Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

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  • Historical Introduction
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It was but a few days before moved his family into another house this left rather more room for those who were left but remained we has soon found that we had many kind neighbors in fact they were all kind one in particular I would mention who lived across the street from us by the name of Messer this man and his wife seemed to seek every opertunity to oblige us and while we were there they took care that we were accomodated with every thing that we needed which was at their command We had not been in one week when my youngest daugter was taken very sick with a pain in her head and dreadful distress in her limbs su occasioned by her exposure in coming from she utterly refused from the first [to] take any nourishment whatever I took care of her myself several days untill I was taken in a similar manner myself the day on which I was taken a young man to whom she was engaged to be married came to see her and he was obliged to watched with her <​all​> that day for I my disease proved to be a very severe case of Cholera and although I suffered dreadfully with cramp which usually attends that complaint yet that was nothing in comparison to another pain which opperated upon the marrow of my bones and sometimes seemed to me to be almost bursting the bones themselves assunder every thing that was known to be good for such diseases and could be obtained was administered to me in my case but without effect supposing that I could not live any length of time wanted to see some to see me but she was unable to stand on her feet and carried her down the stairs in his arms several times before I got any better at last a young man who was a botanic physician was brought who gave me a kind of herb tea that releived me immediately so that I went to sleep very soon after I took it and and continued from that time getting better untill I recovered during our sickness the ladies of were sent us every delicacy which could be obta [p. [2], bk. 17]
It was but a few days before moved his family into another house this left rather more room for those who were remained we soon found that we had many kind neighbors in fact they were all kind one in particular I would mention who lived across the street from us by the name of Messer this man and his wife seemed to seek every opertunity to oblige us and while we were there they took care that we were accomodated with every thing that we needed which was at their command We had not been in one week when my youngest daugter was taken very sick with a pain in her head and dreadful distress in her limbs occasioned by her exposure in coming from she utterly refused from the first to take any nourishment whatever I took care of her myself several days untill I was taken in a similar manner myself the day on which I was taken a young man to whom she was engaged to be married came to see her and watched with her all that day for I my disease proved to be a very severe case of Cholera and although I suffered dreadfully with cramp which usually attends that complaint yet that was nothing in comparison to another pain which opperated upon the marrow of my bones and sometimes seemed to me to be almost bursting the bones themselves assunder every thing that was known to be good for such diseases and could be obtained was administered in my case but without effect supposing that I could not live any length of time wanted to see me but she was unable to stand on her feet and carried her down the stairs in his arms several times before I got any better at last a young man who was a botanic physician was brought who gave me a kind of herb tea that releived me immediately so that I went to sleep very soon after I took it and continued from that time getting better untill I recovered during our sickness the ladies of sent us every delicacy which could be obta [p. [2], bk. 17]
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