Petition to United States Congress, 29 November 1839

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that these were unjust, yet they felt and hope  that time and an uprigh[t]ness of live would  enable them to outlive them. From the date  of their settle while this summer of peace and  happiness and hope shone over the infant  settlement of the saints, the cloud was gather ing unseen by them, that bore in its bosom  the thunderbolt of their destruction.
On the 20th. of July 1838 <1833> around their peaceful <village>  a mob gathered to the surprise & terror  to the suprise and terror of the quiet  Mormons. Why they knew not. They had broken  no Law. they had harmed no man in deed  or thought. Why they <that> were <they> thus threatened they  knew not, soon a Committee from the Mob  called upon the leading citizens <Mormons> of the village <place>.  They announced, that the the  and the shops must be closed and that  forthwith every Mormon must leave the  . The message was so terrible so un expected, the Mormons asked time for de liberation for consultation— which being  granted <refused> the bretheren <haven> were severally asked  are <You> willing to abandon your home? The  reply was one, we will not go: Which deter mination being reported to the Committee  of the Mob. One of them replied that he was  sorry for said he the work of destruction  must now begin. No sooner said than  <it was> done, The a large two story [p. 3]
that these were unjust, hope that time and an uprightness of live would enable them to outlive them. while this summer of peace and happiness and hope shone over the infant settlement of the saints, the cloud was gathering unseen by them, that bore in its bosom the thunderbolt of their destruction.
On the 20th. of July 1833 around their peaceful village a mob gathered to the surprise & terror to the suprise and terror of the quiet Mormons. Why knew not. They had broken no Law. they had harmed no man in deed or thought. Why were they thus threatened , soon a Committee from the Mob called upon the leading Mormons of the place. They announced, that the the and the shops must be closed and that forthwith every Mormon must leave the . The message was so terrible so unexpected, the Mormons asked time for deliberation for consultation— which being refused the bretheren haven were severally asked are You willing to abandon your home? The reply was one, we will not go: Which determination being reported to the Committee of the Mob. One of them replied that he was sorry for said he the work of destruction must now begin. No sooner said than it was done, The a large two story [p. 3]
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