Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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he himself has an abundance of everything.” This,  at that time, seemed impossible; but one year had  scarcely elapsed, when we saw the his prophecies prophecy litter ally fulfilled.
The shock, occasioned by ’s death, in a short  time, passed off; and we resumed our usual av ocations of life with considerable interest. The  first move towards business, was, to complete the  house; which we did as speedily as possible; and  when it was finished, Mr Stodard, the principal  workman, offered my $1500. for it; but  his offer was refused; as was unwilling  to leave the scene of our labor, where we fondly an ticipated spending the remainder of our days.
A short time before the house was completed,  a man by the name of came from  , New York, to get Joseph to assist  him in digging for a silver mine. He came for  Joseph from having heard, that he was in possession  of certain means, by which he could discern things,  which that could not be seen by the natural eye. Joseph  endeavered to divert him from his vain project; but  he was inflexible, and offered high wages to such  as would dig for him; in search of the mine; and  was [2 words illegible] still very anxious [4 words illegible] to have Joseph work for  him; consequently, he returned with the old gentle man; besides several others that who were picked up in  the neighborhood, and commenced digging. After  laboring about a month without success, Joseph  prevailed on his employer to cease his opperations.  It was from this circumstance, namely, his having working  worked by the month at digging for a silver mine,  that the very prevalent story arose, of his having been  a money digger. [p. 95]
he himself has an abundance of everything.” This, at that time, seemed impossible; but one year had scarcely elapsed, when we saw his prophecy litterally fulfilled.
The shock, occasioned by ’s death, in a short time, passed off; and we resumed our usual avocations of life with considerable interest. The first move towards business, was, to complete the house; which we did as speedily as possible; and when it was finished, Mr Stodard, the principal workman, offered my $1500. for it; but his offer was refused; as was unwilling to leave the scene of our labor, where we fondly anticipated spending the remainder of our days.
A short time before the house was completed, a man by the name of came from , New York, to get Joseph to assist him in digging for a silver mine. He came for Joseph from having heard, that he was in possession of certain means, by which he could discern things, that could not be seen by the natural eye. Joseph endeavered to divert him from his vain project; but he was inflexible, and offered high wages to such as would dig for him; ; and was still very anxious to have Joseph work for him; consequently, he returned with the old gentleman; besides several others who were picked up in the neighborhood, and commenced digging. After laboring about a month without success, Joseph prevailed on his employer to cease his opperations. It was from this circumstance, namely, working by the month at digging for a silver mine, that the very prevalent story arose, of his having been a money digger. [p. 95]
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