History, circa 1841, draft [Draft 3]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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proceded to address the court and in  a long and violent harrangue endeavered to  blacken my character and influence the court to  pronounce me guilty
Mess[r]s and followed in my behalf  They presented in true colors the nature of the prosecution  the malignancy of the intention and the apparant disp[o]sition  to persecute the defendant rather than afford him  Justice They noticed the arguments of the prose cution in and in a masterly and able manner convinced  the court of their utter futility and <in> application  They then proceeded to scrutinize the testimony and  each thanked God that he was engaged engaged in  su◊◊ good a cause such a good cause in asmuch  as they were defending a man whos charactor stood the  test of such a strict examination
In fact these men although not regular Lawyers  were able to put to silence two able Lawyers and  convince the court of the innocence of their client  They spoke like men inspired from on high and  those arrayed against me trembled and quailed  under <before them> while they addressed the court like criminals  at the bar of justice
The majority of the multitude now began to find that  nothing could be sustained against me and even the  constable who arrested me came and apologised and  asked asking my forgiveness for the wrongs he had done me  and He informed me that the Mob were determined if  the court acquitted me to take justice into their own hands  or in other words tar and feather and ride me  on a rail but that he would lead me out in safety  by another private way
The court <I was> at length acquitted by the court to the  great satisfaction of my friends and disappointment <of my enemies>  and Through the instrumentality of my new friend the [p. 80]
proceded to address the court and in a long and violent harrangue endeavered to blacken my character and influence the court to pronounce me guilty
Messrs and followed in my behalf They presented in true colors the nature of the prosecution the malignancy of the intention and the apparant disposition to persecute the defendant rather than afford him Justice They noticed the arguments of the prosecution and in a masterly and able manner convinced the court of their utter futility and in application They then proceeded to scrutinize the testimony and each thanked God that he was engaged in such a good cause in asmuch as they were defending a man whos charactor stood the test of such a strict examination
In fact these men although not regular Lawyers were able to put to silence two able Lawyers and convince the court of the innocence of their client They spoke like men inspired from on high and those arrayed against me trembled and quailed before them like criminals at the bar of justice
The majority of the multitude now began to find that nothing could be sustained against me and even the constable who arrested me came and apologised asking my forgiveness for the wrongs he had done me He informed me that the Mob were determined if the court acquitted me to take justice into their own hands or in other words tar and feather and ride me on a rail but that he would lead me out in safety by a private way
I was at length acquitted by the court to the great satisfaction of my friends and disappointment of my enemies Through the instrumentality of my new friend the [p. 80]
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