Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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left the company, rather crest-fallen.
In the course of the conversation, said,  that the best plan was, to rush into the Mormon settle ment, murder the men, make slaves of the children,  take possession of the property, and use the women  as they pleased.
There was a gentleman present from Baltimore,  (Maryland): he said he never was among such  a pack of damned savages before; that he had  passed through , and saw nothing among  the Mormons but good order. Then drawing his  pistols, he discharged them; and reloding he said;  “if God spares my life till I get out of upper , I will never be found associating with such  devils again.”
Soon after this we were invited to preach on board  of the boat.— gave them a good lec ture, and I bore testimony: the rest of the way  we were treated more civilly; but being deck pas sengers, and having very little money, we suffered  much for food. On one occasion we paid 12½  cents for a dozen ears of corn:— and after grating  it we paid a woman 12½ cents more for baking  it into bread, although it was badly done, being  neither sifted nor the whole kernels taken out; yet,  we were so hungry that we were glad to get it.
We continued our journey together through every  species of hardship and fatigue, until the 11th  of October; when and left  us, after giving them all the money we had: they  starting for , and we to visit the chu rches in West Tennessee. Soon after this Juli an Moses, who fell in company with us on the [p. 321]
left the company, rather crest-fallen.
In the course of the conversation, said, that the best plan was, to rush into the Mormon settlement, murder the men, make slaves of the children, take possession of the property, and use the women as they pleased.
There was a gentleman present from Baltimore, (Maryland): he said he never was among such a pack of damned savages before; that he had passed through , and saw nothing among the Mormons but good order. Then drawing his pistols, he discharged them; and reloding he said; “if God spares my life till I get out of upper , I will never be found associating with such devils again.”
Soon after this we were invited to preach on board of the boat.— gave them a good lecture, and I bore testimony: the rest of the way we were treated more civilly; but being deck passengers, and having very little money, we suffered much for food. On one occasion we paid 12½ cents for a dozen ears of corn:— and after grating it we paid a woman 12½ cents more for baking it into bread, although it was badly done, being neither sifted nor the whole kernels taken out; yet, we were so hungry that we were glad to get it.
We continued our journey together through every species of hardship and fatigue, until the 11th of October; when and left us, after giving them all the money we had: they starting for , and we to visit the churches in West Tennessee. Soon after this Julian Moses, who fell in company with us on the [p. 321]
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