Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Book 7

commandments thou shalt be lifted up at the last day  Amen— This discouraged from saying much more  about the plates but he insisted upon taking that which he  had writen home with him that he might show his fam ily what he had been employed in during his abscence  from them he also hoped that it might have a salutary  effect upon his s feelings to read what was writ en— Joseph for a long time resisted every entreaty of this  kind at last however he begged the priviledge of obli ging by allowing his last request this pri viledge was given with the condition that my son was  responsible for their safety. This my son was willing to  to do as he could not conceive it possible for so kind a  friend to betray the trust reposed in him. but there  is no doubt of this indulgence being given to Joseph in order  to show him by another lesson of bitter experiance how  vain are all human calculations— and also to learn him  not to put his trust in man nor make flesh his arm   now took the most solemn oath that he  would not show the writing manuscript to any save 5  individuals who belonged his family household for the hoped that  it might be the means of carrying the truth truth home to  their hearts and affecting a union of sentiment <in his family> animated  him very much. & his anxious desires were now gratified  as to the means which he wished to make use of as an instrum ent to effect this much wished for object. Accordingly  he was now fully prepared to set out for home which  he did carrying with him 116 pages of the record in manu script this was in july immediately after his departure   was confined became the Mother of a but  she had but little <small> comfort from the society of the dear  little stranger for he was very soon snatched from her  arms and borne aloft to the world of spirits before it  had time learn good or evil and for some time its   seemed to tremble upon the verge of the [p. [1], bk. 7]

Book 7

commandments thou shalt be lifted up at the last day Amen— This discouraged from saying much more about the plates but he insisted upon taking that which he had writen home with him that he might show his family what he had been employed in during his abscence from them he also hoped that it might have a salutary effect upon his s feelings to read what was writen— Joseph for a long time resisted every entreaty of this kind at last however he begged the priviledge of obliging by allowing his last request this priviledge was given with the condition that my son was responsible for their safety. This my son was willing to do as he could not conceive it possible for so kind a friend to betray the trust reposed in him. but there is no doubt of this indulgence being given to Joseph in order to show him by another lesson of bitter experiance how vain are all human calculations— and also to learn him not to put his trust in man nor make flesh his arm now took the most solemn oath that he would not show the manuscript to any save 5 individuals who belonged his household for the hope that it might be the means of carrying the truth home to their hearts and affecting a union of sentiment in his family animated him very much. & his anxious desires were now gratified as to the means which he wished to make use of as an instrument to effect this much wished for object. Accordingly he was now fully prepared to set out for home which he did carrying with him 116 pages of the record in manuscript this was in july immediately after his departure became the Mother of a but she had but small comfort from the society of the dear little stranger for he was very soon snatched from her arms and borne aloft to the world of spirits before it had time learn good or evil and for some time its seemed to tremble upon the verge of the [p. [1], bk. 7]
Page [1], bk. 7