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Letter to Seymour Brunson and High Council, 7 December 1839

Letter to Seymour Brunson and High Council, 7 December 1839

Washington City Corner of Missouri & Third Streets
December the 7th. 1839
Your Humble Servants Joseph Smith Jun.  and Elias Higbee 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 President of the United  States, as these were mentioned in a letter lately addressed  to president Hyrum Smith and the High Council but  we mentioned in that letter the appointment of a  meeting to be held by the Illinois 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 Govenor  [John] Reynolds, 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 United States; 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  Missouri and also to the Governor and their refusals  from time to time to do us Justice and also the imprac tability of doing any thing in the Judiciary Courts in  the State of Missouri, 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. Judge [Richard M.] Young of the Senate  made some remarks in our favor and said he [p. [1]]
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JS and Elias Higbee, letter, Washington DC, to Seymour Brunson and High Council, Commerce, IL, 7 Dec. 1839; handwriting of Robert B. Thompson; three pages; JS Collection, CHL. Includes endorsement.

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