Petition to George O. Tompkins, between 9 and 15 March 1839 [State of Missouri v. Gates et al. for Treason]

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case of the prisoner or whither they are not willing to administer law and justice to the prisoner or that they are intimidated by the high office of who only acted in the case of the prisoners as a committing magistrate a consurvitor of the peace or by the threats of a lawless mob your petitioners are not able to say but it is a fact that they do not come forword boldly and administer the law to the relief of the prisoner and further your petitioners alledge that imidiately after the prisoner was taken his family was frightened and driven out of their house and that too by the witnesses on the part of the your petitioners respectfully show and plundered of their goods that the prisoner was rob[b]ed of a verry fine horse Saddle and bridle and other property of conciderable amount that they (the witnesses) in conection with the mob have finally succeeded by vile threatning and foul abuse in driving the family of the prisoner out of the with little or no means and without a protector and there their verry subsistance depends on the liberty of the prisoner and your petitioners alledge that he is not guilty of any crime whereby he should be restrained of his liberty from a pursonal knoledge having been with him and being personly acquainted with the whole of the difficulties betwean the mormons and their pursicuters and that he has never acted at any time only in his own defence and that two on his own ground property and possisions that the prisoner has never <​commanded​> any military company nor held any military authority neither any other office real or pretended in the state of except that of a religeous teacher that he never has born armes in the military ranks and in all such cases has acted as a private charactor and as an individual how then <​can​> your petitioners would ask can it be posible that the prisoner has committed treason the prisoner has had nothing to do in only on his own buisines as an individual that this council testifyed of that the testimony of concerning a councyl held at was false your petitioners do solomly declair that there was no such councyl that your petitioners [p. [4]]
case of the prisoner or whither they are not willing to administer law and justice to the prisoner or that they are intimidated by the high office of who only acted in the case of the prisoners as a committing magistrate a consurvitor of the peace or by the threats of a lawless mob your petitioners are not able to say but it is a fact that they do not come forword boldly and administer the law to the relief of the prisoner and further your petitioners alledge that imidiately after the prisoner was taken his family was frightened and driven out of their house and that too by the witnesses on the part of the and plundered of their goods that the prisoner was robbed of a verry fine horse Saddle and bridle and other property of conciderable amount that they (the witnesses) in conection with the mob have finally succeeded by vile threatning and foul abuse in driving the family of the prisoner out of the with little or no means and without a protector and their verry subsistance depends on the liberty of the prisoner and your petitioners alledge that he is not guilty of any crime whereby he should be restrained of his liberty from a pursonal knoledge having been with him and being personly acquainted with the whole of the difficulties betwean the mormons and their pursicuters and that he has never acted at any time only in his own defence and that two on his own ground property and possisions that the prisoner has never commanded any military company nor held any military authority neither any other office real or pretended in the state of except that of a religeous teacher that he never has born armes in the military ranks and in all such cases has acted as a private charactor and as an individual how then can your petitioners would ask can it be posible that the prisoner has committed treason the prisoner has had nothing to do in only on his own buisines as an individual that the testimony of concerning a councyl held at was false your petitioners do solomly declair that there was no such councyl that your petitioners [p. [4]]
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