Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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. She said how I do wish I could get one of your books to carry to my husband; for he is now a missionary among the indians. Just then another lady, who was a Dr.’s wife, came near us with the appearance of wishing to hear our conversation. She was gorgeously dressed, and carried herself very daintily I assure. <​you​> She wore a splendid satin scarf, which as she walked to and fro before us, she would occasionaly let fall from the left shoulder, and expose a neck and bosom, decorated with jewels so brilliant as to almost dazzle the eye. Presently she stopped short and said “I do not want to hear any more of that stuff, or any thing more about Joe Smith either. They say that he is a Mormon Prophet; but it is nothing but deception and lies— There was one , who believed in Joe Smith’s doctrine and the mormons all believe that they can cure the sick and raise the dead; so when this ’s wife was sick, he refused to send for a Doctor, although the poor woman wanted him to do so, and so by his neglect his wife died”
I told her I thought she must be a little mistaken; that I was acquainted with the family, and knew something in regard to the matter.
“I know all about it,” said the lady.
“Well, now, perhaps not,” said I, “just stop a moment and I will explain it to you”
“No, I wont returned the woman.
“Then I will introduce you to , and let him tell the story himself” said I.
I I then turned to who stood near and gave her an introduction to him. Before this, however, the chamber maid went down stairs and complained to the Dr. of his wifes’s unbecoming behaviour: and before she had heard a dozen words from our , her hus [p. 209]
. She said how I do wish I could get one of your books to carry to my husband; for he is now a missionary among the indians. Just then another lady, who was a Dr.’s wife, came near us with the appearance of wishing to hear our conversation. She was gorgeously dressed, and carried herself very daintily I assure. you She wore a splendid satin scarf, which as she walked to and fro before us, she would occasionaly let fall from the left shoulder, and expose a neck and bosom, decorated with jewels so brilliant as to almost dazzle the eye. Presently she stopped short and said “I do not want to hear any more of that stuff, or any thing more about Joe Smith either. They say that he is a Mormon Prophet; but it is nothing but deception and lies— There was one , who believed in Joe Smith’s doctrine and the mormons all believe that they can cure the sick and raise the dead; so when this ’s wife was sick, he refused to send for a Doctor, although the poor woman wanted him to do so, and so by his neglect his wife died”
I told her I thought she must be a little mistaken; that I was acquainted with the family, and knew something in regard to the matter.
“I know all about it,” said the lady.
“Well, now, perhaps not,” said I, “just stop a moment and I will explain it to you”
“No, I wont returned the woman.
“Then I will introduce you to , and let him tell the story himself” said I.
I then turned to who stood near and gave her an introduction to him. Before this, however, the chamber maid went down stairs and complained to the Dr. of his wifes’s unbecoming behaviour: and before she had heard a dozen words from our , her hus [p. 209]
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