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Letter from Elias Higbee, 21 February 1840

to control our civil rights in no; particularly that  ecclesiastical power should only be used in the Church;  and then no further than fellowship was concerned—  I think they injured their cause to day. There is  another appointment for them on the morrow at 10,  o,clock. Their friend they said, was sick, conseq uently could not attend to day— Mr. Linn said he  thought it would be time enough to take it up in  the Congress when they could not get justice in the  State, and that he was confident, there was a  disposition in the State of Missouri to do us justice  should we apply: That the reason of their refusing  to envestigate before, was, the trials of the prisoners  were pending. And further said (when speaking of  the trials before Judge [Austin A.] King) that he understood from  Gentlemen that the prisoners commended the Judge  for his clemency and fair dealing towards them; and  acknowledged they were guilty, in part, of the charges  preferred against them. Mr. Linn said he presumed I was  not present when sd. men were tried. I replied in the  negative; that I was not there, neither any body else  that could be a witness in their favor. The Lawyers  advised them to keep away if they desired the salvation  of their lives. I observed that I had read the procee dings of the Legislature but did not now recollect them;  but since yesterday I have been reflecting on the sub ject and recollect a conversation, I had with Mr.  Harvey Redfield who was the bearer of the petition  to Jefferson City and he informed me, the reason  why they refused an investigation was on account  of the upper Missouri members being so violently opposed  to it, that they used their utmost exertions and finally  succeeded in getting a majority against it; and the  reason of their taking this course was, in consequence  of one of their members being in the Massacre at  Haun’s Mill, Viz. Mr. Ashley & Gilbian— Gilbian  was a leader of the first mob in Davies County,  which the militia were called out to suppress.
Mr. Linn [said] if it must come our out in Congress, it [p. 101]
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Elias Higbee, letter, Washington DC, to JS, en route to Nauvoo, IL, 21 Feb. 1840; handwriting of Howard Coray; in JS Letterbook 2, pp. 100–103; JS Collection, CHL.

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