Letter from Sybella McMinn Armstrong, 1 May 1843

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and suffer the loss of Family and Fr[ie]nds rather than not obey the Gospel of Christ! Yes sooner would I suffer my right Hand sevrd [severed] from my body then I would deny that God has spoken in these last dans [days]— I can endure all maner of scorn and disisern [derision] from the world and Rejoice in it! but to have my Charactar stabbed in the dark and mutilated by a villain! in the Gard [garb?] of Righte[ou]sness is more than I can put down and truely bear! I seek not for vengence I ask it not— but in the name of the Lord I ask for Justice, for the deepest wrongs inflicted without the slightest provction [provocation]— but to be plain has basicly Sla[n]dered my Charctar in time oft and again, this I bore not satisfied with this he goes to and repprted me as being a str[u]mpet and that I was a wom[a]n of so notrietry but a Christin that I was kno[w]n to all the Capta[i]ns on the Ohio and Rivers, nor is this all he represnted us as getting our livi[n]g by plucking the Public! Now Sir when he was brought to an acc[o]unt for these things did he deny it [p. [2]]
and suffer the loss of Family and Friends rather than not obey the Gospel of Christ! Yes sooner would I suffer my right Hand sevrd [severed] from my body then I would deny that God has spoken in these last dans [days]— I can endure all maner of scorn and disisern [derision] from the world and Rejoice in it! but to have my Charactar stabbed in the dark and mutilated by a villain! in the Gard garb of Righteousness is more than I can put down and truely bear! I seek not for vengence I ask it not— but in the name of the Lord I ask for Justice, for the deepest wrongs inflicted without the slightest provction [provocation]— but to be plain has basicly Slandered my Charctar in time oft and again, this I bore not satisfied with this he goes to and repprted me as being a strumpet and that I was a woman of so notrietry but a Christin that I was known to all the Captains on the Ohio and Rivers, nor is this all he represnted us as getting our living by plucking the Public! Now Sir when he was brought to an account for these things did he deny it [p. [2]]
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