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John Whitmer, History, 1831–circa 1847

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Scriptures[.] we know that such illegal violence has not been inflicted upon any sect or community of people by the Citizens, of the since the decleration of Independenc[e].—
That this is a religeous pursecution, is notorious throughout our , when accomplices in these unparallelled outrages, engaged in the destruction in of the , Dwelling-house &c. yet the records of the Judicial tribunals of that , are not stained by a crime by our people. Our numbers being greatly inferior to the enemy, we were unable to stand in self defence. And our lives at this day are continually threatened by that infuriated people, so that our personal safety forbids <​one of​> our members going into that on business.— We beg leave to state that no impartial investigation into this criminal matter can be made, because th[e] offenders must be tried in the County in which the offence was commited, and the inhabitants of the county both magistrates and people, being combined, with the exception of a few, Justice cannot be expected,— At this day your petitioners do not know of a Solitary family belonging to our church, but what have been violently expelled from by the inhabitants thereof.— Your petitioners have not gone into detail with an account of their individual sufferings, from death and bruised bodies and the universal distress which prevails at this day in a greater [p. 49]
Scriptures. we know that such illegal violence has not been inflicted upon any sect or community of people by the Citizens, of the since the decleration of Independence.—
That this is a religeous pursecution, is notorious throughout our , when accomplices in these unparallelled outrages, engaged in the destruction of the , Dwelling-house &c. yet the records of the Judicial tribunals of that , are not stained by a crime by our people. Our numbers being greatly inferior to the enemy, we were unable to stand in self defence. And our lives at this day are continually threatened by that infuriated people, so that our personal safety forbids one of our members going into that on business.— We beg leave to state that no impartial investigation into this criminal matter can be made, because the offenders must be tried in the County in which the offence was commited, and the inhabitants of the county both magistrates and people, being combined, with the exception of a few, Justice cannot be expected,— At this day your petitioners do not know of a Solitary family belonging to our church, but what have been violently expelled from by the inhabitants thereof.— Your petitioners have not gone into detail with an account of their individual sufferings, from death and bruised bodies and the universal distress which prevails at this day in a greater [p. 49]
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