Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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were just the width of two of my fingers; (for I measured them); and they had holes in the end of them for convenience in fastening.
The whole plate was worth at least 500 dollars; which plate, together with the Urim and Thummim Joseph placed <the Urim and Thummim> in the chest after I examined it.
Soon after this Joseph came to the house in great haste, and inquired, if there had been a company of men about: I told him, that not a single individual had been come to the house since he left. He then said, that a mob would be there that night, if they did not come before that time, to search for the record, and, that it must be removed immediately. Shortly after this a man by the name of came in from the village of , a man in whom we reposed great much confidence, and who was well worthy of the same. Joseph told him that he was apprehensive of a mob being there that night, and, that they must prepare themselves to drive them away: but the first thing to be attended to, was to secure the record and breast plate. In view of this it was determined, that a portion of the hearth should be taken up, and, that the Record and breast plate should be burried under the same, and then the hearth be relaid to prevent suspicion.
This was accordingly done as speedily as possible; but the hearth was scarcely relaid, when a large company of men, well armed, came rushing up to the house. Joseph threw upen the doors, and taking a hint from the stratagem of his grandfather , hallooed as if he had a legion at hand; meanwhile giving the word of command with great emphasis; while all the male portion of the family [p. 115]
were just the width of two of my fingers; (for I measured them); and they had holes in the end of them for convenience in fastening.
, Joseph placed the Urim and Thummim in the chest after I examined it.
Soon after this Joseph came to the house in great haste, and inquired, if there had been a company of men about: I told him, that not a single individual had come to the house since he left. He then said, that a mob would be there that night, if they did not come before that time, to search for the record, and, that it must be removed immediately. Shortly after this a man by the name of came in from the village of , a man in whom we reposed much confidence, and who was well worthy of the same. Joseph told him that he was apprehensive of a mob being there that night, and, that they must prepare themselves to drive them away: but the first thing to be attended to, was to secure the record and breast plate. In view of this it was determined, that a portion of the hearth should be taken up, and, that the Record and breast plate should be burried under the same, and then the hearth be relaid to prevent suspicion.
This was accordingly done as speedily as possible; but the hearth was scarcely relaid, when a large company of men, well armed, came rushing up to the house. Joseph threw upen the doors, and taking a hint from the stratagem of his grandfather , hallooed as if he had a legion at hand; meanwhile giving the word of command with great emphasis; while all the male portion of the family [p. 115]
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