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 com plied with Joseph requested us to send with all possible  speed for we did so and after the stra nger left (whose name we never knew) we prepared br eakfast as soon as we could conveiniently for  always came in such haste when sent for that we sup posed 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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