Letterbook 2

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entirely irrevelent— but if any man differs from me I can adopt the lan guage of Josephus, he is at liberty to enjoy his opinions without any blame  from me— We are all well in usual health, my respects to your family  & all our old friends, I am with respect yours &c
I shall expect a letter in due time
P. S. please direct your letters, P. M Burnetts cornrs Cay [Cuyahoga] Co O
I send you Zion’s Watchman printed at — 29 Mar & I  would invite your attention to ’s letter contained in the same—
We the undersigned certify this to be a true copy of a letter written  to by S Burnette—
May 24th 1838
Memorial to the Missouri Legislature • 24 January 1839
To the Hon The Legislature of
Your memorialists, having a few days since, Solicited  your attention to the same subject, would now respectfully submit to  your Honorable body a few additional facts in support of their prayer.
They are now in imprisonment imprisoned Under a charge of Treason against the  State of , And their lives and fortunes and characters being  suspended upon the result of the trial on the criminal charges preferred against them,  your Hon. body will excuse them for manifesting the deep concerns  they feel in relation to their trials for a crime so enormous as that of treason
It is not our object to complain— to asperse any one. All we ask  is a fair and impartial trial. We ask the sympathies of no one, we ask  sheer justice– tis all we expect– and all we merit, but we merit that—  We know the people of no county in this to which we would ask our  final trials to be sent who are prejudiced in our favour. But we believe  that the state of excitement existing in most of the upper Counties is  such that a jury would be improperly influenced by it. But that exci tement, and the prejudice against us in the counties comprising the fifth  Judicial court circuit are not the only obstacles we are compelled to meet.
We know that much of that prejudice against us is not so much to be attributed  to a want of honest motive among the citizens, as it is to wrong information
But it is a difficult task to change opinions once formed, The other [p. 66]
entirely irrevelent— but if any man differs from me I can adopt the language of Josephus, he is at liberty to enjoy his opinions without any blame from me— We are all in usual health, my respects to your family & all our old friends, I am with respect yours &c
I shall expect a letter in due time
P. S. please direct your letters, P. M Burnetts cornrs Cay Cuyahoga Co O
I send you Zion’s Watchman printed at — 29 Mar & I would invite your attention to ’s letter contained in the same—
We the undersigned certify this to be a true copy of a letter written to by S Burnette—
May 24th 1838
Memorial to the Missouri Legislature • 24 January 1839
To the Hon The Legislature of
Your memorialists, having a few days since, Solicited your attention to the same subject, would now respectfully submit to your Honorable body a few additional facts in support of their prayer.
They are now imprisoned Under a charge of Treason against the State of , And their lives and fortunes and characters being suspended upon the result of the trial on the criminal charges preferred against them, your Hon. body will excuse them for manifesting the deep concerns they feel in relation to their trials for a crime so enormous as that of treason
It is not our object to complain— to asperse any one. All we ask is a fair and impartial trial. We ask the sympathies of no one, we ask sheer justice– tis all we expect– and all we merit, but we merit that— We know the people of no county in this to which we would ask our final trials to be sent who are prejudiced in our favour. But we believe that the state of excitement existing in most of the upper Counties is such that a jury would be improperly influenced by it. But that excitement, and the prejudice against us in the counties comprising the fifth Judicial circuit are not the only obstacles we are compelled to meet.
We know that much of that prejudice against us is not so much to be attributed to a want of honest motive among the citizens, as it is to wrong information
But it is a difficult task to change opinions once formed, The other [p. 66]
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