Letter from Thomas Ford, 22 June 1844

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as a nuisance. In no other State, county, city Town, or Territory in the , has ever such a thing, been thought of before. Such an act at this day, would not be tolerated, even in Just such another act in 1830 hurled the King of from his throne and caused the imprisonment of four of his principal ministers for life No civilized country can tolerate such conduct; much less can it be tolerated in this free country of the
The result of my diliberations on this Subject is that I will have to require you and all persons <​in ​> accused or sued in to submit in all cases implicitly to the process of the courts and to interpose no obstacles to an arrest either by writ of or otherwise; and that all of the people of the city of Shall make the most comp and continue the most complete Submission to the laws of the and the process of the courts and justices of the peace.
In the particular case now under consideration I require any and all of you who are a or shall be accused to Submit yourselves to be arrested by the Same , by virtue of the same warrant and be tried before the same whose authority has heretofore been resisted Nothing Short of this can vindicate the dignity of violated law, and allay the just excitement of the people
I am anxious to preserve the peace. A Small indescretion may bring on a war. The whole country is now up in arms; and a vast number of people are ready to take the matter into their own hands Such a state of things might force me to [p. [5]]
as a nuisance. In no other State, county, city Town, or Territory in the , has ever such a thing, been thought of before. Such an act at this day, would not be tolerated, even in Just such another act in 1830 hurled the King of from his throne and caused the imprisonment of four of his principal ministers for life No civilized country can tolerate such conduct; much less can it be tolerated in this free country of the
The result of my diliberations on this Subject is that I will have to require you and all persons in accused or sued to submit in all cases implicitly to the process of the courts and to interpose no obstacles to an arrest either by writ of or otherwise; and that all of the people of the city of Shall make and continue the most complete Submission to the laws of the and the process of the courts and justices of the peace.
In the particular case now under consideration I require any and all of you who are or shall be accused to Submit yourselves to be arrested by the Same , by virtue of the same warrant and be tried before the same whose authority has heretofore been resisted Nothing Short of this can vindicate the dignity of violated law, and allay the just excitement of the people
I am anxious to preserve the peace. A Small indescretion may bring on a war. The whole country is now up in arms; and a vast number of people are ready to take the matter into their own hands Such a state of things might force me to [p. [5]]
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