Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

Book 7

commandments thou shalt be lifted up at the last day  Amen— This discouraged Mr [Martin] Harris from saying much more  about the plates but he insisted upon taking that which he  had writen home with him that he might show his fam ily what he had been employed in during his abscence  from them he also hoped that it might have a salutary  effect upon his wifes feelings to read what was writ en— Joseph for a long time resisted every entreaty of this  kind at last however he begged the priviledge of obli ging Mr Harris by allowing his last request this pri viledge was given with the condition that my son was  responsible for their safety. This my son was willing to  to do as he could not conceive it possible for so kind a  friend to betray the trust reposed in him. but there  is no doubt of this indulgence being given to Joseph in order  to show him by another lesson of bitter experiance how  vain are all human calculations— and also to learn him  not to put his trust in man nor make flesh his arm  Mr Harris now took the most solemn oath that he  would not show the writing manuscript to any save 5  individuals who belonged his family household for the hoped that  it might be the means of carrying the truth truth home to  their hearts and affecting a union of sentiment <in his family> animated  him very much. & his anxious desires were now gratified  as to the means which he wished to make use of as an instrum ent to effect this much wished for object. Accordingly  he was now fully prepared to set out for home which  he did carrying with him 116 pages of the record in manu script this was in july immediately after his departure  Emma was confined became the Mother of a son but  she had but little <small> comfort from the society of the dear  little stranger for he was very soon snatched from her  arms and borne aloft to the world of spirits before it  had time learn good or evil and for some time its  Mother seemed to tremble upon the verge of the [p. [1], bk. 7]
Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845; handwriting of Martha Jane Knowlton Coray and Howard Coray; 240 pages, with miscellaneous inserted pages; CHL.
Note: Lucy Mack Smith, the mother of Joseph Smith, dictated this rough draft version of her history to Martha Jane Knowlton Coray (with some additional scribal help from Martha’s husband, Howard) beginning in 1844 and concluding in 1845. In 1845, the Corays inscribed a fair copy of the history under Lucy’s direction.