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

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  • Historical Introduction
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layer lawyer. At these meetings the most  slanderous resolutions would be passed, that  a people, so basely ignorant as they were,  could invent. The mob thus incouraged  by judges, lawyers, priest, &c kept gathering  in large numbers. The roads were infested  with them, companies of armed, <men> were passing  and repassing in every direction, while a large  majority of the principle men of the country,  if they did not join the mob, used no exerti ons to prevent its operations. Among the  rest, that headed a gang of these ruffians,  was , who was the same sea son elected to the senate. He had, but  a short time before, been converted, and had  united with the baptist church. And this was  some of the first fruits of his religion, and it  was considered, among in the church to which  he belonged, as a very great evidence of his  great peity, that he should for conscience  sake, kill hereticks, and drive them from their  homes. And take their property for spoil.
The whole banditta <body> mad[e] their <its> way  to . On ’s arival, the  saints were summoned to send a flag into  his camp forthwith, and receive terms at  his hand. They however paid no attention  to the mandate of this new potentate.  They, after they had as they supposed, got suffici ently strong, commenced taking the saints [p. 17[a]]
lawyer. At these meetings the most slanderous resolutions would be passed, that a people, so basely ignorant as they were, could invent. The mob thus incouraged by judges, lawyers, priest, &c kept gathering in large numbers. The roads were infested with them, companies of armed, men were passing and repassing in every direction, while a large majority of the principle men of the country, if they did not join the mob, used no exertions to prevent its operations. Among the rest, that headed a gang of these ruffians, was , who was the same season elected to the senate. He had, but a short time before, been converted, and had united with the baptist church.
The whole body made its way to . On ’s arival, the saints were summoned to send a flag into his camp forthwith, and receive terms at his hand. They however paid no attention to the mandate of this new potentate. They, after they had as they supposed, got sufficiently strong, commenced taking the saints [p. 17[a]]
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