Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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When I arrived there I carefully detailed the particulars of the finding record as far as wisdom dictated and necessity demanded in order to satisfy the ’s mind but she did not wait for me to get through with my story till she commenced urging me to receive a considerable amount of money which she had at her own command a kind of private purse which her permited her to keep to satisfy her peculiar disposition— She also had a sister in the house who was extremely anxious to help me to r[aise?] 5 dollars in money I told her I came on no such buisness that I did not want her money that Joseph would attend to his own affairs that I would like to speak to <​with​> a moment and then I would return home as my family would soon be expecting me back She said that she was determined to assist in the buisness and <​for​> she knew that he would want money and she could spare $200 as well as not but finally she went with me to her & told him I wanted to speak to him he said he was not going to stop his work for said he I am now just laying the last brick of this hearth you see this is the last work that I have to do for one year on the House or about the house or on the farm and when this is done I am going away to hire a hand to work a year for me as I shall travel 12 month before I settle myself at home again he soon left and after being gone a short time he came and told me that he was now a free man his hands were altogether untied to go and come and do as he pleased. I told him in short the errand on which I had come— he said he would see Joseph in in a few days— Yes said and I am coming to see him too and I will be there tuesday afternoon and stop over night accordingly She came as soon <​as​> she came in and was well seated She began to importune My Son as to the [p. [4], bk. 6]
When I arrived there I carefully detailed the particulars of finding record as far as wisdom dictated and necessity demanded in order to satisfy the ’s mind but she did not wait for me to get through with my story till she commenced urging me to receive a considerable amount of money which she had at her own command a kind of private purse which her permited her to keep to satisfy her peculiar disposition— She also had a sister in the house who was extremely anxious to help me to raise 5 dollars in money I told her I came on no such buisness that I did not want her money that Joseph would attend to his own affairs that I would like to speak with a moment and then I would return home as my family would soon be expecting me back She said that she was determined to assist in the buisness for she knew that he would want money and she could spare $200 as well as not but finally she went with me to her & told him I wanted to speak to him he said he was not going to stop his work for said he I am now just laying the last brick of this hearth you see this is the last work that I have to do for one year on the House or about the house or on the farm and when this is done I am going away to hire a hand to work a year for me as I shall travel 12 month before I settle myself at home again he soon left and after being gone a short time he came and told me that he was now a free man his hands were altogether untied to go and come and do as he pleased. I told him in short the errand on which I had come— he said he would see Joseph in a few days— Yes said and I am coming to see him too and I will be there tuesday afternoon and stop over night accordingly She came as soon as she came in and was well seated She began to importune My Son as to the [p. [4], bk. 6]
Page [4], bk. 6