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Letter from Elias Higbee, 20 February 1840–B

this— making statements was one thing and proving them was another. Mr. Linn then said he wished me to answer one thing. Viz. If the Legislature of Missouri

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did not refuse to investigate the subject of our difficulties, solely on account of the trials then pending— In reply I assured him that I knew they had refused us an investigation; but as to that being the cause I did not know— but told him, they might have done it, when those trials were discharged— He seemed to think it injustice for Congress to take it up before the Legislature had acted on it— I occupied all but a few minutes of the time when the Senate was to go into session, so they adjourned untill the morrow at 10 o,clock; when the Missourians are to reply. Mr. Lynn observed, that there was a gentleman, whom he would have before the Committee on the morrow; who lived in the upper part of Missouri

Area acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803, and established as territory, 1812. Missouri Compromise, 1820, admitted Missouri as slave state, 1821. Population in 1830 about 140,000; in 1836 about 240,000; and in 1840 about 380,000. Mormon missionaries...

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, that knew everything relative to the affair— I presume he is to put in his gab. I suppose I must attend the committee as I am solicited by the chairman— but I would rather take a flogging; because I must sit still, and hear a volubility of lies concerning myself and Bretheren— Lies I say for they have nothing save Lies to tell that will in the least degree justify their conduct in Missouri

Area acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803, and established as territory, 1812. Missouri Compromise, 1820, admitted Missouri as slave state, 1821. Population in 1830 about 140,000; in 1836 about 240,000; and in 1840 about 380,000. Mormon missionaries...

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. Mr. Linn said he has written to Missouri

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to get all the evidence taken before Judge [Austin A.] King

21 Sept. 1802–22 Apr. 1870. Attorney, judge, politician, farmer. Born at Sullivan Co., Tennessee. Son of Walter King and Nancy Sevier. Married first Nancy Harris Roberts, 13 May 1828, at Jackson, Madison Co., Tennessee. In 1830, moved to Missouri, where he...

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. So, that if the thing must come up he would be prepared to have a full investigation of the matter. And that the committee should have power to send for persons, papers &c &c. In my remarks I stated that an article of the constitution was violated in not granting compulsory process for witnesses in behalf of the prisoners— and that the main evidence adduced, upon which they were committed (as I understood) was from Dr. [Sampson] Avard

23 Oct. 1800–15 Apr. 1869. Physician. Born at St. Peter, Isle of Guernsey, Channel Islands, Great Britain. Migrated to U.S., by 1830. Married Eliza, a native of Virginia. Located at North Carolina, 1830. Moved to Virginia, by 1831. Moved to Freedom, Beaver...

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; who once belonged to our society, and was compelled to swear as suited them best in order to save his life; that I knew him to be a man whose character was the worst, I ever [p. 99]
this— making statements was one thing and prov ing them was another. Mr. Linn then said  he wished me to answer one thing. Viz. If the Leg islature of Missouri

Area acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803, and established as territory, 1812. Missouri Compromise, 1820, admitted Missouri as slave state, 1821. Population in 1830 about 140,000; in 1836 about 240,000; and in 1840 about 380,000. Mormon missionaries...

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did not refuse to investigate  the subject of our difficulties, solely on account  of the trials then pending— In reply I assured him  that I knew they had refused us an investigation;  but as to that being the cause I did not know— but  told him, they might have done it, when those trials  were discharged— He seemed to think it injustice  for Congress to take it up before the Legislature  had acted on it— I occupied all but a few min utes of the time when the Senate was to go into  session, so they adjourned untill the morrow  at 10 o,clock; when the Missourians are to reply.  Mr. Lynn observed, that there was a gentleman, whom  he would have before the Committee on the morrow;  who lived in the upper part of Missouri

Area acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803, and established as territory, 1812. Missouri Compromise, 1820, admitted Missouri as slave state, 1821. Population in 1830 about 140,000; in 1836 about 240,000; and in 1840 about 380,000. Mormon missionaries...

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, that knew  everything relative to the affair— I presume he is  to put in his gab. I suppose I must attend the  committee as I am solicited by the chairman— but  I would rather take a flogging; because I must sit  still, and hear a volubility of lies concerning myself  and Bretheren— Lies I say for they have nothing save  Lies to a tell that will in the least degree justify  their conduct in Missouri

Area acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803, and established as territory, 1812. Missouri Compromise, 1820, admitted Missouri as slave state, 1821. Population in 1830 about 140,000; in 1836 about 240,000; and in 1840 about 380,000. Mormon missionaries...

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. Mr. Linn said he has  written to Missouri

Area acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803, and established as territory, 1812. Missouri Compromise, 1820, admitted Missouri as slave state, 1821. Population in 1830 about 140,000; in 1836 about 240,000; and in 1840 about 380,000. Mormon missionaries...

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to get all the evidence taken  before Judge [Austin A.] King

21 Sept. 1802–22 Apr. 1870. Attorney, judge, politician, farmer. Born at Sullivan Co., Tennessee. Son of Walter King and Nancy Sevier. Married first Nancy Harris Roberts, 13 May 1828, at Jackson, Madison Co., Tennessee. In 1830, moved to Missouri, where he...

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. So, that if the thing must come up  he would be prepared to have a full investigation  of the matter. And that the committee should  have power to send for persons, papers &c &c. In my  remarks I stated that an article of the constitution  was violated in not granting compulsory process for  witnesses in behalf of the prisoners— and that the main  evidence adduced, upon which they were committed  (as I understood) was from Dr. [Sampson] Avard

23 Oct. 1800–15 Apr. 1869. Physician. Born at St. Peter, Isle of Guernsey, Channel Islands, Great Britain. Migrated to U.S., by 1830. Married Eliza, a native of Virginia. Located at North Carolina, 1830. Moved to Virginia, by 1831. Moved to Freedom, Beaver...

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; who once belonged  to our society, and was compelled to swear as suited  them best in order to save his life; that I knew him  to be a man whose character was the worst, I ever [p. 99]
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Elias Higbee

23 Oct. 1795–8 June 1843. Clerk, judge, surveyor. Born at Galloway, Gloucester Co., New Jersey. Son of Isaac Higbee and Sophia Somers. Moved to Clermont Co., Ohio, 1803. Married Sarah Elizabeth Ward, 10 Sept. 1818, in Tate Township, Clermont Co. Lived at ...

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