To his Excellency Gov of the State of ,— We the undersigned, citizens of the State of , having heard that many reports are in circulation prjudical to the Interest, happiness, peace, & well-being & Safety of the inhatitats of the city of , & vicinty have thought prper to lay before your the followig Statements
Whereas the Latter Day Saints having suffered much in the State of , in time past, through the hand of oppression, brought upon them by the falsehoods & misrepresentations of wicked & designing men, whose hands are yet dripping with the blood of the Innocent & whose fiendish rage has sent many aninnocent a patriotic to his long home, leaving in our midst many widows & orphans whose sorrows & tears over time cannot wipe away;
We would respectfully represent to your that we broke no laws, violated no constitutional rights, nor trampled upon the privilege of any other people in yet we had to suffer banishment, exile, the confiscation of our properties, & have diseases, distress, & misery entailed upon us & our children, the effects of which, we beer bear about in our bodies, & are indelibly engraven on our minds, & we appeal to your at the present time that you will not suffer an occurence of such heartrending scences to take place under your Administration
Whilst the we have been in this we have behaved as good peaceable citizens, we have availed ourselves of no privileges but what are strictly consitutional, & such as have been guarranteed by the authority of this , we have always held ourselves amenable to the laws of the land; we have not violated any law nor taken from any their rights.
Your must be acquainted with the false statements & seditious designs of with the political demagogues pertaning to us as a people, we percieve, sir that you are acquainted with the infamous character of [p. ]