Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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this, they became discouraged and ceased their opperations; but suddenly discovering, that there was a division in our midst, their fruitfull imaginations were roused to the utmost, to invent new schemes to accomplish our destruction
Their first movement was to sue Joseph for debt, and with this pretence, they siezed upon every piece of property belonging to any of the family. Joseph then had in his possession four Egyptian Mum[m]ies, with the ancient records that accompanied them. These the mob swore they would take from the meeting House; and burn every one of them. Accordingly they levied <obtained> an execution upon them, for an unjust debt of 50 dollars. but by various stratagems one we succeeded in keeping them out of their hands, and they were not permitted to destroy the only evidence, which was accessible to the world, of the truth of the Book of Mormon
The persecution finally became so hot violent that Joseph regarded it as unsafe to remain any longer in and began to make arrangements to move to . One evening before finishing his preparations for the contemplated journey, he sat in council at our houce. After giving them directions as to what he desired them to do, while he was absent from them, and as he was about leaving the room he said “Well, brethren I do not recollect any thing more; but one thing, brethren, is certain; I shall see you again, let what will happen; for I have a promise of life five years, and they cannot kill me until that time has expired.
That night he was warned by the spirit, to make his escape with his family, as speedily as possible; he therefore arose from his bed, and took his family with barely beds and clothing sufficient for them, and left in the dead hour of the night. The day following the co [p. 241]
this, they became discouraged and ceased their opperations; but suddenly discovering, that there was a division in our midst, their fruitfull imaginations were roused to the utmost, to invent new schemes to accomplish our destruction
Their first movement was to sue Joseph for debt, and with this pretence, they siezed upon every piece of property belonging to any of the family. Joseph then had in his possession four Egyptian Mummies, with the ancient records that accompanied them. These the mob swore they would take from the meeting House; and burn every one of them. Accordingly they obtained an execution upon them, for an unjust debt of 50 dollars. but by various stratagems we succeeded in keeping them out of their hands, and they were not permitted to destroy the only evidence, which was accessible to the world, of the truth of the Book of Mormon
The persecution finally became so violent that Joseph regarded it as unsafe to remain any longer in and began to make arrangements to move to . One evening before finishing his preparations for the contemplated journey, he sat in council at our houce. After giving them directions as to what he desired them to do, while he was absent from them, and as he was about leaving the room he said “Well, brethren I do not recollect any thing more; but one thing, brethren, is certain; I shall see you again, let what will happen; for I have a promise of life five years, and they cannot kill me until that time has expired.
That night he was warned by the spirit, to make his escape with his family, as speedily as possible; he therefore arose from his bed, and took his family with barely beds and clothing sufficient for them, and left in the dead hour of the night. The day following the co [p. 241]
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