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

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<May 13> unworthy brother, wishes to lift up his hands before God, and appeal too him  and say, thou knowest all things, knowest that I am innocent in this matter  I am with great respect, Gent. Yours in the bonds of Christ—  P.S. if you do not intend to be in this week would you favor us with your  opinion on the subject. , Monday Morning 13th. May 1839.”
“State of Missouri, Ray County May 13. 1839 To the Honorable  , Judge of the Court of this and the adjoining Counties— Honorable  Sir. Having been confined in prison near seven months, and the time having  now arrived when a change of venue can be taken in order for the further  prosecution of our trials: and the time having come, when I can speak my mind  freely, without endangering the lives of any but myself, I now take the liberty  of seriously objecting to a trial any where within the bounds of the , and  of earnestly praying to your , and to all the authorities, civil and  military, that my case may come within the law of banishment, which  has been so rigorously enforced upon near ten thousand of our Society,  including my wife and little ones, with all my witnesses and friends.
“My reasons are obvious, and founded upon notorious facts, which  are known to you, Sir, and to the people in general of this Republic, and  therefore need no proof. They are as follows: First, I have never received  any protection by law, either of my person, property or family, while residing  in this , to which I first emigrated in 1831, Secondly, I was driven  by force of arms from , wounded and bleeding, in 1833;  while my house was burned, my crops and provisions robbed from  me or destroyed; and my land kept from me until now, while my  family was driven out, without shelter, at the approach of winter. Thirdly  These crimes still go unpunished, notwithstanding I made oath before  the honorable , then Circuit Judge of that District, to the  foregoing outrages, and I also applied in person to his Excellency, , then Governor of the , for redress and protection, and a  restoration of myself, and about 1200 of my fellow sufferers, to our rights  but all in vain. Fourthly my Wife and children have now been  driven from our house and improvements in , and  banished from the on pain of death, together with about ten  thousand of our Society, including all my friends and witnesses, and  this by the express orders of his Excellency, , Governor  of the State of , and by the vigorous execution of this order, by  Generals and , and followed up by murders, rapes, plunderings  thefts and robberies of the most inhuman character by a lawless mob,  who have from time to time, for more than five years past, trampled upon  all law and authority, and upon all the rights of man. Fifthly all these  inhuman outrages and crimes go unpunished, and are unnoticed by you,  Sir, and by all the authorities of the . Sixthly, The Legislature of the   has approved of and sanctioned this act of banishment, with all the crimes  connected with it, by voting some two hundred thousand dollars for the payment [p. 939]
May 13 unworthy brother, wishes to lift up his hands before God, and appeal too him and say, thou knowest all things, knowest that I am innocent in this matter I am with great respect, Gent. Yours in the bonds of Christ— — P.S. if you do not intend to be in this week would you favor us with your opinion on the subject. , Monday Morning 13th. May 1839.”
“State of Missouri, Ray County May 13. 1839 To the Honorable , Judge of the Court of this and the adjoining Counties— Honorable Sir. Having been confined in prison near seven months, and the time having now arrived when a change of venue can be taken in order for the further prosecution of our trials: and the time having come, when I can speak my mind freely, without endangering the lives of any but myself, I now take the liberty of seriously objecting to a trial any where within the bounds of the , and of earnestly praying to your , and to all the authorities, civil and military, that my case may come within the law of banishment, which has been so rigorously enforced upon near ten thousand of our Society, including my wife and little ones, with all my witnesses and friends.
“My reasons are obvious, and founded upon notorious facts, which are known to you, Sir, and to the people in general of this Republic, and therefore need no proof. They are as follows: First, I have never received any protection by law, either of my person, property or family, while residing in this , to which I first emigrated in 1831, Secondly, I was driven by force of arms from , wounded and bleeding, in 1833; while my house was burned, my crops and provisions robbed from me or destroyed; and my land kept from me until now, while my family was driven out, without shelter, at the approach of winter. Thirdly These crimes still go unpunished, notwithstanding I made oath before the honorable , then Circuit Judge of that District, to the foregoing outrages, and I also applied in person to his Excellency, , then Governor of the , for redress and protection, and a restoration of myself, and about 1200 of my fellow sufferers, to our rights but all in vain. Fourthly my Wife and children have now been driven from our house and improvements in , and banished from the on pain of death, together with about ten thousand of our Society, including all my friends and witnesses, and this by the express orders of his Excellency, , Governor of the State of , and by the vigorous execution of this order, by Generals and , and followed up by murders, rapes, plunderings thefts and robberies of the most inhuman character by a lawless mob, who have from time to time, for more than five years past, trampled upon all law and authority, and upon all the rights of man. Fifthly all these inhuman outrages and crimes go unpunished, and are unnoticed by you, Sir, and by all the authorities of the . Sixthly, The Legislature of the has approved of and sanctioned this act of banishment, with all the crimes connected with it, by voting some two hundred thousand dollars for the payment [p. 939]
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