Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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I met him in the bar room where there was a large company of travellers male and female I demanded of the man his reason for such procedure. he answered that the money which I gave him was all exhausted and he could go no farther I turned to those present said I Gentlemen and ladies Please give me your attention for a moment As Now as there is a God in Heaven that Waggon and those horses as well as the goods accompanying them are mine And here I declare that they Shall go This man is determined to take away from me every means of proceeding on my journey leaving me with 8 little children utterly destitute but I forbid you Mr. Howard from stiring one step with my Wagon or horses but for I here I declare that the team Goods and children with shall go together to my and the Father of my children as for you sir I has no use for you and <​you​> can ride or walk the rest of the way as you please but I shall take charge of my own affairs. I then proceeded on my way and in a short time I arrived in with a small portion of my effects my babes <​&​> & 0 cents in money but perfectly happy in the society of my family. The joy I felt in seeing throwing myself and my children upon the care and affection of a tender and Father doubly paid me for all I had suffered for when I saw The children surrounded their clinging to his neck an covering his face with tears and kisses that were heartily reciprocated by him—
We <​all​> now Sat down and maturely councilled togather as to what course it was best to take how we shold proceed to busness in our then destitute circumstances [p. [6], bk. 3]
I met him in the bar room where there was a large company of travellers male and female I demanded of the man his reason for such procedure. he answered that the money which I gave him was all exhausted and he could go no farther I turned to those present said I Gentlemen and ladies Please give me your attention for a moment Now as there is a God in Heaven that Waggon and those horses as well as the goods accompanying them are mine This man is determined to take away from me every means of proceeding on my journey leaving me with 8 little children utterly destitute but I forbid you Mr. Howard from stiring one step with my Wagon or horses for I here declare that the team Goods and children with shall go together to my and the Father of my children as for you sir I has no use for you and you can ride or walk the rest of the way as you please but I shall take charge of my own affairs. I then proceeded on my way and in a short time I arrived in with a small portion of my effects my babes & 0 cents in money but perfectly happy in the society of my family. The joy I felt in throwing myself and my children upon the care and affection of a tender and Father doubly paid me for all I had suffered The children surrounded their clinging to his neck covering his face with tears and kisses that were heartily reciprocated by him—
We all now Sat down and maturely councilled togather as to what course it was best to take how we shold proceed to busness in our then destitute circumstances [p. [6], bk. 3]
Page [6], bk. 3