Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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I went aside; kneeled before the Lord and begged that he would not let my children fall into their hands; and, that they might be satisfied with plunder without taking life. Just at that instant bounded into the house. “,” he cried, in the name of God! what is this host of men doing here? Are they stealing, robbing, or murdering? What are they about. I told him, in short, that they had taken his to prison; and had now come after ; but not finding him, they were plundering the house. Hereupon he siezed a large handspike, sprang up stairs, and, in one instant, cleared the scoundrels out of the chamber. They scampered down stairs; flew after them, and bounding into the very midst of the crowd, he brandished his handspike in every direction, exclaiming “Away from here you cut-throats, instantly or I will be the death of every one of you.” The lights were immediately extinguished; yet he continued to harangue them boisterously, untill he discovered that his audience had left him. For they seemed to believe what he said to them, and fled in every direction, leaving us again to ourselves,
Between 12 and 1, O’clock and his , arrived at our house. said, he had been troubled about us all the afternoon; and, finally, about the setting sun, he told , that he would even then, start for her s if she felt inclined to go with him. Within an hour of their arrival, came. He was much fatigued; for he had travelled 21 miles after sunset. I I told him my situation, and, that I wished him to go early the next morning to , and procure his s release from the dungeon. “Well,, said he, I am sick; fix me a bed that I may lie down and rest awhile or I shall not be able to go; for I have taken [p. 184]
I went aside; kneeled before the Lord and begged that he would not let my children fall into their hands; and, that they might be satisfied with plunder without taking life. Just at that instant bounded into the house. “,” he cried, in the name of God! what is this host of men doing here? Are they stealing, robbing, or murdering? What are they about. I told him, in short, that they had taken his to prison; and had now come after ; but not finding him, they were plundering the house. Hereupon he siezed a large handspike, sprang up stairs, and, in one instant, cleared the scoundrels out of the chamber. They scampered down stairs; flew after them, and bounding into the very midst of the crowd, he brandished his handspike in every direction, exclaiming “Away from here you cut-throats, instantly or I will be the death of every one of you.” The lights were immediately extinguished; yet he continued to harangue them boisterously, untill he discovered that his audience had left him. For they seemed to believe what he said to them, and fled in every direction, leaving us again to ourselves,
Between 12 and 1, O’clock and his , arrived at our house. said, he had been troubled about us all the afternoon; and, finally, about the setting sun, he told , that he would even then, start for her s if she felt inclined to go with him. Within an hour of their arrival, came. He was much fatigued; for he had travelled 21 miles after sunset. I told him my situation, and, that I wished him to go early the next morning to , and procure his s release from the dungeon. “ “, said he, I am sick; fix me a bed that I may lie down and rest awhile or I shall not be able to go; for I have taken [p. 184]
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