Letterbook 2

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Minutes • 13 July 1840
In a meeting of the citizens of Hancock. Co Ill 13th. July, 1840. was called to the chair, and was appointed Secretary.
On motion a committee was appointed to report resolutions expressive of the sense of this meeting consisting of the following persons, To Wit: & who retired and after a short absnce reported the following Preamble & Resolutions which were unanimously adopted.
Preamble
The committee appointed to express the sense of this meeting, in relation to the recent acts of abduction and other deeds of cruelty, and inhumanity committed upon our citizens, by those of the State of , beg leave respectfully to report;
That having under consideration, the principal matters involved in the discharge of their duty; they have been forced to arrive at the following conclusion.
1st. That the people of not having sufficiently slaked their thirst for blood and plunder, are now disposed to pursue us with a repetition of the same scenes of brutality, which marked their whole course of conduct towards us during our unhappy residence among them.
2ond. That notwithstanding they have rob[b]ed us of our homes— murdered our families— stolen and carried away our property; and to complete the measure of their infamy as a State, their caused unoffending thousands to be banished from the , without even the form of a trial or the slightest evidence of crime; they are now sending their gangs of murdering banditti, and thieving brigands, to wreak further vengeance and satisfy their insatiable cupidity in the state of . and that too, before we even have had time to erect shelters for our families
3 That for the purpose of giving semblance of justification to their most unhallowed conduct, of the people of , have again commenced concealing goods within the limits of our settlements, as they had done before in the State of , to raise a charge of stealing against our [p. 183]
Minutes • 13 July 1840
In a meeting of the citizens of Hancock. Co Ill 13th. July, 1840. was called to the chair, and was appointed Secretary.
On motion a committee was appointed to report resolutions expressive of the sense of this meeting consisting of the following persons, To Wit: & who retired and after a short absnce reported the following Preamble & Resolutions which were unanimously adopted.
Preamble
The committee appointed to express the sense of this meeting, in relation to the recent acts of abduction and other deeds of cruelty, and inhumanity committed upon our citizens, by those of the State of , beg leave respectfully to report;
That having under consideration, the principal matters involved in the discharge of their duty; they have been forced to arrive at the following conclusion.
1st. That the people of not having sufficiently slaked their thirst for blood and plunder, are now disposed to pursue us with a repetition of the same scenes of brutality, which marked their whole course of conduct towards us during our unhappy residence among them.
2ond. That notwithstanding they have robbed us of our homes— murdered our families— stolen and carried away our property; and to complete the measure of their infamy as a State, their caused unoffending thousands to be banished from the , without even the form of a trial or the slightest evidence of crime; they are now sending their gangs of murdering banditti, and thieving brigands, to wreak further vengeance and satisfy their insatiable cupidity in the state of . and that too, before we even have had time to erect shelters for our families
3 That for the purpose of giving semblance of justification to their most unhallowed conduct, of the people of , have again commenced concealing goods within the limits of our settlements, as they had done before in the State of , to raise a charge of stealing against our [p. 183]
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