Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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equally innocent with me and commanded <​by a mob​> to leave the at or stop here at the peril of our lives and last of all and most to be deplord the rulers of those who are chosen to enforce and execute the Law declare that the proceedings are outrageous but that we must of necessity submit to them for our countryman have all become so corrupt that there are none to defend tha and maintain the sacredness of the Law if this be so then let s well may I say with the poet
Oh for a lodge in some vast Wilderness some bounless contiguity of shade where rumor of oppression and deceit might never reach me more
let me leave the tombs of bowls bones of my fathers and brothers who and the bones of my Martyrd children and go to a land where never man dwelt fare well my country th thou that killest the prophets and hath exiled those that were sent unto thee once thou were fair once thou wert lovely <​pure and​> wert pure and lovely When thy legislators wert were just men and <​the​> law givers sought to make <​the good​> the people <​like unto themselves​> righteous and good men but now thou art fallen the halls which where <​once​> wisdom and justice once dwelt debachery and despotism reigns thy tables are fillid with vomit and filthiness and the hearts of people with rottenness and d[e]ceit but oh! if there is <​yet​> one in the midst of this sink of polution <​corruption​> in whose breasts flows one feeling that warmed the heart of Washington come forth I pray you from such <​& declare​> yourselves men and spurn a spot which is so poluted that nothing can cleanse it but judgments of the <​him​> who is a consuming fire [p. 16, bk. [19]]
equally innocent with me and commanded by a mob to leave the or stop here at the peril of our lives and last of all and most to be deplord those who are chosen to enforce and execute the Law declare that the proceedings are outrageous but that we must of necessity submit to them for our countryman have all become so corrupt that there are none to defend and maintain the sacredness of the Law if this be so well may I say with the poet
Oh for a lodge in some vast Wilderness some bounless contiguity of shade where rumor of oppression and deceit might never reach me more
let me leave the bones of my fathers and brothers and the bones of my Martyrd children and go to a land where never man dwelt fare well my country thou that killest the prophets and hath exiled those that were sent unto thee once thou were fair once thou wert pure and lovely When thy legislators were just men and the law givers sought the good the people but now thou art fallen the halls where once wisdom and justice dwelt debachery and despotism reigns thy tables are fillid with vomit and filthiness and the hearts of people with rottenness and deceit but oh! if there is yet one in the midst of this sink of corruption in whose breasts flows one feeling that warmed the heart of Washington come forth I pray you & declare yourselves men and spurn a spot which is so poluted that nothing can cleanse it but judgments of him who is a consuming fire [p. 16, bk. [19]]
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