Memorial to the United States President, 30 March 1844
JS, Memorial, , Hancock Co., IL, to the United States President , , 30 Mar. 1844; handwriting of ; JS signature in unidentified handwriting; docket and notation in handwriting of ; three pages; JS Collection, CHL.
To his Excellency, the of the .
Your memorialist a free born citizen of these , respectfully sheweth, that from his infancy, his soul has been filled with the most intense intent and philanthropic interest for the welfare of his native , and being fired with an ardor, which floods cannot quench, crowns cannot conquer, nor diplomatic intrigue corrupt, to see those principles, which emanated from the bosoms of the fathers of seventy six, and which cost the noblest talents and richest blood of the , maintained inviolate, and perpetrated to future generations; and the Proud Eagle of American freedom soar triumphant over every party prejudice, and local sinistry; and spread her golden pinions over every member of the human family, who shall stretch forth their hands for succor from the Lion’s paw, or the oppressor’s grasp; and firmly trusting in the God of Liberty, that he has designed Universal peace, and good will, Union and brotherly love to all the great family of Man. ———— Your Memorialist asks your , to secure to your Memorialist, the following privilege, to wit the privilege of protecting the Citizens of these , and others, who have emigrated, or may hereafter emigrate, to the adjoining Terroritories, and of extending the Priniciples of Universal Liberty. as
Whereas many of the Citizens of these , have migrated, and are migrating to , , and other Lands contiguous to this ; And whereas has declared herself free and independent without the necessary power to protect her rights and liberties: And whereas is without any organized government, and those who emigrate thither, are exposed to foreign invasion, and domestic feuds: And whereas the by geographic location, and discovery, more rightfully belongs to these than to any other General Government: And whereas it is necessary that the emigrants of that newly setters settling territory should receive protection: And whereas the Texian government has petitioned the to be received into our , but yet retains her national existence: And whereas the remember with gratitude, the seasonable support they received in a like situation from a La Fayette: And whereas the desire to see the principles of her free institutions extended to all men; especially where it can be done without the loss of blood, and treasure to the : And whereas there is an almost boundless extent of Territory, on the West and South, of these , where exists little or no organization of protective government: And whereas the lands thus unknown, unowned, or unoccupied are among some of the richest and most fertile of the Continent: And whereas many of the Inhabitants of the , would gladly embrace the opportunity of extending their researches and acquirements, so soon as they can receive protection in their enterprize, thereby adding strength, durability and wealth to the ; And whereas the red man, the robber, and the desperado have frequently interrupted such research and acquistion without justifiable cause: And whereas Joseph Smith has offered, and does hereby offer, these , through your ; To shew his loyalty to our Confederate , and the Constitution of our ; To prevent quarrel and bloodshed on our frontier; To extend the arm of deliverance to ; To protect the Inhabitants of from foreign aggression, and domestic broils: To prevent the crowned nations from encircling us, as a on our Western and Southern borders, and save the Eagle’s talon from the Lion’s paw: [p. ]