History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

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  • Historical Introduction
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<April 22> On my arrival at , I found the Brethren had been diligent in preparing  for an investigation of their wrongs in , as the following letters will show.
Iowa Territory April 22. 1839 Dear Sir— I herewith  enclose two letters, one addressed to the of the , and  one to Governor [Wilson] Shannon of — As the object sought by you is an  investigation into the facts connected with your misfortunes, I have thought  it the most prudent course to refrain from an expression of an individual  opinion in the matter, relative to the merits or demerits of the Controversy.  I sincerely hope that you may succeed in obtaining a general investigation  into the cause and extent of your sufferings, and that you may obtain  from the Government that attention which is your due as Citizens of  the . Very Respectfully Your obt. Servt. Robert Lucas.  Doct.
Iowa Territory, April 22. 1839. To his Excellency . President of the . Sir. I have the honor  to introduce to your acquaintance, the bearer, Doct., , who  was for many years a Citizen of the State of , and a firm supporter  of the administration of the General Government. ,  visits (as I am informed) as the representative of a Community  of people called Mormons, to solicit from the Government of the an investigation into the causes that led to their expulsion from  the State of , together with the various circumstances connected  with that extraordinary affair. I think it due that people to  state that they had for a number of years a community established in  , and that while in that , they were (as far as I ever heard)  believed to be an industrious inoffensive people, and I have no recollection  of having ever heard of any of them being charged in that as  violators of the laws— With sincere respect I am, Your obt. servt.  Robt. Lucas”
Iowa Territory. April 22. 1839. To his Excellency Wilson  Shannon— Governor of the State of — Sir. I have the honor  to introduce to your acquaintance, Doctor, who was for many  years a Citizen of , wishes to obtain from the General  Government of the , an investigation into the causes that led  to the expulsion of the people called Mormons from the State of ,  together with all the facts connected with that extraordinary affair.  This investigation it appears to me, is due them as citizens of the , as well as to the nation at large. Any assistance that you can render  the towards accomplishing that desirable object will be gratefully  received and duly appreciated by your sincere friend and humble servant  Robt. Lucas”

23 April 1839 • Tuesday

<23> “. Mo. April 23. 1839. Sir. The Summit end of Mr. Benson’s  Mill Dam was carried away by the late Freshet, and unless repaired, it will  all go the next. The Committee have gone, and if would send [p. 928]
April 22 On my arrival at , I found the Brethren had been diligent in preparing for an investigation of their wrongs in , as the following letters will show.
Iowa Territory April 22. 1839 Dear Sir— I herewith enclose two letters, one addressed to the of the , and one to Governor [Wilson] Shannon of — As the object sought by you is an investigation into the facts connected with your misfortunes, I have thought it the most prudent course to refrain from an expression of an individual opinion in the matter, relative to the merits or demerits of the Controversy. I sincerely hope that you may succeed in obtaining a general investigation into the cause and extent of your sufferings, and that you may obtain from the Government that attention which is your due as Citizens of the . Very Respectfully Your obt. Servt. Robert Lucas. Doct.
Iowa Territory, April 22. 1839. To his Excellency . President of the . Sir. I have the honor to introduce to your acquaintance, the bearer, Doct., , who was for many years a Citizen of the State of , and a firm supporter of the administration of the General Government. , visits (as I am informed) as the representative of a Community of people called Mormons, to solicit from the Government of the an investigation into the causes that led to their expulsion from the State of , together with the various circumstances connected with that extraordinary affair. I think it due that people to state that they had for a number of years a community established in , and that while in that , they were (as far as I ever heard) believed to be an industrious inoffensive people, and I have no recollection of having ever heard of any of them being charged in that as violators of the laws— With sincere respect I am, Your obt. servt. Robt. Lucas”
Iowa Territory. April 22. 1839. To his Excellency Wilson Shannon— Governor of the State of — Sir. I have the honor to introduce to your acquaintance, Doctor, who was for many years a Citizen of , wishes to obtain from the General Government of the , an investigation into the causes that led to the expulsion of the people called Mormons from the State of , together with all the facts connected with that extraordinary affair. This investigation it appears to me, is due them as citizens of the , as well as to the nation at large. Any assistance that you can render the towards accomplishing that desirable object will be gratefully received and duly appreciated by your sincere friend and humble servant Robt. Lucas”

23 April 1839 • Tuesday

23 “. Mo. April 23. 1839. Sir. The Summit end of Mr. Benson’s Mill Dam was carried away by the late Freshet, and unless repaired, it will all go the next. The Committee have gone, and if would send [p. 928]
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