Memorial to the United States Senate and House of Representatives, circa 16 December 1843–12 February 1844, Thomas Bullock First Copy

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lingering hope we petitioned the State Legislature then in Session. Unwilling to believe that the virtue and patriotism of the venerable fathers of the Revolution had fled from the bosoms of their illustrious descendants. Unwilling to believe that American Citizens could appeal in vain for a restoration of liberty cruelly wrested from them by cruel tyrants. But in the Language of our noble ancestors “Our repeated Petitions were only answered by repeated injuries.” The Legislature instead of hearing the cries of 15,000 suffering, bleeding, unoffending Citizens sanctioned and sealed the unconstitutional acts of the and his troops by appropriating 200,000 dollars to defray the expences of exterminating us from the . No friendly arm was stretched out to protect us. The last ray of hope for redress in that was now entirely extinguished. We saw no other alternative but to bow down our necks and wear the cruel yoke of oppression and quietly and submissively suffer ourselves to be banished as exiles from our possessions, our property and our sacred homes or otherwise see our wives and children coldly butchered and murdered by tyrants in power.
Fourth Our next permanent Settlement, was, in the land of our exile the State of in the spring of 1839, but even here we are not 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 kidnaping our Citizens and robbing us of our property. While others who fortunately survived the of her bloody edicts are again and again demanded by the of that [p. [5]]
lingering hope we petitioned the State Legislature then in Session. Unwilling to believe that the virtue and patriotism of the venerable fathers of the Revolution had fled from the bosoms of their illustrious descendants. Unwilling to believe that American Citizens could appeal in vain for a restoration of liberty cruelly wrested from them by cruel tyrants. But in the Language of our noble ancestors “Our repeated Petitions were only answered by repeated injuries.” The Legislature instead of hearing the cries of 15,000 suffering, bleeding, unoffending Citizens sanctioned and sealed the unconstitutional acts of the and his troops by appropriating 200,000 dollars to defray the expences of exterminating us from the . No friendly arm was stretched out to protect us. The last ray of hope for redress in that was now entirely extinguished. We saw no other alternative but to bow down our necks and wear the cruel yoke of oppression and quietly and submissively suffer ourselves to be banished as exiles from our possessions, our property and our sacred homes or otherwise see our wives and children coldly butchered and murdered by tyrants in power.
Fourth Our next permanent Settlement, was, in the land of our exile the State of in the spring of 1839, but even here we are not 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 kidnaping our Citizens and robbing us of our property. While others who fortunately survived the of her bloody edicts are again and again demanded by the of that [p. [5]]
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