Letter to Thomas Ford, 22 June 1844–B

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June 22 [23]. 12. <​oclock​> P. M. [A.M.]
To his Excellency ,
Sir, Yours of this date is received by Messrs & , and as it Another a part of the same delegation <​​> which who was detaind yesterdy Sta[r]ted for at 12 noon this day date; which who <​whom​> we perceive had not arrived at your last date, some documents conveyed by him would tend to counteract the <​Some​> of the views exprssed in your communication. And we feel confident of if all the facts could be before your , you would have come to different conclusions.— “Ours insisting to be accountable only before our own Municipal court” is totally incorrect. We plead a Habeas Corpus as a last resort to save us from being thrown into power of the mob mob<​ocrats​> which <​who​> was then rasing against <​threting [threatening]​> us, <​with death, and it was with grat reluctance we went" befor the <​municipal​> court on account of the prejuidc [prejudice] which might arrise in the mi[n]ds of the unbiased,​> & we did not petition for a Habeas corpus until we had told the constable that on our lives we dare not go to for trial, and plead with him to go before any Magistrate he pleasd. in our vecintgs [vicinity] &, <​which ocurrenc is common in Legal procedigs​> & not members of our society, so that our lives might be saved, from the threts <​these​> already issued, aginst us
The press was de[c]lared a nuisance under the authority of the Charter, as written an in 7th Sec of adenda, the same as in the Charter,— so that if the act of declarng the press a nuisanc was unconstitutinal, we cannot <​see​> how it is that the Charter itself is not uncontitutinal. And if we have erred in judment, it is an official act & belongs to the supreme cou[r]t to corre[c]t it. & assess damage on <​vs​> the to restore property abated as a nuisance. If we have arred [erred] in this thing we have done it in good company,— for Mr Blackstone on Private wrongs asserts the doctrine that scurrilus prints may be abated as nuisancs.
There has As to Marshal law,— we truly say that we were ob[l]iged to call out the forges forces to protect out our lives, and the constitution guarantees to every Man that privileige, <​our​> and measures were active and efficnt [efficient], as an the necesscity of the case reqired but the is & has been <​continally​> under the special drcitin [direction] of the [p. [1]]
June 22 [23]. 12. oclock P. M. [A.M.]
To his Excellency ,
Sir, Yours of this date is received by Messrs & , a part of the same delegation who was detaind yesterdy Started for at 12 noon this date; who we perceive had not arrived at your last date, some documents conveyed by him would tend to counteract Some of the views exprssed in your communication. And we feel confident if all the facts could be before your , you would have come to different conclusions.— “Our insisting to be accountable only before our own Municipal court” is totally incorrect. We plead a Habeas Corpus as a last resort to save us from being thrown into power of the mobocrats who was then us, with death, and it was with grat reluctance we went" befor the municipal court on account of the prejuidc prejudice which might arrise in the minds of the unbiased, & we did not petition for a Habeas corpus until we had told the constable that on our lives we dare not go to for trial, and plead with him to go before any Magistrate he pleasd. in our vecintgs [vicinity] &, which ocurrenc is common in Legal procedigs & not members of our society, so that our lives might be saved, from the threts these already issued, aginst us
The press was declared a nuisance under the authority of the Charter, as written in 7th Sec of adenda, the same as in the Charter,— so that if the act of declarng the press a nuisanc was unconstitutinal, we cannot see how it is that the Charter itself is not uncontitutinal. And if we have erred in judment, it is an official act & belongs to the supreme court to correct it. & assess damage vs the to restore property abated as a nuisance. If we have arred [erred] in this thing we have done it in good company,— for Blackstone on wrongs asserts the doctrine that scurrilus prints may be abated as nuisancs.
As to Marshal law,— we truly say that we were obliged to call out the forces to protect our lives, and the constitution guarantees to every Man that privileige, our and measures were active and efficnt [efficient], as the necesscity of the case reqired but the is & has been continally under the special drcitin [direction] of the [p. [1]]
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