History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

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9 January 1834 • Thursday
Dear Sir, , Clay county. January 9th. 1834
Since my communication of the 29th of November; and a petition dated 6th. of December last, to which my name was attached, I am induced to trespass again upon your patience, with further particulars in relation to the unfortunate factions in ; on which subject I should be silent; were it not that I entertain a hope of suggesting some ideas that may ultimately prove useful in ameliorating the present suffering conditions of my brethren, and in some degree restoring peace to both parties.
Being particularly acquainted with the situation of both parties at this day, my desire is to write impartially; notwithstanding I feel very sensibly the deep wound that has been inflicted upon the , of which I am a member, by the citizens of , The Petition to your excellency dated the 6th of December last, was drawn up hastily by , and signed by several of us, just before the closing of the mail, and there is one item in particular in said petition, that needs some explanation; the request that “our men may be organized into companies of Guards, and furnished with arms by the ,” was made at the instance of disinterested advisers, and also a communication from the Attorney General to Messrs. and , dated 21st of November last, giving his views as to the propriety of organizing into regular companies, &c. The necessity of being compelled to resort to arms, to regain our possession in is by no means agreeable to the feelings of the church, and would never be thought of, but from pure necessity.
In relation to the <a> Court of Enquiry, serious difficulties continue to exist, well calculated to preclude the most important testimony of our [HC 1:472] church, and there appears to be no evil, which man is capable of inflicting upon his fellow creature man, but what our people are threatened with at this day by [p. 414]
9 January 1834 • Thursday
Dear Sir, , Clay county. January 9th. 1834
Since my communication of the 29th of November; and a petition dated 6th. of December last, to which my name was attached, I am induced to trespass again upon your patience, with further particulars in relation to the unfortunate factions in ; on which subject I should be silent; were it not that I entertain a hope of suggesting some ideas that may ultimately prove useful in ameliorating the present suffering conditions of my brethren, and in some degree restoring peace to both parties.
Being particularly acquainted with the situation of both parties at this day, my desire is to write impartially; notwithstanding I feel very sensibly the deep wound that has been inflicted upon the , of which I am a member, by the citizens of , The Petition to your excellency dated the 6th of December last, was drawn up hastily by , and signed by several of us, just before the closing of the mail, and there is one item in particular in said petition, that needs some explanation; the request that “our men may be organized into companies of Guards, and furnished with arms by the ,” was made at the instance of disinterested advisers, and also a communication from the Attorney General to Messrs. and , dated 21st of November last, giving his views as to the propriety of organizing into regular companies, &c. The necessity of being compelled to resort to arms, to regain our possession in is by no means agreeable to the feelings of the church, and would never be thought of, but from pure necessity.
In relation to a Court of Enquiry, serious difficulties continue to exist, well calculated to preclude the most important testimony of our [HC 1:472] church, and there appears to be no evil, which man is capable of inflicting upon his fellow man, but what our people are threatened with at this day by [p. 414]
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