Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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from the down to little , ran out of the house with such fury upon the mob, that it struck them with terror and dismay, and they fled before the little Spartan band into the woods, where they despersed themselves to their several homes.
In a short time Joseph received another intimation of the approach of a mob; also, of the necessity of removing the record and breastplate from the place in which they were secreted. So he took them out of the box in which they were deposited, and wrapping them in clothes, carried them across the road to a cooper shop, and laid them in a quantity of flax which was stowed in the shop loft; after which he nailed up <​the​> box again, then tore up the floor of the shop and put it under the same.
As soon as night came the mob came also, and commenced ransacking the place: they rummaged round the house and all over the premises, but did not come into the house; and after making satisfactory search they went away. The next morning we found the floor of the cooper shop torn up, and the box which was laid under it shivered in pieces.
In a few days afterwards, we learned the cause of this last move; why thier curiosity led them in the direction of the cooper shop: A young woman by the name Chase (Sister to willard Chase) found a green glass, through which she could see many very wonderful things, and, among her great discoveries, she said that she saw, the precise place where “Joe. Smith kept his gold Bible hid.” And, obedient to her directions, they gathered their forces and laid siege to the cooper shop.
Notwithstanding the disappointment with which [p. 116]
from the down to little , ran out of the house with such fury upon the mob, that it struck them with terror and dismay, and they fled before the little Spartan band into the woods, where they despersed themselves to their several homes.
In a short time Joseph received another intimation of the approach of a mob; also, of the necessity of removing the record and breastplate from the place in which they were secreted. So he took them out of the box in which they were deposited, and wrapping them in clothes, carried them across the road to a cooper shop, and laid them in a quantity of flax which was stowed in the shop loft; after which he nailed up the box again, then tore up the floor of the shop and put it under the same.
As soon as night came the mob came also, and commenced ransacking the place: they rummaged round the house and all over the premises, but did not come into the house; and after making satisfactory search they went away. The next morning we found the floor of the cooper shop torn up, and the box which was laid under it shivered in pieces.
In a few days afterwards, we learned the cause of this last move; why thier curiosity led them in the direction of the cooper shop: A young woman by the name Chase (Sister to willard Chase) found a green glass, through which she could see many very wonderful things, and, among her great discoveries, she said that she saw, the precise place where “Joe. Smith kept his gold Bible hid.” And, obedient to her directions, they gathered their forces and laid siege to the cooper shop.
Notwithstanding the disappointment with which [p. 116]
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