Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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on account of some failure in keeping the commandments of God, that I was under the necessity of leaving the room to conceal my fealings. Joseph saw this and said, “do not be uneasy, , all is right— see here, I have got a key.” I knew not what he meant but took the article into my hands; and, upon <​for I​> examination <​examined it​> found, that it consisted of two smoothe three-cornered diamonds set in glasses, and the glasses were set in silver bows, which were connected with each other in much the same way, as old-fashioned spectacles. He took them <​it​> again and left me; but said nothing respecting the record.
In a short time he returned, and inquired of me in regard to getting a chest made. I told him to go to a certain cabinet maker, who had made some furniture for my oldest , and tell him, that we would pay him for making a chest, as we had paid him for the other work that he had done for us, namely, one half cash, the other produce. Joseph replied, that he would do so; yet he did not know where the money would come from, for there was not a shilling in the house.
The next day one Mr. Warner came to him, and told him, that a widow by the name of Wells, who was living in Macedon, wanted a well repaired, for which she would pay the cash; and, that she was anxious to have him do this work for her. As this afforded us an opporunity to pay the cabinet maker for the <​chest​>, Joseph went immediately to Macedon and commenced work for this woman widow. The next day after Joseph left home, one of the neighbors asked a great many [p. 107]
on account of some failure in keeping the commandments of God, that I was under the necessity of leaving the room to conceal my fealings. Joseph saw this and said, “do not be uneasy, , all is right— see here, I have got a key.” I knew not what he meant but took the article into my hands; examined it He took it again and left me; but said nothing respecting the record.
In a short time he returned, and inquired of me in regard to getting a chest made. I told him to go to a certain cabinet maker, who had made some furniture for my oldest , and tell him, that we would pay him for making a chest, as we had paid him for the other work that he had done for us, namely, one half cash, the other produce. Joseph replied, that he would do so; yet he did not know where the money would come from, for there was not a shilling in the house.
The next day one Mr. Warner came to him, and told him, that a widow by the name of Wells, who was living in Macedon, wanted a well repaired, for which she would pay the cash; and, that she was anxious to have him do this work for her. As this afforded us an opporunity to pay the cabinet maker for the chest, Joseph went immediately to Macedon and commenced work for this widow. The next day after Joseph left home, one of the neighbors asked a great many [p. 107]
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