Petition to United States Congress, 29 November 1839

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<them were daily expected a force from the  to protect thier lives and thier property from the Mob  When this formidable array first made its appearan[c]e  intent upon peace the Mormons sent a White flag  several miles to meet them to ascertain the reason why  an armed force was marching against them and what  we might expect at their hands they gave us no satis faction but continued marching toward imme diately on their arrival a man came bearing a white flag  from their Camp he was interogated about his business  he answered the interogations saying they wanted three persons  out of before they Massacreed the rest those  persons refused to go and he returnd back to the camp  he was closely followed by and his whole  brigad marching to the City of in line of battle  The Citizens also of found a line of battle in  full front of s Army upon this  orderd a halt and then a retreat>
before they massacreed the rest. Night  closed upon both parties without any  collision. On the next day towards eve ning the mormons were officially informed  that the of the had sent  this imme[n]se force against them to  Massecre them or to drive them from  the . As soon as the Mormons learned  that this order had the sanction of the   of the , they determined  to make no further resistance to submit  themselves as well as they could to <the> au thorities of the , however tyrannical  and unjust soever the exercise of that  authority might be.
The commanders of the Militia  before sent a messinger into [p. 26]
them were daily expected a force from the to protect thier lives and thier property from the Mob When this formidable array first made its appearance intent upon peace the Mormons sent a White flag several miles to meet them to ascertain the reason why an armed force was marching against them and what we might expect at their hands they gave us no satisfaction but continued marching toward immediately on their arrival a man came bearing a white flag from their Camp he was interogated about his business he answered the interogations saying they wanted three persons out of before they Massacreed the rest those persons refused to go and he returnd back to the camp he was closely followed by and his whole brigad marching to the City of in line of battle The Citizens also of found a line of battle in full front of s Army upon this orderd a halt and then a retreat
. Night closed upon both parties without any collision. On the next day towards evening the mormons were officially informed that the of the had sent this immense force against them to Massecre them or to drive them from the . As soon as the Mormons learned that this order had the sanction of the of the , they determined to make no resistance to submit themselves to the authorities of the , however tyrannical and unjust soever the exercise of that authority might be.
The commanders of the Militia before sent a messinger into [p. 26]
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