Letter to James Arlington Bennet, 8 September 1842

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and intimidating an innocent wife and children; and insulting them in a most diabolical manner, threatening their lives &c, if I am not to be found; with a gang of Missourians with them, saying, they will have me dead or alive, and if alive, they will carry me to in chains; and when there, they will kill me at all hazards. And all this is backt up, and urged on, by the of this , with all the rage of a demon, putting at defiance the constitution of this — our chartered rights, and the constitution of the ; for not as yet, have they done one thing that was in accordance to them; while all the citizens of this city, en masse, have petitioned the with remonstrances, and overtures, that would have melted the heart of an adamantine, to no effect. And at the same time, if any of us open our mouths, to plead our own cause, in the defence of law and justice, with <​we​> are instantly threatened with Militia & extermination Great God! When shall the oppressor cease to prey and glut itself upon innocent blood. Where is patriotism? Where is liberty? Where is the boast of this proud, and haughty nation? O humanity! where hast thou fled? hast thou fled <​forever.​>
I now appeal to you, sir, inasmuch as you have subscribed yourself our friend; will you lift your voice, and your arm, with indignation, against such unhallowed oppression? I must say sir, that my bosom swells, with unutterable anguish, when I contemplate the scenes of horror [p. 5]
and intimidating an innocent wife and children; and insulting them in a most diabolical manner, threatening their lives &c, if I am not to be found; with a gang of Missourians with them, saying, they will have me dead or alive, and if alive, they will carry me to in chains; and when there, they will kill me at all hazards. And all this is backt up, and urged on, by the of this , with all the rage of a demon, putting at defiance the constitution of this — our chartered rights, and the constitution of the ; for not as yet, have they done one thing that was in accordance to them; while all the citizens of this city, en masse, have petitioned the with remonstrances, and overtures, that would have melted the heart of an adamantine, to no effect. And at the same time, if any of us open our mouths, to plead our own cause, in the defence of law and justice, we are instantly threatened with Militia & extermination Great God! When shall the oppressor cease to prey and glut itself upon innocent blood. Where is patriotism? Where is liberty? Where is the boast of this proud, and haughty nation? O humanity! where hast thou fled? hast thou fled forever.
I now appeal to you, sir, inasmuch as you have subscribed yourself our friend; will you lift your voice, and your arm, with indignation, against such unhallowed oppression? I must say sir, that my bosom swells, with unutterable anguish, when I contemplate the scenes of horror [p. 5]
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