Petition to George O. Tompkins, between 9 and 15 March 1839 [State of Missouri v. Gates et al. for Treason]

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ware with the prisoner and there was no such vote nor conversastion as swore too that also swore false concerning a constitution as he said was introduced among the that the prisoner had nothing to do with burning in that the prisoner made publick proclimation against such things that the prisoner did oppose and against vile measures with the mob but was threatned by them if he did not let them alone that the prisoner did not have any thing to do with what is called s Battle for he knew nothing to do with of it untill it was all over that he was at home and in the bosome of his own family during the time of that whole transaction and in fine your petitioner alledge that he is held in confinement without cause and under an unlawfull and tyranicle oppression and that his health and constitution and life depends on being liberated from his confinement your petitioners aver that they can disprove evry item of testimony that has any tendency of criminality against the prisoner for they know it themselvs and can bring many others also to prove the same therefore your petitioners prays your <​​> to grant to him the s writ of habeus Corpus directed to the jailor of (Mo) commanding him forthwith to bring before you the body of the prisoner so that his case may be heard before your and the situationed of the prisoner be concidered and adjusted according to law and justice as it shall be pressented before your honor and as in duty bound your petitioners will ever p[ray. And further y]our petitioners testify that [p. [5]]
ware with the prisoner and there was no such vote nor conversastion as swore too that also swore false concerning a constitution as he said was introduced among the that the prisoner had nothing to do with burning in that the prisoner made publick proclimation against such things that the prisoner did oppose and against vile measures with the mob but was threatned by them if he did not let them alone that the prisoner did not have any thing to do with what is called s Battle for he knew nothing of it untill it was all over that he was at home and in the bosome of his own family during the time of that whole transaction and in fine your petitioner alledge that he is held in confinement without cause and under an unlawfull and tyranicle oppression and that his health and constitution and life depends on being liberated from his confinement your petitioners aver that they can disprove evry item of testimony that has any tendency of criminality against the prisoner for they know it themselvs and can bring many others also to prove the same therefore your petitioners pray your to grant to him the s writ of habeus Corpus directed to the jailor of (Mo) commanding him forthwith to bring before you the body of the prisoner so that his case may be heard before your and the situationed of the prisoner be concidered and adjusted according to law and justice as it shall be pressented before your honor and as in duty bound your petitioners will ever pray. And further your petitioners testify that [p. [5]]
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