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

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Corner of Missouri & Third Streets
December the 7th. 1839
To and to the Honorable of the
Your Humble Servants Joseph Smith Jun. and again address you for the purpose of informing you of our proceedings in relation to our business here and our prospects of success; We deem it unimportant to say any thing in re[lati]on to our journey here,— of our arrival, and interview with his Excellency the of the , as these were mentioned in a letter lately addressed to and the High Council but we mentioned in that letter the appointment of a meeting to be held by the Delegation to consult upon the best measures of getting our business before Congress. We met Yesterday, in one of the Committee Rooms of the Capitol; all the Delegation except Ex , now one of the Representatives in Congress; on account of his absence the meeting was adjourned until to day at 11 o cloc[k] however the subject was partially introduced, and [M]r [John] Robinson took a stand against us, so far as concerned our presenting claims to be liquidated by the ; we took a stand [against?] him asserting our constitutional rights; Bro Joseph maintained the ground in argument against him firmly, respectfully setting forth the injuries which we had received and the appeals which we had made to the Judiciary of and also to the and their refusals from time to time to do us Justice and also the impractability of doing any thing in the Judiciary Courts in the State of , which tribunal Mr Robinson thought was the only propper place for our claims, but he finally said it was his first impressions on the subject not having considered the matter, but would take it into consideration. of the Senate made some remarks in our favor and said he [p. [1]] would get the opinion of some of the prominent members of the Senate who were also lawyers and report to us at the next meeting. We met this day according to appointment and very friendly feelings were manifested on the occasion. Our business was taken up and stated that he had asked the opinion of Judge [Hugh] White of Tennessee of Mr Wright and of several members whose names we do not now reccollect but were prominent members of the Senate but they all declined giving an opinion at present as it was a matter which they had not considered sufficiently to decide upon at this time the meeting then after some friendly deliberation decided in our favor which decision was that a memorial and petition be drawn up in a concise manner (which our representative Mr Steward promised to do) and that prese[nt] the memorial and petition to the Senate, tha[t] [t]hereby they may refer it to the proper Committee with all the accompanying documents and order the same to be printed.
We now want you to assist us by your prayers; and we want you to forward to us your certificates which you hold for lands in , and also your claims to preemption rights; affidavits to prove that Soldiers were quartered on us and in our houses without our consent or any special act of the Legislature for that purpose, contrary to the constitution of the . and also others we think will reccolect the circumstances and facts relative to this matter: and also Bro Joseph and others being refused [p. [2]] the priviledge of Habeas Corpus by the authoritys of ; these facts must be authenticated by affidavit and any particular transaction of the outrages in which can be sworn to by the sufferers or those who are eye witnesses of the facts let them also be sent, specifying the particulars and have the evidence Bona fide to the point. The House of Representatives is not yet org[anize]d, m[uc]h feeli[ng and] confus[i]on has prevaile[d] in the House for a few days past. They have succeeded in electing chairman pro tem on the 5th. inst— they have not yet elected their Speaker or Clerk. The Senate can do nothing of consequence until the House is organized neither until then can the s message be received We design taking a paper and forwarding it you.
from Your Brethren in the Bonds of the
Joseph Smith Junr
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