History, 1838–1856, volume D-1 [1 August 1842–1 July 1843]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​June 23​> speak to my family or bid them good bye; the officers held their pistols with the muzzles jamming into my side for more than 8 miles, and only desisted on being reproached by for their cowardice in so brutally illtreating an unarmed defenceless prisoner: on arriving at the house of Mr. McKennie the Tavern keeper, I was thrust into a room and guarded there, without being allowed to see anybody, and fresh horses were ordered to be ready in five minutes. I again stated to I wish to get Council, when he answered “God d—n you, you shant have council, one word more God d—n you and I’ll shoot you,” [HC 5:441] What is the use of this so often said I, I have often told you to shoot, and I now tell you again to shoot away. I saw a person passing and shouted to him through the Window “I am falsely imprisoned here, and I want a Lawyer”. Lawyer came, and had the door banged in his face with the old threat of shooting him if he came any nearer, another Lawyer Mr. () afterwards came and received the same treatment, which began to cause considerable excitement in , a Mr. Lucien P Sanger asked what was the matter, when he told him all, and stated that the Sheriff intended to drag me away immediately to , and prevent my taking out a writ of Habeas Corpus, Sanger soon made this known to Mr. [John] Dixon the owner of the house, and his friends, who gathered round the Hotel door, and gave to understand, that if that was their mode of doing business in they had another way of doing it in , they were a law abiding people, and were republicans and gave to understand, that they should not take me away without giving me the opportunity of a fair trial, and that I should have justice done me, but that if they persisted in their course, they had a very summary way of dealing with such people. finding further resistance to be useless, allowed and to come into the room to me, (but was inside, guarding the door, and guarded the outside of the door) when I told them, I had been taken a Prisoner by these men without process— I had been insulted and abused by them, and shewed them my flesh which was black for about 18 inches in circumference on each side, from their punching me with their pistols, and I wanted them to sue out a writ of Habeas Corpus; when swore he should only wait half an hour, to give me a chance. A Messenger was [HC 5:442] immediately sent by Mr.Dixon to Mr.[ Joseph] Chamberlin the Master in Chancery, who lived six miles distant, and another messenger to , who happened to be near, to have them come down and get out the Writ of Habeas Corpus.
A Writ was sued out by , before a Justice of the Peace, against and for threatning his life, they were taken into Custody by the Constable; he sued out another writ for assault and threatening my life, whereupon they were again arrested; at this time rushed into the room, and put a pistol (unobserved) in my pocket, altho’ and had their [p. 1583]
June 23 speak to my family or bid them good bye; the officers held their pistols with the muzzles jamming into my side for more than 8 miles, and only desisted on being reproached by for their cowardice in so brutally illtreating an unarmed defenceless prisoner: on arriving at the house of Mr. McKennie the Tavern keeper, I was thrust into a room and guarded there, without being allowed to see anybody, and fresh horses were ordered to be ready in five minutes. I again stated to I wish to get Council, when he answered “God d—n you, you shant have council, one word more God d—n you and I’ll shoot you,” [HC 5:441] What is the use of this so often said I, I have often told you to shoot, and I now tell you again to shoot away. I saw a person passing and shouted to him through the Window “I am falsely imprisoned here, and I want a Lawyer”. Lawyer came, and had the door banged in his face with the old threat of shooting him if he came any nearer, another Lawyer Mr. () afterwards came and received the same treatment, which began to cause considerable excitement in , a Mr. Lucien P Sanger asked what was the matter, when he told him all, and stated that the Sheriff intended to drag me away immediately to , and prevent my taking out a writ of Habeas Corpus, Sanger soon made this known to Mr. John Dixon the owner of the house, and his friends, who gathered round the Hotel door, and gave to understand, that if that was their mode of doing business in they had another way of doing it in , they were a law abiding people, and republicans and gave to understand, that they should not take me away without giving me the opportunity of a fair trial, and that I should have justice done me, but that if they persisted in their course, they had a very summary way of dealing with such people. finding further resistance to be useless, allowed and to come into the room to me, (but was inside, guarding the door, and guarded the outside of the door) when I told them, I had been taken a Prisoner by these men without process— I had been insulted and abused by them, and shewed them my flesh which was black for about 18 inches in circumference on each side, from their punching me with their pistols, and I wanted them to sue out a writ of Habeas Corpus; when swore he should only wait half an hour, to give me a chance. A Messenger was [HC 5:442] immediately sent by Mr.Dixon to Mr. Joseph Chamberlin the Master in Chancery, who lived six miles distant, and another messenger to , who happened to be near, to have them come down and get out the Writ of Habeas Corpus.
A Writ was sued out by , before a Justice of the Peace, against and for threatning his life, they were taken into Custody by the Constable; he sued out another writ for assault and threatening my life, whereupon they were again arrested; at this time rushed into the room, and put a pistol (unobserved) in my pocket, altho’ and had their [p. 1583]
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