Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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took a fresh hold on ; and she remained comp letely under the power of the disease, until the sickness in , had so abated, that Joseph was able to make a vis it. When he arrived was lying up stairs, in a high  fever: upon hearing his voice below, She sprang from her  bed, and flew down stairs, as though she was altogether  well; and was so rejoiced to hear, that her relations w ere all still living, and in better health than when  she left them, that the excitement performed an en tire cure. She soon regained her strength, and we re turned home.
It now became necessary for Joseph to take a journey  to the city of ; for he had been commanded of  the Lord, while in prison, to pray for redress at the feet  of the , as well as congress, when his family should be  so situated, that he could leave home. Accordingly, Jose ph started to fulfill this injunction in company with , , , .  After arriving in , Joseph and , waited  upon his excellency , but it was some  time before they had an opportunity of laying thier grieva nces before him; however, they at length succeeded in  getting his attention. After listening to the entire history  of the oppression and abuse, which we had received at the  hands of our enimies, he wisely replied: “Gentlemen your  cause is just; but I can do nothing for you. The matter  was however, laid before Congress: They too concluded that  our cause was just; but, that they could do nothing for us;  as was a Sovereign, Independant state; and, that the  Mormons might appeal to her for redress; for in their opinion , she neither wanted the power nor lacked the disposition to  redress the wrongs of her own citizens.
During Joseph’s abscence, was at times very [p. 294]
took a fresh hold on ; and she remained completely under the power of the disease, until the sickness in , had so abated, that Joseph was able to make a visit. When he arrived was lying up stairs, in a high fever: upon hearing his voice below, She sprang from her bed, and flew down stairs, as though she was altogether well; and was so rejoiced to hear, that her relations were all still living, and in better health than when she left them, that the excitement performed an entire cure. She soon regained her strength, and we returned home.
It now became necessary for Joseph to take a journey to the city of ; for he had been commanded of the Lord, while in prison, to pray for redress at the feet of the , as well as congress, when his family should be so situated, that he could leave home. Accordingly, Joseph started to fulfill this injunction in company with , , , . After arriving in , Joseph and , waited upon his excellency , but it was some time before they had an opportunity of laying thier grievances before him; however, they at length succeeded in getting his attention. After listening to the entire history of the oppression and abuse, which we had received at the hands of our enimies, he replied: “Gentlemen your cause is just; but I can do nothing for you. The matter was however, laid before Congress: They too concluded that our cause was just; but, that they could do nothing for us; as was a Sovereign, Independant state; and, that the Mormons might appeal to her for redress; for in their opinion, she neither wanted the power nor lacked the disposition to redress the wrongs of her own citizens.
During Joseph’s abscence, was at times very [p. 294]
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