History, 1838–1856, volume E-1 [1 July 1843–30 April 1844]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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State of ) ss
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On the 20th. day of December 1843 personally appeared before me a Justice of the Peace in and for said . Andrew M. Hamilton and of Bear Creek precinct in said , and being duly sworn depose and say, that on the evening of the second day of December 1843 at Vernon Doty’s Mill in said precinct, Colonel of said as principal, John Williams his son, William Middleton of the County of Clark and State of ; Captn. Mc Coy of said County of Clark and State of ; John Fox of Green Plains Precinct, and about a dozen other men armed with Pistols, Dirks, and Bowie knives, came forcibly upon at said Doty’s mill, and seized and bound him; The said told them to stand off, they said they had a Writ; he observed he would not resist legal authority: They said they would take said to and there try him; the said replied, “I understand you, you will take me to and there pass me over the to ” some of said gang then shouted “lay hold of him, God damn him, lay hold of him, there’s no use of parleying:” at which Colonel with a large Bowie Knife in his hand, and others, then forced the said to submit, telling him, (without a Writ) that his life would be taken if he did not submit. They then tied him with Silk Handkerchiefs; Colonel and another person then led the said away, and as they passed your affiants within the distance of about four rods, the said cried out to one of your said affiants “Tell my friends where I am gone.” told said to hold his peace, for it was of no use: William Middleton then got a horse and after tying him upon said horse as sworn to before by another witness, they then conveyed him to without Writ or trial as your affiants verily believe. And further they—— say not.
Andrew M Hamilton
Subscribed and sworn to this 20th. day of December 1843 before me. J. P. [HC 6:123]
21 December 1843 • Thursday
<​21​> Thursday 21. About 1 o’Clock in the morning I was alarmed by the firing of a Gun, got up, and went down to the bank to see the guard, and enquire the cause of it; to my surprise they had not heard it, although I felt sure it was fired in ; the morning proved it to be correct, some rowdies in had been firing in the night.
At noon met with the city Council which voted that Councilor present the Memorial and Ordinance to Congress.
Passed “an ordinance to prevent unlawful search or seizure of person or property by foreign process in the city of .”
We insert the following obituary of Nathan Pratt from the pen of his , as a Sample of what thousands of women and children have suffered, thro’ the wicked persecutions of the brutal savages of .
“Biography of Nathan Pratt. Died in this place,—— Nathan Pratt, son of , aged five and a half years.
As his life has been rather extraordinary perhaps the following sketch may be worthy of publication.
He was born in Missouri, A.D. 1838. The honored place [p. 1809]
December 20
State of ) ss
)
On the 20th. day of December 1843 personally appeared before me a Justice of the Peace in and for said . Andrew M. Hamilton and of Bear Creek precinct in said , and being duly sworn depose and say, that on the evening of the second day of December 1843 at Vernon Doty’s Mill in said precinct, Colonel of said as principal, John Williams his son, William Middleton of the County of Clark and State of ; Captn. Mc Coy of said County of Clark and State of ; John Fox of Green Plains Precinct, and about a dozen other men armed with Pistols, Dirks, and Bowie knives, came forcibly upon at said Doty’s mill, and seized and bound him; The said told them to stand off, they said they had a Writ; he observed he would not resist legal authority: They said they would take said to and there try him; the said replied, “I understand you, you will take me to and there pass me over the to ” some of said gang then shouted “lay hold of him, God damn him, lay hold of him, there’s no use of parleying:” at which Colonel with a large Bowie Knife in his hand, and others, then forced the said to submit, telling him, (without a Writ) that his life would be taken if he did not submit. They then tied him with Silk Handkerchiefs; Colonel and another person then led the said away, and as they passed your affiants within the distance of about four rods, the said cried out to one of your said affiants “Tell my friends where I am gone.” told said to hold his peace, for it was of no use: William Middleton then got a horse and after tying him upon said horse as sworn to before by another witness, they then conveyed him to without Writ or trial as your affiants verily believe. And further they—— say not.
Andrew M Hamilton
Subscribed and sworn to this 20th. day of December 1843 before me. J. P. [HC 6:123]
21 December 1843 • Thursday
21 Thursday 21. About 1 o’Clock in the morning I was alarmed by the firing of a Gun, got up, and went down to the bank to see the guard, and enquire the cause of it; to my surprise they had not heard it, although I felt sure it was fired in ; the morning proved it to be correct, some rowdies in had been firing in the night.
At noon met with the city Council which voted that Councilor present the Memorial and Ordinance to Congress.
Passed “an ordinance to prevent unlawful search or seizure of person or property by foreign process in the city of .”
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