Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

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  • Historical Introduction
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We spent the time very agreeably and returned home relieved of a burden which had seemed too heavy to be borne the joy we had over the present prosper[i]ty of our son with regard to his spiritual concerns far outweighed anything of the kind which we had before experienced for we now had learned to appreciate the sweet from having drank deeply of the bitter for a season— But as had <it> always <had> been the case our seasons of rejoicing was soon mingled with the anxiety and distress
When we arrived at home we found & lying at the point of Death had shut up his own house and left it to take care of the children during our abscence lay very sick for 2 months in which time she was dreadfully salivated by the Dr. who attended her— Soon after we returned there came a man into our neighborhood by the name of Lyman Cowdray [Cowdery] he went to (as he was one of the principle trustees) and applied for the school. It was settled that he should have it and the terms were agreed upon— But the next day he brought his brother and requested them to receive him in the place of himself as buisness had arisen that would oblige him to disapoint them but he would warrant the prosperity of and Good conduct of the school in ’s hands if the trustees would accept of his services—. All parties were satisfied and requested my to take him as a boarder at least for a little while untill he should become acquainted with his patrons in the school. He had not been in the place long till he began to hear about the plates from all quarters and immediately he commenced importuneing upon the subject. but he did not succeed in eliciting any information from him for a long time— At length however he gained My s confidence so far as to get a sketch of the facts which related to the plates [p. [12], bk 7]
We spent the time very agreeably and returned home relieved of a burden which had seemed too heavy to be borne the joy we had over the present prosperity of our son with regard to his spiritual concerns far outweighed anything of the kind which we had before experienced for we now had learned to appreciate the sweet from having drank deeply of the bitter for a season— But as always had been the case our seasons of rejoicing was soon mingled with anxiety and distress
When we arrived at home we found & lying at the point of Death had shut up his own house and left it to take care of the children during our abscence lay very sick for 2 months in which time she was dreadfully salivated by the Dr. who attended her— Soon after we returned there came a man into our neighborhood by the name of Lyman Cowdray [Cowdery] he went to (as he was one of the principle trustees) and applied for the school. It was settled that he should have it and the terms were agreed upon— But the next day he brought his brother and requested them to receive him in the place of himself as buisness had arisen that would oblige him to disapoint them but he would warrant the prosperity and Good conduct of the school in ’s hands if the trustees would accept of his services—. All parties were satisfied and requested my to take him as a boarder at least for a little while untill he should become acquainted with his patrons in the school. He had not been in the place long till he began to hear about the plates from all quarters and immediately he commenced importuneing upon the subject. but he did not succeed in eliciting any information from him for a long time— At length however he gained My s confidence so far as to get a sketch of the facts which related to the plates [p. [12], bk 7]
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