Letter to John M. Bernhisel, 7 September 1842

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The Missourians, together with some of the principal officers of this , and especially ; are again disgracing themselves by persecution and cruelty. They have so little regard for truth,— the laws of the land,— and constitution of the , that they have issued processes for my arrest as illegal as can be imagined, and they themselves are aware of it. of has made affidavit that I was “accessary before the fact of an assassination upon him with intent to kill on the evening of the sixth of May last.” It happens well for truth and justice that about 6 or 7 thousand people know well that I was with the both on the 6th. and 7th. of May in this . This being proved has shown the designs of their undertaking viz, to persecute the innocent. A writ was issued by , and put into the hands of the who immediately started for and on the 8th. ult arrested me at my own house, but their writ was proved to them to be illegal and unconstiutional. The Municpal Court also issued a writ for of Habeus Corpus under which I was set at liberty from their hands. They returned, and a report went abroad that the matter would end there, but we did not expect it and consequently I kept out of their way, and when they returned I was away. When was informed of the proceedings of the Municipal Court, his anger got the master of his judgement and he disregarded our Charter and [p. [2]]
The Missourians, together with some of the principal officers of this , and especially ; are again disgracing themselves by persecution and cruelty. They have so little regard for truth,— the laws of the land,— and constitution of the , that they have issued processes for my arrest as illegal as can be imagined, and they themselves are aware of it. of has made affidavit that I was “accessary before the fact of an assassination upon him with intent to kill on the evening of the sixth of May last.” It happens well for truth and justice that about 6 or 7 thousand people know well that I was with the both on the 6th. and 7th. of May in this . This being proved has shown the designs of their undertaking viz, to persecute the innocent. A writ was issued by , and put into the hands of the who immediately started for and on the 8th. ult arrested me at my own house, but their writ was proved to them to be illegal and unconstiutional. The Municpal Court also issued a writ of Habeus Corpus under which I was set at liberty from their hands. They returned, and a report went abroad that the matter would end there, but we did not expect it and consequently I kept out of their way, and when they returned I was away. When was informed of the proceedings of the Municipal Court, his anger got the master of his judgement and he disregarded our Charter and [p. [2]]
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