Memorial to the United States Senate and House of Representatives, 21 December 1843

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secure from our relentless persecutor the state of . Not satisfied in having drenched her soil in the blood of innocence and expelling us from her borders She pursues her unfortunate victims into banishment seizing upon and kidnapping them in their defenceless moments dragging them across the upon their inhospitable shores where they are tortured whipped immured in dungeons and finally hung by the neck without any legal process whatever. We have memorialized the former executive of this State upon these lawless outrages committed upon our Citizens but he rendered us no protection receiving no check in her murderous career continues her depredations Again and again kidnapping our Citizens and robbing us of our property while others who fortunately survived the execution of her bloody edicts are again and again demanded by the executive of that on pretence of some crime said to have been committed by them during the exterminating expedition against our people As an instance, General Joseph Smith one of your Memorialists has been three times demanded tried and acquitted by the Courts of this upon investigation under writs of Habeas Corpus once by the Court for the district of , again by the Circuit Court of the State of , and lastly by the Municipal Court of the City of when at the same time a nolle prosequi has been entered by the Courts of upon all the Cases of that against Joseph Smith and others. Thus the said Joseph Smith has been several times tried for the same alleged offence put in jeopardy of life and limb contrary to the fifth article of the Amendments to the Constitution of these and thus we have been continually harassed and robbed of our money to defray the expences of those vexatious prosecutions and what at the present time seems to be still more alarming is the hostility manifested by some of the Authorities and Citizens of this Conventions have been called Inflammatory [p. [6]]
secure from our relentless persecutor the state of . Not satisfied in having drenched her soil in the blood of innocence and expelling us from her borders She pursues her unfortunate victims into banishment seizing upon and kidnapping them in their defenceless moments dragging them across the upon their inhospitable shores where they are tortured whipped immured in dungeons and finally hung by the neck without any legal process whatever. We have memorialized the former executive of this State upon these lawless outrages committed upon our Citizens but he rendered us no protection receiving no check in her murderous career continues her depredations Again and again kidnapping our Citizens and robbing us of our property while others who fortunately survived the execution of her bloody edicts are again and again demanded by the executive of that on pretence of some crime said to have been committed by them during the exterminating expedition against our people As an instance, General Joseph Smith one of your Memorialists has been three times demanded tried and acquitted by the Courts of this upon investigation under writs of Habeas Corpus once by the Court for the district of , again by the Circuit Court of the State of , and lastly by the Municipal Court of the City of when at the same time a nolle prosequi has been entered by the Courts of upon all the Cases of that against Joseph Smith and others. Thus the said Joseph Smith has been several times tried for the same alleged offence put in jeopardy of life and limb contrary to the fifth article of the Amendments to the Constitution of these and thus we have been continually harassed and robbed of our money to defray the expences of those vexatious prosecutions and what at the present time seems to be still more alarming is the hostility manifested by some of the Authorities and Citizens of this Conventions have been called Inflammatory [p. [6]]
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