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Petition to United States Congress, 29 November 1839

Your memorialists would beg here to give what they believe a just explanation of the causes of the predjudice & persecutions against the Mormons related above and which will follow. That there might have been some unworthy members among them cannot be denied, but they own that as a community they were as moral as upright and as observant of the laws of the land as any body of poeple in the world, Why then this predjudice & persecution? An answer they think will be found in the fact, That they were a body of people distinct from their fellow Citizens in religious opinions, in their habits in their associations. They were numerous enough to make the power of theirs numerical and moral force a matter of anxiety and dread to the political and religious parties by which they were surrounded, which arose not from what the Mormons had done but from the fear of what they might do. In Addition the Mormons had purchased of the settler, or of the Government or held by Preemption the best lands in all that region of the State

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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Your memorialists would beg here to give  what they believe a just explanation  of the causes of the predjudice & persecutions  against the Mormons related above  and which will follow. That there might  have been some unworthy members among  them cannot be denied, but they own  that as a community they were as moral  as upright and as observant of the laws  of the land as any body of poeple in  the world, Why then this predjudice & per secution? An answer they think will be  found in the fact, That they were a body  of people distinct from their fellow Citizens  in religious opinions, in their habits in  their associations. They were numerous  enough to make their numbers power of  theirs numerical and moral force a  matter of anxiety and dread to the  political and religious parties by which  they were surrounded, which arose not  from what the Mormons had done  but from the fear of what they might  do. In Addition the Mormons either had  purchased of the settler, of or of the Government  or held by Pr[e]emption the best lands  in all that region of the State

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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and  the terms of speculation the Cupidity of  many was aroused to possess More [p. 10]
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, to United States Congress, Washington DC, ca. 29 Nov. 1839; handwriting of Elias Higbee with corrections by Thomas Bullock and probably Robert D. Foster

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; 35 pages; JS Collection, CHL. Includes endorsement.

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