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

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cattle, corn, &c to feed their army. Cattle, horses,  and grain, was taken with a liberal hand, and  they publickly boasted, that they lived on mor mon beef, and Mormon corn. The saints  dare not leave their homes. for if they did,  they were stopped on the way, they were  shot at their their horses taken from them,  and to all appearance, they soon would be ruined.  All the time the mob had their runners, telling  that their wives and children were driven from  their homes, that their fences were thrown  down, and the Mormons were distroying  all they had. Their wives and children were  either in their camp, or else sent off to some  of their friends in the adjoining counties. And  all this they pretended was through fear.  But <to> certain of their friends, they said, their  object in so doing, was to keep the publick  ignorant of their real design; for they did  not wish their women and children there,  when they drove the Mormons out, lest  they might get hurt.”
The saints were, all the time, making  application to the authorities of the country,  to put down the mob, messengers after  messengers, were sent to the military office rs, and to the judge of the court, to get  them to send to the if necessary,  and put an end to the ravages of this ban ditta and after much exertion, and much  labor, at last the judge ordered out the  militia. was ordered as the  commander in cheif, being a major general.  Brigadier generals, and , were  both ordered out with their brigades. They put [p. [17[b]]]
cattle, corn, &c to feed their army. Cattle, horses, and grain, was taken with a liberal hand, and they publickly boasted, that they lived on mormon beef, and Mormon corn. The saints dare not leave their homes. for if they did, they were stopped on the way, they were shot at their horses taken from them, and to all appearance, they soon would be ruined. All the time the mob had their runners, telling that their wives and children were driven from their homes, that their fences were thrown down, and the Mormons were distroying all they had. Their wives and children were either in their camp, or else sent off to some of their friends in the adjoining counties. And all this they pretended was through fear. But to certain of their friends, they said, their object in so doing, was to keep the publick ignorant of their real design; for they did not wish their women and children there, when they drove the Mormons out, lest they might get hurt.”
The saints were, all the time, making application to the authorities of the country, to put down the mob, messengers after messengers, were sent to the military officers, and to the judge of the court, to get them to send to the if necessary, and put an end to the ravages of this banditta and after much exertion, and much labor, at last the judge ordered out the militia. was ordered as the commander in cheif, being a major general. Brigadier generals, and , were both ordered out with their brigades. They put [p. [17[b]]]
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