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Resolutions of the Legislature of Illinois, In Relation to the Payment for Depredations Committed by the Indians During the Black Hawk War.

February 11, 1848.
Ordered to be printed.

MEMORIAL of the legislature of Illinois to the Congress of the United States.

Whereas, in the Black Hawk war, in the State of Illinois, in the years 1831 and 1832, many citizens of the State of Illinois suffered great loss and damages from the many thefts and depredations of the Sac and Fox Indians, in the burning of houses and property, stealing of horses, hogs, cattle, &c., destruction of crops and subsistence:

And whereas many of the claims for said damage, thefts, and depredations committed have been proven before officers appointed by the governor for that purpose, among whose are those of William Deniston, of Mercer county, and Rimrah Wells, sr., of Rock Island county, with many others in the same counties: Therefore,

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Illinois, That our Senators be instructed, and our Representatives requested, to use their best exertions to procure the passage of a law, authorizing the payment of damages to the several persons in Illinois whose said claims have been or may be proven in such manner as may be provided by law.

Resolved, That his excellency the governor be requested to transmit a copy of the foregoing preamble and resolution to each of our members in Congress.

Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Speaker of the Senate.

I, Horace S. Cooley, secretary of state of Illinois, do hereby certify the foregoing to be a true and correct copy of the original preamble and resolutions on file in my office.

Witness my hand at Springfield, this 28th day of September, A. D. 1847.
H. S. COOLEY, Secretary of State.