Sidney Rigdon, JS, et al., Petition Draft (“To the Publick”), circa 1838–1839

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To the publick
In presenting the following nara tive to the Amarican people it was  the intention of the of the authur  to present facts and only facts. He  does not pretend to be personally aiquai nted <with>, all the things written in the follow ing account nor with but few of them  only with <except> those which took place between <from>  the 4th of April 1838 but he has docc uments on hands from those who were  eye witnesses to the whole scene from  the commencement in  untill the close.
From these doccuments the greater  part of which has been attested under <oath>  and the remainder will be as soon as  the writers are called on for it, so that  the publick may rely on its truth. It is  only an abridgement extract from the  those doccuments and a limitted one  too if all the account had but details  in full it would have made this a  large volume.
A The authur was induced  to undertake this <work> on account of the  many inquries which were making and [p. [0[a]]]
To the publick
In presenting the following narative to the Amarican people it was the intention of the to present facts and only facts. He does not pretend to be personally aiquainted with, all the things written in the following account nor with but few of them except those which took place from the 4th of April 1838 but he has doccuments on hands from those who were eye witnesses to the whole scene from the commencement in untill the close.
From these doccuments the greater part of which has been attested under oath and the remainder will be as soon as the writers are called on for it, so that the publick may rely on its truth. It is only an extract from the those doccuments and a limitted one too if all the account had but details in full it would have made this a large volume.
The authur was induced to undertake this work on account of the many inquries which were making and [p. [0[a]]]
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