Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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During the short interval of Alva’s stay with us he and Joseph were one day in at a public house transacting some business; and as they were thus engaged, came in, he stepped immediately up to my son, and taking him by the hand said: “how do you do, Mr. Smith:” then took a bag of silver from his pocket, and again remarked: “here, Mr. Smith, is 50 dollars; I give this to you to do the Lord’s work with— No, I give it to the Lord for his own work.”
“No,’ said Joseph, “we will give you a note: Mr. Hale, I presume, will sign it with me”
“Yes, said Alva, “I will sign it,”
still insisted that he would give the money to the Lord, and called those present to witness the fact, that he gave it freely, and did not demand any compensation; that it was for the purpose of helping Mr. Smith do the Lord’s work. And as I have been informed, many were present on that occasion, who witnessed the same circumstance.
Joseph, in a short time, arranged his affairs and was ready for the journey. The record and breastplate he nailed up in a box, then put them into a strong cask; and after filling the cask with beans, headed it up again in order to their security.
When it had become generally known that Joseph was about moving to , a mob of 50 men collected themselves together; and they went to one Dr. McIntire and requested, that he should take the command of the company, stating that they were resolved on following ‘Joe.’ Smith [illegible] in order <​to​> take his gold bible from him. But the Doctors ideas and feelings did not altogether harmonize with their’s, and he told them they were [p. 121]
iness.
During the short interval of Alva’s stay with us he and Joseph were one day in at a public house transacting some business; and as they were thus engaged, came in, he stepped immediately up to my son, and taking him by the hand said: “how do you do, Mr. Smith:” then took a bag of silver from his pocket, and again remarked: “here, Mr. Smith, is 50 dollars; I give this to you to do the Lord’s work with— No, I give it to the Lord for his own work.”
“No,’ said Joseph, “we will give you a note: Mr. Hale, I presume, will sign it with me”
“Yes, said Alva, “I will sign it,”
still insisted that he would give the money to the Lord, and called those present to witness the fact, that he gave it freely, and did not demand any compensation; that it was for the purpose of helping Mr. Smith do the Lord’s work. And as I have been informed, many were present on that occasion, who witnessed the same circumstance.
Joseph, in a short time, arranged his affairs and was ready for the journey. The record and breastplate he nailed up in a box, then put them into a strong cask; and after filling the cask with beans, headed it up again in order to their security.
When it had become generally known that Joseph was about moving to , a mob of 50 men collected themselves together; and they went to Dr. McIntire and requested, that he should take the command of the company, stating that they were resolved on following ‘Joe.’ Smith in order to take his gold bible from him. But the Doctors ideas and feelings did not altogether harmonize with their’s, and he told them they were [p. 121]
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