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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and abused in the most inhuman manner, and finally we have seen fifteen thousand souls, men, women, and children driven by force of arms during the severities of winter from their sacred homes and firesides to a land of strangers, penniless and unprotected. Under all these afflicting circumstances we imploringly stretch forth our hands towards the highest Councils of our and humbly appeal to the Illustrious Senators and Representatives of a great and free people for redress and protection. Hear O hear the Petitioning voice of many thousands of American Citizens who now groan in exile on Columbia’s free soil. Hear O Hear the weeping and bitter lamentations of Widows and Orphans whose husbands and fathers have been cruelly martyred in the Land where the proud Eagle exultingly floats. Let it not be recorded in the Archives of the nations that Columbia’s exiles sought protection and redress at your hands but sought it in vain. It is in your power to save us, our wives, and our children from a repetition of the blood thirsty scenes of and greatly relieve the fears of a persecuted and injured people by ordaining for their protection the following ordinance, namely,
An ordinance for the Protection of the People styled the residing on the Western Borders of the State of :
Preamble
Whereas the State of at sundry times has unconstitutionally deprived a certain portion of her Citizens (called Mormons) of their rights property, lands and even of their lives: And whereas in the years 1838 and 1839 the said State of did illegally and inhumanly exile and banish for ever from her limits and jurisdiction, all the said Ctizens (called Mormon’s) that remained alive, with impunity; And whereas after being hospitably received by the Citizens of , the said State of , did grant, enact, and charter for the benefit and convenience of the said exiled Mormons as follows. [p. [7]]
and abused in the most inhuman manner, and finally we have seen fifteen thousand souls, men, women, and children driven by force of arms during the severities of winter from their sacred homes and firesides to a land of strangers, penniless and unprotected. Under all these afflicting circumstances we imploringly stretch forth our hands towards the highest Councils of our and humbly appeal to the Illustrious Senators and Representatives of a great and free people for redress and protection. Hear O hear the Petitioning voice of many thousands of American Citizens who now groan in exile on Columbia’s free soil. Hear O Hear the weeping and bitter lamentations of Widows and Orphans whose husbands and fathers have been cruelly martyred in the Land where the proud Eagle exultingly floats. Let it not be recorded in the Archives of the nations that Columbia’s exiles sought protection and redress at your hands but sought it in vain. It is in your power to save us, our wives, and our children from a repetition of the blood thirsty scenes of and greatly relieve the fears of a persecuted and injured people by ordaining for their protection the following ordinance, namely,
An ordinance for the Protection of the People styled the residing on the Western Borders of the State of :
Preamble
Whereas the State of at sundry times has unconstitutionally deprived a certain portion of her Citizens (called Mormons) of their rights property, lands and even of their lives: And whereas in the years 1838 and 1839 the said State of did illegally and inhumanly exile and banish for ever from her limits and jurisdiction, all the said Ctizens (called Mormon’s) that remained alive, with impunity; And whereas after being hospitably received by the Citizens of , the said State of , did grant, enact, and charter for the benefit and convenience of the said exiled Mormons as follows. [p. [7]]
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