Memorial to the United States Senate and House of Representatives, 28 November 1843, Willard Richards Copy
[JS] and others, Memorial, , Hancock Co., IL, to the United States Senate and House of Representatives, , 28 Nov. 1843; handwriting of ; signatures of and 44 others; docket in handwriting of ; seven pages; JS Office Papers, CHL.
To the Honorable the Senate and House of Representatives of the in Congress assembled:
The memorial of the undersigned inhabitants of in the State of , respectfully sheweth:
That they belong to the Society of Latter Day Saints, commonly called Mormons; that a portion of our people commenced settling in , Missouri, in the Summer of 1831, where they purchased lands and settled upon them with the intention and expectation of becoming permanent citizens in common with others.
From a very early period after the settlement began, a very unfriendly feeling was manifested by the neighboring people, and as the Society increased, this unfriendly spirit also increasced, until it degenerated into an unrelenting and cruel persecution, and the Society was at last compelled to leave the . An account of these unprovoked persecutions, has been published to the world, yet we deem it not improper to embody a few of the most prominent items in this memorial and lay them before your honorable body.
On the 20th. of July 1833 a Mob collected at , a deputation or committee from which, called upon a few members of our church there, and stated to them that the , and all mechanics shops belonging to our people must be closed forthwith, and the Society leave the immediately. These conditions were so unexpected and so hard, that a short time was asked for to consider on the subject before an Answer could be given, which was refused, and when some of our men answered that they could not consent to comply with such propositions, the work of destruction commenced. The printing office, a valueable two story brick building, was destroyed by the Mob, and with it much [p. ]