Letterbook 2

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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instances have been of late, where individuals have trespassed upon the rights  of others, and thereby broken the laws of the land, we will not pretend to deny,  but yet, we do believe that no crime can be substantiated against any  of the people who have a standing in our church, of an earlier date than  the difficulties in . And when it is considered that the rights  of this people have been trampled upon from time to time with impunity  And abuses heaped upon them almost innumerable, it ought in some degree  to palliate for any infraction of the law, which may have been made on the  part of our people.
The late order of , to drive us  from this , or exterminate us, is a thing so novel, unlawful tyrranical and  and oppressive, that we have been induced to draw up this memorial and present  this statement of our case to your honorable body, praying that a law may be  passed rescinding the order of the to drive us from the , and  also giving us the sanction of the Legislature to inherit our lands in peace.  We ask an expression of the Legislature disapproving the conduct of those who  Compelled us to sign a deed of trust, and also disapproving of any man or set  of men taking our property in consequence of that deed of trust, and appropriating  it to the payment of debts not contracted by us, or for the payment of damages  sustained in consequence of trespasses committed by others. We have no common  stock, our property is individual property, and we feel willing to pay our debts  as <other> individuals do, but we are not willing to be bound for other people’s debts  also.
The arms which were taken from us here, which we understand to  be about 630 besides swords and pistols, we care not so much about, as we  do the pay for them; only we are bound to do military duty which we are  willing to do, and which we think was sufficiently manifested by the raising  of a volunteer company last fall, at , when called upon by  to raise troops for the frontier. The arms given up by us, we consider were  worth between twelve and fifteen thousand dollars, but we understand they have  been greatly damaged since taken, and at this time, probably would not bring  near their former value. And as they were both here and in taken by the Militia, and consequently by the authority of the  , we therefore ask you honorable body to cause an appropriation  to be made by law, whereby we may be paid for them, or otherwise have  them returned to us and the damages made good.
The losses sustained by our people in leaving , are  so situated that it is impossible to obtain any compensation for them by law  because those who have sustained them are unable to prove those trespasses upon [p. 32]
instances have been of late, where individuals have trespassed upon the rights of others, and thereby broken the laws of the land, we will not pretend to deny, but yet, we do believe that no crime can be substantiated against any of the people who have a standing in our church, of an earlier date than the difficulties in . And when it is considered that the rights of this people have been trampled upon from time to time with impunity And abuses heaped upon them almost innumerable, it ought in some degree to palliate for any infraction of the law, which may have been made on the part of our people.
The late order of , to drive us from this , or exterminate us, is a thing so novel, unlawful tyrranical and and oppressive, that we have been induced to draw up this memorial and present this statement of our case to your honorable body, praying that a law may be passed rescinding the order of the to drive us from the , and also giving us the sanction of the Legislature to inherit our lands in peace. We ask an expression of the Legislature disapproving the conduct of those who Compelled us to sign a deed of trust, and also disapproving of any man or set of men taking our property in consequence of that deed of trust, and appropriating it to the payment of debts not contracted by us, or for the payment of damages sustained in consequence of trespasses committed by others. We have no common stock, our property is individual property, and we feel willing to pay our debts as other individuals do, but we are not willing to be bound for other people’s debts also.
The arms which were taken from us here, which we understand to be about 630 besides swords and pistols, we care not so much about, as we do the pay for them; only we are bound to do military duty which we are willing to do, and which we think was sufficiently manifested by the raising of a volunteer company last fall, at , when called upon by to raise troops for the frontier. The arms given up by us, we consider were worth between twelve and fifteen thousand dollars, but we understand they have been greatly damaged since taken, and at this time, probably would not bring near their former value. And as they were both here and in taken by the Militia, and consequently by the authority of the , we therefore ask you honorable body to cause an appropriation to be made by law, whereby we may be paid for them, or otherwise have them returned to us and the damages made good.
The losses sustained by our people in leaving , are so situated that it is impossible to obtain any compensation for them by law because those who have sustained them are unable to prove those trespasses upon [p. 32]
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