Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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continued to exhibit the writings until within a short time of Joseph’s arrival, to any one whomhe regarded as prudent enough to keep the secret, except our family; but we were not allowed to set our eyes upon them.
For a short time previous to Joseph’s arrival had been otherwise engaged, and thought but little about the manuscript. When Joseph sent for him he went immediately to the drawer where he had left it; but behold it was gone. He asked his where it was: She solemnly averred that she did not know anything respecting it. He then made a faithful search throughout the house as I have before stated.
The manuscript has never been found; and there is no doubt but that took it from the drawer with the view of retaining it until another translation should be given; then it was her intention to alter the original translation, for the purpose of showing a discrepency between them; and thus make the whole appear to be a deception.
It seemed as though for his transgression suffered temporally, as well as spiritually: the same day on which the foregoing circumstance took place a dense fog spread itself over his fields, and blighted his wheat while in the blow, so that he lost about two thirds of his crop; whilst those fields, which lay only on the opposite side of the road, received no injury whatever.
I well remember that day of darkness, both within and without: to us at least the heavens seemed clothed with blackness, and the earth shrouded with gloom; and I have often said within myself, [p. 134]
continued to exhibit the writings until within a short time of Joseph’s arrival, to any one whomhe regarded as prudent enough to keep the secret, except our family; but we were not allowed to set our eyes upon them.
For a short time previous to Joseph’s arrival had been otherwise engaged, and thought but little about the manuscript. When Joseph sent for him he went immediately to the drawer where he had left it; but behold it was gone. He asked his where it was: She solemnly averred that she did not know anything respecting it. He then made a faithful search throughout the house as I have before stated.
The manuscript has never been found; and there is no doubt but that took it from the drawer with the view of retaining it until another translation should be given; then it was her intention to alter the original translation, for the purpose of showing a discrepency between them; and thus make the whole appear to be a deception.
It seemed as though for his transgression suffered temporally, as well as spiritually: the same day on which the foregoing circumstance took place a dense fog spread itself over his fields, and blighted his wheat while in the blow, so that he lost about two thirds of his crop; whilst those fields, which lay only on the opposite side of the road, received no injury whatever.
I well remember that day of darkness, both within and without: to us at least the heavens seemed clothed with blackness, and the earth shrouded with gloom; and I have often said within myself, [p. 134]
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