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John Whitmer, History, 1831–circa 1847

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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the court of enquiry in the Case of , the Court met pursuant to adjourn ment on 20 of Feb. last and for some reason  unknown to us, we hav not been able to  ascertain information concerning the opinion  or decision of the Court— We had hoped that  the testimony would have been transmitted  to your before this, that an order  might be issued for the return of our arms,  of which we have been wrongfully disposses sed, as we believe will clearly appear to  the commander in Chief when the evedenc is  laid before him— as suggested in your com munication of Feb 4, we had concluded to or ganize according to law, and apply for public  arms, but we feared that such a step, which  must be attended with public ceremonies,  might produce some excitement. We have thus  far delayed any movement of that nature,  hoping to regain our arms from that  we might independently of equip ourselves and  be prepared to assist in the maintainance of  our constitutional rights and liberties as  guaranteed by to us by our , and also to  defend our persons and propertys on <from> a lawles[s]  mob, when it shall please the , at  some future day, to put us in possession of  our homes, from which we have been most  wickedly expelled, We are hap[p]y to make an  expression of thanks for the willingness mani fested by the to enforc[e] th[e] laws as far  as he can constitutionally, “with the means  furnished him by the Legislature”, and we are  firmly pursuad[e]d that a future day will [p. 58]
the court of enquiry in the Case of , the Court met pursuant to adjournment on 20 of Feb. last and for some reason unknown to us, we hav not been able to ascertain information concerning the opinion or decision of the Court— We had hoped that the testimony would have been transmitted to your before this, that an order might be issued for the return of our arms, of which we have been wrongfully dispossessed, as we believe will clearly appear to the commander in Chief when the evedenc is laid before him— as suggested in your communication of Feb 4, we had concluded to organize according to law, and apply for public arms, but we feared that such a step, which must be attended with public ceremonies, might produce some excitement. We have thus far delayed any movement of that nature, hoping to regain our arms from that we might independently equip ourselves and be prepared to assist in the maintainance of our constitutional rights and liberties as guaranteed to us by our , and also to defend our persons and propertys from a lawless mob, when it shall please the , at some future day, to put us in possession of our homes, from which we have been most wickedly expelled, We are happy to make an expression of thanks for the willingness manifested by the to enforce the laws as far as he can constitutionally, “with the means furnished him by the Legislature”, and we are firmly pursuaded that a future day will [p. 58]
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