Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

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but the first thing to be attended to was to  secreet the record and <breastplate> it was resolved that  a portion of the hearth should be taken up  and the plates buried under the same and  the hearth relaid to prevent suspicion this  was carefully and speedily done and the hearth was  scarcely laid down when a large company of men  came rushing up to the house armed with guns. Joseph  threw the door open and taking a hint from the srati gem [strategem] of his he halooed to the as  if he had a legion at his command hand giving  the word of command with great immportance and  in a tone like stentor at the same time the males  that belonged to the house from the down to  little ran out to with such vehemence upon the  men that they thought it best to give leg bail while  they were able and fled <and were> pursued by our little spartan  band away into the woods and dispersed themselves to  their several homes
We had but a few days rest however for Joseph soon re ceived another intimation of the approach of a mob  and the necessity of removing the record & breasplate ag ain from its hiding place he took it<them> up and carried it  them out to a cooper Shop across the road and took them  out of the box and after wrapping them carefully in clo ths laid them away in the m[i]dst of a quantity of flax  which was stowed in the shop lof loft he then nailed  up the box as before and tore up the floor and put  the box under it— As soon as it was dark the mob  came on and ransacked the place but did come into the  house after mak a satisfactory research they went away  the next morning we found the floor of the cooper shop  taken <up> and the wooden box which was put under it  Split to peices and in a few days we learned the cause  of this <last> move and why their curiosity led them in [p. [2], bk. 6]
but the first thing to be attended to was to secreet the record and breastplate it was resolved that a portion of the hearth should be taken up and the plates buried under the same and the hearth relaid to prevent suspicion this was carefully and speedily done and the hearth was scarcely laid down when a large company of men came rushing up to the house armed with guns. Joseph threw the door open and taking a hint from the sratigem [strategem] of his he halooed as if he had a legion at hand giving the word of command with great immportance and in a tone like stentor at the same time the males that belonged to the house from the down to little ran out with such vehemence upon the men that they fled and were pursued by our little spartan band away into the woods and dispersed themselves to their several homes
We had but a few days rest however for Joseph soon received another intimation of the approach of a mob and the necessity of removing the record & breasplate again from its hiding place he took them up and carried them out to a cooper Shop across the road and took them out of the box and after wrapping them carefully in cloths laid them away in the midst of a quantity of flax which was stowed in the shop loft he then nailed up the box as before and tore up the floor and put the box under it— As soon as it was dark the mob came on and ransacked the place but did come into the house after a satisfactory research they went away the next morning we found the floor of the cooper shop taken up and the wooden box which was put under it Split to peices and in a few days we learned the cause of this last move and why their curiosity led them in [p. [2], bk. 6]
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