Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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came on my ’s health began to decline more rapidly than  before. This was in part, perhaps caused by the renewal of the   persecutions; for they now demanded our sons, of the author ities of this as fugitives from justice. In consequence of which  they were compelled to absent themselves from the , until the  writs, which were issued for their arrest were returned.
About this time came into the ,  and undertook to devise a scheme, whereby Joseph and ,  besides other brethren who were persecuted in like manner, might  remain at home in peace. I do not know what he did; I  only know that he seemed to be <much> engaged in the law as well  as the gospel: my heart was then too full of anxiety about my  , for me to enquire much into matters which I did  not understand; however the result was, Joseph returned <home> from  .
On the evening of his return, my commenced  vomitting blood. I sent immediately for Joseph and ;  who as soon as they came, gave him something to alleviate his  distress. This was saturday night. The next morning Joseph  came in and told his , that he should not be troubled  any more for the present with the Missourians: “and,” said he,  “I can now stay with you as much as you wish.” After which he  informed his , that it was then the priviledge of the saints  to be baptized for the dead. These two facts  was delighted to hear, and requested that Joseph should be bap tized for immediately; and, as he expected to live but a  short time, desired that his children would stay <with> him as much  as they could consistantly. They were all now with him exc ept was detained from coming by a sick .   being apprized of this, sent (who  a short time previous was married to our youngest ) af ter and her Children; but, before he went my blessed him fearing that it would be too late, when he [p. 296]
came on my ’s health began to decline more rapidly than before. This was in part, perhaps caused by the renewal of the persecutions; for they now demanded our sons, of the authorities of this as fugitives from justice. In consequence of which they were compelled to absent themselves from the , until the writs, which were issued for their arrest were returned.
About this time came into the , and undertook to devise a scheme, whereby Joseph and , besides other brethren who were persecuted in like manner, might remain at home in peace. I do not know what he did; I only know that he seemed to be much engaged in the law as well as the gospel: my heart was then too full of anxiety about my , for me to enquire much into matters which I did not understand; however , Joseph returned home from .
On the evening of his return, my commenced vomitting blood. I sent immediately for Joseph and ; who as soon as they came, gave him something to alleviate his distress. This was saturday night. The next morning Joseph came in and told his , that he should not be troubled any more for the present with the Missourians: “and,” said he, “I can now stay with you as much as you wish.” After which he informed his , that it was then the priviledge of the saints to be baptized for the dead. These two facts was delighted to hear, and requested that Joseph should be baptized for immediately; and, as he expected to live but a short time, desired that his children would stay with him as much as they could consistantly. They were all now with him except was detained from coming by a sick . being apprized of this, sent (who a short time previous was married to our youngest ) after and her Children; but, before he went my blessed him fearing that it would be too late, when he [p. 296]
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