“A History, of the Persecution, of the Church of Jesus Christ, of Latter Day Saints in Missouri,” December 1839–October 1840

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  • Historical Introduction
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been repeated in Congress, but no re dress has been granted, they have  been sounded in the ears of the presi dent, but he could do nothing for us.
What remains to be done, if the na tion will not arouse itself in behalf of  suffering humanity, and with a voice  more terrible than thunder, speak out  against a people, who have trod down  the inherent rights and privileges of  freemen and bring the authors of our  suffering and woes, to that punishment  which the well being of our country de mands? Are the tears of widows, the  sobs of orphans, the groans of the dy ing, and the blood of the innocent, to  cry to this people in vain? Where ah!  Where, ye American citizens, are those  high toned feelings of patriotism? where  is the spirit of freedom which animat ed the bosom of your noble sires, who  waded through scenes of carnage and  of gore to purchase the glorious privi leges which you enjoy, but of which  we are denied, although our fathers  fought side by side with your’s and ma ny of them fell in the glorious struggle  for liberty? Is it extinct? does it not  now warm the bosom of the scions of  those noble men, who presented a spec tacle in their days, to the world at  large, an and example worthy of imi tation to the latest generation? Shall  we appeal to you in vain? will you  turn away from the scene, unmoved  and unconcerned and suffer it to pass  unnoticed; Remember,
 
“He who allows oppression,
Shares the crime.——[”]
 
We hope better things of our coun tryman and that they will by and by  arise in their majesty, dry up the tears  of the widow and fatherless, and res tore our people to their rightful inheri tances and to all the privileges of free men. [p. 185]
been repeated in Congress, but no redress has been granted, they have been sounded in the ears of the president, but he could do nothing for us.
What remains to be done, if the nation will not arouse itself in behalf of suffering humanity, and with a voice more terrible than thunder, speak out against a people, who have trod down the inherent rights and privileges of freemen and bring the authors of our suffering and woes, to that punishment which the well being of our country demands? Are the tears of widows, the sobs of orphans, the groans of the dying, and the blood of the innocent, to cry to this people in vain? Where ah! Where, ye American citizens, are those high toned feelings of patriotism? where is the spirit of freedom which animated the bosom of your noble sires, who waded through scenes of carnage and of gore to purchase the glorious privileges which you enjoy, but of which we are denied, although our fathers fought side by side with your’s and many of them fell in the glorious struggle for liberty? Is it extinct? does it not now warm the bosom of the scions of those noble men, who presented a spectacle in their days, to the world at large, an and example worthy of imitation to the latest generation? Shall we appeal to you in vain? will you turn away from the scene, unmoved and unconcerned and suffer it to pass unnoticed; Remember,
 
“He who allows oppression,
Shares the crime.——
 
We hope better things of our countryman and that they will by and by arise in their majesty, dry up the tears of the widow and fatherless, and restore our people to their rightful inheritances and to all the privileges of freemen. [p. 185]
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