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

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, for a little season, by this means was  free from <them>. It was during this time that the  people of , made sale of their lands and  other property to the saints, all the time saying  to their particular friends, that they entended as soon  as they got the pay for their lands and other prope rty they would <to> drive the saints off, and take it  by force from them. They declared that they were  fools if they did not do so, seeing, as they said,  that the law could <not> be enforced against them, for  so doing.
After they all had left ,  and got collected at Carrill, they set guards, The  roads were so infested by <by them,> them that travelers  were intercepte[d] on the way as they were peaceably  passing along the roads. <were stopped by them> The more effectually  to accomplish their purpose, they sent to   and got a cannon. It was  said to be a six pounder. They also got balls  and amunition with the cannon in abundance.  Bodies of armed men gathered in to aid them from  all the adjoining counties, particularly, from ,  Saline, , Howard, , and  Clinton, , Platt, as well as other places <and>  parts of the . Among the numbers that  came was, a man by the name of Jacks on, from Howard, who was appointed their lea der. He was called captain Jackson, and  was among the number of the — :  volunteers that went to Florida and cut  such a figure there, as reported by Col Tay lor.
The whole band being collected <collected> they  closely invested the place, -[]-. A large  portion of the people there, had only just  arived, and they were ford forbidden by  these villians to go out of the place,  under pain of death. They were deprived  of getting food or providing houses for themsel f [p. [25[b]]]
, for a little season, by this means was free from them. It was during this time that the people of , made sale of their lands and other property to the saints, all the time saying to their particular friends, that they entended as soon as they got the pay for their lands and other property to drive the saints off, and take it by force from them. They declared that they were fools if they did not do so, seeing, as they said, that the law could not be enforced against them, for so doing.
After they all had left , and got collected at Carrill, they set guards, The roads were so infested by them, that travelers were intercepted on the way as they were peaceably passing along the roads. were stopped by them The more effectually to accomplish their purpose, they sent to and got a cannon. It was said to be a six pounder. They also got balls and amunition with the cannon in abundance. Bodies of armed men gathered in to aid them from all the adjoining counties, particularly, from , Saline, , Howard, , Clinton, , Platt, and parts of the . Among the numbers that came was, a man by the name of Jackson, from Howard, who was appointed their leader. He was called captain Jackson, and was among the number of the — : volunteers that went to Florida and cut such a figure there, as reported by Col Taylor.
The whole band being collected they closely invested the place, . A large portion of the people there, had only just arived, and they were forbidden by to go out of the place, under pain of death. They were deprived of getting food or providing houses for [p. [25[b]]]
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