Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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way, gave us a five-franc piece, and bade us farewell. This left cousin and alone and in a strange land: and we soon found that the mob spirit was here, as well as in ; for it was not long before we were mobbed by near 20 men, who surrounded the house in the night, and terrified the family very much; however, we succeeded in driving them away.
After this we continued our journey until we arrived at brother [Seth] Utley’s in Benton County— which was in the same neighborhood, where and were mobbed some years ago. We soon made our business known to all the Saints; who said they would use every effort to be on hand with their money and means— Some in the fall others in the spring. We received from brother West 28 dollars to bear our expenses; and also from others, acts of kindness which will never be forgotton.
About this time our minds were seized with an awful foreboding; horror seemed to have laid his grasp upon us: we laid awake night after night, for we could not sleep: our forbodings increased, and we felt sure that all was <not> right; yet we continued preaching, until the Lord showed us that the Saints would be driven from . We then started home. On arriving at Wyatts mills, which was on our return, we were told, that, if we preached there, it should cost us our lives: nevertheless, we gave out an appointment at the house of sister Foster, a wealthy widow. She advised us to give it up; but as she had no fears for herself, neither her property or family, we concluded to fulfill our apointment. The hour of meeting came; and many attended— Cousin preached about [p. 322]
way, gave us a five-franc piece, and bade us farewell. This left cousin and alone and in a strange land: and we soon found that the mob spirit was here, as well as in ; for it was not long before we were mobbed by near 20 men, who surrounded the house in the night, and terrified the family very much; however, we succeeded in driving them away.
After this we continued our journey until we arrived at brother Seth Utley’s in Benton County— which was in the same neighborhood, where and were mobbed some years ago. We soon made our business known to all the Saints; who said they would use every effort to be on hand with their money and means— Some in the fall others in the spring. We received from brother West 28 dollars to bear our expenses; and also from others, acts of kindness which will never be forgotton.
About this time our minds were seized with an awful foreboding; horror seemed to have laid his grasp upon us: we laid awake night after night, for we could not sleep: our forbodings increased, and we felt sure that all was not right; yet we continued preaching, until the Lord showed us that the Saints would be driven from . We then started home. On arriving at Wyatts mills, which was on our return, we were told, that, if we preached there, it should cost us our lives: nevertheless, we gave out an appointment at the house of sister Foster, a wealthy widow. She advised us to give it up; but as she had no fears for herself, neither her property or family, we concluded to fulfill our apointment. The hour of meeting came; and many attended— Cousin preached about [p. 322]
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