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

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were also in. At this meeting the strongest assurances were given of on both parties, that there should be no hostilities commenced on either part, that they all would abide the laws, and support them, and that no depredations of any kind, should or would be committed on either either part. And after the strongest possable assurances, each party returned home.
But while these pretended negociations were a going on, it a certain portion of the mob of , was running in to the different counties, telling the people that they were driven from their houses with their families, and that the Mormons were destroying all their property, and calling on them for help. , , and some others ran to , and there made oath to A before , the precise oath as I have have not a copy of it I cannot tell here with <give it>; but * it was of such a character, as to cause to <the said immediately> issued a writ for Messrs Joseph Smith <Jr>, , and It was put in to the hands of the sheriff of to execute, and with out his ever attempting to serve, it was reported that they had refused to be taken; and that the militia must be called out to take them, for the laws must be kept. but instead of calling out the militia, they went to raising a mob. and they were gathering into in multitudes, if their own report was to be credited but without any legal authority whatever. Seeing [p. 14[a]]
. At this meeting the strongest assurances were given on both parties, that there should be no hostilities commenced on either part, that they all would abide the laws, and support them, and that no depredations of any kind, should or would be committed on either part. And after the strongest possable assurances, each party returned home.
But while these pretended negociations were going on, a certain portion of the mob of , was running in to the different counties, telling the people that they were driven from their houses with their families, and that the Mormons were destroying all their property, and calling on them for help. , , and some others ran to , and there made oath before , the precise oath as I have not a copy of it I cannot here give it; but * the said immediately issued a writ for Messrs Smith Jr, , It was put in to the hands of the sheriff of to execute, and with out his ever attempting to serve, it was reported that they had refused to be taken; and that the militia must be called out to take them, for the laws must be kept. but instead of calling out the militia, they went to raising a mob. and they were gathering into in multitudes, if their own report was to be credited but without any legal authority whatever. Seeing [p. 14[a]]
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