Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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house of one , who was a Methodist pre acher, and was at that time about starting on a pr eaching Mission. He, like the others, did not wish to  make a purchase of what he considered at that time  to be a nonsensical fable; however, he said, that he w ould take a subscription paper, and, if he found any one  on his route who was disposed to purchase, he would ta ke his name; and in two weeks might call a gain, and he would let him know [3 words illegible] what the prospect  was of selling.
After making this arrangement, left one  of his books with them, and returned home.— At the  time appointed, he started again for the Rev ’s, in order to learn the success with which this  gentleman had met, in finding sale for the Book  of Mormon; this time and myself acco mpanied him. And it was our intention to have  passed near the tavern where was so abusively  treated a fortnight previous; but just before we came  to the house, a sign of small pox intercepted us.  We turned aside and meeting a citizen of the place,  we enquired of him, to what extent this disease pre vailed. He answered, that the tavern keeper  and two of his family had died with it not lo ng since; but, he did not that any one else had  caught the distemper <disease>: that it was brought  into the neighborhood by a traveller who s topped at the tavern over night.
This is a specimen of the peculiar disposition of  some individuals, who would purchase their death for  a few shillings; but sacrafice their souls salvation ra ther than give a saint of God a meals victuals. Ac cording to the word of God, “it shall <will> be more tolra [p. 171]
house of , who was a Methodist preacher, and was at that time about starting on a preaching Mission. He, like the others, did not wish to make a purchase of what he considered at that time to be a nonsensical fable; however, he said, that he would take a subscription paper, and, if he found any one on his route who was disposed to purchase, he would take his name; and in two weeks might call again, and he would let him know what the prospect was of selling.
After making this arrangement, left one of his books with them, and returned home.— At the time appointed, he started again for the Rev ’s, in order to learn the success with which this gentleman had met, in finding sale for the Book of Mormon; this time and myself accompanied him. And it was our intention to have passed near the tavern where was so abusively treated a fortnight previous; but just before we came to the house, a sign of small pox intercepted us. We turned aside and meeting a citizen of the place, we enquired of him, to what extent this disease prevailed. He answered, that the tavern keeper and two of his family had died with it not long since; but, he did not that any one else had caught the disease: that it was brought into the neighborhood by a traveller who stopped at the tavern over night.
This is a specimen of the peculiar disposition of some individuals, who would sacrafice their souls salvation rather than give a saint of God a meals victuals. According to the word of God, “it will be more tolra [p. 171]
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