Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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had much other attention, I never allowed myself to go, an hour at a time, beyond the sound of her voice while she was sick. A short time before she breathed out her last moments, (which was in the night) she awakened me and requested, that I should call and mother, for she wished to see them, as she would soon be gone. When they came she said, “ and mother, now I am dying and I wish you to call my young associates, that I may speak to them before I die.” She then requested me to place her in a chair; and, as soon as the young people were seated who were called in, she commenced speaking. After talking a short time to the<​m​> young folks she stopped; and turning to the her mother said: “Mother, will you get me something to eat— it is the last time you will ever bring me nourishment in this world. When my mother had complied with her request, she eat a small quantity of food with apparent appetite, then gave back the dish, saying, “there, mother, you will never get me anything to eat again.” After which she turned to the company, and proceeded with her remarks, thus: “I do not know when I received any material change of heart, unless it was when I was ten years old— God at that time heard my prayers and forgave my sins; and ever since then, I have endeavored to serve him according to the best of my abilities; and I have called you here to give you my last warning— to bid you all farewell, and beseech you to endeavor to <​meet​> me when parting shall be no more”
Shortly after this, holding up her hands and looking upon them as one would upon a trifling <​thing​> unobserved thing before, she said with a smile upon her countenance [p. 15]
had much other attention, I never allowed myself to go, an hour at a time, beyond the sound of her voice while she was sick. A short time before she breathed out her last moments, (which was in the night) she awakened me and requested, that I should call and mother, for she wished to see them, as she would soon be gone. When they came she said, “ and mother, now I am dying and I wish you to call my young associates, that I may speak to them before I die.” She then requested me to place her in a chair; and, as soon as the young people were seated who were called in, she commenced speaking. After talking a short time to them she stopped; and turning to her mother said: “Mother, will you get me something to eat— it is the last time you will ever bring me nourishment in this world. When my mother had complied with her request, she eat a small quantity of food with apparent appetite, then gave back the dish, saying, “there, mother, you will never get me anything to eat again.” After which she turned to the company, and proceeded with her remarks, thus: “I do not know when I received any material change of heart, unless it was when I was ten years old— God at that time heard my prayers and forgave my sins; and ever since then, I have endeavored to serve him according to the best of my abilities; and I have called you here to give you my last warning— to bid you all farewell, and beseech you to endeavor to meet me when parting shall be no more”
Shortly after this, holding up her hands and looking upon them as one would upon a trifling thing unobserved before, she said with a smile upon her countenance [p. 15]
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