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

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State of )ss
County of )
Before me one  of the Justices of the Court, within and for the  County of <aforesaid,>, personally appeared Samuel Brown,  who being duly sworn, deposeth and saith. “That on the  6th. day of August, in the year of our Lord one thou sand eight hundred and thirty eight, in the town of  , in the County of Davi[es]s, and State aforesaid  that at the Election, in the town aforesaid, one did make a Speech, at said Election, in the  which he represented the heads of the Mormon Church  <of Latter day Saints> as being Liars, Counterfeiters, and Scoundrels; and that  the Members of said Church, were dupes, and not too  good to take a false oath, on any common occasion;  & that they the Mormons would steal their property,  and that their property he did not consider safe,  and that he was opposed to the<m> Mormons <their> settling  there, and ever would be. And sundry other things which  were calculated to inflame the minds of those present,  which from which time, their appeard to be much exite ment against the Mormons <saints>, and some hard sayings.  One Richard Weldon said that the Mormons <saints> were not  allowed to vote, in , and <neither in> no more  than the dam’ed negroes, And that said Weldon made  <as> <an> attempt to strike said deponent, <who is a Mormon so called> and who stepe’d out  of the way; in his second attempt to strike, one <Mr> Durphy [Perry Durfee]  <a Mormon> steped in and prevented him, by taking hold of holding his  hold <his> arm and immediately, about 5 or 6 <of those exited against the mormons> commenced  holding and beating said Durphy, with clubs, & boards,  saying kill him kill him God damn him kill him.  this was the beginning of the fight, immediately after  which, the fight commenced on both sides, with and  without clubs. One of the Mormons, so called, by the name  of Steward, receiv’d a cut with a dirk or knife. and further,  said deponent says, there was no as he considered, no insult  offered to said Weldon before he attempted to strike, [p. 11[a]]
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State of )ss
County of )
Before me one of the Justices of the Court, within and for the County of aforesaid,, personally appeared Samuel Brown, who being duly sworn, deposeth and saith. “That on the 6th. day of August, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty eight, in the town of , in the County of Daviess, and State aforesaid that at the Election, in the town aforesaid, one did make a Speech, at said Election, in the which he represented the heads of the Church of Latter day Saints as being Liars, Counterfeiters, and Scoundrels; and that the Members of said Church, were dupes, and not too good to take a false oath, on any common occasion; & that they would steal their property, and that their property he did not consider safe, and that he was opposed to their settling there, and ever would be. And sundry other things which were calculated to inflame the minds of those present, from which time, their appeard to be much exitement against the saints, and some hard sayings. One Richard Weldon said that the saints were not allowed to vote, in , no more than the dam’ed negroes, And that said Weldon made as an attempt to strike said deponent, who stepe’d out of the way; in his second attempt to strike, one Mr Durphy [Perry Durfee] a Mormon steped in and prevented him, holding his arm and immediately, about 5 or 6 of those exited against the mormons commenced holding and beating said Durphy, with clubs, & boards, saying kill him kill him God damn him kill him. immediately after which, the fight commenced on both sides, with and without clubs. One of the Mormons, so called, by the name of Steward, receiv’d a cut with a dirk or knife. and further, said deponent says, there was as he considered, no insult offered to said Weldon before he attempted to strike, [p. 11[a]]
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