Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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and cried out: “Oh, my ;’ and kissed him again and again. ‘,’ said he, “you must be the best girl in the world, and take care of you cant have your any more— is going away, <&> he must leave little .” He then kissed her and said: “take her away, I think my breath offends her.” We took hold of her to take her away; but she clung to him with such a desperate grasp, that it was with difficulty, we succeeded in disengaging her hands.
As I turned with the child to leave him, he said: “, , brothers, and sisters, farewell; I can now breathe out my life as calm<ly> as a clock.” Saying this he immediately closed his eyes in death.
The child cried to go back to , and I returned with her.— Presently one standing by observed: ‘ is gone, an angel has taken his spirit to heaven.” Hearing this the child renewed her cries cries; and, as I bent over his corpse with her in my arms, she again threw her arms around him, and kissed him repeatedly; and, until the body was taken from the house, she continued to cry, and to manifest such mingled feelings of both terror and affection at the scene before her, as is seldom witnessed.
By the request of the principal physician, he was cut open in order to discover if possible the cause of his death; and we found the calomel lodged in the upper bowels, untouched by anything which he had taken to remove it, and as nearly in its natural state, as it could be, being surrounded with gangrene.
was a youth of singular goodness of disposition— kind and amiable; so that lamentation [p. 92]
and cried out: “Oh, my ;’ and kissed him again and again. ‘,’ said he, “you must be the best girl in the world, and take care of — you cant have your any more— is going away, & he must leave little .” He then kissed her and said: “take her away, I think my breath offends her.” We took hold of her to take her away; but she clung to him with such a desperate grasp, that it was with difficulty, we succeeded in disengaging her hands.
As I turned with the child to leave him, he said: “, , brothers, and sisters, farewell; I can now breathe out my life as calmly as a clock.” Saying this he immediately closed his eyes in death.
The child cried to go back to , and I returned with her.— Presently one standing by observed: ‘ is gone, an angel has taken his spirit to heaven.” Hearing this the child renewed her cries; and, as I bent over his corpse with her in my arms, she again threw her arms around him, and kissed him repeatedly; and, until the body was taken from the house, she continued to cry, and to manifest such mingled feelings of both terror and affection at the scene before her, as is seldom witnessed.
By the request of the principal physician, he was cut open in order to discover if possible the cause of his death; and we found the calomel lodged in the upper bowels, untouched by anything which he had taken to remove it, and as nearly in its natural state, as it could be, being surrounded with gangrene.
was a youth of singular goodness of disposition— kind and amiable; so that lamentation [p. 92]
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