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

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<December 10  Memorial to  Legislature> most of them, required to appear at Court, and have since been let to bail. Since withdrew his troops from , parties of armed men have gone through the  , driving off horses, sheep, and cattle, and also plundering houses. The barbarity  of ’ troops ought not to be passed over in silence. They shot our Cattle  and Hogs, merely for the sake of destroying them, leaving them for the Ravens to eat.  They took Prisoner an aged man by the name of , and without any  reason for it he was struck over the head with a gun, which laid his skull bare—  Another man by the name of [William] Carey was also taken prisoner by them, and  without any provocation had his brains dashed out by a gun. He was laid  in a waggon, and there permitted to remain, for the space of 24 hours, during  which time no one was permitted to administer to him comfort or consolation,  and after he was removed from that situation he lived but a few hours.  The destruction of property, at and about , is very great. Many  are stripped bare as it were, and others partially so; indeed, take us as a  body, at this time, we are a poor and afflicted people, and if we are compelled  to leave the in the Spring, many, yes, a large portion of our Society,  will have to be removed at the expence of the , as those who might  have helped them, are now debarred that privilege in consequence of the deed  of trust we were compelled to sign, which deed so operates upon our real Estate,  that it will sell for but little or nothing at this time. We have now made a  brief statement of some of the most prominent features of the troubles that have  befallen our people since their first settlement in this , and we believe that  these persecutions have come in consequence of our religious faith, and not for  any immorality on our part. That instances have been of late, where individuals  have trespassed upon the rights of others, and thereby broken the laws of the Land,  we will not pretend to deny, but yet we do believe that no crime can be  substantiated against any of the people who have a standing in our Church,  of an earlier date than the Difficulties in . And when it is  considered that the rights of this people have been trampled upon from time  to time, with impunity, and abuses heaped upon them almost innumerable,  it ought, in some degree, to palliate for any infraction of the law, which may have  been made on the part of our people. The late order of , to drive  us from this , or exterminate us, is a thing so novel, unlawful, tyrannical, and  oppressive, that we have been induced to draw up this Memorial and present this  statement of our case to your honorable body, praying that a law may be passed,  rescinding the order of the to drive us from the , and also giving us  the sanction of the Legislature to inherit our lands in peace— we ask an expression  of the Legislature, disapproving the conduct of those who compelled us to sign a deed of  trust, and also disapproving of any man or set of men, taking our property in consequence  of that deed of trust, and appropriating it to the payment of debts not contracted by us,  or for the payment of damages sustained in consequence of trespasses committed by  others. We have no common stock, our property is individual property, and we feel  willing to pay our debts as other individuals do, but we are not willing to be bound for other  people’s debts also. The arms which were taken from us here, which we understand to be [p. 865]
December 10 Memorial to Legislature most of them, required to appear at Court, and have since been let to bail. Since withdrew his troops from , parties of armed men have gone through the , driving off horses, sheep, and cattle, and also plundering houses. The barbarity of ’ troops ought not to be passed over in silence. They shot our Cattle and Hogs, merely for the sake of destroying them, leaving them for the Ravens to eat. They took Prisoner an aged man by the name of , and without any reason for it he was struck over the head with a gun, which laid his skull bare— Another man by the name of William Carey was also taken prisoner by them, and without any provocation had his brains dashed out by a gun. He was laid in a waggon, and there permitted to remain, for the space of 24 hours, during which time no one was permitted to administer to him comfort or consolation, and after he was removed from that situation he lived but a few hours. The destruction of property, at and about , is very great. Many are stripped bare as it were, and others partially so; indeed, take us as a body, at this time, we are a poor and afflicted people, and if we are compelled to leave the in the Spring, many, yes, a large portion of our Society, will have to be removed at the expence of the , as those who might have helped them, are now debarred that privilege in consequence of the deed of trust we were compelled to sign, which deed so operates upon our real Estate, that it will sell for but little or nothing at this time. We have now made a brief statement of some of the most prominent features of the troubles that have befallen our people since their first settlement in this , and we believe that these persecutions have come in consequence of our religious faith, and not for any immorality on our part. That instances have been of late, where individuals have trespassed upon the rights of others, and thereby broken the laws of the Land, we will not pretend to deny, but yet we do believe that no crime can be substantiated against any of the people who have a standing in our Church, of an earlier date than the Difficulties in . And when it is considered that the rights of this people have been trampled upon from time to time, with impunity, and abuses heaped upon them almost innumerable, it ought, in some degree, to palliate for any infraction of the law, which may have been made on the part of our people. The late order of , to drive us from this , or exterminate us, is a thing so novel, unlawful, tyrannical, and oppressive, that we have been induced to draw up this Memorial and present this statement of our case to your honorable body, praying that a law may be passed, rescinding the order of the to drive us from the , and also giving us the sanction of the Legislature to inherit our lands in peace— we ask an expression of the Legislature, disapproving the conduct of those who compelled us to sign a deed of trust, and also disapproving of any man or set of men, taking our property in consequence of that deed of trust, and appropriating it to the payment of debts not contracted by us, or for the payment of damages sustained in consequence of trespasses committed by others. We have no common stock, our property is individual property, and we feel willing to pay our debts as other individuals do, but we are not willing to be bound for other people’s debts also. The arms which were taken from us here, which we understand to be [p. 865]
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