Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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and he was still altogether speechless from fright and the fatigue of running.
After resting a few moments, he desired me to send for my , and ; and have them go immediately and see if they could find those men, who had been pursuing him; and after had done this, he desired to have him sent to ’s in order to tell him to bring the chest. I accordingly did so: and when arrived at ’s he found him at tea with two of his ’s sisters. Just as was raising a cup to his mouth, touched his shoulder: without waiting to hear one word of the child, he dropped the cup, sprang from the table, caught the chest, and turned it upside down; and emptying its contents on the floor, left the house instantly, with the chest on his shoulder.
The young ladies were greatly astonished at his singular behavior, and declared to his , (who was then confined to her bed; her oldest daughter being but 4 days old) that he was certainly crazy. But his laughed hartily, and replied, “Oh, not in the least; he has just thought of something which he has neglected; and it is just like him to fly off in a tangent, when he thinks of anything in that way”
When the chest came, Joseph locked up the record, then threw himself upon the bed; and after resting a little, so that he could converse freely, he rose and went into the kitchen; where he related his recent adventure to his , and and ; besides to many others, who had by this time collected with the view of hearing something in [p. 112]
and he was still altogether speechless from fright and the fatigue of running.
After resting a few moments, he desired me to send for my , and ; and have them go immediately and see if they could find those men, who had been pursuing him; and after had done this, he desired to have him sent to ’s in order to tell him to bring the chest. I accordingly did so: and when arrived at ’s he found him at tea with two of his ’s sisters. Just as was raising a cup to his mouth, touched his shoulder: without waiting to hear one word of the child, he dropped the cup, sprang from the table, caught the chest, and turned it upside down; and emptying its contents on the floor, left the house instantly, with the chest on his shoulder.
The young ladies were greatly astonished at his singular behavior, and declared to his , (who was then confined to her bed; her oldest daughter being but 4 days old) that he was certainly crazy. But his laughed hartily, and replied, “Oh, not in the least; he has just thought of something which he has neglected; and it is just like him to fly off in a tangent, when he thinks of anything in that way”
When the chest came, Joseph locked up the record, then threw himself upon the bed; and after resting a little, so that he could converse freely, he rose and went into the kitchen; where he related his recent adventure to his , and and ; besides to many others, who had by this time collected with the view of hearing something in [p. 112]
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