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

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he said, that a gentleman who lived in , had left late the preceeding evening, was the place where the county seat of , and the place where the election was held, and that there had been a serious affray at the election in . That the mob had tryed to stopt the saints from voting, and in order to accomplish their object, had killed two of them, and their bodies were laying on the ground, and they would not let their friends have them for burial. And that one other man had fled into the woods, badly wounded, supposed to be ded dead, as he had not been heard of, after he had disappeared among the bushes.
This created a great feeling in “Far and considerable <of course much> excitement. A man phycisian who resided in “” by the name of called for volunteers declaring declaring that he would have <bodies of the bodies of> those persons bodies who had been killed and bury them and have the man that was lost or die in the attempt.
The report coming from , a resident of the , and the successfull candidate for the senate, no doubt was intertained of its truth. A company was raised consisting if, If recollect right, of about seventeen persons, who left “with <for> the express object of getting the bodies of the dead. an Through the course of the day, there was <were> probably to the amo[unt?] number of fifty persons, all going to inquire after their friends, for it was unknown to the peeple of , who of their friends were killed, for no doubt was entertained, but some of them were dead.
When the company arrived there, they found the report not as true, there was had been a great difficulty, but no lives lost that was known of; But there was nothing heard but threatning, men were passing through the village, which had been laid laid off by the saints, threatning them, that in [p. [12[b]]]
he said, that a gentleman who lived in , had left late the preceeding evening, was the county seat of , and the place where the election was held, and that there had been a serious affray at the election in . That the mob had tryed to stopt the saints from voting, and in order to accomplish their object, had killed two of them, and their bodies were laying on the ground, and they would not let their friends have them for burial. And that one other man had fled into the woods, badly wounded, supposed to be dead, as he had not been heard of, after he had disappeared among the bushes.
This created a great feeling and of course much excitement. A phycisian who resided in “” by the name of called for volunteers declaring that he would have of the bodies of those persons who had been killed and bury them and have the man that was lost or die in the attempt.
The report coming from , a resident of the , and the successfull candidate for the senate, no doubt was intertained of its truth. A company was raised consisting , If recollect right, of about seventeen persons, who left “” for the express object of getting the bodies of the dead. Through the course of the day, there were probably to the amount number of fifty persons, all going to inquire after their friends, for it was unknown to the peeple of , who of their friends were killed, for no doubt was entertained, but some of them were dead.
When the company arrived there, they found the report not true, there had been a great difficulty, but no lives lost that was known of; But there was nothing heard but threatning, men were passing through the village, which had been laid off by the saints, threatning them, that in [p. [12[b]]]
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