Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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to him She could not then talk plain and always called her brother I went to her and said wa[n]ts to see you she started out of her sleep & screamed out Oh! We took her to him & <​when​> she sprang from my arms and caught him round the neck & cried out Oh My a[nd] kissed him again and again said <​he​> you must be the best girl in the world and take care of you cant have your any more is going away he must leave little he then Kissed her and Said take her away I think my breath offends her we took hold of the child but she clenched hold of him with such a desperate Grasp that it was was very difficult to disengage her hands as I turned he said brothers sisters farewell I can now brathe out my life as calm as a clock and immediately closed his eyes in death just the still cried to go back to . One present said he is gone an angel has taken his spirit to Heaven when the babe heard this She renewed her cries and as I bent over his corpse she again threw her arms round it and kissed him repeatedly screaming as before— and untill the Body was taken from the House she continued constantly crying and showing such manifestation of affection & terror at the scene she presented before <​her​> as is seldom witnessed in a child and She would run out of the house and drag in a board and lay beside the corpse then take a white cloth and wrap herself in it and lay down on the board by his side. this harrowed up our feelings almost to distraction for he was a youth of such singular goodness of disposition and Moral character Kind and amiable maners <​so much so​> that lamentation and Mourning <​filled​> the whole neighborhood where we lived then it is not to be wondered at if <​and of course​> more than usual Grief filled the hearts of those from whose immediate [p. [5], bk. 4]
to him She could not then talk plain and always called her brother I went to her and said wants to see you she started out of her sleep & screamed out Oh! We took her to him & when she sprang from my arms and caught him round the neck & cried out Oh My and kissed him again and again said he you must be the best girl in the world and take care of you cant have your any more is going away he must leave little he then Kissed her and Said take her away I think my breath offends her we took hold of the child but she clenched hold of him with such a desperate Grasp that it was very difficult to disengage her hands as I turned he said brothers sisters farewell I can now brathe out my life as calm as a clock and immediately closed his eyes in death the still cried to go back to . One present said is gone an angel has taken his spirit to Heaven when the babe heard this She renewed her cries and as I bent over his corpse she again threw her arms round it and kissed him repeatedly screaming as before— and untill the Body was taken from the House she continued constantly crying and showing such manifestation of affection & terror at the scene presented before her as is seldom witnessed in a child this harrowed up our feelings almost to distraction for he was a youth of singular goodness of disposition Kind and amiable maners so much so that lamentation and Mourning filled the whole neighborhood where we lived and of course more than usual Grief filled the hearts of those from whose immediate [p. [5], bk. 4]
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