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

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or admitted to bail, excepting , , , , Joseph  Smith Junr. , and , who were sent to   Clay County to Jail, to stand their trial for  treason and Murder. The treason for having whipped  the Mob out of , and taking their cannon  from them; and the Murder; for the man killed  in <the> s battle. Also , Morris Phelps,  , , and Norman Shearer,  who were put into Jail, to stand their trial  for the same crimes. In December At this time the  Legislature had commenced its Session, and the follo wing Memorial was presented to the Senate and  house of Representatives Respectfully, to obtain a body  committee of to investigation investigate the whole afair pertaining  to the s Order, the operations of the Mob, and  the conduct and opperations of the Militia while at  . <-[here comes the memorial]-> But After much Legislation, disputation,  and controversy, and angry speechifying, as the papers  of published at the time abundantly testify,  The Petition and Memorial, were laid on the table  untill the July following; thus utterly refusing to grant  the Memorialists their request, or thereby refusing to  investigate the subject, and there it stands untill  this day, uninvestigated by any legal authority.
After we were cast into prison, we heard  nothing but threatnings, that if any Judge or Jury  or Court of any kind, should clear any of us, that we  should never get out of the alive. This soon  determined our Course, and that was to escape out of  their hands as soon as we could, and by any means  we could. After we had been some length of time in  prison, we demanded a Habaes Corpus of , one of the Judges, which with some consider able reluctance was granted; great threatnings were  made at this time by the mob, that if any of us were [p. [47[b]]]
or admitted to bail, excepting , , , , Joseph Smith Junr. , and , who were sent to Clay County to Jail, to stand their trial for treason and Murder. The treason for having whipped the Mob out of , and taking their cannon from them; and the Murder; for the man killed in the s battle. Also , Morris Phelps, , , and Norman Shearer, who were put into Jail, to stand their trial for the same crimes. At this time the Legislature had commenced its Session, and the following Memorial was presented to the Senate and house of Representatives Respectfully, to obtain a committee to investigate the whole afair pertaining to the s Order, the operations of the Mob, and the conduct and opperations of the Militia while at . -[here comes the memorial]- After much Legislation, disputation, and controversy, and angry speechifying, as the papers of published at the time abundantly testify, The Petition and Memorial, were laid on the table untill the July following; thus utterly refusing to grant the Memorialists their request, or thereby refusing to investigate the subject, and there it stands untill this day, uninvestigated by any legal authority.
After we were cast into prison, we heard nothing but threatnings, that if any Judge or Jury or Court of any kind, should clear any of us, that we should never get out of the alive. This soon determined our Course, and that was to escape out of their hands as soon as we could, and by any means we could. After we had been some length of time in prison, we demanded a Habaes Corpus of , one of the Judges, which with some considerable reluctance was granted; great threatnings were made at this time by the mob, that if any of us were [p. [47[b]]]
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