Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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the view of writing for Joseph, his told him  that she had fully decreed in her heart to accom pany him. not having any particu lar objections, informed her that she might do so—  that she might go and stay one or two weeks, and  then he would bring her home again; after which  he would return and resume his writing for Jose ph. To this she cheerfully agreed.
little suspected what he had to  encounter by this move: the first time he exhib ited the Alphabet <characters> before named, she took out of  her pocket an exact copy of the same, and told  those present that Joe. Smith was not the only one  who was in possession of this great curiosity— that  she had the same characters, and they were quite  as genuine as those shown by . This  course she continued to pursue until they arrived  at Joseph’s. On arriving there she informed Jose ph, that her object in coming, was to see the plates;  and she would never leave until she accomplished  the object it. So, without delay she commenced ransack ing every nook and corner about the house— chests,  trunks, cupboards &c &c; on account of which, Joseph  was under the necessity of removing, both the breast plate and record from the house and secreting them  elsewhere. After making diligent search in the  house, and not finding them, she concluded, that  Joseph had burried them; and so the next day, she  commenced searching out of doors; which she continued  until 2. o’clock P. M. when she came in rather ill  natured; after warming herself a little, she asked   if there were snakes in that country in the  winter. replied in the negative. [p. 124]
the view of writing for Joseph, his told him that she had fully decreed in her heart to accompany him. not having any particular objections, informed her that she might do so— that she might go and stay one or two weeks, and then he would bring her home again; after which he would return and resume his writing for Joseph. To this she cheerfully agreed.
little suspected what he had to encounter by this move: the first time he exhibited the characters before named, she took out of her pocket an exact copy of the same, and told those present that Joe. Smith was not the only one who was in possession of this great curiosity— that she had the same characters, and they were quite as genuine as those shown by . This course she continued to pursue until they arrived at Joseph’s. On arriving there she informed Joseph, that her object in coming, was to see the plates; and she would never leave until she accomplished it. So, without delay she commenced ransacking every nook and corner about the house— chests, trunks, cupboards &c &c; on account of which, Joseph was under the necessity of removing, both the breastplate and record from the house and secreting them elsewhere. After making diligent search in the house, and not finding them, she concluded, that Joseph had burried them; and so the next day, she commenced searching out of doors; which she continued until 2. o’clock P. M. when she came in rather ill natured; after warming herself a little, she asked if there were snakes in that country in the winter. replied in the negative. [p. 124]
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