Letter from Thomas Ford, 22 June 1844

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I Sincerely hope that your people may do nothing which will make such a proceeding necessary. I hope also that they will be well desposed to cooperate with me in allaying the excitement of the public mind. Immediately discharge such persons as you have under martial law Let them go without molestation. Abstain from all injury to private property Let people go where they please without Swearing them first to take no part against you. All such proceedings tend only to inflame the public mind and raise up ten men disposed to fight you, where for every one thus foolishly disabled from appearing against you
Your Committee assures me that you are Sincerely desirous of preserving the peace; and if so I hope you will cooperate with me in every thing necessary to allay the Excitement in the minds of the People
 
The following named persons are reported to me as being detained against their will by Marshall law . A. J. Higbee , P. J. Rolf, Peter Lemon, J. G. Rolph It will tend greatly to allay excitement if they shall be immediately discharged and suffered to go without molestation
It is also reported here and generally believed but whether truly or not I have not yet learned, that there are many foraging parties abroad from committing depredations upon the cattle and property in the vicinity This pr These acts if correctly reported must absolutely cease immediately, if you expect any person here to have the power to preserve the peace [p. [7]]
I Sincerely hope that your people may do nothing which will make such a proceeding necessary. I hope also that they will be well desposed to cooperate with me in allaying the excitement of the public mind. Immediately discharge such persons as you have under martial law Let them go without molestation. Abstain from all injury to private property Let people go where they please without Swearing them first to take no part against you. All such proceedings tend only to inflame the public mind and raise up ten men disposed to fight you for every one thus foolishly disabled
Your Committee assures me that you are Sincerely desirous of preserving the peace; and if so I hope you will cooperate with me in every thing necessary to allay the Excitement in the minds of the People
 
The following named persons are reported to me as being detained against their will by Marshall law . A. J. Higbee , P. J. Rolf, Peter Lemon, J. G. Rolph It will tend greatly to allay excitement if they shall be immediately discharged and suffered to go without molestation
It is also reported here and generally believed but whether truly or not I have not yet learned, that there are many foraging parties abroad from committing depredations upon the cattle and property in the vicinity These acts if correctly reported must absolutely cease immediately, if you expect any person here to have the power to preserve the peace [p. [7]]
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