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

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liberated, we should never get out of the alive.  After the investigation, of our number was released  from prison by the decision of the . The remain der were again committed to Jail. He also returned  with them, untill a favorable opportunity offerd, which  through the friendship of the Sherriff, Mr Samuel Hadley,  and the Jailor, Mr Samuel Tillery, he was let out  of the Jail secretly, in the night; and being Solemnly  warned by them to be out of the with as little  delay as possible, he made his escape, being pursued  by a body of armed men. it was Through the direction  of a kind providence that he escaped out of their  hands, and he safely arrived in Illinois, this  was in the February AD 1839
In the May following, the remainder that  were in Liberty Jail, were taken to to be  tried by a Grand Jury of the Principal Mobbers;  in order to see if a bill of indictment could be found,  as might be expected from the character of the Jury,  Bills were found. They obtained a change of venue  to Boon[e] County accordingly the Sheriff of with guards started to take them from  to Boon County on their way after a day or two’s  journey, one evening the guards got drunk, they  left them: and also made their escape to  Illinois.
Those that were in Jail, were  brought to trial, but no bills of indictment were found  against and Norman Shearer, and  they were released and sent home. Bills A Bill  was <were> found against , Morris Phelps,  , <for murder> and also a man by the name of , for Roberry. They also obtaine’d a change of  venue for <to> Boon County, and were carried thither, and  put into Jail, and these remained untill the fourth of
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liberated, we should never get out of the alive. After the investigation, of our number was released from prison by the decision of the . The remainder were again committed to Jail. He also returned with them, untill a favorable opportunity offerd, which through the friendship of the Sherriff, Mr Samuel Hadley, and the Jailor, Mr Samuel Tillery, he was let out of the Jail secretly, in the night; and being Solemnly warned by them to be out of the with as little delay as possible, he made his escape, being pursued by a body of armed men. Through the direction of a kind providence that he escaped out of their hands, and safely arrived in Illinois, this was in the February AD 1839
In the May following, the remainder that were in Liberty Jail, were taken to to be tried by a Grand Jury of the Principal Mobbers; in order to see if a bill of indictment could be found, as might be expected from the character of the Jury, Bills were found. They obtained a change of venue to Boone County accordingly the Sheriff of with guards started to take them from to Boon County on their way after a day or two’s journey, one evening the guards got drunk, they left them: and also made their escape to Illinois.
Those that were in Jail, were brought to trial, but no bills of indictment were found against and Norman Shearer, and they were released and sent home. A Bill were found against , Morris Phelps, , for murder and also a man by the name of , for Roberry. They also obtaine’d a change of venue to Boon County, and were carried thither, and put into Jail, and these remained untill the fourth of
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