Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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Chapter 23
Chap. 23.
 
Joseph obtains the plates
 
September 20th 1828 <​1827​> and his friend came to see how we were managing matters with Stodard & Co. and staid with us until the 22d. On the night of the 21st, I sat up very late as my work rather pressed upon my hands— I did not retire until after 12. o’clock at night. About 12. Joseph came to me, and inquired, if I had a chest with a lock and key. I knew in an instant what he wanted it for; and not having one I was greatly alarmed; as I thought it might be a matter of considerable moment. But Joseph, discovering my anxiety, said: “never mind, I can do very well for the present without it— be calm, all is right”
Shortly after this, passed through the room with her bonnet and riding dress; and in a few minutes they left together, taking ’s horse and wagon. I spent the night in prayer and supplication to God, for the anxiety of my mind would not permit me to sleep. I arose at the usual hour, and commenced preparing breakfast— my heart fluttered at every footstep, as I now expected Joseph and momentarily, and feared lest he might meet with a<​nother​> Second disappointment. When the male portion of the family were seated at the [p. 105]
Chapter 23
Chap. 23.
 
Joseph obtains the plates
 
September 20th 1827 and his friend came to see how we were managing matters with Stodard & Co. and staid with us until the 22d. On the night of the 21st, I sat up very late as my work rather pressed upon my hands— I did not retire until after 12. o’clock at night. About 12. Joseph came to me, and inquired, if I had a chest with a lock and key. I knew in an instant what he wanted it for; and not having one I was greatly alarmed; as I thought it might be a matter of considerable moment. But Joseph, discovering my anxiety, said: “never mind, I can do very well for the present without it— be calm, all is right”
Shortly after this, passed through the room with her bonnet and riding dress; and in a few minutes they left together, taking ’s horse and wagon. I spent the night in prayer and supplication to God, for the anxiety of my mind would not permit me to sleep. I arose at the usual hour, and commenced preparing breakfast— my heart fluttered at every footstep, as I now expected Joseph and momentarily, and feared lest he might meet with another disappointment. When the male portion of the family were seated at the [p. 105]
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