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

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  • Historical Introduction
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this instance, and they could drive the saints as  they pleased, and take there property, for they  could get no law in . They did not
They did not only say that <they> would dive from  <drive> them from the , but from the  also; and it was seriously talked of in ,  that the saints must leave the ; and they  carried <it> so far, as to publish their intentions in  the papers.
While these war like preperations were  making by the mob, the saints also began  to make preperations for defenc. But it  was now, as before, they did not do <it,> untill they <had>  petitioned the for protection; when  instead of receiving the protection saught  for, they received for answer, “Vox populi Vox  Dei”. “The voice of the people, is the voce of God.”
As much as to say: “If the people say you  must go, you must go.” The before men tioned was still governor,  and of the same mobocratic spirit, as  regardless of his oath as before. The saints  finding that they had nothing to expect from  the authorities, but a full sanction to the  acts of the mob, had no alternative left but  but have recourse to arms.
Both parties began to assume  rather a formadable attitude, so much  so, that gave alarm to some of the other  citizens, who did not join with the mob;  they interfered, and tryed tryed to stop, as they  said, the effusion of blood. During this time  there were <was> a body of armed men, from sixty to  a hundred, who in the face of the authorities of  the country and all civil law, was ranging  <the> , stopping mob[b]ers, driving then back, whippi ng and abusing the saints wherever they could  be caught, <and> threatning the chastity of females,  and their wives rejoicing at their doings [p. [6[b]]]
this instance, and they could drive the saints as they pleased, and take there property, for they could get no law in .
They did not only say that they would drive them from the
While these war like preperations were making by the mob, the saints also began to make preperations for defenc. But it was now, as before, they did not do it, untill they had petitioned the for protection; when instead of receiving the protection saught for, they received for answer, “Vox populi Vox Dei”. “The voice of the people, is the voce of God.”
As much as to say: “If the people say you must go, you must go.” The before mentioned was still governor, . The saints finding that they had nothing to expect from the authorities, but a full sanction to the acts of the mob, had no alternative left but have recourse to arms.
Both parties began to assume rather a formadable attitude, so much so, that gave alarm to some of the other citizens, who did not join with the mob; they interfered, and tryed to stop, as they said, the effusion of blood. During this time there was a body of armed men, from sixty to a hundred, who in the face of the authorities of the country and all civil law, was ranging the , stopping mobbers, driving then back, whipping and abusing the saints wherever they could be caught, and threatning the chastity of females, [p. [6[b]]]
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