Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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provision that our 4th son was to labor  for him 6 months
A short time subsequent to this sent
These things were all settled upon and The conc lusion was that if after we had kept the place in  this way one year we still chose to remain we  could have the priviledge Now Joseph who  returned from his journey with his  began to <turn his mind to> the same object again which occupi ed his attention previous to our disaster And he  set out for a second time and  had such fine success that he returned with  his in january in fine health & spirits
When heard of the movement which  Mr. Stoddrd and his associates had made with  regard to the Place they came up immediately  to see how the affair had terminated
But just before <Soon after> this had occasion  to send Joseph to on buisness he  set out in good season And we expected him  <to be> at home as soon as 6 oclock but he did not arrive  We had always had a peculiar anxiety about this  child for it seemed as though something was alw ays occurring to place his life in jeopardy <*>  and if he was absent one ½ <an> hour unexpectedly  we were always apprehensive of some evil befa lling him. one instance occurred when this chi ld <he> was 14 years old which alarmed us very much  he was out at play <on an errand> one evening about twilight  When he was returning through <the> door yard a gun  was fired across the pathway in which was walking  with evident intention of hitting Joseph he sprang to  door threw it open and fell upon the floor with fright  we went in search of the person who fired the gun but found  no trace of him untill the next morning when we tracked  him from under a waggon where he lay when he fired the gun <but>  we never found the <out> man out nor ever suspected the cause of the act [p. [4], bk. 5]
provision that our 4th son was to labor for him 6 months
These things were all settled upon and The conclusion was that if after we had kept the place in this way one year we still chose to remain we could have the priviledge Now Joseph who returned from his journey with his began to turn his mind to the same object again which occupied his attention previous to our disaster And he set out for a second time and had such fine success that he returned with his in january in fine health & spirits
Soon after this had occasion to send Joseph to on buisness he set out in good season we expected him to be at home as soon as 6 oclock but he did not arrive We had always had a peculiar anxiety about this child for it seemed as though something was always occurring to place his life in jeopardy * and if he was absent ½ an hour unexpectedly we were apprehensive of some evil befalling him. [p. [4], bk. 5]
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