Memorial to the United States Senate and House of Representatives, circa 16 December 1843–12 February 1844
, , , , , , , , , , , , , , JS, , and , Memorial, , Hancock Co., IL, to the United States Senate and House of Representatives, , 21 Dec. 1843; handwriting of ; signatures of memorialists; dockets in handwriting of and unidentified scribe; seventeen pages; Record Group 46, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington DC.
nearly every officer in the together with the names of hundreds of others.
It was by this band of murderers that your Memorialists in the year 1833 were plundered of their property and robbed of their peaceable homes. It was by them that their fields were laid waste, their houses burned, and their men women and children to the number of about twelve hundred persons banished as exiles from the while others were cruelly— murdered by their hands.
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 [p. ]