Petition to United States Congress, 29 November 1839

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inflamed and the Citizens <Mob> began  to collect from all quarters and in large  numbers with Pretensions the ostensible object  of assisting the Sheriff to serve the process.  And here let it be observed in passing  that had sold the im provement and Pr[e]emption Claim  on which he then resided to the  Mormons, recieved his pay for the same  and that through his instrumentality  the Mormons were driven off and  <he> now retains both their mon[e]y and the  improvement. As soon as the above reports  reached the ears of the said Smith &  they determined immediately upon the cou[r]se  they ough[t] to persue, which was to submit that  submit to the lawes. They might <both> surrendered  themselves up to , underwent  a trial and in the abscence of all suf ficient they were discharged; The[y] hoped  that this voluntary submission of theirs to  they law and their triumphant <vindication> of the charge  would allay the excitement of the Community,  But not so— The long desired opportunity  had arrived, when the oppression & extermination  of the Mormons, might be made to assume  the form of legal proceeding, The Mob that  had assembled with the pretended  purpose of assisting the officers in the  execution of process did not disperse  upon the acquital of Smith & [p. 16]
inflamed and the Mob began to collect from all quarters and in large numbers with Pretensions of assisting the Sheriff to serve the process. And here let it be observed in passing that had sold the improvement and Preemption Claim on which he then resided to the Mormons, recieved his pay for the same and that through his instrumentality the Mormons were driven off and he now retains both their money and the improvement. As soon as the above reports reached the ears of the said Smith & they determined immediately upon the course they ought to persue, which was to submit to the lawes. They both surrendered themselves up to , underwent a trial and in the abscence of all sufficient they were discharged; They hoped that this voluntary submission of theirs to the law and their triumphant vindication of the charge would allay the excitement of the Community, But not so— The long desired opportunity had arrived, when the oppression & extermination of the Mormons, might be made to assume the form of legal proceeding, The Mob that had assembled with the pretended purpose of assisting the officers in the execution of process did not disperse upon the acquital of Smith & [p. 16]
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