Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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him A young man who kept the office where She received her letters formed in his heart a design to thwart my sons in his intentions and obtain the hand of Esther Bruce himself he used every art to desuade her from marrying Jason at the same time <​meantime​> detaining his letters <​that he might the more easily accomplish his fiendish purpose​> in order that She might not hear from him. Unforeseen accidents <​circumstances​> detained us beyond the time appointed the this <​the post master​> continued to importune Miss Bruce upon the subject of my sons neglect untill at last she received 2 or three several Epistles stating that Jason Mack was dead that She and his relatives might cease to look for his return this was 2 years after we left the shores of . Esther gave no credence to the first message till the tale was so confirmed that She could no longer doubt but still She rejected the young <​man’s​> suit untill within 4 months of our arrival at home 4 <​3​> year 10 months from the time we embarked from <​for​> Jason went immediately to her <​father’s​> house She was absent with her husband. He seated himself in the same room where he wooed her and obtained her consent to be his he waited her arrival with a beating heart not knowing the Perfidious game his rival had played him, untill She en entered. She was attired in a complete suit of Mourning <​as the she had recently​> lost a brother recently by death. and without this there was a bitter disapointment preying like a canke[r] worm upon her very vitals occasioned by the suposed death of him who now stood before her She bowed Go in Gloomy silence as she entered the splendid apartment where he sat fitted up in earlier happier days to please the of the man now doomed to drink the bitter cup of sorrow to the dregs She walked to the other side of the room thrust [p. 6, bk. [1]]
him A young man who kept the office where She received her letters formed in his heart a design to thwart my sons in his intentions and obtain the hand of Esther Bruce himself he used every art to desuade her from marrying Jason meantime detaining his letters that he might the more easily accomplish his fiendish purpose in order that She might not hear from him. Unforeseen circumstances detained us beyond the time appointed the post master continued to importune Miss Bruce upon the subject of my sons neglect untill at last she received 2 or three several Epistles stating that Jason Mack was dead that She and his relatives might cease to look for his return this was 2 years after we left the shores of . Esther gave no credence to the first message till the tale was so confirmed that She could no longer doubt but still She rejected the young man’s suit untill within 4 months of our arrival at home 3 year 10 months from the time we embarked for Jason went immediately to her father’s house She was absent with her husband. He seated himself in the same room where he wooed her and obtained her consent to be his he waited her arrival with a beating heart not knowing the Perfidious game his rival had played him, untill She en entered. She was attired in a complete suit of Mourning as she had lost a brother recently by death. and without this there was a bitter disapointment preying like a canker worm upon her very vitals occasioned by the suposed death of him who now stood before her She bowed in Gloomy silence as she entered the splendid apartment where he sat fitted up in earlier happier days to please the of the man now doomed to drink the bitter cup of sorrow to the dregs She walked to the other side of the room thrust [p. 6, bk. [1]]
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