History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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our arms from , that we might independently equip ourselves and be prepared to assist in the maintenance of our constitutional rights and liberties as guaranteed to us by our , and also to defend our persons and property from a lawless mob, when it shall [HC 1:489] please the Executive, at some future day, to put us in possession of our homes, from which we have been most wickedly expelled, We are happy to make an expression of our thanks for the willingness manifested by the Executive to enforce the laws, as he can consistently “with the means furnished him by the Legislature,” and we are firmly persuaded that a future day will verify to him that whatever aid we may receive from the Executive, has not been lavished upon a band of traitors, but upon a people whose respect and veneration for the laws of our country, and its pure republican principles, are as great as that of any other society in these .
“As our foes and their correspondents are busy in circulating slanderous and wicked reports conce[r]ning our people, their views &c, we have deemed it expedient to inform your Excellency that we have received communications from our friends in the East, informing us that a number of our brethren, perhaps two or three hundred, would remove to in the course of the ensuing summer, and we are satisfied that when the Mob get the inteligence that a large number of our people are about to remove, into that county, they will raise a great hue and cry, and circulate many bugbears through the medium of this their favorite press, but we think your Excellency is well aware that our object <​is​> purely to defend ourselves and possessions against another unparallelled attack from that mob, inasmuch as the Executive of this state cannot keep up a military force “to protect our people in that county without transcending his Powers,” We want, therefore, the privilege of defending ourselves and the constitution of our country, while God is willing we should have a being on his footstool. We d
“We do not know at what time our friends will arrive but expect more certain inteligence in a few weeks. Whenever they do arrive, it would be the wish of our people [p. 473]
our arms from , that we might independently equip ourselves and be prepared to assist in the maintenance of our constitutional rights and liberties as guaranteed to us by our , and also to defend our persons and property from a lawless mob, when it shall [HC 1:489] please the Executive, at some future day, to put us in possession of our homes, from which we have been most wickedly expelled, We are happy to make an expression of our thanks for the willingness manifested by the Executive to enforce the laws, as he can consistently “with the means furnished him by the Legislature,” and we are firmly persuaded that a future day will verify to him that whatever aid we may receive from the Executive, has not been lavished upon a band of traitors, but upon a people whose respect and veneration for the laws of our country, and its pure republican principles, are as great as that of any other society in these .
“As our foes and their correspondents are busy in circulating slanderous and wicked reports concerning our people, their views &c, we have deemed it expedient to inform your Excellency that we have received communications from our friends in the East, informing us that a number of our brethren, perhaps two or three hundred, would remove to in the course of the ensuing summer, and we are satisfied that when the Mob get the inteligence that a large number of our people are about to remove, into that county, they will raise a great hue and cry, and circulate many bugbears through the medium of their favorite press, but we think your Excellency is well aware that our object is purely to defend ourselves and possessions against another unparallelled attack from that mob, inasmuch as the Executive of this state cannot keep up a military force “to protect our people in that county without transcending his Powers,” We want, therefore, the privilege of defending ourselves and the constitution of our country, while God is willing we should have a being on his footstool.
“We do not know at what time our friends will arrive but expect more certain inteligence in a few weeks. Whenever they do arrive, it would be the wish of our people [p. 473]
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