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

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  • Historical Introduction
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the other one by the name of Oldham, who met  a young man on the road, by the name of  Charles Hubbard, and beat him in a most  cruel manner. An aged man by the name  of Lewis Scott, seeing the abuse, entered a  posecution against them; but when the  fellows were brought for trial, the court  acquitted them, on the ground that there were  only two persons engaged in it. They  fact of the abuse, was never denyed; but  , yes reader, the worthy ,  decided that there was no cause of action;  because there were not more than two per sons engaged in it. So much for this righte ous judge. I give this as a sample of the  manner in which the laws were executed in  , under the jurisdiction of the  , and his faithfull satellite, and  attorney, Thomas C Birch [Burch], who has since  and for this, and like acts of legalli ty, been appointed a judge of the <a> circuit court
The matter being fairly put to the  test, that the civil authorities of  were destitue of principle, of a sence of honor,  of regard for their oaths, and of respect for  their laws, the saints had to submit  to their fate; while they were whipped, and again,  driven from their homes.
The mediating party which had  risen up, appointed a committee to corespond  with a committee of the saints, in order to  find a location for them, the saints to settle in.  Some short time previous to this time a num ber of them, had made considerable purchases  of land, on a stream called . [p. [7[b]]]
the other by the name of Oldham, who met a young man on the road, by the name of Charles Hubbard, and beat him in a most cruel manner. An aged man by the name of Lewis Scott, seeing the abuse, entered a posecution against them; but when the fellows were brought for trial, the court acquitted them, on the ground that there were only two persons engaged in it. They fact of the abuse, was never denyed; but , yes reader, the worthy , decided that there was no cause of action; because there were not more than two persons engaged in it. So much for this righteous judge. I give this as a sample of the manner in which the laws were executed in , under the jurisdiction of , and his faithfull satellite, and attorney, Thomas C Birch [Burch], who has since for this, and like acts of legallity, been appointed a judge of a circuit court
The matter being fairly put to the test, that the civil authorities of were destitue of principle, of a sence of honor, of regard for their oaths, and of respect for their laws, the saints had to submit to their fate; while they were whipped, and again, driven from their homes.
The mediating party which had risen up, appointed a committee to corespond with a committee of the saints, in order to find a location for them, to settle in. Some short time previous to this a number of them, had made considerable purchases of land, on a stream called . [p. [7[b]]]
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