Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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questions concerning the plates.
I will here observe, that no one ever heard anything from us respecting them, except a confidential friend, whom my had spoken to about them some two or three years previous. And it now appeared that satan had now stirred up the hearts of those who had barely got a hint of the matter from our friend, to search into it and make every possible move thwarting the purposes of the Almighty.
My shortly learned, that ten or twelve men were clubbed together, with one Willard Chase, a Methodist class leader, at their head; and what was still more ridiculous, they had sent 60 or 70 miles for a certain conjuror, to come and divine the place <​where they​> were <​were​>secreted. We supposed that Joseph had taken the plates and hid them somewhere, and we were apprehensive, that our enemies might discover their hiding place, or the place in which they were deposited. Consequently the next morning, after hearing of their plans, My concluded to go among the neighbors to see what he could learn in regard to the plans of the adverse party. The first house he came to he found the conjuror and Willard Chase as well as the rest of the clan. He made an errand, went in, and sat down near the door, leaving it a little ajar in order to overhear their conversation. They stood in the yard near the door, and were devising plans to find “Jo. Smith’s gold Bible, (as they expressed themselves). The conjuror seemed much animated, although he had travelled 60 miles the day and night previous. In a [3 words illegible] Presently the woman of the house became uneasy, and stepping through a back door into the yard, [p. 108]
questions concerning the plates.
I will here observe, that no one ever heard anything from us respecting them, except a confidential friend, whom my had spoken to about them some two or three years previous. And it appeared that satan had now stirred up the hearts of those who had barely got a hint of the matter from our friend, to search into it and make every possible move thwarting the purposes of the Almighty.
My shortly learned, that ten or twelve men were clubbed together, with one Willard Chase, a Methodist class leader, at their head; and what was still more ridiculous, they had sent 60 or 70 miles for a certain conjuror, to come and divine the place where they were secreted. We supposed that Joseph had taken the plates and hid them somewhere, and we were apprehensive, that our enemies might discover their hiding place, or the place in which they were deposited. Consequently the next morning, after hearing of their plans, My concluded to go among the neighbors to see what he could learn in regard to the plans of the adverse party. The first house he came to he found the conjuror and Willard Chase as well as the rest of the clan. He made an errand, went in, and sat down near the door, leaving it a little ajar in order to overhear their conversation. They stood in the yard near the door, and were devising plans to find “Jo. Smith’s gold Bible, (as they expressed themselves). The conjuror seemed much animated, although he had travelled 60 miles the day and night previous. Presently the woman of the house became uneasy, and stepping through a back door into the yard, [p. 108]
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