Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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My and the gentlemen Durfees arrived in at half past 9. o’clock in the evening. The agent sent immediately for Mr. Stodard and his friends, who came without delay. When they arrived, in order to carry out their principles, and make difficulty, they contended that it was after 10. o’clock; but, not being able to maintain this position, they gave up the deed to Mr. Durfee the high sheriff, who now became the possessor of the farm.
As I before stated, at the time started to see and , Joseph accompanied him: when he returned Joseph also returned with him, and remained with us until the difficulty about the farm came to an issue; when he again took leave for , on the same business as before mentioned; and the next January returned with his , in good health and fine spirits. Not long after this his had occasion to send him to on business. <​And,​> as he started quite early in the morning, we expected him home, at the outside, by 6. o clock in the evening. But when 6. came he did not arrive.— we always had a peculiar anxiety about him whenever he was absent from us; for, it seemed as if something was always taking place to jeopardize his life. But to return, he did not get home till the night was far spent. On coming in, threw himself into a chair, apparently much exhausted. My did not observe his appearance, and immediately exclaimed, “Joseph, why have you staid so late? has anything [p. 103]
since.
My and the gentlemen Durfees arrived in at half past 9. o’clock in the evening. The agent sent immediately for Mr. Stodard and his friends, who came without delay. When they arrived, in order to carry out their principles, and make difficulty, they contended that it was after 10. o’clock; but, not being able to maintain this position, they gave up the deed to Mr. Durfee the high sheriff, who now became the possessor of the farm.
As I before stated, at the time started to see and , Joseph accompanied him: when he returned Joseph also returned with him, and remained with us until the difficulty about the farm came to an issue; when he again took leave for , on the same business as before mentioned; and the next January returned with his , in good health and fine spirits. Not long after this his had occasion to send him to on business. And, as he started quite early in the morning, we expected him home, at the outside, by 6. o clock in the evening. But when 6. came he did not arrive.— we always had a peculiar anxiety about him whenever he was absent from us; for, it seemed as if something was always taking place to jeopardize his life. But to return, he did not get home till the night was far spent. On coming in, threw himself into a chair, apparently much exhausted. My did not observe his appearance, and immediately exclaimed, “Joseph, why have you staid so late? has anything [p. 103]
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