Petition to Arial Hanson, 7 November 1836

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Nov 7th 1836,
Mr A[rial] Hanson Esqr
Sir
The undersigned Subscribers inhabitants of being among the number of those or at least some of us who elevated you to the honourable office of Justis of the Peace feeling themselves openly disgraced by your ignorance stupidity & in competency which has ben clearly manifested by the contempt that has been shown to your decisions in Law in the Court of the in which you live concider it an indispensable duty they owe to themselves & there families to request you by way of petition to resign the office with which you have ben honaured— & deliver them & there posterity from this open disgrace,— You must be sensible Sir that you have openly desgraced your friends that elivated you to office by reason of your incompetency & inability to discharge the duties of the same & that your continuanc[e] in office will bee heaping disgrace upon disgrace— We pray you there fore if there is yet remaining one spark of compassion in your sole soul that you will have mercy upon us & our children & our childrens children to the latest generation and suffer not this disgrace to be entailed upon our heads & upon the heads of our Children forever lest you bring down our gray hairs with sorrow to the grave—
You must also be sensible Sir that your continuance in this of or must be an open rebuke & perpetual chastisement to those who were so far blinded to your abilities & to there own reputation as as to confer upon you the office of Justice of the Peace We therefore in the most solemn & aganising manner pray you as an act of duty you owe to us to our children forever that you that you with all possible speed & the greatest posible secrecy <​secrecy​> not even letting your right hand Know what you[r] left hand doeth depart out of & seek your residence elsewhere— In doing this we wish to be distinctly understood that we intend no injury to your person property or Carracter in public or in private— but from a sense of duty we owe <​owe​> ourselves & families— For be assurid Sir we your humble petitioners concider you a pest & public nuisance to society Therefore we do again most sincearly adjure you to depart out of our coasts & deliver us from this evil that we have so Long groaned under in pain to be released— be assured Sir in the midst of all your slander misrepresentations & abuse we have paid you well for your nominal servises as a magistrate & finally that society of people that you have so much persecuted have purchased your possessions & plased you in easy circumstances: there fore we have claims on upon your Clemency & besech of you to not disregard our suplication but pity our deplorable condition & grant us this our last request do not longer harden your hart & stifen your neck against us Comply with our prayers for mercy sake In adition to you[r] ignoranc[e] & in competancy have you not Sir forgotten the duties of a peace maker & the solemnities of an oath that bound you to lift your voice against all violation of law & acts of violence against the peace & happiness of the citizens of the by making a league with a mob who have driven defensless women & children from their houses & hom[e]s & trampled upon the rights against granted to them by the Laws of God & man and have you not Sir used all your influence to increace there miseries by encourageing mobs & inflaming the indignation of a lawless banditti by conveying secret letters full of falsehood & misrepresentations to increase there suffering & to strengthen the hands of murderers mourauders to put at defiance the constitution of the which you Sir was bound by the solemnities of an oath to defend In thus saying we arraign you before the bar of your own conscience & ask you in the presence of the searcher of all hearts are not thes[e] eternal realities do you not know Sir that when the great Orbiter of heaven & earth Judges your case that he will pronounce you guilty of these blackest of crimes & that you will be left with out excuse— Therefore be not surprised that we your petitioners should urge upon you in the most powerful manner in which language can express that you should depart forthwith out of and we presume that your presents presence would be as little mesed [missed] as any other man that ever left this place except that injustice & cruelty might find them selvs deprived of one of there strongest advocates and righteousness might find it self an abode in a place where it never bifore was priviledged to show its head.— Should you be so kind as to comply with this our humble petition we will ever pray that you may never com[e] back again
Joseph Smith Jr John Davidson
Christopher W Stillwell
Beihias [Bechias] Dustin
John Read [Reed]
Jacob Parker
Martin D. Cowdry Joseph Willard
Benja[min] Sweat Solomon Fre[e]man
L J Reave Roswell Blood
John Gamble
Willard Woodstock Hyrum Struttan [Hiram Stratton]
Horace Burges[s]
Lorren [Loren] Babbit
Normen Ruall
Edson Barney
Chancy [Chauncey] G Webb Lysandar M Davis
Burton H. Phelps
Sterry Fisk
Peter Shirts
Wm. Felshaw
Jacob Harvey
G W Meelks [Garland W. Meeks]
Ebenezer Borr [Barr]
James M Carrel printer
A tru[e] copy of the origional by E[lijah] A Ward Dep Sheriff [p. [1]]
Nov 7th 1836,
Mr Arial Hanson Esqr
Sir
The undersigned Subscribers inhabitants of being among the number of those or at least some of us who elevated you to the honourable office of Justis of the Peace feeling themselves openly disgraced by your ignorance stupidity & in competency which has ben clearly manifested by the contempt that has been shown to your decisions in Law in the Court of the in which you live concider it an indispensable duty they owe to themselves & there families to request you by way of petition to resign the office with which you have ben honaured— & deliver them & there posterity from this open disgrace,— You must be sensible Sir that you have openly desgraced your friends that elivated you to office by reason of your incompetency & inability to discharge the duties of the same & that your continuance in office will be heaping disgrace upon disgrace— We pray you there fore if there is yet remaining one spark of compassion in your soul that you will have mercy upon us & our children & our childrens children to the latest generation and suffer not this disgrace to be entailed upon our heads & upon the heads of our Children forever lest you bring down our gray hairs with sorrow to the grave—
You must also be sensible Sir that your continuance in this or must be an open rebuke & perpetual chastisement to those who were so far blinded to your abilities & to there own reputation as as to confer upon you the office of Justice of the Peace We therefore in the most solemn & aganising manner pray you as an act of duty you owe to us to our children forever that you with all possible speed & the greatest posible secrecy not even letting your right hand Know what your left hand doeth depart out of & seek your residence elsewhere— In doing this we wish to be distinctly understood that we intend no injury to your person property or Carracter in public or in private— but from a sense of duty we owe owe ourselves & families— For be assurid Sir we your humble petitioners concider you a pest & public nuisance to society Therefore we do again most sincearly adjure you to depart out of our coasts & deliver us from this evil that we have so Long groaned under in pain to be released— be assured Sir in the midst of all your slander misrepresentations & abuse we have paid you well for your nominal servises as a magistrate & finally that society of people that you have so much persecuted have purchased your possessions & plased you in easy circumstances: there fore we have claims upon your Clemency & besech of you to not disregard our suplication but pity our deplorable condition & grant us this our last request do not longer harden your hart & stifen your neck against us Comply with our prayers for mercy sake In adition to your ignorance & in competancy have you not Sir forgotten the duties of a peace maker & the solemnities of an oath that bound you to lift your voice against all violation of law & acts of violence against the peace & happiness of the citizens of the by making a league with a mob who have driven defensless women & children from their houses & homes & trampled upon the rights granted to them by the Laws of God & man and have you not Sir used all your influence to increace there miseries by encourageing mobs & inflaming the indignation of a lawless banditti by conveying secret letters full of falsehood & misrepresentations to increase there suffering & to strengthen the hands of mourauders to put at defiance the constitution of the which you Sir was bound by the solemnities of an oath to defend In thus saying we arraign you before the bar of your own conscience & ask you in the presence of the searcher of all hearts are not these eternal realities do you not know Sir that when the great Orbiter of heaven & earth Judges your case that he will pronounce you guilty of these blackest of crimes & that you will be left with out excuse— Therefore be not surprised that we your petitioners should urge upon you in the most powerful manner in which language can express that you should depart forthwith out of and we presume that your presence would be as little mesed [missed] as any other man that ever left this place except that injustice & cruelty might find them selvs deprived of one of there strongest advocates and righteousness might find it self an abode in a place where it never bifore was priviledged to show its head.— Should you be so kind as to comply with this our humble petition we will ever pray that you may never come back again
Joseph Smith Jr John Davidson
Christopher W Stillwell
Beihias Bechias Dustin
John Read Reed
Jacob Parker
Martin D. Cowdry Joseph Willard
Benjamin Sweat Solomon Freeman
L J Reave Roswell Blood
John Gamble
Willard Woodstock Hyrum Struttan [Hiram Stratton]
Horace Burgess
Lorren Loren Babbit
Normen Ruall
Edson Barney
Chancy Chauncey G Webb Lysandar M Davis
Burton H. Phelps
Sterry Fisk
Peter Shirts
Wm. Felshaw
Jacob Harvey
G W Meelks [Garland W. Meeks]
Ebenezer Borr [Barr]
James M Carrel printer
A true copy of the origional by Elijah A Ward Dep Sheriff [p. [1]]
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