Memorial to the United States Senate and House of Representatives, circa 16 December 1843–12 February 1844, Thomas Bullock First Copy
, , , , , , , , , , , , , , JS, , and , Memorial, , Hancock Co., IL, to the United States Senate and House of Representatives, , 21 Dec. 1843; handwriting of ; docket in handwriting of ; notation in handwriting of ; endorsements in handwriting of ; seventeen pages; JS Office Papers, CHL.
Second After our expulsion from we settled in on the opposite side of the where we purchased lands both from the old Settlers and from the Land Office but soon we were again violently threatened by mobs and obliged to leave our homes and seek out a new location.
Third Our next Settlement was in where we purchased the most of the land in said , besides a part of the Lands in and Carroll Counties. These Counties were almost entirely in a wild and uncultivated state but by the persevering industry of our Citizens large and extensive farms were opened in every direction well stocked with numerous flocks and herds. We also commenced settlements in several other counties of the and once more confidently hoped to enjoy the hard earned fruits of our labor unmolested. But our hopes were soon blasted. The cruel and murderous spirit which first began to manifest itself in the constituted authorities and inhabitants of and afterwards in and the surrounding Counties, receiving no check either from the Civil or Military power of the had in the mean time taken courage and boldly and fearlessly spread its contaminating and treasonable influence into every department of the Government of said a resident of who acted a conspicuous part in our expulsion from said instead of being tried for treason and rebellion against the Constitution and suffering the just penalty of his crimes was actually elected Governor and placed in the executive chair. Thus the inhabitants of the were greatly encouraged to renew with redoubled fury their unlawful attacks upon our defenceless settlements Men women and children were driven in every direction before their merciless persecutors, robbed of their possessions, their property, their provisions and their all cast forth upon the bleak snowy prairies houseless and unprotected, many sunk down and expired under their accumulated sufferings while others after enduring hunger and the severities of the Season suffering all but death arrived in to which place they were driven from all the surrounding Counties only to witness [p. ]