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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on pretence of some crime said to have been committed by them during the exterminating expedition against our people. As an instance, Gen. Joseph Smith one of your Memorialists has been three times demanded, tried and acquitted by the Courts of this upon investigation under writs of 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 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, Inflamatory speeches made and many unlawful and unconstitutional resolutions adopted to deprive us of our rights, our liberties and the peaceable enjoyment of our possessions. From the present hostile aspect and from bitter experience in the State of it is greatly feared lest the barbarous scenes acted in that will be re-acted in . If goes unpunished, others will be greatly encouraged to follow her murderous examples. The Afflictions of your Memorialists have already been overwhelming, too much for humanity, too much for American Citizens to endure without complaint— We have groaned under the Iron hand of tyranny and oppression these many years. We have been robbed of our property to the amount of two millions of dollars. We have been hunted as the Wild Beasts of the forest. We have seen our aged fathers who fought in the revolution and our innocent children alike slaughtered by our persecutors. We have seen the fair daughters of American Citizens insulted [p. [6]]
on pretence of some crime said to have been committed by them during the exterminating expedition against our people. As an instance, Gen. Joseph Smith one of your Memorialists has been three times demanded, tried and acquitted by the Courts of this upon investigation under writs of 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 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, Inflamatory speeches made and many unlawful and unconstitutional resolutions adopted to deprive us of our rights, our liberties and the peaceable enjoyment of our possessions. From the present hostile aspect and from bitter experience in the State of it is greatly feared lest the barbarous scenes acted in that will be re-acted in . If goes unpunished, others will be greatly encouraged to follow her murderous examples. The Afflictions of your Memorialists have already been overwhelming, too much for humanity, too much for American Citizens to endure without complaint— We have groaned under the Iron hand of tyranny and oppression these many years. We have been robbed of our property to the amount of two millions of dollars. We have been hunted as the Wild Beasts of the forest. We have seen our aged fathers who fought in the revolution and our innocent children alike slaughtered by our persecutors. We have seen the fair daughters of American Citizens insulted [p. [6]]
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