Letter from Elias Higbee, 20 February 1840–B

Washington City Feb. 20th. 1840
Dear Brother
I have just returned from the committee  room, wherein I spoke about one half hour and a half,  there were but three of the committee present, for which  I am very sorry. I think they will be obliged to ackn owledge the justice of our cause. They paid good—  attention; and I think what was said were well recd.  It was a special meeting appointed to here me by my  request. The Missouri Senators and Representatives were invited  to attend. Dr [Lewis] Linn & Mr. Jamison attended, and God  gave me courage so that I was not intimidated by them  Dr. Linn, I thought, felt a little uneasy by times; but  manifested a much better Spirit afterwards than Mr.  Jamison. I told them firstly that I represented a  suffering people,— who had been deprived together with  myself of their rights in Missouri: who numbered  something like 15,000 souls; and not only they  but many others were deprived of the rights guarenteed to  us by the constitution of the United States; at least  the amount of one hundred and fifty thousand free  born Citizens are deprived the enjoyment of citizenship  in each or every State: that we had no ingress in the state  of Missouri; nor could any of us have only at the expense  of our lives, and this by the order of the Executive. I  then took their own declaration of the cause of our  expulsion: refered them to P[arley P.] Pratt’s Pamphlet, which [p. 97]
Elias Higbee, letter, Washington DC, to JS, en route to Nauvoo, IL, 20 Feb. 1840; handwriting of Howard Coray; in JS Letterbook 2, pp. 97–100; JS Collection, CHL.