Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

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Book 5
After related the circumstances under which his left home and informed him also that there was a probability of his being detained on the road on buisness— The Agent directed him to write to his by the first mail and have letters deposited in every public house on the road which travelled & it if might be that these letters would some of them meet his eye before he arrived at the end of his journey and cause him to return more speedily this being done he dispatched a messenger to bring the men who had taken the deed of our farm <&> in order to make some compromise with them if possible get them to relinquish their claim on the place But they refused to come The Agent then sent an officer after them another message to them that if they did not make their appearance forthwith he would fetch them with a warrant The gentlemen came with the return of the despatch. The agent used all the persuasion possible to convince them of the injustice <&> bad policy of the disgraceful measures which they had taken and ureged them to retract from what they had done and let the land go back into ’s hands But they were for a long time inexorable aswering every argument with taunting sneers like the following We’ve got the land sir & we’ve got the deed So just let help himself. Oh no matter about he has gold plates gold money and Gold Bibles he’s rich he do’nt want any thing— At lenght however they agreed that if could raise $1000 by saturday at 10 OClock in the evening they would give up the deed It was now Thursday near noon & he was at from here he must ride Home the distance of 9 miles before he could make the first move towards it [p. [1], bk. 5]
Book 5
After related the circumstances under which his left home and informed him also that there was a probability of his being detained on the road on buisness— The Agent directed him to write to his by the first mail and have letters deposited in every public house on the road which travelled & if might be that these letters would some of them meet his eye and cause him to return more speedily this being done he dispatched a messenger to bring the men who had taken the deed of our farm & in order to make some compromise with them if possible get them to relinquish their claim on the place But they refused to come The Agent then sent another message to them that if they did not make their appearance forthwith he would fetch them with a warrant The gentlemen came with the return of the despatch. The agent used all the persuasion possible to convince them of the injustice & bad policy of the disgraceful measures which they had taken and ureged them to retract from what they had done and let the land go back into ’s hands But they were for a long time inexorable aswering every argument with taunting sneers like the following We’ve got the land sir & we’ve got the deed So just let help himself. Oh no matter about he has gold plates gold money and Gold Bibles he’s rich he do’nt want any thing— At lenght however they agreed that if could raise $1000 by saturday at 10 OClock in the evening they would give up the deed It was now Thursday near noon & he was at from here he must ride Home the distance of 9 miles before he could make the first move towards it [p. [1], bk. 5]
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