Petition to United States Congress, 29 November 1839

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the requesting an interview in their  camp with five of the principal Citizens  among the Mormons, pledging their faith  for their safe return on their following  <morning at 8 oclock>
Thus invited as they supposed <was> to propose  <day> <morning at 8 oclock>  and receive terms of peace and  the under the pledge of a safe conduct  , Joseph  Smith jr and  went to<wards> the Camp of the Militia  Instead of being They had no sooner <before we arr before we>  arrived at the Camp them <they> were  surrounded <by the whole army and> by the orders of  <put under guard and marchd to the camp as prisoners of war>  and were soon told that they were  prisoners of war. A Court Martial was  held that night whi and they without  being heard and in the abscence of  all proof condemned to be shot next  morning. The execution of this bloody  order was prevented by the manly protest  of . He denounced the act  as cold blooded murder and threatened  to wthidraw his Brigade— This noble stance  taken by prevented the  murder of the Prisoners. It is here worthy  of note that seventeen preachers of the  Gospel were on this Court Martial and  were in favor of the sentence [p. 27]
the requesting an interview in their camp with five of the principal Citizens among the Mormons, pledging their faith for their safe return on their following morning at 8 oclock
Thus invited as they supposed was to propose and receive terms of peace and under the pledge of a safe conduct , Joseph Smith jr and went towards the Camp of the Militia we before we arrived at the Camp them they were surrounded by the whole army and by the orders of put under guard and marchd to the camp and were told that they were prisoners of war. A Court Martial was held that night and they without being heard and in the abscence of all proof condemned to be shot next morning. The execution of this bloody order was prevented by the manly protest of . He denounced the act as cold blooded murder and wthidraw his Brigade— This noble stance taken by prevented the murder of the Prisoners. It is here worthy of note that seventeen preachers of the Gospel were on this Court Martial and were in favor of the sentence [p. 27]
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