individuals. That the facts do exist,— that the buildings, crops, stock, furni ture, rails, timber, etc of the society have been destroyed in , is not doubted by those who are acquainted in this upper Country, and since these trespasses cannot be proved upon individuals, we ask your honorable house to consider this case and if in your liberality and wisdom, you can concieve it to be proper to make an ap propriation by law to these sufferers, many of whom are still pressed down with poverty in consequence of their losses, would be able to pay their debts, and also in some degree be relieved from poverty and woe, whilst the widows heart would be made to rejoice, and the orphans tear measurably dried up, and the prayers of a grateful people ascend on high, with thanksgiving and praise, to the author of our existence for that benificent act.
In laying our case before your honorable body, we say that we are willing, and ever have been, to conform to the constitution and laws of the , and of this . We ask in common with others the protection of the laws. We ask for the privilege guaranteed to all free citizens of the , and of this to extended to us, that we may be permitted to settle and live where we please, and wor ship God according to the dictates of our conscience without molestation. And while we ask for ourselves this privilege, we are willing all others should enjoy the same.
We now lay our case at the feet of your legislature, and ask your honorable body to consider it, and do for us, after mature deliberation, that which your wisdom, patriotism, and philanthropy may dictate.
And we as in duty bound, will every pray, &c,
A Committee appointed by the Citizens of to draft this memorial, and sign it in their behalf. [p. 33]