Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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I have now eight families in my house besides your company When I went got back to the boat Capt. Blake said that he would rather the passengers would all stay on board as the ice might break away in the night and then he wanted them to be ready to make a sudden start at a moments warning. He sent a man out that morning to measure the depth of the ice which was constantly coming down the river lake and piling up cake upon cake and when the man returned he informed the capt. that the ice was 20 feet deep and observed captain you’ll stay here this long while yet as he said so turned to his mother and said Now Mother I am going on shore to see my uncle I can just as well go as not She insisted upon his staying but he payed no attention to what she said and she appealed to me saying wont you get back he is going ashore and I cant stop him for he wont mind any body but you. I I looked round and sure enough he was about leaving us without leave from any one I called to him back but he still insisted that there was time enough for him to visit the shore his uncle and get back before the Ice could break any way well said do as you like but if you do you will run the risk of being left in he went and as I turned from him another woman entered a complaint that her 2 sons <​who​> were young men were leaving and she could not keep them from going Vincent was the oldest I spoke to him now said I is going on shore and we shall leave him for you all said that you would do as I told you and he has refused to min mind me but do you come back for I tell you we are not going to stay here as long as you imagine. We will come if you say so replied he respectfully but we thought that the we might go on shore as the must Ice was so thick that [p. [11], bk. 11]
I have now eight families in my house besides your company When I got back to the boat Capt. Blake said that he would rather the passengers would all stay on board as the ice might break away in the night and then he wanted them to be ready to start at a moments warning. He sent a man out that morning to measure the depth of the ice which was constantly coming down the lake and piling up cake upon cake and when the man returned he informed the capt. that the ice was 20 feet deep and observed captain you’ll stay here this long while yet as he said so turned to his mother and said Now Mother I am going on shore to see my uncle I can just as well go as not She insisted upon his staying but he payed no attention to what she said and she appealed to me saying wont you get back he is going ashore and I cant stop him for he wont mind any body but you. I looked round and sure enough he was about leaving us without leave from any one I called him back but he still insisted that there was time enough for him to visit his uncle and get back before the Ice could break any way well said do as you like but if you do you will run the risk of being left in he went and as I turned from him another woman entered a complaint that her 2 sons who were young men were leaving and she could not keep them from going Vincent was the oldest I spoke to him now said I is going on shore and we shall leave him for you all said that you would do as I told you and he has refused to mind me but do you come back for I tell you we are not going to stay here as long as you imagine. We will come if you say so replied he respectfully but we thought that we might go on shore as the Ice was so thick that [p. [11], bk. 11]
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