Letter to the Church and Edward Partridge, 20 March 1839

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the mob in a sumerary way but unfortunatly for us  the timber of the wall being verry hard our auger  handles gave out and hindered us longer than we  expected we applied to a friend and a verry slight un cautious act gave rise to some suspition and before  we could fully succeed our plan was discovered we  had evry thing in readiness but the last stone and we  could have made our escape in one minute and  should have succeeded admirably had it not been for a  little imprudance or over anxiety on the part of our fri end. The sheriff and jailor did not blame us for our  attempt it was a fine breach and cost the a  round sum but publick oppinion says that we ought  to have been permitted to have made our escape  that then the disgrace would have been on us, but  now it must come on the . that there cannot  be any charge sustained against us and that the con duct of the mob, the murders committed at hawns  mill, and the exterminating order of the ,  and the one sided rascally proceedings of the Legislature  has damned the state of to all eternity I  would just name also that has proved  himself to be as contemtible as any of them we have  tryed for a long time to get our lawyers to draw us some  petitions to the supream Judges of this . but they  uterly refused we have examined the law and  drawn the petitions ourselvs and have obtained  abundance of proof to counter act all the testimony [p. 6]
the mob in a sumerary way but unfortunatly for us the timber of the wall being verry hard our auger handles gave out and hindered us longer than we expected we applied to a friend and a verry slight uncautious act gave rise to some suspition and before we could fully succeed our plan was discovered we had evry thing in readiness but the last stone and we could have made our escape in one minute and should have succeeded admirably had it not been for a little imprudance or over anxiety on the part of our friend. The sheriff and jailor did not blame us for our attempt it was a fine breach and cost the a round sum but publick oppinion says that we ought to have been permitted to have made our escape that then the disgrace would have been on us, but now it must come on the . that there cannot be any charge sustained against us and that the conduct of the mob, the murders committed at hawns mill, and the exterminating order of the , and the one sided rascally proceedings of the Legislature has damned the state of to all eternity I would just name also that has proved himself to be as contemtible as any of them we have tryed for a long time to get our lawyers to draw us some petitions to the supream Judges of this . but they uterly refused we have examined the law and drawn the petitions ourselvs and have obtained abundance of proof to counter act all the testimony [p. 6]
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