Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Joseph concluded to go himself with but leave in in order to set off more speedily than would be possible in case he took his along with him. When he commenced making preparations for his journey he enquired of the Lord in what manner the plates should be conveyed to their point of destination. His answer was that he should give himself no trouble about but hasten her to waterloo and after he arrived a[t] ’s house if he would repair immediately to the garden he would receive the plates from the hand of an angel to to whose charge they must be committed for their safety. The Trio viz Joseph, , and started for Waterloo where they arived after a short and pl[e]asant Journey in health and fine spirits for commencing anew on their labors here they continued translating untill the whole work was completed. They then lost no time in informing us that is his ’s family of the acomplishment of this very important undertaking duty.
We communicated this intelligence to the same evening for we loved the man although his weakness had cost us much unnecessary trouble still he seemed to have a heart that designed no evill and we felt a commiseration for this disappointment which his misguided zeal had brought upon him <​he had brought upon himself in an evil hour.​> When we he heard that the translation was finaly completed he seemed as greatly rejoiced as if he knew that it had effected his salvation and determined to go straightway to waterloo as soon soon as he could get away the next morning. We accordingly set off together and before sunset we met Joseph and and at waterloo the evening was spent in reading the manuscript and I it would be imperfluous for me to say to any one who has read these pages that we were greatly rejoiced for it then appeared to us who did not realize the magnitude of the work which was <​could​> hardly be said at that time to have begining; as though the greatest difficulty was then surmounted— [p. [10], bk. 8]
Joseph concluded to go himself with but leave in in order to set off more speedily than would be possible in case he took his along with him. When he commenced making preparations for his journey he enquired of the Lord in what manner the plates should be conveyed to their point of destination. His answer was that he should give himself no trouble about but hasten to waterloo and after he arrived at ’s house if he would repair immediately to the garden he would receive the plates from the hand of an angel to whose charge they must be committed for their safety. The Trio viz Joseph, , and started for Waterloo where they arived after a short and pleasant Journey in health and fine spirits for commencing anew on their labors here they continued translating untill the whole work was completed. They then lost no time in informing us that is his ’s family of the acomplishment of this very important duty.
We communicated this intelligence to the same evening for we loved the man although his weakness had cost us much unnecessary trouble he seemed to have a heart that designed no evill and we felt a commiseration for this disappointment which he had brought upon himself in an evil hour. When he heard that the translation was finaly completed he seemed as greatly rejoiced as if he knew that it had effected his salvation and determined to go straightway to waterloo as soon as he could get away the next morning. We accordingly set off together and before sunset we met Joseph and at waterloo the evening was spent in reading the manuscript and it would be imperfluous for me to say to any one who has read these pages that we were greatly rejoiced for it then appeared to us who did not realize the magnitude of the work which could hardly be said at that time to have begining; as though the greatest difficulty was then surmounted— [p. [10], bk. 8]
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