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John Whitmer, History, 1831–circa 1847

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many other occations in such a manner, that we  believe it a duty, we owe ourselves, to our wives and  children, to the cause of public morals, to remove  them from among us, as we are not prepared to give  up our possessions to them, or to receive into the bosom  of our families as fit companions for our wives and  daughters the degraded and corrupted free negroes and  mulatoes, that are now invited to setle among us.
Under such a state of things even our beautiful  country, would cease to be a desirable residence,  and our situations intoleorable! We therefore agree  that after timely warning, and upon receiving an ad equate compensation for what little property they  cannot take with them. they refuse to leave us in peace  as they found us, we agree to use such means as will  be sufficcient, to remove them and to that end we pledge  ourselves each to each other our bodily powers, our lives,  fortunes, and sacred honor.
July 15, 1833.
We will meet at th[e] in the Town of   on Saturday next, 20 ult. to consult  of ulterior movements.
A committe was appointed at the foregoing meeting  and waited on us. , <&c> &c.  the committee consisted of Lewis Franklin, Mr. [James] Camp bell, , Judge [Richard] Fristoe, , Mr.  [Richard] Simpson, two of the Msr. Wilsons Captan Tipitts &  Mr. Commings [R. W. Cummins].
To answer them this question will you leav  this or not? allowing us only fifteen min utes to answer the question. We did not make  any reply at that time.
The committee further required of us to  shut up our , , Mechanical [p. 42]
many other occations in such a manner, that we believe it a duty, we owe ourselves, to our wives and children, to the cause of public morals, to remove them from among us, as we are not prepared to give up our possessions to them, or to receive into the bosom of our families as fit companions for our wives and daughters the degraded and corrupted free negroes and mulatoes, that are now invited to setle among us.
Under such a state of things even our beautiful country, would cease to be a desirable residence, and our situations intoleorable! We therefore agree that after timely warning, and upon receiving an adequate compensation for what little property they cannot take with them. they refuse to leave us in peace as they found us, we agree to use such means as will be sufficcient, to remove them and to that end we pledge each to each other our bodily powers, our lives, fortunes, and sacred honor.
July 15, 1833.
We will meet at the in the Town of on Saturday next, 20 ult. to consult of ulterior movements.
A committe was appointed at the foregoing meeting and waited on us. , &c
To answer them this question will you leav this or not? allowing us only fifteen minutes to answer the question. We did not make any reply at that time.
The committee further required of us to shut up our , , Mechanical [p. 42]
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