Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

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he went home with a heavy heart suposing it impossible to effect anything towards redeeming the land but when he arrived there he found his There as he had found one of the letters within fifty miles of home The next day requested me to go to one Mr [blank] an old Gentleman who was a quaker a man with whom we had been intimate since our first commencement on the farm now in question and who always seeme admired the neatness and arrangement of the same besides he manifested a great friendship for us from our first acquaintance with him. We hoped that he would be able to furnish the requisite Sum and by his purchasing the Place we thought we might reap the benefit at least of the crops which were then sown on the farm. But in this we were disapointed This man had just paid <​out to the Land Agent​> all the money he could spare & within $5 of his last farthing in order to redeem a piece of Land belonging to a friend in his immediate neighborhood had I arrived at his house 30 minutes earlier I sho would have found him with $1500 in his pocket When I told him what had occurred he was much distressed for us & regretted having no means of releiving our necessity— But said he if I have no money I will try to do something for you so say to your that I will see him as soon as I can & let him know what the prospects are it was near nightfall and the country new and my road lay through a dense forrest & I had 10 miles to ride alone however I hastened to inform of my disapointment Mr [blank] came that night and told directed us to go to one Mr. Durfy who lived 4 miles distant a Quaker also and see what he could devise for our benefit
went immediately and found Mr. D. still [p. [2], bk. 5]
he went home with a heavy heart suposing it impossible to effect anything towards redeeming the land but when he arrived there he found his There as he had found one of the letters within fifty miles of home The next day requested me to go to one Mr [blank] an old Gentleman who was a quaker a man with whom we had been intimate since our first commencement on the farm now in question and who always admired the neatness and arrangement of the same besides he manifested a great friendship for us from our first acquaintance with him. We hoped that he would be able to furnish the requisite Sum and by his purchasing the Place we thought we might reap the benefit at least of the crops which were then sown on the farm. But in this we were disapointed This man had just paid out to the Land Agent all the money he could spare & within $5 of his last farthing in order to redeem a piece of Land belonging to a friend in his immediate neighborhood had I arrived at his house 30 minutes earlier I would have found him with $1500 in his pocket When I told him what had occurred he was much distressed for us & regretted having no means of releiving our necessity— But said he if I have no money I will try to do something for you so say to your that I will see him as soon as I can & let him know what the prospects are it was near nightfall the country new and my road lay through a dense forrest & I had 10 miles to ride alone however I hastened to inform of my disapointment Mr [blank] came that night and directed us to go to one Mr. Durfy who lived 4 miles distant a Quaker also and see what he could devise for our benefit
went immediately and found Mr. D. still [p. [2], bk. 5]
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