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

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would not comply. Upon the whole,  we were treated at with respect.  we were boarded at a tavern and finally were  taken into the tavern house. A man was  appointed to see that we had every thing  we wanted. * While we were there. Burrell [Russell]  Hicks, a lawyer of celebrety and the leader  of the <mob,> confessed my <in our> prese nce, and in the presence of many others,  that the mob was a  wanton attackt upon the saints without  cause, and he said he presumed, that the  attackt then made, was of the same chara cter.
I We do state this to shew, that the  men of intellegance in , knew that  they were again engaged in robbing a peop le of thier rights, indeed,  went so far to say, that if ever the mob  attackted us again, he would fight for  us. * Shortly after our arrival in Colonel from the army  of came with Orders from   who was Commander <in chief> of  the expedition with orders to have us for warded forthwith to Accordingly on  thursday morning November the 8th. with three  guards only and they had been obtained with great  difficulty after labouring all day the previous  day to get them. Between and  Roy’s ferry on the they all got drunk  and we got possession of their arms and horses  it was late in the afternoon near the setting of the  sun we travelled about half a mile after we cross[ed]  the and put up for the night. The next mor ning there came in a number of men some of them armed  their threatnings and savage appearance were such [p. [43[b]]]
would not comply. Upon the whole, we were treated at with respect. we were boarded at a tavern and were taken into the tavern house. A man was appointed to see that we had every thing we wanted. * While we were there. Burrell [Russell] Hicks, a lawyer of celebrety and the leader of the mob, confessed in our presence, and in the presence of many others, that the mob was a wanton attackt upon the saints without cause, and he said he presumed, that the attackt then made, was of the same character.
We state this to shew, that the men of intellegance in , knew that they were again engaged in robbing a people of thier rights, indeed, went so far to say, that if ever the mob attackted us again, he would fight for us. * Shortly after our arrival in Colonel from the army of came with Orders from who was Commander in chief of the expedition with orders to have us forwarded forthwith to Accordingly on thursday morning November the 8th. with three guards only and they had been obtained with great difficulty after labouring all day the previous day to get them. Between and Roy’s ferry on the they all got drunk and we got possession of their arms and horses it was late in the afternoon near the setting of the sun we travelled about half a mile after we crossed the and put up for the night. The next morning there came in a number of men some of them armed their threatnings and savage appearance were such [p. [43[b]]]
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