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

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to excite the jelousies of the surrounding counties,—for nothing can so much excite, the jelousies of that people, so much nor awaken there indignation so much, as to have an inteligent, anindustiouindustrious, and enterprising people, am settle any where in the state where they live— Threatnings were again heard from , , Clinton, Platt, and counties, that they were agoing to raise another mob, and come and drive the citizens out of .
The emigration was so rapid, and so great, that in the space of eighteen months after the first settlement in , that there was not room for the people in that , and they were under the necessity of seeking habitations some where else, and a number went into , which was north of . Soon after the settlements began in , a mob made its apperance, forbiding them to settle there under pain of death. However, this was not reguarded, and the settlements, which were made in different parts of the <,> were increasing daily, untill one or two whole townships were entered, besides large bodies of land, entered in other parts of the . In such parts of the as was in market; besides a large number of improvements weere bought, under the expectation of getting preemption rights. The mob spirit which first made its appearence in , for a season seemed to sleep, and there was no hinderence offered to the settlements, which were increasing very fast. All parties remained quiet, many of those who had been engaged in the first mob camein , came forward, and and made confess[ion] of their rongs<wrongs> and all<all> as far as was concerned was peace; But , , Clinton, and Platt, kept up a continual threatning, untill
to excite the jelousies of the surrounding counties,—for nothing can so much excite, the jelousies of that people, nor awaken there indignation , as to have an inteligent, industrious, and enterprising people, settle any where in the state where they live— Threatnings were again heard from , , Clinton, Platt, and counties, that they were going to raise another mob, and come and drive the citizens out of .
The emigration was so rapid, and so great, that in the space of eighteen months after the first settlement in , that there was not room for the people in that , and they were under the necessity of seeking habitations some where else, and a number went into , which was north of . Soon after the settlements began in , a mob made its apperance, forbiding them to settle there under pain of death. However, this was not reguarded, and the settlements, which were made in different parts of the , were increasing daily, untill one or two whole townships were entered, besides large bodies of land, entered in other parts of the . In such parts of the as was in market; besides a large number of improvements weere bought, under the expectation of getting preemption rights. The mob spirit which first made its appearence in , for a season seemed to sleep, and there was no hinderence offered to the settlements, which were increasing very fast. All parties remained quiet, many of those who had been engaged in the first mob in , came forward, and made confession of their wrongs and all as far as was concerned was peace; But , , Clinton, and Platt, kept up a continual threatning,
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