Bill of Damages, 4 June 1839

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<why> we were thus treated but they utterly refused to hold any conversation with us: The next day a they held a Court Martial upon us and sentenced me with the rest of the prisoners to be shot: which sentence was to be carried into effect on Friday morning in the public Square as they say an Ensample to the rest of the members<: but through the kind providence of God their murderous sentence was not carried into Execution>
The Malitia then went and saluted to my house and drove my Family out of Doors under sanction of and carried away all my property Having oppertunity of speaking to and on asking him the cause of such strange proceedings told him that I was a Democrat had allways being a supporter of the Constitution he answered “I know that and that is the reason why I want to kill you or have you killed:[”] They We were led into Public Square and after considerable Entreaty we were permitted to see our Family’s being attended with a strong guard. I found my Family in Tears expect that they had carried into Effect their sentences: they clung to my garments with weeping requesting to hav an <private> interview with my wife & in an ajoining room but was refused when taking my departure from me my Family it was an almost more to painful for me, my child clung to me and were thrust away at the point of the swords of the soldiery— We were then removed to under the care of and during our stay in there we had to sleep on the floor with nothing but a a mantle for our coverings and a stick of wood for our pillow and had to pay for our own board: While we were in with his troops arrived in and sent an order for our return—— [p. [6]]
why we were thus treated but they utterly refused to hold any conversation with us: The next day they held a Court Martial upon us and sentenced me with the rest of the prisoners to be shot: which sentence was to be carried into effect on Friday morning in the public Square as they say an Ensample to the rest of the members: but through the kind providence of God their murderous sentence was not carried into Execution
The Malitia then went to my house and drove my Family out of Doors under sanction of and carried away all my property Having oppertunity of speaking to and on asking him the cause of such strange proceedings told him that I was a Democrat had allways being a supporter of the Constitution he answered “I know that and that is the reason why I want to kill you or have you killed:” We were led into Public Square and after considerable Entreaty we were permitted to see our Family’s being attended with a strong guard. I found my Family in Tears expect that they had carried into Effect their sentences: they clung to my garments with weeping requesting to hav an private interview with my wife & in an ajoining room but was refused when taking my departure from my Family it was almost to painful for me, my child clung to me and were thrust away at the point of the swords of the soldiery— We were then removed to under the care of and during our stay in there we had to sleep on the floor with nothing but a mantle for our coverings and a stick of wood for our pillow and had to pay for our own board: While we were in with his troops arrived in and sent an order for our return—— [p. [6]]
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