I stood musing upon the busy bustling life we had led and the apparent prospect of quiet and comfortable old age my attention was suddenly attracted across the yard to a trio of strangers who were entering upon nearer approach I recognized Mr. Stodard the man who took charge of building the house that we now occupied. When they entered I seated them and we commenced commonplace conversation but one of them soon began to ask impertinent questions as to our making the last payment on the place and if we did not want to sell the house. where & my son had gone &c. &c. Sell the House I replied No— sir we have no occasion to sell the house we have made every necessary arrangement for getting the deed and have an understanding with the agent so we are quite secure about the matter— They made no answer but went out to meet who was then coming in & propounded the same questions to him and received the same answers when they had experimented in this way to their satisfaction they proceeded to inform my that he need not put himself to any unnecessary trouble for said they we have bought the place and paid for it and we forbid you touching anything on the farm and moreover we warn you to leave forthwith and give possession to the lawful owners as we have got the deed in our possesion [p. [11], bk. 4]
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