Enemy Withinwritten by Raymond Bensen.
A few days since, two Mormons were kidnapped from the neighborhood of Nauvoo, by some citizens of Missouri, who are now in confinement in that State. The excuse for this high-handed measure, it is unnecessary for us to look into.
No matter how great the injury inflicted by those who have been kidnapped, upon their captors, the act is alike arbitrary, illegal and oppressive. No man in his senses, who, for the last three years, had been accustomed to peruse the Telegraph will accuse us of either favor or partiality towards the Mormons.
We have spoken of them, from our firm convictions of right, and as we believed the evidence in our possession justified. Unprincipled, and unworthy the countenance of all honest men, as the leader among them may be, they are, nevertheless citizens of the State of Illinois; and, as such are entitled to all the protection that the constitution and laws of the State throw around the person, the property, and the liberty, the most favored in our midst.
We understand that satisfactory evidence of the caption and unlawful detention of the two Mormons, has been transmitted to the Governor; and his aid asked, as the Executive of this State, in demanding the release of the two citizens of Illinois from the authority of Missouri.
This demand, we are credibly informed, the Governor has refused to make. Why has he done so, is to us more inexplicable. Here has been a direct invasion upon the rights of two of our citizens, the protection of whose life, liberty and property, is guaranteed to them by the constitution of Illinois -- an utter disregard and papable violation of our State sovereignty -- and a gross outrage committed against our laws.
And yet, we are told, the Executive has not the power to demand of the authorities of Missouri, the release of two of our citizens, who have been illegally captured within the limits of our State, and transported vi et armis into the State of Missouri.
Warsaw, Illinois, January 17, Like other honest citizens, I not only when manhood came, sought my own peace, prosperity, and happiness, but also the peace, prosperity, and happiness of my friends; and, with all the rights and realm before me, and the revelations of Jesus Christ to guide me into all truth, I had good reasons to enter into the blessings and privileges of an American citizen; -- the rights of a Green Mountain Boy, unmolested, and enjoy life and religion according to the most virtuous and enlightened customs, rules, and etiquette of the nineteenth century.
But, to the disgrace of the United States, it is not so. These rights and privileges, together with a large amount of property, have been wrested from me, and thousands of my friends, by lawless mobs in Missouri, supported by Executive authority; and the crime of plundering our property; and the unconstitutional and barbarous act of our expulsion; and even the inhumanity of murdering men, women, and children, have received the pass word of "justifiable" by legislative enactments, and the horrid deeds, doleful and disgraceful as they are, have been paid for by government.
In vain have we sought for redress of grievances and a restoration to our rights in the Courts and Legislature of Missouri. In vain have we sought for our rights and the remuneration for our property in the Halls of Congress, and at the hands of the President.
The only consolation yet experienced from these highest tribunals and mercy seats of our bleeding country is, that our cause is just, but the government has no power to redress us.
Our arms were forcibly taken from us by those Missouri marauders; and, in spite of every effort to have them returned, the State of Missouri still retains them; and the United States militia law, with this fact before the government, still compels us to military duty; and, for a lack of said arms, the law forces us to pay fines.
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