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

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in a free country: “We will not go”: which determination being made known to the Committee of the mob; one of them replied; “he was sorry, as the work of destruction must now begin.” No sooner said than done. The , a two story brick building, was assailed by the mob, and torn down, and with all its valuable furniture and materials litterally destroyed. They next proceeded to the principal with a like purpose; its owner in part, , agreed to close it, and they delayed their purpose of destruction.
They then proceeded to the dwelling of , the beloved of the ; they dragged him from his family to the public square, and when surrounded by hundreds <​of spectators,​> they partially stripped him of his clothes, and <​in​> the most unfeeling manner, covered him with tar and feathers from head to foot. Another by the name of , was treated in a similar manner, at the same time. The mob then dispersed, with an agreement to meet again on the following Tuesday; the above outrages having been committed on Saturday. Tuesday came, and with it came the Mob, bearing a red flag in token of blood. They proceeded to the houses of and others of the leading men, seized them, and told them to bid their families farewell; that <​as​> they would never see them again. They were then driven at the point of the bayonet to the Jail, and there, amid the jeers and insults of the crowd were thrust into prison, to be kept as hostages and for immolation, in case any of the mob should be killed while depredating upon the persons and property of the “Saints.” At this awful and [p. 3]
in a free country: “We will not go”: which determination being made known to the Committee of the mob; one of them replied; “he was sorry, as the work of destruction must now begin.” No sooner said than done. The , a two story brick building, was assailed by the mob, and torn down, and with all its valuable furniture and materials litterally destroyed. They next proceeded to the principal with a like purpose; its owner in part, , agreed to close it, and they delayed their purpose of destruction.
They then proceeded to the dwelling of , the beloved of the ; they dragged him from his family to the public square, and when surrounded by hundreds of spectators, they partially stripped him of his clothes, and in the most unfeeling manner, covered him with tar and feathers from head to foot. Another by the name of , was treated in a similar manner, at the same time. The mob then dispersed, with an agreement to meet again on the following Tuesday; the above outrages having been committed on Saturday. Tuesday came, and with it came the Mob, bearing a red flag in token of blood. They proceeded to the houses of and others of the leading men, seized them, and told them to bid their families farewell; as they would never see them again. They were then driven at the point of the bayonet to the Jail, and there, amid the jeers and insults of the crowd were thrust into prison, to be kept as hostages and for immolation, in case any of the mob should be killed while depredating upon the persons and property of the “Saints.” At this awful and [p. 3]
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