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John Whitmer, History, 1831–circa 1847

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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or less degree, throuout our whole body, not only because those sacred rights are guaranteed to every religeous sect, have been publically invaded in open hostility to the spirit and genius of our free government, but such of their houses as have not been burned their beds and most of their products of the labor of their hands for the last year, have been wrested from them by a band of out laws, congregated in on the western boundaries of the State of Missouri—within about thirty miles of the Military Post, at Fort Leavenworth on the . Your petitioners say that they do not enter into a minute detail of their sufferings in this petition least they should weary you the patience of their Venerable Chief whos ardious duties they know are great, and daily accumulating.
We only hope to show to him that this is an unprecedented emergency in the history of our country—that the magistracy thereof is set at defiance—and Justice checked in the open violation of its laws, and that we your petitioners, who are almost wholy native born citizens of these , of whom they purchased their lands in Mo. with intent to cultivate the same, as peacible citizens, are now forced from them, and dwelling in the Counties of and in the State of Mo. without permanant homes, and suffering all the privations which must nessessarily result from such inhuman treatment, Under [p. 50]
or less degree, throuout our whole body, not only because those sacred rights are guaranteed to every religeous sect, have been publically invaded in open hostility to the spirit and genius of our free government, but such of their houses as have not been burned their beds and most of their products of the labor of their hands for the last year, have been wrested from them by a band of out laws, congregated in on the western boundaries of the State of Missouri—within about thirty miles of the Military Post, at Fort Leavenworth on the . Your petitioners say that they do not enter into a minute detail of their sufferings in this petition least they should weary the patience of their Venerable Chief whos ardious duties they know are great, and daily accumulating.
We only hope to show to him that this is an unprecedented emergency in the history of our country—that the magistracy thereof is set at defiance—and Justice checked in the open violation of its laws, and that we your petitioners, who are almost wholy native born citizens of these , of whom they purchased their lands in Mo. with intent to cultivate the same, as peacible citizens, are now forced from them, and dwelling in the Counties of and in the State of Mo. without permanant homes, and suffering all the privations which must nessessarily result from such inhuman treatment, Under [p. 50]
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