Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

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  • Historical Introduction
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smith was not the only one that was in possesion of this great curiosity that she herself had as the same characters and they were quite as genuine as those displayed <to> them by she pursued this course wherevers she went untill she reached my sons house when arrived there she said she had come to see the plates and would never leave untill She attained her object <&> The next day Joseph was compelled to take them out of the house and bury both the breast plate & the record for she began to by ransack<ing> every nook & corner of the house chest cupboard trunk &c the day after she went out and hunted the ground over ajacent to the house she kept up the search till 2 oclock in <the> afternoon when she came in very ill natured and after warming herself a little enqired of if they had snakes there in the Winter time I was walking around in the woods said she to look at situation of your place &c & as I turned round to come home a tremendous great black snake stuck up its head before me and commenced hissing at me— She The was so disapointed and perplexed in everything she undertook that left the house and took lodgings at the nearest tavern <the house of a near neighbor> here She stated to the Landlady <hostess> that She was in search of the plates that <when> shee came to a place where she thought they must be buried that upon stooping down to rem scrape away the snow and leaves in order to examine the spot she encounted a horrible black snake which frightened her so sadly that she ran to the house as fast as possible She continued her opperations while she remained in doing all that her ingenuity could contrive to injure Joseph in the estimation of his neighbors She told them that he was a grand impostor that he [p. [9], bk. 6]
smith was not the only one that was in possesion of this great curiosity that she herself had the same characters and they were quite as genuine as those displayed to them by she pursued this course wherevers she went untill she reached my sons house when arrived there she said she had come to see the plates and would never leave untill She attained her object & The next day Joseph was compelled to take them out of the house and bury both the breast plate & the record for she began by ransacking every nook & corner of the house chest cupboard trunk &c the day after she went out and hunted the ground over ajacent to the house she kept up the search till 2 oclock in the afternoon when she came in very ill natured and after warming herself a little enqired of if they had snakes there in the Winter time I was walking around in the woods said she to look at situation of your place &c & as I turned round to come home a tremendous great black snake stuck up its head before me and commenced hissing at me— The was so disapointed and perplexed in everything she undertook that left the house and took lodgings at the house of a near neighbor here She stated to the hostess that She was in search of the plates that when shee came to a place where she thought they must be buried upon stooping down to scrape away the snow and leaves in order to examine the spot she encounted a horrible black snake which frightened her so sadly that she ran to the house as fast as possible She continued her opperations while she remained in doing all that her ingenuity could contrive to injure Joseph in the estimation of his neighbors She told them that he was a grand impostor that he [p. [9], bk. 6]
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