Letter to Seymour Brunson and Nauvoo High Council, 7 December 1839

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
Page 90
image
the prominent members of the Senate, who were also Lawyers, and would report to us at the next meeting.
We met this day according to appointment & very friendly feelings were manifested, on the occasion.
Our business were taken up, and stated that he had asked the opinion of Judge [Hugh L.] White Tennssee. of Mr. Wright, and several other members; whose names we do not recollect, but were prominent members of the Senate— They all declined going giving an opinion at present, as it was a matter that they had not considered sufficiently to decide upon at this time, The meeting then after some deliberation decided in our favor, which decision was that a memorial and petition be drawn up in a concise manner, (our Representatives promising so to do,) and present them to the Senate, that they might thereby refer it to the proper committee, with all the accompaning documents, and order the same to be printed,— We want you to assist us now by your prayers; and also to forward us your certificates, that you hold for lands in ; your <​claims to​> preemption claims rig[h]ts, and affidavits to prove that soldiers were quartered on us and in our houses without our consent, or any special act of law for the purpose: contrary to the constitution of the . We think , & others, will recollect the circumstances and facts relative to this matter— You will also recollect the circumstance of Bro, Joseph & others being refused the priviledge of habeas corpus by the authorities of ,
These facts must be authenticated by affidavits— Let any particular transaction of the outrages in that can be sworn to by the sufferers, or those who were eye witnesses to the facts, be sent; specifying the particulars: Have the evidence bonafide to the point, The house of Representatives, is not yet organized: much feeling and confusion have prevailed in the House for a few days past: the house succeeded in electing chairman protem on 5th inst. They have not yet elected their speaker or clerk— The Senate [p. 90]
the prominent members of the Senate, who were also Lawyers, and would report to us at the next meeting.
We met this day according to appointment & very friendly feelings were manifested, on the occasion.
Our business were taken up, and stated that he had asked the opinion of Judge Hugh L. White Tennssee. of Mr. Wright, and several other members; whose names we do not recollect, but were prominent members of the Senate— They all declined giving an opinion at present, as it was a matter that they had not considered sufficiently to decide upon at this time, The meeting then after some deliberation decided in our favor, which decision was that a memorial and petition be drawn up in a concise manner, (our Representatives promising so to do,) and present them to the Senate, that they might thereby refer it to the proper committee, with all the accompaning documents, and order the same to be printed,— We want you to assist us now by your prayers; and also to forward us your certificates, that you hold for lands in ; your claims to preemption rights, and affidavits to prove that soldiers were quartered on us and in our houses without our consent, or any special act of law for the purpose: contrary to the constitution of the . We think , & others, will recollect the circumstances and facts relative to this matter— You will also recollect the circumstance of Bro, Joseph & others being refused the priviledge of habeas corpus by the authorities of ,
These facts must be authenticated by affidavits— Let any particular transaction of the outrages in that can be sworn to by the sufferers, or those who were eye witnesses to the facts, be sent; specifying the particulars: Have the evidence bonafide to the point, The house of Representatives, is not yet organized: much feeling and confusion have prevailed in the House for a few days past: the house succeeded in electing chairman protem on 5th inst. They have not yet elected their speaker or clerk— The Senate [p. 90]
Page 90