Petition to United States Congress, 29 November 1839

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but were peaceably following the routine  of their daily duties. Shortly after the Meeting  above refered to another persecution  commenced. Some of the Mormons were  shot at, others were whipped, their houses  were thrown down, were assaulted with  brick-bats, broken open and thrown down  their women & children were insulted and  thus for many weeks without offence without  resistance by night and by day were  they harrassed insulted and oppressed.  There is a point beyond which endurance  ceases to be a virtue. The worm when  trampled upon will turn upon its  oppressor. A company of about Thirty  Mormons fell in with twice that Number  of the Mob, engaged in the destruction  of Mormon property, when a battle  ensued in which one Mormon was  killed and two or three of the Mob,  Acting in Concert with the Officer who  commanded the Mob was  Lieut. Gov.r. of the State of . When the  Noise of this battle was spread abroad the  public mind became much inflamed.  The Militia collected in arms from all quarters  and in great numbers, and inflamed  to fury— They demanded, that the Mormons  should surrender up all their arms and  immediately quit the . Compelled [p. 6]
but were peaceably following the routine of their daily duties. Shortly after the Meeting above refered to another persecution commenced. Some of the Mormons were shot at, others were whipped, their houses , were assaulted with brick-bats, broken open and thrown down their women & children were insulted and thus for many weeks without offence without resistance by night and by day were they harrassed insulted and oppressed. There is a point beyond which endurance ceases to be a virtue. The worm when trampled upon will turn upon its oppressor. A company of about Thirty Mormons fell in with twice that Number of the Mob, engaged in the destruction of Mormon property, when a battle ensued in which one Mormon was killed and two or three of the Mob, Acting in Concert with the Officer who commanded the Mob was Lieut. Gov.r. of the State of . When the Noise of this battle was spread abroad the public mind became much inflamed. The Militia collected in arms from all quarters and in great numbers, and inflamed to fury— They demanded, that the Mormons should surrender up all their arms and immediately quit the . Compelled [p. 6]
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