Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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in his bed as it was not light but he sent still 3 miles farther to a son who was high Sherif and bid him say to the young man that his Father wished to seem him as soon as possible Mr. Durfy the younger came without delay After breakfasting the 3 proceeded togetter to the farm when they ca It was now saturday 10 oclock A M they dined and rode on to meet the Agent and our competitors— What I felt and suffered in that short day no one can imagine who has not experienced the same I did not feel our early losses so much for I realized that we were young and might by exertion better our situation and I furthermore had not felt the inconveinence of poverty so much as I had now done and consequently did not appreciate the value of property justly <but at this time> I now felt that all must go at one fell swoop if this last resort failed and we be left in the decline of life destitute a burden upon our childrens hands And <I> looked upon the proceeds of our industry which smiled on every side of me with a yearning attachment that I had never felt before
and the Messrs. Durfy arrived at at ½ past 9 oclock in night the Agent sent for Mr. Stoddard and his friends who when they came averrred that the clock was too slow that it was really past 10 but being overcome in this the Money was paid over to them and they gave up the deed to Mr Durfy the high Sheriff who now came into possession of the Farm With this Gentleman we were now to sipulate as renters upon premises which one week before we considered ourselves as much the entire possessors as did Adam and Eve the garden of Eden before satan entered it but Mr Durfy gave us the priviledge of the place one year with this [p. [3], bk. 5]
in his bed as it was not light but he sent still 3 miles farther to a son who was high Sherif and bid him say to the young man that his Father wished to see him as soon as possible Mr. Durfy the younger came without delay After breakfasting the 3 proceeded togetter to the farm It was now saturday 10 oclock A M they dined and rode on to meet the Agent and our competitors— What I felt and suffered in that short day no one can imagine who has not experienced the same I did not feel our early losses so much for I realized that we were young and might by exertion better our situation and I furthermore had not felt the inconveinence of poverty so much as I had now done and consequently did not appreciate the value of property justly but at this time I looked upon the proceeds of our industry which smiled on every side of me with a yearning attachment that I had never felt before
and the Messrs. Durfy arrived at at ½ past 9 oclock in night the Agent sent for Mr. Stoddard and his friends who when they came averrred that the clock was too slow that it was really past 10 but being overcome in this the Money was paid over to them and they gave up the deed to Mr Durfy the high Sheriff who now came into possession of the Farm With this Gentleman we were now to sipulate as renters but Mr Durfy gave us the priviledge of the place one year with this [p. [3], bk. 5]
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