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

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down, and a number of men commenced beating him, with clubs, boards, and any thing they could get. Durfee cryed for help, several men ran in<to> the midst of the crowd to get Durfee out of there hands; for the cry was kill him kill him d—m d—n <him>. The names of those, who rushed into the midst of the crowd, were Jackson Steward, , Hervey Omsted [Harvey Olmsted], Abram Nelson, and one other man by the name of Nelson. The[y] succeeded in saving the life of Durfee, but not untill they had knocked down some twelve or fifteen men. A large number of from twelve to twenty, rushed on to Steward, crying kill him, God G—d d—n him kill <him> they had dirks, and clubs, and other weapons, one of them dirked him under the shoulder blade; he called aloud for assistance, as he fled from them. and they were on the very eve of stabbiing him. A man named , seized a billet of wood, and ran furiously upon them, knocking down all he came to, untill the rest fled before <him>; and he rescued Steward out of there hands, having with his own hands whipped, some twenty men.
The total number of the saints in this affray, did not exceed ten, that of the mob from fifty to a hundred.
The mob then dispatched a number of their gang to get guns and amunition, swearing that they would kill <all> the saints they cou[l]d find, and <or> d[r]ive them out of , sparing, neither men, women, nor children. The saints left the ground and went home. A few Few or no if any of them having voted. This said was the Whig candidate. The Dick Weldon was a democrat * [p. [10[b]]]
down, and a number of men commenced beating him, with clubs, boards, and any thing they could get. Durfee cryed for help, several men ran into the midst of the crowd to get Durfee out of there hands; for the cry was kill him kill him d—n him. The names of those, who rushed into the crowd, were Jackson Steward, , Hervey Omsted [Harvey Olmsted], Abram Nelson, and one other man by the name of Nelson. They succeeded in saving the life of Durfee, but not untill they had knocked down some twelve or fifteen men. A large number of from twelve to twenty, rushed on to Steward, crying kill him, G—d d—n him kill him they had dirks, clubs, and other weapons, one of them dirked him under the shoulder blade; he called aloud for assistance, as he fled from them. and they were on the very eve of stabbiing him. A man named , seized a billet of wood, and ran furiously upon them, knocking down all he came to, untill the rest fled before him; and he rescued Steward out of there hands, having with his own hands whipped, some twenty men.
The total number of the saints in this affray, did not exceed ten, that of the mob from fifty to a hundred.
The mob then dispatched a number of their gang to get guns and amunition, swearing that they would kill all the saints they could find, or drive them out of , sparing, neither men, women, nor children. The saints left the ground and went home. Few if any of them having voted. . * [p. [10[b]]]
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