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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