Letterbook 2

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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reason from the kindness and sympathy which you have ever manifested towards us in our sufferings to feel confidant that your aid will ever be offered to us in common with the rest of the Citizens of the That feeling ourselves so happy and secure and beginning again to enjoy the comforts of life— We are sorry to say that our quiet has been disturbed— our fears alarmed and our families annoyed by the Citizens of ; who, with malice and hatred, which is characteristic of them, have unconstitutionally sent an armed force and abducted some of our friends, viz. , Noah Rodgers [Rogers], Benj’e. Brown and one Boice [Benjamin Boyce], and carried them into the State of and treated them with the greatest barbarity & cruelty; even now their wives and children as well as their friends are alarmed for the safety of their lives.
That under these circumstances we have felt it our duty to place the circumstances of this unheard of outrage befero [before] you and appeal to your for protection from such marauders and take such measures as your may deem proper that our friends may be again restored to the bosom of their families and their offenders punished for their crimes.
That we have the greatest confidence in your That every constitutional means will be resorted to restore our friends to the society of their families &c.— that we in common with other citizens of the state of — that we may enjoy all the rights and privileges of freeman.
Your Memorialists have under all circumstances paid the greatest respect to the laws of the , and if any should break the same they have never felt a disposition to screen such from justice, but when under false pretences to gratify and satiate a revengeful disposition; for the citizens of another State, regardless of both the laws of God and man, to come and kidnap our friends, to carry off our citizens, to cruelly treat our bretheren! Such offenders we think should be brought to an account, to be dealt with according to their merit or dememerit; that we may enjoy the privilidges guarantied to us by the constitution of these .
W[e] therefore hunbly pray [p. 186]
reason from the kindness and sympathy which you have ever manifested towards us in our sufferings to feel confidant that your aid will ever be offered to us in common with the rest of the Citizens of the — That feeling ourselves so happy and secure and beginning again to enjoy the comforts of life— We are sorry to say that our quiet has been disturbed— our fears alarmed and our families annoyed by the Citizens of ; who, with malice and hatred, which is characteristic of them, have unconstitutionally sent an armed force and abducted some of our friends, viz. , Noah Rodgers Rogers, Benj’e. Brown and one Boice Benjamin Boyce, and carried them into the State of and treated them with the greatest barbarity & cruelty; even now their wives and children as well as their friends are alarmed for the safety of their lives.
That under these circumstances we have felt it our duty to place the circumstances of this unheard of outrage befero [before] you and appeal to your for protection from such marauders and take such measures as your may deem proper that our friends may be again restored to the bosom of their families and their offenders punished for their crimes.
That we have the greatest confidence in your — That every constitutional means will be resorted to restore our friends to the society of their families &c.— that we in common with other citizens of the state of — that we may enjoy all the rights and privileges of freeman.
Your Memorialists have under all circumstances paid the greatest respect to the laws of the , and if any should break the same they have never felt a disposition to screen such from justice, but when under false pretences to gratify and satiate a revengeful disposition; for the citizens of another State, regardless of both the laws of God and man, to come and kidnap our friends, to carry off our citizens, to cruelly treat our bretheren! Such offenders we think should be brought to an account, to be dealt with according to their merit or dememerit; that we may enjoy the privilidges guarantied to us by the constitution of these .
We therefore hunbly pray [p. 186]
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