Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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“Go, to my ’s children tell
That lives no more on earth thy wife:
That while she dwelt in cumbrous clay
For them she prayed both night and day.
 
“My friends, I bid you all adieu;
The Lord hath called, and I must go;
And all the joys of this vain earth,
Are now to me of little worth.
’Twill be the same with you as me,
When brought as near eternity.
 
Thus, closes this mournful recital; and when I pass with my readers into the next chapter, with them probably will end the momentary sympathy aroused by this rehearsal; but with me it must last while life endures.
 
Chapter 4
Chap. 4.
 
Life of Stephen Mack
 
My brother Stephen, who was next in age to Jason, was born in the Tow[n] of Marlow June 15th 1766. I shall pass his childhood in Silence, and say nothing about him until he attained to the age of 14; years at which time he enlisted in the army. The circumstances of which were as follows: A recruiting officer came into the neighborhood to draft soldiers for the revolutionary war: and he called out a company [p. 19]
“Go, to my ’s children tell
That lives no more on earth thy wife:
That while she dwelt in cumbrous clay
For them she prayed both night and day.
 
“My friends, I bid you all adieu;
The Lord hath called, and I must go;
And all the joys of this vain earth,
Are now to me of little worth.
’Twill be the same with you as me,
When brought as near eternity.
 
Thus, closes this mournful recital; and when I pass with my readers into the next chapter, with them probably will end the momentary sympathy aroused by this rehearsal; but with me it must last while life endures.
 
Chapter 4
Chap. 4.
 
Life of Stephen Mack
 
My brother Stephen, who was next in age to Jason, was born in the Town of Marlow June 15th 1766. I shall pass his childhood in Silence, and say nothing about him until he attained to the age of 14; at which time he enlisted in the army. The circumstances of which were as follows: A recruiting officer came into the neighborhood to draft soldiers for the revolutionary war: and he called out a company [p. 19]
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