Letter from Elias Higbee, 22 February 1840

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take it up according to request, the committee will Senate  will grant the committee power to send for persons & papers.  The committee made some enquiries, respecting our re ligion, and I answered them, as a matter of course as  well as I could. They enquired very particularly, con cerning how much land we had entered there, and  how much of it, yet remained unsold; when Mr. Corwin observed that we had never entered much  Land there, but were squatters. I then described the  size of & Counties, giving an explan ation on these matters. I suppose, perhaps on monday  or tuesday we shall know something relative to this  matter; whether power be given them to send for persons &  papers. You may see where they depend to rally their  forces, viz, by endeavouring to make us treasonable  characters, by the constitution, Sd. to govern us, and that  every thing both civil & Political, among us is done  by revelation. These points I desire to blow to the four  winds, and that you will select a number of firm  Bretheren, possessing good understanding; who will  tell the truth, and willingly send me their names,  when they know they are wanted. Send plenty of  them, They will get two dollars per day, and ten  cents a mile to and from, expence money. Do not  send them untill their subpena’s get there, for they  will not draw expence money only for going home
I will suggest af few names—
,  , as, they know  concerning the scrape, also send others , & others. You will know whom  to send better than myself. If the Missourians should  send for you, I would say consult God about going
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P. S. Mr. Jamison stated to me this evening, if the  Mormons could make it appear that they had been  wronged; They would use their influence in having  them redressed, so the shame should not fall on the  whole , but on that which had been guilty. I [p. 114]
take it up according to request, the Senate will grant the committee power to send for persons & papers. The committee made some enquiries, respecting our religion, and I answered them, as a matter of course as well as I could. They enquired very particularly, concerning how much land we had entered there, and how much of it, yet remained unsold; when Mr.— Corwin observed that we had never entered much Land there, but were squatters. I then described the size of & Counties, giving an explanation on these matters. I suppose, perhaps on monday or tuesday we shall know something relative to this matter; whether power be given them to send for persons & papers. You may see where they depend to rally their forces, viz, by endeavouring to make us treasonable characters, by the constitution, Sd. to govern us, and that every thing both civil & Political, among us is done by revelation. These points I desire to blow to the four winds, and that you will select a number of firm Bretheren, possessing good understanding; who will tell the truth, and willingly send me their names, when they know they are wanted. Send plenty of them, They will get two dollars per day, and ten cents a mile to and from, expence money. Do not send them untill their subpena’s get there, for they will not draw expence money only for going home
I will suggest af few names—
, , as, they know concerning the scrape, also send , & others. You will know whom to send better than myself. If the Missourians should send for you, I would say consult God about going
.
P. S. Mr. Jamison stated to me this evening, if the Mormons could make it appear that they had been wronged; They would use their influence in having them redressed, so the shame should not fall on the whole , but on that which had been guilty. I [p. 114]
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