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

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and have them thrown into jail, and then taken and  rob them, of every thing they had about <them,> watches,  money, or other valuables, and bear it <them> off as  plunder. In this foul business were imployed  some of the leading, (some did we <say>) better say  all, the leading men of the .
Men were caught and tied  to trees, and then shot at: but the heart  seckents [sickens] to tell all the abominations of this  band of barbarians, for who but barbarians,  could be guilty of such brutality. <deeds of cruelty > We wish it  to be, distinctly, understood, that the and all the authorities of the , were  acquainted with all these cruelties, and no  effort was made to bring the offenders to  justice, nor to have the property thus taken  returned to the owners. The guns that they  ordered to. be given up by the authority of  the , they keep till  this day. In this the goverment of the ,  has identified itself in <the> number of the plun derers, and become one with the villians.  No wonder then, that the when  called upon, put at defiance his oath of  office, and did not give the aid required
The following are some of the persons  e[n]gaged in this robbery
Richard Fristo[e] county judge, ,  judge, and genl. of the militia, and member of the  presbiterian church, , also, Genl. of the  militia, Thomas Willson [Wilson], Samuel S. Hale,   Esq., Jones Flournay [Flournoy], John Smith,  — Hensley Esq., , a Lawyer, , Lawyer, Samuel C Owens, Lawyer,  Rickmon Childs, Lawyer, Lewis Franklin,  , Lieutenant governor, Revds  , Baptist missionary, and his son in  law Likins [Johnston Lykins?],— Kavenaugh Presbeterians [p. [5[b]]]
and have them thrown into jail, and then rob them, of every thing they had about them, watches, money, or other valuables, and bear them off as plunder. In this business were imployed some of the leading, (some did we say) better say all, the leading men of the .
Men were caught and tied to trees, and then shot at: but the heart seckents [sickens] to tell all the abominations of this band of barbarians, for who but barbarians, could be guilty of such brutality. deeds of cruelty We wish it to be, distinctly, understood, that the and all the authorities of the , were acquainted with all these cruelties, and no effort was made to bring the offenders to justice, nor to have the property thus taken returned to the owners. The guns that they ordered to. be given up by the authority of the , they keep till this day. In this the goverment of the , has identified itself in the number of the plunderers, and become one with the villians.
Richard Fristoe county judge, , judge, and genl. of the militia, and member of the presbiterian church, , also, Genl. of the militia, Thomas Willson [Wilson], Samuel S. Hale, Esq., Jones Flournay [Flournoy], John Smith, — Hensley Esq., , Lawyer, , Lawyer, Samuel C Owens, Lawyer, Rickmon Childs, Lawyer, Lewis Franklin, , Lieutenant governor, Revds , Baptist missionary, and his son in law Likins [Johnston Lykins],— [p. [5[b]]]
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