Letter to Orson Hyde and Orson Pratt, 13 May 1844

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Council chamber
May 13th. 1844
Messrs &
Sirs, s Letters dated at April 25 & 26 are received. The council conversed immediately and after hearing said letters expressed by speech and vote their decided dis-approbation and indignation at the course pursued by in his conversation with in proposing to erace that portion of the memorial relative to Mr Smith’s being constituted a “member of the Army”
The council were surprised at [p. [249]] such conduct after all that was said to before his departure. To throw away that one item, is to throw away the whole Memorial. And the delegation from at are instructed by the Council to push the Memorials through Congress Unaltered, or die in the attempt.
If is so ignorant as to suppose that Congress has not the power to grant such a memorial.— He has no need to suppose for a moment that we are such fools that we do not know better. We know that Congress has the right and the power and they shall grant it unaltered or refuse, and they can act their [p. [250]] pleasure which they do.
It is an insult to their constituents for the representatives or Senators of to propose such amendments or raise such foolish, childish, ignorant and cowardly objections as referred to in s Letters, and all Representatives and Senators who do not use their influence as is their duty to do to pass the Memorials unaltered shall be politically damned. We do thank for what he has done. It is now time for him and Congress to awake, and learn that the people are the sovereigns and Congress as their servants are <​is​> bound to obey. Neither shall we stop to enquire of Congress what is [p. [251]] popular or unpopular, but we will tell them what is right and what is wrong; and if they will not make right popular, we will turn them out, and put men there who will.
Messrs and are delegated by the Council, to carry this letter to and assist the Delegation from already there.
By order of the Council
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