Letterbook 2

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Citizens, and under this guise they have within a few  days Kidnaped and carried away several honest and  worthy citizens of this .
4th. Under these circumstances, the first duty and  the only redress which seems to offer itself to our consideration  a is an appeal to the of the state of for  redress, and protection from further injuries, with a confi dent assurance that he, unlike the of , will extend  the Executive arm to protect from lawless outrage unoffen ding citizens.
Therefore.
Resolved first: that we view with no ordinary fee lings the approaching danger as a necessary consequence  following the lawless and outragious conduct of the citizens  of in setting at defiance the laws of this, as well as  all other states of this union; by forcing from their homes and  from the , civil citizens of ; and taking them  into the state of without any legal process whatever,  and there inflicting upon them base cruelties in order to extort  false confessions from them, to give a coloring to their (The  Missourians) iniquities, and screan themselves from the  just indignation of an incensed publick.
Resolved second— that while we deeply deplore the cause  which has brought us together on this occasion, we cannot  refrain from expressing our most unqualified disapproba ton at the infringement of the laws of this , as set forth in  the above preamble, and strongest indignation, at the manner  in which the people of treated those whom they had there  inhumanly taken from among us.
Resolved, thirdly— that inasmuch as we are conscious of  our honest and upright intentions, and are well at all  times ready and willing to submit to the requirements  of the Laws; we claim of the citizens and authorities of this  , protection from such unjust, and before unheard  of oppressions.
Resolved, fourthly— that the forcible abductions of our  Citizens by those of is a violation of the Laws regulating  the Federal Compact, subversive of the rights of freeman  and contrary to our free institutions and republican principles [p. 184]
Citizens, and under this guise they have within a few days Kidnaped and carried away several honest and worthy citizens of this .
4th. Under these circumstances, the first duty and the only redress which seems to offer itself to our consideration is an appeal to the of the state of for redress, and protection from further injuries, with a confident assurance that he, unlike the of , will extend the Executive arm to protect from lawless outrage unoffending citizens.
Therefore.
Resolved first: that we view with no ordinary feelings the approaching danger as a necessary consequence following the lawless and outragious conduct of the citizens of in setting at defiance the laws of this, as well as all other states of this union; by forcing from their homes and from the , civil citizens of ; and taking them into the state of without any legal process whatever, and there inflicting upon them base cruelties in order to extort false confessions from them, to give a coloring to their (The Missourians) iniquities, and screan themselves from the just indignation of an incensed publick.
Resolved second— that while we deeply deplore the cause which has brought us together on this occasion, we cannot refrain from expressing our most unqualified disapprobaton at the infringement of the laws of this , as set forth in the above preamble, and strongest indignation, at the manner in which the people of treated those whom they had there inhumanly taken from among us.
Resolved, thirdly— that inasmuch as we are conscious of our honest and upright intentions, and are at all times ready and willing to submit to the requirements of the Laws; we claim of the citizens and authorities of this , protection from such unjust, and before unheard of oppressions.
Resolved, fourthly— that the forcible abductions of our Citizens by those of is a violation of the Laws regulating the Federal Compact, subversive of the rights of freeman and contrary to our free institutions and republican principles [p. 184]
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