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 exam ind by the Court as the laws direct——
We were committed to Liberty Jail and petitio[n]ed  to Judge Turnham 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 convey ed 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 Liberty Jail and petitioned to Judge Turnham 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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