Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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why said I what can this mean <​said I​> do you know them how this is that all which we have earned in the last 10 years is taken away from us in one instant and when we least expected it <​what does this mean​> Is this a reality or is it but a sham to startle and deceive us <​me​> but one collected look at these men convinced me of their purpose. I was overcome and fell back into a chair almost deprived of sensibility when I recovered from I talked to them a length of time to reason them out of what they seemed determined to do viz. to rush us out if off of our premises straightway into the common air like the beasts of the field or the fowls of Heaven with naught but <​the​> earth for a resting place and the canopy of He the skies for a covering But our only answer was well we’ve got the place and d—m you help ourselves if you can. went straightway to Dr Robinson (an old Friend <​of ours who lived in )​> of whom I spoke on the detail of s’ death) a man of influence and notoriety as to him he told the whole story this gentleman sat down and wrote the charecter of <​my​> family our industry and faithful exertion’s to obtain a home in <​the​> forest where we had setled ourselves with many commendations caculated to beget confidence in us as to buisness transactions— This he took in his own hands and went through the and in an hour there was attached to the paper the names of 60 subscribers He then sent the same by the hand of to the land Agent in . The Agent was enraged when he found out the facts of the case he said the men told him that & his son <​Joseph​> had run away and was cutting down the sugar orchard and haleing off the rails burning them and doing all possible manner of mischief to every thing on the farm that beleiving this he had sold them the place got his money and given them a deed of the premises [p. [12], bk. 4]
said I what does this mean Is this a reality or is it a sham to startle and deceive me but one collected look at the men convinced me of their purpose. I was overcome and fell back into a chair almost deprived of sensibility when I recovered I talked to them a length of time to reason them out of what they seemed determined to do viz. to rush us off of our premises straightway into the common air like the beasts of the field or the fowls of Heaven with naught but the earth for a resting place and the canopy the skies for a covering But our only answer was well we’ve got the place and d—m you help ourselves if you can. went straightway to Dr Robinson (an old Friend of ours who lived in ) a man of influence and notoriety to him he told the whole story this gentleman sat down and wrote the charecter of my family our industry and faithful exertion’s to obtain a home in the forest where we had setled ourselves with many commendations caculated to beget confidence in us as to buisness transactions— This he took in his own hands and went through the and in an hour there was attached to the paper the names of 60 subscribers He then sent the same by the hand of to the land Agent in . The Agent was enraged when he found out the facts of the case he said the men told him that & his son Joseph had run away and was cutting down the sugar orchard and haleing off the rails burning them and doing all possible manner of mischief to every thing on the farm that beleiving this he had sold them the place got his money and given them a deed of the premises [p. [12], bk. 4]
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