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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
Page [1[b]]
image
These meetings were publick things, called  and held in the face of the goverment, published  in the publick papers. At these meeting, they  publickly, declared that they would put the laws  of the country at defiance, in order to accomplish  their object, as well as justice and humanity,  which finally they did.
In order to justify themselves in vio lating the laws of both God and man, the laws  of both the state of and the , they had recorc recorse recourse to fabri cating and circulating the foolishest and senseless  lies, that mortals could invent, thinking, by  that means, to justify them<selves> before the publick. Such as  the saints were building building strong fertifications  bringing canon and other military implements into the  country; that wagons loaded with coffins were coming  in great numbers, and that these coffins were full of  amunitions and military stores. That the saints were  Coniving us with the Indians, and stiring up the  negroes to rebel against their masters, with a  multitude of like minded things of a similar  character; Which all tend to establish the ignorance  and corruption of their authors. To such low  and mean subterfuges we were the principle men of   driven and vicinity  driven, to accomplish an object at which hu manity to the latest ages must recoil. We  shall give the names of the principle acters in this  scene of abomination, that the Amarican people  may hereafter know them.
After having, as they supposed  made a sufficient preperation to accomplish  their object, and fabricated and circulated , through the medium of their papers public  papers, a necessary quantity of lies to blind  the publick mind,— for they verily supposed  all the Amarican people were so distitute of  truth of and humanity as themselves— they co menced their opperations.
These scenes transpired between the first  of July and the middle of November 1833— [p. [1[b]]]
These meetings were publick things, called and held in the face of the goverment, published in the publick papers. At these meeting, they publickly, declared that they would put the laws of the country at defiance, in order to accomplish their object, as well as justice and humanity, which finally they did.
In order to justify themselves in violating the laws of both God and man, the laws of both the state of and the , they had recourse to fabricating and circulating the foolishest and senseless lies, that mortals could invent, thinking, by that means, to justify themselves before the publick. Such as the saints were building strong fertifications bringing canon and other military implements into the country; that wagons loaded with coffins were coming in great numbers, and that these coffins were full of amunitions and military stores. That the saints were Coniving with the Indians, and stiring up the negroes to rebel against their masters, with a multitude of things of a similar character; Which all tend to establish the ignorance and corruption of their authors. To such low and mean subterfuges were the principle men of and vicinity driven, to accomplish an object at which humanity to the latest ages must recoil. We shall give the names of the principle acters in this scene of abomination, that the Amarican people may hereafter know them.
After having, as they supposed made a sufficient preperation to accomplish their object, and fabricated and circulated, through the medium of their public papers, a necessary quantity of lies to blind the publick mind,— for they verily supposed all the Amarican people were so distitute of truth and humanity as themselves— they comenced their opperations.
[p. [1[b]]]
Page [1[b]]