Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

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This roused in the a great desire to go down to to see how they were prospering for himself as he was more than commonly interested in the matter his <​​> soon came to the knowlege of his intention and fixed in her mind a determination to prevent him from going also to bring Joseph into a difficulty that would be the means of stopping hindering him perhaps entirely from accomplishing the work which he was about
Accordingly she mounted her horse flew through the neighborhood like a dark spirit, from house to house making diligent enquiry at every house for miles where She had the least hope of gleaning anything that would subserve her purpose which was to prove that Joseph had not the record which he pretended to have that he pretended to be in possession of certain Gold plates for the express purpose of obtaining money from those who might be so credulous as to believe him after she had ascertained the strength of her adherents she entered a complaint before grand befor a magistrate at lyons she then sent word to Lyman Cowdray [Cowdery] requesting him to Come to Lyons prepared to with a good horse to travel post haste to after the descision was given in case the suit went in it was agains[t] Joseph Smith that he might go with the officers to assisted them in securing him and confining him in prison. Lyman Cowdray was very obeidient to her suggestion and it seemed to be going on prosperously with her She made affidavit to many things and directed the officers who to Subpoena, among the rest her was a principle witness. When the day of trial came the neig[h]bors who felt friendly to us informed us that the witnesses were gone to Lyons and were determined to obtain a verdict against Joseph if it could be done by swearing It
This very naturally gave me great anxiety for my Son came in and asked him what could be done Why said he we can do nothing look to the Lord for in him is all help and strength and he can deliver from every trouble.— I had never neglected this all important duty but seeing this confidence in my stren [p. [5], bk. 8]
This roused in a great desire to go down to to see how they were prospering for himself as he was more than commonly interested in the matter his soon came to the knowlege of his intention and fixed in her mind a determination to prevent him from going also to bring Joseph into a difficulty that would be the means of hindering him perhaps entirely from accomplishing the work which he was about
Accordingly she mounted her horse flew through the neighborhood like a dark spirit, from house to house making diligent enquiry at every house for miles where She had the least hope of gleaning anything that would subserve her purpose which was to prove that Joseph had not the record which he pretended to have that he pretended to be in possession of certain Gold plates for the express purpose of obtaining money from those who might be so credulous as to believe him after she had ascertained the strength of her adherents she entered a complaint before a magistrate at lyons she then sent word to Lyman Cowdray [Cowdery] requesting him to Come to Lyons prepared with a good horse to travel post haste to after the descision was given in case it was against Joseph Smith that he might go with the officers to assist them in securing him and confining him in prison. Lyman Cowdray was very obeidient to her suggestion and seemed to be going on prosperously with her She made affidavit to many things and directed the officers who to Subpoena, among the rest her was a principle witness. When the day of trial came the neighbors who felt friendly to us informed us that the witnesses were gone to Lyons and were determined to obtain a verdict against Joseph if it could be done by swearing
This very naturally gave me great anxiety for my Son came in and asked him what could be done Why said he we can do nothing look to the Lord for in him is all help and strength and he can deliver from every trouble.— I had never neglected this all important duty but seeing this confidence in my [p. [5], bk. 8]
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