Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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called to her husband in a suppressed tone, but loud enough to be heard distinctly by : “Sam, Sam, you are cutting your own throat.” At this the conjuror bawled out, at the top of his voice, “I am not afraid of any body— we will have them plates in spite of Jo. Smith, or all the devils in hell.” When the woman came in again laid aside a newspaper which he had been holding in his hand and remarked, that he believed he had not time to finish reading the paper, and then left the house and returned home.
As soon as he reached home, he asked , if she knew whether Joseph had taken them plates from their place of deposit, or, if she was able to tell him where they were. She said that she did not know where they were, nor whether they were removed from their place. My then informed her, of what he had seen and heard. After which remarked, that she did not know what to do; but she supposed, if Joseph was was to get the plates or record he would get it, and they would not be able to prevent him. “Yes,’ replied , he will if he is faithful <​watchful​> and obedient; but remember, that, for a small thing, Esau lost his birthright and his blessing: It may be so with Joseph.”
“Well’ rejoined , “if I had a horse I would go and see him.” then said: you shall have one in 15 minutes: although my team is gone, there is a stray on the place, and I will send to bring him immediately.” In a few moments brought up the horse with a large hickory withe round his neck; (for [p. 109]
called to her husband in a suppressed tone, but loud enough to be heard distinctly by : “Sam, Sam, you are cutting your own throat.” At this the conjuror bawled out, at the top of his voice, “I am not afraid of any body— we will have them plates in spite of Jo. Smith, or all the devils in hell.” When the woman came in again laid aside a newspaper which he had been holding in his hand and remarked, that he believed he had not time to finish reading the paper, and then left the house and returned home.
As soon as he reached home, he asked , if she knew whether Joseph had taken the plates from their place of deposit, or, if she was able to tell him where they were. She said that she did not know where they were, nor whether they were removed from their place. My then informed her, of what he had seen and heard. After which remarked, that she did not know what to do; but she supposed, if Joseph was was to get the record he would get it, and they would not be able to prevent him. “Yes,’ replied , he will if he is watchful and obedient; but remember, that, for a small thing, Esau lost his birthright and his blessing: It may be so with Joseph.”
“Well’ rejoined , “if I had a horse I would go and see him.” then said: you shall have one in 15 minutes: although my team is gone, there is a stray on the place, and I will send to bring him immediately.” In a few moments brought up the horse with a large hickory withe round his neck; (for [p. 109]
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