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Letter to Seymour Brunson and High Council, 7 December 1839

Letter to Seymour Brunson and High Council, 7 December 1839

would get the opinion of some of the prominent members  of the Senate who were also lawyers and report to us  at the next meeting. We met this day according to  appointment and very friendly feelings were manifested  on the occasion. Our business was taken up and  Judge Young stated that he had asked the opinion  of Judge [Hugh] White of Tennessee of Mr Wright and of  several members whose names we do not now  reccollect but were prominent members of the Senate  but they all declined giving an opinion at present  as it was a matter which they had not considered  sufficiently to decide upon at this time the meeting  then after some friendly deliberation decided in our  favor which decision was that a memorial and  petition be drawn up in a concise manner (which  our representative Mr Steward promised to do)  and that Judge Young prese[nt] the memorial and  petition to the Senate, tha[t] [t]hereby they may refer  it to the proper Committee with all the accompanying  documents and order the same to be printed.
We now want you to assist us by your prayers; and  we want you to forward to us your certificates  which you hold for lands in Missouri, and also  your claims to preemption rights; affidavits to  prove that Soldiers were quartered on us and in  our houses without our consent or any special  act of the Legislature for that purpose, contrary to  the constitution of the United States. Bro [Alanson] Ripley  and also others we think will reccolect the circum stances and facts relative to this matter: and  also Bro Joseph and others being refused [p. [2]]
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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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