Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

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  • Historical Introduction
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had provided for themselves had done no more although some of them might have have supplied others and themselves also but they did not seem to consider that the revlation that they should help each other was binding upon them Brethren and sisters <​you who were with me do​> are still leaving May <​you​> <​You recollect this circumstances which I am relating I know​> You remmember this journey well for I am <​not​> now speaking of that which took place in a former century but what your eyes have seen and your ears have heard—
I soon discovered a carelessness among the Mothers who were in our company which gave me great anxiety for many of them did neglect their children even when thier especial care was necessary to the preservation of their lives. As for instance at a time when passing under a bridge if children were on deck, they woud be thrown over board or bruised in such a maner as was terrible to think of I called the sisters together an[d] talked with and tried to make them realize their children’s danger and their own responsibility
Sisters said I God has given you children to be a blessing to you and it is your duty to take care of them to keep them out of every possible danger and in such a place as this especially to have them always by your side and I warn you now to attend better to your duty in this respect or your children will by some unforeseen accident be taken from you— Soon after this we received news by another boat of the death of a small child which occurred the day before and was occasioned on the same river it was killed by a bridge being on deck when the boat was passing under the child I thought that what I had said and this accident together would rouse the sisters to greater attention but in this I was mistaken for they took not thought of either and their excuse for thus neglecting the Children was that they could not make them mind I told them that I could make them mind me easy enough and as they would not controll them I should I then got the children [p. [4], bk. 11]
had provided for themselves had done no more although some of them might have supplied others and themselves but they did not seem to consider that the revlation that they should help each other was binding upon them Brethren and sisters you who were with me do You recollect this circumstances which I am relating I know You remmember this journey well for I am not now speaking of that which took place in a former century but what your eyes have seen and your ears have heard—
I soon discovered a carelessness among the Mothers who were in our company which gave me great anxiety for many of them did neglect their children even when thier especial care was necessary to the preservation of their lives. As for instance at a time when passing under a bridge if children were on deck, they woud be thrown over board or bruised in such a maner as was terrible to think of I called the sisters together and talked with and tried to make them realize their children’s danger and their own responsibility
Sisters said I God has given you children to be a blessing to you and it is your duty to take care of them to keep them out of every possible danger and in such a place as this especially to have them always by your side and I warn you now to attend better to your duty in this respect or your children will by some unforeseen accident be taken from you— Soon after this we received news by another boat of the death of a small child which occurred the day before on the same river it was killed by a bridge being on deck when the boat was passing under I thought that what I had said and this accident together would rouse the sisters to greater attention but in this I was mistaken for they took not thought of either and their excuse for thus neglecting the Children was that they could not make them mind I told them that I could make them mind me easy enough and as they would not controll them I should I then got the children [p. [4], bk. 11]
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