Courtesy of the Missouri State Archives.

Minutes and Testimonies, 12–29 November 1838, Copy [State of Missouri v. Gates et al. for Treason]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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June 1838
To and Greeting Whereas the Citizens of have borne with the abuses received from you at different times and on different occasions until it is no longer to be endured, neither will they endure it any longer, having exhausted all the patience they have. We have borne long and suffered incredibly, but we will bear nor Suffer any longer and the decree has gone forth from our hearts and shall not return unto us void— Neither think gentlemen in so doing we are trifling with either you or ourselves for we are not. There are no threats from you, no fear of lossing our lives by you or any thing you can say or do will restrain us for out of the you shall go and no power shall save you, and you shall have three days after you receive this our Communication to you including twenty-four hours in each day for you to depart with your families peaceably which you may do undistured by any person But in that time if you do not depart we will use the means in our power to cause you to depart for go you shall. We will have no more promises to reform as you have already made and in every instance violated your promise and regarded not the Covenant which you had made; but put both it and us at defiance We have Solmnly warned you and that in the most determined manner, that if you did not cease that course of wanton abuse of the Citizens of this that vengence would over take you sooner or later, and that when it did [p. [17]]
June 1838
To and Greeting Whereas the Citizens of have borne with the abuses received from you at different times and on different occasions until it is no longer to be endured, neither will they endure it any longer, having exhausted all the patience they have. We have borne long and suffered incredibly, but we will bear nor Suffer any longer and the decree has gone forth from our hearts and shall not return unto us void— Neither think gentlemen in so doing we are trifling with either you or ourselves for we are not. There are no threats from you, no fear of lossing our lives by you or any thing you can say or do will restrain us for out of the you shall go and no power shall save you, and you shall have three days after you receive this our Communication to you including twenty-four hours in each day for you to depart with your families peaceably which you may do undistured by any person But in that time if you do not depart we will use the means in our power to cause you to depart for go you shall. We will have no more promises to reform as you have already made and in every instance violated your promise and regarded not the Covenant which you had made; but put both it and us at defiance We have Solmnly warned you and that in the most determined manner, that if you did not cease that course of wanton abuse of the Citizens of this that vengence would over take you sooner or later, and that when it did [p. [17]]
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