Memorial to the United States Senate and House of Representatives, circa 30 October 1839–27 January 1840

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to make their political and moral power a matter of anxiety and dread to the political and religious parties by which they were surrounded. Which prejudices arose, not from what the Mormons had done; but from the fear of what they might do, if they should see proper to exercise this power. In addition to this, the Mormons had either purchased of the settlers or the General Government, or held by Pre-emption rights, what were regarded the best lands in that region of the country. The tide of speculation during this period of time ran high; and the cupidity of many, was thus unlawfully aroused to possess themselves of these lands, and add to their wealth by driving the Mormons from the country, and taking forcible possession of them; or constraining them to sell through fear and coercion at prices merely nominal and of their own fixing.
After the removal of the Mormons from . they settled in the county of . Your memorialists do not deem it necessary for their purpose to detail the history of the progress of the settlements and anxieties of the Mormons, from the time they settled in in the year 1836 until the fall of the year 1838. They would, however, aver that during all that time they deported themselves as good citizens; obeying the laws of the land, and performing the moral & religious duties enjoined by their faith. That, there may have been some faithless ones among the faithful, is very possible. Nay they will not deny, but that there may have been some who were a scandal to their brethren. But what society, your memorialists would ask, has not some unworthy members in it? Where the sect, religious, moral or [p. 9]
to make their political and moral power a matter of anxiety and dread to the political and religious parties by which they were surrounded. Which prejudices arose, not from what the Mormons had done; but from the fear of what they might do, if they should see proper to exercise this power. In addition to this, the Mormons had either purchased of the settlers or the General Government, or held by Pre-emption rights, what were regarded the best lands in that region of the country. The tide of speculation during this period of time ran high; and the cupidity of many, was thus unlawfully aroused to possess themselves of these lands, and add to their wealth by driving the Mormons from the country, and taking forcible possession of them; or constraining them to sell through fear and coercion at prices merely nominal and of their own fixing.
After the removal of the Mormons from . they settled in the county of . Your memorialists do not deem it necessary for their purpose to detail the history of the progress of the settlements and anxieties of the Mormons, from the time they settled in in the year 1836 until the fall of the year 1838. They would, however, aver that during all that time they deported themselves as good citizens; obeying the laws of the land, and performing the moral & religious duties enjoined by their faith. That, there may have been some faithless ones among the faithful, is very possible. Nay they will not deny, but that there may have been some who were a scandal to their brethren. But what society, your memorialists would ask, has not some unworthy members in it? Where the sect, religious, moral or [p. 9]
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