Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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At the age of fourteen an incident occured which alarmed us much, as we knew no cause for the same; besides, as Joseph was a remarkably quiet, well disposed child, we did not suspect that any one had aught against him:— He was out one evening on an errand; and, as he was crossing the door-yard on his return, a gun was fired across his <​path​>, with the evident intention of shooting him. Joseph sprang to the door, much frightened. Ascertaining Upon ascertaining that he had received no injury, we went immediately in search of the assassin; but could find no trace of him that evening; but the next morning but the next morning we found his tracks under a wagon, where he lay when he fired; furthermore that the balls which were discharged from his gun had were lodged in the head and neck of a cow that was standing opposite the wagon in a dark corner.
The man, who attempted this murder, we have not as yet ascertained; neither can we imagine the cause thereof.
In 1819 my had his seventh and last Vision; which was as follows:—
“I dreamed’ said he, that a man with a peddler’s budget on his back came in, and he addressed me thus: ‘Sir, will you trade with me to day? I have now called upon you seven times, have traded with you each time, and have always found you strictly honest in all your dealings: your measures are always heaped, and your weights overbalance; and I have now come to tell you, that this is the last time I shall ever call on you: and, that there is but one thing which you lack in order to secure your salvation’. As I earnestly desired to know what I thus lacked it was, I requested him to write the same upon paper. He said he would do so. So I sprang to get some paper; but in my excitement I awoke.” [p. 72]
At the age of fourteen an incident occured which alarmed us much, as we knew no cause for the same; besides, as Joseph was a remarkably quiet, well disposed child, we did not suspect that any one had aught against him:— He was out one evening on an errand; and, as he was crossing the door-yard on his return, a gun was fired across his path, with the evident intention of shooting him. Joseph sprang to the door, much frightened. Upon ascertaining that he had received no injury, we went immediately in search of the assassin; but could find no trace of him that evening; but the next morning we found his tracks under a wagon, where he lay when he fired; furthermore that the balls which were discharged from his gun were lodged in the head and neck of a cow that was standing opposite the wagon in a dark corner.
The man, who attempted this murder, we have not as yet ascertained; neither can we imagine the cause thereof.
In 1819 my had his seventh Vision; which was as follows:—
“I dreamed’ said he, that a man with a peddler’s budget on his back came in, and he addressed me thus: ‘Sir, will you trade with me to day? I have now called upon you seven times, have traded with you each time, and have always found you strictly honest in all your dealings: your measures are always heaped, and your weights overbalance; and I have now come to tell you, that this is the last time I shall ever call on you: and, that there is but one thing which you lack in order to secure your salvation’. As I earnestly desired to know what it was, I requested him to write the same upon paper. He said he would do so. So I sprang to get some paper; but in my excitement I awoke.” [p. 72]
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