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11 > Page 11 of Account of some of the proceedings of the legislatures of the states of Kentucky and New Hampshire, --1828 -- in relation to the people called Shakers

11 MVr. Carrigain said, he was under the necessity of moving the committee to recommend the postponement of the hear- ing on these petitions to the next session of the Legislature. The petitioners, he said, were numerous and respectable- they had no private object in view-no personal pique to gratify-no personal interests to secure. They lay before the Legislature the grievances of the helpless and oppres- sed, and ask for redress. Their cause of complaint is of a public nature; the injuries complained of affect the com- munity. Although extensively known and widely felt, it is still necessary, by living and intelligent witnesses, to make them correctly understood by the committee and the legislature. These witnesses we have not here for exami- nation. At the commencement of this session, it was not known what direction would be given to the petitions, and seasonable preparation was not made for a public hearing. At a former meeting of the committee, the pe- titioners supposed they might be prepared by this time, and agreed to be heard this afternoon. Mr. Willis however who is one of the petitioners, and is agent for the petition- ers, having other and public duties to attend to, soon found that he should be unable to collect the evidence which it would be desirable to offer at the present session, and he gave immediate notice to the remonstrants that he should not be able to go into a public hearing at this time. He supposed the Shakers could have no objection to a post- ponement, as it would be more convenient and less expen- sive for the parties and witnesses to attend here in June than in December. This is not like the trial of an individual in a court of law; and it is not necessary to support this application for a postponement in the same way, and by the same evidence which ajudicial tribunal might require on a motion for continuance. Here the public interest is concerned. A powerful society is complained of-a so- ciety against which causes of complaint have existed for many years. It is time they should be investigated- fairly and fully investigated. The public require it, and will not be satisfied till a thorough investigation is had.- Should the petitioners be now driven out of the Legisla- ture, other petitions will be presented and the Society will gain nothing by getting rid of a hearing on these complaints at this time. It will then be for the interest of all concern- ed to postpone the consideration of the whole subject to the next session, and then go into a full examination of it.