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

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and after a fruitless search of a number of days, he came again to see us and informed us that he would turn us over to the civil authorities for trial. In a day or two after that he in and said that he had received orders from the . accordingly the trial commenced A A on <in> the chair <bench> and attorney. This was surely a new kind of court it was not an inquisition nor yet a criminal court but a compound between. A looker on would be convinced that both the and were not try to if some or all of the prisoners had been guilty of some criminal act or acts. but on the contrary their object was to try by all means in their power to get some person to swear some criminal thing against though they were inocent
The first act of the court was to send out a body of armed men to obtain witnesses without any process civil process whatever and after witnesses were brought before the court they were swore at Bayonet point. Dr was the first brought before the court. He had previously told Mr that if he -[]- wished to save himself he would <must> swear hard against the heads of the church as they were the ones the court wanted to criminate and if he would swear hard against [p. [44[b]]]
and after a fruitless search of a number of days, he came again to see us and informed us that he would turn us over to the civil authorities for trial. . accordingly the trial commenced on the bench and attorney. This was surely a new kind of court it was not an inquisition nor yet a criminal court but a compound between. A looker on would be convinced that both the and were not try to if some or all of the prisoners had been guilty of some criminal act or acts. but on the contrary their object was to try by all means in their power to get some person to swear some criminal thing against though they were inocent
The first act of the court was to send out a body of armed men to obtain witnesses without any civil process whatever and after witnesses were brought before the court they were swore at Bayonet point. Dr was the first brought before the court. He had previously told Mr that if he -[]- wished to save himself he must swear hard against the heads of the church as they were the ones the court wanted to criminate and if he would swear hard against [p. [44[b]]]
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