Bill of Damages, 4 June 1839

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holding out the inducement that we were to be reinstated to our former priviledges: but instead of being taken to we were taken to w[h]ere we immured in Prison and bound in— Chains. After we were thus situated we were under the charge of of who suffered us to be abused in every manner which the people thought propper: our situation at this time was truly painful: we were taken before the Court of inquiry but in consequence of the proceedi[n]g of the mob and there threats we were not able to get such witnesses as would have been servicable. Even those we had were abused by the states attorney in at the Court and were not permitted to be examind by the Court as the laws direct ——
We were committed to and petitio[n]ed to for a writ of Habeas Corpus but on account owening [owing] to the prejudice of the Jailor all communication was entirely cut off however at lengthe we succeeded in getting a petition conveyed to the Judge but he neglected <to> paying any attention to it for Fourteen days and kept us in suspence: he then ordered us to appear before him but he utterly refused to hear any of our witnesses which we had been at great trouble in providing— Our Laweys [lawyers] likewise refused to act being afraid of the people: <We likewise petitioned to and to the Judges of the Supreme Court but withe the same success— they utterly refused——>
Our vittuals were of the coarsest kind and served up in a manner which was disgusting after bearing up under repeated injuries we were removed to under a strong guard we were then arraigned before the grand Jury who were mostly intoxicated: who indicted us me and the the rest of my companions for Treason [p. [7]]
holding out the inducement that we were to be reinstated to our former priviledges: but instead of being taken to we were taken to where we immured in Prison and bound in— Chains. After we were thus situated we were under the charge of of who suffered us to be abused in every manner which the people thought propper: our situation at this time was truly painful: we were taken before the Court of inquiry but in consequence of the proceeding of the mob and there threats we were not able to get such witnesses as would have been servicable. Even those we had were abused by the states attorney at the Court and were not permitted to be examind by the Court as the laws direct ——
We were committed to and petitioned to for a writ of Habeas Corpus but owening [owing] to the prejudice of the Jailor all communication was entirely cut off however at lengthe we succeeded in getting a petition conveyed to the Judge but he neglected to pay any attention to it for Fourteen days and kept us in suspence: he then ordered us to appear before him but he utterly refused to hear any of our witnesses which we had been at great trouble in providing— Our Laweys [lawyers] likewise refused to act being afraid of the people: We likewise petitioned to and to the Judges of the Supreme Court but — they utterly refused——
Our vittuals were of the coarsest kind and served up in a manner which was disgusting after bearing up under repeated injuries we were removed to under a strong guard we were then arraigned before the grand Jury who were mostly intoxicated: who indicted me and the the rest of my companions for Treason [p. [7]]
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