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Bill of Damages, 4 June 1839

holding out the inducement that we were to be  reinstated to our former priveledges: but instead of  being taken to Caldwell we were taken to Richmond  w[h]ere we immured in Prison and bound in—  Chains. After we were thus situated we were under  the charge of Colonel [Sterling] Price of Chariton County  who suffered us to be abused in every maner which  the people thought propper: our situation at this time  was truly painful: we were taken before the  Court of inquiry but in consequence of the proceedi[n]g  of the mob and there threats we were not able to get  such witnesses as would have been servicable. Even  those we had were abused by the states attorney  at the Court and were not permitted to be exam ind by the Court as the laws direct——
We were committed to Liberty Jail and petitio[n]ed  to Judge Hernham for a writ of Habeas Corpus but  on account owening [owing] to the prejudice of the Jailor  all communication was entirely cut off however  at lengthe we succeeded in getting a petition convey ed to the Judge but he neglected <to> paying any  attention to it for Fourteen days and kept us  in suspence: he then ordered us to appear before  him but he utterly refused to hear any of our  witnesses which we had been at great trouble  in providing— Our Laweys [lawyers] likewise refused to  act being afraid of the people: <We likewise  petitioned to Judge King and to the Judges of the supreme Court  but withe the same success— they utterly refused us>
Our vittuals were of the coarsest kind and served  up in a manner which was disgusting after  bearing up under repeated injuries we were  removed to Davies County under a strong guard  we were then arraigned before the grand Jury  who were mostly intoxicated: who indicted me  and the the rest of me companions for Treason [p. 7]
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JS, Bill of Damages, Quincy, IL, 4 June 1839; handwriting of Robert B. Thompson; eight pages; JS Collection, CHL. Includes endorsement.

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