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

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<November 29th.> prison; we never got the privilege of introducing our witnesses at all; if we had  we could have disproved all they swore.
<’s letter> “ Esqre. to the Representatives from Novr. 29. 1838.
Respected Friends:— Humanity to an injured people prompts me at present to  address you thus. You were aware of the treatment (to some extent before you left  home) received by that unfortunate race of beings called the Mormons, from ,  in the form of human beings inhabiting , , and a part of ; not being satisfied with the relinquishments of all their rights as Citizens  and human beings, in the treaty forced upon them by , by  giving up their arms, and throwing themselves upon the mercy of the , and  their fellow Citizens generally, hoping thereby protection of their lives and property,  are now receiving treatment from those demons, that makes humanity shudder.  and the cold chills run over any man, not entirely destitute of any feeling of  humanity. These demons are now constantly strolling up and down  , in small companies armed, insulting the women in any  and every way, and plundering the poor devils of all the means of subsistence  (scanty as it was) left them, and driving off their horses, cattle, hogs &c and  rifling their houses and farms of every thing therein, taking beds, bedding,  wardrobe and all such things as they see they want, leaving the poor Mormons  in a starving and naked condition. These are facts I have from  authority that cannot be questioned, and can be maintained and substantiated  at any time. There is now a petition afloat in our Town, signed by the Citizens  of all parties and grades, which will be sent you in a few days, praying the  Legislature to make some speedy enactment applicable to their case— they  are entirely willing to leave our , so soon as this inclement season is over,  and a number have already left, and are leaving daily, scattering themselves to the  four winds of the Earth— Now, Sirs, I do not want by any means to dictate  to you the course to be pursued, but one fact I will merely suggest. I this day  was conversing with Mr. George M. Pryer, who is just from , relating the  outrages there committed daily. I suggested to him the propriety of the Legislature’s  placing a guard to patrol on the lines of , say of about twenty five  men, and give them, say, about one dollar or one and a half per day, each man,  and find their provisions &c, until, say, the first day of June next. Those men  rendering that protection necessary to the Mormons, and allowing them to follow,  and bring to justice any individual who has heretofore, or will hereafter be guilty of  plundering or any violation of the laws. I would suggest that George M. Pryer be  appointed Captain of said Guard, and that he will be allowed to raise his own men—  <if> he is willing thus to act. He is a man of correct habits, and will do justice to all  sides, and render due satisfaction. Should this course not be approved of, I would  recommend the restoration of their arms, for their own protection. One or the other  of these suggestions is certainly due the Mormons from the . She has now  their leaders prisoners to the number of fifty or sixty, and I apprehend no danger  from the remainder in any way, until they will leave the .
is not a Mormon but a friend of Man. [p. 860]
November 29th. prison; we never got the privilege of introducing our witnesses at all; if we had we could have disproved all they swore.
’s letter “ Esqre. to the Representatives from Novr. 29. 1838.
Respected Friends:— Humanity to an injured people prompts me at present to address you thus. You were aware of the treatment (to some extent before you left home) received by that unfortunate race of beings called the Mormons, from , in the form of human beings inhabiting , , and a part of ; not being satisfied with the relinquishments of all their rights as Citizens and human beings, in the treaty forced upon them by , by giving up their arms, and throwing themselves upon the mercy of the , and their fellow Citizens generally, hoping thereby protection of their lives and property, are now receiving treatment from those demons, that makes humanity shudder. and the cold chills run over any man, not entirely destitute of any feeling of humanity. These demons are now constantly strolling up and down , in small companies armed, insulting the women in any and every way, and plundering the poor devils of all the means of subsistence (scanty as it was) left them, and driving off their horses, cattle, hogs &c and rifling their houses and farms of every thing therein, taking beds, bedding, wardrobe and all such things as they see they want, leaving the poor Mormons in a starving and naked condition. These are facts I have from authority that cannot be questioned, and can be maintained and substantiated at any time. There is now a petition afloat in our Town, signed by the Citizens of all parties and grades, which will be sent you in a few days, praying the Legislature to make some speedy enactment applicable to their case— they are entirely willing to leave our , so soon as this inclement season is over, and a number have already left, and are leaving daily, scattering themselves to the four winds of the Earth— Now, Sirs, I do not want by any means to dictate to you the course to be pursued, but one fact I will merely suggest. I this day was conversing with Mr. George M. Pryer, who is just from , relating the outrages there committed daily. I suggested to him the propriety of the Legislature’s placing a guard to patrol on the lines of , say of about twenty five men, and give them, say, about one dollar or one and a half per day, each man, and find their provisions &c, until, say, the first day of June next. Those men rendering that protection necessary to the Mormons, and allowing them to follow, and bring to justice any individual who has heretofore, or will hereafter be guilty of plundering or any violation of the laws. I would suggest that George M. Pryer be appointed Captain of said Guard, and that he will be allowed to raise his own men— if he is willing thus to act. He is a man of correct habits, and will do justice to all sides, and render due satisfaction. Should this course not be approved of, I would recommend the restoration of their arms, for their own protection. One or the other of these suggestions is certainly due the Mormons from the . She has now their leaders prisoners to the number of fifty or sixty, and I apprehend no danger from the remainder in any way, until they will leave the .
is not a Mormon but a friend of Man. [p. 860]
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