Letter from Wilson Law, 17 August 1842

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City Illinois August 17th. 1842
Lieut Gen. J. Smith
Dear Friend— Every thing is moving along in the city in the usual tranquil & industrious manner, there is no change in the appearance of things that a common observer could see, although to one who knows & is acquaint with the countenances of the thinking few, it is evident that their minds are troubled more than common, and I know by myself that they can not help it, and why should it be otherwise when the Lords anointed is hunted like a Lion of forest by the most wicked & oppressive generation that has ever been since the days of the saviour of the world, indeed every movement of this generation reminds me of the history of the people who crucified Christ, it was nothing but mob law, mob rule and mob violence all the time, the only difference is that the Governors then were more just than the Governors now, they were willing to acquit innocent men, but our Governors now despise justice, garble and prevent the law, and join in with the mob in pursuit of innocent blood. I have been meditating on your communication of yesterday & will just add a thought or so on the subject, respecting particularly your going to the . I think I would not go there for some time if at all. I do not believe that an armed force will come upon us at all unless they get hold of you first & that we rescue you which we would do under any circumstances with the help of God, but I would rather do it within the limits of the under the laws of the , therefore I would think it better to Quarter in the & not long in one place at once. I see no reason why you might not stay in safety within the for months without any knowing it only those who ought & that as few as is necessary.
I must close for the present remaining as ever your affectionate friend and obedient servant
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City Illinois August 17th. 1842
Lieut Gen. J. Smith
Dear Friend— Every thing is moving along in the city in the usual tranquil & industrious manner, there is no change in the appearance of things that a common observer could see, although to one who knows & is acquaint with the countenances of the thinking few, it is evident that their minds are troubled more than common, and I know by myself that they can not help it, and why should it be otherwise when the Lords anointed is hunted like a Lion of forest by the most wicked & oppressive generation that has ever been since the days of the saviour of the world, indeed every movement of this generation reminds me of the history of the people who crucified Christ, it was nothing but mob law, mob rule and mob violence all the time, the only difference is that the Governors then were more just than the Governors now, they were willing to acquit innocent men, but our Governors now despise justice, garble and prevent the law, and join in with the mob in pursuit of innocent blood. I have been meditating on your communication of yesterday & will just add a thought or so on the subject, respecting particularly your going to the . I think I would not go there for some time if at all. I do not believe that an armed force will come upon us at all unless they get hold of you first & that we rescue you which we would do under any circumstances with the help of God, but I would rather do it within the limits of the under the laws of the , therefore I would think it better to Quarter in the & not long in one place at once. I see no reason why you might not stay in safety within the for months without any knowing it only those who ought & that as few as is necessary.
I must close for the present remaining as ever your affectionate friend and obedient servant
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