Letter to Elias Higbee with JS Postscript, 7 March 1840

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especially in relation to our damages, the amount of  which we think has been estimated full low, and if  an offer should be made to remunerate us for our  Lands at entry price, or any thing short of the full  amount claimed in any particular— to treat such  offer with proper contempt. Our rights we ask for;  our rights we want, and must have of the Government  of the : And nothing short of that can  be received. We demand them upon constitutional  premises, and expect to [be] heard in our appeal to the  General Government, and answered in a manner which  shall be honorable to the guardians, of the rights and  privileges of American citizens; who compose that honorable  body, and acceptable to those who have been persecuted,  Smitten, and driven from their peaceful habitations,  in violation of the Constitution, and of the natural  and unalienable rights of man—
Our cause will unquestionably  be strongly opposed by such, relentless, unfeeling and  unprincipled demagogues as, [Thomas Hart] Benton, and others of  the “Golden humbug”, firm of &,co. who have  disgraced the American character, by their subserviency  to a s[c]heme of peculations and political fraud, The  sole aim of whom has been, to aggrandize themselves, at  the expence of the labouring class of community, and  to enrich the few at expence of the many. As regar dless of honor, honesty; or the rights of man, as Bonapart,  Nero, or Caligula— I cincerely hope that every such  unprincipled character, will take a decided stand  in favor of exterminating decree; as such a  course would speak volumes in our favor, and expose  them to the just indignation of an abused and injured  publick, who will not fail to meet ours out to them  a just recompence of reward without distinctions of  name, sect or party by applying that peaceable and  constitutional corrective, guarenteed to every American  citizen, the right of suffrage, if there is virtue enough  left in the sons of the revolutionary Fathers, to transmit  to their posterity, those inestimable blessings purchased by  Fathers at the expense of so much blood and Treasure. [p. 110]
especially in relation to our damages, the amount of which we think has been estimated full low, and if an offer should be made to remunerate us for our Lands at entry price, or any thing short of the full amount claimed in any particular— to treat such offer with proper contempt. Our rights we ask for; our rights we want, and must have of the Government of the : And nothing short of that can be received. We demand them upon constitutional premises, and expect to [be] heard in our appeal to the General Government, and answered in a manner which shall be honorable to the guardians, of the rights and privileges of American citizens; who compose that honorable body, and acceptable to those who have been persecuted, Smitten, and driven from their peaceful habitations, in violation of the Constitution, and of the natural and unalienable rights of man—
Our cause will unquestionably be strongly opposed by such, relentless, unfeeling and unprincipled demagogues as, Thomas Hart Benton, and others of the “Golden humbug”, firm of &,co. who have disgraced the American character, by their subserviency to a scheme of peculations and political fraud, The sole aim of whom has been, to aggrandize themselves, at the expence of the labouring class of community, and to enrich the few at expence of the many. As regardless of honor, honesty; or the rights of man, as Bonapart, Nero, or Caligula— I cincerely hope that every such unprincipled character, will take a decided stand in favor of exterminating decree; as such a course would speak volumes in our favor, and expose them to the just indignation of an abused and injured publick, who will not fail to meet out to them a just recompence of reward without distinctions of name, sect or party by applying that peaceable and constitutional corrective, guarenteed to every American citizen, the right of suffrage, if there is virtue enough left in the sons of the revolutionary Fathers, to transmit to their posterity, those inestimable blessings purchased by Fathers at the expense of so much blood and Treasure. [p. 110]
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