Letterbook 2

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  • Historical Introduction
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Report of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary • 4 March 1840
Report of the Committee on the Judiciary
March 4th. 1840
The petition of the memorialists sets forth in substance, that a portion of their sect commenced a settlement in the county of , in the State of Missouri, in the Summer of 1831: that they bought lands, built houses, erected Churches, and established their homes, and engaged in all the various occupations of life: that they were expelled from that in 1833, by a mob under circumstances of great outrage, cruelty and oppression, and against all law, and without any offence committed on their part, and to the destruction, of property to the amount of $120,000: that the society thus expelled amounted to about 1,200 souls: that no compensation was ever made for the destruction of their property in : that after their expulsion from they settled in , on the opposite side of the , where they purchased lands, and entered others at the land office where they resided pea[ce]ably for three years, engaged in cultivation, and other useful and active employments, when the mob again threatened their peace, lives, and property; they became alarmed and finally made a treaty with the citizens of , they Should purchase their lands and the Mormons should remove, which was complied with on their part, and the Mormons removed to the County of , where they took up their abode and reestablished their Settlement, not without <​many​> pecuniary losses and other inconveniences: that the citizens of never paid them for their lands, except for a small part. They remained in from 1836, until the fall of 1838, and had acquired, by purchase from the Government, the Setlers and preemptioners, almost all the lands in the County of , and a portion of the lands in and Carroll Counties, the former being almost entirely settled by the Mormons, and they were [p. 128]
Report of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary • 4 March 1840
Report of the Committee on the Judiciary
March 4th. 1840
The petition of the memorialists sets forth in substance, that a portion of their sect commenced a settlement in the county of , in the State of Missouri, in the Summer of 1831: that they bought lands, built houses, erected Churches, and established their homes, and engaged in all the various occupations of life: that they were expelled from that in 1833, by a mob under circumstances of great outrage, cruelty and oppression, and against all law, and without any offence committed on their part, and to the destruction, of property to the amount of $120,000: that the society thus expelled amounted to about 1,200 souls: that no compensation was ever made for the destruction of their property in : that after their expulsion from they settled in , on the opposite side of the , where they purchased lands, and entered others at the land office where they resided peaceably for three years, engaged in cultivation, and other useful and active employments, when the mob again threatened their peace, lives, and property; they became alarmed and finally made a treaty with the citizens of , they Should purchase their lands and the Mormons should remove, which was complied with on their part, and the Mormons removed to the County of , where they took up their abode and reestablished their Settlement, not without many pecuniary losses and other inconveniences: that the citizens of never paid them for their lands, except for a small part. They remained in from 1836, until the fall of 1838, and had acquired, by purchase from the Government, the Setlers and preemptioners, almost all the lands in the County of , and a portion of the lands in and Carroll Counties, the former being almost entirely settled by the Mormons, and they were [p. 128]
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