Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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bed together with one willard chase a Methodist class leader at their head and what was most rediculous they had sent for a conjuror to come 60 miles to divine the place where the record was deposited by magic art we were apprehensive that the p[l]ates were taken out and secreted some where and <we> were somwhat uneasy least they might like Moses who was hid in the bulrushes be discovered by our enemies— accordingly the morning after we heard of their plans went over a hill that <lay> east of <us> to see what he could discover among the neighbors there there at the first house he came to he found the conjuror Willard chase and the company all together this was the house of one Mr Laurence he made an errand and went in and sat down near the door leaving the door ajar for the men were so near that he could hear their conversation they were devising many plans and schemes to find th Joe Smiths gold bible as they termed it the conjurer was really animated although <he> had travelled 60 miles during the latter part of the day and the night before. The woman was uneasy at the exposures they were making— so she stepped through a back door into the yard and called to her husband in a suppressed voice (but so loud that heard every word distinctly) Sam, Sam said she you are cutting your own throat— the <conjurer> baweled out again at the top of his voice I am not afraid of any body we will have the plates in spite of Joe Smith or all the Devils in Hell. <when> the woman came in again laid aside a paper which he been holding in his hand with the pretence of reading and coolly remarked that he beleived he could not then finish the article which he was reading and returned home we went to Joseph’s wife and asked her if she knew ought of the [p. [9], bk. 5]
bed together with one willard chase a Methodist class leader at their head and what was most rediculous they had sent for a conjuror to come 60 miles to divine the place where the record was deposited by magic art we were apprehensive that the plates were taken out and secreted some where and we were somwhat uneasy least they might like Moses who was hid in the bulrushes be discovered by our enemies— accordingly the morning after we heard of their plans went over a hill that lay east of us to see what he could discover among the neighbors there at the first house he came to he found the conjuror Willard chase and the company all together this was the house of one Mr Laurence he made an errand and went in and sat down near the door leaving the door ajar for the men were so near that he could hear their conversation they were devising many plans and schemes to find Joe Smiths gold bible as they termed it the conjurer was really animated although he had travelled 60 miles during the latter part of the day and the night before. The woman was uneasy at the exposures they were making— she stepped through a back door into the yard and called to her husband in a suppressed voice (but so loud that heard every word distinctly) Sam, Sam said she you are cutting your own throat— the conjurer baweled out again at the top of his voice I am not afraid of any body we will have the plates in spite of Joe Smith or all the Devils in Hell. when the woman came in again laid aside a paper which he been holding in his hand with the pretence of reading and coolly remarked that he beleived he could not then finish the article which he was reading and returned home we went to Joseph’s wife and asked her if she knew ought of the [p. [9], bk. 5]
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