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

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sleep in the prairies or under the rocks, in the  month of November, without food or covering;  and there wait and <ask> see what a kind providence  might do for them. while their robbers and plunder ers, were glutting themselves upon the food they had  left in their houses, and gratifying their brutality  by throwing it to the beast, and carrying it home  home for their own use and that of their fami lies families, and by distroying their household  stuff, or rather stealing it, while the little ones  whose fathers had laid layed it up carefully for  their sustenance, were bewailing their condition  in the open prairie without a morsel to comfort  them, or a blanket to cover them.
However incredible it may appear to a  civilized people, it is a fact, that there were at  one time one hundred and ninety women and  children, crossed a prairie of nine miles, aided  by three men only; the rest having been driven  away by the violence of the mob. The saints  being unarmed, and the mob armed, they fell  an easy prey to them
The women and children were without  food or nearly so. After crossing the prairie they  traveled a number of miles, in all probably about  from twelve twelve miles to fifteen, miles and  there stopped and waited, till their husbands  and fathers found where they were and got to  them them. They there built houses to winter in,  but before they had continued long, the mob fou nd and where they were, and went and drove them  away, and burned their houses.
A company consisting of about two  hundred, nearly all of them women and children,  The got to the late in the after noon, and could not get across that night. It  commenced raining and freezing most violintly,  in this deplorable condition, some of them took  shelter shelter under some rocks, and the remainder  of them, both small and great, had to lie out in  the open prairie prairie, with nothing but the hea vens to cover them, while the storm beat upon them [p. 4[a]]
sleep in the prairies or under the rocks, in the month of November, without food or covering; and there ask see what a kind providence might do for them. while their robbers and plunderers, were glutting themselves upon the food they had left in their houses, and gratifying their brutality by throwing it to the beast, and carrying it home for their own use and that of their families, and by distroying their household stuff, or rather stealing it, while the little ones whose fathers had layed it up carefully for their sustenance, were bewailing their condition in the open prairie without a morsel to comfort , or a blanket to cover them.
However incredible it may appear to a civilized people, it is a fact, that there were at one time one hundred and ninety women and children, crossed a prairie of nine miles, aided by three men only; the rest having been driven away by the violence of the mob. The saints being unarmed, and the mob armed, they fell an easy prey to them
The women and children After crossing the prairie traveled a number of miles, in all probably from twelve to fifteen, and there stopped and waited, till their husbands and fathers found where they were and got to them. They there built houses to winter in, but before they had continued long, the mob found where they were, and went and drove them away, and burned their houses.
A company consisting of about two hundred, nearly all of them women and children, got to the late in the afternoon, and could not get across that night. It commenced raining and freezing most violintly, in this deplorable condition, some of them took shelter under some rocks, and the remainder of them, both small and great, had to lie out in the open prairie, with nothing but the heavens to cover them, while the storm beat upon [p. 4[a]]
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