Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

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in danger of falling asleep in the forrest and some accident befall you— Joseph thanked him and they proceeded together— When they arrived at our house it was nearly daylight 4 miles of distance the stranger was under the necessity of leading Joseph by his arm for nature was too much exhausted to suport him any longer and he would fall asleep on as he stood upon his feet as often as once in a few minutes— When they came in the stranger said I have brought your son through the forrest because he insisted on coming but he is sick and wants rest and refreshment he ought to have some pepper immediately to warm his stomach— After you have prepared that I will thank you for a little breakfast as I am in haste to be on my journey again— When the first direction was complied with Joseph requested us to send with all possible speed for we did so and after the stranger left (whose name we never knew) we prepared breakfast as soon as we could conveiniently for always came in such haste when sent for that we supposed he would be there and ready to take breakfast before with us before we could pre be ready to eat— & it was now near 6 oclock at and he lived 3 miles distant. At 8 oclock we sat the victuals on the table as we as we were looking for him every moment, we waited till 9 and he came not till 10 and he was not there till 11 still he did not make his appearance at ½ past 12 we saw him walking with a slow and measured pac tread toward the house his eyes fixed thoughtfully upon the ground when he came to the gate he did not open it but got upon the fence and sat some time with his hat at the drawn over his eyes— at last he entered the house after we sat down and were ready to commence eating too with the rest— he took up his knife and fork as if to use them but dropped them from his hands said why do you not eat are you sick [p. [5], bk. 7]
in danger of falling asleep in the forrest and some accident befall you— Joseph thanked him and they proceeded together— When they arrived at our house it was nearly daylight 4 miles of distance the stranger was under the necessity of leading Joseph by his arm for nature was too much exhausted to suport him any longer and he would fall asleep as he stood upon his feet as often as once in a few minutes— When they came in the stranger said I have brought your son through the forrest because he insisted on coming but he is sick and wants rest and refreshment he ought to have some pepper immediately to warm his stomach— After you have prepared that I will thank you for a little breakfast as I am in haste to be on my journey again— When the first direction was complied with Joseph requested us to send with all possible speed for we did so and after the stranger left (whose name we never knew) we prepared breakfast as soon as we could conveiniently for always came in such haste when sent for that we supposed he would be there and ready to take breakfast with us before we could be ready to eat— & it was now near 6 oclock and he lived 3 miles distant. At 8 oclock we sat the victuals on the table as we were looking for him every moment, we waited till 9 and he came not till 10 and he was not there till 11 still he did not make his appearance at ½ past 12 we saw him walking with a slow and measured tread toward the house his eyes fixed thoughtfully upon the ground when he came to the gate he did not open it but got upon the fence and sat some time with his hat drawn over his eyes— at last he entered the house after we sat down and were ready to commence eating with the rest— he took up his knife and fork as if to use them but dropped them from his hands said why do you not eat are you sick [p. [5], bk. 7]
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