Letterbook 2

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deem just and proper, and as in duty bound he will ever pray. &c &c.
State of )
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Personally appeared before me and maketh and saith that the facts stated in the foregoing  petition are true as far as stated from his own knowledge, and as far as  stated from the information of others he believes to be true, given under my hand  this 15th. day of March 1839.
Sworn to & subscribed to before me Abraham  Shafer a Justice of the peace within and for in the State of  Missouri this 15th. day of March 1839.
Abraham Shafer J. P.

Memorial to the Missouri Legislature • 10 December 1838

To the Honorable Legislature of the State of  in Senate and House of Representatives convened.
We the undersigned petitioners  inhabitants of , Mo, in consequence of the late calamities that  have came upon us, taken in connection with our former afflictions, feel it a duty we  owe to ourselves and our , to lay our case before your honorable body for  consideration. It is a well know fact that a society or our people commenced  settling in , Mo, in the summer of 1831, when they, (according to their  ability) purchased lands, and settled upon them, with the expectation of becoming  permanent Citizens in common with others: Soon after the settlement began  persecution began, and as our society increased, persecution also increased  untill the society at last was compelled to leave the : And although an account  of these persecutions has been published to the world, yet we feel that it will not be im proper to notice a few of the most prominent items in this memorial.
On the 20th of July 1833 a mob convened at , a com mittee of which called upon <a few of> the leading men of our Church there, and stated to them  that the , and all other mechanic’s shops must be closed forthwith, and  the Society leave the immediately.— These propositions were so  unexpected that a certain time was asked for, to consider upon the subject, before an  answer should be returned, that being refused and our men being individually  interrogated, each one answered that he could not consent to comply with their  proposition. One of the Mob replied that he was sorry, for that the work of  destruction would commence immediately. In a short time the  (which was a two story brick building) was assailed by the mob, and soon thrown [p. 27]
deem just and proper, and as in duty bound he will ever pray. &c &c.
State of )
)
Personally appeared before me and maketh and saith that the facts stated in the foregoing petition are true as far as stated from his own knowledge, and as far as stated from the information of others he believes to be true, given under my hand this 15th. day of March 1839.
Sworn & subscribed to before me Abraham Shafer a Justice of the peace within and for in the State of Missouri this 15th. day of March 1839.
Abraham Shafer J. P.

Memorial to the Missouri Legislature • 10 December 1838

To the Honorable Legislature of the State of in Senate and House of Representatives convened.
We the undersigned petitioners inhabitants of , Mo, in consequence of the late calamities that have came upon us, taken in connection with our former afflictions, feel it a duty we owe to ourselves and our , to lay our case before your honorable body for consideration. It is a well know fact that a society or our people commenced settling in , Mo, in the summer of 1831, when they, (according to their ability) purchased lands, and settled upon them, with the expectation of becoming permanent Citizens in common with others: Soon after the settlement began persecution began, and as our society increased, persecution also increased untill the society at last was compelled to leave the : And although an account of these persecutions has been published to the world, yet we feel that it will not be improper to notice a few of the most prominent items in this memorial.
On the 20th of July 1833 a mob convened at , a committee of which called upon a few of the leading men of our Church there, and stated to them that the , and all other mechanic’s shops must be closed forthwith, and the Society leave the immediately.— These propositions were so unexpected that a certain time was asked for, to consider upon the subject, before an answer should be returned, that being refused and our men being individually interrogated, each one answered that he could not consent to comply with their proposition. One of the Mob replied that he was sorry, for that the work of destruction would commence immediately. In a short time the (which was a two story brick building) was assailed by the mob, and soon thrown [p. 27]
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