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

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Affidavit of
, Witness for the Defendants  being sworn, Deposeth and saith, That some time  in the forepart of October last, while on his way to  , <from , some two or three days after the Mormons had left there> in company with a , of ,  they were <he was> taken prisoner by a company of armed Men  numbering from 15 to 25, varying at times; they had  with them a cannon which they said they were agoing  to tak[e] to , and They were agoing to com mence a war of extermination with the Mormons,  and in case the inhabitants of  interfeered they should share the same fate.
The name of the captain of the compa[n]y was  W. B. anderson who said he had once been  called out to go to , and had acted as  a Lieutenant in the Malitia, but he was now  going on a different hook, because he was  free from Military law; the witness was detain ed by said company four days, during which time  he head heard many threats against the Mormons,  they said they intended to extrminate the Mormons and  take their improvements and wives to themselves; some  of the company were for having the prisoners  executed as an offsett against some of their men,  whom they supposed had been taken prisoners by the  Mormons, but on learning that they had not been taken,  their <our> lives were spared; they said they were agoing to  be asisted by men from , , ,  Carroll and other counties, also, from the Platt Country  There were some in the company from Linn County  the witness, in company with , who was a  prisoner also, was taken to a Mr. Whites in , (the place where the cannon was said to  be found by the Mormons,) and discharged, this was before
Affidavit of
, Witness for the Defendants being sworn, Deposeth and saith, That some time in the forepart of October last, while on his way to , from , some two or three days after the Mormons had left there in company with a , of , he was taken prisoner by a company of armed Men numbering from 15 to 25, varying at times; they had with them a cannon which they said they were agoing to take to , They were agoing to commence a war of extermination with the Mormons, and in case the inhabitants of interfeered they should share the same fate.
The name of the captain of the company was W. B. anderson who said he had once been called out to go to , and had acted as a Lieutenant in the Malitia, but he was now going on a different hook, because he was free from Military law; the witness was detained by said company four days, during which time he heard many threats against the Mormons, they said they intended to extrminate the Mormons and take their improvements and wives to themselves; some of the company were for having the prisoners executed as an offsett against some of their men, whom they supposed had been taken prisoners by the Mormons, but on learning that they had not been taken, our lives were spared; they said they were agoing to be asisted by men from , , , Carroll and other counties, also, from the Platt Country There were some in the company from Linn County the witness, in company with , who was a prisoner also, was taken to a Mr. Whites in , (the place where the cannon was said to be found by the Mormons,) and discharged, this was before
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