Memorial to the United States Senate and House of Representatives, 21 December 1843

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of the Revolution who served under General Washington while in the act of pleading for quarters was cruelly murdered and hewed in pieces with an old Corn Cutter and in addition to all these savage acts of barbarity they forcibly dragged virtuous and inoffensive females from their dwellings bound them upon benches used for public worship where they in great numbers ravished them in the most brutal manner Some fifty or sixty of the citizens were thrust into prisons and dungeons where, bound in chains, they were fed on human flesh while their families and some fifteen thousand others were at the point of the bayonet forcibly expelled from the In the mean time to pay the expences of these horrid outrages they confiscated our property and robbed us of all our possessions Before our final expulsion with a faint and lingering hope we petitioned the State Legislature then in Session Unwilling to believe that the virtue and patriotism of the venerable fathers of the Revolution had fled from the bosoms of their illustrious descendants Unwilling to believe that American Citizens could appeal in vain for a restoration of liberty cruelly wrested from them by cruel tyrants But in the Language of our noble ancestors “Our repeated petitions were only answered by repeated injuries” The Legislature instead of hearing the cries of 15,000 suffering bleeding unoffending Citizens sanctioned and sealed the unconstitutional acts of the and his troops by appropriating 200000 dollars to defray the expences of exterminating us from the . No friendly arm was stretched out to protect us The last ray of hope for redress in that was now entirely extinguished We saw no other alternative but to bow down our necks and wear the cruel yoke of oppression and quietly and submissively suffer ourselves to be banished as exiles from our possessions our property and our sacred homes or otherwise see our wives and children coldly murdered and butchered by tyrants in power.
Fourth our next permanent settlement was in the land of our exile the State of in the Spring of 1839 but even here we are not [p. [5]]
of the Revolution who served under General Washington while in the act of pleading for quarters was cruelly murdered and hewed in pieces with an old Corn Cutter and in addition to all these savage acts of barbarity they forcibly dragged virtuous and inoffensive females from their dwellings bound them upon benches used for public worship where they in great numbers ravished them in the most brutal manner Some fifty or sixty of the citizens were thrust into prisons and dungeons where, bound in chains, they were fed on human flesh while their families and some fifteen thousand others were at the point of the bayonet forcibly expelled from the In the mean time to pay the expences of these horrid outrages they confiscated our property and robbed us of all our possessions Before our final expulsion with a faint and lingering hope we petitioned the State Legislature then in Session Unwilling to believe that the virtue and patriotism of the venerable fathers of the Revolution had fled from the bosoms of their illustrious descendants Unwilling to believe that American Citizens could appeal in vain for a restoration of liberty cruelly wrested from them by cruel tyrants But in the Language of our noble ancestors “Our repeated petitions were only answered by repeated injuries” The Legislature instead of hearing the cries of 15,000 suffering bleeding unoffending Citizens sanctioned and sealed the unconstitutional acts of the and his troops by appropriating 200000 dollars to defray the expences of exterminating us from the . No friendly arm was stretched out to protect us The last ray of hope for redress in that was now entirely extinguished We saw no other alternative but to bow down our necks and wear the cruel yoke of oppression and quietly and submissively suffer ourselves to be banished as exiles from our possessions our property and our sacred homes or otherwise see our wives and children coldly murdered and butchered by tyrants in power.
Fourth our next permanent settlement was in the land of our exile the State of in the Spring of 1839 but even here we are not [p. [5]]
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